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1177668
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2020-02-11more like thismore than 2020-02-11
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Universal Credit: Wales more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect on low-income families of the roll-out of universal credit in (a) Newport West constituency and (b) Wales. more like this
tabling member constituency Newport West more like this
tabling member printed
Ruth Jones more like this
uin 644 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2020-02-17more like thismore than 2020-02-17
answer text <p>Universal Credit will provide an extra £2.1bn a year once full rolled out, compared to the legacy benefits it replaces. Claimants receive better support to prepare for work, move into work, or to increase earnings. The Universal Credit Work Allowance was increased by £1,000 in April 2019 and means that 2.4m households will keep an extra £630 of income each year.</p><p /><p /> more like this
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-02-17T16:44:56.237Zmore like thismore than 2020-02-17T16:44:56.237Z
answering member
4423
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
tabling member
4716
label Biography information for Ruth Jones more like this
1177805
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2020-02-11more like thismore than 2020-02-11
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Housing Benefit: Older People more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to (a) support older renters and (b) increase the uptake of pension age housing benefit. more like this
tabling member constituency West Lancashire more like this
tabling member printed
Rosie Cooper more like this
uin 596 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2020-02-17more like thismore than 2020-02-17
answer text <p>The rates of pensioner benefits, including Housing Benefit (HB), tend to be higher than some working-age income-related benefits, as pensioners as a group are likely to be reliant on benefits for a longer period and less able to change their circumstances or improve their income through work.</p><p>Local Authorities are responsible for administering HB and the take up of HB by pensioners is shown to be higher than the take up of Pension Credit.</p><p>The Department publishes an annual report detailing latest available statistics regarding the estimated take-up of HB and other income-related benefits.</p><p>The latest version can be found here: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/income-related-benefits-estimates-of-take-up-financial-year-2016-to-2017" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/income-related-benefits-estimates-of-take-up-financial-year-2016-to-2017</a></p><p>The next report containing 2017/18 data will be published in due course.</p><p><strong> </strong></p>
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-02-17T16:51:53.123Zmore like thismore than 2020-02-17T16:51:53.123Z
answering member
4423
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
tabling member
1538
label Biography information for Rosie Cooper more like this
1177808
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2020-02-11more like thismore than 2020-02-11
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Universal Credit more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she will make an assessment of the potential merits of giving in-work universal credit claimants the option to move their assessment period to reflect more closely the dates on which they receive their earnings. more like this
tabling member constituency South Shields more like this
tabling member printed
Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck more like this
uin 726 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2020-02-17more like thismore than 2020-02-17
answer text <p>The Department has been working closely with HMRC since Universal Credit went live in 2013 to support and inform employers who report earnings to emphasise the importance of timely reporting via RTI system.</p><p> </p><p>Employers should already record on HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) Real Time Information (RTI) system the date a salary is scheduled to be paid, rather than the date it is paid, where it is earlier due to a weekend, bank holiday or at Christmas.</p><p> </p><p>HMRC have updated their guidance to reiterate to employers the importance of reporting accurate dates and the impact on payment cycles; the Financial Secretary to the Treasury is also working closely with HMRC and employers to do this.</p><p>Universal Credit takes earnings into account in a way that is fair and transparent. The amount paid reflects, as closely as possible, the actual circumstances of a household during each monthly assessment period. This allows Universal Credit awards to be adjusted on a monthly basis, ensuring that if claimant’s incomes falls, they do not have to wait several months for a rise in their Universal Credit award. Currently there are no plans to change assessment periods.</p><p>Claimants can discuss queries about how fluctuating income effects Universal Credit with their case managers and work coaches, who can also signpost to services appropriate to individual circumstances.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-02-17T17:03:25.117Zmore like thismore than 2020-02-17T17:03:25.117Z
answering member
4423
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
tabling member
4277
label Biography information for Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck more like this
1177312
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2020-02-10more like thismore than 2020-02-10
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Poverty more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the February 2020 Joseph Rowntree Foundation report entitled UK Poverty 2019-2020 that 56 per cent of people living in poverty were also in a working household in 2018; and if she will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency Leeds North West more like this
tabling member printed
Alex Sobel more like this
uin 14729 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2020-02-13more like thismore than 2020-02-13
answer text <p>There is clear evidence about the importance of work in tackling poverty now and in the future. For example, a child growing up in a home where all adults are working is around 5 times less likely to be in poverty than a child in a household where nobody works. The majority of people in in-work poverty either work solely part-time, are the single earner in a couple, or are full-time self-employed.</p><p>Delivering a sustainable long-term solution to poverty means building a strong economy and ensuring that the benefit system works with the tax system and the labour market to support employment and higher pay. There are over 1 million fewer workless households compared with 2010, with around 730,000 fewer children in workless households, and over 3.8 million more people have entered work, averaging around 1,000 people a day. Around three-quarters of the growth in employment since 2010 has been in full-time work. Our unemployment rate is now less than half the Euro area average. Around three-quarters of the growth in employment since 2010 has been in full-time work, substantially reducing the risk of poverty.</p><p>Joseph Rowntree Foundation reported that Universal Credit is likely to help an extra 300,000 members of working families out of poverty.</p><p>Universal Credit is designed to help people move into work faster, stay in work longer and spend more time looking to increase their earnings. It provides more financial help with childcare costs (eligible claimants are able to claim up to 85 per cent of their childcare costs, compared to 70% on the legacy system), a dedicated Work Coach, and removes the 16-hour ‘cliff edge<strong>’</strong> for those who are working. We are confident that, as UC reaches more working families, we will see more people working full-time and ultimately achieving independence from the State.</p><p>We will continue to reform the welfare system so that it promotes work as the most effective route out of poverty and is fairer towards those who receive it and the taxpayers who pay for it. We also want to identify opportunities to create a highly productive workforce, improving progression prospects for the lowest paid people so everyone has the right skills to meet the UK’s future demand. That is why we are delivering a significant programme of research and testing to build the evidence of how to overcome the obstacles that people face so that they can improve their earnings and career prospects.</p>
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-02-13T18:04:47.117Zmore like thismore than 2020-02-13T18:04:47.117Z
answering member
4423
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
tabling member
4658
label Biography information for Alex Sobel more like this
1177315
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2020-02-10more like thismore than 2020-02-10
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Universal Credit more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of the quarterly payment schedule of student finance on universal credit calculations for claimants who are responsible for one or more children; and whether she plans to halt the reduction of payments for those claimants whilst the fluctuations in income are adequately assessed. more like this
tabling member constituency Preston more like this
tabling member printed
Sir Mark Hendrick more like this
uin 14616 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2020-02-17more like thismore than 2020-02-17
answer text <p>Most full-time students in education do not qualify for Universal Credit. Students are able to access funding to support their education courses through various loans and grants, which are the responsibility of the Department for Education. It is important that Universal Credit does not duplicate this support, which is designed for their needs unlike the social security system. Exceptions are made only where students have additional needs that are not met through the student support system.</p><p> </p><p>The full year’s award of student’s maintenance loan/grant is averaged out over the academic year. This average usually covers 10 monthly Assessment Periods as no student income is taken into account during the summer break. The amount taken into account is subject to a £110 disregard in each of these Assessment Periods, which is equivalent to that provided under Legacy Benefits, which includes an amount to cover the cost of books, travel and equipment.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-02-17T16:32:07.797Zmore like thismore than 2020-02-17T16:32:07.797Z
answering member
4423
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
tabling member
473
label Biography information for Sir Mark Hendrick more like this
1177330
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2020-02-10more like thismore than 2020-02-10
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Local Housing Allowance more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of uprating local housing allowance in line with inflation in areas where private rents have risen above CPI. more like this
tabling member constituency Walthamstow more like this
tabling member printed
Stella Creasy more like this
uin 14677 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2020-02-17more like thismore than 2020-02-17
answer text <p>From April 2020 Local Housing Allowance rates will be uprated by inflation – an increase of 1.7% in line with wider benefit uprating. This means around 900,000 people across the UK could see their Housing support payments rise from April.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-02-17T16:45:34.477Zmore like thismore than 2020-02-17T16:45:34.477Z
answering member
4423
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
tabling member
4088
label Biography information for Stella Creasy more like this
1177513
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2020-02-10more like thismore than 2020-02-10
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Universal Credit: EEA Nationals more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claims by EEA nationals have been (a) appealed and (b) overturned on appeal in each of the last four years. more like this
tabling member constituency Feltham and Heston more like this
tabling member printed
Seema Malhotra more like this
uin 14726 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2020-02-13more like thismore than 2020-02-13
answer text <p>The information requested is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-02-13T11:43:53.09Zmore like thismore than 2020-02-13T11:43:53.09Z
answering member
4423
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
tabling member
4253
label Biography information for Seema Malhotra more like this
1177044
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2020-02-07more like thismore than 2020-02-07
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Universal Credit: Vulnerable Adults more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what additional financial support his Department provides to vulnerable people that claim universal credit. more like this
tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Matthew Offord more like this
uin 13977 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2020-02-17more like thismore than 2020-02-17
answer text <p>Millions of people who move onto Universal Credit from legacy benefits are better off, including around a million disabled households who will gain on average around £100 per month.</p><p>The Department takes seriously the need to support vulnerable claimants, and wants the application process for Universal Credit to be as quick and easy as possible, ensuring that claimants receive money at the earliest opportunity.</p><p>Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice Scotland have supported over 180,000 individuals through the ‘Help to Claim’ provision since April 2019, offering tailored and practical support to help people make a Universal Credit claim up to receiving their first full correct payment on time. ‘Help to Claim’ is available online, on the phone and face-to-face in multiple locations including Jobcentres and Citizen’s Advice Bureaux.</p><p>We have listened to feedback on how we can improve Universal Credit to support our claimants and acted quickly, making improvements such as extending advances, removing waiting days, and introducing housing benefit run on. These changes are giving support to those who need it most, whilst at the same time helping people get into work faster.</p>
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-02-17T15:39:41.877Zmore like thismore than 2020-02-17T15:39:41.877Z
answering member
4423
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
tabling member
4006
label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord more like this
1176713
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2020-02-06more like thismore than 2020-02-06
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Universal Credit more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent steps she has taken to ensure that universal credit claimants paying rent weekly do not face a one-week shortfall in their UC housing element in 2020. more like this
tabling member constituency Aberavon more like this
tabling member printed
Stephen Kinnock more like this
uin 13476 more like this
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is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2020-02-11more like thismore than 2020-02-11
answer text <p>Neither tenants or landlords lose a week’s rent in a 53 weekly rent payment year as has been alleged; no year contains 53 weeks. The problem is alignment between weekly and monthly cycles. Each month the UC housing element is a constant figure but claimants with weekly tenancy agreements will be required to make either four or five rent payments within this period. If the claimant always pays their rent on time, in five payment months they are effectively making payment for part of the following month. That month will always be a four rent payment month, so the combination of the advance payment and the ‘overpayment’ of housing support during that month will result in the correct amount of housing element being paid.</p><p> </p><p>Where a landlord charges rent weekly on a Monday, because of the way the calendar falls every 5 or 6 years, they will seek 53 rent payments in a year, with the 53rd payment in part covering the tenancy for the first few days of the following year. The effect of this is that, over the course of the next housing association rental year, a tenant’s UC payments will accurately reflect their liability, irrespective of the 53 payment weeks.</p>
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-02-11T10:37:53.36Zmore like thismore than 2020-02-11T10:37:53.36Z
answering member
4423
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
tabling member
4359
label Biography information for Stephen Kinnock more like this
1176774
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2020-02-06more like thismore than 2020-02-06
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Universal Credit: Fraud more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many fraudulent cases of universal credit advance were (a) recorded and (b) processed at Jobcentres in (i) Preston, (ii) Blackburn, (iii) Blackpool and (iv) Bolton; what the value was of those fraudulent claims; and how much each claimant had to repay as a result of a fraudulent claim made on their behalf by a third party in the last two years. more like this
tabling member constituency Preston more like this
tabling member printed
Sir Mark Hendrick more like this
uin 13420 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2020-02-14more like thismore than 2020-02-14
answer text <p>I estimate that providing the information you request would incur disproportionate costs.</p><p> </p><p>However, let me assure you that the Department takes this issue very seriously. We have set up a dedicated team to investigate this type of fraud and are proactively addressing it by using messaging on social media to remind people of the importance of safeguarding their identity, as well as shutting down social media sites that promote this fraud.</p><p> </p><p>We have also made changes to the Universal Credit advance application process. Universal Credit claimants who wish to apply for a new claim advance are now required to attend a face to face interview. This change will help protect claimants from identity fraud and becoming victims of third party scams.</p><p> </p><p>If a claimant has been the victim of a scam, and has not benefited from an advance in any way, they will not be asked to repay it. In these cases, we will seek recovery from the perpetrator of the scam. The Department considers all cases on their own merits and decisions are made on the strength of the evidence provided.</p>
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-02-14T12:40:00.02Zmore like thismore than 2020-02-14T12:40:00.02Z
answering member
4423
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
tabling member
473
label Biography information for Sir Mark Hendrick more like this