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star this property date less than 2019-03-07more like thismore than 2019-03-07
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the process is for her Department when it considers an application for an advance payment for universal credit. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Arfon more like this
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Hywel Williams more like this
star this property uin 229666 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-22more like thismore than 2019-05-22
unstar this property answer text <p>If a claimant meets the conditions for an advance we aim to make the payment within 72 hours. However, an advance can be paid on the same day the claimant applies if they or their household would suffer genuine hardship if they had to wait 72 hours for the payment.</p><p>Applications for a Universal Credit advance payment can be made in person, by telephone or online depending on the claimant’s circumstances. Depending on the type of advance payment application, we will consider whether the claimant satisfies the eligibility conditions for receiving the advance. If the claimant is eligible we will agree the amount of the advance and the period over which the advance will be recovered from their future Universal Credit payments. The outcome of the application is explained to the claimant and their online journal updated.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2019-05-22T13:37:44.937Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-22T13:37:44.937Z
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4014
star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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1397
unstar this property label Biography information for Hywel Williams more like this
1126163
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-05-13more like thismore than 2019-05-13
star this property answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support her Department provides for universal credit (a) claimants and (b) intended beneficiaries who are victims of economic abuse arising from provision of a single payment to one family. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Lanark and Hamilton East more like this
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Angela Crawley more like this
star this property uin 253650 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-21more like thismore than 2019-05-21
unstar this property answer text <p>DWP is committed to doing all we can do support victims of domestic and economic abuse, including giving split payments when requested, easements in benefit conditionality, and referrals to local support.</p><p> </p><p>When an individual suffering from economic abuse requests a split payment, the Department will make split payments available to them. Whilst we are not intending to introduce split payments by default, we respond positively to such requests.</p><p>Both members of a couple do not need to be present to arrange a split payment and consent is not required from the other partner to authorise a split payment. Claimants can request a split payment during a face to face meeting, a phone call, or online via their journal and do not have to provide evidence of abuse in order to be granted a split payment.</p><p>If a victim of abuse feels able to flee their relationship, we can implement same-day advances to support them.</p><p>The Department can take other actions to support those experiencing economic abuse, such as making a managed payment of rent direct to landlords. We also ensure that claimants who disclose abuse are signposted to specialist organisations for support. All work coaches undergo mandatory training regarding how to support vulnerable claimants, including recognising the signs of domestic abuse. We are also looking at what more we can do to ensure that the main carer more often receives the Universal Credit payment direct.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Colchester more like this
star this property answering member printed Will Quince more like this
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less than 2019-05-21T16:23:54.91Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-21T16:23:54.91Z
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4423
star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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4469
unstar this property label Biography information for Angela Crawley more like this
1126537
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-05-14more like thismore than 2019-05-14
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what response her Department makes when notified by a local authority of an error in a resident’s universal credit calculation. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 254086 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-03more like thismore than 2019-06-03
unstar this property answer text <p>It is not clear whether the questions relate to the Local Authority as the provider of housing or as the administrator of Housing Benefit and Council Tax. This answer therefore responds on both counts.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Local Authority as landlord:</strong></p><p> </p><p>The Local Authority use the ‘Landlord Portal’ to provide details of a claimant’s rent and tenancy details. When the information provided does not match what the claimant has given, the claimant will then be able to accept or reject the information uploaded by the Local Authority by logging into their Universal Credit account.</p><p> </p><p>If the claimant accepts the information provided by the Local Authority no further action is required. If the Local Authority has provided information that is rejected by the claimant, the claimant is advised to make contact to resolve this. This could require a subsequent housing declaration to be provided. The ‘Landlord Portal’ has a summary screen that allows the Local Authority to confirm or change the information they are about to provide before it has been submitted.</p><p> </p><p>This process applies whenever there is a rent change, including annual uprating of rent. The Landlord Portal is the streamlined communication tool which allows the Local Authority to disclose the rent thus highlighting errors in the claimants Universal Credit.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Local Authority as administrator of Housing Benefit and Council Tax:</strong></p><p> </p><p>Once a claim to Universal Credit has been made, the Local Authority will receive a notification if the claimant is in receipt of Housing Benefit. This will inform the Local Authority of the claim to Universal Credit so they can take the action to close the Housing Benefit claim where needed. The Local Authority will inform Universal Credit of the action they have taken and if there is any payment to be offset within the first assessment period.</p><p> </p><p>Additionally, during the Universal Credit claim process, the claimant will be asked if their name is on the council tax bill. If the claimant answers ‘yes’, they are asked if they have applied for a reduction in their council tax. If the claimant answers that they have applied or will apply for a Council Tax Reduction, their details will be shared with the Local Authority. This is a one-way communication which allows for the Local Authority to take the appropriate action regarding an application for a Council Tax Reduction.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 254088 more like this
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less than 2019-06-03T13:09:40.307Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-03T13:09:40.307Z
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4014
star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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119078
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
star this property answering member
4014
star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
1126539
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-05-14more like thismore than 2019-05-14
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support her Department provides to local authorities to help (a) identify and (b) remedy errors in universal credit calculations. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 254088 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-03more like thismore than 2019-06-03
unstar this property answer text <p>It is not clear whether the questions relate to the Local Authority as the provider of housing or as the administrator of Housing Benefit and Council Tax. This answer therefore responds on both counts.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Local Authority as landlord:</strong></p><p> </p><p>The Local Authority use the ‘Landlord Portal’ to provide details of a claimant’s rent and tenancy details. When the information provided does not match what the claimant has given, the claimant will then be able to accept or reject the information uploaded by the Local Authority by logging into their Universal Credit account.</p><p> </p><p>If the claimant accepts the information provided by the Local Authority no further action is required. If the Local Authority has provided information that is rejected by the claimant, the claimant is advised to make contact to resolve this. This could require a subsequent housing declaration to be provided. The ‘Landlord Portal’ has a summary screen that allows the Local Authority to confirm or change the information they are about to provide before it has been submitted.</p><p> </p><p>This process applies whenever there is a rent change, including annual uprating of rent. The Landlord Portal is the streamlined communication tool which allows the Local Authority to disclose the rent thus highlighting errors in the claimants Universal Credit.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Local Authority as administrator of Housing Benefit and Council Tax:</strong></p><p> </p><p>Once a claim to Universal Credit has been made, the Local Authority will receive a notification if the claimant is in receipt of Housing Benefit. This will inform the Local Authority of the claim to Universal Credit so they can take the action to close the Housing Benefit claim where needed. The Local Authority will inform Universal Credit of the action they have taken and if there is any payment to be offset within the first assessment period.</p><p> </p><p>Additionally, during the Universal Credit claim process, the claimant will be asked if their name is on the council tax bill. If the claimant answers ‘yes’, they are asked if they have applied for a reduction in their council tax. If the claimant answers that they have applied or will apply for a Council Tax Reduction, their details will be shared with the Local Authority. This is a one-way communication which allows for the Local Authority to take the appropriate action regarding an application for a Council Tax Reduction.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 254086 more like this
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less than 2019-06-03T13:09:40.383Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-03T13:09:40.383Z
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4014
star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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119077
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
star this property answering member
4014
star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
star this property tabling member
163
unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
1126618
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-05-14more like thismore than 2019-05-14
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what changes have been made to the burden of proof required to prove eligibility for welfare support for (a) EU nationals and (b) non-EU nationals following the introduction of universal credit. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Dulwich and West Norwood more like this
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Helen Hayes more like this
star this property uin 254247 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-21more like thismore than 2019-05-21
unstar this property answer text <p>No changes have been made to the burden of proof required to demonstrate eligibility for Universal Credit. In 2015, amendments to Universal Credit regulations brought the eligibility criteria to access Universal Credit more closely into line with EU regulations. The Department publishes Advice for Decision Makers on gov.uk, which is updated periodically.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2019-05-21T16:48:54.913Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-21T16:48:54.913Z
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4014
star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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119071
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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4014
star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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4510
unstar this property label Biography information for Helen Hayes more like this
1126816
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star this property date less than 2019-05-15more like thismore than 2019-05-15
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of whether there is a need for transitional protection for mixed-age couples that will see eligibility for pension credit and housing benefit affected by transferring to universal credit. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Preseli Pembrokeshire more like this
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Stephen Crabb more like this
star this property uin 254779 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-22more like thismore than 2019-05-22
unstar this property answer text <p>The mixed age couples change will not apply to couples already claiming Pension Credit and/or Housing Benefit for pensioners on 14 May for as long as they remain entitled to either benefit. DWP wrote earlier this year to those mixed age couples already receiving Pension Credit and/or Housing Benefit for pensioners to ensure they know about the change and how they could be affected if their circumstances change on or after 15 May.</p><p> </p><p>Couples who would be eligible for the pension age benefits under the previous rules but have not claimed before 15 May will have up to 13 August to make a backdated claim to 14 May and we encourage them to do so.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Hexham more like this
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-05-22T15:54:25.79Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-22T15:54:25.79Z
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4142
star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
star this property tabling member
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Crabb more like this
1126904
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star this property date less than 2019-05-15more like thismore than 2019-05-15
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect on universal credit claimants who have been awarded the limited work capacity (LWC) element in addition to their basic element of the wait to be awarded the extra element. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Edgbaston more like this
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Preet Kaur Gill more like this
star this property uin 254862 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-24more like thismore than 2019-05-24
unstar this property answer text <p>People who claim Universal Credit due to having a health condition or disability, and have been determined to have limited capability for work (LCW) or limited capability for work and work related activity (LCWRA) following a work capability assessment, may be entitled to an additional amount of benefit. However, the additional amount for having LCW is not payable for a health related claim made on or after 3 April 2017. Only health related claims made on or after that date and where the claimant is determined as having LCWRA will have access to an additional amount of benefit.</p><p> </p><p>The additional amount for having LCWRA may only become payable from the beginning of the assessment period following the assessment period in which the relevant period ends. The relevant period is the 3 month period starting from the first day on which the claimant provides evidence of their having a health condition or disability which limits their capability for work. This means that all claimants who are determined to have LCWRA - with some exceptions, for example where the claimant is terminally ill and is not expected to live for more than 6 months - have to serve a three month relevant period.</p><p> </p><p>The relevant period is used, before payment of the additional amount for having LCWRA can be made, to establish that the claimant has a long-term health condition or disability. During the relevant period the claimant is made financially secure through being paid the Universal Credit standard allowance, plus any additional amounts to which they may be entitled, such as those for children and housing costs.</p>
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2019-05-24T13:00:38.303Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-24T13:00:38.303Z
star this property answering member
4105
star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
star this property tabling member
4603
unstar this property label Biography information for Preet Kaur Gill more like this
1126933
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-05-15more like thismore than 2019-05-15
star this property answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what penalties universal credit claimants incur if they are unable to repay their advance within 12 months. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Selly Oak more like this
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Steve McCabe more like this
star this property uin 254729 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-24more like thismore than 2019-05-24
unstar this property answer text <p>Before accepting a Universal Credit Advance the number of monthly repayment instalments is agreed with a claimant, up to a maximum of 12. For a variety of reasons, instalments may not occur consecutively, so claimants do not incur a penalty if it takes them more than 12 calendar months.</p><p> </p><p>The Department has taken a number of steps to ensure that advances meet the needs of claimants and that recovery arrangements are personalised and reasonable. From October 2019 we are reducing the maximum rate of deductions to 30 per cent and from October 2021 we are increasing the maximum recovery period for advances from 12 to 16 months.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2019-05-24T12:02:18.013Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-24T12:02:18.013Z
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4014
star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Steve McCabe more like this
1126934
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-05-15more like thismore than 2019-05-15
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 13 May to Question 249845, what proportion of universal credit claimants who had not fully repaid their advance as of 5 May 2019 had taken out that advance prior to 5 November 2018. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Selly Oak more like this
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Steve McCabe more like this
star this property uin 254730 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-23more like thismore than 2019-05-23
unstar this property answer text <p>The latest available data shows there were 610,000 claimants who had not fully repaid a Universal Credit Advance which had been taken out prior to 5 November 2018. This equates to around 40% of the total claimants with a Universal Credit Advance.</p><p> </p><p>Notes:</p><ol><li>Data is a snapshot of information held on 15 May 2019 and has been rounded to the nearest ten thousand.</li><li>Many Universal Credit advances are taken out over a 12-month repayment period, so this snapshot of data includes cases where repayments are being made to the agreed timeline.</li><li>This data has been sourced from internal management information and due to the time available, has not been quality assured to the usual standards for public release. It should therefore not be compared to any other similar data subsequently released by the Department.</li></ol> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2019-05-23T16:28:49.52Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-23T16:28:49.52Z
star this property answering member
4014
star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Steve McCabe more like this
1126937
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-05-15more like thismore than 2019-05-15
star this property answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 8 May to Question 249846, whether she has made an assessment of the feasibility of a claimant living with a 40 per cent reduction in their universal credit payment; and if she will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Selly Oak more like this
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Steve McCabe more like this
star this property uin 254732 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-24more like thismore than 2019-05-24
unstar this property answer text <p>The Department has taken a number of steps to ensure that advances meet the needs of claimants and that recovery arrangements are personalised and reasonable. From October 2019 we are reducing the maximum rate of deductions to 30 per cent of standard allowance and from October 2021 we are increasing the maximum recovery period for advances from 12 to 16 months.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2019-05-24T13:07:43.513Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-24T13:07:43.513Z
star this property answering member
4014
star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
star this property tabling member
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unstar this property label Biography information for Steve McCabe more like this