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star this property date less than 2019-03-27more like thismore than 2019-03-27
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Tax Allowances: Occupational Pensions more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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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, whether universal credit claimants are able to deduct the tax relief claimed by relief at source pension schemes from their earned income figure to calculate their award of universal credit. 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 237575 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-06-17more like thismore than 2019-06-17
star this property answer text <p>100% of contributions to employer pension schemes, whether Net or Relief at Source pensions, will be taken into account when calculating the level of employed earnings in UC. This means that a UC claimant that contributes to either type of pension will, automatically (where employers report the information correctly), have their UC entitlement calculated on their taxable pay, after their pension contribution. This ensures fairness for all affected UC employed claimants.</p><p> </p><p>If there is some discrepancy in the way in which it’s reported, DWP will manually ensure that the Relief at Source pension contribution is deducted before any UC entitlement is calculated on their employed earnings.</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 2019-06-17T15:25:05.92Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-17T15:25:05.92Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
1131245
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star this property date less than 2019-06-11more like thismore than 2019-06-11
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Repayments more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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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 19 June 2019 to Question 260559 on universal credit, what assessment she has made of the average length of time taken to repay in full advance payments made under universal credit. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Vale of Clwyd more like this
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Chris Ruane more like this
star this property uin 263065 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-06-19more like thismore than 2019-06-19
star this property answer text <p>The Department encourages all Universal Credit claimants to actively consider how best to manage their personal budget, with additional advice and support available from work coaches and case managers. When an advance payment is appropriate, claimants decide what percentage of their expected monthly award to apply for and over what period to repay it, up to a maximum of 12 monthly instalments.</p><p> </p><p>Claimants have the ability to make the decision for themselves on the time period for repayment. Most claimants (around 85%) choose to repay their advance over a 12-month period, with others repaying in a shorter timeframe.</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 2019-06-19T17:00:48.547Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-19T17:00:48.547Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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123347
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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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Chris Ruane more like this
1131270
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-11more like thismore than 2019-06-11
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Security Benefits: Disqualification more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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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, how many sanctions have been applied to claimants who (a) are pregnant and (b) have young dependent children in each of the last five years for which data are available. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead more like this
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Frank Field more like this
star this property uin 263061 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-06-17more like thismore than 2019-06-17
star this property answer text <p>The information requested is not available.</p><p> </p><p>Sanctions are only used in a minority of cases, and that is when people fail to meet their agreed conditionality requirements without good reason. A Decision Maker will take into account all the claimant’s individual circumstances, including any health conditions or caring responsibilities and any evidence of good reason they have provided, before deciding whether a sanction is warranted.</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 2019-06-17T15:07:08.11Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-17T15:07:08.11Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Frank Field more like this
1131288
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-11more like thismore than 2019-06-11
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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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, how much her Department has spent on advertising in the last 12 months; and what proportion of that spend was on advertising for universal credit. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stalybridge and Hyde more like this
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Jonathan Reynolds more like this
star this property uin 263149 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-06-19more like thismore than 2019-06-19
star this property answer text <p>We are the biggest Government Department providing support on a daily basis to around 22 million citizens. We have a responsibility to raise awareness of the benefits people may be entitled to and ensure they have the information they need when it comes to making a claim.</p><p> </p><p>The Department also has a responsibility to ensure claimants do not miss out on their full entitlements and to encourage people to make their claim as quickly as possible.</p><p> </p><p>We use advertising to communicate to our claimants. Total advertising spend across the Department in the 12 months from April 2018 to March 2019 was £17,351,663 of which the Universal Credit Opening Up Work campaign accounted for £4,600,209. We can commit to publishing an update 2019/20 advertising spend at the end of July.</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 2019-06-19T16:52:56.057Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-19T16:52:56.057Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Jonathan Reynolds more like this
1131319
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star this property date less than 2019-06-11more like thismore than 2019-06-11
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Overpayments more like this
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 5 June 2019 to Question 257458 on Universal Credit: Overpayments, how many overpayments have been waived (a) in full and (b) in part as a result of applications made by claimants or their representatives since 2013. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead more like this
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Frank Field more like this
star this property uin 263062 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-06-17more like thismore than 2019-06-17
star this property answer text <p>As all waiver applications are stored clerically, providing this information would require reviewing all successful applications made since 2013 to determine how many were made in relation to Universal Credit overpayments. We estimate that this would incur disproportionate costs.</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 2019-06-17T15:13:46.193Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-17T15:13:46.193Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Frank Field more like this
1131346
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-11more like thismore than 2019-06-11
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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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, if she will make it her policy to no longer deduct student maintenance loans from universal credit payments to ensure claimants are not pushed into financial hardship while undertaking study. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Houghton and Sunderland South more like this
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Bridget Phillipson more like this
star this property uin 263142 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-06-17more like thismore than 2019-06-17
star this property answer text <p>Most full time students in education do not qualify for benefits or tax credits. Universal Credit is no different, as students can access fees and living costs to support their education courses through various loans and grants funded by 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.</p><p> </p><p>Treatment of student income under Universal Credit broadly mirrors that in Legacy Benefits which safeguards fairness whilst also ensuring simplification of the benefit system. An award of Universal Credit takes into account the elements of student loans or grants which provide for basic maintenance and disregards elements paid for specific additional costs, such as tuition or books. A flat rate monthly disregard of £110 is applied against the amount taken into account as student income</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 2019-06-17T15:25:07.04Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-17T15:25:07.04Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Bridget Phillipson more like this
1131360
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star this property date less than 2019-06-11more like thismore than 2019-06-11
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Overpayments more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 5 June 2019 to Question 257458, if she will publish for each of the estimated 30 applications made by claimants or their representatives to have their overpayments waived either in full or in part (a) the reason for the request, (b) whether the application was made by the claimant or the representative and (c) the relationship of the claimant to the representative. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead more like this
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Frank Field more like this
star this property uin 263064 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-06-18more like thismore than 2019-06-18
star this property answer text <p>The table below details the reasons that applications for the waiving of Universal Credit overpayments were made by claimants or their representatives. The figures in this table have been rounded to the nearest 10. Where the volume of cases is less than 5, we are unable to report the exact number to avoid possible disclosure of individual details.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Reason for Waiver application</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Volume of applications (includes both successful and unsuccessful)</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Medical Grounds</p></td><td><p>20</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Financial Grounds</p></td><td><p>0 to less than 5</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Medical and Financial Grounds</p></td><td><p>0 to less than 5</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Official Error</p></td><td><p>0 to less than 5</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Medical Grounds and Official Error</p></td><td><p>0 to less than 5</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>DWP may waive recovery of overpayments where it can be demonstrated that recovery would cause substantial hardship and there is strong evidence available that the recovery of an overpayment would be detrimental to the health and/or welfare of the debtor or their family. Official error in itself is not cause for an overpayment to be waived.</p><p> </p><p>It is not possible to provide details of whether an application was made by a claimant or their representative as this information is not stored.</p><p> </p><p><em>*The data provided in this response has been sourced from internal management information and was not intended for public release. It should therefore not be compared to any other, similar figures subsequently released by the Department. </em></p>
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 2019-06-18T15:19:00.223Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-18T15:19:00.223Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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123346
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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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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478
star this property label Biography information for Frank Field more like this
1131364
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star this property date less than 2019-06-11more like thismore than 2019-06-11
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Overpayments more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit overpayments her Department has made in the Vale of Clwyd in each of the last five years, and what the cause for overpayment was in each such case. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Vale of Clwyd more like this
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Chris Ruane more like this
star this property uin 263066 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-06-18more like thismore than 2019-06-18
star this property answer text <p>The specific breakdown requested is not available. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has no business need for a breakdown of this type and therefore our systems do not have this functionality.</p><p> </p><p>DWP is committed to preventing overpayments from occurring.</p><p> </p><p>The Department ensures that appropriate safeguards are in place to protect claimants who have deductions from their benefit to repay overpayments. There are maximum rates of deduction that are set out in legislation, and if a claimant is struggling they can contact the Department’s Debt Management Team to discuss lowering their repayment rate.</p><p> </p><p>DWP is constantly improving its data and analytical tools to detect and prevent issues as early as possible. DWP works to ensure claimants are aware of their obligation to report any changes in their circumstances. We are constantly reviewing our approach to make sure it is as effective as possible.</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 2019-06-18T15:42:47.807Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-18T15:42:47.807Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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123348
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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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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534
star this property label Biography information for Chris Ruane more like this
1131674
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star this property date less than 2019-06-12more like thismore than 2019-06-12
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Zero-hours Contracts: West Midlands more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people in the West Midlands on zero-hour contracts. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coventry South more like this
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Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 263688 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-06-17more like thismore than 2019-06-17
star this property answer text <p>Data from the independent Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that in 2018 75,000 people in the West Midlands are employed on zero hours’ contracts – representing just 2.7% of people employed in the West Midlands.</p><p> </p><p>In the UK in 2018 the ONS estimate that 844,000 people were employed on zero hours’ contracts – 2.6% of all people employed.</p><p> </p><p>A record number of people (32.7 million) in the UK are employed. Since 2010 nearly 80% of the growth in employment has been in full-time work and over 75% has come from permanent employment’. Average wages have grown faster than inflation for 15 consecutive 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 2019-06-17T15:05:37.353Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-17T15:05:37.353Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
1131675
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star this property date less than 2019-06-12more like thismore than 2019-06-12
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will introduce a box on the universal credit application form through which claimants may give permissions for their data to be used to register their children for free school meals and other income-related educational benefits. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead more like this
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Frank Field more like this
star this property uin 263718 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-06-18more like thismore than 2019-06-18
star this property answer text <p>The Department for Education (DfE) provides an Electronic Eligibility Checking Service (ECS) to all local authorities in England, which is used to confirm eligibility for free school meals.</p><p> </p><p>To support this, there are already data sharing agreements in place between DfE and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and other government departments who administer benefits which qualify families for free school meals. This enables local authorities and schools to quickly verify eligibility for free school meals, including where parent(s) have been awarded Universal Credit and have earnings below the prescribed threshold for free school meal eligibility.</p><p> </p><p>DWP therefore has no plans to ask claimants to give permission for their Universal Credit data to be used to provide an automatic entitlement to other benefits.</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 2019-06-18T16:13:35.24Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-18T16:13:35.24Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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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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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Frank Field more like this