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star this property date less than 2019-10-28more like thismore than 2019-10-28
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Fraud 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, what estimate she has made of the debt incurred by individuals as a result of being scammed into claiming an advance for universal credit. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Weaver Vale more like this
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Mike Amesbury remove filter
star this property uin 6511 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 2019-10-30more like thismore than 2019-10-30
star this property answer text <p>On the 18<sup>th</sup> September 2019 we brought in changes to the application process for Universal Credit advances to protect innocent people from these scams.</p><p> </p><p>In order to determine whether an individual is liable to repay an advance, we look at the strength of evidence provided. Our investigations play an important part in establishing whether a claimant has had any involvement. In some cases, we will be able to establish that a claimant was entirely innocent and did not benefit from the payment, in which case we would not seek to recover the money from them.</p><p> </p><p>As each case is different and is judged solely on its merits, and as our investigations are still ongoing, it is not possible to accurately estimate the amount individuals could be asked to repay.</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 2019-10-30T16:46:49.57Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-30T16:46:49.57Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mike Amesbury more like this
1166654
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-28more like thismore than 2019-10-28
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Fraud more like this
unstar 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, what estimate she has made of the number of universal credit claimants who have been referred for fraud relating to advance claims made after 18 September 2019. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Weaver Vale more like this
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Mike Amesbury remove filter
star this property uin 6512 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 2019-11-01more like thismore than 2019-11-01
star this property answer text <p>It is not possible to answer this question. This answer could only be provided by accessing a substantial number of referrals to ascertain how many relate to advances claimed after 18<sup>th</sup> September 2019. As a result, we estimate providing this information would incur disproportionate costs.</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 2019-11-01T10:59:45.43Zmore like thismore than 2019-11-01T10:59:45.43Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mike Amesbury more like this
1150531
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Fraud more like this
unstar 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, what estimate her Department has made of the total cost to her Department of universal credit scams to date. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Weaver Vale more like this
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Mike Amesbury remove filter
star this property uin 1784 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 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
star this property answer text <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. The Department considers all cases on their own merits and decisions are made on the strength of the evidence provided.</p><p> </p><p>Completed investigations thus far, have shown that the total amount claimed in fraudulent Universal Credit (UC) advances as of 30<sup>th</sup> September 2019 was £1,868,000 (rounded to the nearest thousand).</p><p> </p><p>It is important to clarify that these are not losses. The Department will endeavour to recover this money and pursue fraudsters. Recovery has already started in some of these cases.</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 2019-10-22T14:40:46.193Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-22T14:40:46.193Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mike Amesbury more like this
1150532
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star this property date less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Fraud more like this
unstar 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 (a) individuals and (b) third party individuals investigated for universal credit fraud have been (a) referred for prosecution and (b) successfully prosecuted. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Weaver Vale more like this
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Mike Amesbury remove filter
star this property uin 1785 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 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
star this property answer text <p>The Department takes this issue very seriously and we are committed to taking appropriate action to deter this fraud.</p><p> </p><p>There are 28 individual cases being prepared for prosecution and 1 successful individual prosecution.</p><p> </p><p>There has been 1 successful third party prosecution and a 2<sup>nd</sup> third party case is due in court next month.</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 2019-10-22T14:25:25.903Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-22T14:25:25.903Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mike Amesbury more like this
1150533
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Fraud more like this
unstar 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, what steps her Department is taking to increase public awareness of universal credit scams. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Weaver Vale more like this
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Mike Amesbury remove filter
star this property uin 1786 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 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
star this property answer text <p>We have raised awareness of recent Universal Credit advance payment fraud via a dedicated social media campaign, which reminds people of the importance of safeguarding their identity.  Staff throughout the Department are actively encouraged to report any instances of potentially fraudulent activity for investigation.</p><p> </p><p>The Department is committed to the prevention, detection and investigation of all types of benefit fraud. We take the issue of misuse of the welfare system very seriously and will continue to use appropriate penalties to deter fraudulent behaviour which can be very distressing for innocent victims.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>If any claimant has concerns about the safety of their personal information, they should speak to a member of Departmental staff, or get help from the national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime, Action Fraud, online at <a href="http://www.actionfraud.police.uk" target="_blank">www.actionfraud.police.uk</a> or by telephone on 0300 123 2040, which is promoted through display materials in Jobcentres.</p><p> </p>
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 2019-10-22T14:57:57.127Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-22T14:57:57.127Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman remove filter
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4667
unstar this property label Biography information for Mike Amesbury more like this
1150534
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
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
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Fraud more like this
unstar 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 it is her Department's policy to reinstate legacy benefits to people who have been migrated from those benefits to universal credit as a result of a fraud that was not their fault. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Weaver Vale more like this
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Mike Amesbury remove filter
star this property uin 1787 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 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
star this property answer text <p>The Department will review each case where a claim to Universal Credit was prompted by fraudulent activity, considering the extent to which the claimant was involved.</p><p> </p><p>If there is clear evidence that the claimant had no involvement in the fraud, and where the claimant wishes us to do so, we will consider re-instating DWP legacy benefits.</p><p> </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 2019-10-22T15:05:29.07Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-22T15:05:29.07Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman remove filter
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4667
unstar this property label Biography information for Mike Amesbury more like this
1150537
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Fraud more like this
unstar 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, what proportion of claimants of universal credit that were referred for investigation into fraud were referred after her Department introduced a requirement for claimants to attend a Jobcentre before applying for an advance payment. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Weaver Vale more like this
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Mike Amesbury remove filter
star this property uin 1788 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 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
star this property answer text <p>From 18<sup>th</sup> September 2019, claimants are required to attend an interview at a jobcentre to verify their identity before claiming a Universal Credit (UC) advance. This change is helping protect claimants from identity fraud and becoming victims of third party scams.</p><p> </p><p>The staff referrals we have received for UC advances fraud since 18<sup>th</sup> September 2019 equate to 6.3% of the total referrals received to date.</p><p> </p><p>It is important to clarify that the majority of these referrals will relate to advance claims made prior to 18<sup>th</sup> September 2019.</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 2019-10-22T15:13:40.307Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-22T15:13:40.307Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mike Amesbury more like this
1147993
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star this property date less than 2019-10-02more like thismore than 2019-10-02
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Thomas Cook: Insolvency more like this
unstar 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, what steps she is taking to provide pension protection for Thomas Cook staff. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Weaver Vale more like this
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Mike Amesbury remove filter
star this property uin 293718 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 2019-10-08more like thismore than 2019-10-08
star this property answer text <p>Thomas Cook schemes provide both Defined Contribution and Defined Benefit pensions.</p><p> </p><p>Defined Contribution pensions are operated independently of Thomas Cook, with funds held separately. Pension pots will not be affected and will continue to be invested on behalf of the members. If there are unpaid pension contributions the Insolvency Service can make payments out of the National Insurance Fund within specified limits.</p><p> </p><p>The Thomas Cook Defined Benefit pension schemes are protected by the Pension Protection Fund. These schemes are well funded and are able to continue to paying out pensions to their members. The Pension Protection Fund will assess whether it will need to take responsibility for payments in the future. Payments cannot be lower than the level of Pension Protection Fund compensation – which is 100% of pension for those currently above the scheme retirement age, and 90% subject to a cap for those who are younger, but this may be higher.</p><p> </p><p>The trustees of the Defined Benefit pension schemes are in touch with members. The Pension Protection Fund has provided contact details if members have questions.</p>
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 2019-10-08T13:29:50.1Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-08T13:29:50.1Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mike Amesbury more like this