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star this property date less than 2014-12-03more like thisremove minimum value filter
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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 Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing 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 he has made of the proportion of people affected by the under-occupancy penalty who have subsequently moved into a smaller home. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bolton South East more like this
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Yasmin Qureshi more like this
star this property uin 217111 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-10more like thismore than 2014-12-10
star this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p>This information is not available.</p><p> </p><p>It is not possible to calculate the proportion of those affected by the removal of the spare room subsidy policy to date due to the dynamic nature of the caseload (i.e. every month there are on-flows as well as off-flows). However a recent DWP ad hoc publication did show that between May and December 2013 around 19,000 of the caseload downsized within the social rented sector over this period. This is likely to be an understatement and it does not include those who have downsized to the private rented sector.</p><p> </p><p>This represents around 10% of all those who during this period were no longer subject to a reduction in their housing benefit award due to the policy.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Wirral West more like this
star this property answering member printed Esther McVey more like this
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less than 2014-12-10T14:59:18.877Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-10T14:59:18.877Z
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star this property label Biography information for Esther McVey remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Yasmin Qureshi more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-12-08more like thismore than 2014-12-08
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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 Jobseeker's Allowance: Clwyd 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 people have been in receipt of jobseeker's allowance payments for more than one year in Clwyd South constituency. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Clwyd South more like this
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Susan Elan Jones more like this
star this property uin 217656 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-15more like thismore than 2014-12-15
star this property answer text <p /> <p><strong> </strong></p><p>Jobseeker’s Allowance caseloads by duration are available at: <a href="http://www.nomisweb.co.uk/query/select/wizpopular.asp" target="_blank">http://www.nomisweb.co.uk/query/select/wizpopular.asp</a>. These figures may include a small number of people in receipt of National Insurance credits only.</p><p> </p><p>Under the last Government, figures for long-term JSA were kept artificially low by moving claimants onto training allowances. This Government stopped doing that when we introduced the Work Programme, meaning we now have a true measure of the number of people claiming benefit due to unemployment.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Wirral West more like this
star this property answering member printed Esther McVey more like this
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less than 2014-12-15T16:12:29.13Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-15T16:12:29.13Z
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star this property label Biography information for Esther McVey remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Susan Elan Jones more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-12-11more like thismore than 2014-12-11
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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 Unemployment: Medway 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 he has made of the effects of the benefits cap on reducing unemployment in (a) Medway and (b) Gillingham and Rainham constituency; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Gillingham and Rainham more like this
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Rehman Chishti more like this
star this property uin 218325 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-18more like thismore than 2014-12-18
star this property answer text <p /> <p>A suite of evaluation was published on 15 December 2014 finding those who would be impacted by the benefit cap were 41 per cent more likely to go into work, as defined by having an open Working Tax Credit claim, than a similar group with benefit entitlement just under the cap level and 38 per cent of those capped said they were doing more to find work. Further information can be found at:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/benefit-cap-evaluation" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/benefit-cap-evaluation</a></p><p> </p><p>The number of households capped in Medway Local Authority from the introduction of the benefit cap (on 15 April 2013) to August 2014 (the latest available data) was 239. Of the 109 households who were no longer capped as at August 2014, 36 had an open Working Tax Credit (WTC) claim, indicative of a move into work. This is not a comprehensive measure of moves into work; some individuals may go into work but may not be eligible to claim WTC if their earnings are too high or the hours worked do not meet the claim requirements.<br> <br></p><p>The number of households capped in Gillingham and Rainham Parliamentary Constituency from the introduction of the benefit cap (on 15 April 2013) to August 2014 (the latest available data) was 81. Of the 35 households who were no longer capped as at August 2014, 6 had an open Working Tax Credit claim, indicative of a move into work. This is not a comprehensive measure of moves into work; some individuals may go into work but may not be eligible to claim WTC if their earnings are too high or the hours worked do not meet the claim requirements. Further information can be found at:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/benefit-cap-number-of-households-capped-to-august-2014" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/benefit-cap-number-of-households-capped-to-august-2014</a></p>
star this property answering member constituency Wirral West more like this
star this property answering member printed Esther McVey more like this
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less than 2014-12-18T12:14:31.67Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-18T12:14:31.67Z
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star this property label Biography information for Esther McVey remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Rehman Chishti more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-12-10more like thismore than 2014-12-10
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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 Housing Benefit 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 5 December 2014 to Question 216814, whether he plans to implement a further IT solution to ensure that local authorities have the information needed to suspend housing benefit only in cases where it is so appropriate. 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 218199 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-15more like thismore than 2014-12-15
star this property answer text <p /> <p>As reported in my last statement, the current system is working to specification; but we will continue to monitor the situation and take appropriate action if required.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Wirral West more like this
star this property answering member printed Esther McVey more like this
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less than 2014-12-15T16:20:02.157Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-15T16:20:02.157Z
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star this property label Biography information for Esther McVey remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-12-05more like thismore than 2014-12-05
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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 Food Banks 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, with reference to the Answer of 20 December 2012 to the hon. Member for Liverpool, Wavertree, Official Report, column 929W, on food banks, what visits Ministers of his Department have made to foodbanks in order to assess the effects of welfare reforms on foodbank use since December 2012. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Rhondda more like this
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Chris Bryant more like this
star this property uin 217484 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-11more like thismore than 2014-12-11
star this property answer text <p /> <p>DWP Ministers have visited a range of organisations, including foodbanks, and discussed various topics, including welfare reform.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Wirral West more like this
star this property answering member printed Esther McVey more like this
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less than 2014-12-11T17:43:45.337Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-11T17:43:45.337Z
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star this property label Biography information for Esther McVey remove filter
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star this property answering member constituency Wirral West more like this
star this property answering member printed Esther McVey more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Esther McVey more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Chris Bryant more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-12-16more like thismore than 2014-12-16
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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 Housing Benefit 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, what safeguards are in place to ensure that a person who loses their employment and support allowance as a result of a sanction will not also lose their housing benefit because of a misunderstanding by the local authority. 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 218957 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-01-05more like thismore than 2015-01-05
star this property answer text <p /> <p>Following Matthew Oakley’s report we have implemented a number of improvements to communications to ensure that claimants understand the sanctions process and can take the necessary action.</p><p>An investigation of housing benefit with local authorities showed that the IT solution is working to specification and correct notifications are being sent. As a safeguard we have also improved guidance to ensure that staff advise all claimants, when sanctioned, to inform their local authority so that their housing benefit is not inadvertently stopped.</p><p>We will continue to monitor the position in cooperation with local authorities.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Wirral West more like this
star this property answering member printed Esther McVey more like this
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less than 2015-01-05T16:30:58.557Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-05T16:30:58.557Z
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star this property label Biography information for Esther McVey remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-12-16more like thismore than 2014-12-16
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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 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, what steps his Department plans to take to make benefit claimants aware of (a) short-term benefit advances and (b) hardship payments. 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 218961 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-01-05more like thismore than 2015-01-05
star this property answer text <p /> <p>I refer the Rt. Hon. Member to the oral answer given to him by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Official Report, 8 December 2014, column 633. The Secretary of State set out how the department will be doing more to raise awareness of Short Term Benefit Advances (STBAs). This will include providing more information to claimants about STBAs online and in Jobcentres. Staff guidance on STBAs will also be updated and staff reminded of the process for considering an STBA.</p><p>The department has already made improvements to the hardship process. In July 2014 we strengthened guidance for work coaches so that all claimants are informed about how and when they can make an application for hardship payment and processing times have also been improved.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Wirral West more like this
star this property answering member printed Esther McVey more like this
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less than 2015-01-05T14:00:16.587Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-05T14:00:16.587Z
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4084
star this property label Biography information for Esther McVey remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-12-03more like thisremove minimum value filter
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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 Jobseeker's Allowance 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, with reference to the Government's commitment in its response to the Oakley Review, Cm 8904, to strengthen guidance so that hardship provision is clear upfront to all claimants who are sanctioned, what progress has been made in strengthening such guidance; and whether the planned implementation date of August 2014 was achieved. 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 216998 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-08more like thismore than 2014-12-08
star this property answer text <p /> <p>In response to the recommendation we implemented improvements to the hardship process in July 2014 which includes strengthened guidance for work coaches. All claimants will be informed about how and when they can make an application for hardship payment following a conditionality doubt.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Wirral West more like this
star this property answering member printed Esther McVey more like this
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less than 2014-12-08T17:23:58.77Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-08T17:23:58.77Z
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star this property label Biography information for Esther McVey remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-12-16more like thismore than 2014-12-16
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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 Work Programme: Lone Parents more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many lone parents were referred to the Work Programme between June 2011 and June 2014; and how many such parents achieved a sustained job outcome. 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 218962 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-01-05more like thismore than 2015-01-05
star this property answer text <p /> <p>Information in relation to the Work Programme referrals and job outcomes by lone parent status, up to June 2014, is published and can be found at:</p><p> </p><p><a href="http://tabulation-tool.dwp.gov.uk/WorkProg/tabtool.html" target="_blank">http://tabulation-tool.dwp.gov.uk/WorkProg/tabtool.html</a></p><p> </p><p>Guidance for users is available at:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dwp-tabulation-tool-guidance" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dwp-tabulation-tool-guidance</a></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Wirral West more like this
star this property answering member printed Esther McVey more like this
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less than 2015-01-05T13:42:34.267Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-05T13:42:34.267Z
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4084
star this property label Biography information for Esther McVey remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
170791
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star this property date less than 2014-12-16more like thismore than 2014-12-16
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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 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 assessment he has made of the reasons for the difference in the number of short-term benefit allowance payments in 2013-14 and the number of crisis loan alignment payments in each of the previous six years. 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 218964 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-01-05more like thismore than 2015-01-05
star this property answer text <p /> <p>It is not possible to compare the number of Short Term Benefit Advance (STBA) payments with the number of Crisis Loan alignment payments as there are a number of key differences in the respective rules and processes.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Wirral West more like this
star this property answering member printed Esther McVey more like this
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less than 2015-01-05T13:42:09.957Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-05T13:42:09.957Z
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star this property label Biography information for Esther McVey remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this