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unstar 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 Poverty: Children more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the comments by Lord Freud in the Grand Committee debate on the Child Poverty Act 2010 (Persistent Poverty Targets) Regulations 2014, that the facts Lord McAvoy had quoted were "simply not true" (HL Deb, 25 November, col GC 263), how they were not true. more like this
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Lord McAvoy more like this
star this property uin HL3387 more like this
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star this property answer text <p /> <p>I wrote to the Noble Peer on this issue on 4<sup>th</sup> December 2014. I have placed a copy of this letter in the library of the House and have also attached it to this response.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
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less than 2014-12-08T15:43:27.97Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-08T15:43:27.97Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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star this property file name Letter to Lord McAvoy 4.12.14.PDF more like this
star this property title Letter to Lord McAvoy 4th Dec 2014 more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord McAvoy more like this
167853
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unstar 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 Social Security Benefits 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, in what circumstances benefit claimants are permitted to undertake paid work which is regarded as therapeutic. 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 217129 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p /> <p>A person who is entitled to Employment and Support Allowance and who does any work will normally be treated as not having limited capability for work and will lose their entitlement accordingly. However, under existing provisions, there are types of work that a claimant can do without losing their benefit entitlement.</p><p> </p><p>This is called ‘exempt work’ (more commonly referred to as ‘permitted work’). <br> The categories of exempt work are Permitted Work; Voluntary Work and work done in a Work Placement. There are four types of permitted work.</p><p> </p><p>· Permitted Work Lower Level: work for no more than £20 a week at any time for as long as the person is on benefit;<br> <br></p><p>· Permitted Work Higher Level: work for less than 16 hours a week with earnings of no more than £104.00 a week for a fixed period of 52 weeks with the aim of progressing to work of more than 16 hours per week; <br> <br></p><p>· Permitted Work Higher Level Subsequent: at the end of the 52 week period of PWHL, if they have not progressed to work of more than 16 hours, claimants can continue to work for no more than £20 per week. After a gap of 52 weeks customers can undertake a subsequent period of 52 weeks at the higher level;<br> <br></p><p>· Supported Permitted Work: claimants can work for no more than £104.00 a week for as long as they are on benefit if they have a disability which is unlikely to improve over time and they need regular and on going support or supervision in the work place in order to make as much progress as they can towards full-time work. A person is able to work and earn up to and including £104.00 a week indefinitely where their work is supervised by someone who is employed by a public or local authority, or a voluntary organisation whose job it is to arrange work for people with disabilities.</p><p> </p><p>A person can only do one type of Permitted Work at any one time and there are rules which cover the length of time that claimants may undertake each category, and the amount they can earn.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Forest of Dean more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
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less than 2014-12-08T12:24:20.753Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-08T12:24:20.753Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
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163
unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
167864
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unstar 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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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, 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 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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4084
star this property label Biography information for Esther McVey more like this
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163
unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
167828
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Probation 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 Justice, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of out-sourcing probation services in reducing re-offending rates. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Islwyn more like this
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Chris Evans more like this
star this property uin 217027 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p /> <p>Our Transforming Rehabilitation reforms will tackle the problem of persistently high reoffending rates by opening up the delivery of rehabilitation services to a diverse range of public, private and voluntary sector providers. Providers will only be paid in full if they are successful at reducing reoffending. We are also putting in place an unprecedented ‘through the gate’ resettlement service giving most offenders continuous support by one provider from custody into the community. Rehabilitation support is also being extended to an extra 45,000 offenders on sentences of less than 12 months, who currently get no support on release and have the highest reoffending rates.</p><p> </p><p>As part of the reforms, transition to new probation structures took place on 1 June 2014 and the National Probation Service and 21 Community Rehabilitation Companies are now live. The 21 Community Rehabilitation Companies remain in public ownership while the competition to establish their new owners progresses. We will be able to assess the impact of the reforms on reoffending rates once we have transitioned service provision to the new providers.</p><p> </p><p>A significant step towards completing these reforms was taken on 5 December as we awarded contracts to the organisations that will lead a new approach to rehabilitation. There was strong competition for each of the 21 Community Rehabilitation Companies, with bids showing real innovation. Nineteen of the 21 contract areas will be led by new partnerships and joint ventures between private sector firms and some of Britain’s biggest and most successful rehabilitation charities. Six will be run with the involvement of a probation staff “mutual”. We expect new providers to be in place by early next year, in line with the Government’s commitment to introduce these reforms by 2015.</p>
star this property answering member constituency South West Bedfordshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrew Selous more like this
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less than 2014-12-08T15:16:35.077Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-08T15:16:35.077Z
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1453
star this property label Biography information for Andrew Selous more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Chris Evans more like this
167856
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unstar 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 Employment and Support Allowance 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, how many people who have been found fit for work following a work capability assessment have reapplied for employment and support allowance within (a) 12, (b) 24 and (c) 36 months. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Erith and Thamesmead more like this
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Teresa Pearce more like this
star this property uin 217123 more like this
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star this property answer text <p /> <p>The information as requested is not available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Forest of Dean more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
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less than 2014-12-08T12:48:54.103Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-08T12:48:54.103Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Teresa Pearce more like this
167826
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Prisoners on Remand: Wales 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 Justice, how many prisoners have been remanded from courts in North Wales into police cells in the last six months. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Wrexham more like this
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Ian Lucas more like this
star this property uin 216974 more like this
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star this property answer text <p /> <p>The information requested is not collected centrally in this form. To provide it, we would need to undertake a manual examination of individual records of prisoner journeys in North Wales. This could not be done without incurring disproportionate cost.</p><p>Police cells are not normally used to accommodate prisoners remanded or sentenced by the courts. However, circumstances can exceptionally occur – for example where there is major traffic disruption owing to bad weather or other causes – in which it is not possible, at the end of the court proceedings, to complete a journey to a prison in the time available.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South West Bedfordshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrew Selous more like this
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less than 2014-12-08T14:42:59.093Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-08T14:42:59.093Z
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star this property label Biography information for Andrew Selous more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Ian C. Lucas more like this
167863
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unstar 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 Employment and Support Allowance 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, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increased number of claimants of employment and support allowance receiving benefit sanctions since mid-2013. 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 217132 more like this
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star this property answer text <p /> <p>The number of ESA claimants referred to the Work Programme has increased by more than half over the last 2 years and as such we would expect to see a consequential increase in sanction referrals as more people join the programme.</p><p> </p><p>ESA claimants are not sanctioned for not finding or taking up work and all activities claimants are referred to must be reasonable given their circumstances and capabilities. In any month less than 1% of ESA claimants are sanctioned.</p><p> </p><p>Evidence suggests that work and work related activity is good for people with health conditions. Through the Work Programme ESA claimants have access to the support they need to improve their skills and move closer to the labour market. With this increased support, comes increased expectations and where claimants fail to meet reasonable requirements, proportionate sanctions are applied.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Forest of Dean more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
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less than 2014-12-08T12:43:13.67Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-08T12:43:13.67Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
167852
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unstar 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 State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad 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 recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of unfreezing state pensions for British citizens living in Commonwealth countries; and if he will make a statement. 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 217127 more like this
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star this property answer text <p /> <p>The policy of this Coalition Government on the up-rating of UK state pensions paid to people living overseas is the same as that of successive post-war Governments. Namely to up-rate such pensions where we are legally required to under the terms of EU law or a bilateral social security agreement. There are no plans to change policy on this issue.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
star this property answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
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less than 2014-12-08T16:34:06.757Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-08T16:34:06.757Z
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star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Yasmin Qureshi more like this
167855
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unstar 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 Social Security Benefits: Voluntary Work 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, what arrangements his Department has in place with the voluntary sector to enable benefit claimants to undertake voluntary work. 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 217131 more like this
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star this property answer text <p /> <p>We believe that volunteering can play an important part in the life of unemployed people – not only by improving their chances of securing paid work but also through providing valuable support to their communities.</p><p> </p><p>Claimants can therefore do unlimited voluntary work whilst claiming benefits, providing they continue to meet all the usual entitlement conditions, although volunteers are allowed additional time to make themselves available for interviews and to take-up employment.</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 2014-12-08T17:17:26.987Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-08T17:17:26.987Z
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4084
star this property label Biography information for Esther McVey more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
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Home Office more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Sexual Offences 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 the Home Department, how many police forces have licences to use specialist software to monitor the internet usage of registered sex offenders. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Kingston upon Hull North more like this
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Diana Johnson more like this
star this property uin 216995 more like this
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star this property answer text <p><br>This information is not collated centrally. <br><br>Tough checks and a range of legislative measures are available to manage known sex offenders. Where there are specific concerns about the online activities of a registered sex offender, Sexual Offences Prevention Orders can impose <br>specific conditions and restrictions on their internet and computer use.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Hemel Hempstead more like this
star this property answering member printed Mike Penning more like this
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less than 2014-12-08T14:37:33.19Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-08T14:37:33.19Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Mike Penning more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Diana Johnson more like this