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unstar this property date less than 2014-12-12more like thismore than 2014-12-12
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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
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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 his Answer of 8 December 2014 to Question 217129, in what circumstances universal credit claimants will be 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 remove filter
star this property uin 218585 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-17more like thismore than 2014-12-17
star this property answer text <p /> <p> </p><p>Universal Credit replaces the complex ‘Permitted Work’ rules that apply to ESA with clear work incentives for disabled people through generous work allowances and a single taper. The Limited Capability for Work (LCW) and Limited Capability for Work and Work-Related Activity (LCWRA) elements - entitlement to which is based on the outcome of a Work Capability Assessment - are available to claimants both in and out of work, further strengthening the incentives for disabled people to move into work.</p><p> </p><p>These measures reflect the Government's strong commitment to help more disabled people into work, and employment now stands at a record level.</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 2014-12-17T17:48:34.213Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-17T17:48:34.213Z
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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
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unstar this property date less than 2014-12-17more like thismore than 2014-12-17
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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, how many people who claimed universal credit up to 13 November 2014 have not accepted the terms of their claimant commitment. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
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Stephen Timms remove filter
star this property uin 219155 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>25,890 people have claimed Universal Credit up to 13 November 2014. All of these people have attended an initial interview and accepted the terms of their claimant commitment.</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 2015-01-05T17:35:20.933Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-05T17:35:20.933Z
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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
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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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 remove filter
star this property uin 217129 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>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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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
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unstar 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
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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 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 remove filter
star this property uin 218199 more like this
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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 more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
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unstar 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 remove filter
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 more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
170793
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unstar 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 remove filter
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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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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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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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 remove filter
star this property uin 216998 more like this
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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 more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
170792
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unstar 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 remove filter
star this property uin 218962 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>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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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
170791
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unstar 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
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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 remove filter
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 more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2014-12-12more like thismore than 2014-12-12
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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 Access to Work Programme 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, for what reason self-employed people are not eligible for Access to Work support. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
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Stephen Timms remove filter
star this property uin 218582 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-17more like thismore than 2014-12-17
star this property answer text <p /> <p>Self-employed people are eligible for Access to Work support.</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 2014-12-17T13:21:02.07Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-17T13:21:02.07Z
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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