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1138152
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-10more like thismore than 2019-07-10
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Social Security Benefits: Fraud more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to protect the rights and identities of benefit claimants from people making fraudulent claims using other people's identities. more like this
tabling member constituency Preston more like this
tabling member printed
Sir Mark Hendrick more like this
uin 275683 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-19more like thismore than 2019-07-19
answer text <p>Most welfare losses, across Government, arise from a failure to report changes of circumstances. Universal Credit provides a single, digital interface through which claimants can more easily report these changes. As such, once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, we expect cross-welfare losses to fraud, error and overpayments to be reduced by around £1 billion.</p><p> </p><p>The Department takes benefit fraud very seriously and is committed to taking appropriate action. We have a dedicated team of investigators working on this issue and are working with the Crown Prosecution Service to ensure that, where appropriate, the perpetrators of this fraud are prosecuted. Prosecutions for benefit fraud can result in prison sentences.</p><p> </p><p>The Department has been working to improve knowledge and awareness of advances fraud amongst Jobcentre and Service Centre staff. Guidance has also been issued to ensure that staff are aware how to refer cases of suspected fraud to the Department’s fraud team.</p>
answering member constituency Reading West more like this
answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-19T12:20:02.103Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-19T12:20:02.103Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
473
label Biography information for Sir Mark Hendrick more like this
1138180
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-10more like thismore than 2019-07-10
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Universal Credit: Fraud more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2019 to Question 272738, what recourse is available to a member of a joint claim whose partner has deliberately prevented them from being made aware of a universal credit advance; and in what circumstances a member of a joint claim who was unaware of an advance of universal credit is no longer liable for repaying that advance. more like this
tabling member constituency Birmingham, Selly Oak more like this
tabling member printed
Steve McCabe more like this
uin 275668 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-19more like thismore than 2019-07-19
answer text <p>Both members of a couple are given individual notice at the time of taking out the advance, via their Universal Credit (UC) journal, which includes the amount of the advance and of their liability to repay the advance. They will also be alerted individually to this UC Journal entry via the contact details provided for each claimant.</p><p> </p><p>The Department will consider all reported cases on their own merits and decisions are made on the strength of any evidence provided.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Reading West more like this
answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-19T12:06:59.25Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-19T12:06:59.25Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
298
label Biography information for Steve McCabe more like this
1138379
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-11more like thismore than 2019-07-11
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Poverty: Children more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has been made of the number of children living in poverty that have at least one parent in work. more like this
tabling member constituency York Central more like this
tabling member printed
Rachael Maskell more like this
uin 276232 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-19more like thismore than 2019-07-19
answer text <p>National statistics on the number of children in low income households are published annually in the “Households Below Average Income” publication. The latest statistics show that 1.7m children in households where at least one adult works are in 'before housing cost absolute poverty', and 2.5m are in 'after housing cost absolute poverty'.</p><p> </p><p>These statistics can be found using the link below, in table 4.20ts, in the file “children-hbai-timeseries-1994-95-2017-18-tables”.</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/households-below-average-income-199495-to-201718" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/households-below-average-income-199495-to-201718</a></p> more like this
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-19T12:30:00.857Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-19T12:30:00.857Z
answering member
4423
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
tabling member
4471
label Biography information for Rachael Maskell more like this
1138380
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-11more like thismore than 2019-07-11
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Poverty: Children more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the increase in the gig economy on levels of child poverty. more like this
tabling member constituency York Central more like this
tabling member printed
Rachael Maskell more like this
uin 276233 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-19more like thismore than 2019-07-19
answer text <p>National statistics on child poverty are published annually in the “Households Before Average Income” publication. These statistics do not separate households based on their employment in the gig economy and therefore do not make an assessment of the effect of the gig economy on levels of child poverty.</p><p> </p><p>Overall, 18 percent of children are in 'before housing costs absolute poverty' and 26 percent of children are in after housing costs absolute poverty. 'Before housing cost absolute poverty' is down by 1 percentage point since 2009/10 and after housing costs absolute poverty is down by 2 percentage points since 2009/10. The number of children in 'before housing cost absolute poverty' is unchanged since 2009/10 and has fallen by 100,000 for after housing cost absolute poverty.</p><p> </p><p>These statistics can be found using the link below, in table 4.2ts, in the file “children-rends-hbai-1994-95-2017-18-tables.ods”.</p><p /><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/households-below-average-income-199495-to-201718" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/households-below-average-income-199495-to-201718</a></p><p> </p><p>Advances in technology and the rise of the gig economy have increased opportunities for people to work more flexibly. While we welcome these opportunities, they cannot be at the expense of workers’ rights. That is why the Prime Minister commissioned Matthew Taylor to undertake his review of Modern Working Practices, and why the Government is taking the decisive action set out in the Good Work Plan to address his recommendations.</p>
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-19T12:39:19.787Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-19T12:39:19.787Z
answering member
4423
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
tabling member
4471
label Biography information for Rachael Maskell more like this
1138385
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-11more like thismore than 2019-07-11
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Universities Superannuation Scheme more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an assessment of claims that the Universities Superannuation Scheme exaggerated its budget deficit in November 2017. more like this
tabling member constituency Bristol North West more like this
tabling member printed
Darren Jones more like this
uin 276269 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-19more like thismore than 2019-07-19
answer text <p>It is not appropriate for Government to comment on individual cases, which are a matter for the independent Pensions Regulator.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Hexham more like this
answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-19T12:19:41.547Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-19T12:19:41.547Z
answering member
4142
label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
tabling member
4621
label Biography information for Darren Jones more like this
1138410
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-11more like thismore than 2019-07-11
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading State Retirement Pensions more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how the increases in state pension for 2019-20 were calculated; and for what reasons pensioners reaching the age of 80 are awarded an increase of 25 pence in 2019-20. more like this
tabling member constituency Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath more like this
tabling member printed
Lesley Laird more like this
uin 276270 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-19more like thismore than 2019-07-19
answer text <p>As a result of the Triple Lock, from April 2019, the full yearly amount of the basic State Pension is around £675 higher than if it had just been up-rated by earnings since April 2010. That’s a rise of over £1,600 in cash terms.</p><p /><p>The Government is committed to ensuring economic security for people at every stage of their life, including during retirement. We are forecast to spend over £120 billion on benefits for pensioners in 2019/20. This includes £99 billion of expenditure on the State Pension.</p><p> </p><p>In 2019/20, the basic State Pension and the new State Pension (apart from Protected Payments) were both uprated by 2.6%. This was in line with the Triple Lock guarantee that these will rise by the highest of average earnings growth, price inflation, or 2.5%. In 2019/20 the highest measure was earnings growth at 2.6%. The full basic State Pension went up by £3.25 to £129.20 a week whilst the full rate of the new State Pension rose by £4.25 to £168.60 a week.</p><p> </p><p>Protected Payments, Additional State Pension and Graduated Retirement Benefit elements are uprated each year by the increase in prices. They rose by 2.4% (CPI) in 2019/20.</p><p> </p><p>The 25p age addition to contributory and non-contributory retirement pensions is paid with the State Pension when individuals reach age 80. It is a separate issue from the uprating process outlined above. When the age addition was first introduced in 1971 the value of the basic State Pension for a single person was £6 per week and the amount of 25p constituted a more substantial sum in relation to the total State Pension than it does nowadays in relation to the current basic State Pension of £129.20 a week.</p><p> </p><p>Although there are no plans to uprate the age addition amount, this should be considered alongside the range of other measures and benefits, including Pension Credit, that are available to pensioners, over age 80. Moreover, people who are aged 80 and over receive a Winter Fuel Payment of £300, instead of the standard Winter Fuel Payment of £200 for pensioners below that age. Additionally, the non-contributory Category D State Pension is available to those aged over 80 with either no entitlement to a basic State Pension or who are entitled to State Pension of less than £77.45 per week who meet the residency conditions.</p>
answering member constituency Hexham more like this
answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-19T12:29:42.183Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-19T12:29:42.183Z
answering member
4142
label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
tabling member
4660
label Biography information for Lesley Laird more like this
1138459
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-11more like thismore than 2019-07-11
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Universal Credit: Payments more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of claims for universal credit were made using the bank account details of the main carer in each of the last 12 months. more like this
tabling member constituency High Peak more like this
tabling member printed
Ruth George more like this
uin 276273 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-19more like thismore than 2019-07-19
answer text <p>The information requested can only be provided at disproportionate cost.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-19T11:25:22.723Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-19T11:25:22.723Z
answering member
4423
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
tabling member
4662
label Biography information for Ruth George more like this
1138521
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-11more like thismore than 2019-07-11
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Welfare Assistance Schemes more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will establish a nationally funded local welfare assistance scheme similar to the former Discretionary Social Fund; and if she will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency Harrow West more like this
tabling member printed
Gareth Thomas more like this
uin 276140 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-19more like thismore than 2019-07-19
answer text <p>The reforms to the Social Fund in 2013 allowed local authorities in England and the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales to deliver their own local provision for people who are in need of urgent help. Local authorities are best placed to decide how to target flexible help to support local welfare needs. The Government has no further plans to review this provision.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Reading West more like this
answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-19T12:38:18.043Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-19T12:38:18.043Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
177
label Biography information for Gareth Thomas more like this
1138809
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Department for Work and Pensions: Termination of Employment more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to Office for National Statistics Public Sector Employment data, what assessment she has made of the effect on the performance of her Department of the loss of over 20,000 staff since 2013. more like this
tabling member constituency Hove more like this
tabling member printed
Peter Kyle more like this
uin 277229 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-18more like thismore than 2019-07-18
answer text <p>Since 2013, through using a range of tools, we have improved the Department’s efficiency without dropping our performance levels. Our latest published figures show that we:</p><ul><li>delivered the lowest unemployment rate since 1974, getting on average 1,000 people into work every day since 2010</li><li>processed 78% of new claims within planned timescales and achieved customer satisfaction of 81%</li><li>processed Universal Credit (UC) faster - UC Full Service claimants for households with new claims receiving full payment on time had increased to around 86% in February 2019</li></ul> more like this
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-18T14:31:43.867Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-18T14:31:43.867Z
answering member
4423
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
tabling member
4505
label Biography information for Peter Kyle more like this
1138830
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Disability more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how the new cross-departmental strategy for disability will reflect the needs of people with neurodevelopmental conditions. more like this
tabling member constituency North Norfolk more like this
tabling member printed
Norman Lamb more like this
uin 277126 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-18more like thismore than 2019-07-18
answer text <p>On Tuesday 25 June the Government launched a new cross-government approach on disability which is guided by a vision that recognises the contributions that disabled people make and where disabled people can participate fully in society.</p><p> </p><p>To drive forward this approach, government will establish a new cross-departmental disability team in the Cabinet Office and the Office for Disability Issues will be incorporated into the team. This move recognises that disabled people, including those with neurodevelopmental conditions, face barriers across a wide range of aspects of their lives and across the whole of the life course, and that coordinated cross-government action is therefore vital.</p><p> </p><p>The new disability team in the Cabinet Office will sit in the new Equalities Hub alongside the Government Equalities Office and the Race Disparity Unit. Together they will be better equipped to drive meaningful progress on equality and to tackle intersectional issues.</p><p> </p><p>The team will work closely with disabled people, disabled people’s organisations and charities to take forward this new approach to disability, with their views and experiences at the forefront of any new policy.</p>
answering member constituency North Swindon more like this
answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-18T13:47:23.193Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-18T13:47:23.193Z
answering member
4105
label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
tabling member
1439
label Biography information for Norman Lamb more like this