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1138172
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, what information her Department holds on the extent to which fraudulent claims for universal credit have been made by people using a loophole in the online application process to make an application and claim an advance using another person’s information. more like this
tabling member constituency Birmingham, Selly Oak more like this
tabling member printed
Steve McCabe more like this
uin 275665 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
answer text <p>The Department is committed to bringing fraudsters to justice. Last year we, working alongside local authorities, recovered more than £1.1bn in fraud and error across all benefits and brought almost 5,000 prosecutions in 2017/18.</p><p> </p><p>As of June 2019, the Department has received around 42,000 fraud referrals from staff relating to potential fraudulent advance claims, which equates to less than 1 per cent of all Universal Credit claims.</p><p> </p><p>Our investigations are ongoing and we are therefore unable to provide details of how many may have used another person’s identity to make their claim, or to quantify the amount spent on investigations of this type. However, any cases in which this has occurred will be treated accordingly, with the continued use of both prosecutions and tough financial penalties to deter this fraudulent behaviour.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Reading West more like this
answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
grouped question UIN 275666 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-15T15:21:01.313Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-15T15:21:01.313Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
298
label Biography information for Steve McCabe more like this
1138177
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, what information his Department holds on how much has been spent on investigating fraudulent universal credit claims that have been made by people using a loophole in the online application process to make an application and claim an advance using another person’s information. more like this
tabling member constituency Birmingham, Selly Oak more like this
tabling member printed
Steve McCabe more like this
uin 275666 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
answer text <p>The Department is committed to bringing fraudsters to justice. Last year we, working alongside local authorities, recovered more than £1.1bn in fraud and error across all benefits and brought almost 5,000 prosecutions in 2017/18.</p><p> </p><p>As of June 2019, the Department has received around 42,000 fraud referrals from staff relating to potential fraudulent advance claims, which equates to less than 1 per cent of all Universal Credit claims.</p><p> </p><p>Our investigations are ongoing and we are therefore unable to provide details of how many may have used another person’s identity to make their claim, or to quantify the amount spent on investigations of this type. However, any cases in which this has occurred will be treated accordingly, with the continued use of both prosecutions and tough financial penalties to deter this fraudulent behaviour.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Reading West more like this
answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
grouped question UIN 275665 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-15T15:21:01.357Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-15T15:21:01.357Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
298
label Biography information for Steve McCabe more like this
1137770
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-09more like thismore than 2019-07-09
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, what estimate she has made of the number of local authorities that run local welfare assistance schemes. more like this
tabling member constituency Coventry South more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
uin 275105 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
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 provision.</p><p> </p><p>We passed funding over to local authorities and devolved administrations from April 2013. This gave them maximum flexibility to deliver services as they see fit according to local needs.</p><p> </p><p>The Local Government Finance Settlement for 2015-16 identifies a notional amount relating to local welfare provision in each upper-tier and unitary authority’s general grant, totalling £129.6 million for England. The notional allocation for local welfare provision remains at £129.6 million in England in the Local Government Financial Settlement until 2019/20. There are no plans to ring-fence this notional allocation.</p>
answering member constituency Reading West more like this
answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
grouped question UIN
275106 more like this
275107 more like this
275109 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-15T15:57:44.657Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-15T15:57:44.657Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
308
label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
1137793
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-09more like thismore than 2019-07-09
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, what estimate he has made of the number of people that benefited from local welfare assistance schemes in 2017-18. more like this
tabling member constituency Coventry South more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
uin 275106 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
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 provision.</p><p> </p><p>We passed funding over to local authorities and devolved administrations from April 2013. This gave them maximum flexibility to deliver services as they see fit according to local needs.</p><p> </p><p>The Local Government Finance Settlement for 2015-16 identifies a notional amount relating to local welfare provision in each upper-tier and unitary authority’s general grant, totalling £129.6 million for England. The notional allocation for local welfare provision remains at £129.6 million in England in the Local Government Financial Settlement until 2019/20. There are no plans to ring-fence this notional allocation.</p>
answering member constituency Reading West more like this
answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
grouped question UIN
275105 more like this
275107 more like this
275109 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-15T15:57:44.703Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-15T15:57:44.703Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
308
label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
1137840
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-09more like thismore than 2019-07-09
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 he will reintroduce a cash grant to local authorities for local welfare assistance schemes. more like this
tabling member constituency Coventry South more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
uin 275107 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
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 provision.</p><p> </p><p>We passed funding over to local authorities and devolved administrations from April 2013. This gave them maximum flexibility to deliver services as they see fit according to local needs.</p><p> </p><p>The Local Government Finance Settlement for 2015-16 identifies a notional amount relating to local welfare provision in each upper-tier and unitary authority’s general grant, totalling £129.6 million for England. The notional allocation for local welfare provision remains at £129.6 million in England in the Local Government Financial Settlement until 2019/20. There are no plans to ring-fence this notional allocation.</p>
answering member constituency Reading West more like this
answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
grouped question UIN
275105 more like this
275106 more like this
275109 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-15T15:57:44.75Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-15T15:57:44.75Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
308
label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
1137853
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-09more like thismore than 2019-07-09
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, what estimate he has made of the number of local authorities that have reduced spending on local welfare assistance schemes by more than half since 2015-16. more like this
tabling member constituency Coventry South more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
uin 275109 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
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 provision.</p><p> </p><p>We passed funding over to local authorities and devolved administrations from April 2013. This gave them maximum flexibility to deliver services as they see fit according to local needs.</p><p> </p><p>The Local Government Finance Settlement for 2015-16 identifies a notional amount relating to local welfare provision in each upper-tier and unitary authority’s general grant, totalling £129.6 million for England. The notional allocation for local welfare provision remains at £129.6 million in England in the Local Government Financial Settlement until 2019/20. There are no plans to ring-fence this notional allocation.</p>
answering member constituency Reading West more like this
answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
grouped question UIN
275105 more like this
275106 more like this
275107 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-15T15:57:44.787Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-15T15:57:44.787Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
308
label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
1136989
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-04more like thismore than 2019-07-04
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 Pension Credit 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 increase the take-up of pension credit among people without internet access. more like this
tabling member constituency Lincoln more like this
tabling member printed
Karen Lee more like this
uin 273486 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-12more like thismore than 2019-07-12
answer text <p>Pension Credit is an important benefit specifically intended to help the poorest pensioners. There are over 1.6m pensioners already claiming Pension Credit worth over £5billion a year. However, the Government wants to ensure that all pensioners eligible can claim the Pension Credit to which they are rightly entitled.</p><p> </p><p>We also welcome and encourage initiatives to promote take up of Pension Credit by national and local organisations who may often be best placed to understand the local circumstances and needs in the community. For this reason we have developed the Pension Credit toolkit, as an on-line tool for agencies and welfare rights organisations to use in order to encourage Pension Credit take-up. It can be found at: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pension-credit-toolkit" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pension-credit-toolkit</a></p><p> </p><p>The toolkit contains resources for anyone working with pensioners and includes guides to Pension Credit. It also contains publicity material and guidance designed to help older people understand how they could get Pension Credit and help organisations support someone applying for Pension Credit as well as ideas for encouraging take-up. The toolkit also provides links to information about disability and carers benefits.</p><p> </p><p>Organisations can use the Pension Credit calculator <a href="https://www.gov.uk/pension-credit-calculator" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/pension-credit-calculator</a> to help people check if they are likely to be eligible and get an estimate of what they may receive.</p><p> </p><p>In addition, the DWP targets activity on engaging with people who may be eligible to benefits at pivotal stages, such as when they claim State Pension or report a change in their circumstances. The DWP uses a wide range of channels to communicate information about benefits to potential customers; including information on <a href="https://gov.uk/" target="_blank">https://gov.uk/</a>, but also in leaflets and by telephone. DWP staff in Pension Centres and Jobcentres including visiting officers are able to provide help and advice about entitlement to benefits, as are staff in Local Authorities who administer Housing Benefit.</p><p> </p><p>In Lincoln there are just under 3,000 pensioners already claiming Pension Credit. The easiest way to make a claim is by telephone. People can telephone either the Pension Service helpline for general enquiries on 0800 731 0469 or those wishing to claim Pension Credit can do so by calling 0800 99 1234.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Hexham more like this
answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
grouped question UIN 273489 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-12T11:32:15.23Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-12T11:32:15.23Z
answering member
4142
label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
tabling member
4664
label Biography information for Karen Lee more like this
1136990
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-04more like thismore than 2019-07-04
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 Pension Credit: Lincoln 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 the average amount of unclaimed pension credit is per eligible claimant in the constituency of Lincoln in the most recent period for which figures are available. more like this
tabling member constituency Lincoln more like this
tabling member printed
Karen Lee more like this
uin 273487 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-12more like thismore than 2019-07-12
answer text <p>The information requested on the number of potentially eligible claimants of pension credit who have not claimed the benefit and the average amount of unclaimed pension credit per eligible claimant in the constituency of Lincoln is not available at constituency level.</p><p> </p><p>Official statistics on the take-up of income related benefits at Great Britain level, including pension credit, can be found in the ‘Income-related benefits: estimates of take-up 2016 to 2017’ publication.</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/income-related-benefits-estimates-of-take-up-financial-year-2016-to-2017" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/income-related-benefits-estimates-of-take-up-financial-year-2016-to-2017</a></p> more like this
answering member constituency Hexham more like this
answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
grouped question UIN 273488 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-12T13:46:11.543Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-12T13:46:11.543Z
answering member
4142
label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
tabling member
4664
label Biography information for Karen Lee more like this
1136992
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-04more like thismore than 2019-07-04
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 Pension Credit: Lincoln 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 she has made of the number of potentially eligible claimants of pension credit who have not claimed that benefit in the constituency of Lincoln in the most recent period for which figures are available. more like this
tabling member constituency Lincoln more like this
tabling member printed
Karen Lee more like this
uin 273488 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-12more like thismore than 2019-07-12
answer text <p>The information requested on the number of potentially eligible claimants of pension credit who have not claimed the benefit and the average amount of unclaimed pension credit per eligible claimant in the constituency of Lincoln is not available at constituency level.</p><p> </p><p>Official statistics on the take-up of income related benefits at Great Britain level, including pension credit, can be found in the ‘Income-related benefits: estimates of take-up 2016 to 2017’ publication.</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/income-related-benefits-estimates-of-take-up-financial-year-2016-to-2017" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/income-related-benefits-estimates-of-take-up-financial-year-2016-to-2017</a></p> more like this
answering member constituency Hexham more like this
answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
grouped question UIN 273487 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-12T13:46:11.497Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-12T13:46:11.497Z
answering member
4142
label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
tabling member
4664
label Biography information for Karen Lee more like this
1136993
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-04more like thismore than 2019-07-04
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 Pension Credit: Lincoln 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 engage with local organisations in Lincoln to increase the take-up of pension credit in that city. more like this
tabling member constituency Lincoln more like this
tabling member printed
Karen Lee more like this
uin 273489 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-12more like thismore than 2019-07-12
answer text <p>Pension Credit is an important benefit specifically intended to help the poorest pensioners. There are over 1.6m pensioners already claiming Pension Credit worth over £5billion a year. However, the Government wants to ensure that all pensioners eligible can claim the Pension Credit to which they are rightly entitled.</p><p> </p><p>We also welcome and encourage initiatives to promote take up of Pension Credit by national and local organisations who may often be best placed to understand the local circumstances and needs in the community. For this reason we have developed the Pension Credit toolkit, as an on-line tool for agencies and welfare rights organisations to use in order to encourage Pension Credit take-up. It can be found at: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pension-credit-toolkit" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pension-credit-toolkit</a></p><p> </p><p>The toolkit contains resources for anyone working with pensioners and includes guides to Pension Credit. It also contains publicity material and guidance designed to help older people understand how they could get Pension Credit and help organisations support someone applying for Pension Credit as well as ideas for encouraging take-up. The toolkit also provides links to information about disability and carers benefits.</p><p> </p><p>Organisations can use the Pension Credit calculator <a href="https://www.gov.uk/pension-credit-calculator" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/pension-credit-calculator</a> to help people check if they are likely to be eligible and get an estimate of what they may receive.</p><p> </p><p>In addition, the DWP targets activity on engaging with people who may be eligible to benefits at pivotal stages, such as when they claim State Pension or report a change in their circumstances. The DWP uses a wide range of channels to communicate information about benefits to potential customers; including information on <a href="https://gov.uk/" target="_blank">https://gov.uk/</a>, but also in leaflets and by telephone. DWP staff in Pension Centres and Jobcentres including visiting officers are able to provide help and advice about entitlement to benefits, as are staff in Local Authorities who administer Housing Benefit.</p><p> </p><p>In Lincoln there are just under 3,000 pensioners already claiming Pension Credit. The easiest way to make a claim is by telephone. People can telephone either the Pension Service helpline for general enquiries on 0800 731 0469 or those wishing to claim Pension Credit can do so by calling 0800 99 1234.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Hexham more like this
answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
grouped question UIN 273486 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-12T11:32:15.277Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-12T11:32:15.277Z
answering member
4142
label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
tabling member
4664
label Biography information for Karen Lee more like this