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1058635
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
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 Social Security Benefits: Disability more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text Whether her Department has plans to redesign the reassessment process for benefit recipients with severe mental or physical disabilities. more like this
tabling member constituency Romford more like this
tabling member printed
Andrew Rosindell more like this
uin 909127 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
answer text <p>We are committed to assessing people with health conditions and disabilities fairly and accurately, and helping people to access the right support. We made a clear commitment in <em>Improving Lives</em>: <em>The Future of Work, Health and Disability</em> to reform the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) and recognise the importance of getting this right. We are therefore testing new approaches to build the evidence base for what works, and working with external stakeholders to inform future changes to the WCA.</p><p> </p><p>Over the last year we have introduced new guidance into Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Universal Credit (UC), as well as updated guidance for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) to improve the service we provide for those with the most severe/lifelong conditions. For ESA/UC since September 2017 we have switched off routine reassessments for those who meet the Severe Conditions criteria, and since August 2018, those receiving the highest level of support in PIP, whose needs are unlikely to change or may get worse, will now receive an ongoing award with a light touch review at the ten year point.</p>
answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-11T17:02:14.837Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-11T17:02:14.837Z
answering member
4071
label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
tabling member
1447
label Biography information for Andrew Rosindell more like this
1058637
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
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 Pensioners: Poverty more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text What recent assessment she has made of trends in the level of pensioner poverty; and if she will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency Glasgow South West more like this
tabling member printed
Chris Stephens more like this
uin 909129 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
answer text <p>This Government has seen the absolute poverty rate for pensioners fall to record lows, with over 200,000 fewer pensioners in absolute poverty before housing costs. Rates of material deprivation for pensioners are also at record lows.</p><p>We have reduced pensioner poverty close to historically low levels, lifting the incomes of millions of older people. Since 2009/10, material deprivation for pensioners has fallen from 10 per cent to 7 per cent in 2016/17 and since 2010 there are 200,000 fewer pensioners in absolute poverty, a record low.</p><p>The Government is committed to action that helps to alleviate levels of pensioner poverty. In 2018/19 we will spend £121.5 billion on benefits for pensioners, including £97 billion on the State Pension for this year.</p><p>The Government has also committed to up-rating the basic State Pension by the highest of the growth in earnings, prices or 2.5 per cent - the 'triple lock' guarantee. This will mean that the full basic State Pension will be around £1450 per year higher in 2018/19 than in 2010. The Government has committed to the triple lock for the remainder of this Parliament.</p>
answering member constituency Hexham more like this
answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-11T17:58:24.993Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-11T17:58:24.993Z
answering member
4142
label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
tabling member
4463
label Biography information for Chris Stephens more like this
1058636
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
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 Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text What recent assessment her Department has made of the (a) accuracy and (b) efficiency of contracted-out health assessments for (i) employment and support allowance and (ii) personal independence payment. more like this
tabling member constituency Ellesmere Port and Neston more like this
tabling member printed
Justin Madders more like this
uin 909128 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
answer text <p>We are committed to ensuring claimants receive high quality assessments. Providers are closely monitored against a range of measures including through independent audit to improve accuracy and decision making. We are seeing continuous improvement in PIP assessment quality and recent data shows both PIP providers meeting quality expectations. We continually look to improve the efficiency of the assessment process by working closely with health assessment providers and the disabled people the Department supports.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-11T16:37:48.757Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-11T16:37:48.757Z
answering member
4071
label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
tabling member
4418
label Biography information for Justin Madders more like this
1030179
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-12-21more like thismore than 2018-12-21
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 more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text What assessment the Government has made of the effectiveness of universal credit in helping people into work. more like this
tabling member constituency North West Norfolk more like this
tabling member printed
Sir Henry Bellingham more like this
uin 908382 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-01-07more like thismore than 2019-01-07
answer text <p>Universal Credit has had a positive impact since its start, as shown through published research and analysis. This research shows us that people are spending more time looking for work, applying for more jobs and even doing jobs they would not have considered doing before. Our Labour Market Impacts Analysis is available online at gov.uk.</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 2019-01-07T18:02:07.68Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-07T18:02:07.68Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
1441
label Biography information for Sir Henry Bellingham more like this
1036455
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-01-07more like thismore than 2019-01-07
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 more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text What assessment her Department has made of the effect of explicit consent restrictions placed on advice agencies on the ability of people to make a claim for universal credit. more like this
tabling member constituency Dewsbury more like this
tabling member printed
Paula Sherriff more like this
uin 908386 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-01-07more like thismore than 2019-01-07
answer text <p>Explicit consent is not required to make a new claim. If claimants cannot make or manage their claim on-line, they can receive face to face support through their local jobcentre or assistance through our Freephone telephone number. Once the claim is made, claimants who require agencies to act on their behalf can provide explicit consent.</p><p>In our response to the Social Security Advisory Committee in November 2018 in respect of the managed migration regulations, we have agreed to explore options for improving the process of explicit consent in collaboration with the committee.</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 2019-01-07T18:01:25.76Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-07T18:01:25.76Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
4426
label Biography information for Paula Sherriff more like this
1046018
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-01-22more like thismore than 2019-01-22
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 Independent Case Examiner more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text Too ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make it her policy to allow complainants to ask their Member of Parliament to refer their complaint to the Parliamentary & Health Service Ombudsman if the Independent Case Examiner has not reached a substantive decision on their complaint within six months. more like this
tabling member constituency Westminster North more like this
tabling member printed
Ms Karen Buck more like this
uin 211078 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-01-28more like thismore than 2019-01-28
answer text <p>It is open to Members of Parliament to refer complaints to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman at any time they choose, regardless of whether the Independent Case Examiner’s process has been exhausted. The decision as to whether to accept them without an Independent Case Examiner’s investigation rests with the Ombudsman’s office.</p> more like this
answering member constituency North Swindon more like this
answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-01-28T14:47:33.457Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-28T14:47:33.457Z
answering member
4105
label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
tabling member
199
label Biography information for Ms Karen Buck more like this
1010730
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-20more like thismore than 2018-11-20
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 Johnston Press: 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,what the Pension Protection Fund has determined the value of Johnston Press pension deficit to be. more like this
tabling member constituency Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath more like this
tabling member printed
Lesley Laird more like this
uin 193593 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-23more like thismore than 2018-11-23
answer text <p>The Johnston Press Pension Plan is currently in the Pension Protection Fund’s (PPF) assessment period, where it will be assessed whether the scheme’s funding level is sufficient to secure pensions to its members at least equal to the level of compensation the PPF would pay. If the scheme’s funding is not sufficient, then it will transfer into the PPF and compensation will be paid at 100 per cent for individuals over their scheme’s retirement age at the date of the insolvency, and 90 per cent of the member’s accrued benefits, subject to an overall cap for everyone else. Benefits accrued post 1997 will be linked to PPF indexation going forward.</p><p><em> </em></p><p>There are around 5,000 pension scheme members who will be affected.</p><p> </p><p>The Pensions Regulator and the PPF are working together with the administrators to understand the circumstances surrounding the sale and its implications for the Johnston Press Pension Plan.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Hexham more like this
answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-23T14:41:05.127Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-23T14:41:05.127Z
answering member
4142
label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
tabling member
4660
label Biography information for Lesley Laird more like this
1083611
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-07more like thismore than 2019-03-07
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 Personal Independence Payment: Epilepsy 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 25 February 2019 to Question 223219 on Personal Independence Payment: Epilepsy, how many people with epilepsy who were in receipt of disability living allowance but did not receive an award as a result of a reassessment for personal independence payment have chosen to appeal that decision through (a) mandatory reconsideration and (b) a tribunal. more like this
tabling member constituency Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill more like this
tabling member printed
Hugh Gaffney more like this
uin 229769 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-15more like thismore than 2019-03-15
answer text <p>The information requested for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) reassessments is shown in the table below.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Personal Independence Payment (PIP) initial decisions, Mandatory Reconsiderations (MRs) and appeals for claimants with a primary disabling condition of Epilepsy, April 2013 to September 2018, Great Britain</strong></p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p><strong>Reassessments</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Initial Decisions</strong></p></td><td><p>28,880</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Initial decisions - disallowed due to failing the assessment</strong></p></td><td><p>15,600</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Of which</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>MR registered</p></td><td><p>10,710</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Appeal lodged</p></td><td><p>5,750</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p>Under PIP, 27 per cent of working age claimants with epilepsy recorded as their primary disabling condition receive the highest level of support compared to 6 per cent under Disability Living Allowance when PIP was introduced.</p><p>Notes</p><p>Data is based on primary disabling condition as recorded on the PIP computer system. Claimants may often have multiple disabling conditions upon which the decision is based but only the primary condition is shown in these statistics. The disability subgroup of Epilepsy in the PIP Computer System includes Cataplexy, Generalised seizures (with status epilepticus in last 12 months), Generalised seizures (without status epilepticus in last 12 months), Narcolepsy, Partial seizures (with status epilepticus in last 12 months), Partial seizures (without status epilepticus in last 12 months) and Seizures - unclassified.</p><p>PIP data includes normal rules and special rules for the terminally ill claimants.</p><p>Data has been rounded to the nearest 10.</p><p>Appeals data taken from the DWP PIP computer system’s management information. Therefore this data may differ from that held by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service for various reasons such as delays in data recording and other methodological differences in collating and preparing statistics.</p><p>An appeal can only be made against a decision which have gone through the Mandatory Reconsideration process. The number of people who registered an MR and the number of people who lodged a tribunal appeal cannot be added together.</p><p>Claimants who have received benefit decisions more recently may not yet have had time to complete the claimant journey and progress to appeal.</p>
answering member constituency North Swindon more like this
answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-03-15T14:28:00.09Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-15T14:28:00.09Z
answering member
4105
label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
tabling member
4614
label Biography information for Hugh Gaffney more like this
1052251
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-01-31more like thismore than 2019-01-31
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: 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,if she ill set a date by which severely disabled claimants who have moved onto universal credit and lost their severe disability premium will be offered backdated payments as well as top-up payments. more like this
tabling member constituency Birkenhead more like this
tabling member printed
Frank Field more like this
uin 215104 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-07more like thismore than 2019-02-07
answer text <p>We set out our position on Severe Disability Premium (SDP) transitional payments for claimants in a Written Statement <a href="https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2019-01-11/HCWS1243/" target="_blank">HCWS1243</a> on 11 January 2019 and in the revised sets of regulations which were laid on 14 January 2019.</p><p> </p><p>The draft Universal Credit (Managed Migration Pilot and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2019 contain provision to ensure that eligible claimants who had previously been in receipt of the SDP but who moved onto Universal Credit before 16 January 2019, following a change in their circumstances, will be considered for a SDP transitional amount. The provisions will include on-going monthly payments and an additional lump-sum to cover the period since they moved to Universal Credit.</p><p> </p><p>These regulations are subject to parliamentary debate, therefore, we are not able to provide a date of when these will come in to force. Once the regulations are in place we will begin the process of assessing eligible claimants and make payments where appropriate. We aim to have offered all eligible claimants this additional lump-sum within six months of the regulations being approved by Parliament.</p>
answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-07T16:47:08.52Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-07T16:47:08.52Z
answering member
4071
label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
tabling member
478
label Biography information for Frank Field more like this
1047785
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-01-24more like thismore than 2019-01-24
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: Reciprocal Arrangements 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 which EU member states does the UK have bilateral agreements for social security co-ordination which would come into force if the UK left the EU without a withdrawal agreement; and when were those agreements concluded. more like this
tabling member constituency Wirral West more like this
tabling member printed
Margaret Greenwood more like this
uin 212387 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-01-29more like thismore than 2019-01-29
answer text <p>The UK has seventeen reciprocal social security agreements with EU Member States which are currently in use between some or all of the Crown Dependencies and the relevant EU country. The EU countries and the year the principal convention came into force are: Austria (1971), Belgium (1958), Croatia (1958), Cyprus 1984), Denmark (1960), Finland (1984), France (1958), Germany (1961), Ireland (2007 (consolidated)), Italy (1953), Luxembourg (1955), Malta (1996), Netherlands (2007(consolidated)), Portugal (1979), Slovenia (1958), Spain (1975) and Sweden (1956). In the event the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement, the UK will keep these Reciprocal Agreements under review. Whether these come back into force will be subject to discussion and agreement between the UK and the relevant EU Member State.</p><p> </p><p>Separate to Reciprocal Agreements, in the event the UK leaves the EU without a Withdrawal Agreement, the UK government has taken the necessary steps to protect the rights of citizens through legislation and set out the measures it will take. The measures are based on the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement in the policy paper: “Citizens’ Rights - EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU” dated 6 December 2018. For social security arrangements, the UK will have retained EU law allowing the UK to apply the current social security coordination rules to protect those in receipt or entitled to a UK State Pension or benefit until such time as new arrangements are agreed.</p>
answering member constituency Reading West more like this
answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-01-29T18:07:25.153Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-29T18:07:25.153Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
4400
label Biography information for Margaret Greenwood more like this