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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-05more like thismore than 2018-11-05
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 To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will set out the timeframe for implementing her Department's response to the court judgement of June 2018 on the payment of Severe Disability Premium to claimants who are already in receipt of Universal Credit. more like this
tabling member constituency Croydon North more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Steve Reed more like this
uin 188119 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
answer text <p>Written statement HCWS745 on 7 June 2018 , which preceded the Court judgment of 14 June, set out our plans to make provision for claimants already in receipt of Universal Credit, to receive a Severe Disability Premium backdated.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>The ‘Universal Credit (Managed Migration) Amendment Regulations 2018’, which contain these provisions, were laid in Parliament on 5 November 2018 and will now be scrutinised and voted on by Parliament.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Reading West more like this
answering member printed Alok Sharma remove filter
question first answered
less than 2018-11-12T18:08:45.973Zmore like thisremove minimum value filter
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
4268
label Biography information for Mr Steve Reed more like this
1002002
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-05more like thismore than 2018-11-05
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: Separation 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, whether there is provision in place to equalise universal credit entitlement when a couple separates. more like this
tabling member constituency Hemsworth more like this
tabling member printed
Jon Trickett more like this
uin 188012 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-16more like thismore than 2018-11-16
answer text <p>When a couple separates and still require the support of Universal Credit they will claim separately and as such the two claimants will be treated as entirely separate claims and will have their entitlements and therefore award amounts treated accordingly.</p><p> </p><p>If an advance has been awarded to a couple and the couple subsequently separate, they will be equally liable to repay the advance.</p><p> </p><p>When a couple separates, and an advance has not been recovered from the associated benefit claim because the claim ends or there was no entitlement to that benefit, the outstanding balance is treated as if it were an overpayment. This would then be recoverable (as per Section 71 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992) at the standard overpayment rate.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>After separation, if a couple have an overpayment for which they are both equally liable, the debt is apportioned equally. Once this apportionment has been done we will not reverse the split liability decision. Any debt for which only one member of a couple is liable will follow that person on separation.</p>
answering member constituency Reading West more like this
answering member printed Alok Sharma remove filter
grouped question UIN
188013 more like this
188014 more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-16T14:20:06.583Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-16T14:20:06.583Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
410
label Biography information for Jon Trickett more like this
1002003
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-05more like thismore than 2018-11-05
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: Separation 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 takes to ensure that there is a fair division when recovering advance payments when a couple separate. more like this
tabling member constituency Hemsworth more like this
tabling member printed
Jon Trickett more like this
uin 188013 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-16more like thismore than 2018-11-16
answer text <p>When a couple separates and still require the support of Universal Credit they will claim separately and as such the two claimants will be treated as entirely separate claims and will have their entitlements and therefore award amounts treated accordingly.</p><p> </p><p>If an advance has been awarded to a couple and the couple subsequently separate, they will be equally liable to repay the advance.</p><p> </p><p>When a couple separates, and an advance has not been recovered from the associated benefit claim because the claim ends or there was no entitlement to that benefit, the outstanding balance is treated as if it were an overpayment. This would then be recoverable (as per Section 71 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992) at the standard overpayment rate.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>After separation, if a couple have an overpayment for which they are both equally liable, the debt is apportioned equally. Once this apportionment has been done we will not reverse the split liability decision. Any debt for which only one member of a couple is liable will follow that person on separation.</p>
answering member constituency Reading West more like this
answering member printed Alok Sharma remove filter
grouped question UIN
188012 more like this
188014 more like this
question first answered
remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2018-11-16T14:20:06.63Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
410
label Biography information for Jon Trickett more like this
1003608
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-09more like thismore than 2018-11-09
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 Universal Credit: Cancer 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 waiting time was for payment of universal credit for a claimant diagnosed with terminal cancer and a prognosis of less than six months to live in the most recent period for which figures are available. more like this
tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
tabling member printed
Stephen Timms more like this
uin 189524 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-14more like thismore than 2018-11-14
answer text <p>The requested information is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.</p><p> </p><p>In these circumstances, for claimants who provide a DS1500 medical report, Universal Credit will determine that they have limited capability for work and work related activity (LCWRA) without the requirement to refer for a Work Capability Assessment. The additional amount for having LCWRA may be awarded, if not already done so, immediately.</p><p> </p><p>If the claimant does not have a DS1500 but is diagnosed as terminally ill then we will fast track the Work Capability Assessment process so that the report is provided within 48 hours.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Reading West more like this
answering member printed Alok Sharma remove filter
question first answered
less than 2018-11-14T17:45:52.373Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-14T17:45:52.373Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
163
label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
1003711
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-09more like thismore than 2018-11-09
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 Universal 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 guidance her Department has issued to decision makers on closing claims for universal credit for non-attendance at appointments in relation to the (a) welfare and (b) safeguarding of children whose subsistence income needs are dependent on that claim. more like this
tabling member constituency North West Durham more like this
tabling member printed
Laura Pidcock more like this
uin 189806 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-14more like thismore than 2018-11-14
answer text <p>Comprehensive guidance outlining the reasons to consider before closing a Universal Credit claim are available to all staff across the Jobcentre network. Universal Credit guidance is published in the House of Commons library and the Department is committed to refreshing this at regular intervals.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Reading West more like this
answering member printed Alok Sharma remove filter
question first answered
less than 2018-11-14T17:49:19.35Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-14T17:49:19.35Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
4665
label Biography information for Laura Pidcock more like this
1003712
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-09more like thismore than 2018-11-09
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 Universal 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, if he will publish the guidance his Department has issued to jobcentre staff on the (a) evidence requirements for verifying capital for universal credit and (b) viewing of mobile banking on a claimant's mobile device. more like this
tabling member constituency North West Durham more like this
tabling member printed
Laura Pidcock more like this
uin 189807 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-14more like thismore than 2018-11-14
answer text <p>Guidance that the Department has issued to staff on the evidence requirements for verifying capital for Universal Credit is in the House of Commons Library.</p><p> </p><p>No guidance has been issued for viewing banking details on a claimant’s mobile device. It is the claimant’s responsibility to provide the correct information about their banking details.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Reading West more like this
answering member printed Alok Sharma remove filter
question first answered
less than 2018-11-14T17:37:13.12Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-14T17:37:13.12Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
4665
label Biography information for Laura Pidcock more like this
1003713
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-09more like thismore than 2018-11-09
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 Universal 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, how many people have moved on to universal credit during the natural migration phase without having a specific change of circumstance that would require a new claim for a legacy benefit. more like this
tabling member constituency North West Durham more like this
tabling member printed
Laura Pidcock more like this
uin 189808 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-14more like thismore than 2018-11-14
answer text <p>Claimants only move from existing benefits to Universal Credit through natural migration when they experience a significant change in their circumstances that triggers a new claim to benefit. Their entitlement is then calculated on the rules of their new benefit.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Reading West more like this
answering member printed Alok Sharma remove filter
question first answered
less than 2018-11-14T17:42:11.433Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-14T17:42:11.433Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
4665
label Biography information for Laura Pidcock more like this
1005733
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
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 Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention 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, when the UK will submit its next report on the International Labour Organization Convention 182; and whether that report will be published. more like this
tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
tabling member printed
Liz Saville Roberts more like this
uin 190524 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
answer text <p>The UK last submitted a report on ILO Convention 182 in 2016. As the reporting for the ILO’s fundamental Conventions is on a three-year cycle, we expect to submit our next report next year (2019). The UK’s reports to the ILO are not published. However, they are reflected in the response of the ILO’s Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations, as part of its annual report.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Reading West more like this
answering member printed Alok Sharma remove filter
question first answered
less than 2018-11-15T15:52:50.077Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-15T15:52:50.077Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
4521
label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts more like this
1005734
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
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 To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to universal credit, what estimate she has made of the (a) proportion of claimants who apply for an advanced payment that are successful, (b) number of claimants who seek a deferred payment of three months when repaying an advanced payment and (c) proportion of claimants who receive an advanced payment and apply successfully for a deferred payment. more like this
tabling member constituency Rutherglen and Hamilton West more like this
tabling member printed
Ged Killen more like this
uin 190525 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
answer text <p>I refer the hon Member to the reply to Question <a href="https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2018-10-08/176262/" target="_blank">176262</a> on 11 October.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Reading West more like this
answering member printed Alok Sharma remove filter
question first answered
less than 2018-11-15T15:46:06.027Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-15T15:46:06.027Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
4672
label Biography information for Ged Killen more like this
1005736
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
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 To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish the guidance issued by her Department on the thresholds for (a) financial hardship when a universal credit claimant applies for an advanced payment and (b) exceptional circumstances when a universal credit claimant with an advance payment applies for repayments to be delayed for up to three months. more like this
tabling member constituency Rutherglen and Hamilton West more like this
tabling member printed
Ged Killen more like this
uin 190526 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
answer text <p>Universal Credit guidance is published in the House of Commons Library and the Department is committed to refreshing the information on a regular basis.</p><p>New claimants to Universal Credit have always been able to apply for a Universal Credit Advance in their first month if they need financial support until their first regular payment of Universal Credit is made.</p><p>We have previously increased the maximum amount available for advances from 50 per cent to 100 per cent of the total award, and increased the repayment period from 6 months to 12 months. Last month’s Autumn Budget 2018 extended - from October 2021 - the maximum period over which an advance can be recovered, from 12 to 16 months. From October 2019, we will also reduce the maximum rate at which deductions can be made from a Universal Credit award from 40% to 30% of the standard allowance</p><p>If during the recovery of an advance the claimant experiences an unforeseen expense that would cause them or their family genuine hardship if they were required to continue to repay the advance, then they can be offered a deferral period of the repayment of the advance of up to 3 months for a new claim, benefit transfer or change of circumstance advance and up to 6 months for a budgeting advance.</p><p>In addition Personal Budgeting Support (PBS) is also offered to Universal Credit claimants from the outset of their claim. PBS helps claimants as they transition to Universal Credit and adapt to the financial changes that Universal Credit brings. PBS can be online, telephone or face to face support. Face to face support is currently delivered through local authorities via Universal Support.</p>
answering member constituency Reading West more like this
answering member printed Alok Sharma remove filter
question first answered
less than 2018-11-15T15:59:17.97Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-15T15:59:17.97Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
4672
label Biography information for Ged Killen more like this
1005737
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
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 To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what tendering process was used to commission Citizens Advice to provide Universal Support from April 2019. more like this
tabling member constituency Dulwich and West Norwood more like this
tabling member printed
Helen Hayes more like this
uin 190527 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
answer text <p>Citizens Advice (CA) and Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) were given a direct grant award for the full delivery of a Universal Support service for 12 months from April 2019 (while developing their service alongside Local Authorities up to 31 March 2019). A delivery review point is built into the Grant Agreement, at which point we will consider how the service is operating. The decision to award directly to CA and CAS is based on their position as a well-known and independent advice organisation. This partnership will ensure we are offering a consistent approach nationally for our most vulnerable customers.</p><p> </p><p>Grant funding for the delivery of Universal Support by Local Authorities will cease from April 2019, as will their obligation to deliver the service. CA and CAS are committed to providing a Universal Support service across all areas of England, Wales and Scotland.</p><p> </p><p>In taking the decision to award the grant to CA and CAS due regard was paid to the Department’s obligations.</p>
answering member constituency Reading West more like this
answering member printed Alok Sharma remove filter
grouped question UIN
190528 more like this
190529 more like this
190530 more like this
190531 more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-15T17:07:39.893Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-15T17:07:39.893Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
4510
label Biography information for Helen Hayes more like this
1005738
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
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 To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will place in the Library a copy of the methodology for selecting Citizens Advice to provide Universal Support. more like this
tabling member constituency Dulwich and West Norwood more like this
tabling member printed
Helen Hayes more like this
uin 190528 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
answer text <p>Citizens Advice (CA) and Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) were given a direct grant award for the full delivery of a Universal Support service for 12 months from April 2019 (while developing their service alongside Local Authorities up to 31 March 2019). A delivery review point is built into the Grant Agreement, at which point we will consider how the service is operating. The decision to award directly to CA and CAS is based on their position as a well-known and independent advice organisation. This partnership will ensure we are offering a consistent approach nationally for our most vulnerable customers.</p><p> </p><p>Grant funding for the delivery of Universal Support by Local Authorities will cease from April 2019, as will their obligation to deliver the service. CA and CAS are committed to providing a Universal Support service across all areas of England, Wales and Scotland.</p><p> </p><p>In taking the decision to award the grant to CA and CAS due regard was paid to the Department’s obligations.</p>
answering member constituency Reading West more like this
answering member printed Alok Sharma remove filter
grouped question UIN
190527 more like this
190529 more like this
190530 more like this
190531 more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-15T17:07:39.957Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-15T17:07:39.957Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
4510
label Biography information for Helen Hayes more like this
1005739
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
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 To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the transfer of provision of Universal Support to Citizens Advice on (a) local authority costs for providing and (b) local availability of Universal Support after April 2019. more like this
tabling member constituency Dulwich and West Norwood more like this
tabling member printed
Helen Hayes more like this
uin 190529 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
answer text <p>Citizens Advice (CA) and Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) were given a direct grant award for the full delivery of a Universal Support service for 12 months from April 2019 (while developing their service alongside Local Authorities up to 31 March 2019). A delivery review point is built into the Grant Agreement, at which point we will consider how the service is operating. The decision to award directly to CA and CAS is based on their position as a well-known and independent advice organisation. This partnership will ensure we are offering a consistent approach nationally for our most vulnerable customers.</p><p> </p><p>Grant funding for the delivery of Universal Support by Local Authorities will cease from April 2019, as will their obligation to deliver the service. CA and CAS are committed to providing a Universal Support service across all areas of England, Wales and Scotland.</p><p> </p><p>In taking the decision to award the grant to CA and CAS due regard was paid to the Department’s obligations.</p>
answering member constituency Reading West more like this
answering member printed Alok Sharma remove filter
grouped question UIN
190527 more like this
190528 more like this
190530 more like this
190531 more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-15T17:07:40.003Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-15T17:07:40.003Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
4510
label Biography information for Helen Hayes more like this
1005740
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
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 To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department carried out an equalities impact assessment on the transfer of the delivery of Universal Support from local authorities to Citizens Advice. more like this
tabling member constituency Dulwich and West Norwood more like this
tabling member printed
Helen Hayes more like this
uin 190530 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
answer text <p>Citizens Advice (CA) and Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) were given a direct grant award for the full delivery of a Universal Support service for 12 months from April 2019 (while developing their service alongside Local Authorities up to 31 March 2019). A delivery review point is built into the Grant Agreement, at which point we will consider how the service is operating. The decision to award directly to CA and CAS is based on their position as a well-known and independent advice organisation. This partnership will ensure we are offering a consistent approach nationally for our most vulnerable customers.</p><p> </p><p>Grant funding for the delivery of Universal Support by Local Authorities will cease from April 2019, as will their obligation to deliver the service. CA and CAS are committed to providing a Universal Support service across all areas of England, Wales and Scotland.</p><p> </p><p>In taking the decision to award the grant to CA and CAS due regard was paid to the Department’s obligations.</p>
answering member constituency Reading West more like this
answering member printed Alok Sharma remove filter
grouped question UIN
190527 more like this
190528 more like this
190529 more like this
190531 more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-15T17:07:40.067Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-15T17:07:40.067Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
4510
label Biography information for Helen Hayes more like this
1005741
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
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 To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the extent of geographical coverage provided by Citizens Advice for the delivery of Universal Support; and what progress Citizens Advice has made on plans to deliver Universal Support in areas with no local Citizens Advice service. more like this
tabling member constituency Dulwich and West Norwood more like this
tabling member printed
Helen Hayes more like this
uin 190531 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
answer text <p>Citizens Advice (CA) and Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) were given a direct grant award for the full delivery of a Universal Support service for 12 months from April 2019 (while developing their service alongside Local Authorities up to 31 March 2019). A delivery review point is built into the Grant Agreement, at which point we will consider how the service is operating. The decision to award directly to CA and CAS is based on their position as a well-known and independent advice organisation. This partnership will ensure we are offering a consistent approach nationally for our most vulnerable customers.</p><p> </p><p>Grant funding for the delivery of Universal Support by Local Authorities will cease from April 2019, as will their obligation to deliver the service. CA and CAS are committed to providing a Universal Support service across all areas of England, Wales and Scotland.</p><p> </p><p>In taking the decision to award the grant to CA and CAS due regard was paid to the Department’s obligations.</p>
answering member constituency Reading West more like this
answering member printed Alok Sharma remove filter
grouped question UIN
190527 more like this
190528 more like this
190529 more like this
190530 more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-15T17:07:40.113Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-15T17:07:40.113Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
4510
label Biography information for Helen Hayes more like this
1005743
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
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: Christmas 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, whether her Department has plans to revise the payment dates for universal credit payments over Christmas and new year to allow claimants whose specified payment date is on or after 25 December 2018 to be paid more than one working day in advance of 25 December 2018. more like this
tabling member constituency Rutherglen and Hamilton West more like this
tabling member printed
Ged Killen more like this
uin 190533 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
answer text <p>The Department has extensive experience of paying claimants over holiday periods and we have also paid Universal Credit to significant numbers of claimants over previous Christmas periods.</p><p> </p><p>The Department will advance the timing of all payments for people affected by bank holidays, to make sure they have money over the festive period.</p><p> </p><p>Universal Credit payments due to be received on 24, 25 and 26 December will be paid no later than 21 December.</p><p> </p><p>Universal Credit payments due to be received on 30, 31 December and 1 January will receive payment no later than 31 December.</p><p> </p><p>This information is available at: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/how-to-have-your-benefits-paid" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/how-to-have-your-benefits-paid</a></p> more like this
answering member constituency Reading West more like this
answering member printed Alok Sharma remove filter
question first answered
less than 2018-11-15T17:25:12.93Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-15T17:25:12.93Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
4672
label Biography information for Ged Killen more like this
1005775
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
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: Disqualification 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 suspend the sanctioning regime in universal credit areas until Jobcentre staff and claimants have a better understanding of the new system. more like this
tabling member constituency Easington more like this
tabling member printed
Grahame Morris more like this
uin 190428 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
answer text <p>The sanctions system in its current form has been in place since 2012. Since then, we have created a range of learning products and training to ensure our staff understand sanctions and how they work in Universal Credit.</p><p> </p><p>We also provide claimants with sanctions information when they agree their Claimant Commitment, and we regularly remind them of the importance of meeting their commitments and the consequences of not doing so.</p><p><strong>__________________________________________________________________________</strong></p> more like this
answering member constituency Reading West more like this
answering member printed Alok Sharma remove filter
question first answered
less than 2018-11-15T16:06:57.37Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-15T16:06:57.37Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
3973
label Biography information for Grahame Morris more like this
1005887
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
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: Automated Credit Transfer 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 assessment her Department has made of the effect on (a) the Post Office and (b) Postmaster pay of encouraging universal credit claimants to use a bank account to receive payments. more like this
tabling member constituency Motherwell and Wishaw more like this
tabling member printed
Marion Fellows more like this
uin 190494 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
answer text <p>The majority of claimants have their benefits paid into a bank account. As most bank accounts can be accessed at the Post Office, most claimants are able to withdraw cash, deposit cash and cheques, and make balance enquiries at a Post Office counter via its network of 11,600 branches. Sub-postmasters will continue to receive revenue from those transactions while maintaining footfall.</p><p> </p><p>In line with our wider policy on financial inclusion, we have always made it clear that payment into a bank, building society or credit union is the preferred way for Universal Credit to be paid. This reflects the vision for Universal Credit mirroring the world of work, where, for example, an employer requires a bank account for a salary to be paid into.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Reading West more like this
answering member printed Alok Sharma remove filter
question first answered
less than 2018-11-15T16:16:25.27Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-15T16:16:25.27Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
4440
label Biography information for Marion Fellows more like this
1005899
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
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: South Wales 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 many benefit claimants have been migrated to universal credit since June 2018 in (a) the Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council area and (b) the South Wales Region; and what percentage of benefit claimants have been migrated to universal credit since June 2018 in (i) the Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council area and (ii) the South Wales Region. more like this
tabling member constituency Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney more like this
tabling member printed
Gerald Jones more like this
uin 190512 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
answer text <p>We are not, currently, migrating any claimants from legacy benefits to Universal Credit. Claimants only move from existing benefits to Universal Credit through natural migration when they experience a significant change in their circumstances that triggers a new claim to benefit</p><p>We do not hold data on the number of claimants that have naturally migrated to Universal Credit.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Reading West more like this
answering member printed Alok Sharma remove filter
question first answered
less than 2018-11-15T16:24:28.957Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-15T16:24:28.957Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
4501
label Biography information for Gerald Jones more like this
1007689
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
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 Universal Credit: Females 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 recent assessment the Government has made of the effect of the roll-out of universal credit on women. more like this
tabling member constituency Washington and Sunderland West more like this
tabling member printed
Mrs Sharon Hodgson more like this
uin 907643 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
answer text <p>Universal Credit treats all individuals equally, irrespective of gender. It provides one-to-one support and incentives to help claimants to progress in work.</p><p> </p><p>The latest Office for National Statistics labour market statistics show a near record high rate for women in employment.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Reading West more like this
answering member printed Alok Sharma remove filter
question first answered
less than 2018-11-15T15:28:41.083Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-15T15:28:41.083Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
1521
label Biography information for Mrs Sharon Hodgson more like this