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star this property date less than 2019-03-20more like thismore than 2019-03-20
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Access to Work Programme: Finance more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she plans to allocate more funding towards Access to Work. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Slough more like this
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Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi more like this
star this property uin 234861 more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>ATW is demand led, so funding reflects the numbers of applicants and their needs.</p><p> </p><p>In 17/18 Access to Work made payments to 33,860 people (up 13% on 16/17) and £110.8m was spent on grants, which is a 4% increase in real terms expenditure compared to 16/17. The highest ever number of people with disabilities and health conditions are receiving tailored and flexible support to do their job.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2019-03-25T15:54:04.607Zmore like thisremove minimum value filter
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi more like this
1092190
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-03-20more like thismore than 2019-03-20
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Department for Work and Pensions: Consultants more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many consultants her Department has hired since 2016; and what the cost of that hiring was to the public purse. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bootle more like this
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Peter Dowd more like this
star this property uin 234812 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Department for Work and Pensions has spent the below amounts on Consultancy contracts since 2016, falling within the associated financial years. These figures may include other associated costs.</p><p /><p>2018/19 (to Feb): £25.0 Million *</p><p>2017/18: £34.9 Million</p><p>2016/17: £36.1 Million</p><p>2015/16: £10.6 Million</p><p> </p><p>*in year spend is subject to classification and validation at year end, and then incorporation into the Department’s published accounts.</p><p> </p><p>Since 2016 we have been working to enable specific activities associated with DWP transformation programmes on welfare delivery and transformation of the DWP digital infrastructure, where DWP has exited long-term contracts in line with Cabinet Office directives. Each consultancy contract with a Supplier will vary in the number of consultants deployed under it, relevant to the size, scale and complexity of the work required. This will include a variety of specialist supplier staff that can be engaged on numerous projects for the Supplier at any one time.</p><p> </p><p>The Department does not hold information as to the total number of consultants used under these consultancy engagements.</p>
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2019-03-25T17:57:04.467Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-25T17:57:04.467Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Peter Dowd more like this
1089454
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star this property date less than 2019-03-15more like thismore than 2019-03-15
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Disability: Cost of Living more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the report entitled the Disability Price Tag 2019, published by Scope in February 2019, what assessment she has made of the extra costs incurred by disabled people; and if she will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Southend West more like this
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Sir David Amess more like this
star this property uin 232967 more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>We recognise that there are extra costs faces by those with long term health conditions and disabilities. That is why the Department provides a financial contribution towards those disability-related costs through Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payment. We will be spending over £26 billion on the extra costs disability benefits next year (2019/20), part of the over £55 billion spending on benefits to support disabled people and people with health conditions. Benefit provision is in addition to the wide range of additional support people with health conditions and disabilities may receive including from Local Authorities or the National Health Service.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2019-03-25T16:07:15.697Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-25T16:07:15.697Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Sir David Amess more like this
1090973
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star this property date less than 2019-03-18more like thismore than 2019-03-18
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Occupational Health more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to encourage the uptake of occupational health schemes among employers. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Mansfield more like this
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Ben Bradley more like this
star this property uin 233596 more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Government wants to see employers of all sizes create healthy workplaces where people can thrive. We will consult this year on measures to encourage and support all employers to play their part and to improve access to occupational health.</p><p> </p><p>Advice from an Occupational Health Expert Group is helping shape proposals. We have also commissioned research to better understand the current market supply and delivery structures of OH provision and its operation. Findings are due to be published in 2019.</p><p> </p><p>Tax incentives are currently available to employers to encourage investment in employee health and wellbeing, including relief for employer-funded medical treatment up to £500 where there has been a recommendation from an occupational health professional and the employee has been absent for 28 days.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2019-03-25T17:24:50.25Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-25T17:24:50.25Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Ben Bradley more like this
1090987
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star this property date less than 2019-03-18more like thismore than 2019-03-18
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of extending to all people with later stage (a) degenerative and (b) non-curable conditions the ceasing of repeat assessments for personal independence payment; and if she will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Cheltenham more like this
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Alex Chalk more like this
star this property uin 233608 more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>Once someone has been awarded Personal Independence Payment (PIP), which can be paid at one of eight rates, that award will be reviewed. Reviews of PIP are a key part of the benefit to ensure that awards remain correct where needs may change (including where needs increase and the award may need to increase) and that we maintain contact with the claimant, both features that are missing from its predecessor Disability Living Allowance. The length of an award is based on an individual’s circumstances and can vary from nine months to an on-going award, with a light touch review after ten years.</p><p> </p><p>We introduced updated guidance for case managers and an updated PIP Assessment Guide in 2018 which will ensure that those people who receive the highest level of support under PIP, and where their 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. In line with PIP’s aim to be needs-based rather than condition-based, the change to the guidance is not condition specific. However, we believe the changes will ensure that those with severe and/or progressive conditions receive the most appropriate award duration that reflects their condition and the needs arising.</p><p> </p><p>Special considerations also apply to claimants who are terminally ill, and our arrangements recognise the particular difficulties faced by people who only have a short time to live. Claims by people with a terminal illness are fast tracked, are not subject to a face-to-face assessment and they are guaranteed the enhanced rate of the Daily Living Component; nearly all also receive the enhanced rate of mobility.</p>
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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234096 more like this
234097 more like this
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less than 2019-03-25T17:26:55.033Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-25T17:26:55.033Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Alex Chalk more like this
1091386
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star this property date less than 2019-03-19more like thismore than 2019-03-19
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons people with progressively deteriorating conditions are subject to repeat personal independence payment assessments. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency West Bromwich West more like this
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Mr Adrian Bailey more like this
star this property uin 234096 more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>Once someone has been awarded Personal Independence Payment (PIP), which can be paid at one of eight rates, that award will be reviewed. Reviews of PIP are a key part of the benefit to ensure that awards remain correct where needs may change (including where needs increase and the award may need to increase) and that we maintain contact with the claimant, both features that are missing from its predecessor Disability Living Allowance. The length of an award is based on an individual’s circumstances and can vary from nine months to an on-going award, with a light touch review after ten years.</p><p> </p><p>We introduced updated guidance for case managers and an updated PIP Assessment Guide in 2018 which will ensure that those people who receive the highest level of support under PIP, and where their 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. In line with PIP’s aim to be needs-based rather than condition-based, the change to the guidance is not condition specific. However, we believe the changes will ensure that those with severe and/or progressive conditions receive the most appropriate award duration that reflects their condition and the needs arising.</p><p> </p><p>Special considerations also apply to claimants who are terminally ill, and our arrangements recognise the particular difficulties faced by people who only have a short time to live. Claims by people with a terminal illness are fast tracked, are not subject to a face-to-face assessment and they are guaranteed the enhanced rate of the Daily Living Component; nearly all also receive the enhanced rate of mobility.</p>
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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234097 more like this
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less than 2019-03-25T17:26:55.08Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-25T17:26:55.08Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Adrian Bailey more like this
1091388
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star this property date less than 2019-03-19more like thismore than 2019-03-19
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make it her policy to ensure that people with progressively deteriorating conditions do not receive reduced support from her Department following repeat personal independence payment assessments. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency West Bromwich West more like this
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Mr Adrian Bailey more like this
star this property uin 234097 more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>Once someone has been awarded Personal Independence Payment (PIP), which can be paid at one of eight rates, that award will be reviewed. Reviews of PIP are a key part of the benefit to ensure that awards remain correct where needs may change (including where needs increase and the award may need to increase) and that we maintain contact with the claimant, both features that are missing from its predecessor Disability Living Allowance. The length of an award is based on an individual’s circumstances and can vary from nine months to an on-going award, with a light touch review after ten years.</p><p> </p><p>We introduced updated guidance for case managers and an updated PIP Assessment Guide in 2018 which will ensure that those people who receive the highest level of support under PIP, and where their 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. In line with PIP’s aim to be needs-based rather than condition-based, the change to the guidance is not condition specific. However, we believe the changes will ensure that those with severe and/or progressive conditions receive the most appropriate award duration that reflects their condition and the needs arising.</p><p> </p><p>Special considerations also apply to claimants who are terminally ill, and our arrangements recognise the particular difficulties faced by people who only have a short time to live. Claims by people with a terminal illness are fast tracked, are not subject to a face-to-face assessment and they are guaranteed the enhanced rate of the Daily Living Component; nearly all also receive the enhanced rate of mobility.</p>
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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233608 more like this
234096 more like this
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less than 2019-03-25T17:26:55.127Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-25T17:26:55.127Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Adrian Bailey more like this
1092172
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star this property date less than 2019-03-20more like thismore than 2019-03-20
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Security Benefits: Appeals more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will set out the average time (a) taken to process mandatory reconsiderations and (b) between a mandatory reconsideration decision and a tribunal, in each of the last three years for which data are available. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead more like this
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Frank Field more like this
star this property uin 234691 more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>Information on median clearance times for PIP Mandatory Reconsiderations (MRs) is provided in the table below.</p><p /><p><strong>Median Clearance Times, in Calendar Days, for PIP MRs, Normal Rules, Great Britain:</strong></p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Financial Year of MR Clearance</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Median Calendar Days for MR to be Cleared</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2016/17</p></td><td><p>33</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2017/18</p></td><td><p>29</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2018/19 <em>(April 18 – January19)</em></p></td><td><p>37</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>This data on PIP MR clearance times is unpublished data. It should be used with caution and it may be subject to future revision.</p><p> </p><p>The Department publishes quarterly statistics on “ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals” which include figures on median MR clearance times, available at Table 16 here:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/esa-outcomes-of-work-capability-assessments-including-mandatory-reconsiderations-and-appeals-march-2019" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/esa-outcomes-of-work-capability-assessments-including-mandatory-reconsiderations-and-appeals-march-2019</a></p><p> </p><p>To provide information on MR clearance times across all other DWP administered benefits would incur disproportionate cost.</p><p /><p>There are a number of reasons for differences in clearance times between benefits. This includes the PIP clearance times being based on the clearance times from the point of registration to the date the MR was cleared. This is different to the MR clearance times for ESA which are based on the date when the Benefit Centre has decided that the MR received is a valid MR, having considered whether they can initially change the decision in the light of any new information to the date when the decision maker at the Dispute Resolution Team (DRT) has cleared and logged the final decision.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Information on the median time between a PIP MR decision and an Appeal being lodged is provided in the table below.</p><p /><p><strong>Median Times, in Calendar Days, between a PIP MR decision and an Appeal being lodged in Great Britain:</strong></p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Financial Year of Appeal lodgement</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Median Calendar Days between an MR Decision and an Appeal being lodged</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2016/17</p></td><td><p>26</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2017/18</p></td><td><p>28</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2018/19 <em>(April – Dec18) </em></p></td><td><p>28</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>This data is unpublished data. It should be used with caution and it may be subject to future revision.</p><p> </p><p>To provide information on the average time between an MR decision being made and appeal being lodged across all other DWP administered benefits would incur disproportionate cost.</p><p> </p><p>The Ministry of Justice publish statistics on the average (mean) age of a case at disposal for different benefit types. These in Tables SSCS.3 of the Main Tables, available here:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/tribunals-statistics#tribunal-statistics-quarterly" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/tribunals-statistics#tribunal-statistics-quarterly</a></p><p> </p><p>These statistics represent the average number of weeks from receipt in Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) to the final outcome within the period. It will include cases cleared at hearing and cases cleared without a hearing which include strike outs, superseded and withdrawals prior to a hearing. An appeal may not necessarily be cleared at its first hearing.</p>
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2019-03-25T16:20:03.377Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-25T16:20:03.377Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Frank Field more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-03-20more like thismore than 2019-03-20
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to improve the (a) quality and (b) accuracy of welfare assessments in order to reduce the number of cases going to tribunal. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead more like this
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Frank Field more like this
star this property uin 234692 more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The department is committed to ensuring individuals receive high quality, objective and accurate assessments and we aim to make the right decision first time.</p><p> </p><p>We continue to work extensively with providers to make improvements to guidance, training and supplier audit procedures in order to ensure the quality of the services is continuously improved.</p><p> </p><p>All elements of the providers’ performance are monitored including the requirements for the quality of assessments, which are assessed through independent audit, with feedback provided to the provider.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2019-03-25T16:32:32.297Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-25T16:32:32.297Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Frank Field more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-03-18more like thismore than 2019-03-18
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Cancer more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of the roll-out of universal credit on claimants of benefits with cancer. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill more like this
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Hugh Gaffney more like this
star this property uin 233583 more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Department takes seriously the need to support vulnerable claimants. We are committed to ensuring that people who have cancer are treated with the upmost sensitivity and care, when making a claim to Universal Credit. For instance, when a claimant is asked to attend a Work Capability Assessment to determine entitlement to the additional component of Universal Credit specifically for disabled claimants, they must complete a UC50 questionnaire which incorporates a 'light touch' evidence gathering process for cancer patients; and makes clear that Clinical Nurse Specialists and consultants can provide information on the form, therefore making the claim and assessment process simpler for people with cancer.</p><p>We are continuously reviewing and improving the service for vulnerable people who claim Universal Credit to ensure that it is accessible and responsive to their needs. This includes how they are identified and supported, either from our own staff or via referrals from local services.</p>
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2019-03-25T16:53:46.683Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-25T16:53:46.683Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Hugh Gaffney more like this