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1138693
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star this property date less than 2019-07-12more like thismore than 2019-07-12
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star 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
unstar this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Fraud 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 recent steps he is taking to tackle universal credit fraud. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coventry South more like this
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Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 276511 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-17more like thismore than 2019-07-17
star this property answer text <p>The Department takes its obligation to prevent, detect and investigate fraud very seriously and will investigate all claims where fraud may have been committed. We have recently set up a dedicated team to investigate a specific type of emergent fraud, and we are also committed to the use of penalties such as prosecutions and tough financial penalties to discourage fraudulent behaviour.</p><p> </p><p>The Department has also recently been working to further improve knowledge and awareness of Universal Credit (UC) fraud amongst Jobcentre and Service Centre staff. Guidance has also been issued to ensure that all staff are aware how to quickly refer cases of suspected fraud to the Department’s Counter-fraud team.</p><p> </p><p>Most welfare losses, across Government, arise from claimants failing to report changes of circumstances. UC provides a single, digital interface through which claimants can more easily report these changes. UC also allows us to adjust benefit entitlement in line with changing circumstances in real time. Internal and external data matches are increasingly helping to inform benefit payments and alerting staff to check for any undeclared changes in people’s circumstances. Once UC is fully rolled out, we expect cross-welfare losses to fraud, error and overpayments to be reduced by around £1 billion per year</p><p> </p><p>As of June 2019, potential fraudulent advance claims equate to less than 1 per cent of all Universal Credit claims.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma remove filter
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less than 2019-07-17T12:58:00.397Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-17T12:58:00.397Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
1138694
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-07-12more like thismore than 2019-07-12
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star 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
unstar this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Proof of Identity 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, what steps he is taking to ensure accurate verification of universal credit claimants who request an advance. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coventry South more like this
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Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 276512 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-17more like thismore than 2019-07-17
star this property answer text <p>As of June 2019, potential fraudulent advance claims equate to less than 1 per cent of all Universal Credit claims.</p><p> </p><p>The Department has been working to improve knowledge and awareness of advances fraud amongst Jobcentre and Service Centre staff. Guidance has also been issued to ensure that staff are aware how to refer cases of suspected fraud to the Department’s Counter-fraud team.</p><p> </p><p>We are developing our service iteratively and improving any areas in the service that may currently be presenting issues, to minimise the risk of fraud while ensuring that we can continue to provide financial support to those claimants who need it.</p><p>We cannot share advance detail of the specific security improvements we are making but this includes improving our process for verifying a claimant’s circumstances.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma remove filter
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less than 2019-07-17T12:46:01.26Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-17T12:46:01.26Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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308
unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
1138699
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-07-12more like thismore than 2019-07-12
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star 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
unstar this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Fraud 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, what steps her Department is taking to support victims of universal credit scams. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coventry South more like this
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Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 276513 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-17more like thismore than 2019-07-17
star this property answer text <p>The Department takes benefit fraud very seriously and is committed to taking appropriate action when it is detected.</p><p> </p><p>If a claimant has been the victim of fraud, and has not benefitted financially in any way, they will not be asked to repay the money. The Department considers all cases on their individual merits and decisions are made on the strength of the evidence provided.</p><p> </p><p>The Department has been working to improve knowledge and awareness of advances fraud amongst Jobcentre and Service Centre staff. Guidance has also been issued to ensure that staff are aware how to refer cases of suspected fraud to the Department’s Counter-fraud team.</p><p> </p><p>Most welfare losses, across Government, arise from claimants failing to report changes of circumstances, Universal Credit (UC) provides a single, digital interface through which claimants can more easily report these changes. As such, once UC is fully rolled out, we expect cross-welfare losses to fraud, error and overpayments to be reduced by around £1 billion per year.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma remove filter
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less than 2019-07-17T13:47:42.48Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-17T13:47:42.48Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
1138406
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-07-11more like thismore than 2019-07-11
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star 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
unstar this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Disqualification 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 claimants over the age of 60 in receipt of universal credit have been sanctioned in the last 12 months. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Ipswich more like this
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Sandy Martin more like this
star this property uin 276287 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-16more like thismore than 2019-07-16
star this property answer text <p>Statistics on Universal Credit sanctions by age are published and can be found at:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/" target="_blank">https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/</a></p><p> </p><p>Guidance for users is available at:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html" target="_blank">https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html</a></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma remove filter
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less than 2019-07-16T14:52:09.02Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-16T14:52:09.02Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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4678
unstar this property label Biography information for Sandy Martin more like this
1138457
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-07-11more like thismore than 2019-07-11
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star 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
unstar this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Payments more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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 requests for spilt payments of universal credit have been (a) made and (b) accepted in each of the last three years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency High Peak more like this
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Ruth George more like this
star this property uin 276271 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-16more like thismore than 2019-07-16
star this property answer text <p>The requested information for part (a) is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>In response to part (b), the number of Households on UC that make use of the Split Payment option is published and can be found at:</p><p><a href="https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/" target="_blank">https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/</a></p><p>Guidance on how to extract the information required can be found at:</p><p><a href="https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html" target="_blank">https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html</a></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma remove filter
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less than 2019-07-16T14:40:51.723Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-16T14:40:51.723Z
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4014
star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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4662
unstar this property label Biography information for Ruth George more like this
1138458
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-07-11more like thismore than 2019-07-11
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star 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
unstar this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Payments more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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 requests for alternative payment arrangements of universal credit have been (a) made and (b) accepted for (i) twice monthly payments and (b) four twice monthly payments in each of the last three years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency High Peak more like this
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Ruth George more like this
star this property uin 276272 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-16more like thismore than 2019-07-16
star this property answer text <p>The requested information is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.</p><p> </p><p>However, information on the number of Households on Universal Credit that have an Alternative Payment Arrangement is published and can be found at:</p><p><a href="https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/" target="_blank">https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/</a></p><p>Guidance on how to extract the information required can be found at:</p><p><a href="https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html" target="_blank">https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html</a></p><p /> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma remove filter
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less than 2019-07-16T14:49:09.26Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-16T14:49:09.26Z
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4014
star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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4662
unstar this property label Biography information for Ruth George more like this
1138521
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-07-11more like thismore than 2019-07-11
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star 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
unstar this property hansard heading Welfare Assistance Schemes more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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, if she will establish a nationally funded local welfare assistance scheme similar to the former Discretionary Social Fund; and if she will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Harrow West more like this
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Gareth Thomas more like this
star this property uin 276140 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-19more like thismore than 2019-07-19
star this property answer text <p>The reforms to the Social Fund in 2013 allowed local authorities in England and the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales to deliver their own local provision for people who are in need of urgent help. Local authorities are best placed to decide how to target flexible help to support local welfare needs. The Government has no further plans to review this provision.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma remove filter
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less than 2019-07-19T12:38:18.043Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-19T12:38:18.043Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Gareth Thomas more like this
1138074
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star this property date less than 2019-07-10more like thismore than 2019-07-10
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star 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
unstar this property hansard heading Sahaviriya Steel Industries UK: Redundancy 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 the timetable is for the publication of its final report on the effectiveness of programmes to protect former SSI steelworkers from long-term unemployment. 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 275684 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
star this property answer text <p>The Sahaviriya Steel Industries (SSI) Task Force, funded by the Government to support individuals and businesses directly affected by the closure of SSI in Redcar, has published 3 annual reports (the most recent in 2018) setting out progress with helping the people affected by the liquidation of SSI. Further details are at: <a href="https://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/SSITaskForce" target="_blank">https://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/SSITaskForce</a></p><p> </p><p>The Task Force has commissioned the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to analyse the outcomes of workers affected by the closure.</p><p> </p><p>The DWP has been working to identify; quality assure; integrate and securely store and handle data on former SSI UK employees and workers in its supply chain to fulfil the commission of the Task Force. The department’s analysis will innovatively combine data from the official receiver; local tracking data from collected by Job Centre Plus; DWP/HMRC administrative data; and published ONS data.</p><p> </p><p>The analysis is currently being finalised and will be published in due course by the Department for Work and Pensions.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma remove filter
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less than 2019-07-15T14:30:53.793Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-15T14:30:53.793Z
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4014
star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Frank Field more like this
1138133
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star this property date less than 2019-07-10more like thismore than 2019-07-10
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star 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
unstar this property hansard heading Universal Credit more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have people on universal credit who have turned down a job offer in the last 12 months have cited lack of affordable childcare as the reason; and how many of those people received (a) a civil penalty and (b) a sanction. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency High Peak more like this
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Ruth George more like this
star this property uin 275817 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
star this property answer text <p>On Universal Credit, claimants are able to claim up to 85 per cent of their childcare costs, compared to 70 per cent on the legacy system. Where the initial month’s childcare costs may prevent a claimant from starting work, Jobcentres can use the Flexible Support Fund to help claimants. This is a non-repayable award, which can be used to meet the upfront costs of childcare to help support a claimant into work.</p><p> </p><p>Civil Penalties may be imposed by both DWP and Local Authorities, where an individual incurs a recoverable overpayment as a result of failing to provide accurate information as part of their benefit claim or in connection with an award of benefit, and have not taken reasonable steps to correct the error. Civil Penalties are not imposed in the event of a claimant refusing to accept a job offer.</p><p> </p><p>The information request about those receiving a sanction is not readily available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma remove filter
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less than 2019-07-15T15:15:03.153Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-15T15:15:03.153Z
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4014
star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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4662
unstar this property label Biography information for Ruth George more like this
1138152
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-07-10more like thismore than 2019-07-10
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star 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
unstar this property hansard heading Social Security Benefits: Fraud 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, what steps her Department is taking to protect the rights and identities of benefit claimants from people making fraudulent claims using other people's identities. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Preston more like this
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Sir Mark Hendrick more like this
star this property uin 275683 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-19more like thismore than 2019-07-19
star this property answer text <p>Most welfare losses, across Government, arise from a failure to report changes of circumstances. Universal Credit provides a single, digital interface through which claimants can more easily report these changes. As such, once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, we expect cross-welfare losses to fraud, error and overpayments to be reduced by around £1 billion.</p><p> </p><p>The Department takes benefit fraud very seriously and is committed to taking appropriate action. We have a dedicated team of investigators working on this issue and are working with the Crown Prosecution Service to ensure that, where appropriate, the perpetrators of this fraud are prosecuted. Prosecutions for benefit fraud can result in prison sentences.</p><p> </p><p>The Department has been working to improve knowledge and awareness of advances fraud amongst Jobcentre and Service Centre staff. Guidance has also been issued to ensure that staff are aware how to refer cases of suspected fraud to the Department’s fraud team.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma remove filter
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less than 2019-07-19T12:20:02.103Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-19T12:20:02.103Z
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4014
star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Sir Mark Hendrick more like this