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star this property date less than 2019-06-04more like thismore than 2019-06-04
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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
star this property hansard heading Department for Work and Pensions: Debt Collection 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 her Department engages enforcement agents. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Wolverhampton North East more like this
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Emma Reynolds more like this
star this property uin 259978 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Where a claimant is no longer in receipt of benefit, and all other recovery options have been exhausted, the Department for Work and Pensions may refer a debt to a Private Sector Debt Collection Agency.</p><p> </p><p>In March 2015, Indesser, was appointed as the provider of cross-government debt services under a joint-venture with the Cabinet Office.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Colchester more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Will Quince more like this
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less than 2019-06-10T11:07:17.83Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-10T11:07:17.83Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Emma Reynolds more like this
1129719
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-04more like thismore than 2019-06-04
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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
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit 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, what plans she has to amend the income assessment periods for universal credit for claimants with flexible incomes. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Croydon North more like this
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Mr Steve Reed more like this
star this property uin 260013 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Universal Credit takes earnings into account in a way that is fair and transparent. The amount of Universal Credit paid reflects, as closely as possible, the actual circumstances of a household during each monthly assessment period, including any earnings reported by the employer during the assessment period, regardless of when they were paid, or which month they relate to.</p><p>Assessment periods allow for Universal Credit awards to be adjusted on a monthly basis, ensuring that if claimants’ incomes fall, they do not have to wait several months for a rise in their Universal Credit award.</p><p>Claimants can discuss queries about how fluctuating income effects Universal Credit with their case managers and work coaches, who can also signpost to services appropriate to individual circumstances.</p><p>The Government is working with employers to ensure that they use the most appropriate payment practices and comply with RTI guidelines in order to minimise the incidence of erroneous or late reporting by employers. HMRC have updated the guidance to reiterate to employers the importance of reporting accurate dates and the impact on payment cycles.</p><p>More guidance on this is available at the following link: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-credit-different-earning-patterns-and-your-payments/universal-credit-different-earning-patterns-and-your-payments-payment-cycles" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-credit-different-earning-patterns-and-your-payments/universal-credit-different-earning-patterns-and-your-payments-payment-cycles</a></p>
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2019-06-10T14:06:38.113Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-10T14:06:38.113Z
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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 Steve Reed more like this
1129994
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star this property date less than 2019-06-05more like thismore than 2019-06-05
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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
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit 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, in what circumstances the repayment period of an advance that has been agreed with a universal credit claimant can be amended. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Croydon North more like this
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Mr Steve Reed more like this
star this property uin 260654 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Universal Credit new claim and benefit transfer advances provide access to a payment for those in financial need, which can be accessed on the same day, until their first UC payment is due ensuring no one has to be left without means of financial support. Claimants can access up to 100% of the total expected monthly award, which they can pay back over a period of up to 12 monthly instalments. In the Autumn Budget 2018, we announced that from October 2021, the repayment period for these advances will be extended to 16 monthly instalments.</p><p> </p><p>Other advances are available for where a claimant has a substantial increase in the amount of their Universal Credit payment, due to a change in their circumstances, in which case they can have an advance of up to 50% of the increase and can be repaid over up to 6 monthly instalments. Also a Budgeting advance is available for one off unexpected financial events that the claimant is unable to meet and is repayable over a period of up to 12 monthly instalments.</p><p> </p><p>We recognise that exceptional circumstances may occur to claimants that were not foreseen when the advance was taken out and if this means the claimant is facing unexpected financial hardship they can ask the Department for a deferral of the repayment of any advance they have taken out. The deferral periods are up to 3 months for a new claim, benefit transfer or change of circumstances advance and up to 6 months for a Budgeting advance.</p><p> </p><p>Where a claimant has a reduction in benefit due to a Fraud Penalty or Conditionally Sanction that equals or exceeds 40% of their Universal Credit standard allowance then no advance repayment will be taken.</p><p> </p><p>If there is insufficient Universal Credit in payment due to reductions such as earnings, other income and capital yield to take the full amount of advances repayment, a lesser amount will be taken.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2019-06-10T12:55:12.507Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-10T12:55:12.507Z
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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 Steve Reed more like this
1130135
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star this property date less than 2019-06-05more like thismore than 2019-06-05
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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
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit 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, what estimate she has made of the proportion of universal credit claimants who have had payments reduced because they had previously received advances. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Vale of Clwyd more like this
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Chris Ruane more like this
star this property uin 260559 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Universal Credit (UC) new claim advances provide access to a payment for those in financial need, which can be accessed on the same day, until their first UC payment is due. Claimants can access up to 100% of the total expected monthly award, for which they can pay back over a period of up to 12 months.</p><p> </p><p>The Department has taken a number of steps to ensure that advances meet the needs of claimants and that recovery arrangements are personalised and reasonable. From October 2019 we are reducing the maximum rate of deductions to 30 per cent and from October 2021 we are increasing the maximum recovery period for advances from 12 to 16 months.</p><p> </p><p>The latest available data is for eligible claims to UC Full Service that are due a payment in February 2019. Of these claims 44% had a deduction to repay a UC advance.</p><p> </p><p>Notes:</p><p> </p><ol><li>Data has been sourced from UC Full Service.</li></ol> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2019-06-10T14:00:26.04Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-10T14:00:26.04Z
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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 Chris Ruane more like this
1130130
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star this property date less than 2019-06-05more like thismore than 2019-06-05
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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
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit 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 information her Department holds on the number of claimants of universal credit without a permanent fixed address. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Selly Oak more like this
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Steve McCabe more like this
star this property uin 260541 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>This information is not centrally collated, and to do so would create a disproportionate cost to the Department. Universal Credit case managers and work coaches are aware of the reported circumstances of individuals and are able to provide a tailored approach, which includes those without a fixed address.</p><p> </p><p>The Department is committed to ensuring that those who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, get the appropriate support to stabilise their lives and move into work. There is a range of support which can be considered, such as access to Alternative Payment Arrangements, easements to work-search requirements, and partnerships between Jobcentres and housing organisations. By law, work coaches in England must offer a voluntary referral to claimants they consider may be homeless or threatened with homelessness to a Local Housing Authority.</p><p>Data on homelessness by local authority level, provided by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, is available at:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/homelessness-statistics" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/homelessness-statistics</a></p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Colchester more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Will Quince more like this
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less than 2019-06-10T12:20:43.067Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-10T12:20:43.067Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Steve McCabe more like this
1130146
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star this property date less than 2019-06-05more like thismore than 2019-06-05
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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
star this property hansard heading Poverty 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, pursuant to the Answer of 5 June 2019 to Question 257500, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of formally adopting a definition for destitution. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Vale of Clwyd more like this
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Chris Ruane more like this
star this property uin 260560 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>This Government is committed to broadening our understanding of people’s living standards. New experimental statistics to measure poverty are being developed, based on the work undertaken by the Social Metrics Commission (SMC) which was presented in the SMC’s ‘A New Measure of Poverty’ report last year. This development work includes consideration of groups of people previously omitted from poverty statistics, like rough sleepers and those just above the low income threshold but in overcrowded housing, as well as consideration of a wider measurement framework of poverty covering the depth, persistence and lived experience of poverty.</p><p>There is no agreed way of defining destitution. External organisations (most notably the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF)) have attempted to define and measure destitution. The JRF’s definition of destitution, however, is complex, and challenging to measure with accuracy. The JRF admit that there is a wide margin of uncertainty about the numbers they identify as destitute. The government therefore has no plans to adopt this definition as any official definition of destitution should be measurable and accurate.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Colchester more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Will Quince more like this
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less than 2019-06-10T12:49:24.437Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-10T12:49:24.437Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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534
unstar this property label Biography information for Chris Ruane more like this
1129626
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star this property date less than 2019-06-04more like thismore than 2019-06-04
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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
star this property hansard heading Food Poverty more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to reduce food poverty. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Easington more like this
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Grahame Morris more like this
star this property uin 259945 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>This Government is committed to a sustainable solution to poverty in all its forms. This means a strong economy and a benefit system that supports employment and higher pay. Compared to 2010, there are over 3.6 million more people in work, 1 million fewer workless households and 667,000 fewer children in workless households.</p><p>Whilst we have always said that there are many reasons people use Food Banks, we have responded quickly to concerns about the early roll out of Universal Credit and made numerous improvements to ensure people get the money they need as soon as possible. New questions have been added to the Family Resources Survey to develop a food insecurity measure from 2021 to help better understand the drivers of food insecurity and identify which groups are most at risk.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Colchester more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Will Quince more like this
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less than 2019-06-10T11:19:07.123Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-10T11:19:07.123Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Grahame Morris more like this
1129611
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star this property date less than 2019-06-04more like thismore than 2019-06-04
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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
star this property hansard heading Pensioners: Universal Credit more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason pensioner couples who no longer receive pension credit because one of them is below state pension age and are no longer entitled to housing benefit will not qualify for the two-week housing benefit run-on after applying for universal credit. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 259829 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The two week transition to Universal Credit housing payment can be paid to mixed age couples who move from Housing Benefit to Universal Credit. The payment will be issued once the UC claim is made and the Housing Benefit claim closed.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Colchester more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Will Quince more like this
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less than 2019-06-10T14:46:09.997Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-10T14:46:09.997Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
1129612
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star this property date less than 2019-06-04more like thismore than 2019-06-04
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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
star this property hansard heading Pensioners: Universal Credit 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 transitional protection is available to pensioner couples who no longer receive pension credit because one of them is below state pension age, are no longer entitled to housing benefit as a result and have applied for universal credit. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 259830 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The mixed age couples change will not apply to couples already claiming Pension Credit and/or Housing Benefit for pensioners on 14 May for as long as they remain entitled to either benefit. DWP wrote earlier this year to mixed age couples already receiving Pension Credit and/or Housing Benefit for pensioners to ensure they know about the change and how they could be affected if their circumstances change on or after 15 May.</p><p>Couples who would be eligible for the pension age benefits under the previous rules but have not claimed before 15 May will have up to 13 August to make a backdated claim to 14 May and we encourage them to do so</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Hexham more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-06-10T15:27:37.41Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-10T15:27:37.41Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
1128212
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star this property date less than 2019-05-22more like thisremove minimum value filter
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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
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit more like this
star this property house id 1 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 had their deductions under universal credit reduced from the maximum rate of 40 per cent of an individual's standard allowance in the last (a) month and (b) 12 months. 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 257510 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The information requested is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.</p><p> </p><p>The Government recognises the importance of safeguarding the welfare of claimants who have incurred debt. Universal Credit already has procedures and regulations in place to protect claimants from excessive deductions. The maximum rate of deductions cannot normally exceed 40 per cent of the Universal Credit standard allowance, and from October 2019 this will be reduced to 30 per cent.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2019-06-10T14:52:01.35Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-10T14:52:01.35Z
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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 Ruth George more like this