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star this property date less than 2019-10-18more like thismore than 2019-10-18
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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 remove filter
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, whether universal credit advances fraud was noted in her Department's risk register. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead remove filter
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Frank Field remove filter
star this property uin 1899 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
unstar this property answer text <p>The Department keeps Risk Registers at various levels in the organisation. These risk registers are designed to ensure that key risks are captured, monitored and mitigated.</p><p> </p><p>I can confirm that Universal Credit advances fraud is recorded on Departmental risk registers as explained in the 16<sup>th</sup> October 2019 letter from the Department to the Honourable Member.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Hexham more like this
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-10-22T15:43:52.533Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-22T15:43:52.533Z
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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 Frank Field more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-10-15more like thismore than 2019-10-15
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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 remove filter
unstar this property hansard heading Employment: Disability more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employers in (a) Birkenhead and (b) the UK have signed up to the Disability Confident scheme; and how many jobs have been created (i) in and (ii) under that scheme. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead remove filter
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Frank Field remove filter
star this property uin 449 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-21more like thismore than 2019-10-21
unstar this property answer text <p>The Disability Confident (DC) scheme was launched in November 2016 and supports the Government’s commitment of helping one million more disabled people into work by 2027. Disability Confident provides employers with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to attract, recruit, retain and develop disabled people in the workplace. The scheme is designed as a journey, with all employers starting at Level 1 and progressing through the scheme at their own pace. Accreditation for each level lasts for 3 years. No employer is too small or new to start the journey and even the most experienced employer will still find new techniques and best practice that can help them. As of 13/9/2019, the latest published figures show that over 13,600 employers are signed up to the scheme nationally at the following levels: Level 1 - DC Committed (10,031), Level 2 - DC Employer (3,336), Level 3 - DC Leader (244) of those, 62% are small or micro employers and 80% are SMEs. All main Government departments are DC Leaders (Level 3) and over 83% of Local Authorities signed up, with good penetration of NHS and blue-light services. In Birkenhead there are 42 Disability Confident organisations; 31 DC Committed (Level 1), 10 DC Employer (Level 2) and 1 DC Leader (Level 3). Of the 157,000 jobs currently advertised on the DWP Find a Job website, over 20,000 are from DC employers – totalling 13%.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2019-10-21T11:30:59.057Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-21T11:30:59.057Z
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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 2019-10-15more like thismore than 2019-10-15
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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 remove filter
unstar this property hansard heading Access to Work Programme 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 Access To Work grants have been awarded in (a) Birkenhead and (b) the UK; and what the total value of those grants was in each of the last five years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead remove filter
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Frank Field remove filter
star this property uin 451 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-21more like thismore than 2019-10-21
unstar this property answer text <p>To get help from Access to Work you must live in England, Scotland or Wales – there is a different system in Northern Ireland.</p><p> </p><p><strong>England, Scotland or Wales: </strong></p><p> </p><p>Number of people who receive an Access to Work payment and total Access to Work expenditure are published annually as part of the Access to Work statistics which can be found here:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/access-to-work-statistics-april-2007-to-march-2019" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/access-to-work-statistics-april-2007-to-march-2019</a></p><p> </p><p>Please see specifically:</p><p> </p><ul><li>Table 6: The number of people who received a payment for any Access to Work provision of each type, 2009/10 - 2018/19</li><li>Table 11: Expenditure on Access to Work provision, 2009/10 - 2018/19 (Nominal Terms)</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p>The tables below show the number of people in Birkenhead who received an Access to Work grant payment in the last five financial years and the total value of those grants.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Birkenhead:</strong></p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p><strong>2014/15</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2015/16</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2016/17</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2017/18</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2018/19</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Number of people who received an Access to Work payment</strong></p></td><td><p>50</p></td><td><p>40</p></td><td><p>40</p></td><td><p>60</p></td><td><p>80</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Access to Work Expenditure</strong></p></td><td><p>£97,000</p></td><td><p>£90,000</p></td><td><p>£98,000</p></td><td><p>£110,000</p></td><td><p>£153,000</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Please note:</p><p> </p><ol><li>In some cases, Access to Work provision is approved however a DWP payment is not required, for example because provision can be provided at no cost or the employer covers the relevant costs. These cases are not captured above.</li><li>The same person can receive payment for more than one grant of Access to Work of the same type or of different types in a given financial year or in different financial years. The table above shows the number of people who received a payment for one or more Elements in each financial year.</li><li>Expenditure figures have been calculated using a methodology consistent with that used in the published Access to Work statistics. Please see the background information and methodology note for more information, in particular the “Weighting” section on pages 8-9.</li></ol><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/access-to-work-statistics-background-information-and-methodology" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/access-to-work-statistics-background-information-and-methodology</a></p><ol start="4"><li>Access to Work expenditure for Birkenhead is based on residency of the beneficiary as opposed to place of work.</li><li>Expenditure figures are rounded to the nearest £1,000 due to the weighting methodology used (see Note 3).</li><li>Number of people who received an Access to Work payment are rounded to the nearest 10 (in line with the published statistics).</li></ol><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2019-10-21T13:48:28.48Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-21T13:48:28.48Z
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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 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
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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 remove filter
unstar this property hansard heading Judicial Review 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 cases of judicial review are active in UK courts to which her Department is a party. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead remove filter
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Frank Field remove filter
star this property uin 54 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
unstar this property answer text <p>As at 16 October 2019, there are 29 judicial reviews active in the UK courts to which the Department is a party.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Eastleigh more like this
star this property answering member printed Mims Davies more like this
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less than 2019-10-17T14:54:45.99Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-17T14:54:45.99Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mims Davies more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Frank Field more like this
1148890
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star this property date less than 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
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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 remove filter
unstar this property hansard heading Bereavement Support Payment 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 claims for bereavement support payment, in the most recent period for which figures are available, were refused because the claimant did not apply within 21 months of the death. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead remove filter
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Frank Field remove filter
star this property uin 55 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
unstar this property answer text <p>The information requested is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Colchester more like this
star this property answering member printed Will Quince more like this
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less than 2019-10-17T09:15:14.347Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-17T09:15:14.347Z
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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 Frank Field more like this
1148891
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star this property date less than 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
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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 remove filter
unstar this property hansard heading Bereavement Support Payment 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, when her Department plans to evaluate the adequacy of the bereavement support payment. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead remove filter
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Frank Field remove filter
star this property uin 56 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
unstar this property answer text <p>Bereavement Support Payment is still a comparatively new benefit and it is key to ensure enough time has elapsed to ensure an evaluation is meaningful. We will set a date for publication once sufficient data is available.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Colchester more like this
star this property answering member printed Will Quince more like this
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less than 2019-10-17T09:31:19.887Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-17T09:31:19.887Z
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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 Frank Field more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
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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
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unstar this property hansard heading Maternity Allowance 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, what recent (a) assessment her Department has made of the trends in and (b) estimate her Department has made of the average processing times for applications made for maternity allowance. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead remove filter
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
unstar this property answer text <p>The Department continues to closely monitor the volume of MA applications. We are aware of the current increase in outstanding MA applications, due to recent staff changes and we are working to resolve this.</p><p> </p><p>We are urgently training new colleagues on this area of work and we expect work volumes to decline from mid-November onwards. We would advise people to apply as soon as they are eligible, 14 weeks before the week when their baby is due. We are fast tracking any emergency cases.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Eastleigh more like this
star this property answering member printed Mims Davies more like this
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less than 2019-10-17T17:00:34.247Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-17T17:00:34.247Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mims Davies 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 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
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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
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unstar this property hansard heading Social Security Benefits: Birkenhead more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent (a) assessment she has made of the adequacy of and (b) estimate of the staffing levels for each of the benefits administered at Hordan House in Birkenhead. more like this
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star this property uin 59 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
unstar this property answer text <p>There is a team of staff within Hordan House who are currently deployed on Work and Health Decision Making. This work is managed nationally and outstanding decisions can be moved around virtually to different locations if necessary. Currently in Hordan House, there is capacity to clear the allocated Work Capability Assessment decisions each week and also import decision work from the network on a regular basis. If support is needed work can be moved out, across the network, but this is not usually necessary in Birkenhead.</p><p> </p><p>Other staff within Hordan House are currently deployed on Maternity Allowance (MA). Staffing levels are reviewed regularly to meet the demand of our customers and, following a recent review, a decision was made to increase the staffing deployed to MA, supporting Birkenhead with the clearance of MA applications.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Eastleigh more like this
star this property answering member printed Mims Davies more like this
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less than 2019-10-17T13:59:15.657Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-17T13:59:15.657Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mims Davies 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 2019-10-02more like thismore than 2019-10-02
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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 remove filter
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, pursuant to the Answer of 30 September to Question 290673 on Universal Credit, whether a reduction in the monthly repayments of a court fine from 40 per cent to a lower amount will return to the 40 per cent rate in the following month if a person has no other deductions attached to a universal credit claim. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead remove filter
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star this property uin 293470 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-08more like thismore than 2019-10-08
unstar this property answer text <p>Our deductions policy strikes a fair balance between a claimant’s need to meet their obligations and a claimant’s ability to ensure they can meet their day-to-day needs. From October 2019, deductions will be capped at 30% of a claimant’s standard allowance down from 40% to better achieve this balance.</p><p> </p><p>In the scenario outlined, if a person has no other deductions, the most that would be deducted for a court fine in the following assessment period is £108.35. This is because the maximum deduction for court fines is based on a fixed figure in regulations rather than a percentage. If the £108.35 figure were more than 30% of the claimant’s standard allowance, the deduction would be reduced to 5% of the standard allowance, ensuring the 30% cap was not exceeded. The policy was designed to deduct either the minimum or maximum set out in regulations and avoid inconsistencies that may arise if discretion was to be exercised for each claimant’s deduction.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Colchester more like this
star this property answering member printed Will Quince more like this
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less than 2019-10-08T09:55:53.56Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-08T09:55:53.56Z
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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 Frank Field more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-09-30more like thismore than 2019-09-30
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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
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unstar this property hansard heading Food Banks more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) formal and (b) informal referrals to food banks have been made by Jobcentre Plus in each of the most recent 12 months for which data are available. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead remove filter
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star this property uin 292109 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-03more like thismore than 2019-10-03
unstar this property answer text <p>Jobcentres do not refer claimants to food banks or issue food bank vouchers. The Department has long-standing guidance in place which allows staff to signpost customers in writing to a food bank where they have asked for details, and if all sources of statutory support have been exhausted. Jobcentre Plus staff are not required to keep records of the number of benefit claimants signposted to food banks in their local area, and we have no current plans to develop official national statistics on food bank use.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Colchester more like this
star this property answering member printed Will Quince more like this
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less than 2019-10-03T15:09:33.037Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-03T15:09:33.037Z
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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 Frank Field more like this