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unstar this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2019-07-02
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
unstar 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 Housing Benefit: Foster Care 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, if she will take steps to ensure that the payment of housing benefit or the housing element of universal credit to foster carers does not adversely affect any other benefits they receive. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead remove filter
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Frank Field more like this
star this property uin 284142 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-09-06more like thismore than 2019-09-06
star this property answer text <p>Foster Carer’s Allowance is disregarded in both Housing Benefit (HB) and Universal Credit (UC). The receipt of HB or Housing Element as part of their UC award does not adversely affect any other benefits that foster carers may receive.</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 2019-09-06T13:39:38.423Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-06T13:39:38.423Z
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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
1135490
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unstar this property date less than 2019-06-28more like thismore than 2019-06-28
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
unstar 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 Social Security Benefits 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 27 June 2019 to Question 268402, if she will place in the Library a copy of the dataset from which the median balance per debtor was calculated. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead remove filter
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Frank Field more like this
star this property uin 270706 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
star this property answer text <p>A copy of the relevant dataset* will be placed in the Library.</p><p> </p><p>In order to comply with the General Data Protection Regulations 2018, the dataset contains values only.</p><p> </p><p>The data set shows all balances held on our systems for the relevant period. It includes ‘minus’ figures, which reflect changes made as a result of successful appeals.</p><p> </p><p>The data does not include any Universal Credit overpayments. It includes debts accrued in a number of ways including Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit overpayments built up under HMRC as well as fraud and error overpayments.</p><p> </p><p>Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit were introduced in 2003, with some people then accruing debts over many years.</p><p> </p><p>We do not want people to face undue financial hardship as a result of repaying overpayments. If people do struggle, adjustments can be made and will be based on an individual’s circumstance.</p><p> </p><p>The overall maximum amount that can be deducted from a claimant’s Universal Credit each month to recover a benefit overpayment is an amount equal to 40% of their Universal Credit standard allowance.</p><p> </p><p>The vast majority of benefit payments are made correctly; this stock of debts equates to around 0.6% of current annual welfare expenditure. The legacy welfare system is complex in its structure and administration and in the way that qualifying conditions interact with each other. UC provides a single system of means-tested support for working-age households who are in or out of work and we expect this to reduce overpayments.</p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><em>*The data provided has been sourced from internal management information and was not intended for public release. It should therefore not be compared to any other, similar data subsequently released by the Department.</em></p>
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 2019-09-03T16:11:32.033Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-03T16:11:32.033Z
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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
1135484
star this property registered interest false more like this
unstar this property date less than 2019-06-28more like thismore than 2019-06-28
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
unstar 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 Social Security Benefits 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 27 June 2019 to Question 268401, what information she holds on the reasons why those 156,000 claimants with deductions from universal credit for non-universal credit debts are not repaying their debts. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead remove filter
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Frank Field more like this
star this property uin 270705 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
star this property answer text <p>The table below provides information on why the specified claimants were not repaying their debts.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Zero balance**</p></td><td><p>92,776</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Business as usual/head of work (Includes future instalment confirmation)</p></td><td><p>48,196</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Awaiting Financial Reconciliation</p></td><td><p>12,452</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>In progress – Awaiting further information (e.g. customer correspondence/contact)</p></td><td><p>4,214</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Managed by external contractor (Debt collection agency)</p></td><td><p>618</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Awaiting appeal outcome</p></td><td><p>534</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Waiting for customer to call back</p></td><td><p>306</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Other</p></td><td><p>477</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><em>*The data provided in this response has been sourced from internal management information and was not intended for public release. It should therefore not be compared to any other, similar data subsequently released by the Department.</em></p><p> </p><p><em>** The zero balance category is made up of debts that have been fully repaid, but are yet to be removed from the Debt Manager system. It is important to note that no further recovery action will be taken in these cases</em></p>
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2019-07-15T15:06:25.28Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-15T15:06:25.28Z
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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 Frank Field more like this
1135846
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unstar this property date less than 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
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Department of Health and Social Care more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property hansard heading Haemochromatosis: Health Services 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 Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve the (a) rates of diagnosis and (b) management of genetic haemochromatosis. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead remove filter
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Frank Field more like this
star this property uin 271374 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-07-09more like thismore than 2019-07-09
star this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to making the United Kingdom a leader in embedding genomics in healthcare and offer a consistent, world class approach to the genetic identification of rare diseases, including genetic hemochromatosis. The Genomics Medicine Service was announced in October 2018, supported by the National Genomic Test Directory which specifies which genomic tests are commissioned by the National Health Service in England, the technology by which they are available, and the patients who will be eligible to access a test. Genetic haemochromatosis is included in the National Genomic Test Directory.</p><p>Services for patients with genetic haemochromatosis are commissioned locally through clinical commissioning groups with sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) enabling service coordination across wider footprints. The NHS Long Term Plan set out the ambition for all STPs to evolve into Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) by April 2021. ICSs are an ‘evolved’ form of an STP, making faster progress in integrating care across their area, bringing together organisations to provide more seamless care for patients.</p>
star this property answering member constituency South Ribble more like this
star this property answering member printed Seema Kennedy more like this
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less than 2019-07-09T16:14:46.197Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-09T16:14:46.197Z
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star this property label Biography information for Seema Kennedy more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Frank Field more like this
1135855
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unstar this property date less than 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
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Department of Health and Social Care more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property hansard heading NHS: Pensions 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 Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help mitigate the effect of pension taxation on the NHS. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead remove filter
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Frank Field more like this
star this property uin 271375 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-07-09more like thismore than 2019-07-09
star this property answer text <p>I laid provided a Written Ministerial Statement (<a href="https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2019-06-04/HCWS1587/" target="_blank">HCWS1587</a>) on 4 June 2019 setting out the interim People Plan for the National Health Service. As part of this, it was announced that the Department would publish a consultation exploring proposals to introduce greater pension flexibility for clinicians in the NHS Pension Scheme. Increased flexibility is designed to address disincentives that may encourage senior clinicians to limit or reduce their workloads whilst participating in the NHS Pension Scheme.</p><p>The consultation will propose a 50:50 option which is intended to provide increased flexibility to clinicians regarding the growth of their NHS Pension Scheme benefits. This option will offer a 50% pension accrual and halved contributions. It was requested by the British Medical Association earlier this year, and they have welcomed this as a step in the right direction.</p><p>Retaining and maximising the contribution of our highly-skilled clinical workforce is crucial to the delivery of the ambitions for patient care set out in the Long Term Plan for the NHS. Accordingly, the Government is prepared to provide pension flexibility that appropriately balances the benefit of new flexibilities with their affordability to the public purse.</p><p>The consultation period will be an opportunity to listen to a range of views before reaching a final proposition that works for both staff and taxpayers. The Department encourages staff and employers to engage with our consultation when it opens this month.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Wimbledon more like this
star this property answering member printed Stephen Hammond more like this
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less than 2019-07-09T16:05:14.733Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-09T16:05:14.733Z
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Hammond more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Frank Field more like this
1135824
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unstar this property date less than 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
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Department of Health and Social Care more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property hansard heading Doctors: Training 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 Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the level of availability of (a) places on UK Foundation Programme F1 and F2 courses and (b) work within the NHS for course graduates. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead remove filter
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Frank Field more like this
star this property uin 271363 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-07-09more like thismore than 2019-07-09
star this property answer text <p>The UK Foundation Programme can be under- or over-subscribed as it is subject to variation for a number of reasons. In 2018 there was a fill rate of 98.6%<sup>1</sup>, however in 2019 there were initially more eligible applicants than available places. Additional places have now been provided, meaning all eligible graduates have been allocated a Foundation Programme post to start from August 2019.</p><p>For specialty training programmes, the current overall fill rate is slightly higher than in 2018, with 83.8% of training posts currently accepted for programmes beginning in 2019, compared to 81.9% at the same stage last year<sup>2</sup>. Some specialties will continue to recruit through further rounds, and therefore the number of trainees is likely to rise.</p><p> </p><p>Notes:</p><p><sup>1</sup>http://www.foundationprogramme.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/2018-09/2018%20Recruitment%20Summary%20Report.pdf</p><p><sup>2</sup>https://www.hee.nhs.uk/our-work/medical-recruitment/specialty-recruitment-round-1-acceptance-fill-rate</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Wimbledon more like this
star this property answering member printed Stephen Hammond more like this
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less than 2019-07-09T16:04:12.08Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-09T16:04:12.08Z
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Hammond more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Frank Field more like this
1136399
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unstar this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2019-07-02
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
unstar 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, whether welfare advisers have the discretion not to impose job seeking conditions on a claimant in their (a) customer agreement and (b) claimant commitment when that claimant is no longer entitled to employment and support allowance and is advised to claim universal credit. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead remove filter
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Frank Field more like this
star this property uin 272130 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-07-08more like thismore than 2019-07-08
star this property answer text <p>When people move from ESA to UC due to a change of circumstances (e.g. house move) not connected to their WCA, they will move into the equivalent conditionality group. Work search requirements are not imposed on people who have been found to have Limited Capability for Work or Limited Capability for Work and Work Related activity.</p><p> </p><p>When people move from Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) to Universal Credit (UC) due to being found ‘fit for work’ at their work capability assessment (WCA) their UC conditionality will be decided based on their individual and household circumstances.</p><p> </p><p>There are a range of circumstances on UC where work-related requirements must be switched off temporarily because people are experiencing difficult personal circumstances and our work coaches do have the discretion to reduce or suspend job seeking conditions on their Claimant Commitment. Even for people who have been found fit for work, work coaches may still agree to tailor the number of hours, type, and location of work, to take account of the person’s health condition. Work coaches receive training on how to adjust conditionality to reflect a person’s individual circumstances.</p><p> </p><p>People who are full time carers or have caring responsibility for a child under 1 will not be asked to complete any work related requirements when they move to UC in recognition of their current situation.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2019-07-08T17:00:22.893Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-08T17:00:22.893Z
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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 Frank Field more like this
1136380
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unstar this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2019-07-02
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
unstar 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: Overpayments 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 5 June 2019 to Question 257458 on Universal Credit: Overpayments, how many overpayments were waived in (a) full and (b) part as a result of applications made by (i) claimants and (ii) their representatives in 2014-15. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead remove filter
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Frank Field more like this
star this property uin 272129 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-07-08more like thismore than 2019-07-08
star this property answer text <p>In 2014/15 there were fewer than 5 successful applications for the full waiving of a Universal Credit overpayment and fewer than 5 successful partial waiver applications for UC overpayments*.</p><p> </p><p>The Department has an obligation to ensure that public funds are administered responsibly and to abide by the principles set out in Her Majesty’s Treasury’s guidance on Managing Public Money (which can be found on gov.uk). Waivers are only granted in limited circumstances including where the recovery of an overpayment is causing substantial financial and/or medical hardship and clear supporting evidence of this is provided.</p><p> </p><p>We are unable to provide a breakdown of how many applications were made by claimants or their representatives as this information is not stored.</p><p> </p><p><em>*The figures provided in this response have been sourced from internal management information and were not intended for public release. They should therefore not be compared to any other figures subsequently released by the Department. We are not able to report exact figures that are lower than 5, therefore this have been listed as “less than 5”.</em></p>
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2019-07-08T16:53:18.063Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-08T16:53:18.063Z
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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 Frank Field more like this
1136357
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unstar this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2019-07-02
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
unstar 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, pursuant to the Answer of 24 June 2019 to Question 264329 on universal credit, of the 749,000 claimants with deductions from universal credit for non-universal credit debits, how many of those tax credit overpayments were repaid by each year to which those overpayments were made to those claimants. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead remove filter
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Frank Field more like this
star this property uin 272126 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-07-08more like thismore than 2019-07-08
star this property answer text <p>Tax Credit overpayments were referred to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Debt Management from 2016/17.</p><p> </p><p>The table shows Tax Credit recoveries for 2018/19 apportioned across the financial year in which the Tax Credit overpayment ended*.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Tax Credit Overpayment</strong> <strong> Period End Date</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Percentage of Recoveries by Value</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Unknown</p></td><td><p>Less than 0.05%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2003-04</p></td><td><p>0.10%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2004-05</p></td><td><p>0.5%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2005-06</p></td><td><p>0.4%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2006-07</p></td><td><p>0.5%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2007-08</p></td><td><p>1.2%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2008-09</p></td><td><p>2.3%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009-10</p></td><td><p>1.6%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010-11</p></td><td><p>2.9%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>4.1%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>4.9%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013-14</p></td><td><p>6.1%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014-15</p></td><td><p>7.3%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015-16</p></td><td><p>9.0%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2016-17</p></td><td><p>14.1%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2017-18</p></td><td><p>26.7%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2018-19</p></td><td><p>18.2%</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Universal Credit (UC) is expected to lead to savings across welfare as we are able to adjust benefit entitlement in line with changing circumstances in real time. Internal and external data matches are increasingly helping inform benefit payments and alerting staff to check for any undeclared changes in people’s circumstances.</p><p> </p><p>When recovering benefit overpayments, the DWP ensures that appropriate safeguards are in place to protect claimants from any undue financial hardship.</p><p> </p><p><em>*The data provided in this response has been sourced from internal management information and was not intended for public release. It should therefore not be compared to any other, similar data subsequently released by the DWP. All figures have been rounded to one decimal place. Due to this rounding, the figures will not sum 100%. </em></p>
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2019-07-08T16:50:19.537Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-08T16:50:19.537Z
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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 Frank Field more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
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Department for International Development more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 20 more like this
star this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
star this property hansard heading Syria: Bombings 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 International Development, what steps the Government is taking to help protect children from the consequences of the bombing in Idlib, Syria. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead remove filter
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Frank Field more like this
star this property uin 271376 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-07-08more like thismore than 2019-07-08
star this property answer text <p>The Government is immensely concerned about the plight of all civilians, particularly children, affected by the current conflict in Idlib and surrounding areas.</p><p> </p><p>Last year DFID provided over £80m humanitarian assistance to Northwest Syria. Our UN and NGO partners are working to meet growing needs among displaced people in the region, including the estimated 100,000 children displaced since 1 May, through the distribution of food, shelter and other essential items. We are also providing education and safe spaces for children. Whilst this work has been impacted by the recent conflict in the region and the senseless attacks on civilian infrastructure such as schools and hospitals, to date our partners are continuing to be able to work effectively in the region to help those most in need. In addition to humanitarian assistance, we continue to use our position on the UN Security Council to call out the regime and Russia for their attacks on schools and hospitals, breaching international law and needlessly impacting civilians.</p>
star this property answering member constituency South West Wiltshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
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less than 2019-07-08T15:19:02.93Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-08T15:19:02.93Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Frank Field more like this