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star this property date less than 2019-04-18more like thismore than 2019-04-18
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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 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, for what reason universal credit classifies maternity allowance as income and statutory maternity allowance as earnings. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Selly Oak remove filter
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Steve McCabe more like this
unstar this property uin 245596 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-04-30more like thisremove minimum value filter
star this property answer text <p>Universal Credit is a means tested system of support. Where claimants have income available to meet their everyday living costs, such as maternity allowance, it is right that their entitlement to UC is adjusted accordingly (as currently is the case with other DWP legacy means tested working age benefits).</p><p>Statutory maternity pay is paid by an employer and is therefore a form of earnings subject to the work allowance and tapering within Universal Credit, as are other earnings.</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 2019-04-30T12:54:48.597Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-30T12:54:48.597Z
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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
1122052
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star this property date less than 2019-04-18more like thismore than 2019-04-18
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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 more like this
star this property hansard heading Maternity Allowance more like this
unstar 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, for what reason women receiving maternity allowance do not qualify for the Sure Start maternity grant. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Selly Oak remove filter
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Steve McCabe more like this
unstar this property uin 245597 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 2019-04-30more like thisremove minimum value filter
star this property answer text <p>The Sure Start Maternity Grant is a payment of £500 to provide important help for families with the costs of a new baby.</p><p> </p><p>The grant is available to recipients, and partners of recipients, of a qualifying benefit or tax credit i.e Income Support, Pension Credit, JSA (income-based), Universal Credit, Support for Mortgage Interest, Child Tax Credit, or Working Tax Credit with a disability or severe disability element. A customer may also be eligible for a Sure Start Maternity Grant where one of the above benefits is being paid in addition to their Maternity Allowance.</p><p> </p><p>By restricting the availability to those in receipt if income related benefits the Government is focussing the available resource where it is needed most.</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 2019-04-30T14:31:38.393Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-30T14:31:38.393Z
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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
1122053
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-04-18more like thismore than 2019-04-18
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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 more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit more like this
unstar 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, for what reason her Department does not inform automatically Healthy Start on the eligibility of claimants of universal credit. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Selly Oak remove filter
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Steve McCabe more like this
unstar this property uin 245598 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 2019-04-30more like thisremove minimum value filter
star this property answer text <p>Responsibility for the Healthy Start scheme, including eligibility for it, lies with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). In support of that, upon request, DWP provides DHSC with confirmation of whether people applying for Healthy Start are getting Universal Credit and if so, whether their earnings are below the threshold set by DHSC.</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 2019-04-30T14:46:01.607Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-30T14:46:01.607Z
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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
1122054
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star this property date less than 2019-04-18more like thismore than 2019-04-18
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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 more like this
star this property hansard heading Maternity Payments more like this
unstar 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 women have received the Sure Start maternity grant in each year since 2010. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Selly Oak remove filter
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Steve McCabe more like this
unstar this property uin 245599 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 2019-04-30more like thisremove minimum value filter
star this property answer text <p>The number of Sure Start Maternity Grant awards in Great Britain is reported annually in Appendix 1 of the Social Fund Annual Report:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/social-fund-annual-report-2017-to-2018" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/social-fund-annual-report-2017-to-2018</a></p><p /><p>The number of Sure Start Maternity Grant awards are provided in the table below.</p><p /><table><tbody><tr><td colspan="2"><p><strong>Number of Sure Start Maternity Grant awards, 2010/11 to 2017/18</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Number of awards</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010/11</p></td><td><p>257,000</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011/12</p></td><td><p>89,000</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012/13</p></td><td><p>77,000</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013/14</p></td><td><p>73,000</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014/15</p></td><td><p>66,000</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015/16</p></td><td><p>59,000</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2016/17</p></td><td><p>55,000</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2017/18</p></td><td><p>50,500</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><strong> </strong></p><p>As of 24 January 2011, Sure Start Maternity Grants are provided for the birth of the recipient’s first child only. Previously it was payable for the birth of each child.</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 2019-04-30T14:58:42.153Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-30T14:58:42.153Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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1123955
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star this property date less than 2019-04-30more like thismore than 2019-04-30
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit more like this
unstar 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, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to ensure that the universal credit childcare support offer does not require parents to (a) pay childcare costs upfront and (b) provide receipts. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Selly Oak remove filter
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Steve McCabe more like this
unstar this property uin 249201 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 2019-05-07more like thismore than 2019-05-07
star this property answer text <p>We recognise the difficulty that some claimants might have in paying upfront childcare costs. Where the initial month’s childcare costs may prevent a claimant from starting work, Jobcentres will use the Flexible Support Fund to help claimants in the first instance. This is a non-repayable award, which can be used to meet the upfront childcare costs to help support a claimant into work.</p><p> </p><p>For claimants who are in work and need help with upfront childcare costs, budgeting advances are available that can be used to cover the cost of paying upfront childcare costs or a deposit.</p><p> </p><p>The payment of Universal Credit Childcare costs is based on monthly reporting by the claimant of the actual childcare costs the household incurs. Claimants are required to provide a receipt of the eligible costs they have paid and these are then reimbursed within their Universal Credit award. Such monthly reporting ensures accuracy whilst reducing the levels of error and the possibility of overpayments.</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 2019-05-07T12:59:41.907Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-07T12:59:41.907Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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1124357
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star this property date less than 2019-05-01more like thismore than 2019-05-01
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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: Private Rented Housing more like this
unstar 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 15 April 2019 to Question 243334 on Universal Credit: Private Rented Housing, whether she has plans to classify being in receipt of benefits as a protected characteristic in order to eliminate discrimination against benefit recipients in the rental housing market. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Selly Oak remove filter
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Steve McCabe more like this
unstar this property uin 249850 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 2019-05-08more like thismore than 2019-05-08
star this property answer text <p>The Government has no current plans to classify receipt of benefits as a protected characteristic (under Equalities Legislation).</p><p> </p><p>Ministers are working with stakeholders from across the private rental sector to discuss how it can work with them to eliminate practices which prevent benefit recipients from renting property.</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 2019-05-08T10:00:53.6Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-08T10:00:53.6Z
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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
1124358
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star this property date less than 2019-05-01more like thismore than 2019-05-01
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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 Funerals: Costs more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the number of families were unable to afford the funeral of family member in each of the last five years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Selly Oak remove filter
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Steve McCabe more like this
unstar this property uin 249851 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 2019-05-07more like thismore than 2019-05-07
star this property answer text <p>No such assessment has been made.</p><p> </p><p>Funeral poverty is not just an issue for Government. Providers of funeral services, including the church, funeral directors, local authorities and owners of crematoriums, all have a role to play in ensuring funerals are accessible for everyone.</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 2019-05-07T13:53:59.79Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-07T13:53:59.79Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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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 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 remove filter
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Steve McCabe more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-10more like thismore than 2019-06-10
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
star 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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star this property date less than 2019-06-12more like thismore than 2019-06-12
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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
star this property hansard heading Funerals: Costs more like this
unstar 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 7 May 2019 to Question 249851, what steps her Department takes to (a) make funerals accessible to everyone and (b) co-ordinate actions between the various bodies listed to ensure they are making funerals accessible to everyone. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Selly Oak remove filter
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Steve McCabe more like this
unstar this property uin 263674 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-21more like thismore than 2019-06-21
star this property answer text <p>The Social Fund Funeral Expenses Payments provides a significant contribution towards funeral costs for claimants on qualifying benefits. It continues to meet the necessary costs of a cremation or burial and up to £700 towards other costs. In 2017-18 around 25,500 Funeral Expenses Payment awards were made. This amounted to £37.1 million of support for funeral costs. Interest-free Social Fund Budgeting Loans and Universal Credit Budgeting Advances are now also available to assist with funeral costs.</p><p> </p><p>The Department holds regular discussions with funeral providers and related organisations, including a Ministerial Roundtable on 18th June 2019 to discuss the Social Fund Funeral Expenses Payments scheme and listen to views for suggested future improvements.</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 2019-06-21T12:07:19.577Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-21T12:07:19.577Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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1139894
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star this property date less than 2019-07-17more like thismore than 2019-07-17
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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
unstar 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 15 July 2019 to Question 275662, what provision her Department makes for claimants who do not have access to the internet and are unable to check how their award is calculated and a breakdown of what deductions are being made. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Selly Oak remove filter
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Steve McCabe more like this
unstar this property uin 278343 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-09-02more like thismore than 2019-09-02
star this property answer text <p>Our Universal Credit Claimant Survey, found that 98 per cent of claimants have internet access and did claim online, and the majority of those said they found the claim process overall to be straightforward. This can be accessed at:<a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-credit-full-service-claimant-survey" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-credit-full-service-claimant-survey</a></p><p>All Jobcentre Plus offices across the country have Wi-Fi and computers available for claimants to access the internet. For those that are still unable to access or use digital services, or are not able to travel, assistance to make and maintain their claim is available via the Freephone Universal Credit helpline. In exceptional circumstances, a home visit can be arranged to support a claimant in making and maintaining their claim.</p><p>The Work Coach or Case Manager supporting the claimant can inform them of how their award is calculated and the breakdown of their deductions and, where needed, can provide this in writing.</p><p> </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 2019-09-02T14:45:47.007Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-02T14:45:47.007Z
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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