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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
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unstar 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 Access to Work Programme more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if it remains the Government’s ambition to provide access to work support to over 60,000 people per year by 2020 as set out in the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper published in November 2017. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham remove filter
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 245556 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-04-25more like thismore than 2019-04-25
unstar this property answer text <p>The ‘60,000 people per year’ ambition was proposed in the ‘Work, health and disability green paper: improving lives’ consultation document, which was published in October 2016, but it was not repeated in the Government’s response ‘Improving Lives: The Future of Work, Health and Disability’, published 30 November 2017.</p><p> </p><p>The figure of ‘60,000 people per year’ was developed using data from the old Access to Work statistics series. These were withdrawn and replaced by the new experimental Access to Work Statistics, first published on 10 October 2017 and available here: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/access-to-work-statistics" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/access-to-work-statistics</a></p><p> </p><p>We explained the reasons for the changes to our methodology for calculating Access to Work statistics in the Statistical Notice that we published on 12 September 2017: <a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/643401/statistical-notice-access-to-work-statistics.pdf" target="_blank">https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/643401/statistical-notice-access-to-work-statistics.pdf</a></p><p> </p><p>We are committed to improving Access to Work’s reach, as well as the support it offers. In 2017/18 expenditure rose to £110.8 million, a 4% increase in real terms on 2016/17, and support was provided to nearly 34,000 disabled people, an increase of 13% on 16/17. Record numbers of people with learning disabilities (up 22%) and mental health conditions (up 34%) were supported by the scheme. We have also expanded the eligibility criteria for the scheme to include a broader range of customers, such as people who have a drug and alcohol addiction and are in a treatment programme.</p>
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2019-04-25T12:44:32.287Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-25T12:44:32.287Z
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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 Stephen Timms more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-02-27more like thismore than 2019-02-27
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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: Homelessness more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support her Department provides to help homeless applicants make a claim for universal credit. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham remove filter
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 226486 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-04more like thismore than 2019-03-04
unstar this property answer text <p>DWP is committed to providing the best possible support for all our claimants, including the most vulnerable in society. We are continuously reviewing and improving the service for vulnerable people to ensure that it is accessible and responsive to their needs.</p><p> </p><p>Universal Credit has been designed with accessibility in mind and we are committed to providing personalised support for all claimants. Where a homeless claimant requires assistance to complete the initial application process support is available face to face in the Jobcentre. Service delivery teams within jobcentres provide a professional and supportive environment for our customers, providing digital coaching and helping claimants set up and maintain their Universal Credit claims.</p><p> </p><p>If a claimant needs more intensive or specific support to make their claim, face-to-face and other help is available through our current Universal Support Assisted Digital Service offer, which provides bespoke help, support and skills for claimants to make and maintain their digital account online. Since 2017, Universal Support has been delivered by local authorities, funded by grants from DWP.</p><p> </p><p>From 1 April 2019 Citizens Advice (England and Wales) and Citizens Advice Scotland will deliver a new “Help to Claim” service to support vulnerable claimants through the process of making a claim to Universal Credit.</p><p> </p><p>Jobcentres in England refer claimants considered to be homeless or at risk of homelessness, to the local authority to receive further housing support. The referral is voluntary and there is no impact on the claimants Universal Credit award if they do not consent to the referral being made.</p><p> </p><p>Additional safeguards in place and support available to assist homeless people in making a claim for Universal Credit include:</p><p> </p><ul><li>If a person doesn’t have a fixed address, they can register their hostel or temporary accommodation as their address, and if they are sleeping rough they can use the address of their local jobcentre.</li><li>A work coach can use other methods to identify a person where someone does not have ID, including the use of biographical questions and third party biographical verification.</li><li>Measures are in place to make payments through other methods where someone doesn’t have a bank account, including post office card accounts or the Payment Exception Service. Work coaches can also help people through the process of setting up a bank account where appropriate.</li></ul>
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2019-03-04T15:22:55.59Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-04T15:22:55.59Z
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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 Stephen Timms more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-02-21more like thismore than 2019-02-21
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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 the evidential basis is for her oral contribution of 11 February 2018, Official Report, column 594, that food bank use had increased in the initial roll-out of Universal Credit because people had difficulty in accessing money on time; and if she will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham remove filter
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 224472 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-02-26more like thismore than 2019-02-26
unstar this property answer text <p>The proportion of new claims to Universal Credit Full Service receiving full payment on time in January 2017 was 55%. Since then Waiting Days have been abolished, advances increased from 50% to 100% and a two week run on of housing benefit was introduced. Latest figures for full payment on time in the first assessment period for November 2018 show an increase to 86% from the 55% recorded in January 2017.</p><p> </p><p>Between 2017 and 2018, the number of people making a claim to Universal Credit rose by 132%. Trussell Trust data for the same period shows an increase in the number of foodbank parcels issued to Universal Credit claimants of 90%. So while there may have been difficulties in early 2017, what we may be observing now is a substitution effect as legacy claims are replaced by Universal Credit claims, rather than an increase directly attributing to Universal Credit.</p><p><strong> </strong></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2019-02-26T11:02:07.343Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-26T11:02:07.343Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-02-18more like thismore than 2019-02-18
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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: Housing 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 18 February to Question 220052 on Universal Credit, if she will publish the evidential basis for the statement that the indications at this stage are that Universal Credit actually helps to clear these arrears over time; and if she will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham remove filter
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 222594 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-02-21more like thismore than 2019-02-21
unstar this property answer text <p>Following the initial work summarised in the NAO report with a single housing provider, we are currently carrying out analysis of this issue with a number of housing providers, to investigate and understand the true level of rent arrears for their tenants, what is causing them and any impacts Universal Credit may be having. It will be published when completed.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2019-02-21T15:43:46.81Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-21T15:43:46.81Z
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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 Stephen Timms more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-02-18more like thismore than 2019-02-18
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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 her oral contribution of 11 February 2019, Official Report, column 593, on universal credit, what assessment she has made of the effect of the five-week waiting time for payment on increased demand at foodbanks; and if she will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham remove filter
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 222584 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-02-21more like thismore than 2019-02-21
unstar this property answer text <p>Between 2017 and 2018, the number of people making a claim to Universal Credit rose by 132%. Trussell Trust data for the same period shows an increase in the number of foodbank parcels issued to Universal Credit claimants of 90%. So what may be observed is a substitution effect, as legacy claims are replaced by Universal Credit claims, rather than an increase directly attributed to Universal Credit.</p><p> </p><p>Trussell Trust and Department analysts are exploring this issue further with the aim of reaching a shared conclusion about the impact of Universal Credit on foodbank demand.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2019-02-21T15:52:20.36Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-21T15:52:20.36Z
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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 Stephen Timms more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-02-12more like thismore than 2019-02-12
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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: Housing more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of the roll-out of universal credit on levels of rent arrears among claimants. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham remove filter
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 220052 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-02-18more like thismore than 2019-02-18
unstar this property answer text <p>Safeguards are in place for Universal Credit claimants, including Advances, budgeting support and Alternative Payment Arrangements and claimants already receiving Housing Benefit are paid an additional two weeks of Housing Benefit to support them whilst they transition to monthly payments on Universal Credit. Our work coaches gauge claimants’ financial needs from their first interview and can refer them to more specialist support for debt advice if required.</p><p> </p><p>According to latest figures (August 2018), only about 7% of social rented households were claiming Universal Credit. Many tenants have pre-existing rent arrears at the start of their claim; indications at this stage are that Universal Credit actually helps to clear these arrears over time.</p><p /> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2019-02-18T16:27:47.263Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-18T16:27:47.263Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-02-12more like thismore than 2019-02-12
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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 assessment she has made of the effect of the five week waiting time for universal credit on demand at foodbanks. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham remove filter
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 220053 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-02-18more like thismore than 2019-02-18
unstar this property answer text <p>We have always said there are many reasons why people use foodbanks. We have listened to feedback on how we can support our claimants and acted quickly, making improvements such as extending advances, removing waiting days, and introducing housing benefit run on. These changes are giving support to vulnerable people who need it most, whilst at the same time helping people get into work faster.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2019-02-18T15:10:16.38Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-18T15:10:16.38Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-01-07more like thismore than 2019-01-07
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to reduce in-work poverty. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham remove filter
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Stephen Timms more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-01-10more like thismore than 2019-01-10
unstar this property answer text <p>I refer the Hon. Member to PQ <a href="https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-questions-answers/?page=1&amp;max=20&amp;questiontype=AllQuestions&amp;house=commons%2clords&amp;uin=165151" target="_blank">165151</a>.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2019-01-10T16:30:47.413Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-10T16:30:47.413Z
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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 Stephen Timms more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-10-11more like thismore than 2018-10-11
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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: Written Questions 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 cost threshold her Department uses to determine which parliamentary questions should not be answered on disproportionate cost grounds. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham remove filter
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 178220 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-10-16more like thismore than 2018-10-16
unstar this property answer text <p>The Department for Work and Pensions follows guidance from Cabinet Office in setting the Disproportionate Cost Threshold (DCT). Since 1991 the threshold has been set at eight times the average marginal cost of answering Written Parliamentary Questions. Marginal cost is judged as the direct cost of Civil Servants' time. The threshold is increased in £50 steps to avoid the need for frequent small changes. The current Disproportionate Cost Threshold across Government is £850.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2018-10-16T09:27:55.707Zmore like thismore than 2018-10-16T09:27:55.707Z
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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 Stephen Timms more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-09-10more like thismore than 2018-09-10
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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 Children: Maintenance 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 23 July 2018 to Question 164825 on Children: Maintenance, for how many cases (a) payment was received and (b) payment was received in full within 12 weeks of application in each year for which information is available. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham remove filter
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 172403 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-09-13more like thismore than 2018-09-13
unstar this property answer text <p>(a) The latest statistics on the number of paying parents each quarter by the Child Maintenance Service are published in Table 7 of the Child Maintenance Service: Aug 2013 to Mar 2018 (experimental) statistics available online at:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/child-maintenance-service-aug-2013-to-mar-2018-experimental" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/child-maintenance-service-aug-2013-to-mar-2018-experimental</a></p><p>Information up to the end of June 2018 is due to be published on 26<sup>th</sup> September 2018.</p><p> </p><p>(b) We do not monitor the level of payments received within 12 weeks of an application. Payment is not expected to commence at the point of application; there is a period during which the amount of child maintenance liability is calculated and information from all parties is gathered before a payment schedule is put in place. Payment towards this liability is expected to be arranged within 12 weeks of a payment schedule being agreed between all parties, but this may vary depending on the exact circumstances of the case.</p>
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2018-09-13T08:16:15.557Zmore like thismore than 2018-09-13T08:16:15.557Z
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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 Stephen Timms more like this