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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
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 remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she has plans to change her Department’s policy on consent requirements for authorised representatives to act on behalf of claimants of 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 245555 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 2019-04-25more like thismore than 2019-04-25
star this property answer text <p>We have had a number of workshops with stakeholders during which consent has been discussed, and we plan to do further work on explicit consent. This activity will include working with claimants and their representatives to ensure the process works effectively for vulnerable claimants to access the service.</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 2019-04-25T10:32:29.88Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-25T10:32:29.88Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
1124957
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-05-07more like thismore than 2019-05-07
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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 Universal Credit remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the difficulties faced by universal credit claimants applying for a mortgage; 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 251193 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 2019-05-13more like thismore than 2019-05-13
star this property answer text <p>The Financial Conduct Authority Handbook sets out rules and guidance for lenders. This provides that, prior to entering into a mortgage, a lender must assess whether the customer will be able to pay the sums due and must not enter into the transaction unless it can demonstrate that the mortgage is affordable for the customer (and any guarantor).</p><p> </p><p>It is up to individual lenders to determine how to ensure adherence to this requirement. Each lender is required to publish a written statement setting out the factors it will take into account in assessing a customer's ability to pay. This must, inter alia, address how income and expenditure is to be assessed, including details of the types of income which are acceptable.</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 2019-05-13T12:55:26.307Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-13T12:55:26.307Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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163
unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
1144372
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
star this property answering body
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 remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what options her Department is considering to reduce the five week waiting time for universal credit 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 286082 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 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
star this property answer text <p>Nobody has to wait for five weeks for a payment following an application for Universal Credit (UC).</p><p> </p><p>UC new claim advances provide access to a payment for those in financial need, which can be accessed urgently, until their first regular UC payment is due. Claimants can access up to 100% of the total expected monthly award, for which they can pay back over a period of up to 12 months.</p><p> </p><p>The Department has taken a number of steps to ensure that advances meet the needs of claimants and that recovery arrangements are personalised and reasonable. The maximum rate of deductions cannot normally exceed 40 per cent of the UC standard allowance and does not reduce other components of an award, such as money paid for children, housing or when someone is caring for a severely disabled person. From October 2019 this will be reduced to 30 per cent and from October 2021 we are increasing the maximum recovery period for advances from 12 to 16 months.</p><p> </p><p>This is just one of a number of measures the Department has put in place to support claimants such as paying those claimants moving from Housing Benefit to UC a two week ‘transitional housing payment’. We are also introducing a two-week run on for eligible claimants of Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance from July 2020.</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 2019-09-09T15:32:16.133Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T15:32:16.133Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-01more like thismore than 2019-10-01
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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 remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the reasons for differing rates of home visits to universal credit applicants in different geographical areas; 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 292795 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 2019-10-07more like thismore than 2019-10-07
star this property answer text <p>Home visits are available to support claimants in making and maintaining their Universal Credit claims. No assessment has been made regarding the differing rates of home visits in different geographical areas as home visits are given based solely on the circumstances of the claimant.</p><p> </p><p>To ensure all claimants are supported, the Department has allocated additional funding for the home visiting service. This year we have allocated £1 million of funding for the home visiting service. For 2019/20 the total fund allocated will rise to just under £2 million, and will continue to increase to over £5.5 million per year by 2023/24, reflecting the increase in the total number of claimants of Universal Credit whether through managed migration or from other sources.</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 2019-10-07T12:56:03.153Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-07T12:56:03.153Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
1147772
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-02more like thismore than 2019-10-02
star this property answering body
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 remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of the number of (a) delays and (b) errors in universal credit awards as a result of (ii) inaccurate in Real Time Information and (iii) differences in the operating systems used by (A) her Department and (B) HMRC; 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 293422 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 2019-10-08more like thismore than 2019-10-08
star this property answer text <p>The Department has been working closely with HMRC since Universal Credit went live in 2013 to support and inform employers who report earnings to emphasise the importance of timely reporting via the Real Time Information (RTI) system.</p><p> </p><p>HMRC have updated their guidance to reiterate to employers the importance of reporting accurate dates and the impact on payment cycles; the Financial Secretary to the Treasury is also working closely with HMRC and employers to do this.</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 2019-10-08T10:05:09.03Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-08T10:05:09.03Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
100919
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-10-24more like thismore than 2014-10-24
star this property answering body
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 remove filter
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 he will make an assessment of the potential merits of universal credit access to childcare accounts equivalent to those proposed in the Childcare Payments Bill for claimants of tax-free childcare. 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 211857 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 2014-10-29more like thismore than 2014-10-29
star this property answer text <p /> <p>Universal credit prepares claimants for the world of work in which around 75% of employees are paid monthly and in arrears. Monthly payment of benefit, which includes support for childcare costs that have been paid out, makes for more straightforward reporting and helps households to budget on a monthly income, which eases the transition into paid work.</p><p> </p><p>Moving to a system of ‘childcare accounts’ which ring-fences childcare costs would complicate the system for these claimants. It would add complexity to the Universal Credit system, which is being rolled out in a safe and controlled manner and could potentially increase the administration costs of running two systems in parallel.</p><p> </p><p>We have worked with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to support claimants that may wish to switch between Universal Credit and Tax Free Childcare. It will be easy for parents to register and open a childcare account online for Tax Free Childcare, and those who wish to move back to Universal Credit may do so without having to report the change to HMRC. Both systems are designed to be simple, responsive and flexible.</p><p> </p><p>We recognise the importance of providing information and support to help parents make an informed choice about which scheme to access. Alongside wider guidance and information, we will provide support and online tools for parents choosing between Universal Credit and Tax-Free Childcare.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
star this property answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
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less than 2014-10-29T14:39:47.483141Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-29T14:39:47.483141Z
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star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
223402
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-02-24more like thismore than 2015-02-24
star this property answering body
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 remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average amount of funding provided by his Department to a local authority is for personal budgeting support when universal credit is implemented in a local authority area. 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 225230 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 2015-02-27more like thismore than 2015-02-27
star this property answer text <p>Funding for councils is developed on a local volumes basis, in the light of OBR forecasts an average has not yet been calculated.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
star this property answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
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less than 2015-02-27T12:59:18.723Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-27T12:59:18.723Z
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star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
1059893
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-02-12more like thismore than 2019-02-12
star this property answering body
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 remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of universal credit claimants in the last 12 months had to complete a Work Capability Assessment as part of their application. 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 220055 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 2019-02-18more like thismore than 2019-02-18
star this property answer text <p>Statistics on Work Capability Assessments for Universal Credit are intended for publication in the near future as Official Statistics.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 220056 more like this
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less than 2019-02-18T15:48:57.417Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-18T15:48:57.417Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
1059894
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-02-12more like thismore than 2019-02-12
star this property answering body
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 remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average waiting time is for universal credit applicants required to complete a Work Capability Assessment for that assessment to be carried out. 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 220056 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 2019-02-18more like thismore than 2019-02-18
star this property answer text <p>Statistics on Work Capability Assessments for Universal Credit are intended for publication in the near future as Official Statistics.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 220055 more like this
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less than 2019-02-18T15:48:57.463Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-18T15:48:57.463Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sarah Newton 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 registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-05-01more like thismore than 2018-05-01
star this property answering body
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 remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what transitional protection is provided to claimants with disabilities who lose their entitlement to disability premiums when they transfer to 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 139927 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 2018-05-08more like thismore than 2018-05-08
star this property answer text <p>Transitional protection will be there for those with existing premiums who are moved over to Universal Credit as part of the managed migration process, whose overall Universal Credit entitlement would be less than under the old system, provided that their circumstances remain the same. This means at the time they move, their financial situation remains steady. We will be starting managed migration of existing benefit claimants to Universal Credit from 2019 and this will be completed by 2022.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
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less than 2018-05-08T16:42:32.72Zmore like thismore than 2018-05-08T16:42:32.72Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this