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star this property date less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
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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 remove filter
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, 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
unstar this property uin 286082 more like this
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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
1144373
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
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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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Local Housing Allowance 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 assessment has been made of the affordability of (a) one and (b) two bedroom properties for Local Housing Allowance claimants in each region of England and Wales. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham remove filter
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Stephen Timms more like this
unstar this property uin 286083 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
star this property answer text <p>The proportion of private market rents that are at or below the LHA rate for (a) one and (b) two bedroom accommodation for each region in England and Wales are set out below. This is based on:</p><ul><li>2019/20 LHA rates published here <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-housing-allowance-lha-rates-applicable-from-april-2019-to-march-2020" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-housing-allowance-lha-rates-applicable-from-april-2019-to-march-2020</a></li></ul><ul><li>Valuation Office Agency data <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-housing-allowance-list-of-rents" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-housing-allowance-list-of-rents</a></li></ul><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p>1 Bed</p></td><td><p>2 Bed</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>East Midlands</p></td><td><p>17%</p></td><td><p>17%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Eastern</p></td><td><p>9%</p></td><td><p>9%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>London</p></td><td><p>7%</p></td><td><p>7%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>North East</p></td><td><p>26%</p></td><td><p>25%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>North West</p></td><td><p>23%</p></td><td><p>22%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>South East</p></td><td><p>10%</p></td><td><p>10%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>South West</p></td><td><p>14%</p></td><td><p>14%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>West Midlands</p></td><td><p>16%</p></td><td><p>14%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Yorks &amp; the Humber</p></td><td><p>20%</p></td><td><p>21%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Wales</p></td><td><p>22%</p></td><td><p>22%</p></td></tr></tbody></table><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 2019-09-09T15:43:34.077Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T15:43:34.077Z
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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
1144374
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
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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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Deductions more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of universal credit payments were subject to a deduction for council tax arrears. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham remove filter
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Stephen Timms more like this
unstar this property uin 286084 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
star this property answer text <p>In May 2019, 54,000 (3%) Universal Credit payments were subject to a deduction for council tax arrears.</p><p> </p><p>Notes:</p><p> </p><ol><li>The number of deductions is rounded to the nearest 1000</li><li>The proportion is rounded to the nearest %</li></ol><p><strong> </strong></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 2019-09-09T16:02:32.42Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T16:02:32.42Z
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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
1144375
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star this property date less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
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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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Social Security Benefits: Uprating 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 assessment she has made of the potential merits of uprating benefits by CPI plus 2 per cent over the next four years, and will she 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
unstar this property uin 286085 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
star this property answer text <p>The Secretary of State is bound by law to complete an annual review of benefit and pension rates to determine whether they have retained their value in relation to the general level of prices or - in the case of the full rate of the new State Pension, basic State Pension and Standard Minimum Guarantee (SMG) in Pension Credit - earnings.</p><p> </p><p>Where prices and earnings have increased relative to the value of those benefits or pensions, the Secretary of State must increase non-contributory benefits for additional disability needs and for carers, as well as Additional Pension, at least in line with the increase in prices. In the case of the basic and the full rate of the new State Pension, the triple lock guarantees that rates will be raised by the highest of the rise in prices, the rise in earnings, or 2.5% for the duration of this Parliament.</p><p> </p><p>The Secretary of State must also consider the rates of other benefits including working age benefits, and may decide to increase those at her discretion taking into account considerations such as the prevailing national economic circumstances and Government priorities at that time. She will make her assessment later this year and announce it ahead of the up-rating of benefits in April 2020. From that date she is able to implement a discretionary decision since the four-year freeze set by the Welfare Reform &amp; Work Act 2016 will have lapsed.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Hexham more like this
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-09-09T16:23:56.593Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T16:23:56.593Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
1144376
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
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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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Social Security Benefits: Chronic Illnesses and Disability 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, what assessment she has made of the effect of the working age benefit freeze on people with (a) disabilities and (b) long term health conditions. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham remove filter
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Stephen Timms more like this
unstar this property uin 286086 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
star this property answer text <p>An Impact Assessment of the benefit freeze was published in 2015, this is available in the link below.</p><p><a href="https://www.parliament.uk/documents/impact-assessments/IA15-006C.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.parliament.uk/documents/impact-assessments/IA15-006C.pdf</a></p><p> </p><p>This benefit freeze excluded Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, Attendance Allowance, the Support Group component of Employment and Support Allowance (for those not expected to look for work), disability premia in working-age benefits and the disabled elements of tax credits. This provides protection for those facing the additional cost of disability.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2019-09-09T10:47:35.557Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T10:47:35.557Z
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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
1139323
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star this property date less than 2019-07-16more like thismore than 2019-07-16
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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 remove filter
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, whether the liability for the whole rent of a property is reflected in the calculation of universal credit in cases where a claimant of universal credit in a joint tenancy remains after a partner leaves; 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
unstar this property uin 277617 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-22more like thismore than 2019-07-22
star this property answer text <p>The Universal Credit regulations provide that a claimant is to be treated as liable to make rent payments - where the person who is liable to make the payments is not doing so, the payments are required in order to continue occupation, and it would be unreasonable to expect them to make other arrangements. Therefore, in the example described, it would be possible for the whole liability to be considered as part of the UC calculation, subject to any usual restrictions such as the Local Housing Allowance or removal of the spare room subsidy.</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 2019-07-22T13:01:27.367Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-22T13:01:27.367Z
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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
1138414
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star this property date less than 2019-07-11more like thismore than 2019-07-11
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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
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star this property hansard heading Independent Case Examiner more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints to the Independent Complaints Commissioner are (a) allocated to a caseworker and (b) awaiting allocation to a caseworker as at 11 July 2019. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham remove filter
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Stephen Timms more like this
unstar this property uin 276137 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-16more like thismore than 2019-07-16
star this property answer text <p>When the Independent Case Examiner’s (ICE) office accepts a complaint for investigation, it will initially attempt to broker a solution between the complainant and the relevant business area or supplier, without having to request evidence to inform an investigation – this is known as “resolution”. If it’s not possible to resolve the complaint, the evidence will be requested and the case will await allocation to an Investigation Case Manager (ICM). The majority of complaints that are referred to ICE are complex and require a full investigation.</p><p> </p><p>Complaint investigations are dealt with by dedicated teams and complaints are usually brought into investigation in strict date order. The time complaints wait to be allocated for investigation varies depending on the volume and complexity of cases on hand and the available investigative resource. Productivity within the ICE Office increased during the 2018-19 reporting year, with the Office clearing 1,246 complaints, compared to 955 during the 2017-18 reporting year.</p><p> </p><p>As at 11 July 2019, there were 488 complaints under investigation (allocated to an ICM), and 1,377 complaints were awaiting allocation to an ICM.</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 2019-07-16T13:47:47.553Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-16T13:47:47.553Z
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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
1138415
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star this property date less than 2019-07-11more like thismore than 2019-07-11
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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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Independent Case Examiner 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 the average time taken is between a case being accepted by the Independent Complaints Commissioner and being allocated to a caseworker in the most recent period for which figures are available; 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
unstar this property uin 276138 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-16more like thismore than 2019-07-16
star this property answer text <p>Complaint investigations are dealt with by dedicated teams and complaints are usually brought into investigation in strict date order. The time complaints wait to be allocated to an Investigation Case Manager (ICM) varies depending on the volume and complexity of cases on hand and the available investigative resource. Productivity within the ICE Office increased during the 2018-19 reporting year, with the Office clearing 1,246 complaints, compared to 955 during the 2017-18 reporting year.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>As at 11 July 2019, the average time taken for a complaint which requires investigation to be allocated to an ICM was 52 weeks.</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 2019-07-16T14:01:36.243Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-16T14:01:36.243Z
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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
1138418
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star this property date less than 2019-07-11more like thismore than 2019-07-11
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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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Independent Case Examiner more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints for the Independent Complaints Commissioner were received in 2018; and how many of those complaints have been allocated to a caseworker. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham remove filter
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Stephen Timms more like this
unstar this property uin 276139 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-16more like thismore than 2019-07-16
star this property answer text <p>The Independent Case Examiner’s (ICE) Office received 5,307 complaints in 2018 of which 1,943 were accepted for examination. Of those complaints accepted, 567 have been allocated to Case Managers.</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 2019-07-16T13:45:25.893Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-16T13:45:25.893Z
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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
1134009
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star this property date less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
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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 remove filter
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 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 her Department has made of the effect on a universal credit claimant’s health and well-being of the ability to repay hardship payments. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham remove filter
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Stephen Timms more like this
unstar this property uin 268345 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-27more like thismore than 2019-06-27
star this property answer text <p>Hardship payments are available as a safeguard if a claimant demonstrates that they cannot meet their immediate and most essential needs (including accommodation, heating, food and hygiene) as a result of a benefit sanction.</p><p> </p><p>Work Coaches ensure they consider the claimant’s circumstances, including issues relating to their health and well-being, at the point of the new claim to Universal Credit, to tailor the service accordingly. This also includes when claimants are repaying any hardship payments.</p> more like this
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 2019-06-27T14:23:18.447Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-27T14:23:18.447Z
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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 Stephen Timms more like this