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star this property date less than 2019-02-01more like thismore than 2019-02-01
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Post Office Card Account: Rural Areas 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, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on elderly people in rural areas of the planned discontinuation of the Post Office card system. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stirling remove filter
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Stephen Kerr more like this
star this property uin 215600 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
star this property answer text <p>The Government’s contract for the Post Office card account comes to an end on 30 November 2021. For those claimants and pensioners who are unable to open a mainstream account ahead of this date, the DWP will implement an alternative payment service that allows users to obtain cash payments in their local area (including suburban and rural locations) before the end of the contract. When commissioning this alternative payment service, it will be our priority to ensure that elderly vulnerable people are protected and catered for.</p><p> </p><p>Our communications with Post Office card account users will highlight that 99% of a banks’ personal customers, are able to withdraw cash, deposit cash and cheques, and make balance enquiries at a Post Office counter via its network of 11,600 branches. Therefore, those receiving benefit and pension payments into a bank account can continue to collect their money from the Post Office so there should be minimal effect on elderly people in rural areas. We have already introduced a phased conversion process ahead of 2021 and we will be writing to all Post Office card account users to ensure they are provided with an alternative payment service.</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 2019-02-11T13:01:55.627Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-11T13:01:55.627Z
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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 Kerr more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-10-27more like thismore than 2015-10-27
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Security Benefits: Disqualification 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, if he will make an assessment of the effect of benefit sanctions on levels of poverty. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stirling remove filter
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Steven Paterson more like this
star this property uin 901946 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-11-02more like thismore than 2015-11-02
star this property answer text <p>The current employment rate of 73.6% is a record high.</p><p>Work is the best route out of poverty, and the system of conditionality that underpins the welfare system is the most effective way to support jobseekers into work.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Witham more like this
star this property answering member printed Priti Patel more like this
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less than 2015-11-02T17:10:06.003Zmore like thismore than 2015-11-02T17:10:06.003Z
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star this property label Biography information for Priti Patel more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Steven Paterson more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-01-18more like thismore than 2016-01-18
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Employment: Disability 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, to which countries of the UK his Department's target to halve the disability employment gap during the current Parliament applies. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stirling remove filter
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Steven Paterson more like this
star this property uin 22941 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2016-01-25more like thismore than 2016-01-25
star this property answer text <p>Employment is a reserved matter. Progress towards halving the disability employment gap is a key part of our aim to achieve full employment across the whole of the UK. This is consistent with the Government’s manifesto commitment which said ‘as part of our objective to achieve full employment, we will aim to halve the disability employment gap’.</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 2016-01-25T15:42:02.447Zmore like thismore than 2016-01-25T15:42:02.447Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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4392
unstar this property label Biography information for Steven Paterson more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-01-26more like thismore than 2016-01-26
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Employment: Disability 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, by how much the disability employment gap has been reduced since 7 May 2015. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stirling remove filter
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Steven Paterson more like this
star this property uin 24289 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2016-02-01more like thismore than 2016-02-01
star this property answer text <p>The UK employment rates for disabled and non-disabled people are monitored quarterly based on the Labour Force Survey conducted by the Office for National Statistics. The latest available figures can be found here:</p><p><a href="http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/lms/labour-market-statistics/november-2015/table-a08.xls" target="_blank">http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/lms/labour-market-statistics/november-2015/table-a08.xls</a></p><p>Only year on year comparisons can be made because the data are not seasonally adjusted. Therefore, the change in the UK disability employment gap since 7 May 2015 is not yet available.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </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 2016-02-01T13:04:36.083Zmore like thismore than 2016-02-01T13:04:36.083Z
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4105
star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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4392
unstar this property label Biography information for Steven Paterson more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-06-21more like thismore than 2017-06-21
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Scotland 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, what progress has been made on roll-out of Universal Credit in Scotland to date; and what lessons have been learned from that process. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stirling remove filter
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Stephen Kerr more like this
star this property uin 405 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2017-06-28more like thismore than 2017-06-28
star this property answer text <p>From the early stages of the development and rollout of Universal Credit we have collaborated closely with Scottish Government, Local Authorities and stakeholders. Our roll out so far includes a mixture of rural and urban sites to help us better understand the complex requirements that a reform of this scale entails. We have noted concerns and unique circumstances in Scotland and have taken action to ensure that they are accommodated. We are also working closely with Scottish Government to plan for implementation of the UC flexibilities devolved to Scotland in the Scotland Act 2016.</p><p> </p><p>Universal Credit is available in every jobcentre in Scotland to all new claims from single jobseekers. We are expanding the UC full service and nine jobcentres are taking claims for all claimant types.</p><p> </p><p>Some of the lessons we have learned include the need for better communications with landlords and a smoother process for gathering information to make the first claim. We have made improvements to our processes as a result of this.</p><p> </p><p>The full details of when all Local Authorities and Jobcentres will roll out to Universal Credit is published here: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/571711/universal-credit-transition-rollout-schedule-phase-4-to-6-2017-to-2018.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/571711/universal-credit-transition-rollout-schedule-phase-4-to-6-2017-to-2018.pdf</a></p>
star this property answering member constituency East Hampshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Damian Hinds more like this
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less than 2017-06-28T16:43:37.6Zmore like thismore than 2017-06-28T16:43:37.6Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Damian Hinds more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Kerr more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-09-05more like thismore than 2017-09-05
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Children: Maintenance 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, whether his Department plans to bring forward proposals to include redundancy payments and savings in the mandatory disclosure to the Child Maintenance Service in the event of loss of employment by the paying parent. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stirling remove filter
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Stephen Kerr more like this
star this property uin 8807 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2017-09-11more like thismore than 2017-09-11
star this property answer text <p>We have no plans to require parents to routinely disclose information about redundancy payments or savings as they are not taken into account as income within the calculation, nor can arrears be deducted from a redundancy payment prior to it being deposited into a bank account. Child maintenance arrears can be enforced against both savings and redundancy payments which have been paid out to the non-resident parent.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Gosport more like this
star this property answering member printed Caroline Dinenage more like this
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less than 2017-09-11T12:04:52.51Zmore like thismore than 2017-09-11T12:04:52.51Z
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star this property label Biography information for Caroline Dinenage more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Kerr more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-09-13more like thismore than 2017-09-13
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Department for Work and Pensions: Devolution 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, what the dates were of the most recent meetings between Ministers of his Department and their counterparts in the devolved administrations; and what the dates are of the next planned meetings. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stirling remove filter
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Stephen Kerr more like this
star this property uin 10407 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2017-10-09more like thismore than 2017-10-09
star this property answer text <p>The table below lists the most recent meetings between Ministers from his Department and their counterparts in the devolved administrations and the next planned meetings.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Minister</p></td><td><p>Devolved Administration</p></td><td><p>Date of most recent meeting</p></td><td><p>Next planned meeting</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Secretary of State for Work and Pensions</p></td><td><p>Scottish Government</p></td><td><p>14 September 2017</p></td><td><p>N/A</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Minister for Employment</p></td><td><p>Welsh Government</p></td><td><p>13 July 2017</p></td><td><p>Provisional 27 November 2017</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Minister for Disabled People, Work and Health</p></td><td><p>Scottish Government</p></td><td><p>25 October 2016</p></td><td><p>N/A</p></td></tr></tbody></table> more like this
star this property answering member constituency East Hampshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Damian Hinds more like this
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less than 2017-10-09T16:33:03.237Zmore like thismore than 2017-10-09T16:33:03.237Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Damian Hinds more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Kerr more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-10-10more like thismore than 2017-10-10
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Stirling 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, what the average length of time in days is that a universal credit applicant waits for their initial payment in Stirling constituency; what proportion of such applicants are assessed within six weeks in that constituency; and what the maximum and minimum times is in days from the date of first application to payment in that constituency. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stirling remove filter
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Stephen Kerr more like this
star this property uin 107025 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2017-10-17more like thismore than 2017-10-17
star this property answer text <p>We do not hold this information.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency East Hampshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Damian Hinds more like this
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less than 2017-10-17T16:09:45.64Zmore like thismore than 2017-10-17T16:09:45.64Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Damian Hinds more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Kerr more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-11-27more like thismore than 2017-11-27
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Personal Savings 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 whether savings held in the name of children are taken into account in applications for universal credit. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stirling remove filter
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Stephen Kerr more like this
star this property uin 115797 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2017-12-05more like thismore than 2017-12-05
star this property answer text <p>Savings and other capital held in the name of children are not taken into account in the assessment of Universal Credit entitlement. As with other means tested benefits, however, there are rules to prevent claimants depriving themselves of capital in order to claim Universal Credit or increase their entitlement to Universal Credit. If claimants deprive themselves of capital by gifting the capital to their children or placing it in a child’s account, notional capital of the amount deprived may still be taken into account when assessing entitlement to Universal Credit.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency East Hampshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Damian Hinds more like this
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less than 2017-12-05T15:25:13.62Zmore like thismore than 2017-12-05T15:25:13.62Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Damian Hinds more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Kerr more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-11-27more like thismore than 2017-11-27
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Department for Work and Pensions: Correspondence 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, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all letters and communications it sends to disabled and vulnerable people are accessible and available in easy-read and alternative accessible formats. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stirling remove filter
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Stephen Kerr more like this
star this property uin 115864 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2017-12-05more like thismore than 2017-12-05
star this property answer text <p>Where our customers need assistance to access our services and information, we make reasonable adjustments to meet their individual needs. This means the Department communicates with customers in a variety of different formats such as Braille, audio, large print, through third party interpreters or by arranging for a member of staff to visit the customer in their home.</p><p> </p><p>The Department is continuously working to improve its written customer communications products, including letters, forms and leaflets, so they are clear and accessible to as many of our customers as possible. We follow accessible design principles, including the use of plain language.</p><p> </p><p>Easy Read is available by request for certain kinds of information. As some of our letters are necessarily complex and difficult to translate into an Easy Read format, we support customers in other ways and will discuss the most appropriate method of communication with the customer, to meet their individual needs. We will be making more customer communications products available in Easy Read in 2018.</p><p> </p>
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 2017-12-05T14:43:38.66Zmore like thismore than 2017-12-05T14:43:38.66Z
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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 Kerr more like this