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star this property date less than 2014-03-11more like thismore than 2014-03-11
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect on the housing benefit budget of limiting all rents to local authority rent levels. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead more like this
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Mr Frank Field more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-03-17more like thismore than 2014-03-17
star this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p>It is not possible to make a meaningful assessment. Limiting all rents to local authority rent levels would be a dramatic change to the housing market. It is therefore not possible to reliably predict what would happen to the supply and demand for accommodation, especially in the private rented sector, and the impacts on housing benefit expenditure.</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 2014-03-17T12:00:00.00Zmore like thisremove minimum value filter
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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 Frank Field more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-11more like thismore than 2014-03-11
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much in housing benefit payments was paid to recipients in (a) Glasgow, (b) Edinburgh, (c) Dundee and (d) Aberdeen in the last year. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Renfrewshire more like this
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Mr Jim Murphy more like this
star this property uin 191626 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-03-17more like thismore than 2014-03-17
star this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p>The amount paid in Housing Benefit in 2012/13 can be found in the table below.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td rowspan="3"><p> </p></td><td><p>2012/13</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>£m</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>HB</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Glasgow City</p></td><td><p>348</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>City of Edinburgh</p></td><td><p>200</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Dundee City</p></td><td><p>77</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Aberdeen City</p></td><td><p>55</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Source: Local authority statistical data and subsidy returns.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Note: Expenditure is shown for the last complete financial year. Benefit expenditure for Housing Benefit can be found in the Local Authority tables as per link <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/266828/la-tables-201213.xls" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/266828/la-tables-201213.xls</a></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 2014-03-17T12:00:00.00Zmore like thisremove minimum value filter
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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 Mr Jim Murphy more like this
42589
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-03-11more like thismore than 2014-03-11
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the pension entitlement is of people of pensionable age who served long sentences in prison. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Londonderry more like this
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Mr Gregory Campbell more like this
star this property uin 191684 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-03-17more like thismore than 2014-03-17
star this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p>A persons entitlement to the contributory state pension is dependent on the National Insurance contributions they have paid or had credited to them over their working life (from the age of 16 upto the year before they reach State Pension age) which builds up Qualifying Years. This will also be the case for the new single tier pension, but with a requirement to have a minimum number of qualifying years.</p><p>A person who has served a long prison sentence during their working life is likely to have a below average entitlement to contributory state pension. However, Pension Credit is available where the person's (and partner's) income from all sources is inadequate.</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 2014-03-17T12:00:00.00Zmore like thisremove minimum value filter
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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 Mr Gregory Campbell more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-12more like thismore than 2014-03-12
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Warrington currently have benefits of which type paid into a Post Office card account. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Warrington North more like this
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Helen Jones more like this
star this property uin 191788 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-03-17more like thismore than 2014-03-17
star this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p>The information is not available in the format requested as data held relates to payment accounts rather than people. A customer may receive benefits in the form of a separate payment for each benefit to which they are entitled or a single, combined payment. Each of these payments is termed a payment account which would be paid into the same Post Office card account.</p><p> </p><p>The number of payment accounts paid into a Post Office Card Account split by benefit type in Warrington Local Authority as at February 2013 is shown in the table below.</p><p> </p><p>Number of payment accounts paid via a Post Office Card Account by benefit type in Warrington Local Authority: February 2013</p><p> </p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Total Benefits paid via Post Office Card Accounts</p></td><td><p> 9,540 </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Attendance Allowance</p></td><td><p> 390 </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Bereavement Benefit</p></td><td><p> 10 </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Disability Living Allowance</p></td><td><p> 1,260 </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Employment and Support Allowance</p></td><td><p> 610 </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Incapacity Benefit</p></td><td><p> 200 </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Carer's Allowance</p></td><td><p> 170 </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit</p></td><td><p> 190 </p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p><p>Income Support</p></td><td><p> 480 </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Jobseeker's Allowance</p></td><td><p> 440 </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Pension Credit</p></td><td><p> 1,730 </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>State Pension</p></td><td><p> 3,970 </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Severe Disablement Benefit</p></td><td><p> 90 </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Widow's Benefit</p></td><td><p> 10 </p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p>Source: DWP Information, Governance &amp; Security Directorate, 100% data</p><p> </p><p>Notes: </p><p>1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.</p><p>2. Figures refer to payment accounts. Claimants with more than one account will be counted for each account. Figures only relate to accounts live and in payment on the specified date.</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 2014-03-17T12:00:00.00Zmore like thisremove minimum value filter
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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 Helen Jones more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-12more like thismore than 2014-03-12
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans his Department has for the future use of Post Office card accounts. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 191790 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-03-17more like thismore than 2014-03-17
star this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p>The Post Office card account (POca) contract expires in March 2015 with the possibility of a 2 year extension beyond that date. </p><p>No decision has been made on the future of the POca but discussions are currently taking place between DWP, Post Office Ltd and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to consider the future needs of customers beyond 2015. </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 2014-03-17T12:00:00.00Zmore like thisremove minimum value filter
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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
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star this property date less than 2014-03-13more like thismore than 2014-03-13
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many applications to dispose of statutory allotments have been (a) submitted, (b) approved and (c) rejected in each local authority area in each year since 2010. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Leeds Central more like this
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Hilary Benn more like this
star this property uin 191956 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-05-14more like thismore than 2014-05-14
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>Further to the Allotments Act 1925, applications for consent to dispose of allotment land are submitted to the Department by local councils (parish councils and principal authorities). The table below shows the breakdown of applications since May 2010.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td> </td><td><p><em>Granted</em></p></td><td><p><em>Withdrawn</em></p></td><td><p><em>Refused</em></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>May 2010- March 2011</p></td><td><p>18</p></td><td><p>6</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>17</p></td><td><p>5</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>15</p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013-14</p></td><td><p>17</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>4</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014-15 to date</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>To place this in context, the Secretary of State granted 34 allotment disposals in 2007, granted 22 in 2008 and granted 18 in 2009, whilst only 2 were declined, which is a greater rate than under this Administration.</p><p>I observe that the rt. hon. Member has been quoted in the media attacking such consents. He would have been wiser however to have undertaken a closer examination of the 68 individual consents granted to the local councils since May 2010.</p><p>The table below provides some context to help explain why there was a reasonable case by the representative local bodies for changing the statutory status of the land.</p><p>In January 2014, my Department published <em>Allotment Disposal Guidance: Safeguards and Alternatives</em> replacing the previous guidance from 2002. The new guidance strengthens allotment protection, as the requirement for waiting lists to be taken into account must now be rigorously applied to all that council's waiting lists, not just the waiting list for the site to be disposed of. This aims to ensure that poorly maintained sites are not used to justify disposal. Ministers will be closely monitoring to ensure that this new guidance is followed.</p><p>Notwithstanding, I have taken the opportunity to analyse these previous cases in the table below. The National Allotment Society was consulted in every case, and nine out of ten decisions were consistent with advice from the National Allotment Society (where advice was given); the remaining cases where the advice diverged related to land not actually in use as allotments, requiring a judgement call on whether it was realistic to bring the land back into productive use.</p><p>Having analysed these approvals, I can note that half of the land disposed was not actually in use as allotments. Moreover, in every case where existing allotment plot holders were displaced, evidence from local authorities indicates that alternative plots were made available to them.</p><p>More new plots were proposed to be created and/or vacant sites proposed to be brought back into use than the number of proposed disposals of in-use allotment plots. Consequently, the statutory disposal process overseen by the Secretary of State since May 2010 should have resulted in an <strong>increase</strong> in allotment provision not a reduction. This reflects this Government's commitment both to supporting local communities grow their own food and to protecting important community assets.</p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Bristol West more like this
star this property answering member printed Stephen Williams more like this
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less than 2014-05-14T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-05-14T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Williams more like this
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star this property file name 2269 & 2521 Benn - Table.docx more like this
star this property title Allotments - Disposal Consents Granted more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Hilary Benn more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-02-03more like thismore than 2014-02-03
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are currently awaiting work capability assessments. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stretford and Urmston more like this
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Kate Green more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-03-27more like thismore than 2014-03-27
star this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p>In May 2010 there were 225,000 cases with Atos Health care and as of 28 February 2014 there were around 766,000 outstanding cases awaiting Work Capability Assessments being completed. This figure does not include cases yet to be referred to Atos or cases referred to Atos but where the claimant has yet to return the claimant questionnaire.</p><p> </p><p>This includes (a) around 371,000 new claimants of Employment and Support Allowance who should be receiving the assessment rate of the benefit; (b) around 293,000 existing recipients of Employment and Support Allowance awaiting a review; and (c) around 102,000 existing Incapacity Benefit recipients awaiting reassessment.</p><p> </p><p>This figure is based on operational management information received from Atos Healthcare and is rounded to the nearest thousand.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Hemel Hempstead more like this
star this property answering member printed Mike Penning more like this
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less than 2014-03-27T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-27T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Mike Penning more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Kate Green more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-02-03more like thismore than 2014-02-03
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Department for Work and Pensions 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 waiting time for applicants for employment and support allowance is between submission of the ESA50 form and the date of the work capability assessment. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stretford and Urmston more like this
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Kate Green more like this
star this property uin 186212 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-03-27more like thismore than 2014-03-27
star this property answer text <p /> <p>The average time from submission of an ESA50 to the completion of a face-to-face Work Capability Assessment (for both Employment and Support Allowance and Incapacity Benefit Reassessment), for the period from February 2013 to January 2014, was 64 working days</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Hemel Hempstead more like this
star this property answering member printed Mike Penning more like this
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less than 2014-03-27T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-27T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Mike Penning more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Kate Green more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-02-11more like thismore than 2014-02-11
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of initial employment and support allowance claims have taken over 91 days in each of the last three years for which figures are available. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Blackpool North and Cleveleys more like this
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Paul Maynard more like this
star this property uin 187843 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-03-27more like thismore than 2014-03-27
star this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p>The table estimates, for all new Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claims made in each of the last three years, which have had a determination in relation the Work Capability Assessment (WCA), the proportion of claims that were completed in over 91 days. </p><p> </p><p>Number and proportion of completed initial ESA claims each year between April 2010 and March 2013 that were completed in more than 13 weeks by year of claim start date</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td colspan="3"><p>ESA claim start date between:</p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p>Apr-10 to </p><p>Mar-11</p></td><td><p>Apr-11 to </p><p>Mar-12</p></td><td><p>Apr-12 to </p><p>Mar-13</p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Completed in more than 13 weeks</p></td><td><p>231,700</p></td><td><p>316,000</p></td><td><p>364,700</p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Percentage completed in more than 13 weeks</p></td><td><p>58</p></td><td><p>83</p></td><td><p>78</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Source: Department for Work and Pensions benefit administration dataset</p><p> </p><p>Notes:</p><ol start="1" type="1"><li>All values are rounded; therefore addition of all volumes for outcomes may not sum to total cases. Caseload volumes have been rounded to the nearest 100.</li><li>For around 10% of all new claims, the duration cannot be determined due to data not being available, so these have been excluded from the analysis above. These are mainly claims with the one or other of the dates missing so the time from the claim start to the notification of the WCA output cannot be calculated. Those still waiting for an assessment are also excluded.</li><li>The data presented above comes from benefit claims data held by the Department for Work and Pensions. It related to new ESA claims; Incapacity Benefit (IB) claims reassessments are not included. In October 2008, ESA replaced IB for new claims. Starting with a trial in October 2010, and reaching a full scale national roll-out in April 2011, existing IB claims began to be phased out, with claimants reassessed to see if they qualify for ESA instead.</li><li>As the Official Statistics on ESA and the WCA do not focus on benefit durations, the underlying data used to provide the information has not been quality assured to the same level, and should be treated with caution.</li><li>ESA payments commence from the start of the claim. Where the WCA takes longer than 91 days and the claimant is found to be eligible for the benefit payments of the relevant component will be backdated to the 92<sup>nd</sup> day.</li></ol><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Hemel Hempstead more like this
star this property answering member printed Mike Penning more like this
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less than 2014-03-27T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-27T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Mike Penning more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Paul Maynard more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-05more like thismore than 2014-03-05
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what funding his Department provided for staff to carry out trade union activities in each of the last three years; and how many days staff spent on those activities in those years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Vale of Glamorgan more like this
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Alun Cairns more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-03-19more like thismore than 2014-03-19
star this property answer text <p /> <p /><ol start="1" type="1"><li>The Department provides no funding for any trade union related activities. However it does allow time for these activities to be undertaken. </li></ol><p> </p><ol start="2" type="1"><li>The Department did not report on the amount of trade union activities taken by our representatives in the years 2011-12 and 2012-13, as such the figures shown below are estimates based on the allocation of time we allowed for union representatives to use on trade union activities. </li></ol><p> </p><ol start="3" type="1"><li>The Department has undergone a significant amount of change in its facility time arrangements over the last 12 months as it has introduced the Cabinet Office reforms from June 2013, this has resulted in a decrease in the amount of time taken by our people for trade union activities </li></ol><p> </p><ol start="4" type="1"><li>The data relating to 2013-14 covers the period April 2013 to December 2013. </li></ol><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Year</p></td><td><p>Facility time taken by Union Representatives (days)</p></td><td><p>% of total working days</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>17,219</p></td><td><p>0.09%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>15,409</p></td><td><p>0.08%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013-14</p></td><td><p>3,124</p></td><td><p>0.02%</p></td></tr></tbody></table>
star this property answering member constituency Hemel Hempstead more like this
star this property answering member printed Mike Penning more like this
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less than 2014-03-19T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-19T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Mike Penning more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Alun Cairns more like this