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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-09-04more like thismore than 2019-09-04
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions remove filter
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Personal Income more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what comparative assessment she has made of the change in the level of household income with two people in employment in 2019 and 2009. more like this
tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
tabling member printed
Jim Shannon more like this
uin 286750 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
answer text <p>Estimates for the net median equivalised weekly household income after housing costs of UK couples in employment where both are in work are presented below, for 2009/10 and 2017/2018 in both nominal and real terms (2017/18 prices).</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p>2009/10</p></td><td><p>2017/18</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Nominal terms</p></td><td><p>£560</p></td><td><p>£561</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>CPI-adjusted real terms</p></td><td><p>£470</p></td><td><p>£561</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>These figures have been taken from the Households Below Average Income (HBAI) survey tables from Stat-Xplore and are rounded to the nearest pound. Stat-Xplore data is publicly available at the link below:</p><p><a href="https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/jsf/tableView/tableView.xhtml" target="_blank">https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/jsf/tableView/tableView.xhtml#</a></p><p>We do not have available data to 2019 and so have used the most recent data available which is to 2017/18.</p><p>Analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies has shown that the reason there have not been higher increases in average incomes in working households is partly due to increases in employment over this period. They state that “falls in worklessness have brought relatively low-earning types of households (such as lone parents) into work”. A link to the report is available below:</p><p><a href="https://www.ifs.org.uk/uploads/WP201912.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.ifs.org.uk/uploads/WP201912.pdf</a></p>
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince remove filter
question first answered
less than 2019-09-09T11:00:07.457Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T11:00:07.457Z
answering member
4423
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
tabling member
4131
label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
1144793
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-09-04more like thismore than 2019-09-04
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions remove filter
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Universal Credit more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons her Department has decided that a 30 per cent deduction from a universal credit claimant’s standard allowance prevents those claimants from being exposed to excessive financial hardship. more like this
tabling member constituency Birmingham, Selly Oak more like this
tabling member printed
Steve McCabe more like this
uin 286621 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
answer text <p>A claimant’s Universal Credit award will reflect individual circumstances, topping up any earnings or other income that they may have, so Universal Credit may constitute only a proportion of their total income.</p><p> </p><p>Our deductions policy is designed to protect vulnerable claimants by providing a last resort method for arrears of essential services which might otherwise result in those services being cut off, or being evicted from their home. Under Universal Credit there is a structured approach to deductions from benefit, which simplifies the current complex arrangements of the legacy system. This policy also enables social obligations to be enforced when other repayment methods have failed or are not cost effective.</p><p> </p><p>If a claimant is in financial difficulty as a result of the level of deductions being made they can contact the Department to request that a reduction in deductions be considered. Any adjustment to the rate of repayment will be based on the individual circumstances of the claimant. To support this intention, from October 2019 we are reducing the maximum rate of deductions to 30 per cent and from October 2021 we are increasing the maximum recovery period for advances from 12 to 16 months.</p>
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince remove filter
question first answered
less than 2019-09-09T15:54:55.073Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T15:54:55.073Z
answering member
4423
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
tabling member
298
label Biography information for Steve McCabe more like this
1144794
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-09-04more like thismore than 2019-09-04
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions remove filter
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Universal Credit more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 20 June 2019 to Question 254731 on Universal Credit, for what reason there is a difference between the number of men and women that have been unable to repay their advance within 12 monthly instalments narrows for those aged 40 years old and over. more like this
tabling member constituency Birmingham, Selly Oak more like this
tabling member printed
Steve McCabe more like this
uin 286622 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
answer text <p>The data supplied in answer to Question 254731 used May 2019 figures. This showed that of the 264,500 with an advance repayment more than 12 months old, 83,500 were aged over 40 years old, and 49,500 (59%) of those were male, and 34,000 (41%) were female. We would expect there to be a difference in the advances outstanding over 12 months’ figures, although the gender split in the original table is more pronounced.</p><p> </p><p>We have no evidence to explain this greater gender difference in outstanding advances over 12 months old.</p><p> </p><p>All data used in researching this response has been sourced from internal management information. It offers a snapshot in time and cannot be compared to any other, similar data released by the Department</p> more like this
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince remove filter
question first answered
less than 2019-09-09T16:07:44.95Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T16:07:44.95Z
answering member
4423
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
tabling member
298
label Biography information for Steve McCabe more like this
1144796
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-09-04more like thismore than 2019-09-04
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions remove filter
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Universal Credit more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information her Department holds on reductions to deductions for claimants of universal credit in latest period for which data is available. more like this
tabling member constituency Birmingham, Selly Oak more like this
tabling member printed
Steve McCabe more like this
uin 286623 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
answer text <p>The information requested is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince remove filter
question first answered
less than 2019-09-09T13:38:08.98Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T13:38:08.98Z
answering member
4423
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
tabling member
298
label Biography information for Steve McCabe more like this
1144797
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-09-04more like thismore than 2019-09-04
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions remove filter
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Universal Credit more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of universal credit received a (a) budgeting loan and (b) deferral period in the latest period for which data is available. more like this
tabling member constituency Birmingham, Selly Oak more like this
tabling member printed
Steve McCabe more like this
uin 286624 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
answer text <p>It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince remove filter
question first answered
less than 2019-09-09T16:36:31.147Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T16:36:31.147Z
answering member
4423
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
tabling member
298
label Biography information for Steve McCabe more like this
1144811
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-09-04more like thismore than 2019-09-04
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions remove filter
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Universal Credit more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the delivery of data via the Data Hub since the introduction of universal credit. more like this
tabling member constituency Dunfermline and West Fife more like this
tabling member printed
Douglas Chapman more like this
uin 286784 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
answer text <p>The Data Hub is a secure mechanism for sharing data with local authorities not only for Universal Credit purposes, but for wider data share requirements across central and local Government and has been effective in doing so.</p><p> </p><p>The Department has plans to iterate and enhance the current data shared in the future and are working with local authority colleagues to support this.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince remove filter
question first answered
less than 2019-09-09T10:54:46.023Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T10:54:46.023Z
answering member
4423
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
tabling member
4402
label Biography information for Douglas Chapman more like this
1144839
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-09-04more like thismore than 2019-09-04
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions remove filter
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Universal Credit more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the number of people in rent arrears since the roll-out of universal credit. more like this
tabling member constituency Birmingham, Selly Oak more like this
tabling member printed
Steve McCabe more like this
uin 286626 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
answer text <p>The Department has not made an assessment of this nature, as any change in rent arrears is not solely attributed to Universal Credit.</p><p>The initial analytical work we have carried out with a single housing provider suggests that many tenants are arriving on Universal Credit with pre-existing rent arrears, supporting research carried out by the National Federation of ALMOs which shows over three quarters of their tenants come onto Universal Credit with pre-existing rent arrears. It also shows that arrears tend to increase prior to making a claim for Universal Credit, and that Universal Credit actually appears to be helping to clear arrears over time. We are currently extending this analysis to include a number of housing providers. It will be published when completed.</p><p>We have responded to concerns in this area by putting a number of safeguards in place – 100 per cent advances repayable over 12 months, increasing to 16 months in October 2021; a two-week transition to Universal Credit Housing Payment; a new Help to Claim service; and Managed Payment to Landlord Arrangements, which allow for payments direct to the landlord if the tenant is likely to have difficulty in managing their rent payments, is unlikely to pay their rent or is in rent arrears equivalent to two months.</p>
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince remove filter
question first answered
less than 2019-09-09T15:57:55.247Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T15:57:55.247Z
answering member
4423
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
tabling member
298
label Biography information for Steve McCabe more like this
1144842
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-09-04more like thismore than 2019-09-04
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions remove filter
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Universal Credit more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of access by universal credit claimants to organisations providing services to manage money in each area served by a job centre. more like this
tabling member constituency Birmingham, Selly Oak more like this
tabling member printed
Steve McCabe more like this
uin 286629 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
answer text <p>Jobcentre staff have access to information on services and support available in their local area for claimants and will signpost claimants to national and local organisations who provide specialist debt and money management support.</p><p>In addition, support is available for Universal Credit claimants via the Money and Pensions Service (MaPS). MaPS will help UC claimants with personal budgeting and money management through its free helpline, printed guides and digital guidance.</p><p>For those UC claimants who are in most need of debt advice, MaPS will continue to work with the DWP and other agencies to ensure that they are signposted and referred quickly to local provision – MaPS funds free-to-consumer debt advice in England through a network of providers including StepChange, the Money Advice Trust and Citizens Advice.</p><p><strong> </strong></p> more like this
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince remove filter
question first answered
less than 2019-09-09T13:48:58.297Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T13:48:58.297Z
answering member
4423
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
tabling member
298
label Biography information for Steve McCabe more like this
1144292
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions remove filter
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Universal Credit more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of the benefits freeze on the wellbeing of universal credit claimants. more like this
tabling member constituency Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill more like this
tabling member printed
Hugh Gaffney more like this
uin 286335 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
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> more like this
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince remove filter
question first answered
less than 2019-09-09T16:33:35.023Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T16:33:35.023Z
answering member
4423
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
tabling member
4614
label Biography information for Hugh Gaffney more like this
1144346
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions remove filter
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Universal Credit: Payments more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department plans to recalculate universal credit payments to take account of recipients who are required to make 53 rent payments in a year. more like this
tabling member constituency Hyndburn more like this
tabling member printed
Graham P Jones more like this
uin 286189 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
answer text <p>Neither tenants or landlords lose a week’s rent in a 53 weekly rent payment year as has been alleged; no year contains 53 weeks. The problem is alignment between weekly and monthly cycles. Each month the UC housing element is a constant figure but claimants with weekly tenancy agreements will be required to make either four or five rent payments within this period. If the claimant always pays their rent on time, in five payment months they are effectively making payment for part of the following month. That month will always be a four rent payment month, so the combination of the advance payment and the ‘overpayment’ of housing support during that month will get the claimant back on track.</p><p>Where a landlord charges rent weekly on a Monday, because of the way the calendar falls every 5 or 6 years, they will seek 53 rent payments in a year, with the 53rd payment in part covering the tenancy for the first few days of the following year. The effect of this is that, over the course of the next housing association rental year, a tenant’s UC payments will accurately reflect their liability, irrespective of the 53 payment weeks.</p><p>There is a separate issue with respect to the way the calculation in the Universal Credit regulations converts a weekly liability into a monthly allowance. The conversion is achieved by multiplying the weekly rent by 52 and then dividing by 12. This effectively means one day’s rent a year (two days in a leap years) are not covered by UC. We are currently considering whether this formulation around weekly rents, and potentially other weekly amounts in the UC calculation, should be amended.</p>
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince remove filter
question first answered
less than 2019-09-09T12:45:52.383Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T12:45:52.383Z
answering member
4423
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
tabling member
3999
label Biography information for Graham P Jones more like this