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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property hansard heading Youth Services more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Civil Society Strategy, what the timetable is for reviewing guidance on the statutory duties of local authorities to provide appropriate local youth services. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Lancaster and Fleetwood more like this
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Cat Smith more like this
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star this property answer text <p>In August last year, my department published the Civil Society Strategy, in which the Government committed to review the guidance which sets out the statutory duty placed on local authorities to provide appropriate local youth services. An announcement will be made shortly. We expect that the review will provide greater clarity of Government’s expectations, including the value added by good youth work.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Eastleigh more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Mims Davies more like this
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less than 2019-06-10T15:13:49.56Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-10T15:13:49.56Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mims Davies more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Cat Smith more like this
1130105
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Home Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Visas more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is able to take to support visa applications from Fairtrade producers invited to the UK by the Fairtrade Foundation and other Fairtrade organisations. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Halifax more like this
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Holly Lynch more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Attending meetings, conferences and seminars are all allowed under the Visitor Rules. UKVI has in place engagement teams who can work with event organisers ahead of events to support them through visa processes. Event organisers can approach UKVI directly, we also identify organisers through engagement with other government department and external Stakeholders.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Romsey and Southampton North more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Caroline Nokes more like this
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less than 2019-06-10T15:52:18.34Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-10T15:52:18.34Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Caroline Nokes more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Holly Lynch more like this
1130119
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Department for Education more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Universities more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department plans to take to assess the social and economic value of different university courses to (a) students and (b) taxpayers. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Cambridge more like this
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Daniel Zeichner more like this
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star this property answer text <p>We are clear that outcomes are not just about economic returns. Our higher education system transforms lives and is a great contributor to both our industrial success and the cultural life of the nation. High quality provision in a range of subjects is critical for our public services and culturally enriching for our society.</p><p>The Teaching Excellence Framework puts clear information in the hands of students about the teaching quality and outcomes they might expect to receive.</p><p>In addition, the government regularly publishes information on the benefits of higher education ranging from; research publications on student aspirations and the wider non-market benefits, to statistical publications on graduate employment and earning trends including ‘Graduate Labour Market Statistics’ and ‘Longitudinal Education Outcomes’ publications, which can be found on the gov.uk website:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/graduate-labour-market-statistics-2018" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/graduate-labour-market-statistics-2018. </a></p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-higher-education-graduate-employment-and-earnings" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-higher-education-graduate-employment-and-earnings. </a></p><p>The government is due to publish an updated study in the coming months on the earnings premium graduates can expect from holding a degree. The latest research, however, can be found here: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/229498/bis-13-899-the-impact-of-university-degrees-on-the-lifecycle-of-earnings-further-analysis.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/229498/bis-13-899-the-impact-of-university-degrees-on-the-lifecycle-of-earnings-further-analysis.pdf</a>.</p><p>The research suggests that over a working life, graduate returns average £170,000 for males and £250,000 for females, which takes into account the impact of loan repayments, national insurance and income tax payments.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Kingswood more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Chris Skidmore more like this
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less than 2019-06-10T15:54:36.52Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-10T15:54:36.52Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Chris Skidmore more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Daniel Zeichner more like this
1130153
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Overpayments 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, pursuant to the Answer of 5 June 2019 to Question 257458 on universal credit: overpayments, what the (a) cause and (b) reasons were for the overpayments made to the 16,260 people who submitted successful applications for a reduction in their repayment rate. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead more like this
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Frank Field more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Pursuant to the answer to Question 257458, of the 16,260 Universal Credit (UC) claimants who had a UC overpayment, who were successful in having their UC overpayment repayment rate reduced in 2018/19, there were approximately 18,450 individual overpayments as a claimant can have more than 1 UC overpayment.</p><p> </p><p>To answer part (a), the table below provides the classification of those overpayments:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Debt Count</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Debt Classification</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>60</p></td><td><p>Fraud</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2,620</p></td><td><p>Claimant Error</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>30</p></td><td><p>No Description</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>15,740</p></td><td><p>Official Error</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>18,450</strong></p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>To answer part (b), the table below provides general overpayment reasons:</p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Debt Count</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Overpayment Reason</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>9,910</p></td><td><p>UC-Other Benefit Not Taken Into account</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2,770</p></td><td><p>UC-Undeclared Earnings not reported via Real Time Information or Late Self Reporting of Earnings</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>1,840</p></td><td><p>UC-Housing Costs Not Taken Into Account Correctly/ Incorrectly Declared</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>1,130</p></td><td><p>No Description</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>760</p></td><td><p>UC-Not Entitled</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>740</p></td><td><p>UC-Other Income Not Taken Into Account</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>400</p></td><td><p>UC-Ceased Caring or Undeclared Carers Allowance</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>380</p></td><td><p>UC-Non Dependents Not Declared in Household</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>250</p></td><td><p>UC-Duplicate Payments</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>90</p></td><td><p>UC-Childcare Costs Claimed When Not entitled to All / Some</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>90</p></td><td><p>UC-Overpaid Health Premium</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>60</p></td><td><p>UC-Undeclared/incorrect Savings over Allowable Limit</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>30</p></td><td><p>UC- Living Together Not Taken Into Account</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>less than 10</p></td><td><p>Attendance Allowance/Disability Living Allowance – Severe Disability Premium Withdrawn</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>less than 10</p></td><td><p>UC-Undeclared Death Of Partner / Dependant</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>18,450 (Will not sum due to rounding)</strong></p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><em>*All figures in this response have been sourced from internal management information and were not intended for public release. They should therefore not be compared to any similar figures subsequently released by the Department. All figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.</em></p>
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2019-06-10T15:41:57.85Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-10T15:41:57.85Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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1130165
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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 more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Overpayments more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 5 June 2019 to Question 257458 on universal credit: overpayments, how her Department defines substantial financial and/or medical hardship. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead more like this
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Frank Field more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Department does not apply a strict definition as to what constitutes ‘substantial and/or medical hardship’ as these decisions are based on a claimant’s circumstances and the supporting evidence provided. Where an application for waiver is received it will be considered on its own merits, according to the principles set out in Her Majesty’s Treasury’s guidance on Managing Public Money.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2019-06-10T15:08:49.91Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-10T15:08:49.91Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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1129994
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit 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, in what circumstances the repayment period of an advance that has been agreed with a universal credit claimant can be amended. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Croydon North more like this
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Mr Steve Reed more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Universal Credit new claim and benefit transfer advances provide access to a payment for those in financial need, which can be accessed on the same day, until their first UC payment is due ensuring no one has to be left without means of financial support. Claimants can access up to 100% of the total expected monthly award, which they can pay back over a period of up to 12 monthly instalments. In the Autumn Budget 2018, we announced that from October 2021, the repayment period for these advances will be extended to 16 monthly instalments.</p><p> </p><p>Other advances are available for where a claimant has a substantial increase in the amount of their Universal Credit payment, due to a change in their circumstances, in which case they can have an advance of up to 50% of the increase and can be repaid over up to 6 monthly instalments. Also a Budgeting advance is available for one off unexpected financial events that the claimant is unable to meet and is repayable over a period of up to 12 monthly instalments.</p><p> </p><p>We recognise that exceptional circumstances may occur to claimants that were not foreseen when the advance was taken out and if this means the claimant is facing unexpected financial hardship they can ask the Department for a deferral of the repayment of any advance they have taken out. The deferral periods are up to 3 months for a new claim, benefit transfer or change of circumstances advance and up to 6 months for a Budgeting advance.</p><p> </p><p>Where a claimant has a reduction in benefit due to a Fraud Penalty or Conditionally Sanction that equals or exceeds 40% of their Universal Credit standard allowance then no advance repayment will be taken.</p><p> </p><p>If there is insufficient Universal Credit in payment due to reductions such as earnings, other income and capital yield to take the full amount of advances repayment, a lesser amount will be taken.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2019-06-10T12:55:12.507Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-10T12:55:12.507Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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1130121
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 8 April 2019 to Question 240478, if he will itemise each step referred to in that Answer. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Selly Oak more like this
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Steve McCabe more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Department has taken a number of steps to ensure that advances meet the needs of claimants and that the recovery arrangements are personalised and reasonable.</p><p> </p><p>Affordability is managed by ensuring the recovery rate for these advances will not be more than the equivalent of 40 per cent of the claimant’s standard allowance. The claimant is given the choice over the repayment period and it is explained to them exactly how much will be deducted each month depending on the option they choose. If the claimant is making the advance application online, these options are clearly displayed on screen for them to choose from.</p><p> </p><p>If during the recovery of an advance the claimant experiences an unforeseen expense that would cause them or their family genuine hardship if they were required to continue to repay the advance, then they can be offered a deferral period of the repayment of the advance of up to 3 months for a new claim, benefit transfer or change of circumstance advance and up to 6 months for a budgeting advance.</p><p> </p><p>The Department has also announced that from October 2019 the maximum rate of deductions from a claimant’s standard allowance will be reduced from 40 per cent to 30 per cent and from October 2021 we will be increasing the recovery period for advances from 12 to 16 months, further supporting those in financial need. This is in addition to having previously increasing the amount a claimant could receive as an advance payment from 50 per cent to 100 per cent of their indicative award.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2019-06-10T12:43:28.543Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-10T12:43:28.543Z
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4014
unstar this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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1130122
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 8 April 2019 to Question 240478, for what reason the decision was made to extend the recovery period for advances to 16 months. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Selly Oak more like this
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Steve McCabe more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Currently, the maximum amount of an advance is determined by the claimants expected UC payment and the need to repay it over 12 months at a maximum deduction rate of 40% of the standard allowance.</p><p>We have announced that we will reduce this maximum rate to 30% to ensure that claimants with the highest rate of deductions will keep more of their monthly payment. UC claimants who currently have deductions of over 30% will benefit from this change, because they will have up to 10% more of their Universal Credit standard allowance available each month.</p><p>We recognise that this could impact the maximum advance available to claimants, to ensure that this does not happen and that claimants still receive the level of support they need, we have increased the amount of time claimants have to repay the Advance from 12 to 16 months.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2019-06-10T15:58:25.157Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-10T15:58:25.157Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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1130129
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 24 May to Question 254729 on universal credit, what penalties can be levied on claimants of universal credit if they are unable to repay their advance within 12 repayment instalments. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Selly Oak more like this
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Steve McCabe more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Department does not levy penalties on claimants who do not repay their advance within either a calendar 12 month from taking out the advance, nor where they do not repay the advance in 12 monthly instalments.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2019-06-10T12:58:47.873Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-10T12:58:47.873Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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1130130
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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 more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions 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, what information her Department holds on the number of claimants of universal credit without a permanent fixed address. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Selly Oak more like this
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Steve McCabe more like this
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star this property answer text <p>This information is not centrally collated, and to do so would create a disproportionate cost to the Department. Universal Credit case managers and work coaches are aware of the reported circumstances of individuals and are able to provide a tailored approach, which includes those without a fixed address.</p><p> </p><p>The Department is committed to ensuring that those who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, get the appropriate support to stabilise their lives and move into work. There is a range of support which can be considered, such as access to Alternative Payment Arrangements, easements to work-search requirements, and partnerships between Jobcentres and housing organisations. By law, work coaches in England must offer a voluntary referral to claimants they consider may be homeless or threatened with homelessness to a Local Housing Authority.</p><p>Data on homelessness by local authority level, provided by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, is available at:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/homelessness-statistics" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/homelessness-statistics</a></p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Colchester more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Will Quince more like this
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less than 2019-06-10T12:20:43.067Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-10T12:20:43.067Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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