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star this property date less than 2019-07-03more like thismore than 2019-07-03
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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
unstar this property hansard heading Social Security Benefits more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Buscombe on 25 June (HL Deb, col 1004), what sources they used to inform their statements that the UK (1) delivers the fourth most generous level of welfare support in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), (2) spends more on family benefits than any other country in the G7, and (3) spends the second highest amount on family benefits as a share of GDP, in the OECD. more like this
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett more like this
star this property uin HL16914 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-07-17more like thismore than 2019-07-17
star this property answer text <p>(1) This statement was due to official error. We are the fourth most generous country according to the UN 2019 World Happiness Report. The UK spends £220bn on welfare each year, providing vital financial support for the most vulnerable in society.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>(2) and (3) These two statements come from OECD 2015 data (<a href="https://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?datasetcode=SOCX_AGG" target="_blank">https://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?datasetcode=SOCX_AGG</a>). 2015 data is used as it is the most recent full data set. Please note that OECD definitions do not always match UK definitions, but insure data is comparable across OECD countries.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2019-07-17T14:09:48.317Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-17T14:09:48.317Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
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4234
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Lister of Burtersett more like this
1134313
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star this property date less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
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
unstar this property hansard heading Poverty more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Buscombe on 19 June (HL Deb, col 771), on what occasions the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights was "not keen to engage" with UK officials. more like this
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett more like this
star this property uin HL16598 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-07-08more like thismore than 2019-07-08
star this property answer text <p>Department for Work and Pensions officials liaised extensively with the Special Rapporteur’s office over the arrangements for his visit to the UK last November. From the outset, his staff were clear that Professor Alston’s priority was to secure meetings with UK Government Ministers.</p><p> </p><p>DWP proposed meetings and round tables with senior officials across the relevant departments so that topics, including health, housing and welfare benefits, could be explored in more detail. The scope and time available for these meetings was significantly curtailed as the Special Rapporteur’s office asked that meetings with parliamentary committees and other public bodies, for example the National Audit Office, be prioritised over meetings with UK Government officials.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2019-07-08T13:50:34.7Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-08T13:50:34.7Z
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3349
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
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4234
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Lister of Burtersett more like this
1134318
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star this property date less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
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
unstar this property hansard heading Poverty more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Buscombe on 17 June (HL Deb, col 652), what is their definition of "absolute poverty". more like this
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Baroness Primarolo more like this
star this property uin HL16603 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-07-08more like thismore than 2019-07-08
star this property answer text <p>Government definitions of low income households are set out in the annual National Statistics publication <em>Households Below Average Income</em>. Someone is in absolute low income (commonly referred to as ‘absolute poverty’), if they are in a household that received less than 60% of the UK median equivalised net household income in 2010/11, adjusted for inflation.</p><p> </p><p>Absolute low income is measured both before and after housing costs. Housing costs include; rent (gross of housing benefit); water rates, community water charges and council water charges; mortgage interest payments; structural insurance premiums (for owner occupiers); ground rent and service charges.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2019-07-08T13:57:43.723Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-08T13:57:43.723Z
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3349
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
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217
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Primarolo more like this
1130233
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star this property date less than 2019-06-05more like thismore than 2019-06-05
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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 more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Occupational Money Purchase Schemes more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Buscombe on 5 June (HL15876), whether they intend to legislate to introduce collective defined contribution schemes by the end of 2019. more like this
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Lord Hain more like this
star this property uin HL16094 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-06-19more like thismore than 2019-06-19
star this property answer text <p>I refer the Noble Lord to my previous responses. The Government will bring forward legislation as soon as parliamentary time allows.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2019-06-19T15:47:35.527Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-19T15:47:35.527Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Hain more like this
1138288
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star this property date less than 2019-07-10more like thismore than 2019-07-10
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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 more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Social Security Benefits: Uprating more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Buscombe on 8 July (HL16599), what would (1) the weekly rates of Child Benefit, and (2) the monthly rates of Universal Credit standard allowances and child elements have been, if they had been raised in line with the Consumer Price Index. more like this
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett more like this
star this property uin HL17085 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-07-23more like thismore than 2019-07-23
star this property answer text <p>If the weekly rates of child benefit had been uprated with CPI the rates would have been:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p>Amount in 2019/20 if they had been uprated with CPI</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>First Child Rate</p></td><td><p>22.05</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Subsequent Child Rate</p></td><td><p>14.60</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>If the monthly rates for the Universal Credit standard allowance and child element had been uprated with CPI from 2016/17 to 2019/20 the rates would have been:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p>Amount in 2019/20 if they had been uprated with CPI</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Single under 25</p></td><td><p>268.21</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Single 25 and over</p></td><td><p>338.57</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Joint claimants both under 25</p></td><td><p>420.99</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Joint claimants one or both over 25</p></td><td><p>531.46</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Child amount (standard amount)</p></td><td><p>246.79</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>More information on benefit uprating can be found at: <a href="https://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-8458/CBP-8458.pdf" target="_blank">https://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-8458/CBP-8458.pdf</a></p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2019-07-23T13:37:41.017Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-23T13:37:41.017Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
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star this property file name Briefing Paper -Benefits Uprating 2019.pdf more like this
unstar this property title Briefing Paper -Benefits Uprating 2019 more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Lister of Burtersett more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
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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
unstar this property hansard heading Pension Credit more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of (1) the number, and (2) percentage, of eligible state pensioners who claimed pension credit in (a) 2017–18, and (b) 2018–19; and how many pensioners are forecast to claim that benefit in 2019–20. more like this
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Baroness Greengross more like this
star this property uin HL17147 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-07-23more like thismore than 2019-07-23
star this property answer text <p>In 2016-17, 1.81m (60 per cent) of eligible state pensioners claimed Pension Credit. Corresponding figures for 2017-18 and 2018-19 are not yet available.</p><p> </p><p>Official statistics on the take-up of income related benefits at Great Britain level, including Pension Credit, can be found in the ‘Income-related benefits: estimates of take-up in 2016 to 2017’ publication on gov.uk.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Historic and forecast benefit expenditure and caseload data relating to DWP benefits at Great Britain level, including Pension Credit, can be found in the ‘Benefit expenditure and caseload tables 2019’ publication on gov.uk.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2019-07-23T12:23:03.637Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-23T12:23:03.637Z
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3349
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Greengross more like this
1133455
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star this property date less than 2019-06-19more like thismore than 2019-06-19
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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
unstar this property hansard heading Pensioners: Means-tested Benefits more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of those in receipt of state pensions also receive other means-tested benefits. more like this
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Baroness Blackstone more like this
star this property uin HL16490 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-06-27more like thismore than 2019-06-27
star this property answer text <p>In November 2018, 17 per cent of those in receipt of the State Pension were also in receipt of Pension Credit and / or Housing Benefit.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2019-06-27T16:07:38.78Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-27T16:07:38.78Z
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3349
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Blackstone more like this
1131883
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star this property date less than 2019-06-12more like thismore than 2019-06-12
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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
unstar this property hansard heading State Retirement Pensions: Greater Manchester more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how many pensioners aged 75 and over receive (1) state pension, and (2) pensioner credit, in each of the ten districts of Greater Manchester. more like this
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Lord Bradley more like this
star this property uin HL16301 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
star this property answer text <p>In November 2018, the number of pensioners aged 75 and over claiming the State Pension and Pension Credit in the Greater Manchester districts can be found in the table below.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Pension Credit and State Pension Recipients by district</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>State Pension</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Pension Credit</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Bolton</p></td><td><p>21,321</p></td><td><p>4,859</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Bury</p></td><td><p>15,189</p></td><td><p>2,790</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Manchester</p></td><td><p>21,524</p></td><td><p>8,290</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Oldham</p></td><td><p>16,374</p></td><td><p>3,746</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Rochdale</p></td><td><p>15,231</p></td><td><p>3,798</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Salford</p></td><td><p>16,157</p></td><td><p>4,255</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Stockport</p></td><td><p>27,258</p></td><td><p>4,239</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Tameside</p></td><td><p>17,049</p></td><td><p>3,790</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Trafford</p></td><td><p>19,359</p></td><td><p>3,006</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Wigan</p></td><td><p>26,354</p></td><td><p>5,416</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><strong> </strong></p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2019-06-24T15:00:45.117Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-24T15:00:45.117Z
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3349
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
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452
star this property label Biography information for Lord Bradley more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-06-27more like thismore than 2019-06-27
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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 more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Television: Licensing more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that those who are entitled to claim (1) pension credit, and (2) a TV licence from June 2020, but currently do not, take up those benefits. more like this
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Baroness Jolly more like this
star this property uin HL16748 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-07-11more like thismore than 2019-07-11
star this property answer text <p>In the 2015 funding settlement, the Government agreed with the BBC that responsibility for the concession would transfer to the BBC. The implementation of the licence fee and the concession from June 2020 is a matter for the BBC and TV Licensing, which are independent of Government.</p><p> </p><p>However, we expect the BBC to put in place robust plans to support those who might be affected. The BBC has said it will write to all over 75 TV licence holders advising them of how the new policy will work and when they need to act.</p><p> </p><p>Irrespective of this, the Government is committed to ensuring that older people receive the support they are entitled to and the DWP targets activity on engaging with people who may be eligible to benefits at pivotal stages, such as when they claim State Pension or report a change in their circumstances. The DWP uses a wide range of channels to communicate information about benefits to potential claimants; including information on gov.uk, in leaflets and by telephone. DWP staff in Pension Centres and Jobcentres including visiting officers are able to provide help and advice about entitlement to benefits, as are staff in Local Authorities who administer Housing Benefit.</p><p> </p><p>Potential claimants can use the Pension Credit calculator to check if they are likely to be eligible and get an estimate of what they may receive. People wishing to claim Pension Credit can do so by calling 0800 99 1234.</p><p> </p><p>One of the best ways to reach eligible claimants is through trusted stakeholder working in the community and we have developed the Pension Credit toolkit, as an on-line tool for agencies and welfare rights organisations to use in order to encourage Pension Credit take-up.</p><p> </p><p>The toolkit contains resources for anyone working with pensioners and includes guides to Pension Credit. It also contains publicity material and guidance designed to help older people understand how they could get Pension Credit and help organisations support someone applying for Pension Credit as well as ideas for encouraging take-up. The toolkit also provides links to information about disability and carers benefits.</p><p> </p><p>Most recently we have provided to relevant stakeholders a fact sheet about Pension Credit and the changes introduced on 15 May for mixed age couples to ensure that accurate information is available in the places where people are most likely to seek information.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2019-07-11T15:00:49.377Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-11T15:00:49.377Z
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3349
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Jolly more like this
1135705
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
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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 more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Pension Credit more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that those who are entitled to claim (1) pension credit, and (2) a TV licence from June 2020, but currently do not, take up those benefits. more like this
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock more like this
star this property uin HL16798 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
star this property answer text <p>In the 2015 funding settlement, the Government agreed with the BBC that responsibility for the concession would transfer to the BBC. The implementation of the licence fee and the concession from June 2020 is a matter for the BBC and TV Licensing, which are independent of Government.</p><p> </p><p>However, we expect the BBC to put in place robust plans to support those who might be affected. The BBC has said it will write to all over 75 TV licence holders advising them of how the new policy will work and when they need to act.</p><p> </p><p>Irrespective of this, the Government is committed to ensuring that older people receive the support they are entitled to and the DWP targets activity on engaging with people who may be eligible to benefits at pivotal stages, such as when they claim State Pension or report a change in their circumstances. The DWP uses a wide range of channels to communicate information about benefits to potential claimants; including information on gov.uk, in leaflets and by telephone. DWP staff in Pension Centres and Jobcentres including visiting officers are able to provide help and advice about entitlement to benefits, as are staff in Local Authorities who administer Housing Benefit.</p><p> </p><p>Potential claimants can use the Pension Credit calculator to check if they are likely to be eligible and get an estimate of what they may receive. People wishing to claim Pension Credit can do so by calling 0800 99 1234.</p><p> </p><p>One of the best ways to reach eligible claimants is through trusted stakeholder working in the community and we have developed the Pension Credit toolkit, as an on-line tool for agencies and welfare rights organisations to use in order to encourage Pension Credit take-up.</p><p> </p><p>The toolkit contains resources for anyone working with pensioners and includes guides to Pension Credit. It also contains publicity material and guidance designed to help older people understand how they could get Pension Credit and help organisations support someone applying for Pension Credit as well as ideas for encouraging take-up. The toolkit also provides links to information about disability and carers benefits.</p><p> </p><p>Most recently we have provided to relevant stakeholders a fact sheet about Pension Credit and the changes introduced on 15 May for mixed age couples to ensure that accurate information is available in the places where people are most likely to seek information.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2019-07-15T16:38:11.407Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-15T16:38:11.407Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Foulkes of Cumnock more like this