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star this property date less than 2019-06-17more like thismore than 2019-06-17
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Historic Buildings: Health Hazards more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the protections introduced in Germany and Austria for workers renovating or demolishing buildings against the risk of breathing in historical man-made mineral fibres which are now considered to pose a serious risk to health, what steps she is taking to introduce similar protections for UK workers. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency York Central more like this
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Rachael Maskell more like this
star this property uin 265555 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
star this property answer text <p>The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is aware of the guidelines that have been produced in Germany and Austria, advising companies on the measures they should take to protect workers against risks of breathing in historic man-made mineral fibres (MMMFs).</p><p>In Great Britain there is a statutory framework in place to protect workers who may be exposed to any hazardous substance, such as MMMFs, regardless of how that exposure occurs. This framework includes the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 which places a general duty on employers to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of people affected by their work activities.</p><p> </p><p>The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH), places specific duties on employers and implements several EU Directives on worker protection, ensuring our standards meet those required of all EU Member States. COSHH requires employers to carry out a risk assessment to establish the hazards associated with the tasks and processes they are undertaking and put in place suitable arrangements to either prevent or control those risks. Such a risk assessment would need to be carried out for workers renovating or demolishing buildings to enable suitable controls to be put in place for any hazardous substances that may be present or that may be produced, including MMMFs. HSE provides guidance, to help businesses comply with their legal duties.</p><p> </p><p>The regulatory framework, supported by guidance, is sufficient to control occupational exposure to MMMFs.</p>
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2019-06-24T14:39:07.767Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-24T14:39:07.767Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Rachael Maskell more like this
1138379
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star this property date less than 2019-07-11more like thismore than 2019-07-11
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Poverty: Children more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has been made of the number of children living in poverty that have at least one parent in work. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency York Central more like this
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Rachael Maskell more like this
star this property uin 276232 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-19more like thismore than 2019-07-19
star this property answer text <p>National statistics on the number of children in low income households are published annually in the “Households Below Average Income” publication. The latest statistics show that 1.7m children in households where at least one adult works are in 'before housing cost absolute poverty', and 2.5m are in 'after housing cost absolute poverty'.</p><p> </p><p>These statistics can be found using the link below, in table 4.20ts, in the file “children-hbai-timeseries-1994-95-2017-18-tables”.</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/households-below-average-income-199495-to-201718" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/households-below-average-income-199495-to-201718</a></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Colchester more like this
star this property answering member printed Will Quince more like this
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less than 2019-07-19T12:30:00.857Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-19T12:30:00.857Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Rachael Maskell more like this
1138380
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-07-11more like thismore than 2019-07-11
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Poverty: Children more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the increase in the gig economy on levels of child poverty. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency York Central more like this
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Rachael Maskell more like this
star this property uin 276233 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-19more like thismore than 2019-07-19
star this property answer text <p>National statistics on child poverty are published annually in the “Households Before Average Income” publication. These statistics do not separate households based on their employment in the gig economy and therefore do not make an assessment of the effect of the gig economy on levels of child poverty.</p><p> </p><p>Overall, 18 percent of children are in 'before housing costs absolute poverty' and 26 percent of children are in after housing costs absolute poverty. 'Before housing cost absolute poverty' is down by 1 percentage point since 2009/10 and after housing costs absolute poverty is down by 2 percentage points since 2009/10. The number of children in 'before housing cost absolute poverty' is unchanged since 2009/10 and has fallen by 100,000 for after housing cost absolute poverty.</p><p> </p><p>These statistics can be found using the link below, in table 4.2ts, in the file “children-rends-hbai-1994-95-2017-18-tables.ods”.</p><p /><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/households-below-average-income-199495-to-201718" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/households-below-average-income-199495-to-201718</a></p><p> </p><p>Advances in technology and the rise of the gig economy have increased opportunities for people to work more flexibly. While we welcome these opportunities, they cannot be at the expense of workers’ rights. That is why the Prime Minister commissioned Matthew Taylor to undertake his review of Modern Working Practices, and why the Government is taking the decisive action set out in the Good Work Plan to address his recommendations.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Colchester more like this
star this property answering member printed Will Quince more like this
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less than 2019-07-19T12:39:19.787Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-19T12:39:19.787Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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4471
unstar this property label Biography information for Rachael Maskell more like this
1143767
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star this property date less than 2019-09-02more like thismore than 2019-09-02
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will ensure that all personal independence payment assessments are recorded on the request of a claimant. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency York Central more like this
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Rachael Maskell more like this
star this property uin 285361 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
star this property answer text <p>The audio recording of face-to-face consultations is not currently part of the contractual specification for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments. However, claimants may use their own equipment to audio record their face-to-face consultation, should they wish to, subject to any reasonable conditions the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) chooses to impose on such recordings.</p><p> </p><p>We want to improve the service that PIP claimants receive and in response to the Paul Gray Independent review and feedback from the Work and Pensions Select Committee, we announced in June 2018 that we would be piloting video recording of PIP assessments. The pilot commenced on 26 November 2018 and 192 video recordings have been completed.</p><p> </p><p>We are currently evaluating the findings from the video recording pilot and will provide an update on our future plans once this has been completed.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2019-09-09T10:50:15.44Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T10:50:15.44Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Rachael Maskell more like this
1139701
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star this property date less than 2019-07-17more like thismore than 2019-07-17
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Security Benefits: Disability more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of welfare changes on disabled people in the last 10 years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Wycombe more like this
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Mr Steve Baker more like this
star this property uin 278483 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-23more like thismore than 2019-07-23
star this property answer text <p>We are spending £55 billion a year on benefits to support disabled people and people with health conditions. That’s a record high and up £10 billion in real terms since 2010. Spending on disability benefits will be higher in every year to 2023 than 2010.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2019-07-23T11:45:52.86Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-23T11:45:52.86Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Steve Baker more like this
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Television: Licensing more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to the public purse was of providing free television licences to people over the age of 75 for qualifying residents in (a) Worthing West constituency and (b) Arun District, Worthing Borough and West Sussex County authorities areas in (i) 2017-18 and (ii) 2018-19. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Worthing West more like this
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Sir Peter Bottomley more like this
star this property uin 266613 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-26more like thismore than 2019-06-26
star this property answer text <p>In the 2015 funding settlement, the Government agreed with the BBC that responsibility for the concession will transfer to the BBC in June 2020.</p><p>The government and the BBC agreed this is a fair deal for the BBC - in return we closed the iPlayer loophole and committed to increase the licence fee in line with inflation. And to help with financial planning, we agreed to provide phased transitional funding over 2 years to gradually introduce the cost to the BBC.</p><p>This reform was subject to public discussion and debated extensively during the passage of the Digital Economy Act 2017 through Parliament.</p><p>On 10 June 2019, the BBC <a href="https://www.bbc.com/aboutthebbc/reports/consultation/age-related-tv-licence-policy" target="_blank">announced</a> that the current scheme will end. From 1 June 2020, a free TV licence will only be available to a household with someone aged over 75 who receives Pension Credit.</p><p>The table below provides estimates of the costs for 2017/18 of providing free TV licences to people aged 75 and over in the geographical areas requested, in nominal prices. The figures for 2018/19 will be available in September.</p><p /><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p><strong>Expenditure (£m) (Nominal)</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2017-18</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>(a) Worthing West constituency</strong></p></td><td><p>£1.66</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>(b) Arun District local authority area</strong></p></td><td><p>£2.55</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>(c) Worthing local authority area</strong></p></td><td><p>£1.40</p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="2"><p><strong>(d) West Sussex County </strong>£10.82</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><strong> </strong></p><p />
star this property answering member constituency Hexham more like this
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-06-26T16:07:47.347Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-26T16:07:47.347Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Sir Peter Bottomley more like this
1144446
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star this property date less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the assessment procedure for personal independence payment. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Woking more like this
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Mr Jonathan Lord more like this
star this property uin 286200 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
star this property answer text <p>Since introducing the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Assessment in 2013, we have made significant improvements to our services in response to stakeholder feedback.</p><p>In particular, we have carefully considered and learnt from two independent reviews of PIP as well as the 2018 Work and Pensions Select Committee’s Report on PIP assessments. To offer a transformed service to people with disabilities and health conditions, the DWP Health Transformation Programme will be integrating the services that deliver PIP and WCA from 2021.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2019-09-09T11:24:14.307Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T11:24:14.307Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Jonathan Lord more like this
1144476
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star this property date less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Older Workers more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent steps her Department has taken to support older workers. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Woking more like this
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Mr Jonathan Lord more like this
star this property uin 286217 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
star this property answer text <p>The number of older people in employment is at a record high. There are now 10.6 million workers aged 50 and over in the workforce compared to 9.1 million five years ago. In 2018/19, the employment level for 50+ individuals in the Woking constituency was estimated at 19,300 (Source: Annual Population Survey, NOMIS).</p><p> </p><p>To support older workers to remain and return to the labour market, the Government has removed the Default Retirement Age meaning most people can choose when to retire, and extended the right to request flexible working to all employees with 26 weeks’ continuous service with their employer.</p><p> </p><p>We have appointed a Business Champion for Older Workers to engage and influence employers both strategically and in terms of practical advice.</p><p> </p><p>In February 2017, the UK Government published “Fuller Working Lives: a partnership approach” to set out the role employers, individuals and Government can play in supporting fuller working lives. <a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/587654/fuller-working-lives-a-partnership-approach.pdf" target="_blank">https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/587654/fuller-working-lives-a-partnership-approach.pdf</a></p><p> </p><p>And in February this year, DWP launched an online web page which brings together money, job and health elements of the mid-life MOT. <a href="https://www.yourpension.gov.uk/mid-life-mot/" target="_blank">https://www.yourpension.gov.uk/mid-life-mot/</a></p><p> </p><p>To support employers, Business in The Community has also created MOT guides that support businesses. <a href="https://age.bitc.org.uk/tools-impact-stories/toolkits" target="_blank">https://age.bitc.org.uk/tools-impact-stories/toolkits</a></p><p> </p><p>For people who simply can’t work, our welfare system will continue to provide a strong safety net, as it does for people of all ages now. We will spend £55 billion [£55.4bn] this year (2019/20) on benefits to support disabled people and people with health conditions. This is around 2.5% of GDP, and over 6% of government spending, and as a share of GDP, the UK’s public spending is second highest in the G7, bar Germany [OECD 2015 data].</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Eastleigh more like this
star this property answering member printed Mims Davies more like this
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less than 2019-09-09T14:25:52.24Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T14:25:52.24Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mims Davies more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Jonathan Lord more like this
1144491
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star this property date less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Employment: Travel more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to help jobseekers travel to find work. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Woking more like this
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Mr Jonathan Lord more like this
star this property uin 286225 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
star this property answer text <p>It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Eastleigh more like this
star this property answering member printed Mims Davies more like this
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less than 2019-09-09T16:00:28.337Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T16:00:28.337Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mims Davies more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Jonathan Lord more like this
1145035
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star this property date less than 2019-09-05more like thismore than 2019-09-05
star this property answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Incapacity Benefit more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to support long-term incapacity benefit claimants into work. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Woking more like this
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Mr Jonathan Lord more like this
star this property uin 287536 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
star this property answer text <p>The Government has an ambitious objective to see 1 million more disabled people in work by 2027. We are committed to supporting long-term incapacity benefit claimants into work.</p><p> </p><p>With effect from April 2017, we introduced the Personal Support Package for claimants on Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit throughout the Jobcentre Plus network. This initiative is expanding and improving the help we offer to those with disabilities and health conditions. It offers support for ESA and UC claimants to prepare for, find and enter work, but also ensures that we have enough work coaches and advisers to provide that support.</p><p> </p><p>The Work and Health Programme (WHP) was launched throughout England and Wales on a rolling basis between November 2017 and March 2018 and will provide innovative support for around 275,000 people over five years.</p><p> </p><p>The third set of experimental WHP statistics was published on 30 May 2019, and found that 78% of starts were people with a health condition or disability, 9% were people in an early access priority group and 13% were long-term unemployed. Although it’s still very early in the life of WHP, as of February 2019 3,140 participants had achieved a Job Outcome. From the December 2017 cohort, who had received 14 months of support, 23% have achieved a Job Outcome.</p><p> </p><p>Access to Work continues to offer eligible individuals practical advice and a discretionary grant of up to £59,200 per year to fund support above the level of an employer’s statutory obligation to make reasonable adjustments, and this can communication support at interviews for people moving into work.</p><p> </p><p>The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions announced in December 2018 that we would be investing more than £40m in the new Intensive Personalised Employment Support Programme (IPES), a highly personalised package of support for disabled people who are at least a year away from moving into work. IPES is expected to be in place by the end of 2019 and run for a period of 4 years from the start of the contract. IPES will provide support for around 2,500 starts per year, totalling 10,000 on the programme.</p>
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2019-09-09T13:21:56.983Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T13:21:56.983Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Jonathan Lord more like this