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1147829
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star this property date less than 2019-10-02more like thismore than 2019-10-02
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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: Scotland more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons remove filter
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of the time taken for universal credit payments to be made to claimants on trends in the level of food bank use in Scotland. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill more like this
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Hugh Gaffney remove filter
star this property uin 293692 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-08more like thismore than 2019-10-08
unstar this property answer text <p>The Department does not keep official statistics on food bank use, so no such assessment has been completed. Some food aid providers produce statistics on the number of food parcels distributed, but the Government has no plans to require individual food banks to keep records as this would place a significant burden on charitable and voluntary organisations.</p><p> </p><p>We have listened to feedback on how we can improve Universal Credit to support our claimants and acted quickly, making improvements such as extending advances, removing waiting days, and introducing housing benefit run on. These changes are giving support to vulnerable people who need it most, whilst at the same time helping people get into work faster.</p><p> </p><p>Furthermore, in Scotland, the Department delivers Universal Credit Scottish choices on behalf of the Scottish Government, providing the option of Universal Credit being paid twice a month rather than monthly, and having Universal Credit housing element being paid directly to landlords.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </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 2019-10-08T10:07:32.15Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-08T10:07:32.15Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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4614
unstar this property label Biography information for Hugh Gaffney more like this
1147830
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-02more like thismore than 2019-10-02
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Scotland Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 2 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Scotland more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Scotland more like this
star this property hansard heading Cash Dispensing: Scotland more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons remove filter
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on ensuring that people are able to access free-to-use cash machines throughout Scotland. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill more like this
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Hugh Gaffney remove filter
star this property uin 293693 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-08more like thismore than 2019-10-08
unstar this property answer text <p>I have regular discussions on important Scottish economic matters with my Cabinet colleagues, including the Chancellor of the Exchequer.</p><p> </p><p>Technology has transformed banking for millions of people, but we know that many still rely on cash. That is why we are co-ordinating work across government, regulators and industry so we can protect access for everyone who needs it.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>LINK, the scheme that runs the UK’s ATM network, has publicly committed to maintain the broad geographic spread of ATMs and has put in place specific arrangements to protect remote free-to-use ATMs one kilometre or further from the next nearest free-to-use ATM. More recently, LINK has committed to protecting free access to cash on high streets – where there is a cluster of five or more retailers – that do not have a free-to-use ATM or a Post Office counter within 1 kilometre.</p><p><strong> </strong></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Dumfries and Galloway more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Alister Jack more like this
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less than 2019-10-08T15:04:00.693Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-08T15:04:00.693Z
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4619
star this property label Biography information for Mr Alister Jack more like this
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4614
unstar this property label Biography information for Hugh Gaffney more like this
1147847
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-02more like thismore than 2019-10-02
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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 Pension Credit more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons remove filter
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that information relating to Pension Credit eligibility is accessible to people who are classed as being digitally excluded. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill more like this
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Hugh Gaffney remove filter
star this property uin 293694 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-08more like thismore than 2019-10-08
unstar this property answer text <p>There are over 1.6 million people already claiming £5.4 billion in Pension Credit but the Government wants to ensure that all pensioners eligible can claim the Pension Credit to which they are rightly entitled.</p><p> </p><p>The DWP uses a wide range of channels, in addition to <a href="http://www.gov.uk" target="_blank">www.gov.uk</a>, to communicate information about benefits to potential claimants. We target activity on engaging with people who may be eligible to benefits at pivotal stages, such as when they claim State Pension, Attendance Allowance or when they report a change in their circumstances which could result in them becoming eligible for Pension Credit. Staff in Pension Centres and Jobcentres as well as DWP visiting officers are able to provide help and advice about entitlement to benefits including Pension Credit either to individuals or community groups. Staff in Local Authorities who administer Housing Benefit also provide information about Pension Credit</p><p><br> For general enquiries about Pension Credit, potential customers can telephone the freephone Pension Service helpline on 08007310469 and the easiest way to make a claim is via the freephone claim line 0800991234. Anyone wishing to make a claim by post can request a paper application form.</p><p>The Government wants to make sure that all older people receive the support they are entitled to and we therefore also welcome and encourage initiatives to promote take up of Pension Credit by national and local organisations who may often be the first place people turn to for information and help.</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 2019-10-08T11:26:34.68Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-08T11:26:34.68Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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4614
unstar this property label Biography information for Hugh Gaffney more like this
1147849
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-02more like thismore than 2019-10-02
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Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Low Pay: Young People more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons remove filter
star this property question text To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to tackle low pay amongst workers aged 21 and below. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill more like this
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Hugh Gaffney remove filter
star this property uin 293695 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-07more like thismore than 2019-10-07
unstar this property answer text <p>Each year the Government asks the Low Pay Commission to recommend minimum wage rates for younger people that are as high as possible without damaging their employment prospects. All the National Minimum Wage rates for younger workers saw above inflation increases in April 2019. The Low Pay Commission will make recommendations for the April 2020 rates later in the autumn. Alongside changes to the minimum wage, the Government is taking action to support young people to gain the skills they need to succeed in the labour market, including the rollout of T Levels from September 2020, which will provide students with clear pathways to a well-paid skilled job.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Richmond (Yorks) more like this
star this property answering member printed Rishi Sunak more like this
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less than 2019-10-07T14:19:02.56Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-07T14:19:02.56Z
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4483
star this property label Biography information for Rishi Sunak more like this
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4614
unstar this property label Biography information for Hugh Gaffney more like this
1147850
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-02more like thismore than 2019-10-02
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Scotland Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 2 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Scotland more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Scotland more like this
star this property hansard heading Public Sector: Scotland more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent assessment his Department has made of public satisfaction with public services in Scotland. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill more like this
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Hugh Gaffney remove filter
star this property uin 293696 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-08more like thismore than 2019-10-08
unstar this property answer text <p>In a recent Scottish Government Household survey, we see that public satisfaction in health, schools, education and public transport in Scotland has dropped to 51.7%, its lowest level since 2007, which is extremely disappointing. These policy areas are devolved to the Scottish Government and they must do more to improve public services for the people of Scotland.</p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Dumfries and Galloway more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Alister Jack more like this
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less than 2019-10-08T15:02:39.967Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-08T15:02:39.967Z
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4619
star this property label Biography information for Mr Alister Jack more like this
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4614
unstar this property label Biography information for Hugh Gaffney more like this
1146463
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star this property date less than 2019-09-26more like thismore than 2019-09-26
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Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Households: Rents more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment his Department has made of rent levels on household income. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill more like this
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Hugh Gaffney remove filter
star this property uin 291399 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-08more like thismore than 2019-10-08
unstar this property answer text <p>The English Housing Survey provides data on the proportion of income that is spent on rent in both the Private Rented Sector and the Social Rented Sector. This information is available online:<br> <br> <a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/817630/EHS_2017-18_PRS_Report.pdf" target="_blank">https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/817630/EHS_2017-18_PRS_Report.pdf</a> and<br> <a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/829741/EHS_SRS_report_revised_Sept_19.pdf" target="_blank">https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/829741/EHS_SRS_report_revised_Sept_19.pdf</a>'.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Tatton more like this
star this property answering member printed Esther McVey more like this
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less than 2019-10-08T10:52:39.34Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-08T10:52:39.34Z
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star this property label Biography information for Esther McVey more like this
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4614
unstar this property label Biography information for Hugh Gaffney more like this
1146176
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star this property date less than 2019-09-25more like thismore than 2019-09-25
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Scotland Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 2 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Scotland more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Scotland more like this
star this property hansard heading Scotland: Economic Situation more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons remove filter
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent assessment he has made of the effect on the Scottish economy in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill more like this
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Hugh Gaffney remove filter
star this property uin 291139 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-02more like thismore than 2019-10-02
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government delivered on its commitment to provide objective analysis to Parliament of how exiting the EU may affect the economy of the UK, sectors, nations and regions in the long run.</p><p> </p><p>As we leave the EU the Scottish economy remains resilient, with near record high employment, unemployment at historic low rates, and above inflation rises in wages.</p><p> </p><p>The Government would prefer to leave with a deal and will work in an energetic and determined way to get that better deal. However, if it is not possible to reach a deal we will have to leave with no deal, and the Government is committed to preparing for this outcome.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Dumfries and Galloway more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Alister Jack more like this
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less than 2019-10-02T14:20:37.657Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-02T14:20:37.657Z
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4619
star this property label Biography information for Mr Alister Jack more like this
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4614
unstar this property label Biography information for Hugh Gaffney more like this
1146179
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star this property date less than 2019-09-25more like thismore than 2019-09-25
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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 Food Poverty: Brexit more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons remove filter
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the effect on food poverty levels of the UK leaving the EU without a deal. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill more like this
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Hugh Gaffney remove filter
star this property uin 291140 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-04more like thismore than 2019-10-04
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government has been clear that leaving the EU with a deal is its preferred option.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has put in place contingency plans for a range of exit scenarios. These contingencies ensure that DWP can continue to provide our vital services and that individuals will continue to be able to access DWP benefits and services on the same basis as they do now.</p><p> </p><p>The Government is committed to providing a strong safety-net through the welfare system. We continue to spend over £95 billion a year on benefits for people of working age. DWP continues to monitor the effects of EU exit on the economy. Rates of benefits continue to be reviewed in line with the relevant legislation for uprating.</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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290576 more like this
291446 more like this
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less than 2019-10-04T10:15:06.69Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-04T10:15:06.69Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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4614
unstar this property label Biography information for Hugh Gaffney more like this
1146207
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star this property date less than 2019-09-25more like thismore than 2019-09-25
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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept id 10 more like this
unstar 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 Television: Licensing more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of the BBC's decision to change the eligibility criteria for free TV licences on the incomes of over-75s households in the UK. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill more like this
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Hugh Gaffney remove filter
star this property uin 291147 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-01more like thismore than 2019-10-01
unstar this property answer text <p>The future of the over 75 concession is the responsibility of the BBC, not Government. We are very disappointed with the BBC’s decision to restrict the concession to only those aged over 75 in receipt of Pension Credit.</p><p> </p><p>The BBC published research from Frontier Economics in November 2018 which looked at the potential impact of changes to the concession on those aged 75 and over. This research is available here: <a href="https://www.frontier-economics.com/media/2896/bbc-licence-fee-report-nov-18.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.frontier-economics.com/media/2896/bbc-licence-fee-report-nov-18.pdf</a></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Selby and Ainsty more like this
star this property answering member printed Nigel Adams more like this
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less than 2019-10-01T16:10:45.527Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-01T16:10:45.527Z
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star this property label Biography information for Nigel Adams more like this
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4614
unstar this property label Biography information for Hugh Gaffney more like this
1146212
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star this property date less than 2019-09-25more like thismore than 2019-09-25
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Warm Home Discount Scheme more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps she is taking to raise awareness of the Warm Home Discount Scheme among people who are eligible to participate in it. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill more like this
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Hugh Gaffney remove filter
star this property uin 291150 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-02more like thismore than 2019-10-02
unstar this property answer text <p>The Department for Work and Pensions engage with participating energy suppliers to match the name and address details of those who fall within the “Core Group” of people automatically eligible for the Warm Home Discount and will write to them, either confirming, in the large majority of cases, that the discount will be paid automatically, or explaining that they need to verify their details with the Warm Home Discount helpline.</p><p> </p><p>Notice is also provided to the public through GOV.UK, the website for the UK Government. For the “Broader Group” (those who may be eligible subject to an application) participating energy suppliers notify their customers in a variety of ways, including on their websites and some also choose to write to them or use referral bodies. Some organisations, such as Citizens Advice, also signpost eligible individuals to the scheme.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Spelthorne more like this
star this property answering member printed Kwasi Kwarteng more like this
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less than 2019-10-02T16:07:42.413Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-02T16:07:42.413Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kwasi Kwarteng more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Hugh Gaffney more like this