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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-05more like thismore than 2019-06-05
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Ministry of Justice more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Prisoners' Discharge Grants 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 Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the Discharge Grant for prisoners in respect of (a) inflation and (b) the five week waiting period for universal credit. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Cardiff Central more like this
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Jo Stevens remove filter
star this property uin 260669 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 2019-06-10more like thismore than 2019-06-10
unstar this property answer text <p>We are committed to ensuring that prisoners have sufficient financial support upon release from custody.</p><p>We have recently explored the current use of the Discharge Grant. This will help inform future Discharge policy direction, and help to ensure that Discharge policy contributes to ensuring the immediate basic needs of prisoners are met when they return to the community. We are currently analysing findings.</p><p>The purpose of the Discharge Grant is not to provide for all the prisoner’s needs after release; it is intended solely to assist them in the first few days after release and before they might reasonably be able to get a job or an appointment at a jobcentre and/or begin to access state benefits</p><p>We also are working with the Department for Work and Pensions to improve access to Universal Credit and ensure that they have the relevant identification documents. Offenders are able to access a DWP Work Coach prior to release, who can make an appointment as early as the day of release to complete their claim, and can receive an advance of a full month’s benefit, including the housing element where appropriate, within hours.</p>
star this property answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Robert Buckland more like this
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less than 2019-06-10T16:48:22.187Zmore like thisremove minimum value filter
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star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jo Stevens more like this