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star this property date less than 2019-07-12more like thismore than 2019-07-12
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Department for Work and Pensions remove filter
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Fraud 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 recent steps he is taking to tackle universal credit fraud. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coventry South more like this
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Mr Jim Cunningham remove filter
star this property uin 276511 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 2019-07-17more like thismore than 2019-07-17
unstar this property answer text <p>The Department takes its obligation to prevent, detect and investigate fraud very seriously and will investigate all claims where fraud may have been committed. We have recently set up a dedicated team to investigate a specific type of emergent fraud, and we are also committed to the use of penalties such as prosecutions and tough financial penalties to discourage fraudulent behaviour.</p><p> </p><p>The Department has also recently been working to further improve knowledge and awareness of Universal Credit (UC) fraud amongst Jobcentre and Service Centre staff. Guidance has also been issued to ensure that all staff are aware how to quickly refer cases of suspected fraud to the Department’s Counter-fraud team.</p><p> </p><p>Most welfare losses, across Government, arise from claimants failing to report changes of circumstances. UC provides a single, digital interface through which claimants can more easily report these changes. UC also allows us to adjust benefit entitlement in line with changing circumstances in real time. Internal and external data matches are increasingly helping to inform benefit payments and alerting staff to check for any undeclared changes in people’s circumstances. Once UC is fully rolled out, we expect cross-welfare losses to fraud, error and overpayments to be reduced by around £1 billion per year</p><p> </p><p>As of June 2019, potential fraudulent advance claims equate to less than 1 per cent of all Universal Credit claims.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2019-07-17T12:58:00.397Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
1138694
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-07-12more like thismore than 2019-07-12
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Department for Work and Pensions remove filter
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Proof of Identity 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 he is taking to ensure accurate verification of universal credit claimants who request an advance. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coventry South more like this
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Mr Jim Cunningham remove filter
star this property uin 276512 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 2019-07-17more like thismore than 2019-07-17
unstar this property answer text <p>As of June 2019, potential fraudulent advance claims equate to less than 1 per cent of all Universal Credit claims.</p><p> </p><p>The Department has been working to improve knowledge and awareness of advances fraud amongst Jobcentre and Service Centre staff. Guidance has also been issued to ensure that staff are aware how to refer cases of suspected fraud to the Department’s Counter-fraud team.</p><p> </p><p>We are developing our service iteratively and improving any areas in the service that may currently be presenting issues, to minimise the risk of fraud while ensuring that we can continue to provide financial support to those claimants who need it.</p><p>We cannot share advance detail of the specific security improvements we are making but this includes improving our process for verifying a claimant’s circumstances.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2019-07-17T12:46:01.26Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-17T12:46:01.26Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
1137770
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star this property date less than 2019-07-09more like thismore than 2019-07-09
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Department for Work and Pensions remove filter
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Welfare Assistance Schemes 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 she has made of the number of local authorities that run local welfare assistance schemes. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coventry South more like this
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Mr Jim Cunningham remove filter
star this property uin 275105 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 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
unstar this property answer text <p>The reforms to the Social Fund in 2013 allowed local authorities in England and the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales to deliver their own local provision for people who are in need of urgent help. Local authorities are best placed to decide how to target flexible help to support local welfare needs. The Government has no further plans to review provision.</p><p> </p><p>We passed funding over to local authorities and devolved administrations from April 2013. This gave them maximum flexibility to deliver services as they see fit according to local needs.</p><p> </p><p>The Local Government Finance Settlement for 2015-16 identifies a notional amount relating to local welfare provision in each upper-tier and unitary authority’s general grant, totalling £129.6 million for England. The notional allocation for local welfare provision remains at £129.6 million in England in the Local Government Financial Settlement until 2019/20. There are no plans to ring-fence this notional allocation.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
275106 more like this
275107 more like this
275109 more like this
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less than 2019-07-15T15:57:44.657Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-15T15:57:44.657Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
1137793
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-07-09more like thismore than 2019-07-09
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Department for Work and Pensions remove filter
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Welfare Assistance Schemes 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 made of the number of people that benefited from local welfare assistance schemes in 2017-18. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coventry South more like this
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Mr Jim Cunningham remove filter
star this property uin 275106 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 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
unstar this property answer text <p>The reforms to the Social Fund in 2013 allowed local authorities in England and the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales to deliver their own local provision for people who are in need of urgent help. Local authorities are best placed to decide how to target flexible help to support local welfare needs. The Government has no further plans to review provision.</p><p> </p><p>We passed funding over to local authorities and devolved administrations from April 2013. This gave them maximum flexibility to deliver services as they see fit according to local needs.</p><p> </p><p>The Local Government Finance Settlement for 2015-16 identifies a notional amount relating to local welfare provision in each upper-tier and unitary authority’s general grant, totalling £129.6 million for England. The notional allocation for local welfare provision remains at £129.6 million in England in the Local Government Financial Settlement until 2019/20. There are no plans to ring-fence this notional allocation.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
275105 more like this
275107 more like this
275109 more like this
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less than 2019-07-15T15:57:44.703Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-15T15:57:44.703Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
1137840
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-07-09more like thismore than 2019-07-09
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Department for Work and Pensions remove filter
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Welfare Assistance Schemes 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 reintroduce a cash grant to local authorities for local welfare assistance schemes. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coventry South more like this
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Mr Jim Cunningham remove filter
star this property uin 275107 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 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
unstar this property answer text <p>The reforms to the Social Fund in 2013 allowed local authorities in England and the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales to deliver their own local provision for people who are in need of urgent help. Local authorities are best placed to decide how to target flexible help to support local welfare needs. The Government has no further plans to review provision.</p><p> </p><p>We passed funding over to local authorities and devolved administrations from April 2013. This gave them maximum flexibility to deliver services as they see fit according to local needs.</p><p> </p><p>The Local Government Finance Settlement for 2015-16 identifies a notional amount relating to local welfare provision in each upper-tier and unitary authority’s general grant, totalling £129.6 million for England. The notional allocation for local welfare provision remains at £129.6 million in England in the Local Government Financial Settlement until 2019/20. There are no plans to ring-fence this notional allocation.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
275105 more like this
275106 more like this
275109 more like this
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less than 2019-07-15T15:57:44.75Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-15T15:57:44.75Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
1137853
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-07-09more like thismore than 2019-07-09
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Department for Work and Pensions remove filter
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Welfare Assistance Schemes 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 made of the number of local authorities that have reduced spending on local welfare assistance schemes by more than half since 2015-16. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coventry South more like this
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Mr Jim Cunningham remove filter
star this property uin 275109 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 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
unstar this property answer text <p>The reforms to the Social Fund in 2013 allowed local authorities in England and the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales to deliver their own local provision for people who are in need of urgent help. Local authorities are best placed to decide how to target flexible help to support local welfare needs. The Government has no further plans to review provision.</p><p> </p><p>We passed funding over to local authorities and devolved administrations from April 2013. This gave them maximum flexibility to deliver services as they see fit according to local needs.</p><p> </p><p>The Local Government Finance Settlement for 2015-16 identifies a notional amount relating to local welfare provision in each upper-tier and unitary authority’s general grant, totalling £129.6 million for England. The notional allocation for local welfare provision remains at £129.6 million in England in the Local Government Financial Settlement until 2019/20. There are no plans to ring-fence this notional allocation.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
275105 more like this
275106 more like this
275107 more like this
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less than 2019-07-15T15:57:44.787Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-15T15:57:44.787Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
1135825
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star this property date less than 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
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Department for Work and Pensions remove filter
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar 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, what estimate she has made of the proportion of people working in the gig economy that are in receipt of universal credit. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coventry South more like this
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Mr Jim Cunningham remove filter
star this property uin 271364 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 2019-07-04more like thismore than 2019-07-04
unstar this property answer text <p>The term “gig economy” covers a wide range of roles and working practices and the information requested is not held.</p><p> </p><p>The Department provides tailored support to our claimants who are in self-employment through our work coaches to help them to increase their productivity and earnings.</p><p> </p><p>Universal Credit encourages all claimants with a work expectation to find and progress in work. To support those already in, or considering self-employment, we have extended the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) scheme from April 2019 onwards. The NEA provides support and mentoring for claimants who are looking to start or develop their business.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2019-07-04T14:40:37.593Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-04T14:40:37.593Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma remove filter
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1133198
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Veterans more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the number of military veterans claiming universal credit that have been sanctioned. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coventry South more like this
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Mr Jim Cunningham remove filter
star this property uin 266655 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 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
unstar this property answer text <p>The Department has not made an estimate of the number of military veterans claiming universal credit that have been sanctioned because this information is not held.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2019-06-24T16:10:37.46Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-24T16:10:37.46Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
1131674
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Zero-hours Contracts: West Midlands more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people in the West Midlands on zero-hour contracts. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coventry South more like this
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Mr Jim Cunningham remove filter
star this property uin 263688 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 2019-06-17more like thismore than 2019-06-17
unstar this property answer text <p>Data from the independent Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that in 2018 75,000 people in the West Midlands are employed on zero hours’ contracts – representing just 2.7% of people employed in the West Midlands.</p><p> </p><p>In the UK in 2018 the ONS estimate that 844,000 people were employed on zero hours’ contracts – 2.6% of all people employed.</p><p> </p><p>A record number of people (32.7 million) in the UK are employed. Since 2010 nearly 80% of the growth in employment has been in full-time work and over 75% has come from permanent employment’. Average wages have grown faster than inflation for 15 consecutive months.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2019-06-17T15:05:37.353Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-17T15:05:37.353Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma remove filter
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1123898
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star this property date less than 2019-04-30more like thismore than 2019-04-30
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Department for Work and Pensions remove filter
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar 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, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her Department's policies of the Trussell Trust recommendation to change the five-week wait for universal credit payments to reduce the use of foodbanks. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coventry South more like this
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Mr Jim Cunningham remove filter
star this property uin 249202 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 2019-05-07more like thismore than 2019-05-07
unstar this property answer text <p>No UC claimant has to wait five weeks for their first payment. If required, advances of up to 100 per cent of their expected UC award are available to claimants from day one of their claim. Advances are paid back over a maximum of 12 months and in the Autumn Budget 2018, we announced that from October 2021, the payback period for these advances will be extended further, allowing claimants up to 16 months. This is just one of a number of measures the Department has put in place to support claimants such as paying those claimants moving from Housing Benefit onto Universal Credit a two week ‘transitional housing payment’. We are also introducing a two-week run on for eligible claimants of Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance from July 2020.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2019-05-07T15:02:03.06Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-07T15:02:03.06Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this