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unstar this property answer text <p /> <p> </p><p>The French Government and European Union law makes a distinction between the <em>pays et territoires d’outre-mer</em> (PTOM) and the <em>départements d’outre mer (DOMs). </em>The PTOM include Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, Saint Barthélémy, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna and New Caledonia. These territories benefit from association with the EU but community law does not generally apply. With the exception of Saint- Barthélémy they have their own social protection schemes and are legally and financially autonomous. UK Winter Fuel Payments are not paid to residents in the PTOMs.</p><p> </p><p>The French Government treats its DOMs as integral parts of the French State and they are subject to the application of EU social security co-ordination regulations. Winter Fuel Payments are payable to residents in the DOMs, however this will end from September 2015.</p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p /> <p><strong> </strong></p><p>The available information in respect of work capability assessments since 2008 is published, and can be found at:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/esa-outcomes-of-work-capability-assessments-september-2014" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/esa-outcomes-of-work-capability-assessments-september-2014</a>.</p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p /> <p><strong> </strong></p><p>The recent IFS report is positive about the Government’s new approach to tackling the root causes of poverty: they said that “focusing on a broad range of inputs into life chances and causes of poverty is sensible.” They also add that “family worklessness certainly is a sensible thing to track if one wants to reduce the prevalence of low living standards.”</p><p> </p><p>This Government knows that work remains the best route out of poverty. Research shows that around three-quarters of poor children in families that move into full employment exit poverty. We are committed to supporting parents to move into work, increase their earnings, and keep more of what they earn. Universal Credit, our investment in childcare and the introduction of the National Living Wage will all play an important part.</p><p> </p><p>The Government also recognises that improving skills and progression is the key to making work pay. That is why under this Government we intend to create three million more apprenticeships over the next five years, and to help people move on to better jobs by improving qualifications and providing additional support through Jobcentre Plus.</p>
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unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>A Case Manager, the term for a DWP DLA decision maker, will conduct the review. In conducting the review, DLA Case Managers are instructed, through training and guidance, to ensure they have all the necessary information before making their decision. They will consider the evidence held and/or received, sending out for more evidence as appropriate, and only then make their decision.</p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>A person found fit for work following their Work Capability Assessment may claim Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA). They will receive a benefit so long as entitlement conditions for JSA are satisfied. These include being available for and actively seeking.</p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>A total of 5,100 work capability assessments were carried out in Inverclyde; 221,900 in Scotland, and; 1,914,000 in Britain between April 2013 and March 2015. All figures are rounded to the nearest hundred. The assessments include Employment and Support Allowance initial assessments, repeat assessments and Incapacity Benefit reassessments.</p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>According to TV Licensing's data, in 2014 232,290 women and 114,347 men were interviewed under caution by TV Licensing officers in the course of investigating TV licence offences.</p><p> </p><p>The number of people prosecuted for licence fee evasion in 2014 is published here: <a href="http://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/428943/cjs-outcomes-by-offence-data-tool.xls" target="_blank">www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/428943/cjs-outcomes-by-offence-data-tool.xls</a> From “offence” drop down list select 191A Television licence evasion. From “sex” drop down list select the male or female.</p><p> </p><p>In 2014 11 men and 28 women were committed to prison for non-payment of a fine where the registered fine was for non-payment of the TV Licence. The average time spent in prison was 18 days for men and 20 days for women.</p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>Although data regarding claimant nationality is not currently recorded on benefit payment systems, Universal Credit will record such data, when EEA nationals are able to claim. The Department has no plans to make specific assessments regarding Polish nationals when such data becomes available. However, we will continue to monitor EEA nationals’ access to benefits more generally.</p><p> </p><p>The Prime Minister has made clear that further steps are needed to reform welfare to reduce the incentives which have led to mass immigration from the EU.</p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>Any changes to Housing Benefit policy will be subject to a full policy equality assessment to ascertain the impacts on protected groups and ensure compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty.</p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>Decisions about legal aid funding in civil cases are a matter for the Director of Legal Aid Casework and his staff at the Legal Aid Agency (LAA), which is responsible for administering the legal aid scheme. Ministers cannot intervene in decisions made about the grant of funding in individual cases.</p><p> </p><p>The LAA refused an application for funding from the High Speed 2 Action Alliance (“HS2AA”) in relation to the Bill procedure, as it did not meet the statutory criteria to receive public funding in respect of either means or exceptional funding. A review of the refusal of the application was sought and the LAA has upheld its decision.</p> more like this