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Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Pension Credit (22 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: The Government is committed to ensuring that older people receive the support they are entitled to. We work with a wide range of stakeholders, including charities to ensure that accurate information about benefits including Pension Credit is available in the places where people are most likely to go to seek information. The DWP knows that one of the best ways to reach eligible claimants is...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits (17 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: (1) This statement was due to official error. We are the fourth most generous country according to the UN 2019 World Happiness Report. The UK spends £220bn on welfare each year, providing vital financial support for the most vulnerable in society. (2) and (3) These two statements come from OECD 2015 data (https://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?datasetcode=SOCX_AGG). 2015 data is used as it is...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Welfare State (17 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: This Government is committed to providing a strong safety-net for those who need it. We continue to spend over £95 billion a year on working age welfare benefits. We have a well-established system of hardship payments, benefit advances and budgeting loans for those who need extra support, and Jobcentre managers work closely with external partners to help vulnerable claimants. Our local...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Pension Credit (15 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: In the 2015 funding settlement, the Government agreed with the BBC that responsibility for the concession would transfer to the BBC. The implementation of the licence fee and the concession from June 2020 is a matter for the BBC and TV Licensing, which are independent of Government. However, we expect the BBC to put in place robust plans to support those who might be affected. The BBC has...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Pension Credit (15 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: The Government is committed to ensuring that older people receive the support they are entitled to. We work with a wide range of stakeholders, including charities to ensure that accurate information about benefits including Pension Credit is available in the places where people are most likely to go to seek information. The DWP knows that one of the best ways to reach eligible claimants is...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Television: Licensing (11 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: In the 2015 funding settlement, the Government agreed with the BBC that responsibility for the concession would transfer to the BBC. The implementation of the licence fee and the concession from June 2020 is a matter for the BBC and TV Licensing, which are independent of Government. However, we expect the BBC to put in place robust plans to support those who might be affected. The BBC has...

Universal Credit Fraud - Statement (10 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, I repeat that we take this issue incredibly seriously. First, there is no question of us stopping the rollout; we will not. It is already completed in that it is now in every jobcentre in the country. The termination of legacy benefits is triggered simply where a UC claim is made, not where it is treated as made. It is essential for a smooth transition from legacy benefits to...

Universal Credit Fraud - Statement (10 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: It is entirely correct: 1% of all claims referred by staff are fraud claims. It is important to make it clear that we have trained our staff properly to investigate those claims when they are received, to make sure that the work coach can assess the claims and transfer them on to our fraud and investigation service.

Universal Credit Fraud - Statement (10 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, where that is possibly the case, as the noble Baroness rightly said, it is important that we approach each and every case carefully on a case-by-case basis. Each case appears to be different. We do not intend to penalise people who have been duped by others; that is, those who have honestly received benefits incorrectly. We do all we can to support those people throughout the...

Universal Credit Fraud - Statement (10 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, I am amazed if the noble Lord seeks to rely too heavily on the BBC. I am grateful that he is asking me, acting as a Minister for the department. To date we have received around 42,000 fraud referrals from staff relating to potentially fraudulent advance claims, and there have been around 4.4 million claims for universal credit; I say that because it is important to put this in...

Universal Credit Fraud - Statement (10 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, I absolutely agree with my noble friend. We have had one successful prosecution, and something like 1,420 other cases are live at the moment. I take this to heart, as this area is in my portfolio at the department. We are doing all we can to make sure that we up our game in taking on the whole issue of benefit fraud. Another key point is that universal credit is part of the process...

Universal Credit Fraud - Statement (10 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, of course we take this extremely seriously, as I say. We have to be extremely careful to ensure that victims are properly looked after and supported through the process, but also that those who have committed fraud have the full force of criminal justice thrown at them. This is crime. I look forward to the latest British attitudinal survey being published imminently, because the...

Universal Credit Fraud - Statement (10 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, in the department we were already aware that there was an issue, and we have been working on this. We have a strong team of investigators—125 people dedicated to working out what we do about incidents relating to advances. It is very difficult. As for support—I return to the right reverend Prelate—we are taking every step we can to ensure that people have access to money with...

Universal Credit Fraud - Statement (10 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, with the leave of the House, I shall now repeat in the form of a Statement the Answer given to an Urgent Question in another place on universal credit fraud. The Statement is as follows: “Mr Speaker, universal credit is now in all jobcentres, with around 2 million people claiming this benefit. In accordance with our approach to test and learn while rolling out universal credit,...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Poverty: Children (10 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: The Institute for Fiscal Studies published “Living Standards, poverty and inequality in the UK: 2019” on 19 June which acknowledged that the rise of in-work relative poverty is a complex issue with no easy answer. They cited a number of reasons, including that there are more people in work overall and far fewer workless households, for example, there are 667,000 fewer children in workless...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (Managed Migration Pilot and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2019 (9 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: On 3 May 2019, the High Court handed down a judgment in relation to Universal Credit and the Severe Disability Premium (SDP). The judgment quashed the SDP related parts of the draft Universal Credit (Managed Migration Pilot and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2019. The Department is currently considering the options open to us and will respond in due course.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Poverty: Children (9 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: The change announced in the Budget will enable working parents and people with disabilities on Universal Credit to keep £630 extra income each year or around £12 per week. HM Treasury’s distributional analysis, published alongside Budget 2018, shows the cumulative effect on household incomes of policies on welfare, tax, and public service spending measures. Because different measures...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Poverty: Children (9 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: The Department estimates there will be around 4.1m children in households in Great Britain that will gain from the change in work allowances by 2023/24.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Poverty (8 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: Department for Work and Pensions officials liaised extensively with the Special Rapporteur’s office over the arrangements for his visit to the UK last November. From the outset, his staff were clear that Professor Alston’s priority was to secure meetings with UK Government Ministers. DWP proposed meetings and round tables with senior officials across the relevant departments so that...


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