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Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (23 Oct 2017)

Damian Hinds: Holding answer received on 18 October 2017 We do not hold data relating to the number of cases where incorrect RTI data was found to result in an incorrect Universal Credit award.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (23 Oct 2017)

Damian Hinds: Holding answer received on 18 October 2017 The system operated by HMRC and DWP to provide earnings details from employers and automatically include these in Universal Credit calculations is working well. Our internal data for September 2017 shows that only 0.4% of UC customers query the earnings used in their award, and the majority of these queries are resolved by explaining how...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Employment (23 Oct 2017)

Damian Hinds: Tax Credits and other work related benefits such as JSA are part of the old system that placed restrictions on when people could claim those benefits. Universal Credit has already started to remove these restrictions - it makes it easier for claimants to move into work, and increase their hours of work until they can be financially independent.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (23 Oct 2017)

Damian Hinds: It is not Government’s policy to publish documents of this nature. The Universal Credit programme is already subject to a robust regime of internal and external scrutiny, including oversight from the Work and Pensions Select Committee, the Public Accounts Committee, the National Audit Office and the Infrastructure and Projects Authority.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Warrington North (23 Oct 2017)

Damian Hinds: Our published statistics show that there are 1,800 people in Warrington North in receipt of a Universal Credit payment in June 2017 The information requested is published and available at: https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk Guidance for users is available at: https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting -Started.html

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Telephone Services (20 Oct 2017)

Damian Hinds: Holding answer received on 17 October 2017 Average call duration data is available in respect of the Universal Credit helpline for each of the last 12 months. However, data to indicate the shortest and longest recorded call durations is not available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost. Please note:The average call duration on the Universal Credit Helpline...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Telephone Services (20 Oct 2017)

Damian Hinds: Holding answer received on 17 October 2017 The Department’s guidance directs staff dealing with Universal Credit claims to call customers back either if they request it or if they express any concern about the cost of calling. Additionally, on 18 October 2017 at a Work and Pensions Select Committee hearing, the Secretary of State announced plans to make the Universal Credit...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Telephone Services (20 Oct 2017)

Damian Hinds: Holding answer received on 17 October 2017 The requested information is not routinely available and could not be provided within a proportionate cost.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Internet (20 Oct 2017)

Damian Hinds: On average over the last 3 months the percentage of claimants logging onto their online Universal Credit journal after submitting a claim are: (a) Within 24 hours = 19% (b) Within one week = 67% (c) Within one month = 82%

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Homelessness (20 Oct 2017)

Damian Hinds: Where the claimant does not have sufficient documentary evidence to verify their identity, DWP follows a process known as a biographical security check, whereby the claimant is asked a series of security questions to validate their identity. Should the claimant fail the biographical security check, as an additional safeguard we can approach a third party to validate the claimant’s...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (20 Oct 2017)

Damian Hinds: In order to ensure that claimants are supported during the wait for the first payment of Universal Credit DWP has in place a system of Advances which means claimants can receive financial support within 5 days of making their claim. Take up has increased significantly and the latest data shows that around half of new claimants are now receiving this support. Furthermore, we have taken steps...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (20 Oct 2017)

Damian Hinds: Advances of Universal Credit are advance payments which are then recovered over an agreed period. They are in place to ensure those in need are able to receive financial support and are not reliant on illegal and high-cost lenders. Advances are recovered over a maximum of six months, although exceptionally this period could be deferred by up to three months to prevent hardship. No interest is...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (20 Oct 2017)

Damian Hinds: The information requested is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: PAYE: Disclosure of Information (20 Oct 2017)

Damian Hinds: We work in partnership with HMRC to reduce Late Missing and Incorrect earnings reports from employers, as a small percentage of this has an impact on Universal Credit payments for claimants who are in work.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (20 Oct 2017)

Damian Hinds: We do not record the reasons for making split payments within Universal Credit households. DWP has no plans to begin capturing this information.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Self-employed (19 Oct 2017)

Damian Hinds: Holding answer received on 12 October 2017 No sector is treated more or less favourably than another and all claimants have the same rights and obligations. We have not yet assessed the effects of roll-out but, as part of UC’s test and learn approach, work is planned to make data available on the number of self-employed claimants and the impact of the minimum income floor.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Payments (19 Oct 2017)

Damian Hinds: To ensure people have money over the festive period the Department plans to pay in advance of the due date the people that could be affected by bank holidays. This includes the careful assessment of technical system and banking system availability to ensure successful payments can be made. This year we have enhanced the functionality and added a faster payment contingency function in...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Telephone Services (19 Oct 2017)

Damian Hinds: I refer the Honourable Member to the answer I gave on 16 October 2017 to question 107197

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Debts (19 Oct 2017)

Damian Hinds: Sanctions are only used in a minority of cases when people fail to meet each of their requirements that they agreed in their Claimant Commitment without good reason. We have a well-established system of hardship payments, available as a safeguard if a claimant demonstrates that they cannot meet their immediate and most essential needs, including accommodation, heating, food and hygiene, as...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals (19 Oct 2017)

Damian Hinds: The nationality and immigration status of claimants is not currently recorded on benefit payment systems. However the Department for Work and Pensions has published statistics on working age benefit recipients by nationality at point of National Insurance Number (NINo) registration. This is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/nationality-at-poin...


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