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Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (8 Jan 2018)

Damian Hinds: Holding answer received on 12 September 2017 An error has been identified in the written answer given on 13 September 2017. The correct answer should have been: Based on the existing tax credit data and take-up we estimate that around 5.8 3.8 million people receiving Tax Credits will be receiving Universal Credit at the completion of Full Service roll-out.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (8 Jan 2018)

Damian Hinds: Holding answer received on 12 September 2017 Based on the existing tax credit data and take-up we estimate that around 5.8 3.8 million people receiving Tax Credits will be receiving Universal Credit at the completion of Full Service roll-out.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Disqualification (8 Jan 2018)

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

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Older Workers (8 Jan 2018)

Damian Hinds: The data requested is not held, however the number of older workers in the UK currently stands at 10 million workers aged 50 years with over 8.8 million individuals aged 50-64 in employment; an increase of 1.2 million people compared to five years ago. There are 1.2 million individuals in employment aged 65 and over. Employment rates for older workers have also been increasing steadily. In...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Telephone Services (8 Jan 2018)

Damian Hinds: Universal Credit Full Service is a digital service designed to enable customers to manage their own data and account online at a time which is convenient for them. As well as giving them access to online statements for payment information, and their journal for interacting with their dedicated Case Manager and Work Coach, customers are able to report changes online when they would previously...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Glasgow (8 Jan 2018)

Damian Hinds: The Department is continually monitoring sanction decisions across all Jobcentres. The latest statistics regarding this can be found on Gov.uk up to June 2017 - https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/benefit-sanctions-s tatistics-2017

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (8 Jan 2018)

Damian Hinds: In order to roll out Universal Credit safely and securely, improvements are built into the Universal Credit IT system using a test and learn approach. We learn from our data and research before features are considered, approved and progressed. Implementing the automated system is important to us and will be prioritised in due course.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Jobcentres: Closures (8 Jan 2018)

Damian Hinds: Since the Written Ministerial Statement laid out in Parliament on 5 July 2017 confirming our plan to rationalise the DWP estate, the Department has closed 46 jobcentres up to and including 20 December 2017. The staff and services from 26 jobcentres have merged into nearby, larger Jobcentre offices, and there have been 20 co-locations with Local Authorities.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Jobcentres (8 Jan 2018)

Damian Hinds: DWP does not collect information on the travel times and distances for individual claimants. When DWP looked at proposed jobcentre closures, there was a reasonable expectation that claimants can travel 3 miles or 20 minutes by public transport to a new jobcentre location from their existing jobcentre. There are large areas of the country where claimants have always travelled further than...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Council Tax Reduction Schemes (8 Jan 2018)

Damian Hinds: When making an online claim for Universal Credit, claimants are signposted to independent websites and benefit calculators which highlight other support that may be available in their area, including Council Tax reduction. DWP staff are aware of support available locally and this forms a key part of the conversations during the initial stages of a Universal Credit claim. They also promote...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (22 Dec 2017)

Damian Hinds: When a claimant moves from a legacy benefit to Universal Credit, they can ask for a Universal Credit Advance (benefit transfer) if they need help to manage the transition to a monthly paid benefit. This type of advance does not require a claimant to demonstrate financial need but they must be able to repay it over the required 12 months timescale. The latest statistics, for October 2017,...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Deductions (21 Dec 2017)

Damian Hinds: Universal Credit is made up of a standard allowance plus any additional amounts that apply, for example for housing or a child. The overall maximum amount that can be deducted for debt repayments from a claimant’s Universal Credit each month is an amount equal to 40 per cent of their Universal Credit standard allowance. Where requested deductions exceed the 40 per cent maximum, or...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Rents (21 Dec 2017)

Damian Hinds: This information is not available.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Housing (21 Dec 2017)

Damian Hinds: The Landlord portal is designed for a landlord to verify housing costs and apply for an Alternative Payment Arrangement. The landlord portal does not include functionality to track pre-existing and/or arrears levels. The Social Rented Sector landlord is responsible alongside the claimant for managing their rent account. The Social Rented Sector landlord must maintain responsibility for the...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Lone Parents (21 Dec 2017)

Damian Hinds: The Department estimates there will be around 2.1 million single parent households in receipt of Universal Credit when it is rolled out in Great Britain. The rest of the information requested is not available.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Lone Parents (21 Dec 2017)

Damian Hinds: The Government’s website, gov.uk, provides guidance on individual’s rights and entitlements to benefits in the UK, including single parents. In particular, the website provides links to independent benefits calculators that can be used to find out what benefits an individual could get, how to claim and how these benefits will be affected if an individual starts work. For single...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Lone Parents (21 Dec 2017)

Damian Hinds: DWP has taken steps to ensure that all Universal Credit claimants are aware of the availability of advances, including single parents. We have recently refreshed our guidance to work coaches and service centre agents, which makes it clear that all claimants should be made aware of advances, and made aware of their maximum entitlement and maximum repayment period. In addition we have recently...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Lone Parents (21 Dec 2017)

Damian Hinds: Universal Credit is designed to strengthen incentives for parents to move into and progress in work and evidence shows that under Universal Credit claimants move into work significantly faster and spend more time looking for work than under the old system. Unlike Tax Credits, where people were often limited as to the number of hours they could work, Universal Credit entitlement is calculated...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Lone Parents (21 Dec 2017)

Damian Hinds: Universal Credit is designed to strengthen incentives for parents to move into and progress in work and evidence shows that under Universal Credit claimants move into work significantly faster and spend more time looking for work than under the old system. Unlike Tax Credits, where people were often limited as to the number of hours they could work, Universal Credit entitlement is calculated...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Telephone Services (21 Dec 2017)

Damian Hinds: The Universal Credit Full Service is expanding with 235 Jobcentres and 25 Service Centres live by the end of December 2017. All customers have an on-line account, on-line statement and journal for interacting with their dedicated Case Manager and Work Coach. New claims and changes of circumstance are reported on-line in the vast majority of all cases. As previously announced, Universal...


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