Results 1–20 of 2000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Justin Tomlinson

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Terminally Ill People (7 Oct 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: I understand how important it is to support those nearing the end of their life, and I am taking the evaluation forward as a priority. We have made progress on all areas of the work announced by the previous Secretary of State on 11 July. As a next step, we will be holding a workshop event on 29 October to gather key stakeholder views.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Terminally Ill People (7 Oct 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: I pay tribute to the hon. Lady, who has been a tireless campaigner in this area, building on her personal and professional experience. I have met with her on several occasions, including as part of this work. We want to get things right. We understand the importance of the issue, and we are doing internal research with clinicians and external research with claimants and stakeholders. We are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Terminally Ill People (7 Oct 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: I pay tribute to the hon. Gentleman for his work as chairman of the APPG. We do take things seriously, which is why we are doing this thorough evaluation. We are already working with organisations such as Marie Curie, the MND Association, the Royal College of Nursing, the British Medical Association, Hospice UK, the Association for Palliative Medicine, Macmillan, the Queen’s Nursing...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Terminally Ill People (7 Oct 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: Part of the evaluation is about looking at the whole process, including not only the six-month rule but the process before and after. I believe that there has been a case in the right hon. Gentleman’ constituency, so it would be helpful to have further information on that as part of the evaluation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Contracted-out Health Assessments (7 Oct 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: We are committed to ensuring that individuals receive high-quality assessments as part of the suite of evidence that decision makers can use to decide entitlement. Providers are closely monitored against a range of measures, including through independent audit, to improve the accuracy of the advice they provide to decision makers. We continually look to improve the efficiency of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Contracted-out Health Assessments (7 Oct 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: We strive to get the right decision first time, but we have to do much more to speed up the appeal process in the minority of cases where that does not happen. That is why we launched a series of pilots in the spring of mandatory reconsideration centres for both personal independent payment and work capability assessment, to ensure that we proactively gather the additional written and oral...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Contracted-out Health Assessments (7 Oct 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: I thank my hon. Friend for raising that. She works tirelessly in this area and is held in great respect by all Members on both sides of the House. The integrated assessment is looking at how, with the claimant’s permission, we can share the evidence they have already gathered. We know that the majority of successful appeals contain additional written and oral evidence, often because the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Contracted-out Health Assessments (7 Oct 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: I would be very happy to meet the right hon. Gentleman, who has a huge amount of expertise in this area. Of those who have transferred from disability living allowance to PIP, there are 144,000 claimants who were not on enhanced mobility under DLA but who now are under PIP.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Contracted-out Health Assessments (7 Oct 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: The two benefits link through together. It is set at 16 to allow time for adaptation, and we continue to work with stakeholders to make sure the process is as straightforward as possible.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Contracted-out Health Assessments (7 Oct 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: The hon. Lady is absolutely right to highlight the need to improve mandatory reconsiderations, which is why we brought forward the pilots in the spring. The pilots are proactively gathering the additional written and oral evidence that was often presented at the end of the independent appeal process, which would sometimes take a year or even longer—that was not acceptable. We have been...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Disabled Claimants (7 Oct 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: Universal credit targets additional support at a wider group than the system it replaces, with a much higher rate for severely disabled people than the employment and support allowance equivalent. Around 1 million disabled households will gain, on average, £100 a month on universal credit compared with legacy benefits.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Disabled Claimants (7 Oct 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: We continue to work with stakeholders and claimants to make sure the system is improved and can operate as quickly as possible. I encourage Opposition Members to support the £600 million of additional support for the severe disability premium and not pray against those regulations.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Disabled Claimants (7 Oct 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: This Government are spending an additional £9 billion per year—a record high of £55 billion—supporting those with disabilities and long-term health conditions. The universal credit rate for the most severely disabled is more than double the equivalent employment and support allowance group rate, at £336.20, compared with a legacy payment of just £167.05.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Disabled People (7 Oct 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: We have made significant progress to improve support and have seen the number of working age disabled people in employment increased by over 1 million in the last six years. However, we continue to focus on improving our services for those who use them. This includes the current consultation on measures aimed at reducing ill health-related job losses.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Disabled People (7 Oct 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: My hon. Friend is right to highlight this very important area and I am very proud that I helped to champion disability apprenticeships. Through the Access to Work scheme, which is now seeing record numbers benefiting, we saw a 34% increase in 16 to 24-year-olds using it, opening up more opportunities for employment.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Disabled People (7 Oct 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: We work all year round with claimants, stakeholders and charities—organisations with real-life experience—to help to improve not only the training but the understanding of all areas of disability and health conditions. We back that with genuine financial support. The Government now spend £55 billion a year, 2.5% of all Government spending and 6% of GDP—a record high, at £9 billion in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (7 Oct 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: I would be very happy to meet the hon. Lady and her colleague. We are determined to continue to improve PIP—31% of claimants now access the highest rate of support, compared to just 15% under the legacy benefits—but I would welcome any additional information.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (7 Oct 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: It would be a pleasure to thank those volunteers doing so much to create new opportunities for disabled people, which is something I know my hon. Friend, as their MP, regularly champions, as I have seen at first hand on some very good visits there.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (7 Oct 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: I thank the hon. Lady for raising that important issue. We have doubled the number of disability employment specialist advisers, and we are ensuring that we do everything in our power to identify claimants who need additional support. That is a real priority for us.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (7 Oct 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: The TUC has done really good work here. We are working with employers to highlight the importance of making those sorts of changes, and this is an area where I am sure there would be cross-party support.


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