Results 1–20 of 2110 for speaker:Caroline Dinenage

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Local Housing Allowance (13 Dec 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: There have been no amendments to any Broad Rental Market Areas (BRMAs) in the past five years. BRMAs are geographical areas used for the purposes of setting Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates in the private rented sector. Whilst Rent Officers are able to review these areas, any changes to the BRMA boundaries must be referred to the Secretary of State for approval, as laid down in the Rent...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Housing Benefit: Refuges (12 Dec 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: The new short-term supported housing funding model, which is currently out for consultation, removes rental liability from Housing Benefit and Universal Credit claimants living in short term accommodation from 2020. Instead rent and eligible service charges will be directly funded by local authorities, through a ring-fenced grant. The current mechanism for funding support costs via local...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Travellers: Children (12 Dec 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: Department for Work and Pensions officials are instructed to share personal data with local authorities where the welfare or safeguarding of vulnerable people including children is concerned, in accordance with the law. Officials will carefully consider departmental guidance and their duty of confidentiality to customers when responding to any request.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Department for Work and Pensions: ICT (11 Dec 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: It is plausible that some members use a 3rd party email account (egg mail) which will pass through the internet (multiple providers), the email then traverses the secure PSN (Public Service Network) which is supplied by a third party provider (Vodafone) under a cross government framework managed by the Cabinet Office. From there it will be routed directly into the DWP e-mail service which is...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Jobcentres: Telephone Services (11 Dec 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: In delivery of the JSA New Claim service the Provider has received and accepted complaints that equate to 0.003% of the total Customer interactions, which is comparable with services delivered internally.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Children: Maintenance (11 Dec 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: The Child Maintenance Scheme already allows for a paying parent’s unearned income to be taken into account within a child maintenance calculation.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Local Housing Allowance: Young People (11 Dec 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: We have no current plans to extend the exemption for care leavers from the Shared Accommodation Rate to age 25, following the cross Government Paper “Keep on Caring” in 2016. We will however continue to keep this under review and consider evidence from stakeholders on the impact on care leavers. The most vulnerable care leavers will already be exempt from the Shared...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Lone Parents (11 Dec 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: DWP took the case of DA and others v. the Secretary of State to the Court of Appeal; it was important that we did so and we now await the judgment. Nothing changes and the benefit cap remains as it is while we await the outcome of the appeal. Many parents with young children are employed, which we encourage as it’s the best way to raise living standards. The benefit cap incentivises...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Local Housing Allowance (11 Dec 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: The Government currently has no plans to review the Local Housing Allowance. The freeze to Local Housing Allowance rates was introduced from April 2016 and will apply until March 2020. As the Government recognises that the impact of this measure varies across the country, especially in areas of high rental growth a proportion of the savings from the Local Housing Allowance freeze are...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Department for Work and Pensions: Brexit (7 Dec 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: The Department for Exiting the European Union is doing detailed work with departments to prepare for the upcoming negotiations by understanding the risks and opportunities of leaving the EU and coordinating planning. Staff within the EU and International Affairs Division lead on providing advice to Ministers on EU Exit and exit-related issues. Members of staff across the Department also...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Department for Work and Pensions: Brexit (7 Dec 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: The Department for Exiting the European Union is doing detailed work with departments to prepare for the upcoming negotiations by understanding the risks and opportunities of leaving the EU and coordinating planning. Staff within the EU and International Affairs Division lead on providing advice to Ministers on EU Exit and exit-related issues. Members of staff across the Department also...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Department for Work and Pensions: Liverpool Walton (7 Dec 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: The Department does not lease any properties within the Walton constituency. There are three leased Jobcentre properties that cover postcodes within the Walton constituency: Everton Jobcentre, Premier House 95 Breckfield Road, North Liverpool, L5 4NQKirby Jobcentre, St Chad’s House, St Chad’s Drive, Kirkby, Liverpool, L32 8RWWest Derby Jobcentre, Springfield House, 416 Eaton...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Department for Work and Pensions: Liverpool Walton (7 Dec 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: The Department for Work and Pensions employs 168 people in Liverpool Walton Constituency.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Mortgages: Interest Payments (7 Dec 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) loans will continue to provide robust protection against repossession to all eligible claimants in times of need. The level of support available will be calculated in the same way as under the current benefit system. Claimants who take SMI loans and mortgage lenders will not see any difference in the payments they receive. There is no reason to expect...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Department for Work and Pensions: Telephone Services (5 Dec 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: All calls to the Department for Work and Pensions phone lines fall within the parameters laid out by Ofcom. As at 28th November 2017, there are currently:250 phone lines where the number starts 0345 and 18 phone lines where the number starts 0300;74 phone lines where the number starts 0800 and 4 phone lines where the number starts 0808;298 telephone numbers starting 0845 which are no longer...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Budgeting Loans (5 Dec 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: Claimants who are in receipt of Income Support, income related Employment and Support Allowance and income based Jobseeker’s Allowance can qualify for a Social Fund Budgeting Loans if the satisfy the eligibility conditions. Claimants in receipt of Universal Credit can qualify for a Universal Credit Budgeting Advance which is also a loan that is interest free and for intermittent...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Housing Benefit (5 Dec 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: A grace period exists in Housing Benefit to help protect those suffering a bereavement for a period of 12 months. This applies not only in respect of the claimant or their partner but to people linked to them, such as a family member who lives in the same household. This means that housing benefit entitlement is protected from any consequential decrease in their eligible rent for a year from...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Children: Maintenance (4 Dec 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: Child Maintenance Service (CMS) does not regularly collate information relating specifically to changes raised by a Receiving Parent (formerly PWC) in respect of a Paying Parent (formerly NRP). The CMS is able to provide information on all change of circumstance requests (those requested by paying or receiving parents) and this is held in the table below. The average clearance time has...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: National Insurance: Refugees (4 Dec 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: For those granted leave to remain as a result of a successful asylum claim, a joint fast track NINo process operates between the Home Office (HO) and Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Adult NINo Allocation. This system has been in place since 2005 and means that an application for a NINo is made by the HO on behalf of the individual. We have introduced a new process for those refugees...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Jobseeker's Allowance: Refugees (4 Dec 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: People granted refugee status have the same entitlement to benefit as UK citizens. We are working closely with the Home Office to ensure that newly granted refugees are aware of this and receive support to make a claim to benefit where needed. While bank accounts do remain DWP’s preferred method of payment, it is recognised that some customers including refugees, may have difficulty...


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