Results 101–120 of 2946 for speaker:Alok Sharma

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Children (27 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: We have committed to monitoring the impact of this policy over time. On 28 June 2018, we published the first annual statistics related to the operation of this policy. We intend to continue to publish these statistics annually going forward.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Disqualification (27 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: Sanctions are only used in a small percentage of cases, and that is when people fail to meet their agreed commitments without good reason. When considering whether a sanction is appropriate, a Decision Maker will take all the claimant’s individual circumstances, including any health conditions or disabilities and any evidence of good reason, into account before deciding whether a sanction...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Mental Illness (27 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: The Department continues to ensure all vulnerable claimants are fully supported, especially when moving to Universal Credit. That is why we are fully committed to working closely with stakeholders to design how we identify and support those claimants who will need extra help with the process of managed migration. Following the approach of continuously reviewing and improving the Universal...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (27 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: The Work and Pensions Select Committee recently published its report on Universal Support. We will respond to the Committee’s recommendations in due course.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (26 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: The information requested is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost. Currently, claimants moving from existing benefits to Universal Credit will only do so because they will have had a change in their circumstances that would previously, under the legacy system, have triggered a new claim to benefits or tax credits. In such circumstances they would always...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (26 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: For eligible claims to Universal Credit Full Service due a payment in September 2018, 55% (490,000 claims) had a deduction (which may include for advances, sanctions, fraud penalties, and other deductions). The information for claims with deductions above 20 per cent of their standard allowance is as follows: a. 12% (61,000 claims) had deductions at 40% of the Standard Allowance (7% of all...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (26 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: I refer the Hon Member to the reply to Question 146120, which contains the information from May 2017 to April 2018. Information from May 2018 onwards can be seen in the table below. Month May 2018 June 2018 July 2018 August 2018 Sept 2018 Oct 2018 Number of claimants with disputes 3302 3348 4349 4946 3805 5737 Caseload on Universal Credit 921,009 982,354 1,041,240...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (26 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: Although Autumn Budget 2018 announced a reduction (applying from October 2019) in the overall maximum rate of deductions from Universal Credit from 40% to 30%, the maximum proportion of Universal Credit which can be deducted for claimant rent arrears has not changed and remains between 10 and 20 per cent.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (26 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: There are no circumstances in which the repayment of an advance can be taken in excess of 40% of a claimant’s Universal Credit standard allowance.* From October 2019, we will reduce the maximum rate at which deductions can be made from a Universal Credit award from 40% to 30% of the standard allowance. This will ensure that those on Universal Credit are supported to repay debts in a more...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (26 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: This information was published on 13 November 2018 as a Universal Credit official statistics release. It is available via the link below. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/universal-credit-29 -april-2013-to-11-october-2018 In many cases where full payment is not made on time, it is due to unresolved issues such as: claimants not accepting their Claimant Commitment or passing...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment and Support Allowance: Disqualification (26 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: ESA claimants are not sanctioned if they refuse an offer of a job on a zero hours contract or voluntarily leave a zero hours contract job.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Job Creation (23 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: The Office for National Statistics use the Labour Force Survey and Annual Population Survey to provide estimates of employment nationally and at a sub-national level. For July-September 2018, there were 27.45 million people employed in England. The employment rate was 75.8%, an increase of 5.2 percentage points since the 2010 election. However, trends in employment in Kettering and...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits (23 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: Work coaches will signpost claimants to additional help from other agencies if they need it, including advice on managing their personal finances. This includes the Money Advice Service that offers a free and independent service to help people make informed choices on all issues to do with money. Universal Credit, which is replacing six legacy benefits, provides an enhanced level of...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Self-employed (23 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to Question 187028 on 6 November.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (23 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: The decision to award directly to Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice Scotland is based on their position as a well-known and independent advice organisation. This partnership will ensure we are offering a consistent approach nationally for our most vulnerable customers

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Unemployment (23 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: Universal Credit, which is replacing six legacy benefits, provides a single earnings taper rate to ensure claimants are better off working and working more. DWP’s recently published Universal Credit Full Service Survey found an increase in earnings for those in work and on Universal Credit by an average of £600 per year. Additionally, our Universal Credit employment impact analysis...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Automated Credit Transfer (23 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: Less than 2% of people receiving Universal Credit did not have a bank account at the point of first payment, as of April 2018, according to departmental data. Those who do not have a bank account can be paid through a Post Office Card Account, or alternatively payments can be made into someone else’s bank account. Payments can also be made using the HM Government Payment Exception Service....

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Armed Forces: Pensions (23 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: Income related benefits already partially disregard War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Scheme payments for injuries and bereavement. With the introduction of Universal Credit, we have gone a step further and ensured that War Pensions and all Armed Forces Compensation Scheme payments are fully disregarded in the assessment of income for Universal Credit.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (23 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: The number of Universal Credit claims determined on the scrutiny of written information alone, known as a Work Capability Paper Based Assessment (PBA), is outlined in the table below: Year Total PBA April 2013 - March2014 17 April 2014 – March 2015 135 April 2015 – March 2016 503 April 2016 – March 2017 1,743 April 2017 – March 2018 10,222

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Telephone Services (22 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: A large proportion of our staff are multi-skilled to answer the phone and process claims, and therefore we do not capture the data requested. The information we do hold is as follows: Across all business groups each day we are likely to have 5,000 - 7,500 DWP staff and contractors actively on the phones delivering customer service. We retain the flexibility to adjust the number of colleagues...


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