Results 161–180 of 2126 for speaker:Alok Sharma

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Department for Work and Pensions: Glasgow (22 Feb 2018)

Alok Sharma: DWP has acquired space at 1 Atlantic Quay, Glasgow, and has entered into an agreement to lease this with the landlord. This agreement to lease is subject to the satisfactory completion of certain design work, which is on track to be completed by June 2018. The site will house a new Jobcentre Plus Employability Suite, and four of our existing back office sites will be moved into this new...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Jobcentres: Glasgow (22 Feb 2018)

Alok Sharma: In the exceptional event of our telephone network being disrupted again in Shettleston Jobcentre, we would invoke our revised business continuity plans and telephone calls would be redirected to Springburn Jobcentre.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Jobcentres: Glasgow (22 Feb 2018)

Alok Sharma: The increase in footfall in Shettleston is 340%, and this is commensurate with the overall footfall at Bridgeton, Parkhead and Easterhouse prior to the merger with Shettleston Jobcentre. In line with our forecast for footfall in Shettleston, we have deployed sufficient resource for the number of customers using our services. The service delivery team ensures that waiting times are kept to a...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Scotland (22 Feb 2018)

Alok Sharma: The finalisation of the evaluation has proved complex, and we are still in the process of agreeing the final draft. There is a standard 12 week clearance and formatting period from the time the final draft is agreed to publication. We will make the publication date available once it has been confirmed.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Prince's Trust (21 Feb 2018)

Alok Sharma: Jobcentre Plus already has a partnership with the Prince’s Trust which it formed in 2007. Last year, the Prince’s Trust helped almost 60,000 people and they estimate that about 30-40% of referrals were from Jobcentre Plus. In addition, our new programme of intensive support for 18-21 year olds was introduced in April 2017, and is being rolled-out in line with the roll-out...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Jobcentres: Glasgow (21 Feb 2018)

Alok Sharma: Since 15 January 2018, a letter has been issued to every Easterhouse Jobcentre customer on a Work Coach caseload about the closure of the office. The closure has also been communicated verbally to every customer who has visited the office. Posters have also been on display around the jobcentre about the closure and shared with relevant organisations and stakeholders including GP surgeries....

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Employment (21 Feb 2018)

Alok Sharma: Claimants in receipt of Universal Credit are expected to fulfil the work related requirements appropriate to their current circumstances. For a claimant with a potential job start that is not immediate, this could include continuing to look for alternative or temporary work that fits with their expected start date, where the Work Coach and claimant agree this is reasonable.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Automation (21 Feb 2018)

Alok Sharma: As set out in the Industrial Strategy White Paper, this Government is determined that everyone should benefit from the changes that new technologies will continue to bring. What we have seen throughout history is that technological change has delivered more jobs, and we now have record employment. There may be challenging transitions to make for some as work changes, but the future lies in...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Jobcentres: Liverpool (20 Feb 2018)

Alok Sharma: The information requested is not available because our Management Information is not recorded/collated in that format. However, using the average claimant volumes for Jobseeker’s Allowance and Universal Credit Live Service customers who are normally required to attend on a fortnightly basis, an estimation of numbers visiting Edge Hill and Wavertree Jobcentres daily would be: Edge...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Lone Parents (20 Feb 2018)

Alok Sharma: We have not made a formal assessment of the impact of the work allowance and have no current plans to do so. The Department is helping families keep more of what they earn by increasing Work Allowances by 3% from April 2018.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Self-employed (20 Feb 2018)

Alok Sharma: The effect set out in Table 5.9 of the Office for Budget Responsibility Report ‘Welfare Trends’, published in January 2018, is due to the Minimum Income Floor, which seeks to incentivise those in gainful self-employment, who earn less than they could expect to earn as an employee at minimum wage, to grow their earnings and become more productive and self-sufficient in the long...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Disqualification (20 Feb 2018)

Alok Sharma: Claimants can be sanctioned for leaving a job or being dismissed from the workplace for misconduct without good reason. However, we recognise that sometimes there are very good reasons for a claimant to act in a certain way, and that is why claimants are given every opportunity to explain why their employment ended, or whether there were particular mitigating circumstances in each case,...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Jobcentres: Glasgow (20 Feb 2018)

Alok Sharma: Since 2 February 2018, a letter has been issued to every Parkhead Jobcentre customer who is on a Work Coach’s caseload about the closure of the office. The closure has also been communicated verbally with every customer who has visited the office. Posters have been on display around the jobcentre about the closure and shared with relevant organisations and stakeholders including GP...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Telephone Services (20 Feb 2018)

Alok Sharma: The Universal Credit telephone numbers previously used by the Department were not premium rate numbers and it is misleading to refer to them in this way. The 0345 numbers that were in use were charged at local rate and are included in the call packages of most mobile and landline phone deals. Any customer who raised a concern about the costs of calling the Department was offered a call...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Employment (20 Feb 2018)

Alok Sharma: Work is the pillar of a strong economy and a strong society and we believe that work should always pay, that there should be a welfare system that provides strong work incentives, helps people into work and supports people who need help. Universal Credit is transforming the welfare system and incentivising work by making work pay. It simplifies the system and provides a single payment for...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: PAYE (20 Feb 2018)

Alok Sharma: Before Pay As You Earn (PAYE) data is used by Universal Credit, an individual’s details are validated against both the DWP Customer Information System and HMRC’s Citizen’s Identification Framework to ensure they match between both government departments. This ensures the correct HMRC PAYE data is being used by Universal Credit for each individual. If the details do not...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security: Personal Income (20 Feb 2018)

Alok Sharma: DWP has not undertaken any research on this specific topic.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (20 Feb 2018)

Alok Sharma: DWP is committed to refreshing the information deposited in the House of Commons Library on Universal Credit on a regular basis, including when there are significant changes, such as those announced at the Autumn Budget. The Budget changes are being introduced through the early part of 2018 and will all be implemented by the end of April 2018. I will update the Library in full at that time.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Publicity (9 Feb 2018)

Alok Sharma: An error has been identified in the written answer given on 07 February 2018. The correct answer should have been: The attached table shows all the contracts DWP currently holds with Capita including the total value of the contracts. Our data shows that over 99% of claimants using the Universal Credit Full Service make their claim online. The Department uses multiple channels to...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits (9 Feb 2018)

Alok Sharma: The information requested is set out in the table below. As the Department’s performance measure is to process claims to JSA and ESA within 10 working days, this information is also included. Claims Processed in 5 working days Total Claims Processed % of Claims Processed in 5 working days Claims Processed in 10 working days % of Claims Processed in 10 working days Jobseekers...


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