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Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Household Debt (21 May 2018)

Alok Sharma: The Government have taken a number of steps to prevent problem debt, such as capping payday lending costs. We also have interest-free advances within universal credit, and a system of priority deductions to help claimants who are in arrears.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Household Debt (21 May 2018)

Alok Sharma: As the hon. Lady will know, a report that was published last year by the National Federation of ALMOs found that more than three quarters of tenants who started claiming universal credit were already in rent arrears. Other research shows that after four months on universal credit the number of claimants in arrears fell by a third. The key point is to make sure that we get help to individuals...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Household Debt (21 May 2018)

Alok Sharma: Yes, I can absolutely confirm that under universal credit claimants can get into work faster and stay in work longer than under the legacy system.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (21 May 2018)

Alok Sharma: We always aim to work constructively with the Scottish Government. Fair Start Scotland is a recent scheme that we are supporting proactively. My hon. Friend makes a point about changes. Introducing changes such as automatic split payments is a complex policy area, and we are having a detailed dialogue with the Scottish Government. There are currently many issues for the Scottish Government to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (21 May 2018)

Alok Sharma: Ahead of the roll-out, my hon. Friend’s local jobcentre will speak to local partners, such as the local authority and Citizens Advice, to ensure that claimants are supported as they come on to universal credit. My officials and I will host an induction session tomorrow for all colleagues who have UC rolling out in their area in the near future, so I hope that he will join us.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (21 May 2018)

Alok Sharma: I of course congratulate Harlow College, but I also thank my right hon. Friend for the enormous amount of work that he does to promote employment both here and in his constituency.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (21 May 2018)

Alok Sharma: Ninety-nine per cent. of universal credit claims are made online, and those who need support to gain basic digital skills are offered digital support as part of our universal support offering.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (21 May 2018)

Alok Sharma: As the hon. Gentleman knows, we have record levels of employment across the country. There are more than 800,000 vacancies in the economy and help is available at jobcentres, with one-to-one personalised support.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (21 May 2018)

Alok Sharma: Budgeting loans are indeed available, but under universal credit we also have budgeting advances. If my hon. Friend has any specific cases she wishes to raise, I would be happy to talk to her about them.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (21 May 2018)

Alok Sharma: I will look at it, but if the hon. Lady would come forward with specific cases, that would make it easier.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits (21 May 2018)

Alok Sharma: Guidance is provided to staff to enable them to advise claimants on the options available during the mandatory reconsideration process. This includes signposting claimants to Gov.uk to check eligibility for alternative benefits. DWP also issues decision letters to claimants which include information on the options available to them during the mandatory reconsideration process, dependant on...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: PAYE (21 May 2018)

Alok Sharma: The Real Time Information (RTI) system is working well with over 99% of individual employment records now being reported in real time. This method of sharing information is enabling us to run a welfare system that is responsive to changes in earnings and helps identify cases of fraud. Only a small proportion of the 1% of remaining cases are referred to HMRC to clarify those earnings with the...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Great Grimsby (21 May 2018)

Alok Sharma: The number of unemployment related benefit claimants aged 18-24 in the Great Grimsby constituency was 670 as of April 2018 – up by 30 since April 2017 but down by 690 since April 2010. The claimant count is currently designated as an experimental statistic by the Office for National Statistics as a result of the roll out of Universal Credit. Universal Credit full service expands the...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Great Grimsby (21 May 2018)

Alok Sharma: The number of unemployment related benefit claimants aged 16 and over in the Great Grimsby constituency was 2,885 as of April 2018 – up by 270 since April 2017 but down by 1,475 since April 2010. The claimant count is currently designated as an experimental statistic by the Office for National Statistics as a result of the roll out of Universal Credit. Universal Credit full service...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Self-employed (21 May 2018)

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

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Part-time Employment: Young People (21 May 2018)

Alok Sharma: The latest official data available from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates that 1.41 million 16 to 24 year olds were working part-time from January-December 2017. This represented 36.6% of 16-24 year olds in employment, down from 1.45 million young people working part time in January-December 2012 (39.9% of 16-24 year olds in employment).

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Flexible Support Fund (21 May 2018)

Alok Sharma: Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that unemployment fell by 1 million (just under 40%) between April 2013 and March 2017. Because of this fall in unemployment we have been able to reduce the size of the Flexible Support Fund (FSF). The Department keeps the FSF and other budgets under continuous review. In January to March 2018 our unemployment rate currently stands at 4.2%...

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

Alok Sharma: In April 2017 we reduced the Universal Credit taper rate to 63% supporting people to earn more and keep more of their earnings. And unlike in the legacy system, there are no cliff edges, so claimants know that for every extra hour they work they will be able to keep more of their earnings.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Long Term Unemployed People (21 May 2018)

Alok Sharma: The number of long term unemployed (over 12 months) stood at 358,000 in the 3 months to March 2018, down by nearly 30,000 in the past year. It has fallen by 430,000 since 2010, a decrease of 54.5%.

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Work and Pensions: Jobseeker’s Allowance trial (21 May 2018)

Alok Sharma: It has been a long-standing policy of successive Governments that claimants on work-related benefits are generally expected to undertake certain activities in return for financial support through the benefit system. This system of ‘conditionality’ can lead to sanctions, which deduct benefit from claimants when they fail, without good reason, to meet a conditionality requirement,...


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