Results 161–180 of 2946 for speaker:Alok Sharma

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (19 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: If the hon. Lady would like to have a discussion about this case, I will of course look into it. Quite a lot of the time, I find that when Opposition colleagues raise issues, they do not always follow up with the individual cases. I hope that on this occasion, she will do so.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (16 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: Welfare claimants whose circumstances remain the same will not see their benefit entitlement reduced as a direct result of being moved on to Universal Credit through managed migration, as they will receive transitional protection. This will ensure that claimants who are managed migrated will have total entitlement to Universal Credit that is at least as great had been their total entitlement...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Separation (16 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: When a couple separates and still require the support of Universal Credit they will claim separately and as such the two claimants will be treated as entirely separate claims and will have their entitlements and therefore award amounts treated accordingly. If an advance has been awarded to a couple and the couple subsequently separate, they will be equally liable to repay the advance. ...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Scotland (16 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: For Citizens Advice Scotland the grant award is £1,323,412 in 2018/19 and £4,085,919 in 2019/20. Citizens Advice Scotland is committed to providing a Universal Support service across Scotland

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: West Midlands (16 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: The requested information is not available by constituency or region.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Disability (16 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: Managed migration will commence in July 2019 and up to 10,000 claimants will be migrated as part of the testing period, which will ensure that we can move claimants smoothly when we begin to migrate higher volumes of claimants. As such, we have not yet settled on a detailed plan for the managed migration process beyond 2020, including the order in which we will move cases over. It is not...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (16 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice Scotland are designing their new service at present ready to begin delivery in April 2019, and that includes developing specifications to access the data that they need in order to deliver.

Women and Equalities: Universal Credit (15 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: Universal credit treats all individuals equally, irrespective of gender. It provides one-to-one support and incentives to help claimants progress in work. The latest Office for National Statistics labour market statistics show a near record high rate for women in employment.

Women and Equalities: Universal Credit (15 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: We support everyone on the universal credit system, including lone parents. As the hon. Gentleman will know, in the Budget we announced an extra £4.5 billion of support which included increasing work allowances, and childcare support is available for parents of young children.

Women and Equalities: Universal Credit (15 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. I always find it interesting when Opposition Members talk about helping their constituents. Sadly, what they do not then do is vote in the Lobby to support the policies designed to help those very people.

Women and Equalities: Universal Credit (15 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: As the hon. Lady knows, split payments are available under universal credit. It is very important that if any individuals are facing the sort of abuse she talks about, we need to be able to signpost them to additional support. We give training to our work coaches to allow them to do that.

Women and Equalities: Universal Credit (15 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: I go up and down the country to jobcentres, and I will, of course, go to Scotland in due course, but what I hope the hon. Gentleman will do in turn is talk to local jobcentres in his area and seek that assurance as well for his constituents.

Women and Equalities: Universal Credit (15 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: We are keen to support everyone who is coming on to universal credit. That is why earlier this year we introduced £1.5 billion of support. In the Budget, we had another net £4.5 billion of support produced. With respect, I say to the hon. Lady that if she wants to help her constituents, she should vote for the measures whereby we put more money into the system.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Convention Concerning the Prohibition and Immediate Action for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour (15 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: The UK last submitted a report on ILO Convention 182 in 2016. As the reporting for the ILO’s fundamental Conventions is on a three-year cycle, we expect to submit our next report next year (2019). The UK’s reports to the ILO are not published. However, they are reflected in the response of the ILO’s Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations, as part of...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (15 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: I refer the hon Member to the reply to Question 176262 on 11 October.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (15 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: Universal Credit guidance is published in the House of Commons Library and the Department is committed to refreshing the information on a regular basis. New claimants to Universal Credit have always been able to apply for a Universal Credit Advance in their first month if they need financial support until their first regular payment of Universal Credit is made. We have previously increased...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (15 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: Citizens Advice (CA) and Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) were given a direct grant award for the full delivery of a Universal Support service for 12 months from April 2019 (while developing their service alongside Local Authorities up to 31 March 2019). A delivery review point is built into the Grant Agreement, at which point we will consider how the service is operating. The decision to award...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Christmas (15 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: The Department has extensive experience of paying claimants over holiday periods and we have also paid Universal Credit to significant numbers of claimants over previous Christmas periods. The Department will advance the timing of all payments for people affected by bank holidays, to make sure they have money over the festive period. Universal Credit payments due to be received on 24, 25...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Disqualification (15 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: The sanctions system in its current form has been in place since 2012. Since then, we have created a range of learning products and training to ensure our staff understand sanctions and how they work in Universal Credit. We also provide claimants with sanctions information when they agree their Claimant Commitment, and we regularly remind them of the importance of meeting their commitments...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Automated Credit Transfer (15 Nov 2018)

Alok Sharma: The majority of claimants have their benefits paid into a bank account. As most bank accounts can be accessed at the Post Office, most claimants are able to withdraw cash, deposit cash and cheques, and make balance enquiries at a Post Office counter via its network of 11,600 branches. Sub-postmasters will continue to receive revenue from those transactions while maintaining footfall. In...


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