Chris Grayling: ...review the benefit system to ensure that it is as efficient as possible. We are in the process of considering appeals—as a consequence of the provisions in the Welfare Reform Bill, including universal credit and the requirement to undertake a reconsideration before appealing. However, no decisions have yet been made.
Maria Miller: The £300 million additional funding for child care support has been allocated from the existing £2 billion investment for universal credit, allocated in the spending review.
Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with disability charities on the proposed introduction of universal credit.
Chris Grayling: ...Parliament Street, Nottingham, NG1 6AZ Pearson Building, Nottingham—Concertina Room Divider 22,092.00 Kings Court, 80 Hanover Way, Sheffield, S3 7UF Sheffield Kings Court—Modify G Flr for Universal Credit Team Move to Site 21,073.65 Melbourne House, Melbourne Street/Eastgate, Accrington, BB5 6PU Schedule 28 costs ground floor 18,090.88 Five Ways House, Islington Row,...
Chris Grayling: ...spending review through measures which will deliver both savings and improved customer service, as well as focussing its resources on key reforms of the welfare system such as the introduction of universal credit. These plans include a reduction in the size of the corporate centre by up to 40%, and parallel measures to reduce the costs of benefits processing by 25% through streamlining and...
David Anderson: ...of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has made any estimate of the cost implications of ending existing commercial housing benefit contracts early as a result of the introduction of universal credit; and whether his Department has any plans to pay compensation to (a) local authorities, (b) housing associations and (c) contractors in consequence.
David Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to pilot the universal credit; and if he will make a statement.
Mark Hendrick: ...Exchequer (1) what plans he has to consult (a) staff and (b) union officials of the tax credit office in Preston prior to making any decision on staffing levels following the introduction of the universal credit; (2) what recent assessment he has made of the effect on staffing levels at tax credit offices of the introduction of a universal tax credit.
Chris Grayling: Given the scale of welfare reform in my Department, with the planned introduction of universal credit and personal independence payments in 2013, I believe the delivery and financial risks mean that this is not the appropriate time to consider mutualisation as a service delivery option. However, my Department continues to engage with Cabinet Office which has overall responsibility for...
Nicola Blackwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of administering universal credit (a) monthly and (b) fortnightly; and if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of offering benefit recipients the choice of how regularly they receive payments.
David Gauke: ...costings, available at: http://cdn.hm-treasury.gov.uk/sr2010_policycostings.pdf The Government recently agreed the extension of child care provision to those working less than 16 hours through universal credit, which will enable the transition of parents into the labour market.
David Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to consult representatives of local authority trade unions on the plan for transition from housing benefit to universal credit.
Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent assessment is of the potential effects of the universal credit on child care costs.
Sharon Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many bids he received for the tender to create the software to support the universal credit system; (2) to whom his Department granted the contract to create the software to support the universal credit system; and on what basis the decision was made.
Sharon Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the cost of creating the software to support the universal credit system; (2) what estimate he has made of the annual cost of maintaining the software to support the universal credit system.
Sharon Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how the new software for universal credit is expected to interact with (a) the PAYE system and (b) other existing HM Revenue and Customs systems.
Karen Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether, for joint claimants of universal credit (a) personal independence payment and (b) contributory benefits will be paid to the partner who is the recipient of universal credit whether or not they are also the claimant of the personal independence payment or contributory benefit.
Karen Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 11 May 2011, Official Report, column 1247W, on universal credit, whether the earnings disregard rule applying to such an individual on a contributory benefit living as a couple, once universal credit is in place, would be the level applicable to a (a) single person, (b) couple and (c) lone parent (i) with and...
Karen Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 11 May 2011, Official Report, column 1247W, on universal credit, at what level of earnings a claimant of contributory employment and support allowance (ESA) would be (a) worse off and (b) better off under the earnings rules once they are aligned with the universal credit earnings rules as compared to the...
Maria Miller: .... Families are able to receive support for child care costs of 70% up to a maximum of £175 for one child or £300 for two or more children per week. From 2013 this support will be paid through the universal credit. Currently, child care support is only available for people who work 16 hours a week or more, but under universal credit this requirement will be removed.