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Alok Sharma

Conservative MP for Reading West (6 May 2010 – current)


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Upcoming Business – Commons: Select Committee (1 May 2019)

Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: ‘natural’ migration. 9:30 am; Other
Witnesses: Alok Sharma MP, Minister of State for Employment, Department of Work and Pensions

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Habitual Residence Test (18 Apr 2019)

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

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Department for Work and Pensions: Brexit (16 Apr 2019)

Alok Sharma: Holding answer received on 15 April 2019 The Department has not deprioritised any statutory instruments as part of the UK preparations to leave the EU. The Department for Work and Pension continues to work closely with the Department for Exiting the European Union and other Government Departments and preparations have been undertaken by staff as part of their regular duties.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (16 Apr 2019)

Alok Sharma: It is our aim to support all claimants on legacy benefits and tax credits in moving successfully Universal Credit. To help us learn how best to achieve this, we have sought powers to conduct a pilot phase involving up to a maximum of 10,000 claimants. This number is a ceiling, not a target. It reflects our commitment to return to Parliament with our findings before extending the move onto...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (16 Apr 2019)

Alok Sharma: We accepted the Social Security Advisory Committee’s recommendation and the pilot phase will allow the Department to test our processes carefully to ensure that claimants on all legacy benefits with a range of characteristics can be successfully moved onto Universal Credit. Furthermore the Department is already undertaking user testing with individuals currently in receipt of legacy...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (15 Apr 2019)

Alok Sharma: Comprehensive guidance on Universal Credit Advance payments is available to all staff across the Jobcentre network. This guidance is clear that it is essential that all new claimants are offered an Advance and that it is processed at the first point of contact. Applications for an advance payment can be made in person, by telephone or online depending on the claimant’s circumstances. ...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (15 Apr 2019)

Alok Sharma: We do not intend to stop anyone’s benefit during the pilot. In the pilot phase, our intention is to learn how to effectively assist people onto Universal Credit and to develop processes to deliver that help. This is particularly important for vulnerable and hard-to-reach claimants, who the Department will help to move across to the new system. We are piloting this approach precisely to...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (15 Apr 2019)

Alok Sharma: Subject to the Parliamentary approval, of the draft Universal Credit (Managed Migration Pilot and Miscellaneous Amendments) regulations 2019, the Department will introduce a Discretionary Hardship Payment to support those claimants who will be a part of the pilot phase and who appear to be in hardship. The power for Discretionary Hardship Payments is broad and could be used to pay the...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (15 Apr 2019)

Alok Sharma: I refer the Hon. Member to the response provided to Question 240463, answered on 8th April 2019.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Flexible Support Fund (15 Apr 2019)

Alok Sharma: The Department for Work and Pensions has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (15 Apr 2019)

Alok Sharma: a) Around 60% of new claims take up an advance. Subject to some fluctuation, this rate of advance take-up has been broadly consistent over the last 12 months. This shows that claimants are being made aware of advances and are using it where they need this help. b) The average advance amount for new claims is around £400. c) Around 70% of advances are taken at the maximum entitlement. d)...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Department for Work and Pensions: Brexit (11 Apr 2019)

Alok Sharma: Leaving the EU with a deal remains the Government’s top priority. We have more people in work than ever before, with wages continuing to grow. DWP has contingency plans to ensure we can continue to provide our vital services to those who need them. As the Prime Minister has made clear, the best way forward is for the UK to leave the EU in an orderly way with a good deal and the Government...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (11 Apr 2019)

Alok Sharma: Around 60% of new claims to Universal Credit receive an advance payment in the first month of their claim. Subject to some fluctuation, this rate of advance take-up has been broadly consistent. This shows that claimants are being made aware of advances and are using it where they need this help. The table below shows the number of advance payments made to Universal Credit claimants. Data for...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (11 Apr 2019)

Alok Sharma: For the purpose of deciding the amount of Universal Credit new claim advance available, the indicative monthly Universal Credit entitlement is calculated from the information provided about the household on the Universal Credit new claim application.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Unemployment: Young People (11 Apr 2019)

Alok Sharma: Youth work is coordinated by local authorities and/or other local third party organisations and so DWP has made no recent assessment of the role youth work plays in tackling youth unemployment. The DWP is committed to providing targeted support for young people so that everyone, no matter what their start in life, is given the very best chance of getting into work. We work with young people...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Children (11 Apr 2019)

Alok Sharma: The Government has assessed the impact of the two-child policy from an equality and human rights perspective throughout its development and in preparation for its implementation. Therefore, we consider that we have met our obligations under the Public Sector Equality Duty and ensured compliance with the Human Rights Act 1998, the Equality Act 2010 and the UN convention on the Rights of the...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (10 Apr 2019)

Alok Sharma: Claimants make a claim at the point of need, not before or after. Therefore, the date of claim for an online application to Universal Credit is the date the claimant submits the claim. As such, there is limited provision for backdating claims within Universal Credit. The newly launched Help to Claim offers tailored, practical support to help people make a Universal Credit claim and receive...

Exiting the European Union (Sanctions): Section 1 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2019 (9 Apr 2019)

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Devolution of Welfare — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (9 Apr 2019)

Alok Sharma: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Betts. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk (John Lamont) on securing this important and timely debate. He spoke with great passion. He cares deeply about his constituents and he wants an effective welfare system in Scotland that leaves no one behind, which is something that we all want to see....

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (9 Apr 2019)

Alok Sharma: The Department has no plans, at present, to provide claimants with direct access to their previous claims. A key reason a claimant cannot access a previous claim is that it could contain information the Department has an obligation to protect. This could include, for example, information about a previous partner. However, if a claimant, who has had a previous claim closed, needs to access...


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