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Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Fraud (19 Jul 2019)

Alok Sharma: Both members of a couple are given individual notice at the time of taking out the advance, via their Universal Credit (UC) journal, which includes the amount of the advance and of their liability to repay the advance. They will also be alerted individually to this UC Journal entry via the contact details provided for each claimant. The Department will consider all reported cases on their...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Welfare Assistance Schemes (19 Jul 2019)

Alok Sharma: The reforms to the Social Fund in 2013 allowed local authorities in England and the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales to deliver their own local provision for people who are in need of urgent help. Local authorities are best placed to decide how to target flexible help to support local welfare needs. The Government has no further plans to review this provision.

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill: Progress reports (18 Jul 2019)

...Reeves Rachel Reeves Emma Reynolds Jonathan Reynolds Marie Rimmer Geoffrey Robinson Matt Rodda Danielle Rowley Chris Ruane Joan Ryan Antoinette Sandbach Liz Saville-Roberts Naseem Shah Virendra Sharma Barry Sheerman Tommy Sheppard Paula Sherriff Gavin Shuker Tulip Siddiq Keith Simpson Dennis Skinner Andrew Slaughter Ruth Smeeth Angela Smith Cat Smith Eleanor Smith Jeff Smith Laura Smith...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits (17 Jul 2019)

Alok Sharma: The UK’s official measure of unemployment is produced by the independent ONS and based on the International Labour Organisation’s long-standing definition of unemployment: persons without work, available for work in the next 2 weeks, and who have actively sought work in the last 4 weeks. The latest available statistics were released by the ONS on 11 June 2019 and show an unemployment rate...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Flexible Support Fund and Universal Credit (17 Jul 2019)

Alok Sharma: Alongside the Universal Credit telephony and face to face support for non-digital and vulnerable claimants, The Help to Claim service is being delivered from 1 April 2019 by Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice Scotland. Some aspects of this were previously delivered by Local Authorities before 31 March 2019 under the name “Universal Support”. DWP works together with Citizens Advice and...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (17 Jul 2019)

Alok Sharma: The Department is open and transparent about the cost of fraud and error in the benefit system, publishing our National “Fraud and Error in the Benefit System” statistics each year which detail the amount we estimate is lost to both fraud and error across all benefits. The latest publication to Gov.uk was made on 9 May 2019 and contains estimates of fraud and error in Universal Credit....

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (17 Jul 2019)

Alok Sharma: Advances are designed to ensure that the most vulnerable claimants receive the money they need to live on during their transition to Universal Credit (UC). It is important to make clear that the vast majority of claims to UC Advances are legitimate. As at the end of June 2019, potential fraudulent advance claims equate to less than 1 per cent of all Universal Credit claims. The Department...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Fraud (17 Jul 2019)

Alok Sharma: The Department takes its obligation to prevent, detect and investigate fraud very seriously and will investigate all claims where fraud may have been committed. We have recently set up a dedicated team to investigate a specific type of emergent fraud, and we are also committed to the use of penalties such as prosecutions and tough financial penalties to discourage fraudulent behaviour. The...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Proof of Identity (17 Jul 2019)

Alok Sharma: As of June 2019, potential fraudulent advance claims equate to less than 1 per cent of all Universal Credit claims. The Department has been working to improve knowledge and awareness of advances fraud amongst Jobcentre and Service Centre staff. Guidance has also been issued to ensure that staff are aware how to refer cases of suspected fraud to the Department’s Counter-fraud team. We...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Fraud (17 Jul 2019)

Alok Sharma: The Department takes benefit fraud very seriously and is committed to taking appropriate action when it is detected. If a claimant has been the victim of fraud, and has not benefitted financially in any way, they will not be asked to repay the money. The Department considers all cases on their individual merits and decisions are made on the strength of the evidence provided. The...

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

Alok Sharma: The most recent detailed discussion took place on a visit to Wales on 4th April 2019, where the Secretary of State accompanied the Secretary of State for Wales to the Cardiff Charles Street Jobcentre Plus office, where they had a general discussion around Universal Credit. The roll out of Universal Credit (UC) is now complete and is available in every Jobcentre across the country. As...

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

Alok Sharma: Statistics on Universal Credit sanctions by age are published and can be found at: https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/ Guidance for users is available at: https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-St arted.html

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

Alok Sharma: The requested information for part (a) is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost. In response to part (b), the number of Households on UC that make use of the Split Payment option is published and can be found at: https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/ Guidance on how to extract the information required can be found at:...

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

Alok Sharma: The requested information is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost. However, information on the number of Households on Universal Credit that have an Alternative Payment Arrangement is published and can be found at: https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/ Guidance on how to extract the information required can be found at:...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Non-Disclosure Agreements (15 Jul 2019)

...Faisal Rashid Angela Rayner Jacob Rees-Mogg Jonathan Reynolds Laurence Robertson Gavin Robinson Mary Robinson Matt Rodda Douglas Ross Lee Rowley David Rutley Paul Scully Jim Shannon Grant Shapps Alok Sharma Alec Shelbrooke David Simpson Chris Skidmore Cat Smith Chloe Smith Henry Smith Laura Smith Royston Smith Karin Smyth Caroline Spelman Mark Spencer Andrew Stephenson Bob Stewart Iain...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Independent peer review (15 Jul 2019)

...Pollard Steve Pound Yasmin Qureshi Faisal Rashid Angela Rayner Steve Reed Rachel Reeves Emma Reynolds Jonathan Reynolds Marie Rimmer Matt Rodda Chris Ruane Liz Saville-Roberts Naseem Shah Virendra Sharma Paula Sherriff Gavin Shuker Tulip Siddiq Dennis Skinner Andrew Slaughter Ruth Smeeth Cat Smith Eleanor Smith Laura Smith Nick Smith Owen Smith Karin Smyth Gareth Snell Alex Sobel John...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits (15 Jul 2019)

Alok Sharma: The table below provides information on why the specified claimants were not repaying their debts. Zero balance** 92,776 Business as usual/head of work (Includes future instalment confirmation) 48,196 Awaiting Financial Reconciliation 12,452 In progress – Awaiting further information (e.g. customer correspondence/contact) 4,214 Managed by external contractor (Debt...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Disqualification (15 Jul 2019)

Alok Sharma: The information requested is not collated centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Welfare Assistance Schemes (15 Jul 2019)

Alok Sharma: The reforms to the Social Fund in 2013 allowed local authorities in England and the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales to deliver their own local provision for people who are in need of urgent help. Local authorities are best placed to decide how to target flexible help to support local welfare needs. The Government has no further plans to review provision. We passed funding...

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

Alok Sharma: The proportion of claimants, between July 2018 and June 2019, that have successfully applied for Universal Credit a) Once was 91% b) Twice was 7% c) Three or more times was 1% A successful application to Universal Credit is defined as a contract for which at least one statement is provided i.e. has received at least one payment. There are many reasons why a claimant might be required to...


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