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Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (8 Jul 2019)

Alok Sharma: The information requested is not held by the Department. The following table shows the number of claims closed and reason for closure for both new claims prior to payment and claims that were in payment: http://qna.files.parliament.uk/qna-attachments/964153/origin al/Universal%20Credit%20claim%20closurer%20reasons.pdf

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (8 Jul 2019)

Alok Sharma: Where claim closure is considered, a number of checks are conducted before claim closure is undertaken. The assessment we have made of the Universal Credit Full Service claims that were declared in January 2019 is as follows: Applications were unsuccessful and closed prior to the first payment for a variety of reasons. These include ineligibility, nil entitlement, insufficient evidence,...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (8 Jul 2019)

Alok Sharma: Tax Credit overpayments were referred to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Debt Management from 2016/17. The table shows Tax Credit recoveries for 2018/19 apportioned across the financial year in which the Tax Credit overpayment ended*. Tax Credit Overpayment Period End Date Percentage of Recoveries by Value Unknown Less than 0.05% 2003-04 0.10% 2004-05 0.5% ...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Overpayments (8 Jul 2019)

Alok Sharma: In 2014/15 there were fewer than 5 successful applications for the full waiving of a Universal Credit overpayment and fewer than 5 successful partial waiver applications for UC overpayments*. The Department has an obligation to ensure that public funds are administered responsibly and to abide by the principles set out in Her Majesty’s Treasury’s guidance on Managing Public Money (which...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (8 Jul 2019)

Alok Sharma: When people move from ESA to UC due to a change of circumstances (e.g. house move) not connected to their WCA, they will move into the equivalent conditionality group. Work search requirements are not imposed on people who have been found to have Limited Capability for Work or Limited Capability for Work and Work Related activity. When people move from Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (8 Jul 2019)

Alok Sharma: The information requested is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost. The Department does collect information on advances paid and repayments for all advances through the Universal Credit award. However, each advance’s repayment progress would need to be tracked separately and a date in which repayment is completed would need to be calculated.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (8 Jul 2019)

Alok Sharma: Universal Credit payments are made at a household rather than individual level. The official Households on Universal Credit statistics series starts in August 2015 and the latest month that has been published so far is February 2019. 2,600,000 households on Universal Credit received at least one payment between August 2015 and February 2019. Notes: 1) Figures have been rounded to...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (8 Jul 2019)

Alok Sharma: Advances are in place to ensure those in genuine need are able to receive financial support. They are not additional money: they are simply an advance of entitlement. Either member of a couple can apply for an advance payment on behalf of the couple. Since both claimants have a joint and individual liability for the repayment of the advance, they are given written notice at the time of...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (8 Jul 2019)

Alok Sharma: Information on advances refused is not held in a format that is readily accessible. To identify and collate the total number of applications refused for an advance would incur disproportionate cost to the Department.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (8 Jul 2019)

Alok Sharma: Any exploitation of advance payments is not acceptable, and takes advantage of a process designed to support claimants during their first assessment period. We are seeking to identify the perpetrators and will take appropriate prosecution action. The Department is committed to reducing fraud and works hard to identify perpetrators of fraud. We have a dedicated team of investigators working on...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (5 Jul 2019)

Alok Sharma: The median repayment period for new claim and benefit transfer advances was 12 months. Notes: The figure relates to Universal Credit full service only The median is based on those advances paid between March 18 and February 2019

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (5 Jul 2019)

Alok Sharma: There is no need to wait for a Universal Credit payment, as 100 per cent advances are available from day one of a claim. Advance payments are simply an advance of entitlement, meaning that by month 12 of a claim, a claimant would normally have received exactly the same Universal Credit regardless of whether they had an advance or not. Furthermore, frequency of payment should not affect the...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (5 Jul 2019)

Alok Sharma: The amount of Universal Credit paid to claimants reflects, as closely as possible, the actual circumstances of a household during each monthly assessment period. Monthly assessment periods align to the way the majority of employees are paid and how utility companies and other service providers collect payments. It also allows Universal Credit to be adjusted each month, this means that if a...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (5 Jul 2019)

Alok Sharma: We are building an agile, adaptable system, fit for the 21st century, to help people to transform their lives through work - while supporting those who cannot work and are most in need. Using feedback from stakeholders and claimants we have had more than 100 releases to the system since it was introduced, all resulting in improvements to the claimant’s experience. Most recently these...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (4 Jul 2019)

Alok Sharma: The term “gig economy” covers a wide range of roles and working practices and the information requested is not held. The Department provides tailored support to our claimants who are in self-employment through our work coaches to help them to increase their productivity and earnings. Universal Credit encourages all claimants with a work expectation to find and progress in work. To...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals (4 Jul 2019)

Alok Sharma: Eligibility for income-related (means-tested) benefits, such as Universal Credit, depends on a person’s immigration status in the UK. Claimants must be exercising a legal right to reside and be habitually resident before they are eligible to claim. This is assessed through the Habitual Residence Test (HRT). EU nationals who have been granted settled status (indefinite leave to remain) by...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Work and Pensions: Agenda of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) 8th July 2019, Brussels (4 Jul 2019)

Alok Sharma: The Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council will take place on 8th July 2019 in Brussels. The Deputy Permanent Representative to the European Union, Katrina Williams, will represent the UK. This extraordinary meeting of the Council is held to deal with the traditional “Spring Package” of items relating to the EU Semester, which exceptionally were not available in...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (3 Jul 2019)

Alok Sharma: Holding answer received on 01 July 2019 A £50 Civil Penalty may be imposed by both Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Local Authorities where an individual incurs a recoverable overpayment as a result of failing to provide accurate information as part of their benefit claim or in connection with an award of benefit, and has not taken reasonable steps to correct the error. ...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (3 Jul 2019)

Alok Sharma: Holding answer received on 01 July 2019 The Department is committed to reducing fraud and error and considers information from a range of sources to progress our investigations. We work hard to identify perpetrators of fraud and ensure we take appropriate prosecution action. We routinely gather intelligence to assist our understanding of anyone seeking to abuse the safety net that...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (3 Jul 2019)

Alok Sharma: Currently people only move to Universal Credit because they have had a significant change in their circumstances which would previously have led them to make a new claim to a legacy benefit. Claimant circumstances within the legacy system are diverse and interact with a range of benefits in different ways. Eligibility for Universal Credit is dependent on individuals’ circumstances, the...


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