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Asked by Frank Field
(Birkenhead)
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'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 04 June 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of claims under universal credit for the (a) standard allowance, (b) carer element, (c) child element, (d) childcare element, (e) disabled child element, (f) housing element and (g) limited capability for work element were not paid (i) on time and (ii) in full in each for the last six months for which information is available.
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Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 13 June 2019

The information requested is available in the attached document for both new claims and existing claims. The Limited Capability for Work (LCW) addition is no longer payable on new claims to Universal Credit (UC) since 3rd April 2017.

Figures for the proportion of claims paid in full on time is subject to fluctuation. This particularly effects the figures for LCW in the first assessment period which are subject to change.

Claimants in the Limited Capability for Work and Work Related Activity (LCWRA) group may not receive their additional element within the first assessment period due to the additional element being calculated based on the outcome of their Work Capability Assessment (WCA) which, due to the need for medical evidence and assessment, may not be complete by the end of the first assessment period.

Claimants who naturally migrate to UC from Employment and Support Allowance, and are currently receiving the LCW / LCWRA addition, will continue to receive it on their UC claim from day 1 as long as there has been no break in their claim and they have declared the same health condition when they moved across to UC.

UC payment timeliness has continued to improve during its rollout, we are also continually introducing improvements to its design, for example most recently, by making childcare and housing verification easier. These improvements are not yet fully reflected in the data supplied.

PQ259875 data tables (Excel SpreadSheet, 12.38 KB)
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Asked by Frank Field
(Birkenhead)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 10 June 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Written Statement of 5 June 2018, on Personal Independence Payments, HCWS733, if she will provide an update on the progress of the pilot to introduce video recordings of personal independence payment assessments.
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Answered by: Justin Tomlinson
Answered on: 13 June 2019

I refer the Rt Hon. Member to the answer provided for Question 259304.

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Asked by Frank Field
(Birkenhead)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 10 June 2019
Church Commissioners
Affordable Housing: Construction
Commons
To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, pursuant to the Answer of 5 June 2019 to Question 259013, how many affordable homes have been built by the Church of England or its agents in each local authority area since 2015; and what the affordable housing requirement is in each of those local authority areas.
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Answered by: Dame Caroline Spelman
Answered on: 13 June 2019

There have been 295 new affordable homes created on land owned by the Church Commissioners since 2015.

Details for each Local Authority area are shown in the following table.

Local Authority

Number of Affordable Houses Provided

Policy Requirement for Number of Affordable Houses

Durham

34

50

West Lindsey

15

30

East Cambridgeshire

30

60

Carlisle

42

42

Mendip

60

60

Sunderland

23

23

Arun

15

15

Ashford

77

77

Total

295

356

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Asked by Frank Field
(Birkenhead)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 10 June 2019
Home Office
Antisocial Behaviour
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 6 June 2019 to Question 259015, if he will centrally collate the data on anti-social behaviour case review requests.
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Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 13 June 2019

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (“the 2014 Act”) introduced the anti-social behaviour (ASB) Case Review, also referred to as the ‘Community Trigger’, in order to enhance local accountability. This is an important measure which gives victims of persistent ASB the ability to request a formal case review by the relevant bodies where a locally defined threshold is met.

The 2014 Act requires the relevant bodies in a local government area to publish data on the ASB Case Review. Requiring local areas to provide this information to central Government would place additional burdens on the police, local authorities and other local agencies.

Use of the ASB Case Review and other ASB powers is kept under review through the Home Office’s Anti-social Behaviour Strategic Board which brings together a range of partners and representatives from key agencies and Government departments.

Grouped Questions: 262250
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Asked by Frank Field
(Birkenhead)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 10 June 2019
Home Office
Antisocial Behaviour
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 6 June 2019 to Question 259015, Antisocial Behaviour, what recent assessment he has made of the importance of anti-social behaviour case reviews to reducing levels of anti-social behaviour.
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Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 13 June 2019

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (“the 2014 Act”) introduced the anti-social behaviour (ASB) Case Review, also referred to as the ‘Community Trigger’, in order to enhance local accountability. This is an important measure which gives victims of persistent ASB the ability to request a formal case review by the relevant bodies where a locally defined threshold is met.

The 2014 Act requires the relevant bodies in a local government area to publish data on the ASB Case Review. Requiring local areas to provide this information to central Government would place additional burdens on the police, local authorities and other local agencies.

Use of the ASB Case Review and other ASB powers is kept under review through the Home Office’s Anti-social Behaviour Strategic Board which brings together a range of partners and representatives from key agencies and Government departments.

Grouped Questions: 262249
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Asked by Frank Field
(Birkenhead)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 June 2019
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
VJ Day: Anniversaries
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if the Government will make an assessment of the potential merits of allocating an additional bank holiday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VJ Day.
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Answered by: Kelly Tolhurst
Answered on: 13 June 2019

The Government regularly receives requests for additional bank and public holidays to commemorate a variety of occasions, for example, cultural, historical and military events. However, there are no current plans to create another bank holiday. The cost to the economy of additional bank holiday remains considerable. The estimated cost to the economy for a one-off bank holiday for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee was £1.2bn.

The Government recognises the importance of VJ Day, and celebrations will take place to celebrate the 75th Anniversary which falls on Saturday 15 August 2020.

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Asked by Frank Field
(Birkenhead)
Asked on: 13 June 2019
Department for Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the forthcoming strategy for ESOL will ensure that all refugees can access a minimum of eight hours a week of formal, accredited English language teaching for their first two years in the UK.
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Asked by Frank Field
(Birkenhead)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 13 June 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 5 June 2019 to Question 257458, how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful applications there have been for a reduction in repayment rates for benefits overpayment in each year since 2013.
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Asked by Frank Field
(Birkenhead)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 13 June 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants (a) received and (b) did not receive an advance payment in 2018-19.
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Asked by Frank Field
(Birkenhead)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 13 June 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants had (a) an advance payment repayment deduction, (b) a historic debt repayment and (c) both attached to their claim in 2018-19.
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Asked by Frank Field
(Birkenhead)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 13 June 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to his Oral Statement of 12 June 2019, Official Report, column 661, what reafforestation programme the Government plans to adopt to reach net zero by 2050; and whether that programme will implement the recommendation of the Committee for Climate Change’s on planting 30,000 hectares of trees each year.
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Asked by Frank Field
(Birkenhead)
Asked on: 13 June 2019
Department for International Development
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Sudan.
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Asked by Frank Field
(Birkenhead)
Asked on: 13 June 2019
Department for Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools in Birkenhead have received funds from the allocation of £26 million for additional breakfast provision since March 2018.
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Asked by Frank Field
(Birkenhead)
Asked on: 13 June 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2019 to Question 259875 on Universal Credit, how many individual claims are represented by each percentage figure given.
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Asked by Frank Field
(Birkenhead)
Asked on: 13 June 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on how many occasions inaccurate returns from Real Time Information has affected claims for universal credit in each of the last 12 months.
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Asked by Frank Field
(Birkenhead)
Asked on: 13 June 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many occasions universal credit claimants have registered concerns, questions, or complaints on Real Time Information in each of the last 12 months.
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Asked by Frank Field
(Birkenhead)
Asked on: 13 June 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2019 to Question 259875, how many and what proportion of claimants within the period covered received no payment by the date on which they should have been paid at the end of their first assessment period.
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Asked by Frank Field
(Birkenhead)
Asked on: 13 June 2019
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 6 June 2019 to Question 259015, what steps he is taking to ensure that relevant bodies in local government areas publish their data on ASB Case Reviews.
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Asked by Frank Field
(Birkenhead)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 12 June 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will introduce a box on the universal credit application form through which claimants may give permissions for their data to be used to register their children for free school meals and other income-related educational benefits.
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Asked by Frank Field
(Birkenhead)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 12 June 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of (a) national and (b) regional supplies of radionuclide chemicals.
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