Written statements

Government Ministers and a small number of other Members of the two Houses can make a written statement to one or both Houses.

Written statements are published below shortly after receipt in Parliament. They also reproduced in the next edition of the Daily Report and of Hansard in the relevant House.

Written statements made before 17 November 2014 were published only in Hansard:

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Department for Work and Pensions
Made on: 28 March 2018
Made by: Kit Malthouse (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Family Support, Housing & Child Maintenance)
Commons

Workless Households and Educational Attainment

Later today I will publish “Workless households and educational attainment statutory indicators”, an annual report pursuant to Section A1A of the Life Chances Act 2010 as amended. “Improving Lives: Helping Workless Families”, published on 4th April 2017, set out this Government’s vision to improve outcomes for children who grow up in workless families and face multiple, associated disadvantages. To track our collective progress in improving outcomes for disadvantaged families, my department made a commitment to publishing the latest data on seven additional non-statutory national indicators each year.

The annual report “Workless households and educational attainment statutory indicators” will be available here later today:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/workless-households-and-educational-attainment-statutory-indicators-2018

The Improving Lives: Helping Workless Families indicators will be available here later today:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/improving-lives-helping-workless-families-evidence-base

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS585
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Department for Work and Pensions
Made on: 22 January 2018
Made by: Kit Malthouse (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Family Support, Housing & Child Maintenance)
Commons

Funeral Expenses Payments

I am pleased to announce that it is my intention to lay regulations in the House later today that will make some enhancements to a number of the eligibility conditions relating to the Social Fund Funeral Expenses Payments scheme, and simplify the process for making a claim. The scheme makes a contribution to paying the costs of funerals being arranged by people on qualifying benefits.

The changes, which we plan to bring into force on 2 April, were the subject of a public consultation exercise in summer 2017 which generated an overwhelmingly positive response for our proposals. This package of proposals will, among other things, enable claimants to receive contributions from charities, relatives or friends without them being deducted from the overall sum payable toward funeral costs. In future, claimants will have six months from the funeral date in which to make an application for help with funeral costs instead of the current three months. They will also have the option of submitting any evidence needed in support of their claim electronically.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS408
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