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Calendar
Wednesday 20th October 9:15 a.m.
Work and Pensions Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Children in poverty: No recourse to public funds
At 9.30am: Oral evidence
Morgan Wild - Head of Policy at Citizens Advice
Caz Hattam - Coordinator at The Unity Project
Catherine Houlcroft - Principal Projects Officer at NRPF Network
Azmina Siddique - Policy and Research Manager (Child Poverty and Inequality) at Children’s Society
At 10.30am: Oral evidence
Christianah Awodiji - Team Manager NRPF at Manchester Local Care Organisation
Cllr Jasmine Ali - Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education at Southwark Council
Penny Ademuyiwa - Assistant Director at North Kent
Leah Arnold - Service Manager, Strengthening Families at City of Wolverhampton Council
Susanne Millar - Chief Officer at Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership
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Parliamentary Debates
Cost of Living
32 speeches (2,063 words)
Tuesday 12th October - Lords Chamber
Department for Work and Pensions
Social Security (Up-rating of Benefits) Bill
32 speeches (23,236 words)
Wednesday 13th October - Lords Chamber
Department for Work and Pensions
Household Support Fund
1 speech (458 words)
Monday 18th October - Written Statements
Department for Work and Pensions
Plan for Jobs Extension
1 speech (504 words)
Monday 18th October - Written Statements
Department for Work and Pensions
Child Poverty: Nuffield Foundation Review
24 speeches (1,395 words)
Tuesday 19th October - Lords Chamber
Department for Work and Pensions


Select Committee Documents
Friday 5th November 2021
Call for Evidence - Call for Evidence

Health assessments for benefits - Work and Pensions Committee


Written Answers
Personal Independence Payment
Asked by: Ian Lavery (Labour - Wansbeck)
Thursday 30th September 2021

Question to the Department for Work and Pensions:

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to reduce the backlog of people waiting for personal independence payment claims to be processed.

Answered by Chloe Smith - Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)

We are committed to ensuring that people can access financial support through Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in a timely manner and reducing customer journey times for PIP claimants is a priority for the Department. We always aim to make an award decision as quickly as possible, taking into account the need to review all available evidence.

The time it takes to clear a claim and the number of people awaiting a decision can vary reflecting factors including customer demand, operational resource and timescales for different parts of the process. In particular, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused distortion and work is ongoing to manage the recovery.

The time it takes clear new PIP claims in July 2021 (most recent data available) are similar to levels a year ago.

We are always looking at ways to improve the assessment process. In addition to face-to-face, we will continue to conduct paper-based, telephone and video assessments where appropriate.

Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals
Asked by: Kate Osamor (Labour (Co-op) - Edmonton)
Friday 1st October 2021

Question to the Department for Work and Pensions:

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when her Department plans to stop the universal credit and legacy benefit claims of individuals who qualify for EU Settled Status but have not yet applied for that scheme.

Answered by Chloe Smith - Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)

The Government has made clear its commitment to safeguard the rights of EEA nationals, and their family members, living in the UK prior to the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020. They have done this though the introduction of the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).

The scheme opened to the public on 30 March 2019 and the deadline for the scheme for those resident in the UK by the end of the transition period was 30 June 2021. Every day thousands of people are being given status through the EUSS and to date the Home Office have received more than 6 million applications.

There is scope to make a late application based on reasonable grounds for missing the deadline. The Home Office have also released guidance for late applications and reiterated their general approach under the EUSS which is to look to grant status, rather than looking for reasons to refuse. Those covered by the Withdrawal Agreement who submit a late application to the EUSS will also be able to access benefits and services, if they are eligible, from the point their application is validated, and identity has been verified.

From 1 July 2021, the Department has continued to work in collaboration with the HO and HMRC to undertake further engagement activities and give those without status further opportunity to apply to the EUSS. Claimants that fail to make a late application will not have entitlement to benefits unless, and until, they apply. The Department is however taking all reasonable steps to engage claimants and provide them with multiple opportunities to apply before taking compliance action. This includes engaging with relevant customers through scheduled face to face and telephony contact, and Universal Credit (UC) journal prompts. The Department’s visiting service is also available for those customers who are identified as the most vulnerable.

Social Security Benefits: Standard of Living
Asked by: Rachael Maskell (Labour (Co-op) - York Central)
Friday 1st October 2021

Question to the Department for Work and Pensions:

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of (a) trends in the cost of living and (b) the impact that those trends are having on standards of living of people claiming social security support.

Answered by David Rutley - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)

No assessment has been made.

The Secretary of State completes an annual review of most benefit rates for people below State Pension age to determine whether they have retained their value in relation to the general level of prices. Where prices have increased relative to the value of those benefits, the Secretary of State will increase certain disability and carers’ benefits – such as Personal Independence Payments and Carer’s Allowance – at least in line with that increase. She may also decide to increase other benefits, such as Universal Credit. That decision is discretionary, but it is conventional that these rates are also increased in line with the increase in prices as measured by the Consumer Price Index. The up-rating review is conducted in the Autumn of each year, with the outcome announced in November and the new rates implemented the following April.

The Universal Credit £20 uplift was a temporary measure set out in legislation separate to up-rating. The temporary uplift was part of a COVID support package worth a total of £407 billion in 2020-21 and 2021-22.

Universal Credit
Asked by: Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top (Labour - Life peer)
Friday 1st October 2021

Question to the Department for Work and Pensions:

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the impact assessment for removing the £20 uplift to Universal Credit.

Answered by Baroness Stedman-Scott - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

No impact assessment has been made.

The Chancellor announced a temporary six-month extension to the £20 per week uplift at the Budget on 3 March to support households affected by the economic shock of Covid-19. Universal Credit has provided a vital safety net for six million people during the pandemic, and the temporary uplift was part of a COVID support package worth a total of £407billion in 2020-21 and 2021-22.

There have been significant positive developments in the public health situation since the uplift was first introduced. With the success of the vaccine rollout and record job vacancies, it is right that our focus is on helping people back into work.

Through our Plan for Jobs, we are targeting tailored support schemes of people of all ages to help them prepare for, get into and progress in work. These include: Kickstart, delivering tens of thousands of six-month work placements for Universal Credit claimants aged 16-24 at risk of unemployment; we have also recruited an additional 13,500 work coaches to provide more intensive support to find a job; and introduced Restart which provides 12 months’ intensive employment support to Universal Credit claimants who are unemployed for a year. Our Plan for Jobs interventions will support more than two million people.

Refugees: Afghanistan
Asked by: Andrew Bowie (Conservative - West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine)
Friday 1st October 2021

Question to the Department for Work and Pensions:

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assistance the Government is providing to newly arrived Afghan nationals seeking to enter employment.

Answered by David Rutley - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)

Those coming from Afghanistan to the UK on the resettlement programmes will have the right to work here from day one, as well as immediate access to the benefit system and our existing employment offer, including our £30 billion Plan for Jobs.

Direct, personalised support is available from experienced work coaches in the temporary hotel accommodation where Afghans are staying across the country. Work coaches are there to help with any claims or queries and to provide tailored employment support. Resettling Afghans will also have access to our Refugee Leads Network, which links Jobcentres and organisations working with refugees and those on resettlement programmes, to help them integrate and find employment in local areas. We will also work to ensure that English as a Second or Other Language provision, and other support, is available to those that need it.

Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit
Asked by: Rachael Maskell (Labour (Co-op) - York Central)
Monday 4th October 2021

Question to the Department for Work and Pensions:

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she plans to take to help ensure that people who will stop receiving the £20 uplift to universal credit and working tax credits are able to access sufficient food sources.

Answered by David Rutley - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)

We take the issue of food insecurity seriously, which is why we added internationally used food security questions to the Family Resources Survey in 2019/20 and published the data in March this year. These questions remain in the survey and will allow us to track food security over time.

In April this year we increased the value of Healthy Start Food Vouchers from £3.10 to £4.25, helping eligible low income households buy basic foods like milk, fruit and vitamins. We are investing up to £220m in the Holiday Activities and Food programme, which has been expanded to every Local Authority across England. Participating children are benefitting from a range of support, including healthy and nutritious meals as well as fun and engaging activities covering the Easter, summer and Christmas holidays in 2021.

There have been significant positive developments in the public health situation since the uplift was first introduced, including the success of the vaccine rollout. With record vacancies, our focus is on helping people back into work. This approach is based on clear evidence about the importance of employment, particularly where it is full-time, in substantially reducing the risks of poverty.

This Government is wholly committed to supporting those on low incomes, and continues to do so through many measures, including by increasing the living wage, and by spending over £111 billion on welfare support for people of working age in 2021/22.

Refugees: Afghanistan
Asked by: Baroness Hodgson of Abinger (Conservative - Life peer)
Friday 1st October 2021

Question to the Department for Work and Pensions:

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to help recently arrived Afghan refugees find employment.

Answered by Baroness Stedman-Scott - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

Those coming from Afghanistan to the UK on the resettlement programmes will have the right to work here from day one, as well as immediate access to the benefit system and our existing employment offer, including our £30 billion Plan for Jobs.

Direct, personalised support is available from experienced work coaches in the temporary hotel accommodation where Afghans are staying across the country. Work coaches are there to help with any claims or queries and to provide tailored employment support. Resettling Afghans will also have access to our Refugee Leads Network, which links Jobcentres and organisations working with refugees and those on resettlement programmes, to help them integrate and find employment in local areas. We will also work to ensure that English as a Second or Other Language provision, and other support, is available to those that need it.

Asylum: Afghanistan
Asked by: Afzal Khan (Labour - Manchester, Gorton)
Friday 1st October 2021

Question to the Department for Work and Pensions:

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department plans to bring forward legislative proposals to ensure that people who arrived in the UK under the Afghan (a) Relocation and Assistance Policy and (b) Citizens Resettlement Scheme are not required to meet the habitual residence test.

Answered by David Rutley - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)

All those brought to the UK under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP) and the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) have the right to work, access to education and healthcare and recourse to public funds including benefit support.

The Department for Work and Pensions has legislated to exempt those arriving in the UK under the ARAP and ACRS from the habitual residence test for income-related benefits, and the past presence test and the habitual residence test for disability and carer benefits.

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2021/1034/made

Further information can be viewed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/support-for-those-arriving-from-afghanistan

Universal Credit
Asked by: Rachael Maskell (Labour (Co-op) - York Central)
Friday 1st October 2021

Question to the Department for Work and Pensions:

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations she has made to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on increasing the amount of money local authorities pay out in financial assistance schemes to people who will stop receiving the £20 a week uplift to universal credit.

Answered by David Rutley - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)

Ministers in the Department for Work and Pensions engage regularly with their Ministerial counterparts in other Departments, taking a collective approach to the policies and interventions that can make a difference.

Responsibility for Local Welfare Assistance was delegated to Local Authorities in England in 2013/2014 and councils have powers to determine the right Local Welfare Assistance schemes for their area. The funding councils receive from Government recognises the resources councils need to meet their pressures.

The Chancellor announced a temporary six-month extension to the £20 per week uplift at the Budget on 3 March to support households affected by the economic shock of Covid-19. Universal Credit has provided a vital safety net for six million people during the pandemic, and the temporary uplift was part of a COVID support package worth a total of £407billion in 2020-21 and 2021-22.

There have been significant positive developments in the public health situation since the uplift was first introduced. With the success of the vaccine rollout and record job vacancies, it is right that our focus is on helping people back into work.

Through our Plan for Jobs, we are targeting tailored support schemes of people of all ages to help them prepare for, get into and progress in work. These include: Kickstart, delivering tens of thousands of six-month work placements for Universal Credit claimants aged 16-24 at risk of unemployment; we have also recruited an additional 13,500 work coaches to provide more intensive support to find a job; and introduced Restart which provides 12 months’ intensive employment support to Universal Credit claimants who are unemployed for a year. Our Plan for Jobs interventions will support more than two million people.

Health and Social Care Levy
Asked by: Rachael Maskell (Labour (Co-op) - York Central)
Friday 1st October 2021

Question to the Department for Work and Pensions:

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the impact of the Health and Social Care Levy on working people claiming (a) universal credit, (b) working tax credit or (c) other benefits.

Answered by David Rutley - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)

From April 2022 a National Insurance increase of 1.25 percentage points would only impact on earnings above around £800 a month. The lowest earners would not be affected.

Universal Credit and, where appropriate other benefits, normally take account of net earnings in determining the amount of benefit. A change in National Insurance contributions paid will impact net earnings and therefore the calculation of benefit entitlement. Tax Credits entitlement is calculated using gross earnings, the Health and Social Care Levy will not therefore affect the level of support paid to Working Tax Credit customers.

Universal Credit
Asked by: Gerald Jones (Labour - Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney)
Monday 18th October 2021

Question to the Department for Work and Pensions:

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make it her policy to reconsider the cessation of the temporary universal credit £20 uplift in response to the impact on household finances of rising energy prices.

Answered by David Rutley - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)

The Chancellor announced a temporary six-month extension to the £20 per week uplift at the Budget on 3 March to support households affected by the economic shock of Covid-19. Universal Credit has provided a vital safety net for six million people during the pandemic, and the temporary uplift was part of a COVID support package worth a total of £407 billion in 2020-21 and 2021-22.

There have been significant positive developments in the public health situation since the uplift was first introduced. With the success of the vaccine rollout and record job vacancies, it is right that our focus is on helping people back into work.

Through our Plan for Jobs, we are targeting tailored support schemes of people of all ages to help them prepare for, get into and progress in work. These include: Kickstart, delivering tens of thousands of six-month work placements for Universal Credit claimants aged 16-24 at risk of unemployment; we have also recruited an additional 13,500 work coaches to provide more intensive support to find a job; and introduced Restart which provides 12 months’ intensive employment support to Universal Credit claimants who are unemployed for a year. Our Plan for Jobs interventions will support more than two million people.

We recognise that some people continue to require extra support, which is why we have introduced a £421 million Household Support Fund to help vulnerable people in England with essential household costs over the winter as the economy recovers. The Barnett Formula will apply in the usual way, with the devolved administrations receiving almost £80 million (£41m for the Scottish Government, £25m for the Welsh Government and £14m for the NI Executive), for a total of £500 million.

The Cold Weather Payment scheme also helps vulnerable people in receipt of certain income-related benefits to meet the additional costs of heating during periods of severe cold weather. Cold Weather Payments are targeted at those in receipt of eligible benefits with a pension element or disability component or where there is a child under five in the household.

Members: Correspondence
Asked by: Rosie Cooper (Labour - West Lancashire)
Monday 18th October 2021

Question to the Department for Work and Pensions:

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to respond to a letter dated 11 August 2021 from the hon. Member for West Lancashire reference, ZA57289 regarding a foster care allowance claim.

Answered by Guy Opperman - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)

A reply was sent to the hon. Member by the Minister for Welfare Delivery, on behalf of the Secretary of State, on 29 September 2021.

Personal Income
Asked by: Rupa Huq (Labour - Ealing Central and Acton)
Monday 18th October 2021

Question to the Department for Work and Pensions:

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of reversing the reintroduction of the Minimum Income Floor.

Answered by Mims Davies - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)

No assessment has been made.

The suspension of the Minimum Income Floor was a temporary measure to support self-employed claimants through the pandemic, kept under review in light of the latest economic and public health context. Since 31 July 2021, the pre-pandemic rules for the self-employed have started to apply again.

Employment Schemes
Asked by: David Linden (Scottish National Party - Glasgow East)
Monday 18th October 2021

Question to the Department for Work and Pensions:

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 16 September 2021 to Question 48341 on Employment Schemes, what the evidential basis is for the assertion that work coaches are helping people already in work into better paid work.

Answered by Mims Davies - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)

Universal Credit is based on a strong system of support and an agreed relationship where both sides endeavour to do the best they can to achieve positive work outcomes and prevent a slide into welfare dependency. Our evidence shows that Work Coach support is effective at reducing the amount of time claimants spend on benefit and that Work Coaches can help working claimants overcome barriers to taking on more or better work.

Universal Credit: Lone Parents
Asked by: Peter Gibson (Conservative - Darlington)
Friday 15th October 2021

Question to the Department for Work and Pensions:

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to support single parents in receipt of universal credit with young children to find work that fits around their childcare needs.

Answered by David Rutley - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)

Under Universal Credit, working families can claim back up to 85% of their registered childcare costs each month

The UC childcare aligns with the wider government childcare offer. This includes the free childcare offer which provides 15 hours a week of free childcare in England for all 3 and 4 year olds and disadvantaged 2 year olds, doubling for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds to 30 hours a week. The UC childcare cost element can be used to top up a claimant's eligible free childcare hours if more hours are worked and childcare is required. This means that reasonable childcare costs should not form a barrier to work.

Additional safeguards apply during this period and any work-related expectations will be limited to a maximum of 16 hours per week whilst they are caring for a pre-school age child.

To assist single parents with making necessary childcare arrangements, work coaches can reduce the maximum time the claimant is expected to spend travelling to and from work. All Work-related requirements will be tailored according to the claimant’s capability and personal circumstances, to ensure they are realistic and achievable.

State Retirement Pensions: Underpayments
Asked by: Wendy Chamberlain (Liberal Democrat - North East Fife)
Monday 18th October 2021

Question to the Department for Work and Pensions:

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the National Audit Office report entitled Investigation into underpayment of State Pensions published on 22 September 2021, if she will set up a task force to target and prioritise assistance for pensioners who are most in need of support as a result of the underpayment of State Pension.

Answered by Guy Opperman - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)

The Legal Entitlements and Administrative Practice (LEAP) exercise to correct State Pension underpayments began in January 2021. We are prioritising older cases and those who we believe are the most vulnerable. The Department will write to affected individuals to inform them of the changes to their State Pension amount and of any arrears payment they will receive in accordance with the law.

Food Poverty: Pupils
Asked by: Munira Wilson (Liberal Democrat - Twickenham)
Monday 18th October 2021

Question to the Department for Work and Pensions:

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) research and (b) preparation his Department has undertaken on the impact of (i) rising energy prices, (ii) rising fuel bills, (iii) potential food shortages and (iv) the removal of the £20 uplift to universal credit on families' ability to fund their childrens' meals while at school.

Answered by David Rutley - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)

We have not undertaken research of this kind.

The Chancellor announced a temporary six-month extension to the £20 per week uplift at the Budget on 3 March to support households affected by the economic shock of Covid-19. Universal Credit has provided a vital safety net for six million people during the pandemic, and the temporary uplift was part of a COVID support package worth a total of £407billion in 2020-21 and 2021-22.

There have been significant positive developments in the public health situation since the uplift was first introduced with the success of the vaccine rollout. With record vacancies, our focus is on helping people back into work. This approach is based on clear evidence about the importance of employment, particularly where it is full-time, in substantially reducing the risks of poverty.

Through our Plan for Jobs, we are targeting tailored support schemes of people of all ages to help them prepare for, get into and progress in work. These include: Kickstart, delivering tens of thousands of six-month work placements for Universal Credit claimants aged 16-24 at risk of unemployment; we have also recruited an additional 13,500 work coaches to provide more intensive support to find a job; and introduced Restart which provides 12 months’ intensive employment support to Universal Credit claimants who are unemployed for a year. Our Plan for Jobs interventions will support more than two million people.

In April this year we increased the value of Healthy Start Food Vouchers from £3.10 to £4.25, helping eligible low income households buy basic foods like milk, fruit and vitamins. We are also investing up to £221m in the Holiday Activities and Food programme, which has been expanded to every Local Authority across England. Participating children are benefitting from a range of support, including healthy and nutritious meals as well as fun and engaging activities covering the Easter, summer and Christmas holidays in 2021.

We recognise that some people continue to require extra support, which is why we have introduced a £421 million Household Support Fund to help vulnerable people in England with essential household costs over the winter as the economy recovers. The Barnett Formula will apply in the usual way, with the devolved administrations receiving almost £80 million (£41m for the Scottish Government, £25m for the Welsh Government and £14m for the NI Executive), for a total of £500 million.

Food Poverty: Pupils
Asked by: Munira Wilson (Liberal Democrat - Twickenham)
Monday 18th October 2021

Question to the Department for Work and Pensions:

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) research and (b) preparation his Department has undertaken on the impact of (i) rising energy prices, (ii) rising fuel bills, (iii) potential food shortages and (iv) the removal of the £20 uplift to universal credit on families' ability to feed vulnerable children over upcoming school holidays.

Answered by David Rutley - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)

We have not undertaken research of this kind.

The Chancellor announced a temporary six-month extension to the £20 per week uplift at the Budget on 3 March to support households affected by the economic shock of Covid-19. Universal Credit has provided a vital safety net for six million people during the pandemic, and the temporary uplift was part of a COVID support package worth a total of £407billion in 2020-21 and 2021-22.

There have been significant positive developments in the public health situation since the uplift was first introduced with the success of the vaccine rollout. With record vacancies, our focus is on helping people back into work. This approach is based on clear evidence about the importance of employment, particularly where it is full-time, in substantially reducing the risks of poverty.

Through our Plan for Jobs, we are targeting tailored support schemes of people of all ages to help them prepare for, get into and progress in work. These include: Kickstart, delivering tens of thousands of six-month work placements for Universal Credit claimants aged 16-24 at risk of unemployment; we have also recruited an additional 13,500 work coaches to provide more intensive support to find a job; and introduced Restart which provides 12 months’ intensive employment support to Universal Credit claimants who are unemployed for a year. Our Plan for Jobs interventions will support more than two million people.

In April this year we increased the value of Healthy Start Food Vouchers from £3.10 to £4.25, helping eligible low income households buy basic foods like milk, fruit and vitamins. We are also investing up to £221m in the Holiday Activities and Food programme, which has been expanded to every Local Authority across England. Participating children are benefitting from a range of support, including healthy and nutritious meals as well as fun and engaging activities covering the Easter, summer and Christmas holidays in 2021.

We recognise that some people continue to require extra support, which is why we have introduced a £421 million Household Support Fund to help vulnerable people in England with essential household costs over the winter as the economy recovers. The Barnett Formula will apply in the usual way, with the devolved administrations receiving almost £80 million (£41m for the Scottish Government, £25m for the Welsh Government and £14m for the NI Executive), for a total of £500 million.

Unemployment: Young People
Asked by: Alex Cunningham (Labour - Stockton North)
Monday 18th October 2021

Question to the Department for Work and Pensions:

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to support unemployed young people; and what plans she has to support job mobility.

Answered by Mims Davies - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)

The Government has provided an unprecedented economic support package to protect and create jobs, including a particular focus on young people.

The DWP Youth Offer provides wrap-around support to young people aged 18-24 who are in the intensive work search regime of Universal Credit and was introduced as part of the wider UK government Plan for Jobs package. It has been developed to combat youth unemployment and ensure that young people have the skills they need to look for, find and keep employment.

Through the Youth Employment Programme young people receive intensive Work Coach support and every young person is encouraged to take part in a wide range of work based opportunities including Kickstart placements, Sector Based Work Academy Programmes, traineeships, Mentoring Circles or apprenticeships, which can be taken up at any point in the 13-week programme.

This sits alongside Youth Hubs that are co-located and co-delivered with external partners to support young people with skills gaps, and Youth Employability Coaches that help those with significant complex needs and barriers into the labour market.

We currently have over 135 new Youth Hubs physically open to support young people across Great Britain and 150 Youth Employability Coaches, delivering tailored employment & skills support for those most at risk of longer term unemployment.

To support job mobility for people of all ages, we are supporting claimants to access the skills and training opportunities delivered by the Department for Education and devolved Governments, through our DWP Train and Progress initiative across Great Britain. This includes the expansion of the successful Sector-based Work Academy Programme in England and Scotland. Where it will help people into work, DWP claimants can access sector-specific training provided as part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee, including L3 Skills Boot camps of up to 16 weeks’ full time while remaining on benefit.

Additionally, we recognise that people need the skills and opportunities to progress, build their careers and increase their earnings. The independent In-Work Progression Commission published its report on the barriers to progression for those in persistent low pay on 1 July 2021. It makes a number of recommendations for the Government which we will consider carefully and respond to later in the year.

Social Security Benefits: Wales
Asked by: Hywel Williams (Plaid Cymru - Arfon)
Monday 18th October 2021

Question to the Department for Work and Pensions:

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of people who have received an underpayment of their benefits in Wales each year since 2015.

Answered by David Rutley - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)

Details of fraud and error within the benefit system, including underpayments, are published on the Gov.UK website which can be accessed via the link below.

Fraud and error in the benefit system: financial year 2020 to 2021 estimates - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

These estimates relate to the levels of fraud and error in the benefit system in Great Britain. They are underpinned by reviews of benefit claimants in England, Wales and Scotland. We are unable to break down the statistics by region as the sample sizes are too small.

The main cause of underpayments is claimant error. To help prevent underpayments, we work hard to make it easy for claimants to tell us about changes in their circumstances and where possible, we look to update claims automatically. In Universal Credit changes can be reported electronically through the online journal.

Data is increasingly allowing the Department to check entitlement and correct any over or underpayment at the earliest opportunity. The automated use of Real Time Information means that for Universal Credit, PAYE earnings are captured automatically before any payment is.

Personal Income
Asked by: Rachael Maskell (Labour (Co-op) - York Central)
Monday 18th October 2021

Question to the Department for Work and Pensions:

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish modelling of the combined impact of the (a) end of the £20 uplift to working tax credits and universal credit, (b) rise in National Insurance contributions, (c) rise in inflation and (d) rise in energy costs on disposable income of households.

Answered by David Rutley - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)

No such modelling of the combined impact of the end of the £20 uplift to Working Tax Credits and Universal Credit, the rise in National Insurance contributions, rise in inflation and rise in energy costs on disposable incomes of households has been done.

There have been significant positive developments in the public health situation since the uplift was first introduced. With the success of the vaccine rollout and record job vacancies, it is right that our focus is on helping people back into work. This approach is based on clear evidence about the importance of employment, particularly where it is full-time, in substantially reducing the risks of poverty.

This Government is wholly committed to supporting those on low incomes, and continues to do so through many measures, including by increasing the living wage, and by spending over £111 billion on welfare support for people of working age in 2021/22.

We recognise that some people continue to require extra support, which is why we have introduced a £421 million Household Support Fund to help vulnerable people in England with essential household costs over the winter as the economy recovers. The Barnett Formula will apply in the usual way, with the devolved administrations receiving around £80 million (£41m for the Scottish Government, £25m for the Welsh Government and £14m for the NI Executive), for a total of £500 million.

Social Security Benefits: Wales
Asked by: Hywel Williams (Plaid Cymru - Arfon)
Monday 18th October 2021

Question to the Department for Work and Pensions:

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people have made benefit claims in Welsh in each year since 2015.

Answered by David Rutley - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)

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



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7 Oct 2021, 10:30 a.m.

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Department for Work and Pensions
7 Oct 2021, 1:15 p.m.

Did you know that you could get #UniversalCredit payments, even if you are working? Eligibility criteria apply Find out more https://t.co/iWxKZXpHsP https://t.co/TTnXh879iU

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Department for Work and Pensions
7 Oct 2021, 3:34 p.m.

“I want to help you the best way I can” Bel talked about her passion for her role at Jobcentre Plus and love of boxing 🥊 #TransformingToday #BlackHistoryMonth https://t.co/2PnkymBNyV

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Department for Work and Pensions
7 Oct 2021, 4:25 p.m.

There are thousands of #Kickstart jobs available right now. You can search current Kickstart Scheme vacancies through Find a Job. https://t.co/BRojnjfsa4 https://t.co/nCMT8hHrv6

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Department for Work and Pensions
6 Oct 2021, 2:35 p.m.

Find out what work experience opportunities are out there with #JobHelp Eligibility criteria apply https://t.co/Lmh5DVvg44 https://t.co/7OHFDmub8h

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Department for Work and Pensions
6 Oct 2021, 10:45 a.m.

James is one of thousands of young people aged 16 to 24 who have taken up paid employment through the #Kickstart Scheme Find out how you can join him https://t.co/V1l1N5APs0 https://t.co/Lnnmumfj5p

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Department for Work and Pensions
8 Oct 2021, 3:20 p.m.

If you're in financial difficulty, you can access money and debt guidance for free The Money Navigator Tool from @MoneyHelperUK can provide guidance based upon your own circumstances and help you find support in your area Use the tool today https://t.co/b0bzFa1Dgo https://t.co/neqHH9LzEs

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Department for Work and Pensions
8 Oct 2021, 3:35 p.m.

#AccessToWork is a government scheme that could pay for practical support to help you stay in work, including working from home, if you have a health condition that makes work difficult Find out if Access to Work could support you https://t.co/YEXgMW0aKw https://t.co/gDmMuPaVH0

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Department for Work and Pensions
9 Oct 2021, 9 a.m.

The EU #SettlementScheme application deadline has now passed If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen and were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, you can still make a late application to continue to reside, work, and access benefits in the UK Visit https://t.co/XRLIoXjkMy https://t.co/GvrtvVCcSt

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Department for Work and Pensions
9 Oct 2021, 2:45 p.m.

With Universal Credit, you only need to make one application and we will work out the right amount for your circumstances Find out more: https://t.co/Ix8SbxzmRA https://t.co/THgSOxlLrw

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Department for Work and Pensions
4 Oct 2021, 11:45 a.m.

More than 20,000 UK employers, employing 11 million people, are now #DisabilityConfident Find out more about Disability Confident https://t.co/8GKP0s29r0 #NationalDisabilityStrategy https://t.co/YnmYXv10a3

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Department for Work and Pensions
4 Oct 2021, 1:35 p.m.

There is one week left to share your thoughts and experiences on work, health and disability, helping us shape reforms to improve lives Visit the link below to join Ross and #HaveYourSay https://t.co/oieZmxGBeU https://t.co/N5du2kNrHF

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Department for Work and Pensions
4 Oct 2021, 4 p.m.

Our health and disability green paper closes in one week To share your thoughts and experiences, like Beth has, visit the link below and #HaveYourSay https://t.co/oieZmxGBeU https://t.co/lJ9g8TyA62

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Department for Work and Pensions
4 Oct 2021, 5:15 p.m.

Aged 16 to 24 and on Universal Credit? Find out how the #Kickstart Scheme is inspiring and motivating young people like you across the country https://t.co/m2Dk2eA77a https://t.co/lK9EHwLz7J

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Department for Work and Pensions
5 Oct 2021, 10 a.m.

If you're in Bolton on Thursday 7th October, you can join our event to #HaveYourSay on work, health and disability Register here https://t.co/U60eS20apa https://t.co/yTXqpPZ3nr

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Department for Work and Pensions
5 Oct 2021, 11 a.m.

Be fraud aware and protect your personal details at all times Your information could be used by criminals to commit benefit and other fraud https://t.co/1ARqFcNy5B https://t.co/6spn7UTozn

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Department for Work and Pensions
5 Oct 2021, 12:01 p.m.

Are you claiming Universal Credit? Are you an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen resident who was in the UK by 31 December 2020? If you are, you may need to apply to the EU #SettlementScheme to continue to reside, work and access benefits in the UK Visit https://t.co/XRLIoXAWb8 https://t.co/cIoz03l2st

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Department for Work and Pensions
5 Oct 2021, 5:25 p.m.

#UniversalCredit makes it easier to take temporary or seasonal work Eligibility criteria apply Find out more https://t.co/TW2gnKX611 https://t.co/2zeXDU6Rlx

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Department for Work and Pensions
4 Oct 2021, 11 a.m.

There is one week left to share your thoughts and experiences on work, health and disability Click the link below to join Mo and #HaveYourSay https://t.co/oieZmxGBeU https://t.co/NEvgY62ir6

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Department for Work and Pensions
2 Oct 2021, 9 a.m.

Are you an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen resident who was in the UK by 31 December 2020? You may need to apply to the EU #SettlementScheme to continue to reside, work and access benefits in the UK Visit https://t.co/XRLIoXAWb8 https://t.co/Do1uidNkye

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Department for Work and Pensions
2 Oct 2021, 3:15 p.m.

With #JobHelp you can get advice from the experts on finding your next role. Find out more https://t.co/Lmh5DVMRsE https://t.co/j4etA6cH9U

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Department for Work and Pensions
3 Oct 2021, 11:30 a.m.

Be fraud aware and protect your personal details at all times Your information could be used by criminals to commit benefit and other fraud https://t.co/1ARqFcNy5B https://t.co/h225Ja6Fjn

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Department for Work and Pensions
30 Sep 2021, 3:03 p.m.

Our free Video Relay Service covers all benefits, providing people with quicker and easier access to benefits with #BritishSignLanguage interpreters To find out more about using the service, watch the video and download the app here https://t.co/XsXBPKqg6p https://t.co/LDTImNfCzW

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Department for Work and Pensions
30 Sep 2021, 1:30 p.m.

With Universal Credit, you only need to make one application and we will work out the right amount for your circumstances Find out more: https://t.co/Ix8SbxzmRA https://t.co/OWfxUwJpxT

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Department for Work and Pensions
30 Sep 2021, 2 p.m.

.@jmurphyandsons is proud to be part of #Kickstart, helping to get young people’s careers going If you are an employer - or a young person aged 16 to 24 on #UniversalCredit - find out more about the Kickstart Scheme https://t.co/2cEwbACTO5 https://t.co/7jGa6Uy8b7

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Department for Work and Pensions
1 Oct 2021, 9:45 a.m.

If you're in financial difficulty, you can access money and debt guidance for free The Money Navigator Tool from @MoneyHelperUK can provide guidance based upon your own circumstances and help you find support in your area Use the tool today https://t.co/b0bzFa1Dgo https://t.co/QlDPL7n4aR

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Department for Work and Pensions
1 Oct 2021, 11:01 a.m.

If you're in London on Tuesday 5th October, you can join our event to #HaveYourSay on work, health and disability Register here https://t.co/8MTjUukuFz https://t.co/ZETv1RkhH3

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Department for Work and Pensions
1 Oct 2021, 3:03 p.m.

Information for claimants: From 5 April 2021, we made a change to some of the envelopes used to send you letters You may receive some post from the Department in a white envelope rather than the usual brown (manila) envelope Don't bin it, open it https://t.co/Wdjys7XBuk

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Department for Work and Pensions
10 Oct 2021, 10 a.m.

“Don’t miss your chance to have your voice heard” Ross is backing our call for responses to our health and disability green paper #HaveYourSay here https://t.co/oieZmxGBeU https://t.co/WCNequLG0Y

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Department for Work and Pensions
10 Oct 2021, 10:20 a.m.

#JobHelp is full of advice and tips from Work Coaches to help you land your next role We’ll help you find it https://t.co/nDDtPuKTs9

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Department for Work and Pensions
10 Oct 2021, 3:15 p.m.

Today marks World Mental Health Day Did you know #AccessToWork could pay for mental health support to help you or your employees at work? Find out more about how Access to Work could support you https://t.co/4IY19C7kda https://t.co/1MLS0GO2Ng

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Department for Work and Pensions
11 Oct 2021, 11:01 a.m.

Today is the last day you can respond to our health and disability green paper Click the link below to join Beth and #HaveYourSay https://t.co/oieZmxGBeU https://t.co/jkgr6xQSao

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Department for Work and Pensions
11 Oct 2021, 11:30 a.m.

We understand that working can be difficult if you have a mental health condition. #AccessToWork could provide support to help you stay in work Find out more https://t.co/bnLvgNYmyT #NationalDisabilityStrategy https://t.co/FHfdnsPbKn

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Department for Work and Pensions
11 Oct 2021, 12:01 p.m.

The EU #SettlementScheme application deadline has now passed If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen and were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, you can still make a late application to continue to reside, work, and access benefits in the UK Visit https://t.co/XRLIoXAWb8 https://t.co/JylOa0vFHu

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Department for Work and Pensions
11 Oct 2021, 12:30 p.m.

🏎️ The #Kickstart Scheme helped Shaun pursue his passion for video games with @classicracesim 🗣️ "I've got various different fields that I can now move into, thanks to the experience I've learnt through Kickstart" 👉 Find out how Kickstart can help you: https://t.co/nC3TGgpktH https://t.co/ifwzy5wLPL

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Department for Work and Pensions
11 Oct 2021, 3 p.m.

Be fraud aware and protect your personal details at all times Your information could be used by criminals to commit benefit and other fraud https://t.co/1ARqFcNy5B https://t.co/V7W7ykOIr6

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Department for Work and Pensions
11 Oct 2021, 4 p.m.

Our health and disability green paper closes this evening Click the link below to join Mo and #HaveYourSay https://t.co/oieZmxGBeU https://t.co/MxKHeZlSvf

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Department for Work and Pensions
12 Oct 2021, 12:10 p.m.

With so many different job roles and great opportunities for development, find out if you’ve got what it takes to work in haulage and logistics https://t.co/yp9pmAchlZ #JobHelp https://t.co/uBzNbLMtLN

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Department for Work and Pensions
12 Oct 2021, 5:50 p.m.

You can take a look at current #Kickstart Scheme vacancies through our Find a Job service It is quick, simple and you don’t need to register to use the site https://t.co/Ph9TPJn32G https://t.co/ipXcTAmiiQ

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Department for Work and Pensions
13 Oct 2021, 10:35 a.m.

Join us tomorrow from 11.30am to 12.00pm for our #DisabilityConfident webinar on Neurodiversity – language and communication-based challenges https://t.co/ym90SXX6eH It’s FREE and all you need to do is register. See you then! https://t.co/W8xkLyEulS

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20 Oct 2021, 9:30 a.m.

Be fraud aware and protect your personal details at all times Your information could be used by criminals to commit benefit and other fraud https://t.co/1ARqFcNy5B https://t.co/gMypIt80U6

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Department for Work and Pensions
20 Oct 2021, 9:01 a.m.

Are you an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen resident who was in the UK by 31 December 2020? You may need to apply to the EU #SettlementScheme to continue to reside, work and access benefits in the UK Visit https://t.co/XRLIoXAWb8 https://t.co/zTqdZ4K3RL

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Department for Work and Pensions
20 Oct 2021, 3:10 p.m.

Maya is one of thousands of young people aged 16 to 24 who have taken up paid employment through the #Kickstart Scheme Find out how you can join her https://t.co/Z1HlXIcIYo #PlanForJobs https://t.co/nJ35gKsok7

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Department for Work and Pensions
20 Oct 2021, 12:15 p.m.

Did you know that you could get #UniversalCredit payments, even if you are working? Eligibility criteria apply Find out more https://t.co/iWxKZXpHsP https://t.co/aA2G2eXl97

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Department for Work and Pensions
20 Oct 2021, 2:15 p.m.

A varied industry, with great opportunities for development. Find out if you’ve got what it takes to work in haulage and logistics https://t.co/Ccqsm03CFr #JobHelp https://t.co/iT5ylVHEBM

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Department for Work and Pensions
20 Oct 2021, 6:10 p.m.

Over 80% of disabled people acquire a disability while they are in work. Over 20,000 businesses have already signed up to #DisabilityConfident and ready to support their employees Sign up today https://t.co/v4MtUFK8HL #NationalDisabilityStrategy https://t.co/29Djx0jz1h

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Department for Work and Pensions
13 Oct 2021, 12:55 p.m.

A varied industry, with great opportunities for development Find out if you’ve got what it takes to work in haulage and logistics https://t.co/Ccqsm03CFr #JobHelp https://t.co/lHHvp5NovJ

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Department for Work and Pensions
13 Oct 2021, 6:20 p.m.

If you're in financial difficulty, you can access money and debt guidance for free The Money Navigator Tool from @MoneyHelperUK can provide guidance based upon your own circumstances and help you find support in your area Use the tool today https://t.co/b0bzFa1Dgo https://t.co/EzuY3EoaBa

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Department for Work and Pensions
14 Oct 2021, 10:15 a.m.

If you have a health condition or a disability that makes it difficult to work, even if you are working from home, support may be available Find out if you could get an #AccesstoWork grant to support you in work https://t.co/JnEiRc6X5H https://t.co/k3LnExGXhQ

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Department for Work and Pensions
14 Oct 2021, 12:01 p.m.

James is one of thousands of young people aged 16 to 24 who have taken up paid employment through the #Kickstart Scheme Find out how you can join him https://t.co/GaN3y3aLg7 https://t.co/0eWqCvt8Nm

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Department for Work and Pensions
14 Oct 2021, 3:45 p.m.

With Universal Credit, you only need to make one application and we will work out the right amount for your circumstances Find out more: https://t.co/Ix8SbxhLt0 https://t.co/PO8WyWEAGV

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Department for Work and Pensions
15 Oct 2021, 10:20 a.m.

Over 80% of disabled people acquire a disability while they are in work. @CocaCola_GB a #DisabilityConfident leader has been able to support Christine Find out more about Disability Confident https://t.co/RcV3W0Le9n #NationalDisabilityStrategy https://t.co/PgofnnKx2w

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Department for Work and Pensions
19 Oct 2021, 10:05 a.m.

With so many different job roles and great opportunities for development, find out if you’ve got what it takes to work in haulage and logistics https://t.co/yp9pmAchlZ #JobHelp #PlanForJobs https://t.co/5nhjY3kW2n

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Department Publications - Statistics
Tuesday 12th October 2021
Department for Work and Pensions
Source Page: Alternative Claimant Count statistics January 2013 to August 2021
Document: Alternative Claimant Count statistics, January 2013 to August 2021 (ODS)
Tuesday 12th October 2021
Department for Work and Pensions
Source Page: Universal Credit statistics, 29 April 2013 to 9 September 2021
Document: Universal Credit statistics, 29 April 2013 to 9 September 2021 (webpage)
Tuesday 12th October 2021
Department for Work and Pensions
Source Page: Alternative Claimant Count statistics January 2013 to August 2021
Document: Alternative Claimant Count statistics January 2013 to August 2021 (webpage)
Tuesday 12th October 2021
Department for Work and Pensions
Source Page: Universal Credit Payments with childcare element receiving the maximum amount: August 2020 to July 2021
Document: Universal Credit Payments with childcare element receiving the maximum amount: August 2020 to July 2021 (webpage)


Department Publications - News and Communications
Thursday 30th September 2021
Department for Work and Pensions
Source Page: Government launches £500m support for vulnerable households over winter
Document: Government launches £500m support for vulnerable households over winter (webpage)
Thursday 30th September 2021
Department for Work and Pensions
Source Page: Chancellor praises workers as Plan for Jobs enters next stage
Document: Chancellor praises workers as Plan for Jobs enters next stage (webpage)


Department Publications - Transparency
Friday 1st October 2021
Department for Work and Pensions
Source Page: Housing Benefit subsidy mid-year estimates: Apr 2021 to Mar 2022
Document: 2021 to 2022 Housing Benefit subsidy mid-year estimates expenditure/subsidy data for England, Scotland and Wales (XLS) (Excel)
Friday 1st October 2021
Department for Work and Pensions
Source Page: Housing Benefit subsidy mid-year estimates: Apr 2021 to Mar 2022
Document: 2021 to 2022 Housing Benefit subsidy mid-year estimates expenditure/subsidy data for England, Scotland and Wales (ODS) (ODS)
Friday 1st October 2021
Department for Work and Pensions
Source Page: Housing Benefit subsidy mid-year estimates: Apr 2021 to Mar 2022
Document: 2021 to 2022 Housing Benefit subsidy mid-year estimate form for England and Wales (ODT) (webpage)
Friday 1st October 2021
Department for Work and Pensions
Source Page: Housing Benefit subsidy mid-year estimates: Apr 2021 to Mar 2022
Document: 2021 to 2022 Housing Benefit subsidy mid-year estimate form for Scotland (ODT) (webpage)
Friday 1st October 2021
Department for Work and Pensions
Source Page: Housing Benefit subsidy mid-year estimates: Apr 2021 to Mar 2022
Document: 2021 to 2022 Housing Benefit subsidy mid-year estimate guidance notes for England and Wales (ODT) (webpage)
Friday 1st October 2021
Department for Work and Pensions
Source Page: Housing Benefit subsidy mid-year estimates: Apr 2021 to Mar 2022
Document: 2021 to 2022 Housing Benefit subsidy mid-year estimate guidance notes for Scotland (ODT) (webpage)
Friday 1st October 2021
Department for Work and Pensions
Source Page: Housing Benefit subsidy mid-year estimates: Apr 2021 to Mar 2022
Document: Housing Benefit subsidy mid-year estimates: Apr 2021 to Mar 2022 (webpage)
Thursday 7th October 2021
Department for Work and Pensions
Source Page: Social Security Advisory Committee business plan 2021 to 2022
Document: Social Security Advisory Committee business plan 2021 to 2022 (PDF)
Thursday 7th October 2021
Department for Work and Pensions
Source Page: Social Security Advisory Committee business plan 2021 to 2022
Document: Social Security Advisory Committee business plan 2021 to 2022 (webpage)


Department Publications - Guidance
Thursday 7th October 2021
Department for Work and Pensions
Source Page: Managed payments to mortgage lenders – information for lenders
Document: Managed payments to mortgage lenders – information for lenders (webpage)
Monday 4th October 2021
Department for Work and Pensions
Source Page: Apply for backdated State Pension if you’re a transgender woman
Document: Apply for backdated State Pension if you’re a transgender woman (webpage)



Department for Work and Pensions mentioned

Parliamentary Debates
Judicial Review and Courts Bill
98 speeches (27,093 words)
Tuesday 26th October - Commons Chamber
Ministry of Justice
Mentions:
1: Anne McLaughlin (SNP - Glasgow North East) If an individual feels that a public body—such as the NHS, their local council or the Department for - Link to Speech

Slough Borough Council
1 speech (1,576 words)
Monday 25th October - Written Statements
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
Mentions:
1: Kemi Badenoch (CON - Saffron Walden) interests of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and the consultancy support available from the Department - Link to Speech

Covid-19 Update
45 speeches (5,520 words)
Thursday 21st October - Commons Chamber
Department of Health and Social Care
Mentions:
1: Christopher Chope (CON - Christchurch) I thank her for telling me that responsibility for vaccine damage is being transferred from the Department - Link to Speech

Business of the House
61 speeches (9,644 words)
Thursday 21st October - Commons Chamber
Leader of the House
Mentions:
1: Jacob Rees-Mogg (CON - North East Somerset) Members of Parliament, is providing a useful service to her constituents by getting in touch with the DWP - Link to Speech
2: Patricia Gibson (SNP - North Ayrshire and Arran) I wrote to the DWP Secretary of State about this on 8 August and not yet received a response. - Link to Speech

Elections Bill (Ninth sitting)
195 speeches (15,146 words)
Thursday 21st October - Public Bill Committees
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
Mentions:
1: None confirming entitlement to benefits or the state pension;pension or benefit correspondence from the Department - Link to Speech

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL]
241 speeches (36,261 words)
Thursday 21st October - Lords Chamber
Department for Education
Mentions:
1: Baroness Sherlock (LAB - Life peer) However, DWP does not think its benefit system is there to support students in education and training - Link to Speech
2: Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen (CON - Life peer) Sherlock, talked about, there should be a joined-up approach between the Department for Education and the DWP - Link to Speech
3: None New small and medium-sized businesses can apply directly to DWP—we received feedback saying that this - Link to Speech

Drugs: Black Review
25 speeches (1,651 words)
Tuesday 19th October - Lords Chamber
Department of Health and Social Care
Mentions:
1: Lord Kamall (CON - Life peer) Health and Social Care, the Home Office, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, the Department - Link to Speech

Post Office Closures
48 speeches (13,497 words)
Tuesday 19th October - Westminster Hall
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Mentions:
1: David Linden (SNP - Glasgow East) On the subject of benefits, the decision by the Department for Work and Pensions to move away from the - Link to Speech
2: Paul Scully (CON - Sutton and Cheam) It is for the Department for Work and Pensions specifically to work out who the contract is with. - Link to Speech

Compensation (London Capital & Finance plc and Fraud Compensation Fund) Bill
12 speeches (11,118 words)
Tuesday 19th October - Lords Chamber

Mentions:
1: Lord Tunnicliffe (LAB - Life peer) I am glad that the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions confirmed - Link to Speech
2: Viscount Younger of Leckie (CON - Excepted Hereditary) DWP is now planning the secondary legislation relating to Section 125 of the Act. - Link to Speech

Inequalities of Region and Place
25 speeches (15,169 words)
Thursday 14th October - Lords Chamber
Home Office
Mentions:
1: Lord Greenhalgh (CON - Life peer) p> That has been agreed on a cross-cutting basis, with BEIS, DCMS, Defra, DfE, DfT, DIT, and DWP - Link to Speech

Social Care in England
27 speeches (19,155 words)
Thursday 14th October - Lords Chamber
Department of Health and Social Care
Mentions:
1: Lord Bichard (CB - Life peer) Some of these are administered by the DWP, some by local authorities and some by the NHS. - Link to Speech

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL]
221 speeches (35,115 words)
Tuesday 12th October - Lords Chamber
Department for Education
Mentions:
1: Lord Lucas (CON - Excepted Hereditary) There are also networks based in BEIS and in the Department for Work and Pensions. - Link to Speech

Child Trust Funds
23 speeches (1,705 words)
Monday 11th October - Lords Chamber
Ministry of Justice
Mentions:
1: Lord Flight (CON - Life peer) Can the Minister advise the House as to whether the DWP working group has considered this issue? - Link to Speech



Select Committee Documents
Monday 25th October 2021
Correspondence - Correspondence from Peter Schofield CB, Permanent Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions, re TM15 – DWP Employment Support – Recommendation 2, dated 29 September 2021

Public Accounts Committee

Found: Correspondence from Peter Schofield CB, Permanent Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions, re TM15

Monday 25th October 2021
Correspondence - Correspondence from Peter Schofield CB, Permanent Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions, re TM26 DWP Accounts 2019/2020 Recommendation 2, dated 22 September 2021

Public Accounts Committee

Found: Correspondence from Peter Schofield CB, Permanent Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions, re TM26

Monday 25th October 2021
Correspondence - Correspondence from Peter Schofield CB, Permanent Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions, re DWP follow up to the Public Accounts Committee hearing on 9th September 2021, dated 6 October 2021

Public Accounts Committee

Found: Correspondence from Peter Schofield CB, Permanent Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions, re DWP



Written Answers
Pre-school Education: Blackpool North and Cleveleys
Asked by: Paul Maynard (Conservative - Blackpool North and Cleveleys)
Wednesday 27th October 2021

Question to the Department for Education:

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of families in Blackpool North and Cleveleys have taken up their entitlement to 15 hours of early education and childcare per week.

Answered by Will Quince - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)

Data on the number and percentage of children registered to receive the funded early education entitlements is published in the 'Education provision: children under 5' national statistics release which can be found here: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-statistics/education-provision-children-under-5/2021.

The table shows the number and percentage (where available) of eligible 2 year old and 3 and 4 year old children registered to receive funded early education, extended funded early education, and those in receipt of early years pupil premium.

Data is not available at parliamentary constituency level, therefore it has been provided for Blackpool local authority.

Data is not held for the number of parents eligible for early years pupil premium or extended funded early education at local authority or parliamentary consistency level, therefore percentages cannot be provided.

Number and take up rate of eligible 2 year olds and 3 and 4 year old children registered to receive funded early education, extended early education and those in receipt of early years pupil premium January 2021 Blackpool local authority:

Number

Take up rate

Eligible 2 year olds funded early education

496

60%

3 and 4 year olds funded early education

2,900

87%

3 and 4 year olds extended early education

836

data not available

Early years pupil premium

295

data not available

Source: Early Years Census and School Census

  1. Children who split their entitlement across more than one private, voluntary, or Independent provider are only counted at the provider where they spend the majority of their time.
  2. 2021 is the first year of data covering COVID-19, collected during January's national lockdown. A higher proportion of children recorded as registered to receive early education entitlements will have been temporarily absent during census week itself than previous years.
  3. The estimated number of eligible two year old children is derived from data supplied by the Department for Work and Pensions each November. It represents the best data available on the number of children meeting the benefit and tax credit eligibility criteria. Since 2019 it includes universal credit recipients.
Pre-school Education: Pupil Premium
Asked by: Paul Maynard (Conservative - Blackpool North and Cleveleys)
Wednesday 27th October 2021

Question to the Department for Education:

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of eligible parents in Blackpool North and Cleveleys claim the Early Years Pupil Premium.

Answered by Will Quince - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)

Data on the number and percentage of children registered to receive the funded early education entitlements is published in the 'Education provision: children under 5' national statistics release which can be found here: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-statistics/education-provision-children-under-5/2021.

The table shows the number and percentage (where available) of eligible 2 year old and 3 and 4 year old children registered to receive funded early education, extended funded early education, and those in receipt of early years pupil premium.

Data is not available at parliamentary constituency level, therefore it has been provided for Blackpool local authority.

Data is not held for the number of parents eligible for early years pupil premium or extended funded early education at local authority or parliamentary consistency level, therefore percentages cannot be provided.

Number and take up rate of eligible 2 year olds and 3 and 4 year old children registered to receive funded early education, extended early education and those in receipt of early years pupil premium January 2021 Blackpool local authority:

Number

Take up rate

Eligible 2 year olds funded early education

496

60%

3 and 4 year olds funded early education

2,900

87%

3 and 4 year olds extended early education

836

data not available

Early years pupil premium

295

data not available

Source: Early Years Census and School Census

  1. Children who split their entitlement across more than one private, voluntary, or Independent provider are only counted at the provider where they spend the majority of their time.
  2. 2021 is the first year of data covering COVID-19, collected during January's national lockdown. A higher proportion of children recorded as registered to receive early education entitlements will have been temporarily absent during census week itself than previous years.
  3. The estimated number of eligible two year old children is derived from data supplied by the Department for Work and Pensions each November. It represents the best data available on the number of children meeting the benefit and tax credit eligibility criteria. Since 2019 it includes universal credit recipients.
Cycling: Older People
Asked by: Dan Jarvis (Labour - Barnsley Central)
Tuesday 26th October 2021

Question to the Department for Transport:

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a cycle scheme whereby people of pension age can obtain commuter bikes and cycling accessories at a discounted rate; and whether he has had discussions with Ministerial colleagues in the Department for Work and Pensions on such a scheme.

Answered by Chris Heaton-Harris - Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The Department has not made any detailed assessment of the potential merits of introducing such a scheme. The Cycle to Work scheme enables employees of any age to hire a cycle and safety equipment from their employer through a salary sacrifice arrangement, effectively providing access to cycles at a discount. For those who are not in employment, no similar scheme is in place, but the Department is supporting pilot schemes in a number of local authority areas to test approaches to providing e-cycles to those with the highest need, including those that cannot benefit from the cycle to work scheme. The Department is also due to launch a national e-cycle support programme shortly, building on the lessons learned from these pilot schemes. It is also developing a social prescribing pilot scheme to be rolled out in some local authority areas which could involve providing subsidised access to cycles for older people.

Dementia
Asked by: Rachael Maskell (Labour (Co-op) - York Central)
Tuesday 26th October 2021

Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which (a) offices and (b) other Government departments officials working on dementia in his Department engage with as part of their roles.

Answered by Gillian Keegan - Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Since work on the development of the new dementia strategy has resumed, officials have been engaging with a range of stakeholders including members of the Dementia Programme Board such as the Alzheimer’s Society, NHS England and NHS Improvement and the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities. In addition, Departmental officials have engaged with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Department for Transport and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Food: Industry
Asked by: Baroness Jones of Whitchurch (Labour - Life peer)
Tuesday 26th October 2021

Question to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to tackle the estimated 500,000 job vacancies across the food and drink sector.

Answered by Lord Benyon - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

Defra is working closely with the food and drink sector to understand labour demand and supply, including both permanent and seasonal workforce requirements.

The Seasonal Workers Pilot was expanded for 2021, from 10,000 to 30,000 visas, granted for workers to come to the UK for a period of up to six months to work in the edible horticulture sector.

Although pilot numbers have increased, it is not designed to meet the full labour needs of the horticultural sector. This workforce boost will complement the workers already resident in the UK and looking to take up farm work during the busy harvest months, following in the footsteps of those who took up positions last summer to help keep the nation fed despite the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic.

In response to the current exceptional circumstances, up to 5500 poultry workers and 5000 HGV drivers transporting food and fuel will be able to enter the UK for work in the lead up to Christmas 2021. This is a temporary, emergency measure. 800 pork butchers will also be able to enter and work in the UK for a period of six months. This additional temporary adjustment is in addition to foreign butchers already being eligible since January 2021 to apply to come to the UK through the Skilled Worker Route as part of the point-based immigration system.

In 2021 and beyond, businesses will continue to be able to rely on EU nationals living in the UK with settled or pre-settled status. Over 5.3 million EU citizens and their families have been granted status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

The Government is encouraging all sectors, including the food and drink sector, to make employment more attractive to UK domestic workers through offering training, careers options, wage increases and to invest in automation technology.

To help with these efforts, Defra is working with industry and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to raise awareness of career opportunities within the food and drink sector among UK workers.

All food and drink sector businesses are encouraged to advertise roles through the Find A Job website, where they can upload and manage their vacancies. DWP does not charge for this service and it is available across the United Kingdom.

Defra also welcomes the Ministry of Justice’s work on the Release On Temporary Licence scheme for work across a number of sectors, including the food and drink sector. The scheme aims to help prisoners gain useful skills and work experience as they approach their release.

Pigs: Slaughterhouses
Asked by: Simon Jupp (Conservative - East Devon)
Monday 25th October 2021

Question to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to tackle labour shortages in the pig processing industry.

Answered by Victoria Prentis - Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

The Government has announced a package of measures to support the pig industry. These measures come in recognition of the unique temporary circumstances farmers are facing, brought about by the global economy responding to the impacts of the pandemic, the loss of the Chinese export market for some processors and the global pressures facing supply chains worldwide.

From November 2021, these measures include allowing up to 800 temporary pig butchers to enter the UK to work for six months. This temporary adjustment is in addition to foreign butchers already being eligible to apply to come to the UK through the Skilled Worker Route as part of the point-based immigration system.

The temporary visas are not a long-term solution and businesses must make long term investments in the UK domestic workforce to build a high-wage, high-skill economy, instead of relying on overseas labour. The Government expects the pork sector to encourage better training offers, career options and wage increases to ensure that the sector draws on the large domestic labour pool in the UK, as well as investing in technology across the industry.

To support these efforts, Defra is working with industry and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to raise awareness of career opportunities within the food and farming sectors among UK workers. All pig farming and processing businesses are encouraged to advertise roles through DWP's Find A Job website, where they can upload and manage their vacancies. The DWP does not charge for this service and it is available across the United Kingdom.

In 2021 and beyond, the pig industry will continue to be able to rely on EU nationals living in the UK with settled or pre-settled status. Over 5.3 million EU citizens and their families have been granted status under the EU Settlement Scheme and EU nationals who have settled status can continue to travel to the UK to do seasonal work in the pig processing sector in 2021.

Defra is also working closely with the Home Office to ensure there is a long-term strategy for the food and farming workforce beyond 2021.

Large Goods Vehicle Drivers
Asked by: Feryal Clark (Labour - Enfield North)
Monday 25th October 2021

Question to the Department for Transport:

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to Answer of 20 September to Question 47079, what (a) number of training places were created for job seekers to drive HGVs, (b) additional amount of money was provided to fund these places and (c) number of places were created for apprenticeships, and (d) number of additional HGV driver testing places have been created since September 2020.

Answered by Trudy Harrison - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The requested information on the number of training places created for job seekers to drive HGVs and the amount of funding provided for the places is not available. The DWP Sector-based Work Academy Programme (SWAPs) statistics include non-HGV driver roles and it is not possible to split HGV driver SWAPs from the data. It is also not possible to identify purchases of HGV driver training within general Flexible Support Fund spending.

The number of apprenticeship places is not limited. There were 1,739 LGV Driver apprenticeship starts in the academic year 2020/21. The new Large Goods Vehicle Driver apprenticeship was made available on 2 August 2021. The data for starts since its introduction is not yet available.

Weekly HGV testing capacity prior to March 2020 was 1,500. Additional capacity has been incrementally put into place since May this year, through operational and legislative changes. Currently there are up to 2,850 HGV tests are available weekly.

Local Government: Food Poverty
Asked by: Rachael Maskell (Labour (Co-op) - York Central)
Friday 22nd October 2021

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he has had recent discussions with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the role of local authorities in addressing food poverty in localities.

Answered by Kemi Badenoch - Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (jointly with Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

The Department for Work and Pensions lead cross-government action on tackling poverty, including with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and other departments specifically on food poverty. Officials have been working closely with DEFRA and other departments to deliver a number of key cross-cutting outcomes, including addressing poverty through enabling progression into work and increasing financial resilience.

Energy Supply: Older People
Asked by: Neale Hanvey (Alba Party - Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath)
Friday 22nd October 2021

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing support to pensioners to avoid fuel poverty ahead of the energy bill increases expected in October 2021.

Answered by Greg Hands - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

This winter, the energy price cap will continue to protect around 15 million British households on default tariffs, saving them between £75 and £100 a year on dual fuel bills. A £500 million Household Support Fund has also been announced by the Department for Work and Pensions to help vulnerable people with essential household costs over this winter.

The Winter Fuel Payment provides pensioners with support for their energy bills over winter. The Government has committed to keeping the winter fuel payment and will continue to pay £200 to eligible households with those aged between state pension age and 79, and £300 to a household with those aged 80 or over.

The Warm Home Discount scheme, worth £354 million this year, further provides eligible low-income and vulnerable households with £140 off their fuel bill over winter. Around one million low-income pensioner households – in receipt of the Guarantee Credit element of the Pension Credit – will receive a rebate this winter. The scheme will be extended to 2026 and continue to support low-income pensioners with their energy bills.

Warm Home Discount Scheme
Asked by: Neale Hanvey (Alba Party - Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath)
Friday 22nd October 2021

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions officials in his Department have had with representatives of energy companies on ensuring that the Warm Home Discount Scheme provided by those companies remains fit for purpose.

Answered by Greg Hands - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

In the summer, the Government consulted on extending, expanding, and reforming the Warm Home Discount scheme from 2022 until 2026 at least. The measures included expanding the overall spending envelope from around £350 million to £475 million (in 2020 prices) and increasing the value of the rebates to households to £150, which would mean 3 million low-income and vulnerable households each winter would receive a rebate. We also proposed reforming the scheme to better target those in fuel poverty and enabling the vast majority of households to receive their rebates automatically without having to apply, as around half of recipients currently do.

The consultation received responses from a large cross-section of stakeholders, including from energy suppliers. We will publish the Government’s response to the consultation in the coming months.

In addition, officials from BEIS, the Department for Work and Pensions, and Ofgem continue to engage regularly with energy suppliers on the functioning of the scheme.

Maternity Allowance and Parental Pay
Asked by: Kirsten Oswald (Scottish National Party - East Renfrewshire)
Friday 22nd October 2021

Question to the HM Treasury:

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many new claims for (a) statutory paternity pay, (b) statutory maternity pay and (c) maternity allowance were approved in each quarter of financial year 2020-21.

Answered by Lucy Frazer - Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)

The information is not held in the form requested. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) does hold information on claimants of statutory maternity pay and statutory paternity pay, but this is not limited to new claims. Quarterly counts of claims would include claimants in each quarter in which they received the statutory payment. HMRC does not hold any information on payments of Maternity Allowance.

The Department for Work and Pensions publishes statistics about benefits, including average caseloads for Statutory Maternity Pay and Maternity Allowance:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/benefit-expenditure-tables

Immigration: EU Nationals
Asked by: Paul Blomfield (Labour - Sheffield Central)
Friday 22nd October 2021

Question to the Home Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department is providing to (a) banks and (b) mortgage lenders on (i) EU Settled Status and (ii) accepting digital proof of that status.

Answered by Kevin Foster - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

We are enabling other government departments and public authorities to be able to automatically access immigration status information. Currently, this includes the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and NHS England and Wales.

The data made available is specific to the need of each department and contains only the necessary information to inform their decision making. By making data available in this way, we are reducing the number of occasions on which an individual has to prove their status in the UK. The Borders, Immigration and Citizenship Privacy Notice provides information about how we share data with other government departments.

When applying for banking services, all individuals are required to provide proof of their identity as part of anti-money laundering, regulatory ‘Know Your Customer’ (KYC) checks.

We have produced guidance for financial providers to help them understand the documents we issue, including eVisas, and how they can be used as proof of identity for the purposes of KYC checks. This can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/biometric-residence-documents-information-for-financial-providers

As detailed in this guidance, financial institutions can check someone’s identity, using the online ‘View and Prove’ service at:

https://www.gov.uk/check-immigration-status.

This enables checks to be conducted without physical documents changing hands or the checker having to assess the authenticity of the documents and whether the person presenting it is the rightful holder.

Migrant Workers: Clothing
Asked by: John McNally (Scottish National Party - Falkirk)
Friday 22nd October 2021

Question to the Home Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government plans to add the garment industry to the Shortage Occupation List.

Answered by Kevin Foster - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

The Skilled Worker route already contains several eligible occupations from this sector, such as weavers, upholsterers, tailors and dressmakers subject to salary and language requirements being met. An occupation at RQF3 or above does not need to be on the Shortage Occupation List to qualify for recruitment under the Skilled Worker Route.

In their last call for evidence the independent Migration Advisory Committee received evidence from several stakeholders from the garment industry, but they concluded this evidence did not warrant occupations from this sector being added onto the SOL. We will also not be creating more general routes allowing recruitment at or near the minimum wage into this sector via immigration as an alternative to investing in UK based staff and offering them rewarding packages of terms and conditions.

More generally those business facing recruitment issues should, in the first instance, engage with the Department for Work and Pensions about the support they can offer in seeking recruits and supporting training.

Immigration: EU Nationals
Asked by: Paul Blomfield (Labour - Sheffield Central)
Friday 22nd October 2021

Question to the Home Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to reduce the administrative requirements on EU citizens with Settled Status to prove their status without physical documentation when accessing essential services.

Answered by Kevin Foster - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

We are enabling other government departments and public authorities to be able to automatically access immigration status information. Currently, this includes the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and NHS England and Wales.

The data made available is specific to the need of each department and contains only the necessary information to inform their decision making. By making data available in this way, we are reducing the number of occasions on which an individual has to prove their status in the UK. The Borders, Immigration and Citizenship Privacy Notice provides information about how we share data with other government departments.

When applying for banking services, all individuals are required to provide proof of their identity as part of anti-money laundering, regulatory ‘Know Your Customer’ (KYC) checks.

We have produced guidance for financial providers to help them understand the documents we issue, including eVisas, and how they can be used as proof of identity for the purposes of KYC checks. This can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/biometric-residence-documents-information-for-financial-providers

As detailed in this guidance, financial institutions can check someone’s identity, using the online ‘View and Prove’ service at:

https://www.gov.uk/check-immigration-status.

This enables checks to be conducted without physical documents changing hands or the checker having to assess the authenticity of the documents and whether the person presenting it is the rightful holder.

Driving: Qualifications
Asked by: Kirsten Oswald (Scottish National Party - East Renfrewshire)
Thursday 21st October 2021

Question to the Department for Transport:

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to offer support towards the cost of obtaining a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence for those people interested in (a) returning to and (b) taking up driving a lorry, bus, or coach professionally.

Answered by Trudy Harrison - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Responsibility for planning and completing the necessary training in order to meet Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) requirements lies with individual drivers and their employers. In some circumstances, employers might decide to support the driver financially to undertake the training. The cost of periodic training courses charged to the driver is decided by approved centres and determined by commercial factors.

Many employers are currently offering training packages to support drivers whose Driver CPC has lapsed to update their training through classroom or online courses. Heavy goods vehicle (HGV) licence holders, who are currently unemployed or are in receipt of Universal Credit can, at the discretion of local Department for Work (DWP) advisors, access the DWP Flexible Support Fund to renew their Driver CPC.

The Department for Education is also investing up to £10 million pounds to create new ‘Skills Bootcamps’ to train up to 5,000 people to become HGV drivers. These free, intensive courses will train drivers to be road ready and gain a category C or category C+E licence, helping to tackle the current HGV driver shortage.

An additional 1,000 people are expected to be trained through courses accessed locally and funded by the government’s adult education budget. To help make sure new drivers can be road ready as quickly as possible, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has also agreed to ensure that driving tests will be available for participants who have completed training courses as soon as possible.

British Citizens and EU Nationals: Social Security Benefits
Asked by: Stuart C McDonald (Scottish National Party - Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East)
Wednesday 20th October 2021

Question to the Home Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to help ensure that EU citizens with status and British citizens living in the UK who have received letters from the Department for Work and Pensions stating that they must apply for immigration status, following the UK's departure from the EU, within 28 days or their benefits will stop, do not have their entitlements terminated.

Answered by Kevin Foster - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

The Home Office has worked closely with the DWP to identify individuals in receipt of benefits who may be eligible but have yet to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). In trying to reach as many people as possible, there were a small number of instances where letters were sent to recipients who were naturalised, or dual British and EU citizens, or had other forms of immigration status.

We have taken a range of steps to ensure EU citizens with status and British citizens were removed from our data matching exercise, including re-running the exercise and establishing a dedicated customer service team to manage queries from those who had received a letter and are British or Irish citizens, or already held a valid immigration status. The helpline number was included in the letter sent out in August.

In September, DWP wrote to benefit holders who had still not applied to the EUSS or confirmed their immigration status in the UK with the Home Office, to determine whether they remained entitled to their benefits. Due to some overlap between the sharing of data lists and the DWP mailout, a small number of individuals were contacted by DWP despite having previously contacted the Home Office to confirm their status. Details of the individuals in this small cohort who have verified their status have now been passed to DWP to remove them from their data lists so no further action to suspend or terminate their benefits is taken as a result of not applying to the EUSS.

Individuals wishing to evidence their eligibility for benefits as a result of a letter received from DWP - including those who are British or Irish citizens or already have immigration status - must contact DWP. DWP will carry out further checks, including with the Home Office, and carefully consider evidence before taking any suspension or termination action.

Carer's Allowance
Asked by: Rachael Maskell (Labour (Co-op) - York Central)
Monday 18th October 2021

Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, further to the Answer of 16 September 2021 to Question 47013, what recent discussions has he had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the potential merits of increasing carer's allowance in respect of the forthcoming proposals for social care.

Answered by Gillian Keegan - Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

While there have been no specific discussions, we will ensure that unpaid carers have the support, advice and respite they need, fulfilling the goals of the Care Act 2014. We will work with the sector, including unpaid carers and the Department for Work and Pensions to develop our plans and publish further detail in a white paper for reform later this year.

Social Services: Task Forces
Asked by: Alex Sobel (Labour (Co-op) - Leeds North West)
Monday 18th October 2021

Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of a cross-departmental task force to improve housing options that include CQC-regulated social care.

Answered by Gillian Keegan - Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Government’s plan for health and social care, announced on 7 September, recognised the important role of housing in providing care and support to people in the community. We will invest in supported housing, including housing-with-care, as well as exploring other innovative housing solutions to support more people to live independently at home for longer, with personalised care and support.

The Department of Health and Social Care works closely with the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and the Department for Work and Pensions to increase the supply and quality of supported housing. We are engaging closely with the sector and a range of other stakeholders, including considering the merits of different engagement and delivery models including proposals from the sector for a cross-Government taskforce.

Social Services
Asked by: Alex Sobel (Labour (Co-op) - Leeds North West)
Monday 18th October 2021

Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to work with the Ministry of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to expand housing-with-care provision.

Answered by Gillian Keegan - Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Government’s plan for health and social care, announced on 7 September, recognised the important role of housing in providing care and support to people in the community. We will invest in supported housing, including housing-with-care, as well as exploring other innovative housing solutions to support more people to live independently at home for longer, with personalised care and support.

The Department of Health and Social Care works closely with the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and the Department for Work and Pensions to increase the supply and quality of supported housing. We are engaging closely with the sector and a range of other stakeholders, including considering the merits of different engagement and delivery models including proposals from the sector for a cross-Government taskforce.

Government Equalities Office: Departmental Responsibilities
Asked by: Kim Johnson (Labour - Liverpool, Riverside)
Tuesday 12th October 2021

Question

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what assessment she has made of the impact of her role as Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs on her ability to deliver her Department's Equalities agenda.

Answered by Elizabeth Truss - Foreign Secretary

The priorities of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the Equality Hub are closely aligned: both are working to promote the safety and empowerment of women and girls; share a commitment to advance LGBT equality through the Global LGBT Conference; are supporting our global leadership on disability rights; and collaborate across many other areas of work as we advance core freedoms and liberties across the world.

Whether it be banning the abhorrent practice of conversion therapy, ending violence against women and girls, or improving equality of opportunity in education here in the UK and internationally, joint working towards common goals strengthens our ability to deliver equality for all.

More broadly, having Ministers based across Government in the Department for Work and Pensions, the Department for International Trade, and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities will support our ambitions to build back fairer from COVID-19 and level up across the country.



Early Day Motions
Monday 18th October

Delays in the administration of the State Pension

26 signatures (Most recent: 27 Oct 2021)
Tabled by: Patricia Gibson (Scottish National Party - North Ayrshire and Arran)
That this House is deeply concerned about the delays being experienced by new pensioners in receiving State Pension payments to which they are entitled, with many still to receive their payments over a month after reaching State Pension age; notes that pensioner poverty has recently risen to a 15-year high …


Bill Documents
Oct. 27 2021
All proceedings up to 26 October at Public Bill Committee Stage
Elections Bill 2021-22 - Government Bill
Bill proceedings: Commons

Found: confirming entitlement to benefits or the state pension; pension or benefit correspondence from the Department

Oct. 27 2021
Notices of Amendments as at 27 October 2021
Elections Bill 2021-22 - Government Bill
Amendment Paper

Found: Health Service;(d)NHS Scotland; (e)all types of state funded schools; (f)local authorities; (g)the Department

Oct. 26 2021
Bill 25 -EN 2021-22
Pension Schemes (Conversion of Guaranteed Minimum Pensions) Bill 2021-22 - Private Members' Bill (Ballot Bill)
Explanatory Notes

Found: These Explanatory Notes have been prepared by the Department for Work and Pensions on behalf of Margaret

Oct. 26 2021
Bill 25 2021-22 (as introduced)
Pension Schemes (Conversion of Guaranteed Minimum Pensions) Bill 2021-22 - Private Members' Bill (Ballot Bill)
Bill

Found: of Guaranteed Minimum Pensions) BillEXPLANATORY NOTESExplanatory notes to the Bill, prepared by the Department

Oct. 26 2021
Public Bill Committee Amendments as at 26 October 2021
Elections Bill 2021-22 - Government Bill
Amendment Paper

Found: Health Service;(d)NHS Scotland; (e)all types of state funded schools; (f)local authorities; (g)the Department

Oct. 26 2021
Bill 25 -EN 2021-22 - large font accessible version
Pension Schemes (Conversion of Guaranteed Minimum Pensions) Bill 2021-22 - Private Members' Bill (Ballot Bill)
Explanatory Notes

Found: These Explanatory Notes have been prepared by the Department for Work and Pensions on behalf of Margaret

Oct. 22 2021
All proceedings up to 21 October 2021 at Public Bill Committee Stage
Elections Bill 2021-22 - Government Bill
Bill proceedings: Commons

Found: confirming entitlement to benefits or the state pension; pension or benefit correspondence from the Department

Oct. 22 2021
Notices of Amendments as at 22 October 2021
Elections Bill 2021-22 - Government Bill
Amendment Paper

Found: COMMITTEE STAGE 11(d)NHS Scotland; (e)all types of state funded schools; (f)local authorities; (g)the Department

Oct. 21 2021
All proceedings up to 21 October at Public Bill Committee Stage
Elections Bill 2021-22 - Government Bill
Bill proceedings: Commons

Found: confirming entitlement to benefits or the state pension; pension or benefit correspondence from the Department

Oct. 21 2021
Public Bill Committee Amendments as at 21 October 2021
Elections Bill 2021-22 - Government Bill
Amendment Paper

Found: confirming entitlement to benefits or the state pension; pension or benefit correspondence from the Department

Oct. 20 2021
Notices of Amendments as at 20 October 2021
Elections Bill 2021-22 - Government Bill
Amendment Paper

Found: confirming entitlement to benefits or the state pension; pension or benefit correspondence from the Department

Oct. 19 2021
Public Bill Committee Amendments as at 19 October 2021
Elections Bill 2021-22 - Government Bill
Amendment Paper

Found: confirming entitlement to benefits or the state pension; pension or benefit correspondence from the Department

Oct. 18 2021
Notices of Amendments as at 18 October 2021
Elections Bill 2021-22 - Government Bill
Amendment Paper

Found: confirming entitlement to benefits or the state pension; pension or benefit correspondence from the Department

Oct. 15 2021
Notices of Amendments as at 15 October 2021
Elections Bill 2021-22 - Government Bill
Amendment Paper

Found: Health Service;(d)NHS Scotland; (e)all types of state funded schools; (f)local authorities; (g)the Department



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Mims Davies (Conservative - Mid Sussex)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
27 Oct 2021, 10:34 p.m.

This Govt is committed to making work pay,helping more people on low incomes to keep more of their wages-we at @dwp are delighted with measures inc ✅ Reduction in UC taper rate ✅ Increasing work allowances by £500 ✅ Raising the National Living Wage #JobsCommunityProgression

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Mims Davies (Conservative - Mid Sussex)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
26 Oct 2021, 6:37 p.m.

👍Great to see @BITC & employers of all sizes getting involved with @DWP & supporting jobseekers with coaching & support to help them seize their next opportunity and progress in their careers #PlanforJobs #JobsCommunityProgression https://t.co/1Z3NDHnW9K

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Layla Moran (Liberal Democrat - Oxford West and Abingdon)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Development)
26 Oct 2021, 4:20 p.m.

@DebbyHallett_LD @DWP That’s so awful. If you need any help do email on a constituent capacity and we can

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Public Accounts Committee
26 Oct 2021, 2:29 p.m.

Thursday 10am 📺 🕵🏽‍♀️Tens of thousands of people -around 90% of them women- have been underpaid #StatePension for many years: This not the first widespread error @DWP in recent years & fixing these errors comes at great cost to the #taxpayer More info 👉🏽https://t.co/FzrVUlIF4A https://t.co/NdB6v8xn7a

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Government Legal Department
22 Oct 2021, 4:08 p.m.

To celebrate #BlackHistoryMonth we are sharing stories from our colleagues about what they are #ProudToBe. Today it's Sita Egole, Senior Lawyer, Department for Work and Pensions Legal Advisers. https://t.co/E5EUInW3BQ

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Barbara Keeley (Labour - Worsley and Eccles South)
22 Oct 2021, 2:27 p.m.

Good initiative by @TalkTalkGroup + @DWP to provide 6 months free broadband for jobseekers This will help jobseekers in #Salford to access training & support & also keep contact with local #JobCentrePlus as much assistance is now online https://t.co/ENHbw1YowM

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Thangam Debbonaire (Labour - Bristol West)
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
22 Oct 2021, 11:18 a.m.

Next, @jessicamordenmp asked about delays for constituents getting their pensions. Jacob Rees Mogg agrees this is worrying and says he will pass it on to DWP. https://t.co/BAQlj8mrDk

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Mims Davies (Conservative - Mid Sussex)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
21 Oct 2021, 11:01 p.m.

👍Great - in person! - meeting @DWP @RECPress @RECNeil & members today. Renewed our vital partnership & discussed collective steps underway to support people-at any age & any career stage-to get into work, progress & fulfil their potential #PlanForJobs #JobsCommunityProgression https://t.co/sl5XIuBIWl

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Mims Davies (Conservative - Mid Sussex)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
21 Oct 2021, 10:53 p.m.

Our dedicated @DWP teams are helping stop cycle of re-offending & are supporting prisoners to find work-a crucial part of turning their lives around & vitally cutting crime. Read more on our employment support for ex-offenders: https://t.co/o4MN9SVrC3 #JobsCommunityProgression https://t.co/qBnEkSGeUm

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Homelessness APPG
21 Oct 2021, 4:48 p.m.

Now onto the Q&A - @CommonwealCEO asks who else needs to be involved in this work? Responses from the panel emphasis the need to acknowledge the criminality that is happening in the sector now and the importance of involving all relevant Govt depts, inc. health, DWP, Treasury

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Lord Bird (Crossbench - Life peer)
21 Oct 2021, 3:22 p.m.

On Tuesday I asked @DWP what @UKParliament are doing to help those at risk of eviction because of COVID-19 A household is evicted every 63 minutes 1/3 of evictions explicitly mention Covid-19 related poverty We need to keep people in their homes #StopMassHomelessness https://t.co/oYhJ2Bj5Qg

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Henry Smith (Conservative - Crawley)
21 Oct 2021, 2:19 p.m.

Fantastic to meet Amanda and Chelsea at The Glam Salon in East Park, Southgate who are fundraising today for @BreastCancerNow #WearItPink! My thanks for their efforts and good to visit a new start-up #Crawley company who are taking on DWP/Job Centre Kickstart scheme employees! https://t.co/P7RyMEQeBw

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Guy Opperman (Conservative - Hexham)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
21 Oct 2021, 12:58 p.m.

At @Policy_Exchange where @theresecoffey sets out in detail the work @DWP is doing to ensure #Parisalignment as we journey to net zero 1/ 👍 https://t.co/SuNrSvY5nj

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Jessica Morden (Labour - Newport East)
Shadow Vice Chamberlain of HM Household (Whip)
21 Oct 2021, 12:38 p.m.

💷 In #BusinessQuestions I highlighted how constituents are not receiving their state pension on time, despite applying well in advance of reaching pension age. This should be matter of routine, but that isn't the case at the moment. There are questions for the DWP to answer. https://t.co/uiv1eGWijp

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Christina Rees (Labour (Co-op) - Neath)
21 Oct 2021, noon

I tried to get called during #PMQs yesterday to press the PM on why so many people are not being paid their State Pension on time. This follows on from my recent letter to DWP about my serious concerns for constituents. https://t.co/eTV3G0uwVA Here's what I would have asked 👇 https://t.co/lgRsT0MuAI

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Mims Davies (Conservative - Mid Sussex)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
20 Oct 2021, 10:07 p.m.

Great to join @LearnWorkUK today & deliver keynote address from @DWP HQ at #YouthEmployment21 – discussed how our expanded #PlanForJobs & extended #Kickstart scheme & #YouthHubs are helping young people get work, build confidence & to really progress #JobsCommunityProgression https://t.co/1woZe7wxnG

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Chloe Smith (Conservative - Norwich North)
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
20 Oct 2021, 4:27 p.m.

I was proud to speak at @RNIB Visibly Better reception in Westminster. Almost 2 million people in the UK live with sight loss and as the new @DWP Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work I am committed to seeing more in employment, living independent lives https://t.co/pR6rlSdPiZ

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Government Legal Department
19 Oct 2021, 4:45 p.m.

DWP Legal Advisers are proud to have played a key role in shaping and delivering the launch of #Kickstart, helping to get young people’s careers going #PlanForJobs. Find out more about the scheme: https://t.co/daSmFkT5uR https://t.co/qCxqH3bqSF

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Public Accounts Committee
19 Oct 2021, 1:26 p.m.

📣Last call to submit your views by *Monday 25th* 📣 to inform our inquiry on who's been underpaid their #StatePension, WHY & what @DWP is doing to put this - and similar problems it's experienced over many years across other #benefits - *right* 📖👉🏽https://t.co/FzrVUlIF4A https://t.co/4pWGLtoGz1

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Emma Hardy (Labour - Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle)
19 Oct 2021, 10:43 a.m.

2) as part of a “recommissioning process” by the Money and Pensions Service who are funded by DWP and are the largest contractor of community based debt advice in the region...

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George Freeman (Conservative - Mid Norfolk)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
17 Oct 2021, 1:46 p.m.

Thank you 🙏 @JudithWood2 And to all those unsung heroes on the frontline of our public services who are also often at risk: our Police officers, bus drivers, GP surgery, DWP & council staff and others. #MoreInCommon https://t.co/HhcmV2aRq4

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Debbie Abrahams (Labour - Oldham East and Saddleworth)
15 Oct 2021, 12:46 p.m.

Families share experiences of DWP deaths after viewing ground-breaking exhibition https://t.co/rDRry4kITY via @johnpringdns

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Guy Opperman (Conservative - Hexham)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
14 Oct 2021, 9:13 a.m.

At @dwp we are reforming pensions online with #pensionsdashboards and reforming written statements with #simplerstatements. Much more to do with both projects, but this twin track approach is the way ahead 👍 https://t.co/pHwgQjqoBF

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Mims Davies (Conservative - Mid Sussex)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
13 Oct 2021, 8:53 a.m.

A quick drop in to @dwp #Brighton JCP yesterday as part of our #PlanForJobs 1 year #JETS anniversary-thank you to our local team for all they are doing supporting people into jobs-the #HospitalityRocks campaign is brilliant & really supporting the sector #JobsCommunityProgression https://t.co/XljzKsTrR9

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Mims Davies (Conservative - Mid Sussex)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
12 Oct 2021, 5:44 p.m.

👍#PlanForJobs is working - well done to all at our JCPSs & across @DWP #JobsCommunityProgression https://t.co/R0H1E8eesc

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Andrew Griffith (Conservative - Arundel and South Downs)
12 Oct 2021, 5:19 p.m.

Glad to hear that #WestSussex will receive £4.8m from the £500m @DWP Household Support Fund, reaffirming the Government's commitment to protect the most vulnerable in our society. https://t.co/iLRh8s2jMA

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Thérèse Coffey (Conservative - Suffolk Coastal)
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
12 Oct 2021, 11:19 a.m.

Very encouraging news today that we have record number of people on payroll showing #PlanforJobs is working. We still have many people looking for work too, supported by @dwp, and we will continue to try to help employers fill their vacancies https://t.co/jDuYY8VLtz

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Mims Davies (Conservative - Mid Sussex)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
12 Oct 2021, 7:38 a.m.

In our @dwp Jobcentres we are connecting local jobseekers to the record number of vacancies out there - matching talent & opportunities across the country - so that people can find their next work opportunity & be ready to take their next step #JobsCommunityProgression https://t.co/d7JaQ1raSC

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Guy Opperman (Conservative - Hexham)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
11 Oct 2021, 10 a.m.

This work by @WorldBank @IMFNews is vital to the outcome of @COP26 Really pleased that the UK 🇬🇧 and @DWP are supporting with the our expanding ESG investment, world first implementation of climate related financial disclosure and the work of our 2021 #pensionsschemesact https://t.co/wQPcjsnMpw

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Guy Opperman (Conservative - Hexham)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
9 Oct 2021, 3:24 p.m.

My thanks to Nicola for organising - was also a chance for me to set out what we are doing to combat climate change in my portfolio @DWP + some of the decisions @RishiSunak has made / on his agenda 2/ https://t.co/yZTzNFYXnU https://t.co/yrLZnIfTTG

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George Freeman (Conservative - Mid Norfolk)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
8 Oct 2021, 6:42 p.m.

Another great #ConstituencyFriday around #MidNorfolk meeting: 👨‍🎓Fiona, Principal of @matrixeduinfo 🏡@BreckCouncil 🏘Mayor @atttowncouncil ⛪️ Bishop of Lynn @DioceseNorwich 👷Julia Nix & team @DWP Dereham 🚙Parents & head @robertkettsch re traffic chaos https://t.co/yK2sDTbpGw

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Mims Davies (Conservative - Mid Sussex)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
7 Oct 2021, 10:46 p.m.

@baljit_garcha @JPMarksDWP @RamachandranDWP @Prathiba01 @Hameraahmad1 @trish_nichols @Runningmum44 @deakin_aimee @helenbroadleyx @JWRTalks Had a fantastic, inspiring visit - thank you @DWP again for all your brilliant work daily changing lives #JobsCommunityProgression #LevellingUp

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Mims Davies (Conservative - Mid Sussex)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
7 Oct 2021, 10:37 p.m.

Great to visit & open our new @DWP Jobcentre in Maidstone today & meet some of the brilliant Work Coaches who are already busy matching local talent to the huge range of roles & training opportunities out there #JobsCommunityProgression #PlanForJobs #KickStart #Restart #JETS https://t.co/P2vFZRFJza

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Stuart C McDonald (Scottish National Party - Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Home Affairs)
7 Oct 2021, 3:06 p.m.

Another kick in the teeth for our EU citizens, courtesy of the Home Office and DWP. EU nationals with settled status warned benefits will stop in weeks https://t.co/kB8pKmNNvT

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Operational Delivery Profession
7 Oct 2021, 3 p.m.

This National Customer Service Week, Sonya Wilkinson from DWP shares her personal account of the challenges she overcame, to continue delivering excellent customer service during the pandemic. #NCSW21 #ProudToBeODP https://t.co/sO6aXa3sp0

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Luke Pollard (Labour (Co-op) - Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport)
Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
7 Oct 2021, 12:46 p.m.

According to data from the DWP, there are over 7000 children in my patch who are set to lose out as a result of this cut. Let’s be clear, the government have abandoned them.(4/9)

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Mims Davies (Conservative - Mid Sussex)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
7 Oct 2021, 12:43 p.m.

‼️Starting soon @ChathamHouse - live from our new @DWP #Maidstone JCP as part of #PlanforJobs https://t.co/rMQGPWIkbn

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National Audit Office
Oct. 20 2021
Departmental Overview 2020-21: The BBC Group (PDF)

Found: over than the amount of reduced over-75s grant it received from the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP



Department Publications - Policy paper
Wednesday 27th October 2021
HM Treasury
Source Page: Shared Outcomes Fund Round Two
Document: Shared Outcomes Fund Round 2: Pilot Project Summaries (PDF)

Found: This pilot will be led by DWP working with other departments including BEIS, DfE and HMRC in order

Wednesday 27th October 2021
HM Treasury
Source Page: Charter for Budget Responsibility: autumn 2021 update
Document: Charter for Budget Responsibility: autumn 2021 update (PDF)

Found: welfare cap is considered justified 3.36 There will then be a debate on a votable motion led by the Department

Wednesday 27th October 2021
HM Treasury
Source Page: Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021: documents
Document: Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 (web accessible) (PDF)

Found: Department for Education; Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Department for Transport; Department

Wednesday 27th October 2021
HM Treasury
Source Page: Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021: documents
Document: Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021: Policy costings (PDF)

Found: mendments Extension of eligibility for bereavement benefits to cohabitees with children DWP

Wednesday 27th October 2021
HM Treasury
Source Page: Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021: documents
Document: Spending Review 2021: Priority outcomes and metrics (PDF)

Found: Contributing departments are BEIS, DCMS, DLUHC , DWP and HO . 7 Metric not yet published.

Wednesday 27th October 2021
HM Treasury
Source Page: Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021: documents
Document: Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 (print) (PDF)

Found: Department for Education; Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Department for Transport; Department

Wednesday 27th October 2021
HM Treasury
Source Page: Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021: documents
Document: Statement of funding policy: funding the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and Northern Ireland Executive (PDF)

Found: Research and Development 1,018,000 100% 100% 100% 149,693,624 99.5% 99.50% 99.5% 65 Department

Wednesday 27th October 2021
HM Treasury
Source Page: Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021: documents
Document: Impact on households: distributional analysis to accompany Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 (PDF)

Found: points of the income distribution, 2009-10 to 201 9-20 Source: Households Below Average Income, DWP

Tuesday 19th October 2021
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Source Page: Net Zero Strategy: Build Back Greener
Document: Net Zero Strategy: Build Back Greener (PDF)

Found: published its investment in September 2021,7 and is progressing policy development through several Department

Monday 18th October 2021
HM Treasury
Source Page: Greening Finance: A Roadmap to Sustainable Investing
Document: Greening Finance: A Roadmap to Sustainable Investing (PDF)

Found: In July 2021, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) laid legislation before Parliament requiring



Department Publications - Statistics
Friday 22nd October 2021
Cabinet Office
Source Page: Civil Service diversity in West Midlands (England) by department: 2021
Document: Civil Service diversity in West Midlands (England) by department: 2021 (ODS)

Found: for Work and Pensions (excl. agencies) 2510 5090 7600 0.67 Work and Pensions Health and Safety Executive

Tuesday 19th October 2021
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Source Page: Net Zero: Daily life survey
Document: Net Zero: Daily life survey - wave 1 questionnaire (revised) (PDF)

Found: Contacted DWP/JobCentre Plus 4. Contacted local authority 5.

Thursday 14th October 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Health and Wellbeing Programme evaluation
Document: Evaluation of the new Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Health and Wellbeing Programme - Health and Wellbeing Fund report (PDF)

Found: Services) 4% Hospital 2% Police Below 1% Sheltered ac commodation/residential care home Below 1% Department

Thursday 14th October 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Health and Wellbeing Programme evaluation
Document: Evaluation of the new Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Health and Wellbeing Programme - Health and Wellbeing Alliance report (PDF)

Found: their work will also have implications fo r the policies of other government department s such as the Department

Thursday 14th October 2021
Ministry of Justice
Source Page: Justice Data Lab statistics: October 2021
Document: Spreadsheet Summary of JDL Publications (October 2021) (ODS)

Found: community, to help them access mainstream services – such as those provided by Skills Funding Agency and Department

Tuesday 12th October 2021
Cabinet Office
Source Page: Civil Service statistics: 2006
Document: Civil Service Statistics Bulletin: 2006 (PDF)

Found: convention means FTEs can be overstated in the annual figures, particularly for large departments like DWP

Tuesday 12th October 2021
Cabinet Office
Source Page: Civil Service statistics: 2007
Document: Civil Service Statistics bulletin: 2007 (PDF)

Found: Agency2,5002,4002,4802,390-20-10-0.7-0.3 Work and PensionsDWP Corporate and Shared Services10,5009,800n/an/a-20-20-0.2-0.2 DWP

Tuesday 12th October 2021
Cabinet Office
Source Page: Civil Service statistics: 2008
Document: Civil Service Statistics bulletin: 2008 (PDF)

Found: Agency2,5702,4802,5502,470-20-10-0.8-0.4 Work and PensionsDWP Corporate and Shared Services10,2809,590n/an/a000.00.0 DWP

Tuesday 12th October 2021
Cabinet Office
Source Page: Civil Service statistics: 2009
Document: Civil Service Statistics bulletin: 2009 (PDF)

Found: .-0.10.0 DWP Corporate Servicesn/an/a7,7507,450n/an/an/an/a DWP Shared Servicesn/an/a4,5804,130n/an/an

Tuesday 12th October 2021
Cabinet Office
Source Page: Civil Service statistics: 2010
Document: Civil Service Statistics bulletin: 2010 (PDF)

Found: The Scottish Government and ONS are working together to ensure consistent definitions in future.5 Department



Department Publications - Transparency
Tuesday 19th October 2021
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Source Page: Committee on Climate Change’s 2021 progress report: government response
Document: Committee on Climate Change’s 2021 progress report: government response (PDF)

Found: Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Table A9: Department for Education (DfE) Table A10: Department



Non-Departmental Publications - Transparency
Oct. 21 2021
BPDTS Ltd
Source Page: BPDTS Ltd: annual report and account 2020 to 2021
Document: BPDTS Ltd: annual report and account 2020 to 2021 (PDF)
Transparency

Found: Ltd is a private limited company and we predominantly provide digital and technology services to the Department

Oct. 21 2021
BPDTS Ltd
Source Page: BPDTS Ltd: annual report and account 2020 to 2021
Document: BPDTS Ltd: annual report and account 2020 to 2021 (webpage)
Transparency

Found: Ltd is a private limited company and we predominantly provide digital and technology services to the Department

Oct. 21 2021
BPDTS Ltd
Source Page: BPDTS Ltd: annual report and account 2020 to 2021
Document: BPDTS Ltd: annual report and account 2020 to 2021 (webpage)
Transparency

Found: digital technology company which had been set up to provide specialist digital technology services to the Department

Oct. 21 2021
Companies House
Source Page: Companies House annual report and accounts 2020 to 2021
Document: Companies House annual report and accounts 2020 to 2021 (PDF)
Transparency

Found: successful projects and Before joining Companies House, John-Mark held a number of roles in the Department

Oct. 18 2021
Public Health England (PHE)
Source Page: PHE spend over £25,000: October 2019
Document: PHE spend over £25,000: October 2019 (Excel)
Transparency

Found: SERVICE Q1 19/20NHSRVJDepartment of HealthPublic Health EnglandST MUNGOS43742.07992230.08661.2NULLUBC1HI: DWP

Oct. 18 2021
Pension Protection Fund
Source Page: Pension Protection Fund annual report and accounts 2020 to 2021
Document: Pension Protection Fund annual report and accounts 2020 to 2021 open document format (webpage)
Transparency

Found: See pages 34-35.12We will continue to work with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and other

Oct. 18 2021
Pension Protection Fund
Source Page: Pension Protection Fund annual report and accounts 2020 to 2021
Document: Pension Protection Fund annual report and accounts 2020 to 2021 (PDF)
Transparency

Found: See pages 20-21. 12We will continue to work with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and other

Oct. 18 2021
Pension Protection Fund
Source Page: Pension Protection Fund annual report and accounts 2020 to 2021
Document: Pension Protection Fund annual report and accounts 2020 to 2021 print-ready PDF (PDF)
Transparency

Found: an annual valuation of the PPF is also set out in the Framework document agreed between us and the Department

Oct. 13 2021
Committee on Fuel Poverty
Source Page: Committee on Fuel Poverty annual report: 2021
Document: Committee on Fuel Poverty annual report 2021 (PDF)
Transparency

Found: households should be substantially improved through the use of greater sharing of data between HMRC, DWP

Oct. 07 2021
Social Security Advisory Committee
Source Page: Social Security Advisory Committee business plan 2021 to 2022
Document: Social Security Advisory Committee business plan 2021 to 2022 (webpage)
Transparency

Found: From: Social Security Advisory Committee and Department for Work and Pensions Published 7 October 2021

Oct. 07 2021
Social Security Advisory Committee
Source Page: Social Security Advisory Committee annual report 2020 to 2021
Document: Social Security Advisory Committee annual report 2020 to 2021 (PDF)
Transparency

Found: been familiar with the work of the Committee over the past ten years Πboth during my time in the Department



Non-Departmental Publications - Statistics
Oct. 19 2021
Regulatory Policy Committee
Source Page: Simpler Annual Benefit Statements: RPC Opinion
Document: RPC Opinion: Simpler Annual Benefit Statements (PDF)
Statistics

Found: RPC - DWP - 5097(1) 07/10/21 Simpler Annual Benefit Statements Lead department Department for

Oct. 14 2021
NHS Digital
Source Page: Fit Notes Issued by GP Practices, England - June 2021
Document: Fit Notes Issued by GP Practices, England - June 2021 (webpage)
Statistics

Found: provide medical evidence for employers or to support a claim to health-related benefits through the Department



Non-Departmental Publications - Guidance and Regulation
Oct. 14 2021
UK Visas and Immigration
Source Page: Immigration Rules archive: 1 October 2021 to 5 October 2021
Document: Immigration Rules archive: 1 October 2021 to 5 October 2021 (PDF)
Guidance and Regulation

Found: (e) To evidence a pension: (i) Official documentation f rom: (1) The Department for Work and

Oct. 14 2021
Social Mobility Commission
Source Page: Toolkit: Apprenticeships that work for all
Document: Apprenticeships that work for all: A practical toolkit for employers, training providers and apprenticeship practitioners (PDF)
Guidance and Regulation

Found: Justice; Lt Cdr Norma Muyambo from the Ministry of Defence; Nicola Lee and Anne Dunwoodie from the Department