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Written Question
Local Housing Allowance
9 Mar 2021

Questioner: Giles Watling (CON - Clacton)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the local housing allowance for under 35 year olds to access available accommodation options.

Answered by Will Quince

For those under 35, the shared accommodation rate (SAR) of Local Housing Allowance applies to those living on their own and renting privately. However, there are certain exemptions which allow claimants to receive the higher one-bedroom rate instead of the SAR. These include those in receipt of the severe disability premium, care leavers up to the age of 22 and those over 25 who have spent at least three months in a homeless hostel.

As announced on 3 March, we will be extending the exemption for care leavers and former residents of homeless hostels to all qualifying under 25 year olds from June 2021. This will bring forward the planned implementation of these previously announced changed by over 2 years.

More broadly, in April 2020 LHA rates were raised, including all SARs, to the 30th percentile of local rents and are being maintained in cash terms for 2021/22.


Written Question
Pension Wise: Clacton
3 Dec 2020

Questioner: Giles Watling (CON - Clacton)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people living in Clacton have had a Pension Wise guidance appointment by telephone or in person in the last 12 months.

Answered by Guy Opperman

The Money and Pensions Service published annual data on pension wise appointments for 2019-2020 here:

https://moneyandpensionsservice.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Pension-Wise-Service-Evaluation-report-2019-2020.pdf(opens in a new tab).

This records that there were over 97k face to face and around 62k telephone appointments in 2019-20. This is the latest available annual published data.


Written Question
Universal Credit: Self-employed
23 Nov 2018

Questioner: Giles Watling (CON - Clacton)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government has taken in Budget 2018 to support self-employed people in receipt of universal credit.

Answered by Alok Sharma

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to Question 187028 on 6 November.


Written Question
Employment: Young People
19 Oct 2018

Questioner: Giles Watling (CON - Clacton)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of trends in the level of youth employment since 2010.

Answered by Alok Sharma

The youth labour market is performing well, according to data recently released by the independent Office for National Statistics.

The number of 16-24 years olds in employment level is currently 3.833 million (June-August 2018), this is an increase of 120,000 since 2010.

The youth unemployment is currently at a new record low of 10.8% - with the number of young people who are unemployed down by over 50% since 2010.