Debates between Justin Tomlinson and Lindsay Hoyle during the 2019 Parliament

Mon 8th March 2021
2 interactions (93 words)
Mon 30th November 2020
2 interactions (164 words)
Mon 19th October 2020
2 interactions (93 words)
Mon 11th May 2020
5 interactions (180 words)
Mon 27th January 2020
2 interactions (90 words)

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Debate between Justin Tomlinson and Lindsay Hoyle
Monday 8th March 2021

(7 months, 3 weeks ago)

Commons Chamber

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Department for Work and Pensions
Justin Tomlinson Portrait Justin Tomlinson
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Although the vast majority of people who access their benefits get the outcome they were hoping for, we recognise the need for continuous improvements, which we make working hand in hand with health and disability charities, organisation users and frontline staff. In the forthcoming health and disability Green Paper, we will look at the specific themes of evidence, advocacy, assessment and the appeals system to ensure we continue to deliver those improvements.

Lindsay Hoyle Portrait Mr Speaker
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I am suspending the House for a few minutes to enable the necessary arrangements to be made for the next business.

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Debate between Justin Tomlinson and Lindsay Hoyle
Monday 30th November 2020

(11 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Department for Work and Pensions
Justin Tomlinson Portrait The Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work (Justin Tomlinson)
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The Department for Work and Pensions will work with disabled people, disabled people’s organisations and disability stakeholder groups on the Green Paper to shape the way we provide financial support and general support across our services. However, I remind the hon. Gentleman that this year, there has been a 5% increase—up to £20 billion—in supporting people with disabilities through benefits, and that the legacy benefit increases also impacted on the changes in the local housing allowance. There has also been the increase in discretionary housing support, the various employment support schemes and additional support from local authorities, from which many disabled people will have benefited.

Lindsay Hoyle Portrait Mr Speaker
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I say thank you to Secretary of State Coffey and her team—we have cleared everyone on the list. Thank you, everybody—we have all worked well together.

In order to allow the safe exit of hon. Members participating in this item of business and the safe arrival of those participating in the next, I am suspending the House for three minutes.

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Debate between Justin Tomlinson and Lindsay Hoyle
Monday 19th October 2020

(1 year ago)

Commons Chamber

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Department for Work and Pensions
Justin Tomlinson Portrait The Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work (Justin Tomlinson)
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I am very much aware of this. As the hon. Gentleman will understand, we suspended face-to-face assessments across all disability benefits following the public health guidance. We are working as quickly as we can to roll out telephone assessments for IIDB where possible, and as soon as it is safe to do so, we will return to face-to-face assessments.

Lindsay Hoyle Portrait Mr Speaker
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In order to allow the safe exit of hon. Members participating in this item of business, and the safe arrival of those participating in the next, I am suspending the House for three minutes.

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Debate between Justin Tomlinson and Lindsay Hoyle
Monday 11th May 2020

(1 year, 5 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Department for Work and Pensions
Justin Tomlinson Portrait Justin Tomlinson
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On behalf of the ministerial team, I would like to welcome the new shadow ministerial team. I look forward to working constructively with them.

In addition to the more than £1,000 increase to the universal credit standard rate, we have seen the annual benefit uprating of 1.7% across all our benefits. With disability benefits in particular, we have continued to make sure the gateway remains open, that claimants can have their assessments reviewed and that those with a terminal illness are being fast-tracked. We are doing all we can to get support to the most vulnerable people as quickly as possible.

Lindsay Hoyle Portrait Mr Speaker
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We go back to Craig Tracey.

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Lindsay Hoyle Portrait Mr Speaker
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Order. I am sorry, but that question was far too long.

Justin Tomlinson Portrait Justin Tomlinson
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Rightly, we target support at those most in need—those with low incomes—and they could, through universal credit, receive an additional £1,950 per year through the universal credit carer’s element, plus the extra £1,040 universal credit standard rate increase, which is the equivalent of the jobseeker’s allowance rate. I would encourage the claimant to look at all available support that they are entitled to.

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Debate between Justin Tomlinson and Lindsay Hoyle
Monday 27th January 2020

(1 year, 9 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Department for Work and Pensions
Lindsay Hoyle Portrait Mr Speaker
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27 Jan 2020, 3:06 p.m.

Obviously this is all tied in with Hartlepool.

Justin Tomlinson Portrait Justin Tomlinson
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27 Jan 2020, 3:06 p.m.

I thank my right hon. Friend for what he says, and it is absolutely clear to someone who visits a jobcentre anywhere in the country: for the first time, work coaches feel empowered to offer personalised, tailored support, working with external agencies to provide as much opportunity as possible. We must remember that under the legacy benefits £2.4 billion per year went unclaimed because the system was too complex for some of the most vulnerable people in society. That was not acceptable.