Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Work Capability Assessment (6 Jul 2016)

Priti Patel: Strict audit and quality control measures are in place to ensure the Centre for Health and Disability Assessments delivers high-quality assessments.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Low Incomes: North East (5 Jul 2016)

Priti Patel: Estimates of (a) pensioners and (b) children living in low income households in the North East of England are published in the National Statistics Households Below Average Income (HBAI) series. These are calculated on a three-year average basis as single year estimates are too volatile from year to year. In the North East, the proportion of pensioners with incomes below 60% of median...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Low Incomes: North East (5 Jul 2016)

Priti Patel: Estimates of (a) pensioners and (b) children living in low income households in the North East of England are published in the National Statistics Households Below Average Income (HBAI) series. These are calculated on a three-year average basis as single year estimates are too volatile from year to year. In the North East, the proportion of pensioners with incomes below 60% of median...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits (4 Jul 2016)

Priti Patel: The information requested is not readily available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Food Banks (4 Jul 2016)

Priti Patel: There are no plans for my Department to monitor the use of food banks. This is because as the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger noted that the reasons why people use food banks can be complex and are frequently overlapping. Their use cannot be attributed to a single cause.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits (4 Jul 2016)

Priti Patel: The information requested is not readily available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Food Banks (4 Jul 2016)

Priti Patel: There are no plans for my Department to monitor the use of food banks. This is because as the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger noted that the reasons why people use food banks can be complex and are frequently overlapping. Their use cannot be attributed to a single cause.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Children: Maintenance (29 Jun 2016)

Priti Patel: For the 1993 and 2003 Schemes the information you requested is set out on Page 40 of the Child Support Agency quarterly summary of statistics which can be accessed online at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/child-support-agenc y-quarterly-summary-of-statistics-march-2016 Information on enforcement for the 2012 scheme could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Children: Maintenance (29 Jun 2016)

Priti Patel: We are currently considering the recommendations contained in the Gingerbread report, Missing Maintenance. In relation to the recommendation on deductions from joint bank accounts, we have already started taking steps to implement this power and will be launching a public consultation soon on our proposed process to enable deductions from joint bank accounts. We remain committed to pursuing...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (29 Jun 2016)

Priti Patel: (i) For the financial year from 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2016, the Universal Credit programme paid for consultancy services from two firms at a total cost of £4.3m. These were service based contracts and we are unable to specify the number of people employed by these firms. (ii) For the current financial year, costs from 1st April 2016 to 31st May 2016 are available. Over this...

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