Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Widowed Parent's Allowance (15 Jun 2016)

Priti Patel: Bereavement support payments will be introduced from April 2017 for new claimants only. Existing claimants of Widowed Parent's Allowance and Bereavement Allowance will remain on those benefits for the lifetime of their awards therefore there will be no impact on them or their families. Bereavement Support Payment is forecasted to cost the Department for Work and Pensions an extra £100m...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Children: Maintenance (14 Jun 2016)

Priti Patel: The impact assessment was completed in 2013, well before CSA cases started to be closed. These numbers have since been reviewed to reflect the experiences of the case closure journey. The initial estimate of £103m to review the cases has reduced to £75m as the updating work has taken less time than assumed when the impact assessment was completed. The initial estimate to set up the...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Children: Maintenance (14 Jun 2016)

Priti Patel: Where CSA arrears are moved across to the CMS system we will actively pursue collection where the CSA clients fall within three specific scenarios. These include firstly where a re-application has been made to CMS relating to the same case; secondly where the CSA arrears were being paid in the last 3 months prior to being moved over to the CMS system; and finally where a client actively...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment and Support Allowance (13 Jun 2016)

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

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Television: Licensing (13 Jun 2016)

Priti Patel: We are currently reviewing the strategic approach, to support citizens in the wider bereavement journey to support the Government’s 2020 vision and the better use of data across government. This review will include the Tell Us Once Service and the Department for Culture Media and Sport.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment and Support Allowance (13 Jun 2016)

Priti Patel: The information you have requested is not available. The decision as to whether a paper-based review is appropriate is made by the Healthcare Professional. Their decision on whether to do so is based on evidence provided by the claimant to support their claim including all medical evidence from the claimant’s GP, hospital doctor or other appropriate clinicians.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Disqualification (13 Jun 2016)

Priti Patel: The decision to temporarily reduce or halt a benefit payment is always thoroughly considered and is not something we do lightly. Claimants are only asked to meet reasonable requirements, taking into account their individual circumstances and capability, including health conditions, disability and any caring responsibilities. These requirements are clearly explained and agreed with their...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Disqualification (13 Jun 2016)

Priti Patel: All claimants who have been sanctioned can apply for a hardship payment. This is awarded when claimants demonstrate they cannot meet their immediate and most essential needs as a result of their sanction

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Disqualification (13 Jun 2016)

Priti Patel: The available information on Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanction decisions is published and can be found at: https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk Guidance on how to extract the information required can be found at: https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting -Started---SuperWEB2.html

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