David Hanson Written Questions

Questions to Department for Work and Pensions tabled by David Hanson


Date Title Questioner
26 Mar 2019, 5:53 p.m. Homelessness: Offenders David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the pilot scheme to help homeless ex-offenders conducted by the Norfolk Community Foundation and Norfolk’s former High Sheriff in Norwich will be (a) launched and (b) concluded; and what criteria will be used to assess the scheme's effectiveness.

Answer (Justin Tomlinson)

This provision is expected to start in early June 2019, subject to standard DWP partnership checks and procedures being completed. It is planned to run for one year and will support approximately 24 ex-offenders recently released from prison. Evaluation will be conducted by the Norfolk Foundation in the form of an impact study.

DWP is committed to providing the best possible support for all our claimants, including the most vulnerable in society. We are continuously reviewing and improving the service for vulnerable people to ensure that it is accessible and responsive to their needs.

We encourage all our Jobcentre teams to consider opportunities for partnership-working, where local circumstances allow. Local areas have the flexibility to work alongside local and national organisations to help meet the needs of their communities, assisting our most vulnerable claimants, including those effected by homelessness.

In addition, all Jobcentres in England refer claimants considered to be homeless or at risk of homelessness, to the local authority to receive further housing support.

19 Mar 2018, 2:48 p.m. Poverty: Wales David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been deemed to be living in in-work poverty in each (a) constituency in Wales and (b) ward in Delyn in each year since 2010.

Answer (Kit Malthouse)

National statistics on the number of people living in in-work relative low income are set out in the annual "Households Below Average Income" publication. The numbers of people living in in-work relative low income is not available at constituency or ward level in this publication because the survey sample sizes are too small to support the production of robust estimates at this geography.

The percentage of working age adults living in relative low income by economic status at a UK level can be found in file “5_workingage_timeseries_risk.ods”, table 5_11ts and the number of working age adults living in relative low income for Wales can be found in file “5_workingage_timeseries_region.ods”, table 5.18ts.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/599136/hbai-2015-2016-supporting-ods-files.zip

20 Feb 2018, 1:10 p.m. Universal Credit: Prisoners David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions her Department has had with the Ministry of Justice on the merits of awarding universal credit to prisoners who are nearing completion of their sentence before they leave prison.

Answer (Kit Malthouse)

We are currently working with the Ministry of Justice to look at ways of developing the service for prison leavers claiming Universal Credit on release.

In the month leading up to their release, Prisoner Work Coaches can support prisoners in preparation to make a claim to Universal Credit. Following recent improvements to Universal Credit advances, claimants, including prison leavers, can now apply to receive up to 100% of their expected monthly entitlement from day one of their claim. Ministry of Justice and DWP are working collaboratively to ensure that prison leavers receive financial support and gain stability to find work on their day of release.

6 Feb 2018, 10:56 a.m. Universal Credit: Appeals David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to Answer of 29 January 2018 to Question 124093, on Social Security Benefits: Appeals, how many people waited (a) less than one month, (b) less than two months, (c) less than three months, (d) less than four months, (e) less than five months, (f) less than six months and (g) six months or more for mandatory reconsideration for universal credit in each year since its introduction.

Answer (Alok Sharma)

The information requested is shown in the table below:

Universal Credit (UC)

Mandatory Reconsiderations (MR) cleared within each time period

-

1 month

2 months

3 months

4 months

5 months

6 months

6 months +

Total

Apr 2014 – Mar 2015

1,890

30

#

#

#

#

#

1,920

Apr 2015 – Mar 2016

16,370

150

10

10

#

#

#

16,550

Apr 2016 – Mar 2017

18,000

3,910

3,890

1,320

60

30

30

27,260

Apr 2017 – Dec 2017

24,480

7,190

870

240

130

40

40

32,990

Notes:

Data has been rounded to the nearest 10.

‘#’ means fewer than 5 in this category.

5 Feb 2018, 1:52 p.m. Universal Credit David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit payments have been made to credit unions in each month since its introduction.

Answer (Alok Sharma)

The information requested is not available.

25 Jul 2017, 1:34 p.m. Personal Independence Payment: Delyn David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of constituents in Delyn constituency have had their personal independence payments overturned as a result of (a) mandatory reconsideration and (b) an appeal hearing in each year for which data is available.

Answer (Penny Mordaunt)

The latest available data on personal independence payment (PIP) clearances split by type of clearance (i.e. whether the claim was awarded, disallowed or withdrawn) can be found at https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/.

Guidance on how to use Stat-Xplore can be found here: https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/index.html

Table 1 below shows the number of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Mandatory Reconsideration decisions where the award was changed by year since the introduction of PIP in the Parliamentary Constituencies of Torfaen, Delyn and Jarrow.

Table 1 - Number of Mandatory Reconsiderations decisions where the award changed by financial year of decision.

Year of Mandatory Reconsideration

2013/14

2014/ 15

2015/ 16

2016/ 17

2017/18 (April 17 only)

Total

Torfaen

Less than 5

80

70

110

20

280

Delyn

Less than 5

30

30

60

10

130

Jarrow

Less than 5

20

40

80

10

150

Tables 2-4 below show the Number of appeals found in favour of appellant by financial year, data from Ministry of Justice.

Table 2

Jarrow1

Number Found in Favour of Appellant

Percentage Found in Favour of Appellant (at hearing)2

2013-143

PIP4

0

0%

2014-153

PIP4

15

58%5

2015-163

PIP4

76

49%

2016-173

PIP4

123

51%

Table 3

Torfaen constituency1

Number Found in Favour of Appellant

Percentage Found in Favour of Appellant (at hearing)2

2013-143

PIP4

Less than 5

Less than 5

2014-153

PIP4

80

69%

2015-163

PIP4

488

74%

2016-173

PIP4

516

70%

Table 4

Delyn constituency1

Number Found in Favour of Appellant

Percentage Found in Favour of Appellant (at hearing)2

2013-143

PIP4

0

0%

2014-153

PIP4

22

42%

2015-163

PIP4

194

52%

2016-173

PIP4

479

67%

1 Social Security and Child Support data are attributed to the hearing venue nearest to the appellants’ home address. For appellants living in Jarrow appeals are attributed to the South Shields venue. For appellants identified as living in Torfaen Constituency this would be Langstone Tribunal venue. For appellants identified as living in Delyn Constituency this would be this would be either Prestatyn or Wrexham Tribunal Venues.

2. Percentage Found in favour of Appellant this is based on the number found in favour as a percentage of the appeals cleared at hearing. In line with the published stats, data are not available at a level more-detailed than hearing venue.

3 By financial year - from April to March.

4 PIP replaced Disability Living Allowance for people aged 16 to 64 and rolled out from 8 April 2013. As such, appeal volumes in HM Courts & Tribunals Service in the Year 2013-2014 are low.

5 Indicates the population where the decision was in favour with 30 appeals or less

20 Jul 2017, 12:49 p.m. Personal Independence Payment: Delyn David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of constituents in Delyn constituency who had been categorised as lifelong recipients of disability living allowance have subsequently been judged as ineligible for personal independence payments in each year for which data is available.

Answer (Penny Mordaunt)

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

20 Jul 2017, 10:55 a.m. Children: Poverty David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what percentage of children were living in poverty in Delyn constituency in each year for which data is available.

Answer (Caroline Dinenage)

National statistics on the number of children in relative low income are set out in the annual "Households Below Average Income" publication. The number and proportion of children in relative low income is not available at local authority or constituency level in this publication because the survey sample sizes are too small to support the production of robust estimates at this geography.

Latest 3-year estimates for Wales of the proportion and number of children in low income are available in Table 4.16ts and Table 4.17ts in the file “4_children_timeseries_risk” from this link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/599136/hbai-2015-2016-supporting-ods-files.zip