Anne-Marie Trevelyan Written Questions

5 Questions to Department for Work and Pensions tabled by Anne-Marie Trevelyan


Date Title Questioner
5 Jul 2019, 12:05 p.m. Pension Credit: North East Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners are entitled to pension credit but do not receive it in (a) the North East region and (b) Berwick upon Tweed constituency.

Answer (Guy Opperman)

The information requested on the number of pensioners in (a) the North East region and (b) Berwick upon Tweed constituency who are entitled to Pension Credit but do not receive it, is not available at regional or constituency level.

Official statistics on the take-up of income related benefits at Great Britain level, including Pension Credit, can be found in the ‘Income-related benefits: estimates of take-up in 2016 to 2017’ publication.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/income-related-benefits-estimates-of-take-up-financial-year-2016-to-2017

19 Mar 2018, 2:20 p.m. Funeral Payments: Children Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications for funeral expenses payments for children under (a) two, (b) five and (c) 18 years have been made in each of the last three years.

Answer (Kit Malthouse)

The information requested is not collated centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

21 Dec 2017, 3:42 p.m. Support for Mortgage Interest Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much Support for Mortgage Interest has been paid in each of the last five years; and what the maximum individual payment is in any single year.

Answer (Caroline Dinenage)

Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) expenditure and caseload estimates are provided in DWP Benefit expenditure and caseload tables. The table below shows the estimated expenditure on SMI in the last 5 years:

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

£287m

£256m

£240m

£209m

£205m

The maximum individual payment of SMI over the course of a year is currently £6,240. Within the last 5 years it has been £7,260 (2014/15) in a year.

21 Dec 2017, 3:35 p.m. Support for Mortgage Interest Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individuals received Support for Mortgage Interest in each of the last five years.

Answer (Caroline Dinenage)

Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) expenditure and caseload estimates are provided in DWP Benefit expenditure and caseload tables. The table below shows the estimated SMI caseload in the last 5 years:

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

178,000

159,000

136,000

128,000

124,000

21 Dec 2017, 3:32 p.m. Support for Mortgage Interest Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what functions Serco has been contracted to perform to support the new loan system for the Support for Mortgage Interest scheme from 5 April 2018.

Answer (Caroline Dinenage)

Serco have been contracted through an open competitive tendering exercise to deliver information provision to Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) customers who are in receipt of Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI). This provision takes the form of a telephony based Informed Discussion to ensure customers are fully aware about the upcoming change and the options available to them. At the end of the call customers are offered a loan application pack to complete and send back to the DWP. The service explicitly does not provide advice but does signpost to other organisations that can help customers who may need assistance on reaching a decision.

SMI loans will be paid by the Department in the same way as the SMI benefit is now. The registration of charges on the property and recovery arrangements will be delivered by the Department.