Written Question – Welfare [04/04/2017]

Question:
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether Ministers of his Department have plans to visit constituencies affected by the proposed closure of jobcentres. (69136)

Tabled on: 27 March 2017

Answer:
Damian Hinds:

The Secretary of State and his Ministers regularly visit DWP sites across the country, including Jobcentres.

The answer was submitted on 30 Mar 2017 at 14:20.

 

Written Question – Treasury [06/03/2017]

Question: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what comparative estimate he has made of the number of children living in poverty in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) Inverclyde constituency if child benefit is (i) frozen and (ii) increased in line with inflation in the next three years. (66159)

Tabled on: 01 March 2017

This question was grouped with the following question(s) for answer:

  1. To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of children living in poverty in Airdrie and Shotts constituency if child benefit is (a) frozen and (b) increased in line with inflation in the next three years. (66179) Tabled on: 01 March 2017
  2. To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of freezing rates of child benefit and child tax credit on families in Blaydon constituency. (66164) Tabled on: 01 March 2017
  3. To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of freezing rates of child benefit and child tax credit on families in Poplar and Limehouse constituency. (66165) Tabled on: 01 March 2017

Answer: Mr David Gauke:

The Government has considered the impact on all benefits and tax credits rates that are included in the four year uprating freeze. The Government has published an impact assessment at:

http://www.parliament.uk/documents/impact-assessments/IA15-006C.pdf

The answer was submitted on 06 Mar 2017 at 15:22.

Written Question – Int Development [24/02/2017]

Question:
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to increase cash-based approaches to international aid. (63983)

Tabled on: 17 February 2017

Answer:
Rory Stewart:

Decisions about the type and level of support for cash based approaches depend on a number of factors, including the maturity and coverage of cash transfer programmes, our objectives, value for money, burden share with other donors, and current and projected fiscal space of partner governments.

The answer was submitted on 24 Feb 2017 at 15:17.

 

Written Question – Broadband [22/02/2017]

Question:
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) households and (b) businesses have participated in the Government’s Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme. (63575)

Tabled on: 08 February 2017

Answer:
Matt Hancock:

The department and its local body partners have issued 13,475 Better Broadband codes since the beginning of the scheme in 2015. Over 4,200 codes have so far been redeemed with a supplier. Approximately 10% of these have been issued in Scotland.

The Department does not differentiate between homes or businesses. To be eligible for a code the applicant should be in a premise receiving broadband speeds of less than 2mbits/s and where there are no plans to provide a superfast connection in the near future.

The answer was submitted on 22 Feb 2017 at 10:20.

 

Written Question – Welfare [03/02/2017]

Question:
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will confirm that no compulsory redundancies will result from the closure of Port Glasgow Jobcentre. (62110)

Tabled on: 27 January 2017

Answer:
Damian Hinds:

We do not anticipate any compulsory redundancies as a result of merging staff and services from Port Glasgow into Greenock Jobcentre.

The answer was submitted on 03 Feb 2017 at 11:44.

 

Written Question – Welfare [03/02/2017]

Question:
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria were used to select Port Glasgow Jobcentre for closure. (62111)

Tabled on: 27 January 2017

Answer:
Damian Hinds:

The Department has sought to merge together multiple sites in close proximity. Merging the staff and services from Port Glasgow into Greenock Jobcentre maximises use of space and offers good value for money. The merge would not be viable in reverse.

The answer was submitted on 03 Feb 2017 at 11:35.

 

Written Question – Welfare [31/01/2017]

Question:
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Inverclyde constituency had their motability car removed after changes to their benefit entitlement in (a) 2014, (b) 2015 and (c) 2016. (61307)

Tabled on: 24 January 2017

Answer:
Penny Mordaunt:

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

The answer was submitted on 31 Jan 2017 at 12:14.

 

Written Question – Welfare [27/01/2017]

Question:
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations his Department has received on the future leasing of job centre offices in Scotland. (61081)

Tabled on: 23 January 2017

Answer:
Damian Hinds:

We started a consultation process for the proposed closure of some Glasgow Jobcentres on 7 December 2016 and we will continue to collect feedback from people until the consultation closes on 31 January 2017.

We have also received a number of questions from MPs, MSPs and other representatives.

The answer was submitted on 27 Jan 2017 at 13:10.

 

Written Question – Welfare [24/01/2017]

Question:
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Government plans to close jobcentre offices in Inverclyde. (60701)

Tabled on: 18 January 2017

Answer:
Damian Hinds:

The department is in the process of reviewing all of its estates requirements as the current contract for most of the estate comes to an end on 31 March 2018.

Commercial negotiations are underway on the entirety of our estate at this time and it is not appropriate to comment further on individual sites while negotiations are in progress.

The answer was submitted on 24 Jan 2017 at 12:14.

 

Written Question – Welfare [17/01/2017]

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Inverclyde constituency have had their benefit payments reduced after transferring from disability living allowance to personal independence payments in each of the last three years. (59486)

Tabled on: 10 January 2017

Answer: Penny Mordaunt:

The table below gives statistics on the number of people in Inverclyde constituency who have had their benefit payments reduced following reassessment for Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Table 1 – decreased awards following reassessment for PIP in Inverclyde

Award Decreased Disallowed post referral to the Assessment Provider
Jan-Dec 2014 0 0
Jan-Dec 2015
Jan-Oct 2016 200 100
Total 200 200

– indicates fewer than 50 cases in the category

The answer was submitted on 17 Jan 2017 at 17:36.