Hardship Fund for claimant facing financial difficulties?

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

In a recent television interview between the (current) Prime Minister (Mr D Cameron) and Mr David Marr, The PM stated there was a "Hardship Fund" available for claimants in severe financial difficulties.

Please advise
1: if this is a Central Gov't administered fund?
2: What are the eligibility criteria?
3 : Who is not allowed to claim this?
4: Total number of applicants for the past 5 years.
5: Total number of successful applicants during past 5 years
6: Total number of unsuccessful applicants and sub grouped into totals of Reason for Rejection?

Is there a similar hardship benefit administered by Local Councils and what are the qualifying criteria?

Yours faithfully,

JG Colgan

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Dear DWP freedom-of-information-requests,

I apologise for a typo, the interview was with Mr Andrew Marr. Please do not reject on account of not being able to identify the interview subject

Yours sincerely,

JGColgan

DWP Strategy Freedom of Information, Department for Work and Pensions

Dear JG Colgan,

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Dear DWP Strategy Freedom of Information,

I have an outstanding Freedom of Information request with you that has not been answered within the required timescale. Please expedite this matter with utmost urgency otherwise I will be forced to raise an official complaint

Yours sincerely,

JGColgan

DWP Strategy Freedom of Information, Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear JG Colgan,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. My apologies for the delay in replying. Please find enclosed our response.

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Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team

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JayneL left an annotation ()

The DWP state "A commitment was made to publish updated figures in May 2015
during the Work and Pensions Select Committee review of sanctions in February 2015. " - So, Where is it??