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Alison McGovern

Labour - Wirral South

Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

(since December 2021)
Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
10th Apr 2020 - 4th Dec 2021
Treasury Committee
2nd Mar 2020 - 11th May 2020
Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art
12th Dec 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Treasury Sub-Committee
14th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Treasury Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art
1st Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art
26th Oct 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Shadow Minister (Treasury)
8th May 2015 - 18th Sep 2015
Shadow Minister (Education)
5th Nov 2014 - 30th Mar 2015
Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art
18th Nov 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Shadow Minister (International Development)
7th Oct 2013 - 5th Nov 2014
Opposition Whip (Commons)
11th Jan 2013 - 7th Oct 2013
International Development Committee
2nd Nov 2010 - 4th Feb 2013


Department Event
Monday 4th July 2022
18:00
Department for Work and Pensions
Second Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate - General Committee
4 Jul 2022, 6 p.m.
The draft Occupational Pension Schemes (Governance and Registration) (Amendment) Regulations 2022
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Department Event
Monday 11th July 2022
14:30
Department for Work and Pensions
Oral questions - Main Chamber
11 Jul 2022, 2:30 p.m.
Work and Pensions (including Topical Questions)
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Division Votes
Wednesday 29th June 2022
Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 147 Labour Aye votes vs 0 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 175 Noes - 271
Speeches
Tuesday 21st June 2022
Access to GP Services and NHS Dentistry
Is it not the case that, in the pandemic, the Government fundamentally misunderstood the connection between the health of the …
Written Answers
Friday 1st July 2022
Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of Department for Work and Pensions staff are …
Early Day Motions
Tuesday 15th October 2019
Intimidation in public life
That this House recognises that intimidation experienced by those in public life poses a threat to the diversity, integrity, and …
Tweets
Sunday 3rd July 2022
18:20
MP Financial Interests
Monday 13th December 2021
3. Gifts, benefits and hospitality from UK sources
Name of donor: Liverpool FC Foundation
Address of donor: Anfield Road, Liverpool, L4 0TH
Amount of donation or nature and …
EDM signed
Thursday 9th June 2022
Treatment of Liverpool fans at the 2022 Champions League Final in Paris
That this House condemns the deeply disturbing treatment by French police of Liverpool and Real Madrid fans outside Stade de …
Supported Legislation
Wednesday 22nd April 2020
Public Advocate (No. 2) Bill 2019-21
A Bill to establish a public advocate to provide advice to, and act as data controller for, representatives of the …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Alison McGovern has voted in 417 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Nigel Huddleston (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
(31 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(13 debate interactions)
Mims Davies (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
(12 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department for Work and Pensions
(33 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(19 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(18 debate contributions)
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Wirral South Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

Petition Debates Contributed

Bring in a law which enforces professional football clubs to have at least 51% fan ownership similar to how the Bundesliga operates this rule.

The Government should use the recently established fan led review of football to introduce an Independent Football Regulator in England to put fans back at the heart of our national game. This should happen by December 2021.

The Government should allow golf courses to remain open during the second lockdown, and any future restrictions. Shops and clubhouses can close, but courses should be allowed to remain open, with social distancing in place.

Urgent call for the government to close all nurseries and early years settings in light of the new lockdown to protect early years staff.

Consider keeping gyms open during lockdown because so many people have mental health and stress and they need something to do to take their mind off it closing all fitness facilities can affect us pretty badly.

We want the government to recognise the importance of gyms, health clubs, leisure centres and swimming pools in empowering people to look after their health and stay fit and for them to open first as we come out of lockdown.

We're also calling for government to fund a Work Out to Help Out scheme.

The Coronavirus Act grants potentially dangerous powers including to detain some persons indefinitely, to take biological samples, and to give directions about dead bodies. Powers last up to 2 years with 6 monthly reviews, and lockdown powers could prevent protests against measures.

In the event of a spike we would like you not to close gyms as a measure to stop any spread of Covid. Also for gyms to not be put in the same group as pubs in terms of risk or importance. Gyms are following strict guidelines and most members are following rules in a sober manner.

Isolation essential to the Government’s strategy for fighting coronavirus, and UK citizens must remain healthy and exercise whilst keeping adequate distance between people. The Government should allow golf courses to open so families or individuals can play golf in order to exercise safely.

Football is a powerful tool of which allows a range of benefits such as employment, and other important aspects of life. Football can be associated with passion, emotion, excitement and dedication across the community. With Fans attending football games a range of economic benefits are there too.


Latest EDMs signed by Alison McGovern

6th June 2022
Alison McGovern signed this EDM on Thursday 9th June 2022

Treatment of Liverpool fans at the 2022 Champions League Final in Paris

Tabled by: Ian Byrne (Labour - Liverpool, West Derby)
That this House condemns the deeply disturbing treatment by French police of Liverpool and Real Madrid fans outside Stade de France at the Champions League Final in Paris; notes catastrophic failures in stadium management by UEFA and French authorities which threatened the lives and wellbeing of supporters; further notes the …
79 signatures
(Most recent: 22 Jun 2022)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 56
Scottish National Party: 6
Independent: 4
Liberal Democrat: 4
Plaid Cymru: 3
Conservative: 2
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Alba Party: 1
Green Party: 1
Alliance: 1
21st March 2022
Alison McGovern signed this EDM as a sponsor on Monday 21st March 2022

Social Security

Tabled by: Keir Starmer (Labour - Holborn and St Pancras)
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Universal Credit and Jobseeker's Allowance (Work Search and Work Availability Requirements - limitations) (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (S.I., 2022, No. 108), dated 7 February 2022, a copy of which was laid before this House on 7 February 2022, be …
19 signatures
(Most recent: 20 Apr 2022)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 14
Plaid Cymru: 3
Green Party: 1
Scottish National Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Alison McGovern, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


Alison McGovern has not been granted any Urgent Questions

1 Adjournment Debate led by Alison McGovern

Wednesday 15th June 2022

2 Bills introduced by Alison McGovern



Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 16th July 2014

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to amend the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964 to broaden the scope of the general duty of library authorities so as to include a duty to provide related cultural facilities alongside the library service; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 1st December 2010

181 Written Questions in the current parliament

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
5th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the (a) number of job vacancies in each sector and (b) rate of change in those vacancies over the last five years.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have, therefore, asked the Authority to respond.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
3rd Dec 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of trends in the number of redundancies in the charity sector.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have therefore asked the Authority to respond.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
25th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if the Government will publish the official text that was included in the proposed measure to allow creative professionals to travel and perform in both the UK and EU without work permits.

This Government recognises the importance of the UK’s thriving cultural industries, and that is why it pushed for ambitious arrangements to make it easier for performers and artists to perform across Europe as part of the negotiations on our future relationship with the EU.

This Government proposed to the EU that musicians, and their technical staff, be added to the list of permitted activities for short-term business visitors in the entry and temporary stay chapter of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement. This would have allowed musicians and their staff to travel and perform in the EU more easily, without needing work-permits.

The UK’s legal texts reflected this position, as the EU has now acknowledged. These texts are confidential negotiating documents and it is not appropriate for them to be published.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th Nov 2020
What assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on corporate social responsibility.

The Government welcomes the social responsibility that most businesses have shown in responding to the pandemic, including making their premises Covid-secure by using the Safer Working guidance led by Government. Groups such as Business in the Community are continuing to coordinate help for communities in need; and the CBI-backed Good Business Charter continues to promote corporate social responsibility.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment the Government has made of the potential effect of the planned increase in the National Living Wage from £8.72 to £9.21 per hour in April 2021 on (a) incomes and (b) public finances.

The minimum wage rates are set on the expert and independent advice of the Low Pay Commission (LPC). This year, we asked the LPC to recommend the National Living Wage rate which should apply from April 2021 in order to reach two-thirds of median earnings by 2024, taking economic conditions into account.

The Government asks the Low Pay Commission to monitor the labour market and the impacts of the National Living Wage closely, advising on any emerging risks, to ensure that the lowest-paid workers continue to see pay rises without significant risks to their employment prospects.

We will announce the 2021 Minimum Wage rates in due course. A full Impact Assessment estimating the benefits and costs to employers and workers will be published alongside the legislation. We estimated that over 2 million workers benefitted from the increase earlier this year, which gave a full-time worker on the NLW an increase of £930 over the year.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
23rd Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the adequacy of supply of covid-19 lateral flow tests; and what assessment he has made of whether there will be adequate supplies of those tests to enable planned summer events to go ahead safely.

Last year we quickly established one of the largest asymptomatic testing programmes in the world. We have now conducted over 90m lateral flow tests in England alone, finding nearly 200k cases. Home testing has been confirmed for some Events Research Programme (ERP) pilots only, and is not indicative of Step 4 policy decisions. ERP learnings will feed into wider policy making on step 4, and further details on broader testing policy will be released in due course. Current asymptomatic testing is available until 31 July, with further decisions on extending this to be taken in line with Step 4 of the Prime Minister's roadmap.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
23rd Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the financial situation of companies in the live events industry supply chain due to the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make a statement.

DCMS continues to work closely with other government departments, academic institutions and stakeholders to review evidence on the impact of ongoing restrictions within the live events industries.

Most of the financial support schemes do not end until September or after, in order to provide continuity and certainty for businesses.

Throughout this pandemic there has been over £400 billion of economic support, one of the most generous and comprehensive packages in the world.

Although there is no current plan to make a statement on financial situations of individual sectors/settings, our engagements have helped us to understand both the nature and scale of the impact that this particular industry has faced.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
23rd Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish a list all ministers, including the Prime Minister who have received a copy of the Events Research Programme results.

The Events Research Programme report was published on Friday 25 June and can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/events-research-programme-phase-i-findings

The Events Research Programme is a joint programme between DCMS, DHSC, and BEIS overseen by an industry-led steering group co-chaired by Sir Nicholas Hytner and David Ross. Evidence from the pilot events is considered by the group to make recommendations to the Prime Minister and the Secretaries of State for DCMS, BEIS and DHSC on how restrictions could be safely lifted at Step 4 of the Roadmap.

The report has been subject to a comprehensive and rigorous coordination and approval process across departments, academic institutions and ERP governance boards, and takes into account the latest public health data.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
23rd Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish the results of the Events Research Programme.

The Events Research Programme report was published on Friday 25 June and can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/events-research-programme-phase-i-findings

The Events Research Programme is a joint programme between DCMS, DHSC, and BEIS overseen by an industry-led steering group co-chaired by Sir Nicholas Hytner and David Ross. Evidence from the pilot events is considered by the group to make recommendations to the Prime Minister and the Secretaries of State for DCMS, BEIS and DHSC on how restrictions could be safely lifted at Step 4 of the Roadmap.

The report has been subject to a comprehensive and rigorous coordination and approval process across departments, academic institutions and ERP governance boards, and takes into account the latest public health data.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
23rd Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish all (a) economic and (b) other assessments of the effect of not allowing large events during the covid-19 outbreak in summer 2021.

We recognise the challenging times facing all sectors currently, and continue to support them in line with the prime minister's roadmap to the full reopening of the economy.

Although we have no plans currently to publish an assessment, the Department has been working closely with stakeholders across large event settings throughout the pandemic, and this has helped us to understand both the nature and the scale of the impact this sector has faced.

Step 4 of The Prime Minister's roadmap allows large events to go ahead in Summer 2021 without restrictions. The roadmap sets out a cautious and gradual approach - led by data, not dates - and while we know there may be loss of some business as a result of the delay to step 4, public health must remain the government’s top priority.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to (a) ensure that the UK is a world leader in legislation on streaming and (b) increase the revenues artists receive from their streamed music.

The Government recognises that it is important that artists are fairly remunerated for their work. We are aware of the concerns that have been raised recently with regards to artists’ revenue from music streaming. The Government welcomes the DCMS Select Committee inquiry into the economics of music streaming, and we have provided evidence to inform the inquiry. We look forward to receiving the Committee’s recommendations, which we will respond to.

We will continue to encourage the ongoing dialogue between music creators, record labels, and streaming services on this issue. The Government has funded a 12-month industry-led research project investigating the flow of money from streaming to creators which is due to report this summer.

24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for his policies of the 20 April 2021 letter to the Prime Minister signed by over 150 artists on ensuring that artists receive a greater share of revenue from the streaming of their music; and if he will meet with artists to discuss that letter.

The Government has not made a specific assessment of the implications of what was set out in the letter from artists to the Prime Minister, but we are considering the issues relating to music streaming more generally.

We welcome the DCMS Select Committee inquiry into the economics of music streaming, and have provided evidence to inform the inquiry. We look forward to receiving the Committee’s recommendations, which we will respond to. We will also be happy to consider any meeting requests from interested stakeholders as appropriate.

The Government has funded a 12-month industry-led research project investigating the flow of money from streaming to creators which is due to report this summer. We will continue to encourage the ongoing dialogue between music creators, record labels, and streaming services on this issue.

24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure that artists receive a greater share of revenue from the streaming of their music.

The Government recognises that it is important that artists are fairly remunerated for their work. We are aware of the concerns that have been raised recently about artists’ revenue from music streaming.

We welcome the DCMS Select Committee inquiry into the economics of music streaming, and have provided evidence to inform the inquiry. We look forward to receiving the Committee’s recommendations, which we will respond to.

The Government has funded a 12-month industry-led research project investigating the flow of money from streaming to creators which is due to report this summer. We will continue to encourage the ongoing dialogue between music creators, record labels, and streaming services on this issue.

26th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent meetings have taken place between (a) the Prime Minister and his officials and (b) Ministers and officials in his Department and representatives of Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City football clubs.

The Department continuously meets with a range of DCMS stakeholders to discuss matters, including the return of fans. However, neither Ministers nor officials met with representatives of Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City football clubs in advance of the Super League announcement.

The full list of Ministerial meetings can be found on gov.uk.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
22nd Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with Sport England on the effectiveness of their Tackling Inequalities Fund; and what steps he is taking to support Sport England to ensure that inequalities are tackled in sport and physical activity.

The Government is committed to tackling inequalities in sport and physical activity. Our strategy ‘Sporting Future’ sets out a clear ambition to increase levels of physical activity amongst under-represented groups. We are working closely with Sport England, DCMS’s arm’s length body for grassroots sport in England, to ensure that inequalities are being tackled effectively.

The £20 million Tackling Inequalities Fund (TIF) is an important part of the £270 million support package that Sport England has committed to directly reduce the negative impact COVID 19 and the widening of inequalities in sport and physical activity.

The fund is a focused approach to increasing physical activity for four under-represented groups: lower socio-economic groups, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, disabled people, and people with long-term health conditions. Currently, £13.5 million has been awarded, and £9.7m of this has already reached community organisations and groups directly through 42 Active Partnerships and 30 national partners across the country. As a result there are over 2,800 projects actively being delivered by trusted partners closer to the communities that have previously been unserved by more traditional delivery structures.

Tackling inequalities is also at the heart of Sport England’s recently launched new ten year strategy, ‘Uniting the Movement’, reinforcing their commitment to diversifying participation. DCMS will continue to work closely with Sport England to ensure that inequalities are addressed and tackled in sport and physical activity.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
21st Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 13 April 2021 to Question 174112, what data his Department holds on the effect of the National Leisure Recovery Fund on the rate of leisure centre closures since that funding was announced.

The National Leisure Recovery Fund sought to support eligible public sector leisure centres to reopen to the public, giving the sport and physical activity sector the best chance of recovery to a position of sustainable operation over the medium term. It was delivered in conjunction with the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government and Sport England.

A total of £100 million was available as a biddable fund to eligible local authorities in England, which was allocated in a single funding round. Eligible local authorities include: those in England who hold responsibility for the provision of leisure services, those who have outsourced their leisure provision to an external body to and those whose outsourced leisure arrangements have ended since 20 March 2020 and services are now delivered as an in-house function. This is in addition to the wider financial support provided to councils throughout the pandemic.

As part of the National Leisure Recovery Fund, the government has set up a data capture system to show how the fund has supported the reopening of these vital community assets and the impact on the rate of participation across Local Authorities. Early information will be available at the end of the month and will help to inform future government policy in this space.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of access to green spaces on the equality of access to sport.

Sports and physical activity are incredibly important for our physical and mental health, and are a vital weapon against coronavirus. That’s why we have made sure that people can exercise throughout the national restrictions.

We know that high quality multi-use local green spaces can play a key role as sporting venues and as alternative settings for sport and healthy activity. Last month Sport England published its new strategy Uniting the Movement which sets out their 10 year vision to transform lives and communities through sport and physical activity. A key part of the strategy is creating and protecting the local places and spaces that make it easier for people to be active including encouraging walking and cycling.

Last year, Public Health England published Improving Access to Greenspace. The report highlights the strong evidence that regular physical activity supports both individual and community outcomes such as increasing educational attainment, improving self-esteem and reducing social isolation and that greenspace can support higher levels of physical activity.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to support the Sport England Tackling Inequalities Fund to help tackle inequality in sport.

The Government is committed to tackling inequalities in sport and physical activity. Our strategy ‘Sporting Future’ sets out a clear ambition to increase levels of physical activity amongst under-represented groups, working closely with the sector to achieve this. The Tackling Inequalities Fund is an important part of the £270 million support package that Sport England, DCMS’s arm’s length body for grassroots sport in England, has committed to directly support community sport clubs and exercise centres through COVID-19.

The £20 million Tackling Inequalities Fund aims to reduce the disproportionately negative impact of the pandemic on physical activity levels for four groups: lower socio-economic groups, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, disabled people, and people with long-term health conditions. Currently, £13.5 million has been awarded to partners, funding over 2,800 projects being delivered through 43 Active Partnerships and 30 national partners across the country.

Sport England’s recently launched new ten year strategy, Uniting the Movement, also reinforces their commitment to diversifying participation and tackling inequalities in sport and physical activity. DCMS will continue to work closely with Sport England to ensure that inequalities are addressed and tackled in sport and physical activity.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
23rd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to his Department's press release entitled Government announces allocation of £100 million to support recovery of leisure centres, published on 20 March 2021, what steps he has taken to ensure that the process of allocating recovery funding is (a) equitable and (b) transparent.

The National Leisure Recovery Fund sought to support eligible public sector leisure centres to reopen to the public, giving the sport and physical activity sector the best chance of recovery to a position of sustainable operation over the medium term.

A total of £100 million was available as a biddable fund to eligible local authorities in England, which was allocated in a single funding round. Eligible local authorities include: those in England who hold responsibility for the provision of leisure services, those who have outsourced their leisure provision to an external body to and those whose outsourced leisure arrangements have ended since 20 March 2020 and services are now delivered as an in-house function. This is in addition to the wider financial support provided to councils throughout the pandemic.

To help ensure an equitable distribution of the National Leisure Recovery Fund, a Notional Funding Allocation was calculated for each eligible local authority and funding awards were only made in excess of the Notional Funding Allocation in the most exceptional circumstances. The basis of the Notional Funding Allocation is a per capita allocation. This has then been adjusted to take into consideration physical activity levels, number of facilities and health outcome indicators.

Government has worked closely with the Local Government Association (LGA), ukactive, the District Councils' Network, Community Leisure UK, Chief Cultural and Leisure Officers Association and others to make sure the application and funding process is as fast and simple as possible.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
23rd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to his Department's press release entitled Government announces allocation of £100 million to support recovery of leisure centres, published on 20 March 2021, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of that funding on trends in the level of leisure centre closures; and if he will make a statement.

The National Leisure Recovery Fund sought to support eligible public sector leisure centres to reopen to the public, giving the sport and physical activity sector the best chance of recovery to a position of sustainable operation over the medium term.

A total of £100 million was available as a biddable fund to eligible local authorities in England, which was allocated in a single funding round. Eligible local authorities include: those in England who hold responsibility for the provision of leisure services, those who have outsourced their leisure provision to an external body to and those whose outsourced leisure arrangements have ended since 20 March 2020 and services are now delivered as an in-house function. This is in addition to the wider financial support provided to councils throughout the pandemic.

To help ensure an equitable distribution of the National Leisure Recovery Fund, a Notional Funding Allocation was calculated for each eligible local authority and funding awards were only made in excess of the Notional Funding Allocation in the most exceptional circumstances. The basis of the Notional Funding Allocation is a per capita allocation. This has then been adjusted to take into consideration physical activity levels, number of facilities and health outcome indicators.

Government has worked closely with the Local Government Association (LGA), ukactive, the District Councils' Network, Community Leisure UK, Chief Cultural and Leisure Officers Association and others to make sure the application and funding process is as fast and simple as possible.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
9th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has made a recent assessment of the effect on people's wellbeing of (a) community outreach aspects and (b) other (i) non-sporting and (ii) non-physical benefits of sport.

Sports and physical activity are incredibly important for our physical and mental health and have been shown to treat, manage and prevent a range of conditions including heart disease, cancers, diabetes, stress, depression or anxiety. It can also bring communities together and tackle issues such as loneliness.

Sport England’s Active Lives Adult and Children surveys provide information not only on activity levels but also on social outcomes such as physical and mental wellbeing too. The latest reports can be found here.

In September last year, Sport England published research (undertaken by Sheffield Hallam University) on the social impact and the economic importance of sport and physical activity in England. The findings of this research show that for every £1 spent on community sport and physical activity in England, an economic and social return on investment of £3.91 is generated. In addition, the combined economic and social value (SROI) of taking part in community sport and physical activity in England in 2017/2018 was £85.5 billion.

Furthermore, last month Sport England published its new strategy Uniting the Movement which sets out their 10 year vision to transform lives and communities through sport and physical activity. The strategy seeks to tackle the inequalities we have seen in sport and physical activity and provide opportunities to people and communities that have traditionally been left behind, helping to remove barriers to activity.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
20th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what (a) working groups, (b) committees and (c) other forums there are in his Department for sector representatives of the creative industries to raise their representations on the Government's response to the covid-19 outbreak.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) engages regularly with representatives of the creative industries on the Covid-19 response, including on economic support and public health policy and guidance. This includes engagement through the working groups on Entertainment and Events and on Broadcasting, Film and Production, which were established with the DCMS Secretary of State’s Cultural Renewal Taskforce.

In addition, DCMS engages with creative industries stakeholders through roundtables and other meetings chaired by ministers, and ongoing, frequent engagement by DCMS officials. DCMS will continue to collaborate with creative industries organisations on the Government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

20th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what (a) working groups, (b) committees and (c) other forums there are in his Department for consultation with representatives of the creative industries on the Government’s approach to the future relationship with the EU.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has engaged with the creative sectors extensively throughout negotiations with the EU and since the announcement of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement.


At both a ministerial and official level, we hold roundtables to engage with the creative sectors on EU Exit and the UK-EU future relationship. We also engage directly with stakeholders together with Arm's-Length Bodies, on matters relating to EU Exit.

We are committed to continuing our close dialogue with the sectors to ensure they continue to have the support they need to navigate the changes to their ways of working resulting from the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

20th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he last held discussions with the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office on work permits for creative workers after the end of the transition period.

Ministers have regular discussions with their Cabinet Colleagues on a wide range of issues, including cross-border mobility with the EU for musicians and creative workers.

The Secretary of State had discussions with the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster this week on the issues faced by creative workers and possible options to support the sectors.

The Government recognises the importance of touring for our world-leading cultural and creative sectors. We have been engaging extensively with the industry to assess impact and further understandings of new requirements for working in the EU. The Secretary of State held a very productive meeting with representatives from across the creative and cultural industries on Wednesday 20th January. Going forward, we are committed to continuing our close dialogue with the sector to ensure they have the support they need to thrive.

3rd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing an elite definition for professionals working in film and television production similar to that used for sports athletes returning to training.

Definitions for professionals working in film and television production have been introduced in order to implement the limited exemption to the quarantine regime for the cast and crew of qualifying productions.

The Government is committed to supporting the continued production of film and television content during the ongoing Covid pandemic. As part of the new Health Protection Regulations, the Government has stated that people who cannot work from home should go to their place of work. This means that even in these circumstances film and television production can continue in line with any additional guidance provided. The Government has supported the sector to develop guidance to allow productions to operate safely, and introduced a limited exemption to the quarantine regime for the cast and crew of qualifying productions, in order to restart those productions which rely on international talent.

7th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment the Government has made of the economic benefits that football clubs can bring to the towns in which they are located throughout the UK.

Football clubs are the bedrock of our local communities. Many public studies demonstrate the significant economic benefit that football clubs bring to towns across the country. These include EY’s Economic and Social Impact Assessment which estimates that the Premier League alone contributes £7.6bn to the UK's Gross Domestic Product.

That is why we have provided unprecedented support to businesses through tax reliefs, cash grants and employee wage support, which many football clubs have benefited from. Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund has also provided £210 million directly to support community sport clubs and exercise centres through this pandemic.

We have been clear that we expect the game - where it can at the top tiers - to support itself. The Government is focusing its support on those in the sector most in need as a result of the decision not to readmit spectators to stadia from 1 October. We therefore provided the National League with assurances that financial support from the Government will be forthcoming so they could start their season on 3rd October.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
7th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what international comparative assessment the Government made of permitting spectators back into football stadiums during the covid-19 pandemic when preparing UK Government guidance on that matter.

On 22 September it was announced that all sports pilot events currently ongoing would be paused with immediate effect, due to the sharp upward trajectory of Covid-19 cases nationally. A?s set out in our Roadmap, sports events pilots, and the full return of fans to stadia would only ever take place when it was safe to do so in this country.

We are committed to getting spectators back into stadiums as soon as it is safe to do so. We will continue to work closely with a whole range of sports to understand the latest thinking that might allow spectators to return. This includes the creation of a new Sports Technology Innovation Working Group of sporting bodies and health experts to analyse new technologies which might support this, and which will consider international best practice. This will supplement the draft government guidance, and the SGSA supplementary guidance to their Green Guide, which has been internationally welcomed and is now also available in French and Spanish translations.

If transmission rates decrease then we will of course take the opportunity to look again at getting spectators back into stadiums and remain mindful of international efforts to do the same

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
7th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to keep under assessment the potential merits of permitting spectators back into football stadiums during the covid-19 outbreak.

On 22 September it was announced that all sports pilot events currently ongoing would be paused with immediate effect, due to the sharp upward trajectory of Covid-19 cases nationally. A?s set out in our Roadmap, sports events pilots, and the full return of fans to stadia would only ever take place when it was safe to do so in this country.

We are committed to getting spectators back into stadiums as soon as it is safe to do so. We will continue to work closely with a whole range of sports to understand the latest thinking that might allow spectators to return. This includes the creation of a new Sports Technology Innovation Working Group of sporting bodies and health experts to analyse new technologies which might support this, and which will consider international best practice. This will supplement the draft government guidance, and the SGSA supplementary guidance to their Green Guide, which has been internationally welcomed and is now also available in French and Spanish translations.

If transmission rates decrease then we will of course take the opportunity to look again at getting spectators back into stadiums and remain mindful of international efforts to do the same

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
7th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to roll out an effective covid-19 track and trace system for cultural and sporting events.

Our performing arts and sport guidance makes clear the need for organisers of cultural and sporting events to adhere to government requirements around the NHS Test and Trace system.

Organisers of events should assist the NHS Test and Trace service by keeping a temporary record of spectators for 21 days, in a way that is manageable for their business, and assist NHS Test and Trace with requests for that data if needed. This could help contain clusters or outbreaks.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
18th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on musicians working in EU countries of the end of the transition period.

The Government is continuing to engage with business and industry as we approach the end of the transition period and is working to ensure freelancers, organisations and businesses know what they need to do to prepare.

On 1st September 2020, the Government launched a comprehensive communications campaign to help the UK prepare for the end of the transition period. This includes guidance on customs and mobility procedures important to professionals in the live music industry, including freelance musicians and touring professionals. My department will continue to engage with the creative industries to understand further the specific issues they may face.

18th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to issue guidance for musicians with gigs booked in the EU after the end of the transition period in January 2021.

The Government is continuing to engage with business and industry as we approach the end of the transition period and is working to ensure freelancers, organisations and businesses know what they need to do to prepare.

On 1st September 2020, the Government launched a comprehensive communications campaign to help the UK prepare for the end of the transition period. This includes guidance on customs and mobility procedures important to professionals in the live music industry, including freelance musicians and touring professionals. My department will continue to engage with the creative industries to understand further the specific issues they may face.

18th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that freelance musicians working in EU countries are prepared for the scenario of the UK leaving the EU without a deal in January 2021.

The Government is continuing to engage with business and industry as we approach the end of the transition period and is working to ensure freelancers, organisations and businesses know what they need to do to prepare.

On 1st September 2020, the Government launched a comprehensive communications campaign to help the UK prepare for the end of the transition period. This includes guidance on customs and mobility procedures important to professionals in the live music industry, including freelance musicians and touring professionals. My department will continue to engage with the creative industries to understand further the specific issues they may face.

18th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if his Department will publish up-to-date guidance on preparing for a no-deal scenario for freelance workers in the creative industries working in the EU and the UK.

The Government is continuing to engage with business and industry as we approach the end of the transition period and is working to ensure freelancers, organisations and businesses know what they need to do to prepare.

On 1st September 2020, the Government launched a comprehensive communications campaign to help the UK prepare for the end of the transition period. This includes guidance on customs and mobility procedures important to professionals in the live music industry, including freelance musicians and touring professionals. My department will continue to engage with the creative industries to understand further the specific issues they may face.

18th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has in place to ensure that musicians working overseas are able to fulfill booked gigs in Europe after the transition period ends in January 2021.

DCMS Ministers and officials continue to engage extensively with representatives from across the cultural sector, including with musicians and music sector representative bodies, on the impact of the end of the transition period on musicians working in EU countries.

Over the coming months, as the transition period concludes, and beyond we will maintain our close dialogue with the sector to assess the challenges and support the opportunities that will arise as we enter into to new trading relationships with Europe and the rest of the world.

7th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on safety of allowing fans to return to watch non-league football clubs since the Football Association published guidance on the safe return of grassroots football on 18 July 2020.

On 18th August, the Government amended its guidance to provide extra clarification for organisers of non-elite sports events to help them manage and admit spectators safely, adhering to social distancing.

This includes having a named person with responsibility for ensuring adherence with government guidelines and ensuring the facility is COVID-19 secure. This person should carry out and publish a risk assessment for the activity which limits the number of spectators and focuses on the need to maintain social distancing on arrival, for the duration of the activity, and on departure.

The Government will continue to monitor the admittance of spectators and the wider prevailing public health factors closely.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
7th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the financial effect of the covid-19 outbreak on non-league football clubs.

Football clubs form a vital part of our local communities and many have a great history. It is vital that they are protected during these difficult times.

The Government has provided unprecedented support to businesses throughout this period, including a comprehensive and sizable package of direct fiscal support for business through tax reliefs, cash grants and employee wage support. Many football clubs have benefited from these measures.

The Government is in regular dialogue with the football authorities to understand their financial position - but has been absolutely clear that it expects football to look first at how it can support itself through these difficult times.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
7th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate the Government has made of the number of spectators that will return to sporting events as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased as part of planning to enable the safe resumption of spectator sports.

The Government continues to liaise closely with the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) and sporting bodies whilst developing its guidance to support the safe return of spectators to stadia more widely from October 1st. As announced by the Prime Minister, this remains subject to successful pilots events, which will now be capped at 1,000 people, and wider prevailing public health factors.

Capacity limits and ticketing processes will vary based on individual venues and events. Pilots will still be required to receive all relevant local authorisations including their local Safety Advisory Group. Locations and attendance levels may change depending on the local Covid situation. Maximum safe capacity, as a consequence of social distancing guidance, can be calculated through the SGSA’s supplementary guidance to their Green Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
29th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish a timetable for the reopening of indoor leisure facilities and gyms during the covid-19 outbreak.

Sports and physical activity facilities play a crucial role in supporting adults and children to be active.

The Government is committed to reopening facilities as soon as it is safe to do so including indoor gyms and sports centres. The Sport Working Group, led by myself, feeds into the Secretary of State’s Cultural Renewal Taskforce and ensures strong sector and expert support for the co-development of guidelines and will help leisure facilities become Covid-secure and re-open as early as possible in July.

As with all aspects of the Government’s response to Covid-19, we will be guided by the science to ensure that as restrictions are eased people can return to activity safely.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
29th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, who he has had discussions with in the sports sector on the reopening of indoor leisure facilities and gyms during the covid-19 outbreak.

Sports and physical activity facilities play a crucial role in supporting adults and children to be active.

The Government is committed to reopening facilities as soon as it is safe to do so including indoor gyms and sports centres. The Sport Working Group, led by myself, feeds into the Secretary of State’s Cultural Renewal Taskforce and ensures strong sector and expert support for the co-development of guidelines and will help leisure facilities become Covid-secure and re-open as early as possible in July.

As with all aspects of the Government’s response to Covid-19, we will be guided by the science to ensure that as restrictions are eased people can return to activity safely.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
29th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions officials of his Department had with representatives of gyms and indoor leisure facilities on the decision not to re-open those facilities on 4 July 2020 as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

Sports and physical activity facilities play a crucial role in supporting adults and children to be active.

The Government is committed to reopening facilities as soon as it is safe to do so including indoor gyms and sports centres. The Sport Working Group, led by myself, feeds into the Secretary of State’s Cultural Renewal Taskforce and ensures strong sector and expert support for the co-development of guidelines and will help leisure facilities become Covid-secure and re-open as early as possible in July.

As with all aspects of the Government’s response to Covid-19, we will be guided by the science to ensure that as restrictions are eased people can return to activity safely.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
29th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, on what scientific evidence his Department based its decision to delay the re-opening of indoor leisure facilities as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

Sports and physical activity facilities play a crucial role in supporting adults and children to be active.

The Government is committed to reopening facilities as soon as it is safe to do so including indoor gyms and sports centres. The Sport Working Group, led by myself, feeds into the Secretary of State’s Cultural Renewal Taskforce and ensures strong sector and expert support for the co-development of guidelines and will help leisure facilities become Covid-secure and re-open as early as possible in July.

As with all aspects of the Government’s response to Covid-19, we will be guided by the science to ensure that as restrictions are eased people can return to activity safely.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
9th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government plans to allocate £550 million to grassroots football.

The Government has committed to investing an additional £550m into grassroots football facilities over the next 10 years. This will bring the government’s total investment over that period to £730m, and will support the bid for the 2030 Men’s FIFA Football World Cup.

The FA has produced, in partnership with the Premier League, Sport England and DCMS, the 'National Football Facilities Strategy' (NFSS), which is a coherent overarching shared strategy for capital investment in football over the next ten years.

As part of the NFFS, a 'Local Football Facilities Plan' is being produced for every Local Authority across the country to create a tailored local investment plan.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
8th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions the Government has had with partners of the Football Foundation on that organisation's plans for a 25-year programme to deliver new astroturf and grass pitches across the country.

The Government is committed to supporting grassroots football. The established partnership with the Football Association and the Premier League sees a combined £70m go to new facilities delivered by the Football Foundation. All funding parties are represented on the Football Foundation board.

Government has committed to investing a further £550m into grassroots football facilities over the next 10 years to support plans to bid for the 2030 Men’s FIFA Football World Cup.

The FA has produced, in partnership with the Premier League, Sport England and DCMS, the 'National Football Facilities Strategy' (NFSS), which is a coherent overarching shared strategy for capital investment in football over the next ten years. This sets out the football facility requirements across the country and the intention to invest in 20,000 improved grass pitches and 1,000 3G facilities.

The Foundation has coverage across the whole country with funding reaching 98% of all local authorities and boroughs in England so far. As part of the NFFS, a 'Local Football Facilities Plan' is being produced for every Local Authority across the country to create a tailored local investment plan. This will help the Football Foundation prioritise its investment most efficiently and effectively.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
8th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what methodology the Government plans to use to assess which areas of the country would most benefit from funding in grassroots football as part of the pledge to spend £550 million revamping community football pitches.

The Government is committed to supporting grassroots football. The established partnership with the Football Association and the Premier League sees a combined £70m go to new facilities delivered by the Football Foundation. All funding parties are represented on the Football Foundation board.

Government has committed to investing a further £550m into grassroots football facilities over the next 10 years to support plans to bid for the 2030 Men’s FIFA Football World Cup.

The FA has produced, in partnership with the Premier League, Sport England and DCMS, the 'National Football Facilities Strategy' (NFSS), which is a coherent overarching shared strategy for capital investment in football over the next ten years. This sets out the football facility requirements across the country and the intention to invest in 20,000 improved grass pitches and 1,000 3G facilities.

The Foundation has coverage across the whole country with funding reaching 98% of all local authorities and boroughs in England so far. As part of the NFFS, a 'Local Football Facilities Plan' is being produced for every Local Authority across the country to create a tailored local investment plan. This will help the Football Foundation prioritise its investment most efficiently and effectively.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
5th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what process the Government is using to provide sporting organisations overseeing elite sports with up to date medical advice in relation to covid-19; and what discussions the Government is having with those organisations on the medical advice they receive.

In addition to publicly available Government advice/guidance, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is holding weekly meetings with senior medical officials and sport representatives to discuss key issues around Covid-19 and communicates regularly with stakeholders across the sporting sector to share the latest advice. We will maintain these discussions as elite sport develops its plans to retain training and to restart competition.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
5th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many rugby league clubs have (a) applied for and (b) received funding from Government backed business support loans.

The Government announced on 30 April that the Rugby Football League (RFL) will receive an emergency loan of £16 million to safeguard the immediate future of the sport for the communities it serves.

The Government recognises the impact that covid-19 is having on the sporting sector. The Chancellor has announced an unprecedented package of measures to help businesses in this period, including £330 billion worth of government-backed and guaranteed loans to support businesses across the UK.

Those support measures, including the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, and Self-Employed Income Support Scheme are open to businesses across the UK and in every sector, including Sport.

In addition, Sport England, has also announced £195 million of funding to help sport and physical activity organisations deal with the short and long term effects of the pandemic.

The RFL is fully engaged with the process and is ensuring that the sport as a whole is aware of the assistance available and how to access support. It is a matter for individual clubs to pursue the support appropriate for their situation.

We know this is a challenging period for all sports and we continue to work closely with the whole sector to understand the issues they face and how we can best support them through this difficult time.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
5th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions officials in his Department have had with representatives of sporting organisations on the provision of financial support from the Government to protect sports clubs from the effect of the covid-19 outbreak.

I am having regular discussions with sector and industry bodies to understand the impact of COVID-19 on sport and how we can provide support. This includes chairing a fortnightly meeting with over 25 sporting organisations. Sport England, the arms-length body of government responsible for growing and developing grassroots sport, have been involved in these discussions. In addition to this, my officials maintain daily contact with the sector.

The Chancellor has already announced a host of measures to help businesses, with £330 billion worth of government backed and guaranteed loans to support businesses across the UK. In addition, Sport England, has also announced £195 million of funding to help sport and physical activity organisations deal with the short and long term effects of the pandemic.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
5th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government has assessed the health risks of (a) cricket and (b) other non-contact sports resuming in the summer at grassroots level.

The government is in regular contact with representatives of sports, including cricket, to discuss both the impact of Covid-19 on sports and to explore how and when grassroots sport can safely resume once lockdown restrictions start to ease. The government has asked individual sports to consider the steps that would need to be taken, and the conditions that would need to be met, for their activity to resume.

The government has been clear that any return to sport will need to be consistent with existing guidelines on public health and managed in a way that minimises risk.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
5th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many cricket clubs have (a) applied for and (b) been awarded business support grant funding from the Government during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government recognises the impact that covid-19 is having on the sporting sector. The Chancellor has announced an unprecedented package of measures to help businesses in this period, including £330 billion worth of government-backed and guaranteed loans to support businesses across the UK.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, and Self-Employed Income Support Scheme support measures are open to businesses across the UK and in every sector, including Sport.

In addition, Sport England, has also announced £195 million of funding to help sport and physical activity organisations deal with the short and long term effects of the pandemic.

The England and Wales Cricket Board is fully engaged with the process and is ensuring that the sport as a whole is aware of the assistance available and how to access support. It is a matter for individual clubs to pursue the support appropriate for their situation.

We know this is a challenging period for all sports and we continue to work closely with the whole sector to understand the issues they face and how we can best support them through this difficult time.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
20th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment the Government has made of the long-term financial effects of the covid-19 outbreak on lower league football clubs.

Football clubs form an integral part of this country and it is important they are given as much support as possible during these difficult times.

In light of this, the Government announced a comprehensive and sizable package of direct fiscal support for business through tax reliefs, cash grants and employee wage support.

It is also vital that the football community comes together at this time, and I welcomed the Premier League announcement to advance funds of £125 million to the EFL and National League to help clubs throughout the football pyramid. The EFL has also announced a £50m relief fund to help their clubs enduring immediate cash flow problems because of the coronavirus crisis.

The Government will continue to liaise closely with all the football authorities to further understand the difficulties clubs are experiencing.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
20th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate the Government has made of the financial losses incurred by football clubs as a result of cancelled matches due to covid-19 outbreak.

Tackling the covid-19 outbreak is the Government’s top priority, and unfortunately the actions taken to do so have meant that sports events have had to be postponed or cancelled. We are in regular contact with the sport sector - including football clubs - on the financial consequences of this for organisations.

The Government has announced a comprehensive and sizable package of direct fiscal support for business through tax reliefs, cash grants and employee wage support.

It is also vital that the football community comes together at this time, and I welcomed the Premier League announcement to advance funds of £125 million to the EFL and National League to help clubs throughout the football pyramid.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
20th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government has taken to support the sporting sector during the covid-19 emergency.

We recognise the impact that covid-19 is having on the sport sector, and we are continuing to engage with sporting organisations to understand how it is affecting them and provide support.

The Chancellor has already announced a host of measures to help businesses, with £330 billion worth of government backed and guaranteed loans to support businesses across the UK. In addition, our national sports council, Sport England, has also announced £195 million of funding to help sport and physical activity organisations deal with the short and long term effects of the pandemic.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many apprenticeships starts there have been by (a) level, (b) sector and (c) region since 1 January 2021.

In January and February 2021, reported to date, there have been 49,550 apprenticeship starts in England. The attached table contains breakdowns of these 49,550 starts by sector subject area and level.

The last publication of apprenticeship starts by region covers August 2020 to January 2021, reported to date, and can be found in the 'Geographical breakdowns' section of the 'Apprenticeships and traineeships' release: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-statistics/apprenticeships-and-traineeships/2020-21.

The next update of apprenticeship starts by region will be published in July 2021.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many apprenticeships have been started since January 2021 to the latest available date for which data is available.

In January and February 2021, reported to date, there have been 49,550 apprenticeship starts in England. The attached table contains breakdowns of these 49,550 starts by sector subject area and level.

The last publication of apprenticeship starts by region covers August 2020 to January 2021, reported to date, and can be found in the 'Geographical breakdowns' section of the 'Apprenticeships and traineeships' release: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-statistics/apprenticeships-and-traineeships/2020-21.

The next update of apprenticeship starts by region will be published in July 2021.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
18th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of pupils that will leave school in summer 2021.

Pupil counts by year group are published in the annual “Schools, pupils and their characteristics” statistical release. This includes pupils who are coming to the end of their secondary education in Year 11 and those in Years 12 to 14 in school sixth forms. Data relating to the 2020/21 academic year will be published in June 2021 at the following link: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-statistics/school-pupils-and-their-characteristics.

18th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what data his Department holds on the number of students that are expected to graduate in 2021.

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) collects and publishes data on students enrolled in higher education (HE) in the UK.

The latest statistics on students graduating from HE refer to the academic year 2019/20. They are available in Figure 15 (https://www.hesa.ac.uk/data-and-analysis/sb258/figure-15) of the HESA publication ‘Higher Education Statistics: UK’: https://www.hesa.ac.uk/news/27-01-2021/sb258-higher-education-student-statistics.

Statistics about students obtaining qualifications in the 2020/21 academic year will be published by the HESA in January 2022. The department does not hold an estimate of how many students are expected to graduate.

Michelle Donelan
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
22nd Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many grants have been awarded to firms to take on an apprenticeship since the most recent Spending Review; and in which sectors those grants have been allocated.

Apprenticeships will be more important than ever in helping businesses to recruit the right people and develop the skills they need to recover and grow. To help employers offer new apprenticeships, they are now able to claim £2,000 for every new apprentice they hire under the age of 25, in recognition of the particular impacts of COVID-19 on the employment prospects of this group, and £1,500 for new apprentices aged 25 and over. These incentive payments were announced as part of the government’s Plan for Jobs in July 2020 and the extension of the scheme (to the end of March 2021) was announced in the November Spending Review. Employers have been able to register to claim the incentive since 1 September 2020.

It is encouraging that employers continue to see the value apprentices can bring to their businesses; as of 1 December 2020 employers had so far claimed incentive payments for 11,520 apprentices. We do not hold figures for incentive payments by industry sector.

Updated figures will be published in the ‘Apprenticeships and traineeships: January 2021’ statistics publication on 28 January 2021, available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/announcements/apprenticeships-and-traineeships-january-2021.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to monitor Chartwell UK's progress in delivering the free school meals programme.

The continuing provision of free school meals to children from out of work families or those on low incomes is of the utmost importance to this government. Guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance-for-schools.

The department does not hold a contract with any provider to provide free school meals of lunch parcels to children. School catering contracts are agreed locally, and are held at school, academy trust, or local authority level. We have guidance in place allowing schools to decide the best approach for supporting free school meal pupils who are at home. This can be through lunch parcels, local vouchers or the national voucher scheme which was available from Monday.

The images circulating of poor-quality food parcels are unacceptable. On 13 January 2021, my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education, met with Chartwell’s and other leading school food suppliers and caterers to insist on urgent action to make sure lunch parcels meet the standards we expect. We are grateful to those firms who are working hard with schools to provide nutritious, balanced lunches for children.

If a parent is concerned about the standards of their lunch parcel, they should speak directly with their school. If a parent cannot resolve their concern through their school, they can contact the department. The department will make contact with suppliers where concerns are escalated, to ensure they are following the good practice guidance we have set out. We will also alert the school to confirm appropriate contract management arrangements are in place, so that immediate improvements are made.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
1st Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many new apprenticeships were made available in the manufacturing industry in each year since 2010.

The most recent statistics on apprenticeship starts by industry sector cover the academic years 2012/13 to 2018/19 and are published on GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/apprenticeships-in-england-by-industry-characteristics

The following table shows the number of apprenticeship starts in the manufacturing industry in England between academic years 2012/13 and 2018/19.

Academic year

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

Total matched apprenticeship starts

450,710

388,590

445,910

457,020

449,830

346,840

366,170

C - Manufacturing

29,780

27,230

32,180

36,820

36,170

26,160

26,850


Data previous to 2012/13 is unavailable and data for 2019/20 will be published in February 2021.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
1st Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he had made of new apprenticeships that were taken up by people under the age of 25 from low income backgrounds in each year since 2010.

The department does not hold information on the income backgrounds of apprentices.

We publish breakdowns of apprenticeship starts by learner age:

We also publish breakdowns of apprenticeship starts by Indices of Multiple Deprivation of the learner’s home postcode from 2014/15 onwards: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-statistics/apprenticeships-and-traineeships.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
29th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will provide a (a) framework and (b) tailored support to enable schools to open as places for pupil engagement and activity in the 2020 summer holidays.

We are not asking schools to open over the summer holidays. Teachers, support staff and head teachers deserve a break, to recharge and rest.

We are aware that some headteachers may be considering using their catch-up premium to provide summer school activities for their pupils. Where this is the case, they have the flexibility, discretion and autonomy to decide how they want to do this. To support schools in planning how to use the catch-up premium, the Education Endowment Foundation has produced a guide which includes advice on summer schools and contains a link to a Teach First toolkit specifically focused on summer schools, for schools that choose to do this.

Holiday clubs and out-of-school clubs for children will also be able to restart over the summer, with safety measures in place. These clubs will be part of Step 3 of the recovery strategy (from 4 July). We have published guidance for the sector on how to implement the protective measures necessary to open safely:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/protective-measures-for-holiday-or-after-school-clubs-and-other-out-of-school-settings-for-children-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/protective-measures-for-out-of-school-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak.

23rd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what staffing resources her Department allocates to assessing exports in the UK's cultural and creative industries.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has a dedicated creative industries team of 14 staff, a network of approximately 275 International Trade Advisors (ITAs) in the English regions supporting companies of all types, and trade policy, export and investment specialists in over a hundred countries globally.

23rd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Music Export Growth Scheme; and what criteria was used to make that assessment.

My department has commissioned an independent evaluation of the economic benefits of the Music Export Growth Scheme, which will be completed by May 2021.

19th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the anticipated response time is for DVLA queries from hon. Members or their offices regarding constituents' concerns.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) aims to answer 95 per cent of hon. Members correspondence within eight working days. The impact of the pandemic and industrial action taken by the Public and Commercial Services union last year has resulted in delays in processing applications and a subsequent increase in correspondence. Correspondence relating to vehicle or enforcements work are all currently being answered within the timescale. Correspondence relating to drivers or drivers’ medical concerns are outside this target. For example in February 2022, the DVLA answered over 80 per cent of hon. Members correspondence in 20 working days.

The DVLA has allocated extra resource to the teams that deal with these enquiries and this is showing an improving picture. The DVLA also offers hon. Members a dedicated phone line for their use.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
9th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the reasons for delays in the return of physical driving licences to applicants by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

The quickest and easiest way to make an application to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is to use its extensive suite of online services. There are no delays in successful online applications and customers should receive their documents within a few days.

However, many people still choose or have to make a paper application and the DVLA receives around 60,000 items of mail every day. The DVLA has been working with a significantly reduced number of staff on site to ensure social distancing in line with Welsh Government requirements. Industrial action between April and the end of August by members of the Public and Commercial Services union and the current increased demand for the DVLA’s services has also contributed to delays with paper applications.

To help reduce waiting times for paper applications, the DVLA has introduced additional online services, recruited more staff, increased overtime working and has secured extra office space in Swansea and Birmingham. The DVLA has reconfigured its accommodation to safely maximise the number of staff on site and is working hard to process paper applications as quickly as possible. The latest information on turnaround times for paper driving licence applications can be found here.

These measures are having a positive impact. The queues are reducing, and customers will continue to see an improving picture in terms of turnaround times.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the performance management framework for (a) work coaches and (b) managers of Jobcentre Plus districts includes an assessment of the number of people in their caseloads who find work.

Our Jobcentre teams are committed to delivering a quality service to ensure all claimants receive the best possible support to meet their individual circumstances. Our service delivery framework sets out the service expectations for our Jobcentre network and the requirements for how they deliver their services. The framework doesn't include an assessment of the number of people who move into work. Line managers coach their teams to ensure Work Coaches are skilled and empowered to manage their caseloads and are focussed on helping claimants move into or closer to work.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) data sources and (b) management information her Department uses to assess how many people on out of work benefits move into work.

The Department uses internal Universal Credit (UC) Management Information and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs Real Time Information data, to assess the number of people entering work.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to Answer of 17 June to Question 15255, how long the audit will take.

The 2021-22 ARA will be published on the 7 July. This year’s reported expenditure will include a breakdown of our Employment programmes expenditure.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer received on 17 June to Question 15254, how long the audit will take.

The 2021-22 ARA will be published on the 7 July. This year’s reported expenditure will include a breakdown of our Employment programmes expenditure.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to Answer of 17 June to Question 15252, if his Department will publish the guidance produced in support of performance measures and delivery of the Way to Work campaign.

Way to Work is a campaign to move 500,000 job-ready Universal Credit and Job Seekers Allowance claimants into work by the end of June 2022, it is not a new policy and we have not produced specific guidance in relation to Way to Work. The focus is to support people into work swiftly by using the strength of the jobs market and we are working closely with employers to help claimants into jobs quicker, as well as strengthening our core support for jobseekers.

Universal Credit guidance is deposited in the House of Commons library twice a year, the latest published guidance was deposited on 26 April 2022 and can be found here.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many refugees have been interviewed at job centres in each year since 2017.

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

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish the data her Department holds on the referrals of benefit claimants for digital skills training by Job Centre Plus to providers in 2021.

I refer the honourable Member to the answer given to PQ15249

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish the data her Department holds on the referrals of benefit claimants for numeracy training by Job Centre Plus to providers in 2021.

I refer the honourable Member to the answer given to PQ15249

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish the data her Department holds on the referrals of benefit claimants for literacy training by Job Centre Plus to providers in 2021.

I refer the honourable Member to the answer given to PQ15249

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support his Department provides to Universal Credit claimants on (a) payment of childcare and (b) support in accessing free childcare when appropriate.

Through Universal Credit, eligible parents can claim back up to 85% of their registered childcare costs each month up to the maximum amount of £646.35 for one child and £1,108.04 for two or more children each month, regardless of the number of hours they work. For those who need extra financial support for their first set of childcare costs when moving in to work, or when they are significantly increasing their work hours, they can apply for help from the Flexible Support Fund. Importantly, the UC childcare element can be used to top up a claimant’s eligible 15 or 30 hours of free childcare if further childcare is required to support a working parent.

We also have products in place to ensure Work Coaches are able to explain the free childcare offer to parents. Work coaches signpost to the Childcare Choices website for more information about the wider Government childcare offers available.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support is available for Universal Credit claimants to access a registered or approved childcare provider.

Through Universal Credit, eligible parents can claim back up to 85% of their registered childcare costs each month up to the maximum amount of £646.35 for one child and £1,108.04 for two or more children each month, regardless of the number of hours they work. For those who need extra financial support for their first set of childcare costs when moving in to work, or when they are significantly increasing their work hours, they can apply for help from the Flexible Support Fund. Importantly, the UC childcare element can be used to top up a claimant’s eligible 15 or 30 hours of free childcare if further childcare is required to support a working parent.

We also have products in place to ensure Work Coaches are able to explain the free childcare offer to parents. Work coaches signpost to the Childcare Choices website for more information about the wider Government childcare offers available.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what data her Department collects via the Universal Credit journal on claimants' skill (a) levels and (b) needs; and whether data collected is used to identify (i) potential barriers to work and (ii) the support, including training, needed to overcome those barriers.

The Universal Credit journal is not intended to collect data on claimant’s skills, levels and needs. It is a service used by claimants and staff to communicate and is one of several channels for claimants to notify of changes, ask for help or update the work coach on job search activities.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit claimants were referred by Jobcentre Plus to providers for digital skills training in 2021, broken down by UK region, London and mayoral combined authority, age, ethnicity, gender and disability.

The information requested is not readily available. Jobcentre Plus works in partnership with local training providers to ensure/facilitate delivery of essential communication skills, numeracy skills, digital literacy skills and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) training to unemployed benefit claimants in England, Scotland and Wales. Wider adult education and skills policy is the responsibility of the Department for Education in England and devolved to the Scottish and Welsh Governments in Scotland and Wales.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit claimants were referred by Jobcentre Plus to providers for numeracy training in 2021, broken down by UK region, London and mayoral combined authority, age, ethnicity, gender and disability.

The information requested is not readily available. Jobcentre Plus works in partnership with local training providers to ensure/facilitate delivery of essential communication skills, numeracy skills, digital literacy skills and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) training to unemployed benefit claimants in England, Scotland and Wales. Wider adult education and skills policy is the responsibility of the Department for Education in England and devolved to the Scottish and Welsh Governments in Scotland and Wales.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit claimants were referred by Jobcentre Plus to providers for training literacy in 2021, broken down by UK region, London and mayoral combined authority, age, ethnicity, gender and disability.

The information requested is not readily available. Jobcentre Plus works in partnership with local training providers to ensure/facilitate delivery of essential communication skills, numeracy skills, digital literacy skills and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) training to unemployed benefit claimants in England, Scotland and Wales. Wider adult education and skills policy is the responsibility of the Department for Education in England and devolved to the Scottish and Welsh Governments in Scotland and Wales.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 23 May 2022 to Question 4563 on Kickstart Scheme: Finance, what total amount of Kickstart Scheme funding from her Department was handed back to the Treasury at the end of the financial year 2020-21.

In the financial year 2020-21, DWP obtained £25m ring-fenced funding for the Kickstart Scheme. None of the £25m was subsequently returned to HM Treasury.

DWP’s 2021-22 financial accounts are currently being audited, so we are unable to provide this information.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 23 May 2022 to Question 4563 on Kickstart Scheme: Finance, how much and what proportion of Kickstart Scheme funding from the her Department was handed back at the end of the financial year 2021-22.

In the financial year 2020-21, DWP obtained £25m ring-fenced funding for the Kickstart Scheme. None of the £25m was subsequently returned to HM Treasury.

DWP’s 2021-22 financial accounts are currently being audited, so we are unable to provide this information.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 25 May 2022 to Question 5651, on Way to Work Scheme, if his Department will publish the modelling referred to in that answer and any forecasts generated.

The Way to Work campaign is scheduled to conclude at the end of June, after which, we aim to publish details of the movements into work achieved during the campaign.

The data we are using to measure performance through Way to Work is experimental and was developed to support delivery. We will use the insights of this data, as well as wider learning from the preparation, delivery and outcomes of the campaign to inform ongoing policy development at the Department. As this process is ongoing, we have no plans to publish any modelling prepared for Way to Work.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the Government plans to publish its response to Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith’s review into in-work progression.

This Government is committed to ensuring that everyone, no matter their background, has the opportunity to start, stay and progress in work. We aim to publish our response to the In-work Progression Commission's report as soon as possible, where we will set out our new approach to supporting people on low pay and helping them to progress in work.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish the data underlying Table 4 in her Department's recent paper entitled Completing the Move to Universal Credit: Our 2022-24 strategy for implementing the final phase of Universal Credit, published in April 2022.

The requested information is provided in the attached methodology document ‘Universal Credit Full-Service employment impact evaluation’.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Universal Credit Statistics Release Strategy published on 23 March 2022, when her Department plans to start publishing experimental statistics on flows between conditionality groups, including flows on and off Universal Credit.

Universal Credit statistics, with respect to conditionality regimes and flows, are still under development, as detailed in section 4 of the Department’s statistical work programme. The production of these statistics is dependent on further data development. Progress on these developments will be provided through the Universal Credit Statistics bulletin and the Statistical Work Programme and then pre-announced in the statistics release calendar.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people claiming Universal Credit and in the searching for work conditionality group as at January 2021 found a job within (a) six and (b) 12 months of being placed in the searching for work group; and how for how long those people held that job.

The Information requested can only be provided at disproportionate cost because the required information is not all readily available to analysts in a format that would enable them to undertake the analysis and quality assure the figures, to answer this PQ in the timescales.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of whether the economic and fiscal benefits outlined in the Universal Credit Full Business Case Summary, published on 7 June 2018, have been delivered.

The performance of Universal Credit (UC) continues to be monitored as we proceed to complete the move to Universal Credit. As implementation of UC is not yet complete, it is not possible to carry out a full assessment of the 2018 Business Case.

Since first being introduced in 2013, Universal Credit (UC) has streamlined and simplified the benefits system to better support those in work on low incomes, as well as those who are unemployed or who cannot work. By improving work incentives and support, Universal Credit helped deliver the highest ever level of employment seen in this country just before COVID hit. A dynamic benefit that reflects people’s needs from month to month, Universal Credit successfully supported millions of people and processed a ten-fold surge in claims during the pandemic, when legacy systems would have collapsed.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
24th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he would make an assessment of how long it would take to implement an uplift to (a) Universal Credit and (b) legacy benefits.

There are no plans to make an assessment of how long it would take to implement an uplift to Universal Credit and Legacy Benefits.

The government is providing over £15bn in further support, targeted particularly on those with the greatest need. This package is in addition to the over £22bn announced previously, with government support for the cost of living now totalling over £37bn this year. This means that millions of the most vulnerable households will get £1,200 of one-off support in total this year to help with the cost of living, with all domestic electricity customers receiving at least £400.

This additional support means that eight million households on means-tested benefits will get £650 paid directly into their bank accounts in two lump sums - one in July, the other this autumn. There will also be separate one-off payments of £300 to pensioner households and £150 to individuals receiving disability benefits.

To support people who need additional help later in the year, the Government is providing, from October, an extra £500 million of funding. In England, £421m will be used to extend the Household Support Fund. The Devolved Administrations will receive £79m. This is in addition to the £1bn already provided for this support.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
20th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her Department’s press release entitled, New jobs mission to get 500,000 into work, dated 27 January 2022, what targets her Department has put in place for the Way to work campaign; in what way she is measuring the performance of that campaign; what the evidential basis was for proceeding with the design of that campaign; and if she will make a statement.

I refer the honourable member to the answer given to PQ4709 for the number of movements into work during the Way to Work campaign as of 15 May.

On the 26 January 2022, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions launched ‘Way to Work’, a campaign across Great Britain to help 500,000 people into employment by the end of June 2022.

We are building on the infrastructure established through our Kickstart Scheme to work more closely with employers, to bring them into Jobcentres and move claimants into work more quickly. We are providing more time for new claimants with their Work Coach and delivering a renewed focus on moving claimants into work through more rigorously applying agreements made in claimant commitments. We are also using data to ensure that we are flexible and adaptable in our delivery. This means that we are collecting data that is relevant, effective and that allows us to monitor performance in a timely way so as to assess what is working.

Our ambition for 500,000 movements into work was developed in recognition of the 1.2 million vacancies in the wider economy (now 1.3 million vacancies), as well as the 1.6 million people searching for work within the Universal Credit caseload. It was based on historical performance in previous years over the same period covered by the Way to Work campaign (February to June) and included modelling based on enhanced delivery once Way to Work improvements have been applied.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
19th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the overall cost of the Kickstart scheme has been since its inception.

The National Audit Office (NAO) report on the Kickstart Scheme was published in November 2021. This report contains details on spend as of the end of September 2021. You can access the NAO report here.

Information relating to Kickstart grants will be published by the Cabinet Office on the Government website in due course, as is standard practice for all Government general grants. This can be viewed here. To note, this information is normally published approximately a year after the financial year end and includes grant value and recipients.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
19th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, where the first quarterly Customer Satisfaction Measure survey of the Restart Scheme is published; and how that result of that survey are being used to improve the future delivery of the Restart Scheme.

The Customer Satisfaction Measure (CSM) results are not published. Although DWP has not undertaken to publish the CSM results, it retains the right to do so in the future.

The purpose of the CSM is to give DWP independent evidence, at national and contract level, regarding customer satisfaction, which can be used to inform:

  • current Restart Scheme provider performance improvement,
  • any changes that could be made to any potential successor programme, and
  • the DWP’s long term evidence base for how to best run similar programmes in the future.

The results of the first quarterly survey, and future surveys, will form a key part of Restart Scheme providers’ monthly discussions with their DWP performance managers.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
19th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people claiming Universal Credit and in the Searching for Work conditionality group as at January 2021 found a job within (a) three months, (b) six months, (c) nine months and (d) 12 months of being placed in the searching for work group, broken down by UK regions, London and mayoral combined authorities; and for how long those people held that job.

The Information requested can only be provided at disproportionate cost because the required information is not all readily available to analysts in a format that would enable them to undertake the analysis and quality assure the figures, to answer this PQ in the timescales.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
19th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit claimants were referred by Jobcentre Plus to providers for training in literacy, numeracy or digital skills in each of the last five years, broken down by UK regions, London and mayoral combined authorities and age, ethnicity, gender, disability and region.

The information requested is not readily available. Jobcentre Plus works in partnership with local training providers to ensure/facilitate delivery of essential communication skills, numeracy skills, digital literacy skills and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) training to unemployed benefit claimants in England, Scotland and Wales. Wider adult education and skills policy is the responsibility of the Department for Education in England and devolved to the Scottish and Welsh Governments in Scotland and Wales.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
18th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish the eligibility criteria for the Restart Scheme; and whether the eligibility criteria has been changed since the commencement of that scheme.

The eligibility criteria for the Restart Scheme is published in the Restart Scheme Provider Guidance and is available via the following link, in paragraph 1.28.

Chapter 1: Introduction and overview - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
18th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what data her Department holds on the extent of underspend of the Kickstart Scheme in the financial year 2021-22; and what discussions she has had with Chancellor of the Exchequer on returning that funding to her departmental budgets.

As of 8 May 2022, over 162,600 Kickstart jobs had been started by young people. We are delighted that the Kickstart Scheme has provided opportunities for so many young people to gain experience in the workplace that will improve their chances of progressing to find long-term sustainable work.

In the financial year 2021-22, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was provided with £1,617.5m new funding specifically to deliver Kickstart. As this funding was ringfenced, any underspend had to be returned to HMT, as per the normal budgeting process. At Supplementary Estimates, DWP handed back £664.7m of this funding, with any balance on the residual £952.8m funding also due to be returned to HMT at year end.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
18th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which organisations have received funding as part of the Restart Scheme; and how much funding each organisation has received since commencement of that scheme to 18 May 2022.

The Value of the Contracts for Restart (£2.5billion) is detailed on Contracts Finder. This covers the three-year referral period and service delivery. A review of the Restart Programme is being undertaken following the first full year of delivery. Any changes will be published on Contracts Finder in Autumn 2022.

The following Prime organisations were awarded Contracts to deliver the Restart Scheme.

G4S Facilities Management (UK) Ltd.

MAXIMUS UK Services Limited

Reed in Partnership

Serco Group

Jobs 22 Ltd

Ingeus UK Ltd

Fedcap Employment Limited

Seetec Pluss Ltd

The Restart contracts are accessible on Contracts Finder using the following link Restart Scheme - Contracts Finder. In relation to funding, under the Governments Transparency agenda, all spend data over £25,000 is published and can be found at GOV.UK. Spend is updated on a quarterly basis with the latest update published in March 2022.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
18th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an estimate of the cost of operating the Restart Scheme in each year of its expected operation.

The Value of the Contracts for Restart (£2.5billion) is detailed on Contracts Finder. This covers the three-year referral period and service delivery. A review of the Restart Programme is being undertaken following the first full year of delivery. Any changes will be published on Contracts Finder in Autumn 2022.

The following Prime organisations were awarded Contracts to deliver the Restart Scheme.

G4S Facilities Management (UK) Ltd.

MAXIMUS UK Services Limited

Reed in Partnership

Serco Group

Jobs 22 Ltd

Ingeus UK Ltd

Fedcap Employment Limited

Seetec Pluss Ltd

The Restart contracts are accessible on Contracts Finder using the following link Restart Scheme - Contracts Finder. In relation to funding, under the Governments Transparency agenda, all spend data over £25,000 is published and can be found at GOV.UK. Spend is updated on a quarterly basis with the latest update published in March 2022.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
18th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to publish the performance measures that will be used for the Restart Scheme.

Details of the required Minimum Performance Expectation and Customer Service Standards are published within Schedule 2 of the contract and are available to view on Contracts Finder Restart Scheme - Contracts Finder.

In addition, details of Performance Management can be found in Chapter 14 of the Restart Provider Guidance.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
18th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the process of re-interviewing Work Coaches employed by her Department on fixed-term contracts for permanent positions, whether her Department has undertaken an equality impact assessment that assessed whether any protected groups were being disadvantaged by this process.

DWP EO fixed-term colleagues across all Service Delivery areas were invited to apply for permanence at their current grade via ring-fenced internal district campaigns which did not include a requirement for interviews.

A full equality impact assessment of the approach was completed in advance of the campaigns commencing. It was concluded that, with mitigations in place, to reduce any negative impact, colleagues would not be disproportionately impacted because of their protected characteristics.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the National Audit Office will conduct a review of the performance of the Restart Scheme.

The National Audit Office is independent of government and carries out reviews at the discretion of the Comptroller and Auditor General. They have started a review of the Restart Scheme which they have told us they intend to publish in the autumn. Details of this are available on the National Audit Office website.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the average length of time that a person who gets a job through the Kickstart Scheme stays in that job.

The Department for Work and Pensions will be monitoring and evaluating the Kickstart scheme throughout its implementation and will continue to evaluate the longer-term outcomes for Kickstart participants after they have completed their six-month Kickstart jobs. This will include an estimate of the young people that remained employed following the conclusion of the six-month Kickstart job (either with their Kickstart employer or moving into a job with a different employer), as well as the number of young people no longer in employment upon leaving a Kickstart role. We aim to publish the findings of the evaluation once complete.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have (a) started and (b) remain in the Restart Scheme by (i) region, (ii) constituency, (iii) age, (iv) gender, (v) ethnicity, (vi) disability and (vii) highest level of education.

The Restart Scheme began in July 2021, providing up to 12 months of support to help people who have been unemployed for more than nine months, into sustained employment.

The tables below show the following data on the Restart Scheme for up to and including 30 April 2022:

  • Starts - the number of individuals with a start date on provision
  • Leavers - the number of individuals with both a start date and an end date recorded on provision (reasons for leaving the Restart Scheme include a participant starting work, moving off Universal Credit or moving out of the Universal Credit Intensive Work Search regime)
  • Caseload - the number of individuals with a start date recorded but without an end date recorded

Data is not currently available by ethnicity, disability, and highest education level or by constituency.

Table 1 – Starts, leavers, and caseload by Contract Package Area (CPA)

CPA

Starts

Leavers

Caseload

1a West Central

20,825

1,425

19,400

1b East Central

18,345

1,605

16,740

2a North East and Humberside

16,500

1,405

15,095

2b South and West Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

24,275

2,095

22,180

3a North West

15,070

600

14,470

3b Greater Manchester

14,650

770

13,875

4a South West

14,630

880

13,755

4b South Central

14,665

985

13,675

5a Central and West London

30,350

1,585

28,765

5b South and East London

19,635

1,540

18,095

5c Home Counties

28,265

2,505

25,760

6 Wales

9,575

785

8,790

National

226,785

16,180

210,605

Table 2 – Starts, leavers, and caseload by Sex

Sex

Starts

Leavers

Caseload

Female

92,530

5,965

86,570

Male

134,235

10,210

124,020

Unknown

20

5

15

Total

226,785

16,180

210,605

Table 3 – Starts, leavers, and caseload by Age

Age

Starts

Leavers

Caseload

18 to 24

12,780

665

12,115

25 to 49

148,080

10,840

137,245

Over 49

65,485

4,665

60,820

Unknown

445

15

430

Total

226,785

16,180

210,605

Data Source: Provider Referrals and Payment System (PRaP) and DWP administrative datasets.

A breakdown of the CPAs can be found in the following link.

Restart Scheme: Contract Package Areas - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

All values rounded to nearest 5 - total numbers may not sum perfectly due to rounding.

The management information above has not been subjected to the usual standard of quality assurance associated with Official Statistics but is provided in the interests of transparency.

There are some unknown values (less than 1%) recorded in the system for both gender and age. Some are recorded as such while others are due to a mismatch between Provider Referrals, Payment System, and DWP administrative datasets.

The numbers of leavers and caseload depends on accurate recording of the end date and so there maybe inaccuracy in these numbers.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have left the Restart Scheme since its establishment by (a) region, (b) constituency, (c) age, (d) gender, (e) ethnicity, (f) disability and (g) highest level of education.

The Restart Scheme began in July 2021, providing up to 12 months of support to help people who have been unemployed for more than nine months, into sustained employment.

The tables below show the following data on the Restart Scheme for up to and including 30 April 2022:

  • Starts - the number of individuals with a start date on provision
  • Leavers - the number of individuals with both a start date and an end date recorded on provision (reasons for leaving the Restart Scheme include a participant starting work, moving off Universal Credit or moving out of the Universal Credit Intensive Work Search regime)
  • Caseload - the number of individuals with a start date recorded but without an end date recorded

Data is not currently available by ethnicity, disability, and highest education level or by constituency.

Table 1 – Starts, leavers, and caseload by Contract Package Area (CPA)

CPA

Starts

Leavers

Caseload

1a West Central

20,825

1,425

19,400

1b East Central

18,345

1,605

16,740

2a North East and Humberside

16,500

1,405

15,095

2b South and West Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

24,275

2,095

22,180

3a North West

15,070

600

14,470

3b Greater Manchester

14,650

770

13,875

4a South West

14,630

880

13,755

4b South Central

14,665

985

13,675

5a Central and West London

30,350

1,585

28,765

5b South and East London

19,635

1,540

18,095

5c Home Counties

28,265

2,505

25,760

6 Wales

9,575

785

8,790

National

226,785

16,180

210,605

Table 2 – Starts, leavers, and caseload by Sex

Sex

Starts

Leavers

Caseload

Female

92,530

5,965

86,570

Male

134,235

10,210

124,020

Unknown

20

5

15

Total

226,785

16,180

210,605

Table 3 – Starts, leavers, and caseload by Age

Age

Starts

Leavers

Caseload

18 to 24

12,780

665

12,115

25 to 49

148,080

10,840

137,245

Over 49

65,485

4,665

60,820

Unknown

445

15

430

Total

226,785

16,180

210,605

Data Source: Provider Referrals and Payment System (PRaP) and DWP administrative datasets.

A breakdown of the CPAs can be found in the following link.

Restart Scheme: Contract Package Areas - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

All values rounded to nearest 5 - total numbers may not sum perfectly due to rounding.

The management information above has not been subjected to the usual standard of quality assurance associated with Official Statistics but is provided in the interests of transparency.

There are some unknown values (less than 1%) recorded in the system for both gender and age. Some are recorded as such while others are due to a mismatch between Provider Referrals, Payment System, and DWP administrative datasets.

The numbers of leavers and caseload depends on accurate recording of the end date and so there maybe inaccuracy in these numbers.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the cost per participant of the Restart Scheme.

The original estimate of the average cost per participant on the Restart Scheme is approximately £2,000.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
31st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she provide details of each Jobcentre Plus in the UK, broken down by (a) permanent and (b) temporary job centres.

Please see the attached spreadsheet for details of the permanent and temporary DWP sites.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
29th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many sector-based work academy programme starts there were up to the latest date for which information is available.

Sector-Based Work Academies were first launched in August 2011 in England and January 2012 in Scotland. Regular statistical releases on Sector-Based Work Academies, covering participation by those on legacy unemployment benefits, began in 2011 and ended in 2017. These statistics can be found here.

The scheme was relaunched as the Sector-based Work Academy Programme (SWAP) in July 2020 as part of the government’s Plan for Jobs. Data for the financial years 2020/21 and 2021/22 shows that as of 27th March 2022, there was a total of 149,980 starts to a SWAP. The breakdown of these starts by financial year is displayed in the following table:

Table 1: SWAP starts

Starts FY 2020/21

Starts FY 2021/22 – to 27th March

Total Starts

Total SWAP Starts

64,500

85,480

149,980

Note on above: Figures are rounded to the nearest 10; components may not sum due to rounding. These figures reflect the number of starts by claimants in receipt of Universal Credit (UC), Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Income Support (IS).

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
17th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of people who have been affected by the underpayment of benefits after transitioning from incapacity benefit to employment support allowance in Wirral South constituency.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 19th January to question number 104377.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
17th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been affected by the underpayment of benefits after transitioning from incapacity benefit to employment support allowance, by parliamentary constituency.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 19th January to question number 104377.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
17th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Kickstart places have been taken up by residents in each parliamentary constituency.

I refer the Honourable Member to DEP2021-0996 for a breakdown of Kickstart jobs by each parliamentary constituency.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
5th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many sector based work academies have taken place in each (a) country and (b) region of the UK since that programme began.

Sector-based work academies were first launched in August 2011 in England and January 2012 in Scotland. Regular statistical releases on sector-based work academies, covering participation by those on legacy unemployment benefits, began in 2011 and ended in 2017. These statistics can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/employment-schemes-work-experience-sector-based-work-academy-and-skills-conditionality-starts-to-november-2017

The scheme was relaunched as ‘SWAP’ in July 2020 as part of the government’s Plan for Jobs. Data for the financial years 2020/21 and 2021/22 shows that as of 2nd January 2022, there was a total of 127,360 starts to a Sector-based Work Academy Programme (SWAP). The breakdown of these starts by nation and region is displayed in the following tables:

Table 1: SWAP starts by nation

Nation

Starts FY 2020/21

Starts FY 2021/22

Total Starts

England

58,310

56,760

115,070

Scotland

6,120

5,750

11,880

Unknown

60

350

410

Total

64,500

62,860

127,360

Table 2: SWAP starts by region

Region

Starts FY 2020/21

Starts FY 2021/22

Total Starts

West Midlands

5,000

4,960

9,960

Central, East & North Scotland

4,340

3,990

8,330

South & West Scotland

1,780

1,770

3,550

London & Essex

12,950

15,380

28,340

North & East Midlands

7,800

7,120

14,920

North Central

6,960

7,060

14,020

North East

5,550

4,570

10,110

North West

5,340

4,550

9,890

South East

8,200

8,190

16,390

South West

6,510

4,940

11,450

Unknown

60

350

410

Total

64,500

62,860

127,360

Note on above: Figures are rounded to the nearest 10; components may not sum due to rounding. These figures reflect the number of starts by claimants in receipt of Universal Credit (UC), Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Income Support (IS).

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
5th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many work coaches there are at each job centre in the UK, broken down by job centre.

The total Staff in Post (SIP) for all Work Coach activity has been provided broken down by district. As of January 2022, the total number of Work Coaches in our Jobcentres is 27,049 SIP. It is not possible to give an exact number for each Jobcentre because Work Coaches work across whole of their district and sometimes beyond.

The standard DWP definition of Work Coach activity includes Disability Employment Adviser (DEA) activity. Also included here are a number of staff carrying out related activities including those in temporary Work Coach Team Leader roles.

JCP District

SIP

Avon Somerset and Gloucestershire

836

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

654

Berkshire Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire

637

Birmingham and Solihull

946

Black Country

761

Central Scotland

343

Cheshire

359

Cumbria and Lancashire

840

Devon and Cornwall

691

Dorset Wiltshire Hampshire and Isle of Wight

1024

Durham and Tees Valley

626

East Anglia

814

East London

1257

East Scotland

467

Essex

738

Greater Manchester

1384

Kent

631

Leicestershire and Northamptonshire

612

Lincolnshire Nottinghamshire and Rutland

767

Mercia

717

Merseyside

874

National

111

North and Mid Wales

347

North East Scotland

483

North East Yorkshire and Humber

582

North London

1026

Northern Scotland

150

Northumberland Tyne and Wear

699

South East Wales

547

South London

1314

South West Scotland

395

South West Wales

518

South Yorkshire

651

Staffordshire and Derbyshire

749

Surrey and Sussex

877

West London

1152

West Scotland

404

West Yorkshire

1066

Grand Total

27049

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
4th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the Government plans to respond to the In-work Progression Commission's report entitled Supporting progression out of low pay: a call to action.

The Government is committed to ensuring everyone, no matter their background, has the opportunity to start, stay and progress in work. We will publish our response to the In-work Progression Commission's report shortly, setting out our approach to supporting people on low pay and helping them to progress in work.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
5th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Kickstart scheme jobs have been (a) approved and (b) started in each (i) nation and (ii) region of the UK.

As of the 30th June there were over 243,000 jobs approved for funding by the Kickstart Scheme. We are unable at present to provide data on the number of approved jobs by region, as at that stage in the process we do not hold information about the exact location of a job, only the head office of the employer.

Over 145,000 jobs have been made available for young people to apply for and over 40,000 young people have started Kickstart jobs.

The table below shows the number of Kickstart jobs which have been offered and started by young people to date by geographical area of Great Britain. The figures used are correct as of the 30th June and these figures have been rounded according to departmental standards.

Although care is taken when processing and analysing Kickstart applications, referrals and starts, the data collected might be subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system, which has been developed quickly.

The management information presented here has not been subjected to the usual standard of quality assurance associated with official statistics, but is provided in the interests of transparency. Work is ongoing to improve the quality of information available for the programme.

Location

Jobs Advertised

Total Jobs Started

East Midlands

9,710

2,380

East of England

11,410

2,890

London

28,160

8,880

North East

5,680

1,910

North West

18,570

5,170

Scotland

10,560

3,560

South East

16,850

4,480

South West

10,800

2,770

Wales

8,200

2,120

West Midlands

13,680

3,590

Yorkshire and The Humber

11,360

3,070

*These numbers are rounded and so may not match provided totals. Jobs Advertised include 1,000 non-grant funded vacancies and around 900 starts to non-grant funded jobs

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
29th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department's Restart scheme has started; and when referrals will be made to employers under that scheme.

Conversations with claimants about the Restart Scheme have begun as of the 28th June, and referrals to providers are expected to start from 12th July.

Restart Scheme providers will deliver an intensive and tailored support offer to participants, aimed at helping them to get into sustained work. With each participant having a unique set of needs and aspirations, we can expect transitions to employment to happen at different points in their journeys.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
28th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Kickstart scheme jobs have been (a) approved and (b) started in each nation and region of the UK.

As of the 16th June there were over 230,000 jobs approved for funding by the Kickstart Scheme. We are unable at present to provide data on the number of approved jobs by region, as at that stage in the process we do not hold information about the exact location of a job, only the head office of the employer.

Over 138,000 jobs have been made available for young people to apply for and over 36,000 young people have started Kickstart jobs. On average more than 500 young people started a Kickstart job a day between 22/04/2021 and 27/05/2021.

Below are tables listing the number of Kickstart jobs which have been offered and started by young people to date by geographical area of Great Britain and work sector. The figures in these tables are correct as of 16/06/2021 and these figures have been rounded according to departmental standards.

Location

Jobs Advertised

Total Jobs Started

East Midlands

9,320

2,060

East of England

11,050

2,520

London

27,020

7,780

North East

5,420

1,650

North West

17,490

4,650

Scotland

10,190

3,090

South East

16,060

3,960

South West

10,240

2,450

Wales

7,820

1,890

West Midlands

12,910

3,170

Yorkshire and The Humber

10,720

2,680

Rounded Totals

138,290

36,000

*These numbers are rounded and so may not match provided totals. Jobs Advertised include 1,000 non-grant funded vacancies and around 900 starts to non-grant funded jobs

Sector

Jobs Advertised

Total Jobs Started

Administration

34,940

9,230

Animal Care

620

290

Beauty & Wellbeing

1,000

280

Business & Finance

4,990

1,260

Computing, Technology & Digital

10,510

3,360

Construction & Trades

4,420

1,210

Creative & Media

10,610

3,760

Delivery & Storage

4,080

1,090

Emergency & Uniform Services

330

40

Engineering & Maintenance

4,970

1,040

Environment & Land

2,550

700

Government Services

450

70

Healthcare

4,470

940

Home Services

1,040

150

Hospitality & Food

12,630

2,320

Law & Legal

310

130

Managerial

930

200

Manufacturing

3,340

990

Retail & Sales

21,390

5,840

Science & Research

690

150

Social Care

3,390

530

Sports & Leisure

3,210

790

Teaching & Education

6,430

1,350

Transport

510

80

Travel & Tourism

480

100

Totals

138,290

36,000

*These numbers are rounded and so may not match provided totals. Jobs Advertised include 1,000 non-grant funded vacancies and around 900 starts to non-grant funded jobs

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
17th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions she has had with political leaders in devolved administrations in regions across the UK on improving labour market outcomes in their areas.

The Department is supporting people across Great Britain who are most in need wherever they live. The Secretary of State, Ministers and Officials meet regularly with stakeholders to discuss a range of policy issues.

The Department engages regularly with local leaders, including the Mayoral Combined Authorities established in England, centrally and through the Work and Health Service network which has a strong operational presence in all regions. Policy and operational teams in DWP value local leaders’ insight and knowledge of their local labour markets. Local engagement has played an important role in our collaborative response to the pandemic and to support our economic recovery.

Policy teams frequently engage on a range of labour market initiatives, for example, on the Plan for Jobs. We have actively promoted the Kickstart Scheme and my officials have worked with local leaders to ensure the scheme can help as many young people as possible. Engagement with local leaders has also played a key part in the appointment of providers for the Restart employment scheme, which will start receiving referrals from 12th July. The Government will continue to engage local leaders as we develop the UKSPF’s investment framework and in advance of its publication.

Officials continue to keep their Scottish and Welsh Government counterparts updated on key labour market developments. DWP does not operate in Northern Ireland, but my Department has regular and frequent discussions with the Department for Communities on both policy and operational matters.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
17th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of trends in the level of youth unemployment in each region across the UK.

The most reliable data on youth unemployment in each region / nation of the UK is drawn from the Annual Population Survey. This is publicly available from the nomis website, at:

https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/datasets/aps170

The ONS also produce experimental statistics on ‘Regional labour market: Estimates of unemployment by age’, which is available at:

https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peoplenotinwork/unemployment/datasets/regionalunemploymentbyagex02

This latter source is less reliable, as it is based on the Labour Force Survey which has a smaller sample size. However, its results are more timely.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
17th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the proportion of organisations offering kickstart placements that are SMEs.

We are unable to provide an estimate of the proportion of SME employers participating in the Kickstart Scheme. However, we know that many small businesses have applied through approved gateway organisations. In February, the department removed the 30 job minimum requirement for applications to Kickstart to make the scheme more accessible to small businesses and sole traders giving them choice to apply direct or via one of over 900 Kickstart gateways organisations.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
17th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans the Government has to provide data on the next destination of people who have completed their Kickstart scheme placement.

The Department for Work and Pensions will be monitoring and evaluating the Kickstart Scheme throughout and after its implementation. This will include a longer term evaluation of the outcomes and impact on young people after they have completed their six month Kickstart job placement.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
17th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the average number of kickstart places made available by each employer participating in the scheme.

Employers wishing to participate in the Kickstart scheme can apply direct or with the support of a Gateway organisation – a Gateway application will usually include jobs from a number of employers. As of 6th May (since the beginning of the Scheme) the average number of vacancies per approved Kickstart application is 15 for Employers, 41 for Gateways, and an average of 28 for both Employers and Gateways combined.

*the above figures have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Although care is taken when processing and analysing Kickstart applications, referrals and starts, the data collected might be subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system, which has been developed quickly.

The management information presented here has not been subjected to the usual standard of quality assurance associated with official statistics, but is provided in the interests of transparency. Work is ongoing to improve the quality of information available for the programme.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
13th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much and what proportion of the £2 billion of funding for the Kickstart scheme announced by the Government in A Plan for Jobs in July 2020 has been (a) allocated and (b) spent.

£2bn has been allocated to Kickstart to create hundreds of thousands of 6-month job placements for young people aged 16-24, to improve their long term employability. Kickstart placements commenced in October 2020 and eligible young people will be able to start new Kickstart jobs until December 2021, with the final cohort of six-month jobs coming to an end in Summer 2022. Kickstart funding is not capped and we expect to use all funding to provide jobs for young people by the end of the scheme. Details of spend is unavailable at this time but will become available following the completion of the audited accounts.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
12th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the projected number of universal credit claimants aged 16-24 in each year for which that data has been projected.

The Department does not have a projection.

Actual data on the number of people on UC is available at: https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/jsf/login.xhtml

Total UC caseload forecast can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/benefit-expenditure-and-caseload-tables-2021

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
12th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Kickstart jobs have been (a) approved and (b) started in each region of the UK.

As of the 6th May 2021, over 108,000 jobs have been made available for young people to apply for through the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) Kickstart Scheme. This includes over 20,000 jobs started by young people.

There have been over 200,000 jobs approved by the scheme.

We are unable at present to provide data on the number of approved jobs by region, as at that stage in the process we do not hold information about the exact location of a job, only the head office of the employer. We do hold regional information on jobs made available for young people to apply for and for placements started, which is provided below.

The tables below show these figures split by location and sector, the data presented has been rounded according to DWP statistical rounding convention. Although care is taken when processing and analysing Kickstart applications, referrals and starts, the data collected might be subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system which has been developed quickly. The management information presented here has not been subjected to the usual standard of quality assurance associated with official statistics, but is provided in the interests of transparency. Work is ongoing to improve the quality of information available for the programme.

Location

Jobs Advertised

Total Jobs Started

East Midlands

7,270

1,120

East of England

8,240

1,320

London

22,740

4,500

North East

4,560

960

North West

13,560

2,840

Scotland

7,540

1,770

South East

12,320

2,350

South West

7,670

1,440

Wales

6,020

1,000

West Midlands

10,030

1,850

Yorkshire and The Humber

8,310

1,580

Figures may not add up to provided totals due to rounding. 1,000 non-grant funded jobs are included in Jobs Advertised but not included under Jobs Started. Total jobs started includes those which have been completed or ended early.

Sector

Jobs Advertised

Total Jobs Started

Administration

27,950

5,370

Animal Care

480

160

Beauty & Wellbeing

740

150

Business & Finance

4,040

750

Computing, Technology & Digital

8,490

2,110

Construction & Trades

3,600

700

Creative & Media

8,420

2,180

Delivery & Storage

3,320

670

Emergency & Uniform Services

230

10

Engineering & Maintenance

3,900

470

Environment & Land

2,140

360

Government Services

290

30

Healthcare

4,360

570

Home Services

800

80

Hospitality & Food

7,530

1,030

Law & Legal

260

90

Managerial

830

120

Manufacturing

2,650

600

Retail & Sales

17,120

3,680

Science & Research

450

80

Social Care

2,880

270

Sports & Leisure

2,350

410

Teaching & Education

4,720

760

Transport

400

40

Travel & Tourism

310

40

Figures may not add up to provided totals due to rounding. 1,000 non-grant funded jobs are included in Jobs Advertised but not included under Jobs Started. Total jobs started includes those which have been completed or ended early.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
12th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Kickstart placements have been (a) approved and (b) started in each parliamentary constituency.

The Department for Work and Pensions collects data on the uptake of the Kickstart Scheme. We have published information on the number of young people who have started in each region, here: https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-questions/detail/2021-04-12/179100, but we are unable to break this down below the regional level at present.

The need to deliver and operate the Kickstart scheme at pace has led to a current limited clerical data set which, in turn, makes it harder to accurately present a snapshot of a smaller geographical area, such as a Parliamentary constituency. Information is contained across multiple systems as more than one Jobcentre could cover a single constituency. Conversely, Kickstart placements and vacancies are not allocated to one JCP, so we have many vacancies which may be connected to a company based or headquartered in one area, but the vacancies can be filled from a wider geographical area.

As such, it is not currently possible to provide the data below the regional level. We are, however, continuing to develop our management information tools and data collection system which may help in sharing more localised information at a local authority level in due course.

The Government is monitoring and evaluating the Kickstart Scheme throughout its implementation, and will continue to evaluate the longer term outcomes and impact for Kickstart participants.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
12th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of extending the Kickstart scheme beyond December 2021.

Our focus is on delivering Kickstart jobs for young people as soon as we can. Eligible young people will be able to start new Kickstart jobs until December 2021, meaning the final cohort of six-month jobs will end in Summer 2022. There are currently no plans to extend the Kickstart Scheme.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Kickstart scheme jobs have been (a) approved and (b) started in each region.

As of the 8th of April, over 11,800 young people had started jobs created by the Department of Work and Pensions’ Kickstart Scheme.

We are unable to provide a breakdown of the approved jobs by region as at the approval stage a company provides their registered address which will often not reflect the location of associated jobs.

The table below shows the number of starts broken down by region. The data in the table has been rounded. Although care is taken when processing and analysing Kickstart applications, referrals and starts, the data collected might be subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system which has been developed quickly.

The management information presented here has not been subjected to the usual standard of quality assurance associated with official statistics, but is provided in the interests of transparency.

Region

Starts

East Midlands

660

East of England

780

London

2600

North East

490

North West

1700

Scotland

1100

South East

1200

South West

780

Wales

540

West Midlands

1200

Yorkshire and The Humber

890

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications to the Kickstart Scheme have been (a) received and (b) approved to date; and how many young people have started a job on that scheme.

As of 8th April 2021 there have been 18,900 applications received from gateway organisations and employers, of which 5,300 have been approved. These approved applications represent over 180,000 jobs. Over 11,800 young people have started in their Kickstart job.

Although care is taken when processing and analysing Kickstart applications, referrals and starts, the data collected might be subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system which has been developed quickly. The management information presented here has not been subjected to the usual standard of quality assurance associated with official statistics.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of the number of young people employed under the Kickstart scheme in each region of the UK.

I refer the honourable member to the answer given for PQ 147859.

We are not able to publish a breakdown of this data by nation or region at this time.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of the number of young people employed under the Kickstart scheme in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) Scotland, (d) Wales and (e) Northern Ireland.

I refer the honourable member to the answer given for PQ 147859.

We are not able to publish a breakdown of this data by nation or region at this time.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on what date her Department estimates the number of employees on the Restart programme will reach its peak number.

The delivery of the Restart programme is dependent on an ongoing commercial exercise, on a robust approval process and on intensive readiness preparations. Should these prove successful, referrals to Restart should peak in winter 2021/22 and provider employment should track referral levels.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what expected start-date of the first recruits joining the Restart programme her Department is using for internal planning purposes.

The delivery of the Restart programme is dependent on an ongoing commercial exercise, on a robust approval process and on intensive readiness preparations. Should these prove successful, referrals to Restart should peak in winter 2021/22 and provider employment should track referral levels.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
8th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of the number of (a) jobs created by, (b) placements started under and (c) applications made to the Kickstart scheme.

From the launch of the Department for Work and Pensions’ Kickstart Scheme until 04/02/21, there have been:

a. Over 120,000 jobs approved;

b. Over 2,000 jobs started;

c. Over 8,000 applications made. An employer or organisation can make multiple applications to the scheme.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
8th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what requests the Government has made to (a) local authorities and (b) combined authorities for data on the uptake of the Kickstart scheme.

As of 04/02/2021 there were over 120,000 approved jobs on the Department for Work and Pensions’ Kickstart Scheme.

Data regarding the uptake of the Kickstart Scheme is collected by the DWP. Local and Combined Authorities are welcome to apply for funding through the scheme and some already have.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
22nd Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Kickstart gateways have been set up by (a) region and (b) local authority area.

The table below shows the number of gateway organisations approved as part of the Department for Work and Pensions’ Kickstart scheme, broken down by region as of 11/01/2021. We are currently unable to break this data down by Local Authority, this data reflects the location of an organisation’s registered address and not necessarily the location where the gateway will be supporting Kickstart job placements.

Region

Number of unique Gateways Approved

London

143

North West

95

South East

78

West Midlands

54

Scotland

51

East of England

45

East Midlands

43

Yorkshire and The Humber

42

Wales

31

South West

26

North East

26

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
22nd Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many new job placements are being funded by the Kickstart programme.

As of 22/01/2021, there have been over 110,000 new job placements approved for funding by the Department for Work and Pensions’ Kickstart scheme. We are actively seeking more Kickstart job placements that can start before December 2021 and would welcome further applications from employers.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
19th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of the number of (a) jobs created by, (b) placement started at and (c) applications made to the Kickstart scheme.

As of 19/01/2021, there have been (a) over 110,000 job placements created, (b) 1,916 young people starting job placements and (c) 6,530 applications to, the Department for Work and Pensions’ Kickstart Scheme.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
30th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish her Department's projections for business planning purposes of the universal credit claimant count (a) in each year for which it has been projected and (b) aged 16 - 24 in each year for which it has been projected.

The Department published its latest benefit expenditure and caseload tables, including Universal Credit caseload over the next 5 financial years, which is available here [https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/benefit-expenditure-and-caseload-tables-2020]. This was published in December.

Estimates by age-group are not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on local authorities making applications to the Kickstart scheme.

We are pleased to see the significant interest in the Kickstart Scheme from local authorities and recognise the excellent position they are in to support local opportunities.

We regularly meet with ministerial colleagues and our officials have engaged with local authorities, local enterprise partnerships and the mayoral combined authorities throughout the Kickstart Scheme development process.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of applications to the Kickstart scheme have come from the private sector, to date.

The information requested could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications have been made to the Kickstart scheme from the charity sector, to date.

The information requested could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications have been made to the Kickstart scheme from public sector organisations.

The information requested could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
30th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when details of the Government's Restart programme announced in the Spending Review 2020 will be published.

The chancellor announced at Spending Review £2.9bn for three years of referrals to Restart.

Restart will provide intensive, tailored employment support to help over 1 million people back towards sustained employment.

The commercial process will start in December, contracts will be awarded in Spring 2021, with go live Summer 2021. Further detail on the scheme will be announced in due course.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
30th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how the £2.9 billion for the Government's Restart programme will be allocated.

The chancellor announced at Spending Review £2.9bn for three years of referrals to Restart.

Restart will provide intensive, tailored employment support to help over 1 million people back towards sustained employment.

The commercial process will start in December, contracts will be awarded in Spring 2021, with go live Summer 2021. Further detail on the scheme will be announced in due course.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
30th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of unemployed people who will receive funding from the Government's Restart programme, announced in the Spending Review 2020.

The chancellor announced at Spending Review £2.9bn for three years of referrals to Restart.

Restart will provide intensive, tailored employment support to help over 1 million people back towards sustained employment.

The commercial process will start in December, contracts will be awarded in Spring 2021, with go live Summer 2021. Further detail on the scheme will be announced in due course.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
30th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications have been received for the Kickstart scheme to date.

As of 26/11 there have been 5040 applications for funding through the DWP’s Kickstart Scheme. So far, applications from Gateways and employers covering 23’934 vacancies have been approved.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
30th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been spent on the Kickstart scheme to date; and what her projection is of expenditure on that scheme up until Spring 2021.

The Kickstart scheme is a £2bn programme to create thousands of 6-month job placements for young people aged 16-24, to improve their long term employability. Kickstart placements commenced in November 2020.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
3rd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what cost-benefit analysis the Government has undertaken on maintaining the suspension of the Minimum Income Floor in universal credit.

The information requested is not yet available.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
8th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment the Government has made of the effect of the Self Employed Income Support Scheme on the income of claimants of universal credit.

Universal Credit takes into account income in the assessment period (AP) it is received. Payments from the Self-employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) is treated as self-employed earnings in UC and we will take them into account when they are received. We will not therefore need to readjust previous months’ awards.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of suspending the Universal Credit (Miscellaneous Amendments, Saving and Transitional Provision) Regulations 2018 for the duration of the covid-19 outbreak.

The Universal Credit (Miscellaneous Amendments, Saving and Transitional Provision) Regulations 2018 introduced a package of positive measures announced in the Autumn Budget on 22 November 2017 and the SSWP’s oral statement the following day. It also introduced additional measures that are very technical by nature, which had been highlighted as part of the learning process of Universal Credit and ensured the legislation reflected the intended policy.

We cannot see any merit in suspending these regulations. For example, we have no plans to re-introduce waiting days to Universal Credit during the Covid period, as this would reduce financial support for claimants and delay the initial payment, nor do we have any plans to suspend the Transition to UC Housing Payment (the two-week run on of Housing Benefit), as this would remove vital financial support for people moving to UC.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment the Government has made of the income effect of the Self Employed Income Support Scheme on people who are also claiming universal credit.

We treat the Self Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) payments as self-employed earnings and take them into account in the month in which it is received.

The Department has not made an assessment of the income effect of the SEISS on people who are also claiming universal credit.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
8th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many psychologists and behavioural scientists are working to support the Joint Biosecurity Committee; when they were recruited; and from which Departments or academic institutions.

The Joint Biosecurity Centre has recruited a range of staff from across the Civil Service and academic institutions. As the number of psychologists and behavioural scientists working within the Joint Biosecurity Centre is currently falls below 10, due to the small number, we are unable to provide the exact number of staff, when they were recruited and from which Departments or academic institutions. This is due to the likelihood of individuals being easily identifiable.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
8th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will place in the Library all analysis commissioned by the Government of data relating to the effectiveness of local lockdowns.

The Joint Biosecurity Centre will shortly be publishing a paper providing further analysis in relation to non-pharmaceutical interventions in local areas. This will add to materials that have already been placed in the public domain, including NHS Test and Trace statistics, surveys from the Office for National Statistics and analytical papers on local measures and non-pharmaceutical interventions presented to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
5th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the National COVID-19 surveillance report: 2 October 2020 (week 40) published by Public Health England on 2 October 2020, what the weekly case rate per 100,000 cases by Index of Multiple Deprivation decile was in that reporting period; and if he will include data in that format in future covid-19 surveillance reports.

The national COVID-19 surveillance report published on 2 October included graphs of weekly COVID-19 case rate per 100,000 population by Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) quintile and age group (10-39 year olds). The weekly COVID-19 case rate per 100,000 population by IMD quintile for week 39 (between 21 and 27 September 2020) is shown in the following table.

There is no longer a COVID-19 surveillance report but IMD quantiles will be included in the slide set accompanying the new combined flu and COVID-19 report, which published weekly.

COVID-19 case rate per 100,000 by IMD quintile in 10 to 39 year olds, in England

IMD Q1

IMD Q2

IMD Q3

IMD Q4

IMD Q5

10 to 16 years

10.09

5.84

4.65

3.90

3.40

17 to 19 years

18.84

24.23

24.38

23.37

25.83

20 to 29 years

17.43

12.66

11.93

12.01

13.13

30 to 39 years

15.51

9.44

7.85

7.06

5.86

Source: The data is based on the latest surveillance report, which can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-covid-19-surveillance-reports

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
5th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to assess the frequency of different modes of transmission of covid-19 using (a) NHS Test and Trace cases and (b) other available data on common methods of covid-19 transmission.

Public Health England works closely with the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) to look at different modes of transmission of COVID-19.

There are a range of approaches to understanding and assessing transmission including outbreak investigations, case control studies, surveillance studies, intervention studies, laboratory studies and modelling, which all have strengths and biases. Different approaches need to be applied and analysed together to identify factors that influence transmission. The majority of data shows correlations and associations, but rarely proves causation and no single data source provides complete evidence for how and where transmission takes place.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
1st Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many confirmed covid-19 cases have been recorded under (a) pillar 1 and (b) pillar 2 testing for the borough of Wirral on each day since records began.

All upper tier local authorities have access to record level (including sex, age, occupation and postcode) test and case data.

We also publish public dashboards at a national, regional and local authority level and the Middle Layer Super Output Area (MSOA) map, which allows individuals to type in a postcode to find their MSOA and see how many cases there are in small areas of around 7,000 people


Data on the 7 day average for the number of people with COVID-19 identified through an NHS lab (Pillar 1) or from commercial swab testing (Pillar 2) back to March 2020 is available as part of the NHS Digital Progression Dashboard to upper tier local authority level and is available at the following link:

https://digital.nhs.uk/dashboards/progression

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
15th Jun 2021
What recent steps the Government has taken to support refugees and internally displaced people overseas.

The UK remains at the forefront of refugee responses around the world. In March, the Foreign Secretary announced ‘at least £205 million’ to the Syria Crisis, bringing our total support to over £3.7 billion since 2012.

We continue to be one of the lead donors to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), supporting its efforts to provide assistance to vulnerable refugees in some of the most challenging environments around the world.

The UK is also one of the largest bilateral donors to the COVAX Advance Market Commitment, supporting access to vaccines in up to 92 low and middle-income countries, aiming to supply 1.3 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines before the end of 2021.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic steps he is taking with his counterparts in the (a) Chinese Government, (b) US Administration and (c) EU on limiting global temperature increases.

Climate change is one of the most urgent and pressing challenges facing the world today. No country can solve this problem alone and we are working with all partners to raise global ambition in this area. We will continue to intensify our engagement with China, the US and the EU in the run up to 2020 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), which as you know the British government bid and secured responsibility to host in Glasgow in November this year, in partnership with Italy. COP26 will be the major international moment for climate change in 2020, and there is no greater priority this year for the FCO. Our diplomatic network network will have a key role to play in driving up ambition and action.

Heather Wheeler
Assistant Whip
11th May 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps he is taking to reduce the impact on households of the rise in the cost of living.

The government understands how the rising cost of living is making life harder for people. These are global challenges however, as set out in the Spring Statement, the government is providing support worth over £22 billion in 2022-23 to help families with these pressures.

For example, a typical family with 2 children where one adult is on the average employee salary and the other works 16 hours at the NLW will be around than £3,000 a year better off as a result of recent government action, notably the NICs primary threshold change, UC taper rate and work allowance changes, and increase in the National Living Wage, even taking account the introduction of the Health and Social Care Levy.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the ONS release entitled Earnings and employment from Pay As You Earn Real Time Information, UK: June 2021, tables 11 and 12, if he will publish (a) regional and (b) NUTS1 and NUTS2 breakdowns of payrolled employees from Pay As You Earn Real Time Information; and if he will provide further breakdowns of those data by age.

HMRC and the ONS jointly publish statistics on earnings and employment from Pay As You Earn Real Time Information. The next release will be on Thursday 17th August and will be available on the ONS website: https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/earningsandworkinghours/bulletins/earningsandemploymentfrompayasyouearnrealtimeinformationuk/previousReleases

Breakdowns by NUTS1, NUTS2, and age are already available individually in the statistics, along with a breakdown by industry. The range of these statistics have been expanded since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and NUTS3 was published additionally for the first time in July. Further additional breakdowns will be released over the next few months and will be announced through the ONS release calendar.

19th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2021 to Question 29788 on Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and with reference to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) statistics: 1 July 2021, Table 12 - CJRS extension: employments on furlough by country, region, local authority and gender and Table 14 - CJRS extension: employments on furlough by age and gender, whether his Department plans to publish that data by country, region, local authority, gender and age as one dataset; and for what reason that cumulated data is not currently available.

HM Revenue and Customs will publish additional information on the number of employments on furlough in due course in a future release of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) statistics.

Previously published statistics on the CJRS include the cumulative number of employments put on furlough at any time since the start of the scheme. Figures by local authority are in table 1a of the 1 July release.

HMRC keeps the contents of the statistics under review and have developed them informed by user feedback.

8th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme statistics: 1 July 2021, including data tables 12 and 14, if he will provide details of employments broken down by (a) country, (b) region, (c) local authority, (d) age and (e) gender as at 31 May 2021.

HM Revenue and Customs publish statistics on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) regularly. The latest statistics were published on 1 July 2021 and can be found on GOV.UK.

The number of employments on furlough at 31 May 2021 broken down by the requested categories are available in the spreadsheet accompanying the release: a) country and region by gender (table 11); b) local authority and gender (table 12); and, c) age and gender (table 14).

8th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the statistics on earnings and employment from Pay As You Earn Real Time Information and tables 11 and 12, if he will publish payrolled employees from PAYE RTI by (a) region, (b) NUTS1 and NUTS2 and (c) age.

HMRC and the ONS jointly publish statistics on earnings and employment from Pay As You Earn Real Time Information. The next release will be on Thursday 15 July and will be available on the ONS website: https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/earningsandworkinghours/bulletins/earningsandemploymentfrompayasyouearnrealtimeinformationuk/previousReleases.

Breakdowns by NUTS1, NUTS2 and age are already available individually in the statistics, along with a breakdown by industry. The range of these statistics has been expanded since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, with NUTS3 being published for the first time in July. Further additional breakdowns will be released over the next few months and will be announced through the ONS release calendar.

5th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of current youth employment data on national output in each (a) region and (b) sector of the economy.

The pandemic is expected to leave lasting ‘scars’ on the UK economy's supply capacity, reducing the overall level of output in the long term. The OBR currently assumes there will be a 3% scarring impact on the UK economy from Covid-19, of which 1% comes from labour market supply impacts. This analysis is based on the impact of the pandemic on the labour market overall. More recent forecasts from the Bank of England and the International Monetary Fund have revised down their view of scarring in light of recent data. Scarring in the labour market is likely to occur because it can take a long time for some unemployed workers to retrain or relocate appropriately.

That is why the Government has put in place a comprehensive package of support through our Plan for Jobs to help jobs and livelihoods and support the economy. We are continuing to protect jobs in every nation and region of the UK, including for younger workers, through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). Provisional HMRC statistics indicate that as at 31 May 2021, 322,400 jobs were furloughed where the employee was aged 24 or under.

As well as protecting jobs, we are also supporting young people to find new employment opportunities. This includes the £2bn Kickstart Scheme, which will create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people, and our new Youth Offer, which provides a guaranteed foundation of support to all 18-24 year olds on Universal Credit in the Intensive Work Search group.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
5th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of (a) the proportion of people on furlough who are aged under 25 and (b) the number of people aged under 25 who are at risk of unemployment once that scheme ends.

HM Revenue & Customs publish statistics on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme regularly. The latest statistics were published on 1 July 2021 and can be found on GOV.UK.

Figures from these statistics show that on 31 May 2021, 14% of jobs on furlough (or 322,400) were held by an employee aged under 25. These are provisional figures.

HMRC have not made an estimate of the number of people aged under 25 who are at risk of unemployment once that scheme ends.

Recognising the impact the pandemic has had on young people, the Government has put in place a comprehensive package of support to help young people find work. This includes the £2bn Kickstart Scheme, which will create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people, and the new Youth Offer, which provides a guaranteed foundation of support to all 18-24 year olds on Universal Credit in the Intensive Work Search group.

The Government has also made significant investment in skills and training support to help young people build the skills they need to find work. This includes the expansion of traineeships for 16-24 year olds, a bespoke offer for school leavers to take high value Level 2 and 3 courses, and increased apprenticeship incentives for employers, with £3,000 for each new apprentice hired between 1 April 2021 and 30 September 2021.

9th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish (a) a full list of organisations covered by the public sector pay pause and (b) the criteria used to determine which organisations should be covered by that pay pause.

The public sector pay pause announced at the Spending Review 2020 covers most of the major public sector workforces; Police, Prison officers, School-teachers, Armed forces, National Crime Agency, Senior Civil Service, Civil Service and Judiciary.

Given the unique impact of Covid-19 on the health service, and despite the challenging economic context, the government will continue to provide for pay rises for over 1 million NHS workers. The government will also prioritise the lowest paid, with 2.1 million public sector workers earning less than £24,000 receiving a minimum £250 increase.

In order to ensure fairness and consistency of approach, HM Treasury

expects other public sector employers not covered by the Pay Review Body process or the Civil Service Pay Remit Guidance, including public corporations and other employers where there is less central oversight of annual pay awards, to respect and comply with the pay pause. Departments and employers should consult the Office for National Statistics classification guidance to confirm whether they are classified as within the public sector.

Pay for Local Government workers and Devolved Administrations is set independently of Central Government and therefore the pause will not directly apply.

Steve Barclay
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
20th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment the Government has made of the economic effect of immigration restrictions on EU-based creative workers.

The Government recognises the importance of the UK’s and EU’s thriving cultural industries. This is why, during our recent negotiations with the EU, we pushed for ambitious arrangements for performers and artists to be able to travel without needing work-permits.

Our proposals were developed in consultation with the UK’s creative industries and would have allowed musicians and performers to travel and perform more easily in the EU and vice versa, however, these proposals were rejected by the EU.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
10th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what economic models his Department used to brief (a) officials in the Cabinet Office and (b) members of the SAGE committee.

Throughout the pandemic, economic analysis has been a key part of the advice that ministers use to inform decisions taken in this fast-moving health environment.

The Treasury continues to provide economic analysis to ministers on an ongoing basis as part of policy making and design. The Treasury does not produce formal forecasts for the UK economy. Economic and fiscal forecasting is the responsibility of the independent OBR. They will publish their next forecast on 25 November.

Economic analysis undertaken by the Treasury draws on a wide range of sources, including analysis from external sources such as the OBR, Bank of England and other independent bodies.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library all correspondence between the SAGE committee and the Chief Economist since 1 January 2020.

Government officials work together across departments to understand both the health and economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. Senior officials from other government departments, including the Treasury, attend SAGE as observers to ensure a full understanding of the scientific advice the committee give to government.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what requests he has made to the Office for Budget Responsibility to produce economic forecasts over the next 12 months; and if he will place that correspondence in the Library.

The OBR prepares an economic and fiscal forecast twice in each financial year.

On 11 September, the Chancellor laid a written ministerial statement in the House of Commons stating that he had ‘asked the OBR to prepare an economic and fiscal forecast to be published in mid to late November’, and the specific date (25 November) was confirmed on 28 October.

The OBR publish a log of substantive contact between the OBR and Treasury Ministers, Special Advisers and their private office staff alongside each forecast.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
3rd Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate the Government has made of the number of self-employed workers who are ineligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.

Just over 5 million individuals were assessed for potential eligibility to the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme; about 1.6 million of these were assessed to be ineligible.

8th Jun 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of suspending the abatement element in all public sector pensions during the covid-19 outbreak.

To support the emergency response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government has temporarily suspended pension abatement rules for certain public service workforces. This temporary change is only being applied where retired public service workers are essential as part of the Government’s response to Covid-19. It includes the temporary suspension of abatement rules in the NHS pension scheme, supporting recently retired NHS staff to return to tackle the outbreak.

Steve Barclay
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government has taken to provide guidance to membership organisations on how to use the online tool for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.

HMRC recognise the important role membership organisations play in helping the public, and engaged closely with them while developing and launching the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). While agents, employers and other third parties cannot apply on behalf of eligible individuals, HMRC discussed the process with representative organisations through regular meetings and signposted agents to live webinars and online videos available to help the public understand how to apply for SEISS.

1st Jun 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason people in Northern Ireland applying for the Self Employment Income Support Scheme are required to undergo additional credit checks after providing Northern Irish driving licenses and Irish passports.

Everyone applying for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) undergoes the same process for confirming their identity.

People who have engaged with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) online in the past using an existing Government Gateway credential – for example, in order to file their Self-Assessment tax return – can reuse their existing online Government Gateway credentials to claim the grant. Most people who are eligible to claim have credentials already.

Those dealing with HMRC online for the first time will be required to verify their identity. HMRC worked quickly with the Driving and Vehicle Licencing Agency to enable people to use a GB driving licence to verify their identity for SEISS. It has not been possible to add non-UK passports or non-GB driving licences to the Government Gateway authentication service in the same timeline. HMRC are currently exploring whether it is possible to connect to Northern Ireland Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) and Irish Passport Service data, as part of their continuing improvement of the Government Gateway.

Those who do not have a UK passport or GB driving licence can use the multiple-choice questions option to verify their identity. This uses a financial checking service that does not require a passport or driving licence. Anyone who is unable to verify their identity in this way can make their claim by telephone.

10th Feb 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to resume the 2016 valuations for public sector pension schemes which were paused in January 2019.

In January 2019, the Government announced a pause to the cost control element of the valuations of public service pension schemes, due to the uncertainty about benefit entitlements arising from the Court of Appeal’s judgment in McCloud in December 2018.

The Government has committed to addressing the discrimination identified in McCloud in all public service pension schemes, while ensuring all members can keep their accrued benefits. Schemes are currently discussing high-level proposals to achieve this with employer and member representatives, to inform a full public consultation. In addition, Employment Tribunals are considering the remedy for claimants in the various cases. While these processes are underway, the cost control mechanism remains paused as the value of pension schemes to members cannot be assessed with certainty.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
14th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) target response time for visa applications through the Homes for Ukraine scheme is and (b) current response time is.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
26th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the economic connections between Northern Ireland and Merseyside; and if he will make a statement.

This Government is protecting and enhancing the connections between Northern Ireland and Merseyside through the Union Connectivity Review. We have accepted the Review’s primary recommendation, for the establishment of a strategic UK-wide transport network which will improve access to our ferry ports.

Conor Burns
Minister of State (Northern Ireland Office)