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David Linden

Scottish National Party - Glasgow East

First elected: 8th June 2017

Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Social Justice)

(since December 2022)

Pensions (Extension of Automatic Enrolment) (No. 2) Bill
8th Mar 2023 - 15th Mar 2023
Seafarers' Wages Bill [HL]
11th Jan 2023 - 17th Jan 2023
UK Infrastructure Bank Bill [Lords]
16th Nov 2022 - 22nd Nov 2022
Pension Dashboards (Prohibition of Indemnification) Bill
19th Oct 2022 - 26th Oct 2022
Employment (Allocation of Tips) Bill
7th Sep 2022 - 12th Oct 2022
Neonatal Care (Leave and Pay) Bill
20th Jul 2022 - 7th Sep 2022
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Work and Pensions)
1st Feb 2021 - 29th Mar 2022
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
7th Jan 2020 - 1st Feb 2021
SNP Whip
20th Jun 2017 - 7th Jan 2020
Standing Orders
1st Nov 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Procedure Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019


Department Event
Tuesday 27th February 2024
14:30
Department for Work and Pensions
Fourth Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate - General Committee
27 Feb 2024, 2:30 p.m.
The draft Occupational Pension Schemes (Collective Money Purchase Schemes) (Amendment) Regulations 2023
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Department Event
Tuesday 27th February 2024
14:30
Department for Work and Pensions
Fourth Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate - Select & Joint Committees
27 Feb 2024, 2:30 p.m.
The draft Occupational Pension Schemes (Collective Money Purchase Schemes) (Amendment) Regulations 2023
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Scheduled Event
Friday 1st March 2024
Private Members' Bills - Main Chamber
Welfare Benefits (Adequacy, Debt and Deductions) Bill: Second Reading
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Department Event
Monday 18th March 2024
14:30
Department for Work and Pensions
Oral questions - Main Chamber
18 Mar 2024, 2:30 p.m.
Work and Pensions (including Topical Questions)
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Department Event
Tuesday 26th March 2024
11:30
Ministry of Justice
Oral questions - Main Chamber
26 Mar 2024, 11:30 a.m.
Justice (including Topical Questions)
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Division Votes
Tuesday 20th February 2024
Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 39 Scottish National Party No votes vs 0 Scottish National Party Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 286 Noes - 221
Speeches
Thursday 22nd February 2024
Business of the House
If we are to believe Mr Speaker that his selection of amendments yesterday was to allow the widest possible debate, …
Written Answers
Monday 4th December 2023
Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the amount of deductions …
Early Day Motions
Wednesday 18th October 2023
Kastriots defibrillator fundraising
That this House celebrates Kastriots, a restaurant in Baillieston, which hosted a fundraiser night to fund a defibrillator for the …
Bills
Wednesday 13th December 2023
Welfare Benefits (Adequacy, Debt and Deductions) Bill 2023-24
A Bill to require the Secretary of State to report to Parliament on the potential merits of prohibiting the making …
MP Financial Interests
Monday 20th March 2023
4. Visits outside the UK
Name of donor: The Good Faith Partnership
Address of donor: The Court Yard, High Street, Ascot SL5 7HP
Estimate of …
EDM signed
Wednesday 21st February 2024
No confidence in the Speaker
That this House has no confidence in Mr Speaker.
Supported Legislation
Tuesday 6th February 2024
Social energy tariff Bill 2023-24
A Bill to require the Secretary of State to publish proposals for a social tariff for energy.

Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, David Linden has voted in 634 divisions, and 1 time against the majority of their Party.

20 Oct 2021 - Environment Bill - View Vote Context
David Linden voted No - against a party majority - in line with the party majority and against the House
One of 3 Scottish National Party No votes vs 2 Scottish National Party Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 307 Noes - 185
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

Sparring Partners
Guy Opperman (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
(28 debate interactions)
Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative)
(27 debate interactions)
Lindsay Hoyle (Speaker)
(27 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department for Work and Pensions
(193 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(134 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(105 debate contributions)
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Glasgow East 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).

Petitions with highest Glasgow East signature proportion
Petition Debates Contributed

People with a lifelong illness should not be subject to regular reviews for eligibility for the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). People suffering lifelong conditions should not have to prove they are still ill every couple of years.

The Government should remove the requirement for people claiming disability benefits, such as the Personal Independence Payment (PIP), to have to go through an assessment process. Claims should be based solely on evidence from medical professionals, such as a letter from a GP or consultant.

We want the Government to conduct a full review of the PIP process. This should look at DWP policy and the performance of ATOS and Capita, which conduct the health assessments for applicants. We believe the current process is inherently unethical and biased, and needs a complete overhaul.

Review statutory maternity pay in line with inflation and cost of living

Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) is currently:
90% of your average weekly earnings (before tax) for the first 6 weeks
£156.66 or 90% of average weekly earnings (whichever is lower) for next 33 weeks. This averages £7.5k p/a

The British State pension is far too low. We want the Government to increase the basic state pension to £19,760 a year (£380 a week), and extend this to anyone aged 60 or over. This should lift thousands out of poverty, and give our elderly folk more spending power and help grow the economy.

Ensure any ban fully includes trans people and all forms of conversion therapy.

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 David Linden

21st February 2024
David Linden signed this EDM on Wednesday 21st February 2024

No confidence in the Speaker

Tabled by: William Wragg (Conservative - Hazel Grove)
That this House has no confidence in Mr Speaker.
85 signatures
(Most recent: 27 Feb 2024)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 44
Scottish National Party: 36
Plaid Cymru: 3
Independent: 2
5th February 2024
David Linden signed this EDM as a sponsor on Wednesday 7th February 2024

Fetcha Chocolates

Tabled by: Brendan O'Hara (Scottish National Party - Argyll and Bute)
That this House congratulates Fiona McArthur, owner and creator of Fetcha Chocolates from Campbeltown in Argyll and Bute on being selected to provide dairy-free, vegan chocolates which will be included the 2024 Academy Awards ceremony gift bag; understands that Fiona who started the business from her mum’s kitchen in 2019 …
14 signatures
(Most recent: 27 Feb 2024)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 12
Independent: 1
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by David Linden, 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.


David Linden has not been granted any Urgent Questions

5 Adjournment Debates led by David Linden

Thursday 12th January 2023
Thursday 21st July 2022
Tuesday 1st March 2022
Tuesday 22nd June 2021

6 Bills introduced by David Linden


A Bill to require the Secretary of State to report to Parliament on the likely effects of the abolition of the benefit cap, including on levels of absolute and relative poverty, poor mental health, food bank use, borrowing of money from friends and family, evictions from homes and problem debt, and on different groups including women, lone parents and people from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 6th May 2022

A Bill to require the Secretary of State to report to Parliament on the potential merits of prohibiting the making of deductions from certain social security benefits within the first six months of a claim, of restricting the making of deductions in cases where a claimant is at risk of hardship, of reducing the maximum proportion of a claim that may be deducted, and of changing the priority order in which debt repayments are recovered by deductions; to require the Secretary of State to report to Parliament on the adequacy of the rate at which social security benefits are paid; to require the Secretary of State to publish a strategy for increasing the availability of free debt and money advice for people claiming social security benefits; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Wednesday 13th December 2023
Next Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 1st March 2024
Order Paper number: 8
(Unlikely to be Debated - would require unanimous consent to progress)

A Bill to provide that a person who ceases to hold a ministerial office is entitled to a grant only after holding the relevant office for two years or more; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Tuesday 25th October 2022

Require the Secretary of State to report to Parliament on the likely effects of the abolition of the benefit cap, including on levels of absolute and relative poverty, poor mental health, food bank use, borrowing of money from friends and family, evictions from homes and problem debt, and on different groups including women, lone parents and people from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Monday 17th October 2022

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 extend entitlements to parental leave for parents of babies born prematurely or requiring neonatal care; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 12th June 2019
(Read Debate)

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 establish environmental standards for nappies; to make provision about the advertising and promotion of nappies with regard to those standards; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 4th December 2018

459 Written Questions in the current parliament

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3 Other Department Questions
16th May 2023
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether the Government Equalities Office uses automated decision making.

The Government’s Roadmap to a Digital Future includes digital transformation in Government by “automating manual processes” in order to realise efficiency opportunities for Government and deliver value for the taxpayer.

Automated decision making in Government is compliant with provisions in GDPR and the Data Protection Act, which includes the right for a data subject to request “a new decision that is not based solely on automated processing”.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/roadmap-for-digital-and-data-2022-to-2025

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
25th Jan 2023
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what the cost was to the public purse of (a) polling and (b) focus groups on public attitudes towards the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill.

The UK Government has not conducted any polling or focus groups on public attitudes towards the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill. We have not received information from the Scottish Government on the costs of any public consultation, insight and engagement activity that was undertaken by the Scottish Government.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Nov 2022
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on banning sexual orientation and transgender conversion practices.

The Government has been liaising with territorial offices and the devolved administrations including the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and the Northern Ireland Executive on this important issue.

Officials will continue to work with their counterparts across the devolved administrations to discuss the UK Government’s approach to protecting everyone in England and Wales from conversion therapy practices.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
1st Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 28 February 2022 to Question 127516, on Cabinet Office: Newspaper Press, for what reasons that answer did not provide the date on which the article was cleared in draft with the No. 10 Press and Private Offices.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 21 February to Question PQ 122799.

1st Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 28 February 2022 to Question 127518, on Cabinet Office: Newspaper Press, for what reason ministerial correspondence emails were not provided as points of contact in the original article which appeared in the Sun newspaper and online.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 28 February 2022 to question PQ 127518.

22nd Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 21 February 2022 to Question 122798 on Cabinet Office: Newspaper Press, for what reason people were instructed to send their correspondence to the parliamentary postal and email addresses of the Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency rather than to his ministerial addresses.

Both the constituency and ministerial correspondence emails have been provided as points of contact where appropriate. Any correspondence affecting the department which is sent to the constituency office is passed to the Cabinet Office in the usual way.

22nd Feb 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on what date the article accredited to the Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency, published in the Sun newspaper on 10 February 2022 was cleared in draft with the No. 10 Press and Private Offices.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 21 February to Question PQ 122799.

10th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the article accredited to the Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency, published in the Sun newspaper on 10 February 2022 was cleared in draft with the No. 10 Press and Private Offices at least 24 hours in advance.

The specified article received the appropriate clearances.

31st Jan 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make it his policy to establish a standing permanent select committee of the House to scrutinise his proposed Office of Prime Minister, as announced on 31 January 2022.

I announced to the House my intention to create an Office of the Prime Minister. Further details will be announced in due course. As Prime Minister, I am held to account each week at Prime Minister's Questions, answer written questions, and appear before the Liaison Committee at regular intervals.

The establishment and terms of reference of individual Select Committees is a matter for the House.

1st Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost to the public purse has been of severance payments for staff working as part of the Downing Street Union Unit.

Information on Cabinet Office staff costs and exit packages are routinely published as part of the Cabinet Office Annual Report and Accounts. Future information will be published in the usual way.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, which polling organisations his Department commissioned in 2020; and how much his Department has paid to each of those organisations for each service.

As has been the case with successive administrations, Government routinely works with suppliers to provide polling and market research work so as to understand public attitudes and behaviours to inform our vitally important campaigns and policies. This enables us to deliver strong, national, cross-government communications campaigns, including to support the UK’s response and recovery from the pandemic. Internal policy development work is not normally disclosed.

Details of departmental expenditure and contracts are published on GOV.UK.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish all opinion polling commissioned by his Department on Scottish independence conducted in 2020.

As has been the case with successive administrations, Government routinely works with suppliers to provide polling and market research work so as to understand public attitudes and behaviours to inform our vitally important campaigns and policies. This enables us to deliver strong, national, cross-government communications campaigns, including to support the UK’s response and recovery from the pandemic. Internal policy development work is not normally disclosed.

Details of departmental expenditure and contracts are published on GOV.UK.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
30th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the names of civil service staff who report directly to Mr Dominic Cummings.

Paragraph 5 of the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers sets out their role in relation to the exercise of management functions.

10th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the dates of the meetings between Government Ministers and Amit Patel held in (a) 2016, (b) 2017, (c) 2018, (d) 2019 and (e) 2020.

Details of Ministers’ meetings with external organisations and individuals are published quarterly on GOV.UK.

5th May 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment the Government has made of the effect of the covid-19 pandemic on the progress of trade negotiations with the EU.

As a result of Covid-19, it has been necessary to conduct negotiations through video conference. Negotiators from the UK and the EU held discussions through video conferencing on 20 – 24 April 2020 for the second round of negotiations on the UK-EU future relationship. A written ministerial statement (HCWS209) made by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 28 April 2020 updated the House on the progress of negotiations.

The third round of negotiations started this week, also via video conference, and will conclude on 15 May.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
29th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what data her Department holds on the number of people who have undertaken unpaid trial shifts in (a) England and Wales and (b) Scotland in each of the last five years.

Minimum wage legislation prohibits unpaid work trials that are excessive and not part of a genuine recruitment process. An unpaid trial work period lasting a few hours may be reasonable and legal. This is because the main purpose would be to test the individual, and what is done would probably have little or no other value to the employer. However, an unpaid trial lasting more than one day is probably illegal in all but exceptional circumstances.

DBT does not hold information about the number of people who have undertaken unpaid trial shifts in England, Wales and Scotland in each of the last five years.

If someone has undertaken an unpaid work trial and thinks they should have been paid NMW, they can call the ACAS helpline or make a complaint to HMRC.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
24th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether he has had recent meetings with SCOPE on their social tariff on energy campaign.

I attended the meeting of the Disability Charities Consortium on 24 May, where the CEO of SCOPE was in attendance.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
24th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether he has taken recent steps to help support disabled people with high energy costs.

The Government has extensive additional support in place for those on certain disability benefits, including: the Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payments, the Attendance Allowance, Armed Forces Independence Payments, the Constant Attendance Allowance and the War Pension Mobility Supplement.

In addition, every household will have benefitted from the Energy Price Guarantee and Energy Bills Support Scheme which together have covered around half of a typical household energy bill this winter, and by the end of June will have saved a typical household around £1,500.

As we explore possible approaches to consumer protection from April 2024, we are working with disability organisations, considering the costs for disabled people and assessing need for specific support for disabled people using medical equipment in the home.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
24th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether he has made a recent assessment of the potential merits of introducing a (a) social tariff and (b) discounted energy scheme for disabled people.

The Government is continually reviewing the financial support it provides for the differing energy needs within its communities and prioritising support for the most vulnerable.

As the Government explores possible approaches to consumer protection from April 2024, it is working with disability organisations, considering the costs for disabled people, and assessing the need for specific support for disabled people using medical equipment in the home. Officials are discussing developing policy with charities, industry, and other consumer groups with a view to targeting support for the most vulnerable and alleviating fuel poverty.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
2nd Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2023 to Question 120025 on Energy Bills Rebate, and with reference to the oral statement of the Minister for Energy and Climate his comments of 25 January 2023, Official Report, columns 1026-29, whether details on eligibility for Energy Bill Support Scheme Alternative Funding will be published before the planned opening of the portal for applications on 27 February 2023; whether his Department has issued guidance to local authorities on the scheme's operation; and if he will make a statement.

The application portal for EBSS AF will open on the GOV.UK webpage by 27 February and this will include an overview of eligibility and what applicants need to do to apply. Local authorities will be provided with guidance on how to provide this support to eligible households ahead of the launch.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
10th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Written Statement of 19 December 2022 on Energy Schemes Update, HCWS466, when he plans to (a) publish details on eligibility and (b) open the portal on gov.uk for Energy Bill Support Scheme Alternative Funding.

On 19 December, the Government publicly announced the Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Funding (EBSS AF) on gov.uk: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/vital-help-with-energy-bills-on-the-way-for-millions-more-homes-across-great-britain-and-northern-ireland. The application portal for the Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Funding is due to open on gov.uk later this month and will include an overview of eligibility.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
10th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the viability of the Post Office Network.

Since 2011/12, the Government has provided over £2.5 billion in funding to support the Post Office network and is providing a further £335 million for the Post Office over the next three years. Since 2019 the annual network subsidy, which helps to ensure the viability of rural and community branches, has been maintained at £50 million a year and will remain at the same level until 2025.

10th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has had discussions with the National Federation of Subpostmasters on pay.

The then minister overseeing Postal Affairs, my Hon. Friend the Member for Sutton and Cheam, attended the National Federation of SubPostmasters conference in May where he heard directly from postmasters about the issues around remuneration.

Although this is an operational matter for Post Office, I recognise how critical these issues are for postmasters and the future of the network and the Department will continue an open dialogue with the Post Office to assess what action can be taken.

10th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to increase the median pay for postmasters.

The then minister overseeing Postal Affairs, my Hon. Friend the Member for Sutton and Cheam, attended the National Federation of SubPostmasters conference in May where he heard directly from postmasters about the issues around remuneration.

Although this is an operational matter for Post Office, I recognise how critical these issues are for postmasters and the future of the network and the Department will continue an open dialogue with the Post Office to assess what action can be taken.

10th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made for the implications of his policies of the research compiled by National Federation of Subpostmasters that 70per cent of Postmasters earned less than the national minimum wage in 2021.

The then minister overseeing Postal Affairs, my Hon. Friend the Member for Sutton and Cheam, attended the National Federation of SubPostmasters conference in May where he heard directly from postmasters about the issues around remuneration.

Although this is an operational matter for Post Office, I recognise how critical these issues are for postmasters and the future of the network and the Department will continue an open dialogue with the Post Office to assess what action can be taken.

8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to promote access to a free TV licence by claiming pension credit.

The BBC is responsible for the collection and enforcement of the licence fee and all of its concessions. The Government is therefore not involved in TV Licensing operations.

Information about Pension Credit and how to check whether someone is eligible for a free licence is included on all of TV Licensing’s mailings, as well as on the TV Licensing website.

The Government makes information about TV licence concessions available on the gov.uk website at https://www.gov.uk/free-discount-tv-licence.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
29th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when his Department last met representatives of the Showman’s Guild of Great Britain.

My Department has held a number of meetings with representatives of the outdoor events industry to discuss guidance and next steps to reopening the sector.

DCMS officials last met with the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain on 14 August, and have also spoken to representatives of the Amusement Device Safety Council.


More broadly, my Department’s officials have regular contact with the Events Industry Forum, which is responsible for developing Covid-secure guidance for outdoor events. We continue to engage with visitor attraction stakeholders through the Visitor Economy Working Group.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
30th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made for the implications of her policies of Recommendation 10 of the report published in March 2022 by the Transport Champions for Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls; and if she will make a statement.

Education is a devolved matter, and the response outlines the information for England only.

Recommendation 10 of this report proposes the development of a national education initiative in schools which educates young people on ways they can play a role in preventing violence against women and girls.

Schools and colleges have a critical role to play in protecting children and keeping them safe. Since September 2020, relationships, sex and health education (RSHE) has been a statutory part of the curriculum. RSHE teaches pupils what healthy relationships look like, and the concepts of, and laws relating to, all forms of abuse. The RSHE statutory guidance also advises schools to be aware of issues such as sexism, misogyny, homophobia, and gender stereotypes, and to take positive action to tackle these issues. The RSHE guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/relationships-education-relationships-and-sex-education-rse-and-health-education.

As with other aspects of the curriculum, schools have flexibility over how they deliver RSHE, so they can develop an integrated approach that is sensitive to the needs and backgrounds of their pupils. Some schools choose to deliver programmes which include lessons on how to be an active bystander. Rape, harassment, and abuse are explicitly taught about in the ‘Being Safe’ topic. Schools should teach pupils the knowledge they need to recognise and report abuse, including emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. Pupils should know how to report concerns and seek advice when they suspect or know that something is wrong.

Following the Ofsted Review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges, the Department is producing non-statutory guidance that will focus on how to teach RSHE to prevent sexual harassment and sexual violence. This guidance is to be published in 2023.

15th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to change the School Admissions Code to allow summer-born children to automatically start reception at five years old.

The Government remains committed to making the necessary changes to allow children to start Reception aged five where this is what their parents want. The Department will consider the appropriate time for consulting on these changes in the context of competing pressures on parliamentary time.

1st Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10 March 2023 to Question 158986 on Animal Welfare: Fish Farming, if she will provide an update on the progress made by her Department on studying the recommendations of the Animal Welfare Committee; and if she will publish the (a) recommendations and (b) Government response.

We will publish AWC’s updated Opinion on the Welfare of Farmed Fish at the Time of Killing. The Government does not respond to AWC advice but their advice and recommendations are used extensively in policy development.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
2nd Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 2 December 2022 to Question 95918 on Hygiene: Waste Disposal, if the peer review of the work has been finalised.

Peer review of the Life Cycle Assessment of disposable and reusable nappies in the UK has been completed and arrangements for publication of the research are being finalised.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
6th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the potential impact of the effect of inflation in the cost of pet food for domestic animals on trends in the level of animal welfare.

Defra has not made an assessment of the impact of the effect of inflation in the cost of pet food for domestic animals. Defra is in close contact with animal welfare organisations about cost of living issues affecting animal welfare.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
24th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10 September 2021 to Question 38365, to provide (a) the reason for the further delay in publication; and (b) a revised publication timescale of the final report of the environmental assessment of disposable and reusable absorbent hygiene products; and if she will make a statement.

Work on the environmental assessment of disposable and reusable nappies is nearly complete and peer review of the work is being finalised. No date has been set for publication.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
7th Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of rising energy costs on the Scotch whisky industry.

Whilst no specific assessment has been made on the impact of rising energy costs on the Scotch Whisky industry, the UK Government is in regular dialogue with the industry, and aims to provide the framework for a forwarding-thinking, competitive alcoholic drinks sector which can grow, export and innovate in line with Government ambitions.

The Government is excited to see the investment in green energy sources being made in some distilleries and looks forward to seeing many further such schemes in the coming years as we continue the drive to greater efficiency.

The Government plans to announce a new six-month scheme - the Energy Price Guarantee for Businesses - to protect all businesses and other non-domestic energy users from soaring energy costs. It will offer comparable support to that being provided for consumers and we expect the scheme to be available in the autumn with further details on the practicalities to be announced soon. After this initial six-month scheme the Government will provide focused support for vulnerable sectors, targeted to make sure those most in need get support.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
7th Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact of the scotch whisky industry on levels of employment in Scotland.

Whilst no specific assessment has been made by the UK Government, according to the Scotch Whisky Association more than 11,000 people are directly employed in the Scotch Whisky industry in Scotland, and over 42,000 jobs across the UK are supported by the Scotch Whisky industry.

7,000 of these jobs are in rural areas of Scotland providing vital employment and investment opportunities to communities across the Highlands and Islands.

The Scotch Whisky industry continues to provide a significant contribution to the Scottish economy, with sustained export values of around £4.5 billion, and £5.5 billion in gross value added (GVA) to the UK economy, according to industry analysis. The 140 Scotch Whisky distilleries which operate across Scotland attracted around 2.2 million visitors in 2019 making this industry the third most popular tourist attraction.

In addition, 57% of distillers reported an increase in their number of staff in the past twelve months, with all respondents expecting to need to add to their workforces in the coming year. These figures outlined by the Scotch Whisky Association demonstrate the wide range of employment opportunities this industry provides to those in Scotland.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
7th Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made with Cabinet colleagues of the contribution of the Scotch Whisky industry to trends in the level of UK employment.

Whilst no specific assessment has been made by the UK Government, according to the Scotch Whisky Association more than 11,000 people are directly employed in the Scotch Whisky industry in Scotland, and over 42,000 jobs across the UK are supported by the Scotch Whisky industry.

7,000 of these jobs are in rural areas of Scotland providing vital employment and investment opportunities to communities across the Highlands and Islands.

The Scotch Whisky industry continues to provide a significant contribution to the Scottish economy, with sustained export values of around £4.5 billion, and £5.5 billion in gross value added (GVA) to the UK economy, according to industry analysis. The 140 Scotch Whisky distilleries which operate across Scotland attracted around 2.2 million visitors in 2019 making this industry the third most popular tourist attraction.

In addition, 57% of distillers reported an increase in their number of staff in the past twelve months, with all respondents expecting to need to add to their workforces in the coming year. These figures outlined by the Scotch Whisky Association demonstrate the wide range of employment opportunities this industry provides to those in Scotland.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
7th Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made with Cabinet colleagues of the potential impact of rising shipping costs on the Scotch whisky industry.

Whilst no specific assessment has been made on the impact of rising shipping costs on the Scotch Whisky industry, according to the Scotch Whisky Association nearly 40% of businesses reported shipping costs doubling in the last 12 months.

Industries have reported that shipping costs have risen to a high level in international freight markets during 2021 and 2022. This is as a result of unprecedented levels of demand driven by changed consumer behaviour during the pandemic, and global operational factors that impacted capacity. This has been a worldwide impact and all types of goods using container shipping will have been affected. The operational issues have significantly improved, and market analysis by industry suggests that current demand is softening and that pricing levels have also started to decline in line with this.

The UK Government is in regular dialogue with the industry and aims to provide the framework for a forwarding-thinking, competitive alcoholic drinks sector which can grow, export and innovate in line with the Government’s ambitions.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
12th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the impact of rising energy costs on the Scotch Whisky industry.

Whilst no specific assessment has been made on the impact of rising energy costs on the Scotch Whisky industry, the UK Government is in regular dialogue with the industry, and aims to provide the framework for a forwarding-thinking, competitive alcoholic drinks sector which can grow, export and innovate in line with Government ambitions.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
1st Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the letter of 15 June 2020, which was transferred to his Department from the Home Department in July 2020, reference DL6304, from the hon Member for Glasgow East.

I apologise for the delay in responding to the hon. Member. Defra is currently dealing with unprecedented volumes of correspondence due to COVID-19. A reply to the hon. Member's correspondence is being prepared and will be sent out very shortly.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
12th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether she has made an assessment with Cabinet colleagues of the impact of rising shipping costs on the Scotch whisky industry.

The importance of the Scotch whisky industry to the UK economy is recognised, providing £5.5bn Gross Value Added (GVA) to the economy and supporting more than 42,000 jobs across the country. The Department for International Trade engages regularly with The Scotch Whisky Association and individual whisky producers to support opportunities in overseas markets through Free Trade Agreements and understand challenges the industry may face. We closely monitor global trading conditions to assess the impact of factors such as shipping costs on our key export industries.

Andrew Griffith
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
12th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether she has made an assessment of the role of the Scotch whisky industry in supporting trade relations with international markets.

UK food and drink, including Scotch whisky, is renowned worldwide for its quality and provenance. It underpins the UK’s strong reputation in global trade of goods. In 2021, global Scotch whisky exports were worth £4.5bn to the UK economy. The Department for International Trade works closely with trade associations in the drinks industry, business representative organisations and the UK’s whisky producers to maximise opportunities in overseas markets for this outstanding British industry and to support UK trade relations in international markets.

Andrew Griffith
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
4th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the announcement of an agreement between the US and EU in the section 232 steel and aluminium trade dispute which includes the removal of the EU’s tariff on American Whiskeys, if her Department will hold discussions with representatives of (a) the UK steel industry and (b) UK importers subject to tariffs on the potential merits of a similar agreement for the UK to ensure that businesses in Scotland are not left at a competitive disadvantage.

In preparation for resuming talks with the US on Section 232 tariffs, we continue to work closely with the UK steel and aluminium industries to understand the implications of the US-EU deal. Any deal that the UK secures with the US must work for the steel and aluminium sectors. We have also been engaging with UK importers, including the SWA. Importers know that our preference is the full removal of 232 tariffs, in which case the UK’s rebalancing measures will not be required, ensuring that UK industries are not left at a competitive disadvantage.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 27 October 2020 to Question 106364 on Overseas Aid, how many projects for each of the financial years (a) 2016-17, (b) 2017-18, (c) 2018-19 and (d) 2019-20 her Department applied for under the Integrated Activity Fund; what the titles of those projects were; how many of those projects were approved; and how many of those projects were subjected to Overseas Security and Justice Assistance assessments.

I refer the Hon. Member for Glasgow East to the answer my Hon. Friend, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Trade gave to the Hon. Member for Dundee West on 9 November 2020, UIN: 111560.

The Integrated Activity Fund provides funding in support of a range of programmes across the Gulf Region, including but not limited to, activities focusing on education, sport and culture, and healthcare. The Department for International Trade has been involved in several such projects, all of which are in line with international standards and aim to share the UK's expertise and experience.

It is Government policy not to disclose specific information related to the Overseas Security and Justice Assistance assessments that accompany these bids due to their sensitive nature. This ensures that officials can be candid in their assessments and accurately consider the proposed assistance.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
30th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has taken steps to introduce mandatory consultation by local authorities on transport projects with women and girls from various cultures, backgrounds and ages following the publication of recommendations from the Transport Champions for Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls in March 2022; and if he will make a statement.

We welcome the ambition of the recommendations from the Transport Champions for Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls. In line with their recommendation on national transport planning guidance, the Department for Transport is updating guidance on consultation for local transport schemes as part of its forthcoming Local Transport Plan guidance.

In addition, as part of their Public Sector Equality Duty, when designing transport projects local authorities must consider the needs of people in relation to characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010, including sex, age and race.

30th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has undertaken work to develop a national Gender Mainstreaming Toolkit following the publication of recommendations from the Transport Champions for Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls in March 2022; and if he will make a statement.

The Government is committed to ensuring women and girls are safe on the transport network. We welcome the ambition of the recommendations from the Transport Champions for Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls and agree that the principle of safe access to transport networks must be embedded in the core objectives of transport policy and its implementation.

Following the Transport Champions' recommendation on national transport planning guidance, the Department for Transport has reviewed existing gender in transport toolkits and is using these to inform improvements to guidance, including the forthcoming Local Transport Plan guidance.

30th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Transport Champions for Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls strategy published in March 2022, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the recommendations of that report.

The Department for Transport is part of the cross-government Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy, and is working with the Home Office and Department for Education to deliver the ambitions of the recommendations from our Transport Champions for Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls.

7th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his comments of 7 July 2021 on HGV driver shortages, if he will (a) make a statement on the steps his Department has taken to increase the number of driving tests available, (b) publish figures on the number of HGV driving tests carried out each year since 2016 and (c) publish the geographical distribution of those additional HGV driving tests by region.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is doing it all it can to increase the number of vocational tests available and has put in place a number of measures to do this. These include offering overtime and annual leave buy back to examiners, asking all those qualified to conduct tests, but who do not do so as part of their current day job, to return to conducting tests, and conducting out of hours testing on public holidays and weekends. This has increased the overall number of vocational test slots made available to around 3,000 per week.

The DVSA will be launching a recruitment campaign to increase the number of HGV examiners. It will also continue its training programme to enable more examiners to conduct vocational tests.

The DVSA publish data for the number of large goods vehicle (LGV) practical driving tests and pass rates for each driving test centre on Gov.uk. DVSA continues to work with the driver training industry to understand demand, respond to geographical peaks.

Additional tests are added to each test centre as the resource becomes available and can vary on a daily basis. The number of tests conducted are published as Official Statistics.

1st Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to respond to the letter of 15 June 2020, reference DL6304, from the hon Member for Glasgow East.

The Department has no record of the correspondence being received. If copy can be provided a response will be prepared as a priority.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
29th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the amount of deductions made under the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy to (a) Housing Benefit and (b) Universal Credit claimants in each year since 2013.

Information on the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy (RSRS) sufficient to produce such an estimate can be found on Stat-Xplore. Stat-Xplore includes the mean of RSRS reduction, the number subject to the RSRS and the number of spare rooms for both Housing Benefit and Universal Credit Housing Element Claimants.

Stat-Xplore can be found here.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
10th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken was for his Department to respond to enquiries about Personal Independence Payments in the period between June 2023 and September 2023.

Enquiries relating to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) can come through various channels and relate to many different areas of work. An enquiry could be made for a range of reasons and could involve several contacts or multiple requests. For these reasons we are unable to provide an average response time.

For telephony enquiries we operate a service where most enquiries are handled at the point of contact in real time by our Case Workers on the PIP enquiry line. Some enquiries will be forwarded (transferred) to more experienced colleagues or specialists, and in a very small number of cases a call back may be needed.

Tom Pursglove
Minister of State (Minister for Legal Migration and Delivery)
18th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of payband SCS2 civil servants in his Department on full-time equivalent contracts are women as of 18 October 2023.

DWP Paid Staff Only September 2023 data

Full-time SCS2 that are Female is 35%

DWP encourages temporary promotion opportunities (known as Temporary Duties Allowance in DWP) to be filled fairly and transparently. Temporary promotions for a duration of more than one month require authorisation from an HR Business Partner and a leader of an appropriate senior grade.

Temporary promotions (known as Temporary Duties Allowance in DWP) for a duration of more than 6 months from the outset should be decided through a formal selection exercise, either through a fair and transparent Expressions of Interest exercise or advertised on Civil Service Jobs.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
18th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of civil servants in his Department on temporary contracts are women as of 18 October 2023.

DWP Paid Staff Only September 2023 data.

There was a total of 345 Temporary contracts of those 48% were women.

The department is committed to increase the diversity of our workforce. Recruitment guidance encourages vacancy holders to advertise widely and all DWP’s vacancies are advertised on VERCIDA an inclusive jobs platform, that specifically promotes our diversity networks activities, inclusive culture and employer awards. These are also promoted our Civil Service Careers Website page.

DWP uses a name-blind approach at application and sift stage as standard including at SCS level where feasible. Guidance encourages the use gender-neutral language and online tools to check readability and inclusive language in job adverts and other recruitment materials. In SCS recruitment the department takes proactive steps to improve the diversity of candidates progressed to interview including readvertising on occasion to increase the diversity and gender balance of shortlists.

Our recruitment guidance is clear that restricted working patterns can only be advertised when supported by justifiable business objectives. For some roles we run engagement sessions where candidates can ask questions about working patterns and flexibility at the earliest stages. DWP is also a Career Confident Ambassador and has achieved level 3, the highest level of accreditation.

Roles are designed against the full range of Success Profiles. As such all elements are valued equally, and candidates can succeed in our recruitment and selection processes in the absence of formal qualifications.

DWP workforce diversity statistics are monitored and published internally each quarter. Annual Diversity statistics are monitored and published in the Department for Work and Pensions Annual report and Accounts.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
2nd Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 23 May to Question 185338 on Department for Work and Pensions: Artificial Intelligence, which (a) services and (b) processes are automated in his Department.

A number of DWP processes use automation which comes under the scope of Art 22(1) UK-GDPR for some decisions. These processes form part of the following DWP services:

  • Warm Home Discount Scheme
  • Get Your State Pension
  • Apply for Pension Credit
  • Pension Credit Extra Amount for Severe Disability
  • New Style Jobseekers Allowance
  • Cost of Living Payments
  • Seasonal Payments
  • Bereavement Support Payments
  • Budgeting Loans Automation

Artificial Intelligence is not used in any of these processes.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
16th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department uses automated decision making.

The Department does use automated decision making in some services and processes, which allows us to improve accuracy, speed up delivery and free up colleagues’ time so they can support the people who need it most. Review or appeal options are built in to all DWP benefit processes, even where this is not specifically required by data protection laws.

The Department is always careful to process data lawfully, proportionately, and ethically with safeguards for the protection of individuals. DWP does not use Artificial Intelligence for automated decision making.

DWP’s Personal Information Charter explains how and why we use personal information and citizen’s rights and responsibilities.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
20th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to respond to email correspondence of 22 February, 22 March and 5 April 2023 from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference MC2023/14561.

A reply to the correspondence from the hon. Member was sent on 21 April.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
18th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to his Department's prior information notice of 5 April on Additional Healthcare Capacity, reference 2023/S 000-009884, fow what reason additional capacity is required.

This contract replaces an existing contract, which is coming to an end.

The Health Transformation Programme is developing a new Health Assessment Service through our Health Transformation Area. This is a controlled safe environment where we can develop the service at small scale, exploring ideas from claimants, stakeholders and DWP staff. The healthcare professionals who deliver WCA and PIP assessments within the Health Transformation Area, are directly employed by the DWP.

The new contract provides additional healthcare professionals, providing us with the flexibility to supplement the capacity as required to ensure we can continue to provide a stable service to meet the needs of claimants and to continue to test and build the new service.

Tom Pursglove
Minister of State (Minister for Legal Migration and Delivery)
21st Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 20 March 2023 to Question 166319 on Access to Work Programme: Finance, when the earliest outstanding access to work funding application which has not been placed on hold at the request of the customer was received by his Department.

In addition to the response to question 166319 on 20th March, we have also looked at the second and third oldest application, and both are also awaiting information from the customer, employer, and/or outcome of workplace assessment, for the case manager to proceed with the application.

We currently have 7282 applications with case managers. It would be considerably resource intensive to look through all of these to identify the oldest that is not awaiting information from an external source. I can confirm that we do conduct internal checks on the older cases to ensure they are not unnecessarily delayed and that the average clearance time in February for all applications was 58 working days, with 42% of applications having a decision in 25 days.

Please note that the data supplied is derived from unpublished management information, which was collected for internal departmental use only, and have not been quality assured to National Statistics or Official Statistics publication standard. They should therefore be treated with caution.

Tom Pursglove
Minister of State (Minister for Legal Migration and Delivery)
20th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many UK pensioners living overseas had their pensions stopped incorrectly in 2022 broken down by nation.

Where payments are stopped and then reinstated, this is due to late return or non-return of a life certificate rather than from anything incorrect on the part of DWP. The number of payments stopped as a result of late return or non-return are:

Albania

7

Andorra

51

Anguilla

74

Antigua

88

Antilles (Netherlands)

8

Armenia

1

Bahamas

211

Bangladesh

429

Barbados

796

Benin

2

Bermuda

90

Brazil

737

Bulgaria

348

Burkina Faso

1

Canada

19,061

Cayman Islands

42

Central African Republic

1

Costa Rica

55

Croatia

105

Cyprus

1,831

Czech Republic

126

Denmark

525

Djibouti

1

Dominican Republic

38

Egypt

224

Estonia

18

Falkland Islands

11

Fiji

60

France

1,690

Gambia

50

Georgia

12

Greenland

0

Grenada

217

Guam

0

Guyana

86

Hong Kong

527

Hungary

146

India

1,934

Indonesia

246

Israel

426

Jamaica

2,847

Jordan

67

Kenya

234

Kuwait

17

Kyrgyzstan

5

Liberia

2

Luxembourg

85

Malawi

33

Malaysia

74

Maldive Islands

0

Mexico

454

Monaco

92

Montserrat

27

Morocco

7

North Korea

0

Panama

28

Philippines

1,564

Puerto Rico

4

Republic of the Congo

2

Russia

5

Saudi Arabia

3

Serbia & Montenegro

77

Seychelles

2

Singapore

191

Slovakia

8

Sri Lanka

30

St Lucia

457

St Vincent/Grenadines

190

Sudan

5

Swaziland

2

Switzerland

105

Syria

6

Taiwan

17

Tanzania

34

Trinidad & Tobago

264

Turks & Caicos Islands

4

Uganda

49

United Arab Emirates

50

Uruguay

22

Vietnam

88

Virgin Islands (British)

29

Virgin Islands (USA)

15

Zimbabwe

47

The Management Information used has been taken from the same operational source data systems as our published administrative data. However, as this Management Information is not a recognised National or Official Statistic, it has not been subjected to the same level of Quality Assurance. As a result, these figures should be treat with caution.

Laura Trott
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
20th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions were held with the (a) Canadian Government and (b) Canadian High Commission in the UK on UK pensioners in Canada who had their pensions stopped in 2022 because of problems with life certificate forms.

The Department for Work and Pensions confirmed in writing to the Canadian High Commission in London on 24 August 2022 that measures had been implemented to enable the clearing of life certificates by telephone and that pensioners who had been impacted were encouraged to contact the International Pension Centre. It was confirmed that suspended payments would be backdated and that the Department had extended the period in which Canadian customers could return life certificates because of issues with the Canadian Postal System.

Laura Trott
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
20th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many UK pensioners living overseas received a letter from his Department stating that their pensions had been stopped because of failing to return a completed life certificate form.

This information is only available at disproportionate cost to The Department for Work & Pensions as the Department does not have a business requirement for this information to be retained.

Laura Trott
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
15th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on what date the longest outstanding access to work funding application was submitted to his Department.

The longest outstanding Access to Work application was received on 19h January 2022. This application is currently on hold at the request of the customer to allow them time to gather information to support the application.

Tom Pursglove
Minister of State (Minister for Legal Migration and Delivery)
15th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average waiting time was for access to work funding applications to be considered in the latest period for which data is available.

The Access to Work average wait times, from application to a decision being made, for February 2023, was 58 working days.

Please note that the data supplied is derived from unpublished management information, which was collected for internal departmental use only, and have not been quality assured to National Statistics or Official Statistics publication standard. They should therefore be treated with caution.

Tom Pursglove
Minister of State (Minister for Legal Migration and Delivery)
15th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph 4.146 of the Spring Budget 2023, HC1183, published on 15 March 2023, whether an equality impact assessment of the proposed change to the Administrative Earnings Threshold has been conducted.

Yes.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
15th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Spring Budget 2023, HC1183, published on 15 March 2023, what estimate he has made of the number of additional full-time equivalent work coaches that will be required by his Department as a result of the policy decision on additional support and conditionality for carers of young children.

Work Coaches are vital to getting people into jobs and supporting people to earn more. They are central to a number of the measures announced at Budget, including stepping up Jobcentre support for parents, disabled people and people with health conditions.

We are reviewing our internal plans to ensure we grow our capacity appropriately and effectively, this will include further recruitment to support delivery of these measures.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
15th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Spring Budget 2023, HC1183, published on 15 March 2023, whether he has made an assessment of the adequacy of the complement of FTE Work Coaches required by his Department to meet the policy decision on additional Work Coach time for Incapacity Benefits claimants.

Work Coaches are vital to getting people into jobs and supporting people to earn more. They are central to a number of the measures announced at Budget, including stepping up Jobcentre support for parents, disabled people and people with health conditions.

We are reviewing our internal plans to ensure we grow our capacity appropriately and effectively, this will include further recruitment to support delivery of these measures.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
15th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Spring Budget 2023, HC1183, published on 15 March 2023, whether he has made an assessment of the adequacy of the complement of FTE Work Coaches required by his Department to meet the policy decision to remove the couples Administrative Earnings Threshold.

Work Coaches are vital to getting people into jobs and supporting people to earn more. They are central to a number of the measures announced at Budget, including stepping up Jobcentre support for parents, disabled people and people with health conditions.

We are reviewing our internal plans to ensure we grow our capacity appropriately and effectively, this will include further recruitment to support delivery of these measures.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
15th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Spring Budget 2023, HC1183, published on 15 March 2023, whether he has made an assessment of the adequacy of the complement of FTE Work Coaches required by his Department to meet the policy decision to increase the individual Administrative Earnings Threshold from the equivalent of 15 hours at National Living Wage to 18 hours.

Work Coaches are vital to getting people into jobs and supporting people to earn more. They are central to a number of the measures announced at Budget, including stepping up Jobcentre support for parents, disabled people and people with health conditions.

We are reviewing our internal plans to ensure we grow our capacity appropriately and effectively, this will include further recruitment to support delivery of these measures.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
15th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph 4.147 of the Spring Budget 2023, HC1183, published on 15 March 2023, whether an equality impact assessment of the proposed change to the work search requirements placed on Universal Credit claimants that are lead carers of children aged 1-12 has been carried out.

We have carried out Equality Impact Assessments for the proposed changes to the requirements for lead carers of children aged 1 to 12 years.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
15th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph 4.146 of the Spring Budget 2023, HC1183, if he will publish the data which informed the policy decision to remove the couples Administrative Earnings Threshold.

Data is already in the public domain about the In-Work Progression Randomised Control Trial (RCT), which found that more intensive support delivered by Jobcentre Work Coaches helped claimants to increase their earnings. See link Universal Credit: in-work progression randomised control trial - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

It demonstrated the importance of the relationship between the claimant and their Work Coach, with more regular engagement more likely to result in positive steps being taken to progress.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
15th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph 4.146 of the Spring Budget 2023, HC1183, if he will publish the data which informed the policy decision to increase the Administrative Earnings Threshold to the equivalent of 18 hours at National Living Wage.

Data is already in the public domain about the In-Work Progression Randomised Control Trial (RCT), which found that more intensive support delivered by Jobcentre Work Coaches helped claimants to increase their earnings. See link Universal Credit: in-work progression randomised control trial - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

It demonstrated the importance of the relationship between the claimant and their Work Coach, with more regular engagement more likely to result in positive steps being taken to progress.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
15th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph 4.148 of the Spring Budget 2023, HC1183, published on 15 March 2023, which parts of the sanctions process will be automated.

here are no plans to automate either decision making or the application of the sanctions regime which will continue to be undertaken by Work Coaches and Decision Makers. However, we are automating the creation of the referral form for claimants who miss mandatory appointments. The referral form will then be reviewed by the Work Coach and submitted to the Decision Maker to take the ultimate decision, in the normal way.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
15th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph 4.148 of the Spring Budget 2023, HC1183, when work on design of the additional training programme commenced.

There are no plans to automate either decision making or the application of the sanctions regime which will continue to be undertaken by Work Coaches and Decision Makers. However, we are automating the creation of the referral form for claimants who miss mandatory appointments. The referral form will then be reviewed by the Work Coach and submitted to the Decision Maker to take the ultimate decision, in the normal way.

The department is committed to the continuous upskilling of all Work Coaches to ensure a consistent application of sanctions policy and protection of claimants. As with all changes to process that are undertaken, Work Coaches will be provided with guidance and support as required.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
15th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph 4.148 of the Spring Budget 2023, HC1183, if he will publish the error rate data which informed this policy decision.

There are no plans to automate the decision making or the application of the sanction’s regime, which will continue to be undertaken by Work Coaches and Decision Makers.

However, feedback from Work Coaches tells us that to create the original referral form for claimants that missed mandatory appointments is very slow and requires them to manually input all the required information. Any data input incorrectly would invalidate the referral meaning any associated decision could not be progressed. So, we are automating the creation of this form. The referral form will then be reviewed by the Work Coach and submitted to the Decision Maker to take the ultimate decision, in the normal way.

We continually use a range of evidence to make improvements in our processes and in turn save taxpayers money.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
14th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what matters were assessed by the latest statutory review of the benefit cap levels as set out in Section 96A subsection (3) paragraph (b) of the Welfare Reform Act 2012.

The Secretary of State took into account evidence and statistics held in the department, the views of stakeholders, the wider economic climate, public funds and the circumstances of capped households were also considered. At the new levels the cap will continue to incentivise work, particularly at a time of high vacancies.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 8 March 2023 to Question 157005 on Universal Credit: Disqualification, when his Department last made an assessment of the effectiveness of the deterrent effect of benefit sanctions on Universal Credit claimants who have been subject to repeat adverse sanction decisions.

We have made no such assessment.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
3rd Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish the Equality Analysis of the changes made to the Benefit Cap due to come into force on 1 April 2023.

The Secretary of State has complied with his duties under the Equality Act 2010 in respect of the statutory review of the benefit cap levels and the changes that will come into force from 1 April 2023.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
3rd Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish the Equality Analysis of the changes made to the Administrative Earnings Threshold for Universal Credit which came into force in (a) September 2022 and (b) January 2023.

The Department has completed an Equality Analysis for both of the changes made to the Administrative Earnings Threshold.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
2nd Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to his Department's publication entitled Benefit sanctions statistics to October 2022 (experimental) and pursuant to the Answer of 27 September 2022 to Question 49219 on Social Security Benefits: Disqualification, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the deterrent effect of benefit sanctions on Universal Credit claimants who have been subject to repeat adverse sanction decisions in the last year.

There are currently no plans to undertake further research on sanctions.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
24th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish the data used to inform the review of the Benefit Cap carried out under S96A of the Welfare Reform Act 2012.

There are no plans to publish the data used to inform the review of the Benefit Cap levels carried out under S96A of the Welfare Reform Act 2012.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
17th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her Department's publication Benefit sanctions statistics to October 2022, how many hours of (a) payroll and (b) non-payroll staff were dedicated to the investigative work on sanction durations data in each month for which data is available since November 2020.

We do not hold the information requested.

We will provide updates on progress of the investigative work through the quarterly bulletins and the DWP Statistical Work Programme.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
17th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her Department's publication Benefit sanctions statistics to October 2022, how many full time equivalent (a) payroll and (b) non-payroll staff are tasked exclusively with the investigative work on sanction durations data.

We do not hold the information requested.

We will provide updates on progress of the investigative work through the quarterly bulletins and the DWP Statistical Work Programme.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
17th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason his Department has not published online versions of its Touchbase newsletter since March 2020.

The Touchbase newsletter was previously published online monthly as well as being shared by email to those who had subscribed for updates.

At the start of the pandemic in March 2020, a decision was made to create a weekly version of the email. Digital resources were focussed on updating online guidance available for everyone. The online version was no longer published to avoid any confusion with historical versions giving out of date messages.

The weekly email version of Touchbase still continues and anyone can subscribe to these updates. Touchbase editions after March 2020 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
8th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 7 February 2023 to Question 133686 on Universal Credit: Young People, how many single claimants on Universal Credit in payment and entitled to the housing element were aged (a) 25-29, (b) 30-34, (c) 35-39, (d) 40-44, (e) 45-49, (f) 50-54, (g) 55-59, (h) 60-65 and (i) over 65 in August 2022.

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

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Written Statement of 8 February 2023 from the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Social Mobility, Youth & Progression on Decommissioning of Temporary Jobcentres, UIN HCWS549, (a) on what date the decision was made to decommission and (b) on what date Jobcentre staff were notified of the decommissioning of the temporary Jobcentres at (i) Aylesbury; (ii) Bath; (iii) Blyth; (iv) Burnley; (v) Dundee; (vi) Gateshead; (vii) Halifax; (viii) Inverness; (ix) Ipswich; (x) Kettering; (xi) Leeds; (xii) Lincoln; (xiii) London Hackney; (xiv) London Kentish Town; (xv) London Sutton Carew; (xvi) London Tooting; (xvii) Stevenage; (xviii) Sunderland; (xix) Swindon; and (xx) Wigan.

The Department have always made it clear these sites are temporary, linked to the Plan for Jobs, and the interventions needed due to impact of the pandemic, and that we would look to decommission them at the appropriate time and move back into business as usual – as set out in two updates to Parliament on 23 March 2021 and 20 July 2022.

To that end, the Department’s governance process, and decision to decommission the temporary Jobcentres listed in the Written Statement of 8 February 2023, was finalised on 10 January 2023.

The Department shared the decision to decommission the temporary Jobcentres with the relevant staff for the sites listed in that Written Statement as soon as it was ready to do so – this took place via co-ordinated announcements at 9am on 8 February 2023.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
7th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 7 February to Question 135449 on Universal Credit, when he expects to be able to evaluate the impact of the Universal Credit (Administrative Earnings Threshold) (Amendment) Regulations 2022 on claimants.

We are monitoring the implementation of the changes in the Administrative Earnings Threshold in order to gather insights into how to best support people in work to increase their earnings. The impact evaluation of the September AET rise will not take place for some time, as it will take a while for earnings increases to materialise given claimants need time to discuss their goals and situation with their Work Coach, consider their options with their employer and family, and take the necessary steps to grow their income.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
7th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answers of 7 February 2023 to Questions 135446 and 135447 on Universal Credit, when data for the period stated will be available.

It is not possible to answer with precision at this stage. Data on the impact of the change in the AET change on claimant earnings will not be available for some time. This is due to the time it takes for the policy to have an effect on claimant earnings, and the time it will take to conduct a robust analysis of that data.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
7th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 7 February to Question 135449, how many work coaches were asked by his Department to provide feedback on their experience of working with claimants who have been moved into the Intensive Work Search labour market regime as a direct result of the provisions in the Universal Credit (Administrative Earnings Threshold) (Amendment) Regulations 2022 between 26 September 2022 and 29 January 2023.

We are constantly seeking feedback from Work Coaches across the business on any changes that might impact claimants.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
6th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 30 January 2023 to Question 131311 and the Answer of 3 February 2023 to Question 136734 on Department for Work and Pensions: Freedom of Information, if he will make an assessment of the compatibility of his Department's freedom of information process with (a) his Department's Publication Scheme and (b) the Cabinet Office Freedom of Information Code of Practice; and if he will make a statement.

The Department has an established programme of publication and publishes a large amount of data per year. The department currently releases around 40 Official and National statistics series each year, as well as collaborating to support a number of cross-government publications.

The Department complies with the overall intent of FOI Act and the Cabinet Office Code of Practice and keeps under consideration its approach to process and publication of information.

As mentioned in response to Question 131311, many Freedom of Information responses are automatically put in the public domain by the WhatDoTheyKnow website making them freely available to everyone.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
6th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Programme Business Case for the Workplace Transformation Programme, published in March 2022, included the cost of the temporary job centre estate when assessing the value for money of that programme.

The Department’s Workplace Transformation programme business case published in March 2022, did not include the cost of the temporary Jobcentre estate. The costs associated with the temporary Jobcentre estate were considered under its own additional Face to Face Capacity Programme. The funding secured from HMT was time limited for the current Spending Review period only.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
31st Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 30 January 2023 to Question 131311 on Department for Work and Pensions: Freedom of Information, on what day the decision to cease publishing Freedom of Information responses was made.

No explicit decision has ever been made. This was simply a change in process that occurred naturally over time.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
31st Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to his Department's transparency data entitled Complaints about DWP: financial year 2021 to 2022, published on 17 May 2022, and Complaints about DWP: financial year 2022 to 2023, published on 31 January 2023, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the trend in the number of complaints received by his Department.

DWP has made significant improvements to the complaints services since 2021 moving to a single tier model, with the aim of simplifying the process and prioritising vulnerable customers. We continually monitor complaints including the volumes and, where needed we have introduced further improvement including developing a consistent approach to complaints through new quality standards. We are committed to learning from complaints, using insight to support further improvements.

Complaint volumes were slightly lower in 2021-22, and whilst the data published on 31 January 2023 represents the first three quarters of 2022/23, volumes remain much lower than pre-pandemic levels. Overall volumes continue to represent less than 1% of the customer caseload.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
30th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has made an assessment of the impact of the Universal Credit (Administrative Earnings Threshold) (Amendment) Regulations 2022 on affected Universal Credit claimants since coming into effect.

We are closely monitoring the implementation of the September change. The majority of claimants impacted by the change of regulations now have a tailored Claimant Commitment agreed with their work coach.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
30th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 30 January 2023 to Question 132435 on Jobcentres: Closures, whether any Jobcentre staff have been advised of the closure of the temporary centre at which they are employed.

Further to question 132435 answered in the House of Commons on 30 January 2023 and question 127881 answered in the House of Commons on 24 January 2023, the Department has not made any formal announcements to staff regarding decommissioning temporary Jobcentres as part of its ongoing review of the Jobcentre estate.

The review is in progress and the Department will communicate outcomes with Jobcentre staff when a decision has been made on any sites that may impact them. MPs will be contacted should a decision regarding a Jobcentre estate be made that could affect their constituents.

A full list of the temporary Jobcentre sites can be found on GOV.UK.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
30th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of claimants who were placed in the Intensive Work Search group between 26 September 2022 and 29 January 2023 as a direct result of the changes made in the Universal Credit (Administrative Earnings Threshold) (Amendment) Regulations 2022 experienced a reduction in average earnings.

Data for the period stated is not available.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
30th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and proportion of claimants who were placed in the Intensive Work Search group as a direct result of the changes made in the Universal Credit (Administrative Earnings Threshold) (Amendment) Regulations 2022 were then moved from this group because of an increase in earnings which took them over the Administrative Earnings Threshold between 26 September 2022 and 29 January 2023.

Data for the period stated is not available.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
30th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what feedback his Department sought between 26 September 2022 and 29 January 2023 from Work Coaches on the practical impact of the Universal Credit (Administrative Earnings Threshold) (Amendment) Regulations 2022 on claimants.

The Department is always working with Work Coaches and JCP local area managers on any change. It is too early for us to evaluate the impact on claimants at this stage.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
26th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish a list of the triggers used by officials in his Department which would encourage claimants to migrate to Universal Credit.

On 10 January, the department published Completing the move to Universal Credit: Learning from the Discovery Phase - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) which details our approach in contacting claimants during the Earliest Testable Service (ETS). We will continue to test and learn what claimants need to enable them to move to UC, as we go forward.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
26th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January to Question 126631 on Universal Credit: Young People, what proportion of Universal Credit claimants under the age of 25 lived independently in the most recent period in which data is available.

The latest available statistics show, in August 2022, there were around 170,000 single under 25 year olds on Universal Credit in payment and entitled to the housing element indicating they pay their own rent and do not live with family members or as a couple.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
25th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 24 January 2023 to Question 127881 on Jobcentres: Closures, if he will list the locations and proposed closure dates of the temporary Jobcentres that his Department has already made a decision to close.

Further to question 127881 answered in the House of Commons on 24 January 2023, the Department can confirm that it continues to review its Jobcentre estate with a view to start returning to its pre-pandemic size.

Once the Department is ready to provide more information on proposed closure locations, and dates, it will share the news with staff first and I can assure the House that all MPs will be contacted when a decision has been made on any sites that may impact on their constituents.

A full list of the temporary sites can be found on GOV.UK.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
24th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason his Department has not updated its web page on Collection: DWP statistical FOI releases since 2017.

The Department takes its obligations under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act very seriously. However, it is not a requirement to publish FOI responses.

All FOI requests that are submitted via WhatDoTheyKnow.com, automatically have their responses published on that site.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
19th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 17 January 2022 to Question 100665 on Question for Department for Work and Pensions, if he will publish planned or estimated closing dates for each of his Department's temporary job centres.

The Department has publicly committed to returning the Jobcentre estate to its pre-pandemic size, restated in a Written Ministerial Statement in July 2022. The Department is currently reviewing the ongoing business need for these temporary Jobcentres.

The Department will provide more information in due course.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
16th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department paid to claimants in payments related to gross inconvenience in (a) 2018, (b) 2019, (c) 2020, (d) 2021 and (e) 2022.

DWP can make a consolatory payment to a claimant in recognition for when gross inconvenience has been caused.

The table below shows the total amount spent on consolatory payments per calendar year (January to December) as requested.

Total consolatory payments by calendar year

Year

Amount Paid

2018

£323,446.33

2019

£355,484.37

2020

£342,901.82

2021

£551,513.69

2022

£580,016.18

*Please note: The figure for 2022 has not yet been finalised, as the figures are reported quarterly, therefore the 2022 figure above represents the first nine months only.

As a Department, DWP has continuously improved the complaints process and recognises the increase in the amount of consolatory payments paid is indicative of the departments complaints process better acknowledging when things haven’t gone as they should, and where appropriate to compensate the customer.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
12th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an estimate of the total amount recovered in benefit overpayments as a result of claimants dying in financial year 2021-22.

The estimated amount recovered in benefit overpayments as a result of claimants dying in the financial year 2021-22 was £63 million.

Tom Pursglove
Minister of State (Minister for Legal Migration and Delivery)
1st Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when his Department plans to respond to correspondence sent by email on 7 September 2022, 4 October and 1 November from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL13106.

A reply was sent to the hon. Member for Glasgow East by the Minister for Work and Pensions (Lords), on behalf of the Secretary of State, on 2 December 2022.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
15th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when his Department plans to respond to the correspondence of 15 September, 14 October and 31 October 2022 from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, with reference DL13207 and POSCOR2022/73342.

A reply was sent to the hon. Member for Glasgow East by the Department for Work and Pensions’ Director for Disability Service, Decision Making and Working Age, on behalf of the Secretary of State, on 16 November 2022.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
20th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when her Department plans to respond to the correspondence of 13 April 2022, sent again by email on 16 May, 23 May, 14 June and 13 July 2022, from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL11688.

DWP provided a full written response to the office of David Linden MP on 20 July 2022 in relation to his constituent’s enquiry.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
12th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work plans to respond to the correspondence of 12 May 2022, sent again by email on 14 June and 27 June 2022, from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL11977.

A reply was sent to the hon. Member by the Director for Disability Services, Decision Making and Working Age on behalf of the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work on 11 July 2022.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
13th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to respond to the correspondence of (a) 15 March, (b) 15 February and (c) 27 April 2022 from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL11300.

A reply was sent to the hon. Member by the Director for Disability Services, Decision Making and Working Age on behalf of the Secretary of State, on 13 May 2022.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
31st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when her Department will respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, emailed on 4 February 2 March and 22 March 2022, reference DL11285.

A telephone response was provided to the office of David Linden MP on 1 April 2022.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
31st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when her Department plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Glasgow East to the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work sent on 1 February 2022 and sent by email on 8 March 2022 and 21 March 2022, reference DL10869.

A reply was sent to the hon. Member by the Area Director for Universal Credit, on behalf of the Secretary of State, on 26 March 2022.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
3rd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the public update by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman of 18 February 2022 regarding its investigation into the way her Department communicated changes to women’s State Pension age, whether her Department has submitted the evidence requested by the Ombudsman.

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman has not completed his investigation. It would not be appropriate to comment whilst the investigation is ongoing; and section 7(2) of the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967 states that Ombudsman investigations “shall be conducted in private”.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
1st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason documentation produced by her Department informs claimants of personal independence payments not to send in a supporting letter from their GP.

When individuals make a claim to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) they are encouraged to provide relevant evidence which they already have. This can include information from a GP. We do not advise claimants to request additional documents as this may slow down their claim, or incur a cost. GPs can charge their patients for producing additional supporting evidence and they may not always be best placed to provide evidence of a claimant’s functional capabilities.

Part 1 of the PIP Assessment Guide (PIPAG) - Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment guide for assessment providers - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) - for Health Professionals who carry out PIP assessments, includes guidance at section 1.4 requiring them to review each claim to determine whether further evidence is needed. It also advises on the most appropriate source of further evidence considering a range of professionals who may be involved in supporting the claimant.

24th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the report by NatCen Social Research on The Uses of Health and Disability Benefits.

The headline findings from the Uses of Health and Disability Benefits research give an insight into how health and disability benefits are used by recipients alongside other sources of provision and support to meet health and disability related needs.

We are currently considering a range of policy options, drawing on wide evidence, research, analysis and the responses to the Green Paper consultation. We will bring forward our proposals in our Health and Disability White Paper due later this year.

24th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if her Department will increase disability benefit payments in line with inflation.

The Secretary of State undertakes an annual review of benefits and pensions. The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) is the main measure of UK inflation. CPI in the year to September (published by the Office for National Statistics in October) is the latest figure that the Secretary of State can use to allow sufficient time for the required legislative and operational changes before new rates can be introduced at the start of the new financial year. From April 2022 benefits and pensions will increase by 3.1%, in line with the CPI.

Disability benefits are not means–tested, non-contributory and thus paid regardless of any income or savings. PIP and DLA were not subject to the benefits freeze.

24th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the impact of the rising cost of living on the adequacy of (a) personal independence payments and (b) universal credit for people with fluctuating conditions including Multiple Sclerosis.

The Secretary of State undertakes an annual review of benefits and pensions. The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) is the main measure of UK inflation. CPI in the year to September (published by the Office for National Statistics in October) is the latest figure that the Secretary of State can use to allow sufficient time for the required legislative and operational changes before new rates can be introduced at the start of the new financial year. From April 2022 benefits and pensions will increase by 3.1%, in line with the CPI.

Disability benefits are not means–tested, non-contributory and thus paid regardless of any income or savings. PIP and DLA were not subject to the benefits freeze.

24th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to help improve the disability benefits assessment process for people with progressive and fluctuating conditions including Multiple Sclerosis.

The Health and Disability Green Paper explored how we can improve assessments, including how they capture the impact of fluctuating conditions and how we reduce unnecessary assessments for people whose conditions are unlikely to improve. We are now analysing the over 4,500 responses we received and will be bringing forward a White Paper with detailed proposals later this year.

24th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if her Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of abolishing repeat disability assessments for people with progressive conditions, such as multiple sclerosis.

Through the Severe Conditions criteria, we have stopped repeat assessments on ESA/UC for people with the most severe and lifelong conditions.

We have committed to testing a new Severe Disability Group (SDG) for people who have severe and lifelong conditions that will not improve. These people could then benefit from a simplified process without ever needing to complete a detailed application form or go through an assessment. We will consider these test results once complete to influence thinking on the next stages of this work.

22nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 21 February 2022 to Question 121901 on Social Security Benefits: Disqualification, for what reasons her Department is unable to list the international studies which show that benefit systems supported by conditionality are effective at moving people into work.

The Department does not maintain a list of sources used and so 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 Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her Department's publication entitled Benefit sanctions statistics to October 2021, for what reason the issue with the availability of software required to process UCFS sanction decisions data was not identified prior to the migration to the new data platform.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer given to PQ 125429.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
22nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Prime Minister's remarks during the press conference of 21 February 2022 that the UK could learn from an established culture in Germany of greater discipline in taking time off work when sick, whether he has had discussions with Cabinet colleagues on raising Statutory Sick Pay to a level equivalent to that in Germany.

The Secretary of State regularly discusses a range of issues relating to her portfolio with Cabinet colleagues.

As we learn to live with Covid-19, government is continuing to take a broader look at the role of SSP and is keeping the system under review. SSP should not be looked at in isolation. Government support through the welfare system, including Universal Credit, is also available for those on low incomes who need extra financial help when they are sick or incapable of work for an extended period.

22nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her Department's publication entitled Benefit sanctions statistics to October 2021, what recent assessment she has made of the ability of the Social Security Advisory Committee to undertake its statutory scrutiny of the Universal Credit and Jobseeker's Allowance (Work Search and Work Availability Requirements - limitations) (Amendment) Regulations 2022 in the context of the benefit sanction decisions and durations data available to it.

No assessment has been made.

The Social Security Advisory Committee will continue its role to scrutinise statutory regulations and provide advice whilst continuing to have access to sanction statistics.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
22nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her Department's publication entitled Benefit sanctions statistics to October 2021, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of the absence of benefit sanction (a) decisions and (b) durations data on the ability of Members to scrutinise her Department's policies effectively.

No assessment has been made.

The Department publishes regular Benefit Sanctions statistics and whilst some of the statistics are temporarily unavailable they will be restored as soon as possible.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
22nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 21 February 2022 to Question 122797 on Jobcentres: Staff, whether representatives of PCS Union were consulted on her Way to Work proposals before the policy was announced.

DWP engages with staff and their Union representatives routinely where there are material changes in the duties and functions of staff. We recognise the importance of the role that meaningful consultation can play, as the Way to Work campaign does not represent a change to the role of the Work Coach we did not undertake discussions with PCS Union prior to its announcement.

We continue to monitor the operation of all our policies and processes to ensure they remain clear, fair and effective in promoting positive behaviours and have carefully considered the impact of implementing Way to Work on Jobcentre staff.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
22nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policy of the 20 February 2022 statement of the British Psychological Society expressing concern that the changes to policy announced as part of the Way to Work initiative could have serious negative consequences on the mental health of jobseekers; and if she will make a statement.

The Way to Work campaign aims to help job-ready claimants into work more quickly, utilising strong relationships with employers to help fill the hundreds of thousands of vacancies in the economy. Way to Work is not a new sanctions policy.

The expectations of a claimant are agreed with them and clearly set out in their Claimant Commitment at the beginning of their Universal Credit (UC) claim. This includes both mandatory and voluntary actions the claimant has agreed to undertake. Any work-related requirements are set in discussion with the claimant and will always be tailored to an individual claimant’s capability and circumstances, making them realistic and achievable.

Way to Work is specifically for those placed in the Intensive Work Search (IWS) conditionality group while on UC. Claimants with health-related support needs will undertake a Work Capability Assessment to determine their conditionality group and, where appropriate, may receive support through the Work and Health Programme.

We know the longer a person is out of work, the harder it is for them to get back into work. These changes are intended to accelerate the rate at which people who lose their current job are helped back into employment.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
22nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her Department's publication entitled Benefit sanctions statistics to October 2021, if she will publish details of the investigative work on sanction durations conducted by her Department since the publication of that data was suspended.

The investigation of sanction durations is ongoing and involves the extensive examination and rewriting of complex code to ensure that the methodology is robust. We will provide updates on progress within the bulletin and inform users of the outcome of our investigations once these are complete. We aim to revise the complete series for sanction duration and median sanction length statistics using the improved methodology in line with the UK Statistics Authority Code of Practice for Statistics as soon as possible.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
21st Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when her Department plans to respond to the letter sent by email from the hon. Member for Glasgow East on 10 January 2022 and 7 February 2022, reference DL10897.

Unfortunately, due to an internal error the Department did not receive the letter of 10 January 2022 until 24 February. It is being taken forward and a reply will be issued.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
21st Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether a minute was taken of the meetings held by the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work on (a) 13 July 2021 with (i) Sense, (ii) the Royal National Institute for Deaf People and (iii) the Business Leaders Group and (b) 14 July 2021 with (A) the National Autistic Society and Mencap and (B) Disability Rights UK.

There are internal minutes for the meeting held on the 13 July 2021 with the Business Leaders Group.

There are no formal minutes, but a record of key points and actions was taken for the meeting held on the 13 July 2021 with Sense, the Royal National Institute for Deaf People and on the 14 July 2021 with the National Autistic Society and Mencap and Disability Rights UK.

18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her Department's publication entitled Benefit sanctions statistics to October 2021, if she will publish further details on the on the reasons for the suspension of universal credit full service decisions data.

DWP has recently moved to a new data platform to store and process data. During our live running process an issue was identified with the availability of software required to process Universal Credit full service (UCFS) sanction decisions data. This is currently being investigated and we aim to reinstate the decisions measure as soon as possible. We expect to provide a further update in late March 2022.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her Department's publication entitled Benefit sanctions statistics to October 2021, for what reasons her Department has not given an update on progress made on the suspension of benefit sanction durations data beyond the original reasons stated in the November 2020 publication of that data.

Statistics for Universal Credit (UC) durations and median sanction length remain suspended, and we will continue to publish the UC rate for UC Full Service only from April 2019. This is to allow for investigations to continue into the code used to produce these statistics in order to ensure methods are robust. We will keep users updated on progress via the Benefit Sanctions statistics page, and further details are available in section 5 of the latest Benefit Sanctions statistics bulletin.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her Department's publication entitled Benefit sanctions statistics to October 2021, on what date her Department plans to resume publication of benefit sanction durations data.

Statistics for Universal Credit (UC) durations and median sanction length remain suspended, and we will continue to publish the UC rate for UC Full Service only from April 2019. This is to allow for investigations to continue into the code used to produce these statistics in order to ensure methods are robust. We will keep users updated on progress via the Benefit Sanctions statistics page, and further details are available in section 5 of the latest Benefit Sanctions statistics bulletin.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2022 to Question 119686 on Social Security Benefits, what recent assessment she has made of the impact of the benefit cap on poverty levels of households where it is not possible for people to move into work.

No assessment has been made. There is a statutory duty for the Secretary of State to review the benefit cap levels once in each Parliament.

Households receiving disability benefits and/or entitled to carer benefits are exempt to ensure the most vulnerable are supported.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
10th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made made for the implications of her policies of the Public and Commercial Services Union press notice, entitled PCS condemns government Way to Work initiative, published 27 January 2022, which cites the potential negative effects of that campaign on jobcentre staff; and if she will make a statement.

We continue to monitor the operation of all our policies and processes to ensure they remain clear, fair and effective in promoting positive behaviours and have carefully considered the impact of implementing Way to Work on jobcentre staff.

Our Jobcentre teams are committed to ensuring all claimants receive the best possible support to meet their individual circumstances. Jobcentre caseload sizes are closely monitored at both a national and sub national level to allow DWP to plan workforce numbers required. The frequency of interventions Work Coaches undertake with claimants is determined by the individual circumstances of the claimant, the duration of their claim, and the level of support required at that time. Maintaining an effective Work Coach diary is a joint responsibility between a team leader and the Work Coach; and is managed collaboratively through regular discussion and agreement.

Way to Work is a new concerted national drive to help half a million people claiming benefits into jobs by the end of June 2022, supporting them to take their next step to building a more secure and prosperous future. While we have more people on company payrolls than before the pandemic, latest figures show there are around 1.2 million vacancies across the economy, including many in key sectors.

Through Way to Work we will work with employers and claimants to support people into work more swiftly. This isn’t a new sanctions policy.

What’s changing is the time people have to limit their search for jobs in their preferred sector. Claimants with skills and experience for a specific type of role will be permitted up to four weeks to secure employment in that sector rather than the previous 13 weeks. Sanctions are only ever used where someone fails to comply with reasonable and appropriate commitments that have previously been agreed, without good reason. These steps are agreed with the claimant, outlined in the claimant commitment and followed up during discussions with Work Coaches.

If, after 4 weeks, claimants refuse to widen their job search and apply for a broader range of roles, attend interviews or take up paid work outside of their preferred sector without good reason, then they may be referred for a sanction.

Sanctions are only used when jobseekers fail to meet their agreed requirements or refuse to take up or stay in employment without good reason. The latest statistics show the sanctions rate at 2.37% which is below pre-pandemic levels.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 8 February 2022 to Question 117880 on Social Security Benefits: Disqualification, if she will list the international studies cited in that Answer which show that benefit systems supported by conditionality are effective at moving people into work.

Publicly available international studies indicate that benefit systems supported by conditionality are effective at moving people into work. Some of these studies are synthesised in a report by Griggs and Evans (2010), Foundation on Sanctions within conditional benefit systems: A review of evidence.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 8 February 2022 to Question 117879 on Social Security Benefits: Disqualification, if her Department will undertake research into poverty experienced by individuals who have been subject to benefit sanctions.

We have no plans to undertake further research on sanctions.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 8 February 2022 to Question 117878 on Social Security Benefits: Disqualification, who was responsible for the decision made on 15 October 2020 not to publish the sanctions evaluation report.

The decision not to publish the sanctions evaluation report was made on 15 October 2020 by the Secretary of State.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if her Department will publish the most recent figures on pension credit uptake.

The latest Pension Credit take-up statistics are due for publication on 24 February and will be available on https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/income-related-benefits-estimates-of-take-up--2. These will cover the financial year 2019/20.

The estimates for financial year 2018/19 show take-up has increased, not fallen.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the impact of pension credit uptake on levels of pensioner poverty.

The Government is committed to alleviating pensioner poverty. Latest figures show 200,000 fewer pensioners in absolute poverty, after housing costs, compared to 2009/10.

The latest Pension Credit take-up statistics are due for publication on 24 February. These will cover the financial year 2019/20. Due to the sample size used to estimate Pension Credit take-up statistics, figures cannot be broken down to a constituency level.

Since then, the Department has undertaken a range of actions to raise awareness of Pension Credit, encourage pensioners to check their eligibility, and to make a claim. This has included a Pension Credit media day of action in June, working with stakeholders such as the BBC and Age UK.

Our initial internal management information suggests new claims for Pension Credit in the past twelve months to December 2021 were around 136,000, representing an increase of around 30% compared to the 12 months to December 2019 when they were around 105,000. It also suggests that we have been receiving consistently high volumes of claims over recent months, at around 3,300 per week.

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

The impact of these claim volumes on numbers of successful awards and on Pension Credit take-up will take longer to establish given the usual cycle involved in producing those statistics.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to promote claiming pension credit, in order to receive a free TV licence.

The Department has undertaken a range of actions to raise awareness of Pension Credit; encourage pensioners to check their eligibility and make a claim. This has included a Pension Credit media day of action in June, working with stakeholders such as the BBC, Age UK and others. We continue to use opportunities to promote Pension Credit including using proactive press activity and social media posts to reach potential recipients, their families and friends.

We also engage closely with stakeholders and have set up the Pension Credit working group, made up of a diverse range of organisations with reach and expertise, and including pensioner charities, the BBC, British Telecom, Virgin Money and the Local Government Association. The group is tasked with identifying new practical initiatives that we can work on together to help increase Pension Credit take up.

We have revised and expanded the Pension Credit guide on the GOV UK website to include clear information about the additional financial support available to people on Pension Credit, as well as detailing the extra amounts that can be included in an award for those who are severely disabled, or have caring responsibilities or certain housing costs. The key is ensuring pensioners have all the information they need to make a claim and that our messaging resonates with them and their families.

Over the coming weeks, over 11 million pensioners in Great Britain will receive information about Pension Credit in a leaflet accompanying their annual up-rating letter. This includes prominent messaging highlighting that an award of Pension Credit can also open the door to a wide range of additional benefits – not only extra help with fuel costs, but also help with rent, council tax, certain health related costs and a free over-75 TV licence.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to promote claiming pension credit, in order to receive extra support in the form of the carer addition.

The Department has undertaken a range of actions to raise awareness of Pension Credit; encourage pensioners to check their eligibility and make a claim. This has included a Pension Credit media day of action in June, working with stakeholders such as the BBC, Age UK and others. We continue to use opportunities to promote Pension Credit including using proactive press activity and social media posts to reach potential recipients, their families and friends.

We also engage closely with stakeholders and have set up the Pension Credit working group, made up of a diverse range of organisations with reach and expertise, and including pensioner charities, the BBC, British Telecom, Virgin Money and the Local Government Association. The group is tasked with identifying new practical initiatives that we can work on together to help increase Pension Credit take up.

We have revised and expanded the Pension Credit guide on the GOV UK website to include clear information about the additional financial support available to people on Pension Credit, as well as detailing the extra amounts that can be included in an award for those who are severely disabled, or have caring responsibilities or certain housing costs. The key is ensuring pensioners have all the information they need to make a claim and that our messaging resonates with them and their families.

Over the coming weeks, over 11 million pensioners in Great Britain will receive information about Pension Credit in a leaflet accompanying their annual up-rating letter. This includes prominent messaging highlighting that an award of Pension Credit can also open the door to a wide range of additional benefits – not only extra help with fuel costs, but also help with rent, council tax, certain health related costs and a free over-75 TV licence.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to promote claiming pension credit, in order to receive support with mortgage interest, ground rent and service charges.

The Department has undertaken a range of actions to raise awareness of Pension Credit; encourage pensioners to check their eligibility and make a claim. This has included a Pension Credit media day of action in June, working with stakeholders such as the BBC, Age UK and others. We continue to use opportunities to promote Pension Credit including using proactive press activity and social media posts to reach potential recipients, their families and friends.

We also engage closely with stakeholders and have set up the Pension Credit working group, made up of a diverse range of organisations with reach and expertise, and including pensioner charities, the BBC, British Telecom, Virgin Money and the Local Government Association. The group is tasked with identifying new practical initiatives that we can work on together to help increase Pension Credit take up.

We have revised and expanded the Pension Credit guide on the GOV UK website to include clear information about the additional financial support available to people on Pension Credit, as well as detailing the extra amounts that can be included in an award for those who are severely disabled, or have caring responsibilities or certain housing costs. The key is ensuring pensioners have all the information they need to make a claim and that our messaging resonates with them and their families.

Over the coming weeks, over 11 million pensioners in Great Britain will receive information about Pension Credit in a leaflet accompanying their annual up-rating letter. This includes prominent messaging highlighting that an award of Pension Credit can also open the door to a wide range of additional benefits – not only extra help with fuel costs, but also help with rent, council tax, certain health related costs and a free over-75 TV licence.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to promote claiming pension credit, as a means of qualifying for housing benefit.

The Department has undertaken a range of actions to raise awareness of Pension Credit; encourage pensioners to check their eligibility and make a claim. This has included a Pension Credit media day of action in June, working with stakeholders such as the BBC, Age UK and others. We continue to use opportunities to promote Pension Credit including using proactive press activity and social media posts to reach potential recipients, their families and friends.

We also engage closely with stakeholders and have set up the Pension Credit working group, made up of a diverse range of organisations with reach and expertise, and including pensioner charities, the BBC, British Telecom, Virgin Money and the Local Government Association. The group is tasked with identifying new practical initiatives that we can work on together to help increase Pension Credit take up.

We have revised and expanded the Pension Credit guide on the GOV UK website to include clear information about the additional financial support available to people on Pension Credit, as well as detailing the extra amounts that can be included in an award for those who are severely disabled, or have caring responsibilities or certain housing costs. The key is ensuring pensioners have all the information they need to make a claim and that our messaging resonates with them and their families.

Over the coming weeks, over 11 million pensioners in Great Britain will receive information about Pension Credit in a leaflet accompanying their annual up-rating letter. This includes prominent messaging highlighting that an award of Pension Credit can also open the door to a wide range of additional benefits – not only extra help with fuel costs, but also help with rent, council tax, certain health related costs and a free over-75 TV licence.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to promote claiming pension credit, in order to receive a cold weather payment.

The Department has undertaken a range of actions to raise awareness of Pension Credit; encourage pensioners to check their eligibility and make a claim. This has included a Pension Credit media day of action in June, working with stakeholders such as the BBC, Age UK and others. We continue to use opportunities to promote Pension Credit including using proactive press activity and social media posts to reach potential recipients, their families and friends.

We also engage closely with stakeholders and have set up the Pension Credit working group, made up of a diverse range of organisations with reach and expertise, and including pensioner charities, the BBC, British Telecom, Virgin Money and the Local Government Association. The group is tasked with identifying new practical initiatives that we can work on together to help increase Pension Credit take up.

We have revised and expanded the Pension Credit guide on the GOV UK website to include clear information about the additional financial support available to people on Pension Credit, as well as detailing the extra amounts that can be included in an award for those who are severely disabled, or have caring responsibilities or certain housing costs. The key is ensuring pensioners have all the information they need to make a claim and that our messaging resonates with them and their families.

Over the coming weeks, over 11 million pensioners in Great Britain will receive information about Pension Credit in a leaflet accompanying their annual up-rating letter. This includes prominent messaging highlighting that an award of Pension Credit can also open the door to a wide range of additional benefits – not only extra help with fuel costs, but also help with rent, council tax, certain health related costs and a free over-75 TV licence.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to promote claiming pension credit in order to claim towards the cost of travel to hospital.

The Department has undertaken a range of actions to raise awareness of Pension Credit; encourage pensioners to check their eligibility and make a claim. This has included a Pension Credit media day of action in June, working with stakeholders such as the BBC, Age UK and others. We continue to use opportunities to promote Pension Credit including using proactive press activity and social media posts to reach potential recipients, their families and friends.

We also engage closely with stakeholders and have set up the Pension Credit working group, made up of a diverse range of organisations with reach and expertise, and including pensioner charities, the BBC, British Telecom, Virgin Money and the Local Government Association. The group is tasked with identifying new practical initiatives that we can work on together to help increase Pension Credit take up.

We have revised and expanded the Pension Credit guide on the GOV UK website to include clear information about the additional financial support available to people on Pension Credit, as well as detailing the extra amounts that can be included in an award for those who are severely disabled, or have caring responsibilities or certain housing costs. The key is ensuring pensioners have all the information they need to make a claim and that our messaging resonates with them and their families.

Over the coming weeks, over 11 million pensioners in Great Britain will receive information about Pension Credit in a leaflet accompanying their annual up-rating letter. This includes prominent messaging highlighting that an award of Pension Credit can also open the door to a wide range of additional benefits – not only extra help with fuel costs, but also help with rent, council tax, certain health related costs and a free over-75 TV licence.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to promote claiming pension credit in order to claim help towards the cost of glasses.

The Department has undertaken a range of actions to raise awareness of Pension Credit; encourage pensioners to check their eligibility and make a claim. This has included a Pension Credit media day of action in June, working with stakeholders such as the BBC, Age UK and others. We continue to use opportunities to promote Pension Credit including using proactive press activity and social media posts to reach potential recipients, their families and friends.

We also engage closely with stakeholders and have set up the Pension Credit working group, made up of a diverse range of organisations with reach and expertise, and including pensioner charities, the BBC, British Telecom, Virgin Money and the Local Government Association. The group is tasked with identifying new practical initiatives that we can work on together to help increase Pension Credit take up.

We have revised and expanded the Pension Credit guide on the GOV UK website to include clear information about the additional financial support available to people on Pension Credit, as well as detailing the extra amounts that can be included in an award for those who are severely disabled, or have caring responsibilities or certain housing costs. The key is ensuring pensioners have all the information they need to make a claim and that our messaging resonates with them and their families.

Over the coming weeks, over 11 million pensioners in Great Britain will receive information about Pension Credit in a leaflet accompanying their annual up-rating letter. This includes prominent messaging highlighting that an award of Pension Credit can also open the door to a wide range of additional benefits – not only extra help with fuel costs, but also help with rent, council tax, certain health related costs and a free over-75 TV licence.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to promote claiming pension credit in order to receive free NHS dental treatment.

The Department has undertaken a range of actions to raise awareness of Pension Credit; encourage pensioners to check their eligibility and make a claim. This has included a Pension Credit media day of action in June, working with stakeholders such as the BBC, Age UK and others. We continue to use opportunities to promote Pension Credit including using proactive press activity and social media posts to reach potential recipients, their families and friends.

We also engage closely with stakeholders and have set up the Pension Credit working group, made up of a diverse range of organisations with reach and expertise, and including pensioner charities, the BBC, British Telecom, Virgin Money and the Local Government Association. The group is tasked with identifying new practical initiatives that we can work on together to help increase Pension Credit take up.

We have revised and expanded the Pension Credit guide on the GOV UK website to include clear information about the additional financial support available to people on Pension Credit, as well as detailing the extra amounts that can be included in an award for those who are severely disabled, or have caring responsibilities or certain housing costs. The key is ensuring pensioners have all the information they need to make a claim and that our messaging resonates with them and their families.

Over the coming weeks, over 11 million pensioners in Great Britain will receive information about Pension Credit in a leaflet accompanying their annual up-rating letter. This includes prominent messaging highlighting that an award of Pension Credit can also open the door to a wide range of additional benefits – not only extra help with fuel costs, but also help with rent, council tax, certain health related costs and a free over-75 TV licence.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to promote claiming pension credit, in order to receive support with council tax.

The Department has undertaken a range of actions to raise awareness of Pension Credit; encourage pensioners to check their eligibility and make a claim. This has included a Pension Credit media day of action in June, working with stakeholders such as the BBC, Age UK and others. We continue to use opportunities to promote Pension Credit including using proactive press activity and social media posts to reach potential recipients, their families and friends.

We also engage closely with stakeholders and have set up the Pension Credit working group, made up of a diverse range of organisations with reach and expertise, and including pensioner charities, the BBC, British Telecom, Virgin Money and the Local Government Association. The group is tasked with identifying new practical initiatives that we can work on together to help increase Pension Credit take up.

We have revised and expanded the Pension Credit guide on the GOV UK website to include clear information about the additional financial support available to people on Pension Credit, as well as detailing the extra amounts that can be included in an award for those who are severely disabled, or have caring responsibilities or certain housing costs. The key is ensuring pensioners have all the information they need to make a claim and that our messaging resonates with them and their families.

Over the coming weeks, over 11 million pensioners in Great Britain will receive information about Pension Credit in a leaflet accompanying their annual up-rating letter. This includes prominent messaging highlighting that an award of Pension Credit can also open the door to a wide range of additional benefits – not only extra help with fuel costs, but also help with rent, council tax, certain health related costs and a free over-75 TV licence.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans her Department has to increase pension credit uptake.

The Department has undertaken a range of actions to raise awareness of Pension Credit; encourage pensioners to check their eligibility and make a claim. This has included a Pension Credit media day of action in June, working with stakeholders such as the BBC, Age UK and others. We continue to use opportunities to promote Pension Credit including using proactive press activity and social media posts to reach potential recipients, their families and friends.

We also engage closely with stakeholders and have set up the Pension Credit working group, made up of a diverse range of organisations with reach and expertise, and including pensioner charities, the BBC, British Telecom, Virgin Money and the Local Government Association. The group is tasked with identifying new practical initiatives that we can work on together to help increase Pension Credit take up.

We have revised and expanded the Pension Credit guide on the GOV UK website to include clear information about the additional financial support available to people on Pension Credit, as well as detailing the extra amounts that can be included in an award for those who are severely disabled, or have caring responsibilities or certain housing costs. The key is ensuring pensioners have all the information they need to make a claim and that our messaging resonates with them and their families.

Over the coming weeks, over 11 million pensioners in Great Britain will receive information about Pension Credit in a leaflet accompanying their annual up-rating letter. This includes prominent messaging highlighting that an award of Pension Credit can also open the door to a wide range of additional benefits – not only extra help with fuel costs, but also help with rent, council tax, certain health related costs and a free over-75 TV licence.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to promote the uptake of pension credit.

The Department has undertaken a range of actions to raise awareness of Pension Credit; encourage pensioners to check their eligibility and make a claim. This has included a Pension Credit media day of action in June, working with stakeholders such as the BBC, Age UK and others. We continue to use opportunities to promote Pension Credit including using proactive press activity and social media posts to reach potential recipients, their families and friends.

We also engage closely with stakeholders and have set up the Pension Credit working group, made up of a diverse range of organisations with reach and expertise, and including pensioner charities, the BBC, British Telecom, Virgin Money and the Local Government Association. The group is tasked with identifying new practical initiatives that we can work on together to help increase Pension Credit take up.

We have revised and expanded the Pension Credit guide on the GOV UK website to include clear information about the additional financial support available to people on Pension Credit, as well as detailing the extra amounts that can be included in an award for those who are severely disabled, or have caring responsibilities or certain housing costs. The key is ensuring pensioners have all the information they need to make a claim and that our messaging resonates with them and their families.

Over the coming weeks, over 11 million pensioners in Great Britain will receive information about Pension Credit in a leaflet accompanying their annual up-rating letter. This includes prominent messaging highlighting that an award of Pension Credit can also open the door to a wide range of additional benefits – not only extra help with fuel costs, but also help with rent, council tax, certain health related costs and a free over-75 TV licence.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the reasons for the fall in pension credit uptake.

The latest Pension Credit take-up statistics are due for publication on 24 February and will be available on https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/income-related-benefits-estimates-of-take-up--2. These will cover the financial year 2019/20.

The estimates for financial year 2018/19 show take-up has increased, not fallen.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much her Department has spent on promoting pension credit uptake in each of the last three years.

It is not feasible to undertake such an assessment.

The Department has undertaken a range of actions to raise awareness of Pension Credit, including using proactive press activity and social media posts, the annual uprating mailing to over 11 million pensioners in Great Britain and our work with stakeholders.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 7 February 2022 to Question 113819 on the Centre for Social Justice, whether the meeting was minuted.

No. Formal, structured meetings are usually minuted, however, not all meetings need to be minuted. It is expected that the general guidance that departments give to their staff will help officials make judgements as to what meetings need to be minuted, noting their Civil Service Code obligation to ‘keep accurate official records’. Specific procedures are in place for external meetings involving Ministers. These are publicly available and can be found in the Guidance on the management of Private Office Papers.

8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 7 February 2022 to Question 117034, if she will review her Department's condition that a claimant normally be willing to travel 90 minutes each way to work to ensure that it meets the stated aim set out in the foreword of the Levelling Up the United Kingdom White Paper that, People deserve to live in a country where life is not a postcode lottery, where by staying local you can go far.

It is not necessary to review the expected daily travelling time as DWP is well placed to support the Levelling Up agenda. We do this by helping individuals across the nation to take full advantage of job opportunities within their local areas.

Typically, a claimant who is expected to be available and looking for work will be required to look for work that is within daily travelling time of their home. There is a maximum limit set at 90 minutes travel time from their home, Work coaches have the flexibility to tailor this taking into consideration a claimant’s circumstances, for example, location of childcare, schools, available work and public transport links

Flexible Support Fund is available to help with the cost of attending interviews and can support travel costs for up to 3 months of the claimant starting work

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
3rd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2022 to Question 113818 on Social Security Benefits: Disqualification, what the evidential basis is on the effectiveness of sanctions to support her Department's renewed sanctions regime through the Way to Work campaign.

The decision not to publish the sanctions evaluation report was made on 15 October 2020 as part of routine departmental business, which is not required to be minuted.

The 2019 sanctions evaluation used UC administrative data to look at the impact a sanction has on an individual’s likelihood of entering work and on their earnings once they are in work. It was not an assessment of poverty levels. Currently we have no plans to undertake further research on this aspect of sanctions.

Way to Work is a drive to support 500,000 people into work swiftly. As part of this campaign we are changing the period in which a claimant can limit their job search to their usual occupation to promote wider employment opportunities, supporting people into work more quickly. We know the longer a person is out of work, the harder it is for them to get back into work.

Claimants on work-related benefits are generally expected to undertake certain activities which help them to prepare for, look for and move into work. We have strong UK-specific evidence through Randomised Control Trials and from a broad body of international studies that benefit systems supported by conditionality are effective at moving people into work. Sanction on UC remain low at 0.78%.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
3rd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2022 to Question 113818 on Social Security Benefits: Disqualification, whether her Department has commissioned further research into benefit sanctions.

The decision not to publish the sanctions evaluation report was made on 15 October 2020 as part of routine departmental business, which is not required to be minuted.

The 2019 sanctions evaluation used UC administrative data to look at the impact a sanction has on an individual’s likelihood of entering work and on their earnings once they are in work. It was not an assessment of poverty levels. Currently we have no plans to undertake further research on this aspect of sanctions.

Way to Work is a drive to support 500,000 people into work swiftly. As part of this campaign we are changing the period in which a claimant can limit their job search to their usual occupation to promote wider employment opportunities, supporting people into work more quickly. We know the longer a person is out of work, the harder it is for them to get back into work.

Claimants on work-related benefits are generally expected to undertake certain activities which help them to prepare for, look for and move into work. We have strong UK-specific evidence through Randomised Control Trials and from a broad body of international studies that benefit systems supported by conditionality are effective at moving people into work. Sanction on UC remain low at 0.78%.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
3rd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2022 to Question 113818, whether the research found evidence that people affected by sanctions became destitute.

The decision not to publish the sanctions evaluation report was made on 15 October 2020 as part of routine departmental business, which is not required to be minuted.

The 2019 sanctions evaluation used UC administrative data to look at the impact a sanction has on an individual’s likelihood of entering work and on their earnings once they are in work. It was not an assessment of poverty levels. Currently we have no plans to undertake further research on this aspect of sanctions.

Way to Work is a drive to support 500,000 people into work swiftly. As part of this campaign we are changing the period in which a claimant can limit their job search to their usual occupation to promote wider employment opportunities, supporting people into work more quickly. We know the longer a person is out of work, the harder it is for them to get back into work.

Claimants on work-related benefits are generally expected to undertake certain activities which help them to prepare for, look for and move into work. We have strong UK-specific evidence through Randomised Control Trials and from a broad body of international studies that benefit systems supported by conditionality are effective at moving people into work. Sanction on UC remain low at 0.78%.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
3rd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2022 to Question 113818 on Social Security Benefits: Disqualification, on what date the decision was made to withhold publication of the research; who was involved in making that decision; and if she will place copies of relevant minutes of Departmental meetings where that decision was discussed in the Library.

The decision not to publish the sanctions evaluation report was made on 15 October 2020 as part of routine departmental business, which is not required to be minuted.

The 2019 sanctions evaluation used UC administrative data to look at the impact a sanction has on an individual’s likelihood of entering work and on their earnings once they are in work. It was not an assessment of poverty levels. Currently we have no plans to undertake further research on this aspect of sanctions.

Way to Work is a drive to support 500,000 people into work swiftly. As part of this campaign we are changing the period in which a claimant can limit their job search to their usual occupation to promote wider employment opportunities, supporting people into work more quickly. We know the longer a person is out of work, the harder it is for them to get back into work.

Claimants on work-related benefits are generally expected to undertake certain activities which help them to prepare for, look for and move into work. We have strong UK-specific evidence through Randomised Control Trials and from a broad body of international studies that benefit systems supported by conditionality are effective at moving people into work. Sanction on UC remain low at 0.78%.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
2nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to section 1.5.4 of the Levelling Up the United Kingdom White Paper, what steps she is taking to ensure that workers living in areas with lower access to jobs as a result of the local transport infrastructure are not disproportionately affected by universal credit sanctions through her Way to Work policy.

Way to Work is a concerted drive across the UK to help half a million people currently out of work into jobs in the next five months. While we have more people on company payrolls than before the pandemic, latest figures show there are around 1.2 million vacancies across the economy, including many in key sectors.

For new claimants, we are reducing the “permitted period” where a claimant has previously carried out work of a particular nature, or at a particular level of remuneration from a maximum of 3 months to a maximum of 4 weeks. A claimant must normally be willing to travel 90 minutes each way to work. This has not changed with the introduction of Way to Work.

Flexible Support Fund is available to help with the cost of attending interviews and can support travel costs for up to 3 months of the claimant starting work.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
28th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason her Department has not yet published its 2019 research on the effectiveness of benefit sanctions; and if she will place a copy of that research in the Library.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer given to PQ 77445.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
28th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants are in the intensive work search group.

Universal Credit statistics uses the term ‘conditionality regime’ in place of conditionality groups and labour market regime. The intensive work search group is part of the labour market regime.

The latest available information on the number of people on Universal Credit by conditionality regime, is published and can be found in Table 1 of the ‘People on Universal Credit’ dataset on Stat-Xplore at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/


Guidance on how to extract the information required can be found at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
28th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will place a copy of the minutes of the meeting between the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work and The Centre for Social Justice on 13 July 2021 in the Library.

No. Formal, structured meetings are usually minuted, however, not all meetings need to be minuted. It is expected that the general guidance that departments give to their staff will help officials make judgements as to what meetings need to be minuted, noting their Civil Service Code obligation to ‘keep accurate official records’. Specific procedures are in place for external meetings involving ministers. These are publicly available and can be found in the Guidance on the management of Private Office Papers.

28th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has conducted a review of the adequacy of the rate of Statutory Sick Pay since the introduction of the Social Security (Incapacity for Work) Act 1994, excluding the annual uprating exercise.

The consultation ‘Health is Everyone’s Business' proposed a broad package of measures which aimed to reduce ill-health related job loss, including reform of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). As part of this, the Government sought views on the impact of the rate and length of SSP on employee and employer behaviour and decisions.

In the response to the consultation, the Government made clear that the pandemic was not the right time to introduce changes to the rate of SSP.

14th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications have been made to the Kickstart scheme as of 14 January 2022; and of those applications how many (a) have been accepted, (b) have been refused due to suspected fraud, (c) have been refused for another reason and (d) are still awaiting a decision.

As of the 14th January 2022, the number of applications received from gateways (on behalf of employers) and directly from individual employers to the Kickstart Scheme was 65,000. Of these, 31,000 applications were approved and 32,000 were rejected. The number of approved and rejected applications do not sum to the total amount of applications received as some were withdrawn prior to a decision being made. No applications are awaiting a decision. We are unable to disclose details regarding refused applications due to suspected fraud. If cases are under investigation, releasing any information could impede that.

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)
10th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish opening dates for each of her Department's confirmed temporary job centres.

The Department has published the list of temporary Jobcentres on https://www.gov.uk/guidance/temporary-jobcentres-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic and, in the next week, opening dates will be included for those sites that have already opened. The Department will continue to update https://www.gov.uk/guidance/temporary-jobcentres-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic as more sites open. The date a site opens is dependent on a number of factors including, but not limited to, lease signing dates, planning approvals and completion of the building work required.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
16th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to respond to the letter of 19 October 2021, reference DL10799, from the hon Member for Glasgow East.

A reply was sent to the hon. Member on 22 December 2021.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
14th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an assessment of the effects on benefit claimants of her Departments decision not to publish entitled The Uses of Health and Disability Benefits, commissioned by her Department from the National Centre for Social Research.

My Department is currently considering a range of policy options, and it is right to protect the private space within which Ministers and their policy advisers can develop policies without the risk of premature disclosure.

The Publication Protocol for Government Social Research provides guidance on the publication of social research, but it is important that Ministers consider research and its publication on a case by case basis and in the best interests of Government policy formation.

14th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the report entitled The Uses of Health and Disability Benefits, commissioned by her Department from the National Centre for Social Research, whether copies of the report were made available to the 120 disabled claimants who participated in that research.

My Department is currently considering a range of policy options, and it is right to protect the private space within which Ministers and their policy advisers can develop policies without the risk of premature disclosure.

The Publication Protocol for Government Social Research provides guidance on the publication of social research, but it is important that Ministers consider research and its publication on a case by case basis and in the best interests of Government policy formation.

14th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the report entitled The Uses of Health and Disability Benefits commissioned by his Department from the National Centre for Social Research, what assessment she has made of the compatibility of the decision not to publish that report with the 2015 Government Social Research: Publication protocol.

My Department is currently considering a range of policy options, and it is right to protect the private space within which Ministers and their policy advisers can develop policies without the risk of premature disclosure.

The Publication Protocol for Government Social Research provides guidance on the publication of social research, but it is important that Ministers consider research and its publication on a case by case basis and in the best interests of Government policy formation.

14th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish the report entitled The Uses of Health and Disability Benefits commissioned by her Department from the National Centre for Social Research.

My Department is currently considering a range of policy options, and it is right to protect the private space within which Ministers and their policy advisers can develop policies without the risk of premature disclosure.

The Publication Protocol for Government Social Research provides guidance on the publication of social research, but it is important that Ministers consider research and its publication on a case by case basis and in the best interests of Government policy formation.

8th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the findings of the report entitled The Uses of Health and Disability Benefits, commissioned by her Department from the National Centre for Social Research.

The Government considers a broad range of analysis and evidence to support the formation of all its policy.

16th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking along with the Ministry of Defence to improve the (a) application process for and (b) time taken to determine war pensions.

DWP has no responsibility for the administration of war pensions; this lies with the Ministry of Defence.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
27th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants did not receive the £20 uplift as a result of the benefit cap in (a) the UK and (b) each parliamentary constituency.

The information is not available. This is because Universal Credit is a unitary concept. Whilst there are different elements in the determination of the gross entitlement, Universal Credit is paid as one single payment. As such it is not possible to describe the benefit cap deduction as a deduction from a particular increase to an element of the Universal Credit award, such as the £20 uplift.

The benefit cap restores fairness between those receiving working age benefits and taxpayers in employment and encourages people to move into work, where possible.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what tasks the Departmental Ministerial Disability Champions are undertaking in helping to deliver the national disability strategy.

The first Ministerial Disability Champions were appointed in summer 2020, at the request of the Prime Minister, to drive the development and delivery of the National Disability Strategy.

Their role, as set out on GOV.UK, includes championing disabled people and driving the delivery of the National Disability Strategy in their respective departments. All champions contributed a statement of intent, and a specific range of commitments published in the Strategy.

The Strategy committed to publishing an annual report in summer 2022, which will detail the progress made against the commitments. The Ministerial Disability Champions will have direct input into the annual report.

An updated list of Departmental Ministerial Disability Champions will be published on GOV.UK in due course. The next ministerial champions meeting is due to happen this month.

15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how the Departmental Ministerial Disability Champions' effectiveness will be assessed.

The first Ministerial Disability Champions were appointed in summer 2020, at the request of the Prime Minister, to drive the development and delivery of the National Disability Strategy.

Their role, as set out on GOV.UK, includes championing disabled people and driving the delivery of the National Disability Strategy in their respective departments. All champions contributed a statement of intent, and a specific range of commitments published in the Strategy.

The Strategy committed to publishing an annual report in summer 2022, which will detail the progress made against the commitments. The Ministerial Disability Champions will have direct input into the annual report.

An updated list of Departmental Ministerial Disability Champions will be published on GOV.UK in due course. The next ministerial champions meeting is due to happen this month.

15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many job centres have been closed due to occurrences of covid-19 infections since the outset of the covid-19 outbreak.

There have been 23 Jobcentres that were fully closed using a circuit break between the beginning of the pandemic and Sept 30 2021 as a result of possible direct workplace transmission. Circuit breaks are tight restrictions and/or closures designed to stop the spread and bring the number of cases down. The Department has prioritised the safety of our workforce and claimants throughout the pandemic.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
21st Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 16 September 2021 to Question 48341 on Employment Schemes, what the evidential basis is for the assertion that work coaches are helping people already in work into better paid work.

Universal Credit is based on a strong system of support and an agreed relationship where both sides endeavour to do the best they can to achieve positive work outcomes and prevent a slide into welfare dependency. Our evidence shows that Work Coach support is effective at reducing the amount of time claimants spend on benefit and that Work Coaches can help working claimants overcome barriers to taking on more or better work.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Written Statement of 20 September 2021, Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Update, HCWS294, whether her Department plans to review the PIP claims of deceased claimants as part of the Administrative Exercise; and whether posthumous backdated payments will be made to the family of claimants where it has been found that more support should have been given.

As part of this exercise we are prioritising cases of terminally ill claimants. The remainder of cases will be reviewed in chronological order, starting with the earliest cases first. I can also confirm it is the Department’s policy to review cases where the claimant is now deceased to ensure that their next of kin receive payments.

20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Written Statement of 20 September 2021, Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Update, HCWS294, how her Department plans to prioritise PIP claims for review as part of the Administrative Exercise.

As part of this exercise we are prioritising cases of terminally ill claimants. The remainder of cases will be reviewed in chronological order, starting with the earliest cases first. I can also confirm it is the Department’s policy to review cases where the claimant is now deceased to ensure that their next of kin receive payments.

20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Written Statement of 20 September 2021, Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Update, HCWS294, what additional support her Department plans to provide to those who request it and whose PIP claim is awaiting review as part of the Administrative Exercise.

We are committed to ensuring that claimants receive the PIP support they are entitled to. The Department is contacting claimants who may be affected and we may ask for further information about the help they needed. We want to ensure we have all the relevant evidence when making a decision and get the right outcome for claimants when reviewing their claim, as part of the administrative exercise.

We recognise that the Department comes into contact with some claimants who are potentially very vulnerable. That is why claimants with a severe mental health or behavioural condition, learning disability, developmental disorder or cognitive problems, who may have difficulty engaging with the process, and with no support network in place, can be provided with additional support during the process if they need it.

This support can include arranging to speak to a representative, carer or other support worker at a convenient time and allowing additional time to provide further information. Where we identify there may be an impact on health, safety and wellbeing of an individual when they receive an arrears payment as part of the exercise, we will work with claimants to understand their needs and seek to help them in identifying and accessing the help that they require.

20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her Written Statement of 20 September 2021, Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Update, how many individual PIP claims will be reviewed over the course of the Administrative Exercise.

We currently estimate between 320,000 and 340,000 claimants will need their claims to be reviewed as a result of the MM judgment. Early estimates are subject to uncertainty and we will be refining this estimate as the exercise progresses. The exercise includes claims that were in payment on 6 April 2016 (the date of the original Upper Tribunal decision) as well as claims where DWP made a decision on or after 6 April 2016, including some claims where we did not award PIP. Where these claimants have made more than one claim for PIP each claim will need to be reviewed. The Department published updated guidance implementing the judgment from 17 September 2020, so new PIP decisions from that date already reflect the judgment and will not be reviewed as part of the exercise.

We are not planning to invite claimants for an assessment. However, we may contact them for more information, so that we can make a decision on their claim. We will write to all claimants whose claim(s) we review. Claimants entitled to more PIP following a review will have their award increased and will receive backdated payments.

It is too early for us to give a date by which we expect to have completed all the reviews.

20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her Written Statement of 20 September 2021, Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Update, if she will publish further detail on (a) the work involved in the Administrative Exercise including the different stages of work to be carried out and (b) the date on which she expects the Administrative Exercise to be completed.

We currently estimate between 320,000 and 340,000 claimants will need their claims to be reviewed as a result of the MM judgment. Early estimates are subject to uncertainty and we will be refining this estimate as the exercise progresses. The exercise includes claims that were in payment on 6 April 2016 (the date of the original Upper Tribunal decision) as well as claims where DWP made a decision on or after 6 April 2016, including some claims where we did not award PIP. Where these claimants have made more than one claim for PIP each claim will need to be reviewed. The Department published updated guidance implementing the judgment from 17 September 2020, so new PIP decisions from that date already reflect the judgment and will not be reviewed as part of the exercise.

We are not planning to invite claimants for an assessment. However, we may contact them for more information, so that we can make a decision on their claim. We will write to all claimants whose claim(s) we review. Claimants entitled to more PIP following a review will have their award increased and will receive backdated payments.

It is too early for us to give a date by which we expect to have completed all the reviews.

20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the National Disability Strategy published in July 2021, what recent assessment she has made of the progress of the pilots for the Access to Work Adjustments Passport.

The Adjustment Passport pilots have recently commenced with Contractors and Freelancers and are due to go live with young disabled people leaving University and Veterans leaving the Armed Forces at the end of October 2021. The pilots will enable us to gain an understanding of whether the passport reduces the need for assessments where the customer’s needs remain the same, and if it empowers the passport holder to have conversations with future employers about adjustments. Following an evaluation, if the pilots prove successful, the passport will be made available to support all people with disabilities and health conditions providing a transferable record of adjustments and reduce the need for unnecessary assessments.

20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the National Disability Strategy published in July 2021, what steps she is taking to increase the awareness of Access to Work among disabled employees.

We are taking a range of steps to continue to raise awareness of Access to Work among people with a disability or long-term health condition.

We regularly promote the scheme through the Department’s social media channels, signposting people to the Access to Work pages on the JobHelp website and on gov.uk.

We are also ensuring advisers who work with potential customers, including Jobcentre Plus, health professionals and advisory groups, have the information and tools to act as advocates for the scheme.

In addition, we are continuing to work with stakeholders, partners and employer associations to raise awareness of Access to Work through communications to their customers, and we have produced a communications toolkit to help them raise awareness.

We are continuing to promote Access to Work to employers as part of the Disability Confident scheme.

20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress her Department has made on its plans to set up an Extra Costs Taskforce.

I refer the honourable member to the response to PQ UIN 42013 [https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-questions/detail/2021-09-03/42013].

20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when her Department plans to launch a consultation on workforce reporting on disability for large employers.

I refer the honourable member to the response to PQ UIN 43124 [https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-questions/detail/2021-09-06/43124].

14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she last received correspondence from the Canadian Government on a reciprocal social security agreement; and if she will place a copy of that correspondence in the Library.

The Government last received correspondence from the Canadian Government in November 2020.

The Department does not routinely place its correspondence with foreign Government officials in the Library. However, the Department responded to Canadian officials explaining the Government’s longstanding policy position.

Departmental Ministers have not met Canadian Ministers to discuss the issue of frozen pensions and there are no plans for such a meeting.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she plans to meet Deb Schulte, member of the Canadian Parliament, to discuss frozen pensions.

The Government last received correspondence from the Canadian Government in November 2020.

The Department does not routinely place its correspondence with foreign Government officials in the Library. However, the Department responded to Canadian officials explaining the Government’s longstanding policy position.

Departmental Ministers have not met Canadian Ministers to discuss the issue of frozen pensions and there are no plans for such a meeting.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she has recently received a request from the Canadian Government to discuss frozen pensions.

The Government last received correspondence from the Canadian Government in November 2020.

The Department does not routinely place its correspondence with foreign Government officials in the Library. However, the Department responded to Canadian officials explaining the Government’s longstanding policy position.

Departmental Ministers have not met Canadian Ministers to discuss the issue of frozen pensions and there are no plans for such a meeting.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she plans to meet with representatives of the Canadian Government to discuss frozen pensions.

The Government last received correspondence from the Canadian Government in November 2020.

The Department does not routinely place its correspondence with foreign Government officials in the Library. However, the Department responded to Canadian officials explaining the Government’s longstanding policy position.

Departmental Ministers have not met Canadian Ministers to discuss the issue of frozen pensions and there are no plans for such a meeting.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she or Ministers in her Department have met with representatives of the Canadian Government to discuss frozen pensions.

The Government last received correspondence from the Canadian Government in November 2020.

The Department does not routinely place its correspondence with foreign Government officials in the Library. However, the Department responded to Canadian officials explaining the Government’s longstanding policy position.

Departmental Ministers have not met Canadian Ministers to discuss the issue of frozen pensions and there are no plans for such a meeting.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons had only 69,000 young people begun jobs under the Kickstart scheme as of 31 July 2021 compared with the target of 250,000 taking job under that scheme.

Since Kickstart jobs commenced in November, we are pleased that by 8 September 2021 over 69,000 young people had started in jobs created by the scheme. There was an average of 2,800 more starting each week between 18/08/2021 and 08/09/2021. We are confident that we will can continue to fill tens of thousands over the coming months. Employers across Great Britain have provided thousands of roles so that young people can choose a job that is right for them. There are also jobs opening up for young people in the wider economy as it recovers from the global pandemic, between August 2020 and August 2021 there was a 381,000 increase in pay rolled employees under 25 years old.

A Kickstart job can start at any time over the lifetime of the scheme and some employers choose to delay the commencement of roles for a variety of reasons. Our data indicates that between the 27/07/2021 and 08/09/2021 the average time between receipt of an application by DWP to confirmation of its approval was 14 days. Within the same period the average time between receipt of an application and the job being made available for young people to apply for was 43 days. A significant portion of this time includes engagement with employers to return grant funding agreements and job description templates promptly so that applications can be progressed.

We are ensuring as many eligible young people as need it get a chance to experience the Kickstart Scheme. We are promoting vacancies on various platforms, including social media and using initiatives such as Kickstart Quickstart to match young people to jobs in some cases on the same day they are referred to the scheme. In addition, Jobcentres are inviting Kickstart employers into their centres to job match Kickstart opportunities with young people.

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)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons had only 69,000 young people started a Kickstart scheme job out of the 188,000 job placements available under that scheme as of July 2021.

Since Kickstart jobs commenced in November, we are pleased that by 8 September 2021 over 69,000 young people had started in jobs created by the scheme. There was an average of 2,800 more starting each week between 18/08/2021 and 08/09/2021. We are confident that we will can continue to fill tens of thousands over the coming months. Employers across Great Britain have provided thousands of roles so that young people can choose a job that is right for them. There are also jobs opening up for young people in the wider economy as it recovers from the global pandemic, between August 2020 and August 2021 there was a 381,000 increase in pay rolled employees under 25 years old.

A Kickstart job can start at any time over the lifetime of the scheme and some employers choose to delay the commencement of roles for a variety of reasons. Our data indicates that between the 27/07/2021 and 08/09/2021 the average time between receipt of an application by DWP to confirmation of its approval was 14 days. Within the same period the average time between receipt of an application and the job being made available for young people to apply for was 43 days. A significant portion of this time includes engagement with employers to return grant funding agreements and job description templates promptly so that applications can be progressed.

We are ensuring as many eligible young people as need it get a chance to experience the Kickstart Scheme. We are promoting vacancies on various platforms, including social media and using initiatives such as Kickstart Quickstart to match young people to jobs in some cases on the same day they are referred to the scheme. In addition, Jobcentres are inviting Kickstart employers into their centres to job match Kickstart opportunities with young people.

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)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to publish an evaluation of the effectiveness of the Kickstart scheme when its funding ends in June 2022.

The Department for Work and Pensions will be monitoring and evaluating the Kickstart scheme throughout and after its implementation, and will continue to evaluate the longer term outcomes for participants after they have completed their Kickstart job.

The evaluation will include large scale surveys to capture the views and experiences of Kickstart participants and of employers and gateway organisations. The evaluation will consider how experiences and outcomes from the scheme vary and examine how participants’ and employers’ characteristics, local context and approaches to delivery effect experiences. Qualitative case-studies will provide a detailed understanding of how different aspects of the scheme interact and we will draw on available data and insights.

We will publish the findings of the evaluation once complete.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment has she made of the effectiveness of the Kickstart scheme with 69,000 young people having started jobs under that scheme as of 31 July 2021.

The Department for Work and Pensions will be monitoring and evaluating the Kickstart scheme throughout and after its implementation, and will continue to evaluate the longer term outcomes for participants after they have completed their Kickstart job.

The evaluation will include large scale surveys to capture the views and experiences of Kickstart participants and of employers and gateway organisations. The evaluation will consider how experiences and outcomes from the scheme vary and examine how participants’ and employers’ characteristics, local context and approaches to delivery effect experiences. Qualitative case-studies will provide a detailed understanding of how different aspects of the scheme interact and we will draw on available data and insights.

We will publish the findings of the evaluation once complete.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of the 188,000 jobs made available under the Kickstart Scheme as of July 2021 were based in Scotland.

Of the 155,000 jobs that had been made available as of 21 July, 11,200 had been made available in Scotland representing approximately 7% of the total jobs made available across Great Britain at the time.

By 8 September, 188,000 jobs had been made available overall with 13,800 jobs made available in Scotland, representing approximately 7% of the total job made available across Great Britain.

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)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many young people have started Kickstart placements in each Parliamentary constituency.

We are currently not able to publish a breakdown below the regional and national level although expect to be able to do so in due course, to do so now would be at a disproportionate cost due to the amount of data that would need to be collated and quality assured.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of the 69,000 young people who had started jobs under the Kickstart Scheme as of July 2021 were based in Scotland.

Of the 50,000 jobs that had been started as of 21 July, 4,400 have been started in Scotland as of 21 July, representing approximately 9% of the total job starts across Great Britain at the time.

By 8 September, 69,000 jobs had been started overall with 6,140 jobs starting in Scotland, representing approximately 9% of the total job starts across Great Britain.


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)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much and what proportion of the £2 billion funding allocated to the Kickstart scheme has been spent on that scheme as of 14 September 2021.

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 information is normally published about a year after the financial year end and includes grant value and recipients.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
14th Sep 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 across the UK from 14 July 2021 to the date.

Please refer to the table below for a regional breakdown of the number of Kickstart vacancies and starts since 14 July 2021 until 8 September 2021*.

*Vacancies have been rounded to the nearest 100 and Starts to nearest 10

Region

Jobs Approved since 14.7.21*

Job Starts since 14.7.21*

East Midlands

1,870

1,390

East of England

2,900

1,570

London

8,500

4,780

North East

1,600

960

North West

4,100

2,900

Scotland

2,800

2,030

South East

4,000

2,380

South West

2,600

1,480

Wales

1,900

940

West Midlands

2,800

2,010

Yorkshire and The Humber

2,900

1,770

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)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of the 280,000 jobs approved for funding by the Kickstart Scheme as of 31 August 2021 were based in Scotland.

As of 31st August, there were 280,000 jobs approved for funding by the Kickstart Scheme, of which over 17,000 of these were from applications that listed the employer address as based in Scotland. This equates to 6% of the total approved jobs.

It is worth noting, we do not hold information on the location of a job at the application approval stage as this information is only confirmed once a job is available to apply for. We do however, hold information on the locations listed on original employer application form though these are not necessarily where the Kickstart job will be based and in many cases represent the head office of a particular employer and not the location the Kickstarter will be working.

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 Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her oral contribution in response to the hon. Member for Glasgow East of 13 September 2021, what guidance her Department issues to Work Coaches to help them move people who are already in work into better paid work; and if she will place in the Library a copy of that guidance.

Work Coaches receive training to support all claimants and have access to guidance, a complex needs toolkit and district provision toolkit, that provide local support for claimants who require additional and specialist support.

This guidance will be published under the latest version of National Provision and placed in the House of Commons Library early October 2021.

Any work related provision which will support the claimant is identified and can be a single activity or several activities which address problems like debt, health or basic skills.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
13th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her oral contribution in response to the hon. Member for Glasgow East of 13 September 2021, what estimate she has made of the number of people who were already in work and have moved into better paid work as a result of assistance from a Work Coach in (a) Glasgow East constituency, (b) Scotland and (c) the UK in the last three months.

No estimates have been made. We have recruited an additional 13,500 Work Coaches in our Jobcentres in the UK to help support people of all ages to find a job, retrain, or gain vital practical experience to move into better jobs from unemployment.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that people with disabilities are able to access the Kickstart scheme.

Young people on Universal Credit with a disability or health condition can access the Kickstart scheme and any reasonable adjustment they require with either a Work Coach, Youth Employability Coach or Disability Employment Adviser. If adjustments are required to enable the young person to take up a Kickstart job these are then discussed and agreed with the Kickstart employer.

If the young person does have a Work Coach assigned to them and they wish to find out more about Kickstart opportunities this can be arranged with their local Jobcentre.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 28 May 2021 to Question 6283, for what reasons her Department does not use information it holds on the number of universal credit claimants on the Kickstart scheme who have declared a disability to record data on disability for Kickstart scheme participants.

The Kickstart Scheme was launched quickly and in response to the impact of the pandemic as part of a comprehensive package of support for young people. The scheme supports eligible 16-24 year olds on Universal Credit at risk of long term unemployment, regardless of disadvantage or disability. Mechanisms that record the number of disabled young people participating were not included within the initial design of Kickstart, however disability status is recorded on the wider Universal Credit systems.

The information requested is not currently collated centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost. This is due to data being contained across multiple systems and in some cases being provided voluntarily, meaning it would require a significant level of gathering and quality assurance.

The Department of Work and Pensions plans to track the success of Kickstart amongst young people on the scheme who have a disability or health condition and will do this as part of the evaluation. The evaluation will include surveys to capture the views and experiences of Kickstart participants. It will look at their experiences within their Kickstart job and track changes in views, attitudes and employment status. We will publish the evaluation once it has been completed.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons her Department has not included statistics on disability in its publication on characteristics in relation to the Kickstart scheme.

The Kickstart Scheme was launched quickly and in response to the impact of the pandemic as part of a comprehensive package of support for young people. The scheme supports eligible 16-24 year olds on Universal Credit at risk of long term unemployment, regardless of disadvantage or disability. Mechanisms that record the number of disabled young people participating were not included within the initial design of Kickstart, however disability status is recorded on the wider Universal Credit systems.

The information requested is not currently collated centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost. This is due to data being contained across multiple systems and in some cases being provided voluntarily, meaning it would require a significant level of gathering and quality assurance.

The Department of Work and Pensions plans to track the success of Kickstart amongst young people on the scheme who have a disability or health condition and will do this as part of the evaluation. The evaluation will include surveys to capture the views and experiences of Kickstart participants. It will look at their experiences within their Kickstart job and track changes in views, attitudes and employment status. We will publish the evaluation once it has been completed.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to record the experiences of (a) disabled people and (b) other participants in the Kickstart scheme.

The Kickstart Scheme was launched quickly and in response to the impact of the pandemic as part of a comprehensive package of support for young people. The scheme supports eligible 16-24 year olds on Universal Credit at risk of long term unemployment, regardless of disadvantage or disability. Mechanisms that record the number of disabled young people participating were not included within the initial design of Kickstart, however disability status is recorded on the wider Universal Credit systems.

The information requested is not currently collated centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost. This is due to data being contained across multiple systems and in some cases being provided voluntarily, meaning it would require a significant level of gathering and quality assurance.

The Department of Work and Pensions plans to track the success of Kickstart amongst young people on the scheme who have a disability or health condition and will do this as part of the evaluation. The evaluation will include surveys to capture the views and experiences of Kickstart participants. It will look at their experiences within their Kickstart job and track changes in views, attitudes and employment status. We will publish the evaluation once it has been completed.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish her Department's monitoring of the characteristics of people who participate in the Kickstart scheme.

The Kickstart Scheme was launched quickly and in response to the impact of the pandemic as part of a comprehensive package of support for young people. The scheme supports eligible 16-24 year olds on Universal Credit at risk of long term unemployment, regardless of disadvantage or disability. Mechanisms that record the number of disabled young people participating were not included within the initial design of Kickstart, however disability status is recorded on the wider Universal Credit systems.

The information requested is not currently collated centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost. This is due to data being contained across multiple systems and in some cases being provided voluntarily, meaning it would require a significant level of gathering and quality assurance.

The Department of Work and Pensions plans to track the success of Kickstart amongst young people on the scheme who have a disability or health condition and will do this as part of the evaluation. The evaluation will include surveys to capture the views and experiences of Kickstart participants. It will look at their experiences within their Kickstart job and track changes in views, attitudes and employment status. We will publish the evaluation once it has been completed.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason the kickstart scheme was not extended to legacy benefit claimants.

Kickstart is aimed at young people on Universal Credit at risk of long term unemployment. Young people in receipt of legacy benefits may be less likely to benefit from Kickstart over other provision, as such Jobcentre Work Coaches identify those most in need of extra support and discuss with them the most appropriate path forward, this would include accessing Kickstart if they are eligible.

Kickstart is part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs and Youth Offer which allows Job Centre Plus Work Coaches to find the best route for each young person, this includes our Youth Employment Programme and dedicated Youth Employment Coaches and the Youth Hubs, which we aim to have 150 open by the end of the year. This combined offer ensures that young people looking for work have access to the support they need.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
6th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many participants in the Kickstart scheme have declared in their universal credit claim that they have an illness, disability or health condition.

I refer the honourable member to the answer given for PQ 6284.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
6th 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 region from 6 May 2021 to the most recent date for which information is available.

Between 06/05/2021 and 30/06/2021, over 39,400 new jobs were approved by the Department for Work and Pensions’ 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.

Between 03/06/2021 and 30/06/2021 an average of 500 young people started a Kickstart job each working day.

The table below shows a breakdown of the increase in starts by location between 06/05/2021 and 30/06/2021. Figures have been rounded according to departmental standards.

Location

New Starts 06/05/2021-30/06/2021

East Midlands

1,260

East of England

1,560

London

4,390

North East

950

North West

2,330

Scotland

1,790

South East

2,130

South West

1,340

Wales

1,120

West Midlands

1,740

Yorkshire and The Humber

1,490

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)
24th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to respond to the letter of 19 April 2021 from the hon. Member for Glasgow East on care leavers.

The Department has no record of receiving this correspondence, we will engage with the Hon Members office to discuss it.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
16th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many civil service jobs her Department and its agencies had located in Scotland in March 2015.

As at 31st March 2015, DWP had 10,101 employees based in Scotland.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
15th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what awareness training for autism is provided to work coaches and JobCentre Plus staff.

The Department is committed to providing the best possible support for all claimants to meet their individual circumstances.

Jobcentre staff undergo a comprehensive learning journey which includes self-paced and facilitated classroom based learning, incorporating complex needs of individuals, to equip staff when engaging with claimants on the autistic spectrum.

Supporting information is also available in Guidance which incorporates all complex needs of different vulnerable groups, together with a short bitesized learning product which was launched as part of Autism Awareness Week in April 2019. All of which is available at the point of need for each individual personal requirement.

Support is also provided by Disability Employment Advisers and Work Psychologists. Work Coaches can refer individuals to personalised provision and support, such as the Work and Health Programme (available in England and Wales) or Fair Start Scotland (devolved programme available Scotland).

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the answer of 28 April 2021 to Question 187305 on Work Capability Assessment, what assessment she has made of the effect of (a) regulation 23, (b) regulation 35(1) and (c) schedule 1 of the Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment, Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations 2013 on the determination of the commencement of award following (i) a scheduled review by her Department of that claimant's level of entitlement and (ii) completion of a new UC50 disclosing a change of circumstances by that claimant.

The provisions referred to provide for a decision to be superseded for a change of circumstances and the date from which that change takes effect. In terms of its effect on the decision which commenced the award, that of course will depend on whether it is a relevant change which does indeed affect that award. If the original award was that the claimant had Limited Capability for Work (LCW) and the change (confirmed or identified following a work capability assessment) had seen a deterioration in the same condition such that the claimant now had Limited Capability for Work and Work-Related Activity, then the award would be superseded and increased effective from the appropriate date.

8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will list the dates that she has met with the Public and Commercial Services Union since taking up her current post.

The Secretary of State has not personally held meetings with Public and Commercial Services Union. However, officials from her Department continue to meet with PCS representatives on a regular basis.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost of the rapid estates expansion programme; and how long those temporary offices are due to remain open.

For commercial reasons, the Department is unable to provide any information on the cost of the Rapid Estates Expansion Programme at this stage.

The Department cannot say how long the new sites will remain open as they are being used to temporarily supplement the existing Jobcentre network to help meet the current increase in demand for services - ensuring that there is the space to operate safely in the interests of both colleagues and customers. The short term leases provide flexibility, which will enable the Department to ‘downsize / right-size’ as the economy recovers and / or social distancing requirements are eased. If any of the new sites offer better, more suitable, accommodation than our existing offices the Department may look to retain them.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many civil service jobs her Department and its agencies had in Scotland in (a) March 2011 and (b) the most recent period for which data are available.

As at 30th April 2021, the Department had 8,841 employees based in Scotland. Figures for March 2011 are not available because the data retention policy for reporting of employee information at this level is for seven years.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases of covid-19 have been reported among staff in offices where the Indian variant of that virus is present in the community; and if she will make a statement.

The Department collates data of reported positive cases where the member of staff was last in the office in the preceding 72 hours. We do not however, have information to confirm whether any of these cases were VOC B1617.2 (the Delta variant, first identified in India).

All of our sites are COVID secure and we have extensive measures in place to protect staff and customers including social distancing and enhanced cleaning regimes.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
25th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate her Department has made of the number of work coaches who have received their (a) first dose and (b) second dose of the covid-19 vaccine.

The Department encourages and supports its staff, including Work Coaches, to get vaccinated against COVID-19. We do not, however, record the number of staff who have been vaccinated.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
13th May 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 from April 8th to the most recent date for which information is available.

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. The table below lists by region the increase in the number of jobs started on the Kickstart Scheme between the 8th of April and the 6th May. Over this period, the total number of Kickstart job placements started increased by almost 9,000, to a total of over 20,000.

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

Increase in starts between 08/04/21-06/05/21

East Midlands

460

East of England

540

London

1,900

North East

470

North West

1,140

Scotland

670

South East

1,150

South West

660

Wales

460

West Midlands

650

Yorkshire and The Humber

690

Data provided has been rounded. 1,000 non-grant funded jobs are 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)
26th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 13 April 2021 to Question 176014, on Work Capability Assessment, what constitutes appropriate with respect to making the additional Limited Capability for Work Related Activity (LCWRA) amount payable from the date of the decision maker's decision as opposed to the date of the claimant's application.

If the claimant applies for a change in their award on the grounds that they have LCWRA, the effective date of the change, that is, the date from which the decision is superseded, is the date of the application. If they move from LCW to LCWRA following a routine WCA then it will take effect from the date of decision.

19th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of (a) new style and (b) contribution-based employment and support allowance are in the assessment phase as at 19 April 2021; and how and many what proportion of those claimants are awaiting a face-to-face assessment.

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

The available statistics for ESA WCA by month of claim start (to June 2020) for initial assessment outcomes, including those still in progress, and assessment outcome by month of decision to September 2020, are published here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/esa-outcomes-of-work-capability-assessments-including-mandatory-reconsiderations-and-appeals-march-2021

We recognise that Work Capability Assessments (WCAs) have unfortunately not been completed for some contributory Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants as quickly as we would have liked due to the pressures presented by the pandemic.

The Honourable gentleman might be aware that face-to-face assessments for WCAs will resume from May across England and Scotland, and will do so in Wales from the point on their roadmap when socialising indoors is allowed. This will initially be for those who we have been unable to fully assess by other channels.

Throughout the pandemic we have continued to assess people on paper evidence as usual, using this route whenever possible. We also introduced telephone assessments in June 2020 in a phased approach, with limited outcomes in the first instance, that allowed us to build capability and improve processes. Since the beginning of February all outcomes have been available in telephone assessments, and we are now in the process of completing second telephone assessments for people who previously had a telephone assessment but no outcome. The combination of these assessment channels will enable us to ensure that claimants receive their correct benefit entitlement as quickly as possible.

If, following their assessment and the subsequent decision, an ESA claimant is entitled to a higher rate of benefit, payments are backdated where appropriate so that they do not lose out. Where an individual’s contributory ESA ends, if they require further financial support, they may be able to claim Universal Credit, depending on their personal circumstances.

19th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of (a) new style and (b) contribution-based employment and support allowance were in the assessment phase when their payments were stopped as a result of reaching the end of the 365 day time-limit since March 2020.

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

The available statistics for ESA WCA by month of claim start (to June 2020) for initial assessment outcomes, including those still in progress, and assessment outcome by month of decision to September 2020, are published here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/esa-outcomes-of-work-capability-assessments-including-mandatory-reconsiderations-and-appeals-march-2021

We recognise that Work Capability Assessments (WCAs) have unfortunately not been completed for some contributory Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants as quickly as we would have liked due to the pressures presented by the pandemic.

The Honourable gentleman might be aware that face-to-face assessments for WCAs will resume from May across England and Scotland, and will do so in Wales from the point on their roadmap when socialising indoors is allowed. This will initially be for those who we have been unable to fully assess by other channels.

Throughout the pandemic we have continued to assess people on paper evidence as usual, using this route whenever possible. We also introduced telephone assessments in June 2020 in a phased approach, with limited outcomes in the first instance, that allowed us to build capability and improve processes. Since the beginning of February all outcomes have been available in telephone assessments, and we are now in the process of completing second telephone assessments for people who previously had a telephone assessment but no outcome. The combination of these assessment channels will enable us to ensure that claimants receive their correct benefit entitlement as quickly as possible.

If, following their assessment and the subsequent decision, an ESA claimant is entitled to a higher rate of benefit, payments are backdated where appropriate so that they do not lose out. Where an individual’s contributory ESA ends, if they require further financial support, they may be able to claim Universal Credit, depending on their personal circumstances.

19th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish her Department's timetable for publishing its response to the Government's consultation, Health is everyone’s business: proposals to reduce ill health-related job loss.

The Government is considering the timing of the response in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A response will be available as soon as possible.

19th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will provide a breakdown of universal credit adverse sanction decisions by main medical condition or disability in Scotland in each financial 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)
19th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of Kickstart scheme candidates are disabled.

I refer the right honourable member to PQ 143815

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
19th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 16 March 2021 to Question 169940 on Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations, how many and what proportion claimants who had a telephone assessment with no outcome have participated in a second telephone assessment since February 2021; and how many and what proportion of those claimants have since received an outcome.

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

19th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment her Department has made of the (a) rate of universal credit sanctions on claimants who have a mental health condition and (b) effect of those sanctions on those people; and if she will publish that assessment.

No assessment has been made of the (a) rate of Universal Credit sanctions on claimants who have a mental health condition and (b) effect of those sanctions on those people.

We engage on an individual level with all of our claimants and are committed to tailoring support to their individual needs. This includes agreeing realistic and structured steps to encourage claimants into, or closer to, work, where appropriate. These conditionality requirements are regularly reviewed to ensure that they remain appropriate for the claimant. This would include tailoring to reflect any mental health issues the claimant raised.

When considering whether a sanction is appropriate, a Decision Maker will take the claimant’s individual circumstances, including any health conditions or disabilities and any evidence of good reason, into account before deciding whether a sanction is warranted.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
25th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what equality impact assessment her Department has made on its decision to award payments from the date on which a decision is made for claimants moving from the Limited Capability for Work (LCW) group to the Limited Capability for Work and Work-Related Activity (LCWRA) group.

Limited Capability for Work (LCW) and Limited Capability for Work and Work-Related Activity (LCWRA) apply both in Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Universal Credit (UC). The law in relation to the dates from which determination of LCW or LCWRA applies is set out in Regulations made in 2013 (see SI2013/381). In relation to LCWRA specifically, the law says that the date from which the additional amount for having LCWRA will become payable, will be either the date of the decision maker’s decision or the date of the claimant’s application, whichever is appropriate. Those who have, or are treated as having, LCWRA from the start of their claim, will get the additional amount from week 14 for ESA or the 4th assessment period for UC. That date is not dependent on the medical evidence received.

25th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will award claimants moving from the Limited Capability for Work (LCW) group to the Limited Capability for Work and Work-Related Activity (LCWRA) group backdated payments from the date on which new medical evidence is submitted rather than from the date on which a decision is made, in line with awards given to people placed in the LCWRA group following their first work capability assessment.

Limited Capability for Work (LCW) and Limited Capability for Work and Work-Related Activity (LCWRA) apply both in Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Universal Credit (UC). The law in relation to the dates from which determination of LCW or LCWRA applies is set out in Regulations made in 2013 (see SI2013/381). In relation to LCWRA specifically, the law says that the date from which the additional amount for having LCWRA will become payable, will be either the date of the decision maker’s decision or the date of the claimant’s application, whichever is appropriate. Those who have, or are treated as having, LCWRA from the start of their claim, will get the additional amount from week 14 for ESA or the 4th assessment period for UC. That date is not dependent on the medical evidence received.

25th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants moved from the Limited Capability for Work group to the Limited Capability for Work and Work-Related Activity group in 2020 following a reassessment triggered by the submission of new medical evidence.

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

25th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what mental health training has been put in place for work coaches in job centres.

There are three mental health training products available for Work Coaches in job centres.

Since August 2018 mental health training has been included in the fundamental learning journey which is available to all new staff or those new to the role. This product is designed to improve learners’ understanding of mental ill health and states where to find further information regarding mental health for themselves and the customer.

During their initial technical learning, Work Coaches complete training in two sessions as part of their complex needs learning. In the first session Work Coaches cover a range of complex needs and the routes to take to support customers and themselves. They discuss what signs may alert them to a customer struggling with their mental health and how they can support them. In the second session Work Coaches consolidate what they learned in the first session by considering an example, recapping on the support they would offer to customers who have mental health issues.

There is further mental health training that has been specifically designed for Work Coaches which ideally takes place at around week 26 of their learning journey. In this learning, the Work Coaches explore their impact on customers, the steps needed to build relationships and learn how to respond appropriately to unexpected customer behaviour. This learning includes the opportunity for the Work Coach to practice the skills they have learned during the training.

The rollout of this specific Work Coach mental health learning began in November 2017 and was completed for existing work coaches in March 2018. In 2020, DWP paused this specific mental health training to divert resources to learning related to covid-19 impacts. Our ambition is to re start this training in 2021/22.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support is available to universal credit applicants whose first language is not English.

Universal Credit is designed to be a 'digital-first' service, ensuring we make best use of technology to deliver a modern and effective working-age welfare system, allowing our staff to concentrate on those people who require additional support. Although the Department offers comprehensive support for claimants to use our digital service, there will be occasions when people are unable to make their claim online, so telephone applications are accepted.

Foreign Language interpreting help is available, in writing and by telephone, to assist claimants who may require additional support. Claimants can also access free telephony and web support through the Citizen's Advice Help to Claim service.

9th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what written communications her Department has had with claimants of universal credit advising those claimants that the £20 uplift to that benefit is a temporary measure during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government’s economic response to the COVID-19 outbreak has been widely reported on and the Department has worked through external media channels to ensure we informed the largest possible audience as welfare-related decisions were made.

DWP benefit and pension rates for 2021 to 2022 are published on GOV.UK at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/benefit-and-pension-rates-2021-to-2022 And, following the necessary legislation being laid, to reflect the decision announced in the Budget to extend the temporary uplift in the Standard Allowance for a further six months, this will be updated.

Additionally, at the end of each monthly assessment period, all Universal Credit claimants have access to a statement which includes information surrounding the rate of Standard Allowance awarded.

4th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the real terms cut to Local Housing Allowance rates in 2021-22 on levels of (a) poverty and (b) homelessness; and if she will publish that assessment.

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates were increased in April 2020 to the 30th percentile of local rents costing almost £1 billion providing 1.5 million claimants with around £600 more housing support per year than they would otherwise have received. For 2021/22 LHA rates are to be maintained at their increased level, ensuring all claimants who benefited from the significant increase last year will continue to do so.

In addition, as announced on 3 March, we will be extending the exemption for care leavers and former residents of homeless hostels to all qualifying under 25 year olds from June 2021. This will bring forward the planned implementation of these previously announced changed by over 2 years.

For those who require additional support with housing costs Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) are available. Since 2011 we have provided over £1 billion in DHP funding.

4th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the potential effect of Budget 2021 on levels of (a) poverty and (b) household debt; and if she will publish that assessment.

No such assessment has been made.

This Government champions the principle of work as the best route out of poverty and towards financial independence. Our approach is based on clear evidence about the importance of employment, particularly where it is full-time, in substantially reducing the risk of poverty and is underpinned by our Plan for Jobs which will support economic recovery through new schemes including the Kickstart Scheme, the Restart Scheme and our Job Entry Targeted Support Scheme. We are also on track to fulfil our commitment to recruit 13,500 Work Coaches this financial year. Through our Jobcentre network, these Work Coaches will provide our claimants with the tailored support they need to move into work.

25th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2021 to Question 155335 on Jobcentres, when she plans to publish details on gov.uk of the temporary Jobcentre site in Southend which was reported to have been confirmed in writing by her Department to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend East.

Information and updates on temporary Jobcentres is currently being developed for GOV.UK, with plans to publish later in March. It should be noted however that, due to commercial sensitivities, information about any temporary Jobcentre can only be published once a lease is signed.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
24th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the implications of her policies of the findings of Citizens Advice Scotland, published in February 2021, that the value of standard allowance of universal credit without the £20 uplift is less in real terms than in 2013.

No such assessment has been carried out.

There is no objective way of deciding what an adequate level of benefit should be as everyone has different requirements. Income related benefit rates are not made up of separate amounts for specific items of expenditure such as food or fuel charges.

The Government is committed to helping people with the cost of living and providing a safety net for those that need it. We have injected billions into the welfare system for those most in need, including increases to the Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit standard allowances of up to £1040 this financial year, and uplifts to the Local Housing Allowance rates to cover the lowest 30% of market rents. The Covid Winter Grant Scheme builds on that support with an additional £170m for local authorities in England, to support families with children and other vulnerable people, with the cost of food and essential utilities this winter.

24th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, (what recent assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of universal credit payment rates; and whether her Department undertakes regular analysis to help ensure universal credit payment rates are set at levels that meet the basic needs of recipients.

No such assessment has been carried out.

There is no objective way of deciding what an adequate level of benefit should be as everyone has different requirements. Income related benefit rates are not made up of separate amounts for specific items of expenditure such as food or fuel charges.

The Government is committed to helping people with the cost of living and providing a safety net for those that need it. We have injected billions into the welfare system for those most in need, including increases to the Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit standard allowances of up to £1040 this financial year, and uplifts to the Local Housing Allowance rates to cover the lowest 30% of market rents. The Covid Winter Grant Scheme builds on that support with an additional £170m for local authorities in England, to support families with children and other vulnerable people, with the cost of food and essential utilities this winter.

24th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the recommendations of the Social Security Advisory Committee's Occasional Paper 23 on the use of public funds in supporting the mobility needs of disabled people, published on 17 November 2020.

The Department welcomed the report by the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) and engaged openly with SSAC throughout the process. The Department is committed to ensuring that disabled people get the right support and will use the upcoming Health and Disability Green paper to further explore this area. SSAC’s Occasional Paper 23 made recommendations to the Department which included collaboration with colleagues in other government departments, and after some initial engagement giving consideration to the recommendations, the Department is currently in the process of formulating a formal response to SSAC.

19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in which locations her Department (a) has opened, (b) plans to open, (c) is considering opening a temporary job centre in 2021.

DWP is exploring potential options to take premises, on a temporary basis, predominantly in large metropolitan areas where we expect to see increased demand for the Department’s services. The Department has opened three temporary Jobcentre sites to date in Oldham, Ashton-under-Lyne and Crawley.

DWP is currently negotiating leases for a significant number of retail and office properties, in major centres, that meet the planning requirements for a jobcentre, with public access, good transport links and accessibility for both colleagues and customers. Location plans cannot be confirmed until commercial negotiations for each site conclude, however as leases are signed we will write to local MPs and provide the details of all sites on GOV.uk.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many prosecutions have been pursued by the Health and Safety Executive relating to outbreaks of covid-19 in occupational settings; and if she will make a statement.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) takes COVID-19 safety at work very seriously and is playing a critical role in the national response to the pandemic. The Government has provided additional funding of £14 million to HSE to strengthen its capacity to tackle COVID-19.

Since the start of the pandemic, HSE has carried out over 127,000 Covid-19 spot checks, responded to over 19,000 workplace COVID-19 concerns and 569 outbreaks. Spot checks have been specifically targeted in those industries where workers are most likely to be vulnerable to transmission risks. HSE’s experience is that more than 90% of businesses checked have either the correct precautions in place or are willing to make necessary changes promptly and without the need for formal enforcement action.

No prosecutions have yet been initiated for COVID-19 related breaches, though HSE will not hesitate to take such action, in accordance with our published Enforcement Policy Statement and the Code for Crown Prosecutors, where this is warranted.

Note: Figures extracted from HSE’s live operational database on 23rd February 2021 and are liable to change, e.g. as it may take up to ten working days for data to be uploaded onto the system.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefits claimants receive their payments into a Post Office card account.

This is a question more appropriately directed to the Post Office.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the affordability of childcare for universal credit claimants since the judgment made on 22 January 2021 in R (Salvato) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2021] EWHC 102; and if she will make a statement.

UC childcare is a generous offer - eligible claimants can claim up to 85% of their registered childcare costs each month compared to 70% in legacy benefits.

DWP’s internal analysis indicates that less than 5% of families/claimants hit the childcare costs cap of £646.35 for one child and £1108.04 for two children.

The Department has been granted permission to appeal. It is therefore not appropriate to comment at this time.

The policy of reimbursing actual childcare costs paid has, as intended, resulted in a significantly lower level of fraud and error than in the legacy system, which was based on projected costs.

11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish statistics on the (a) value of childcare element received by households claiming universal credit and (b) proportion of registered childcare costs that parents have claimed back from her Department.

There are currently no plans to publish these statistics.

11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what equality impact assessment she has made of the (a) eligibility criteria for and (b) length of the benefit cap grace period during the covid-19 pandemic.

Ministers continue to fulfil the requirements of the Public Sector Equality Duty and to monitor the current situation as it develops.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the answer of 1 May 2020 to Question 37734 on Flexible Support Fund, when her Department plans to publish a breakdown of Flexible Support Fund spend on upfront childcare costs.

We have submitted a breakdown of spend to the WPSC for 2019/20 as agreed. This covers spend by geographic area and includes overall spend on childcare. This information will be published on the WPSC correspondence page on Parliament UK in due course

https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/164/work-and-pensions-committee/publications/3/correspondence/

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the economic effect of the benefit cap on people supported by the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Universal Credit households are exempt from the benefit cap if they have monthly earnings of at least £604, which can include earnings from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. In addition, claimants with a sustained work record may be entitled to a nine-month grace period where their benefits are not capped.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much expenditure was allocated from the Flexible Support Fund in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK on (i) childcare and (ii) other categories of activity in (A) 2019-20 and (b) 2020-21.

The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is in the table below.

Flexible Support Fund – Budget allocations (£m)

2019/20

Scotland

3.4

Total

37.8

The total figure shown is the allocation for England, Scotland & Wales.

Source : Hyperion

Numbers are rounded to the nearest £0.1m

Eligibility criteria is the same in all areas however Fair Start Scotland, Scottish Governments employability programme, may impact on expenditure. There are also other competing programmes with significant investment in Scotland which may impact on expenditure, as customers would not be eligible for FSF whilst participating on other programmes.

Flexible Support Fund – Expenditure breakdown (£’000)

Category

2019/20

Partnerships

(15)

Removing Barriers

1,517

Training

1,279

Childcare *

60

Other

55

Total

2,896

Source: Hyperion

Numbers are rounded to the nearest thousand.

Negative numbers are in () and may reflect accounting adjustments.

* Childcare is only reported as a separate category from October 2019. Childcare expenditure between April 19 – September 19 cannot be separately identified and is reported within the Removing Barriers category.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she plans to reopen Jobcentre Plus offices in Easterhouse and Parkhead in Glasgow East constituency in response to rising unemployment as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

The Easterhouse and Parkhead offices were closed in 2017/18 as part of the department’s major transformation of its estate. It no longer leases either site.

DWP is currently evaluating the estates capacity needed to respond to the economic consequences of the pandemic, this is being done in line with recruitment, which is already underway. The response will take account of local demand, available accommodation and Jobcentre operating model changes. Further details will be provided to Parliament when our plans have been finalised.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff at each (a) grade and (b) job title are employed at Shettleston Jobcentre in Glasgow East constituency.

There are 69 full time equivalent (FTE) staff employed at Shettleston Jobcentre. The details are:

Job title and grade

FTE

Customer Service Leader (SEO)

1

Work Coach Team Leader/Jobcentre Customer Service Managers (HEO)

5

Work Coaches (EO)

52

Assistant Service Delivery Coaches (AO)

11

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to respond to the letter of 31 March 2020 from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL5255.

I replied to the hon. Member on 11 June 2020.

20th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when her Department plans to review the wording of system-generated letters to universal credit claimants.

The Department has recently experienced a large increase in Universal Credit claims as a result of COVID-19 outbreak and our priority is to ensure benefit payments are made on time to provide financial support.

We recognise our claimants have a diverse range of circumstances and requirements, so our system-generated letters are designed to be clear and easy to understand. They can be supplied in alternative formats, such as large print or Braille, which are best suited to an individual's circumstances where required. Contact details are provided in each letter issued, allowing questions and/or queries to be directed to the right team or person within the Department. This is in addition to the online messaging function within the Universal Credit journal.

The Department maintains a range of standardised Universal Credit letters to ensure claimants notifications are consistently and efficiently delivered. We regularly review our communication products and are always seeking to improve how we engage with our claimants.

14th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to exempt all care leavers from the shared accommodation rate for housing benefit; and if he will make a statement.

Care leavers up to the age of 22 are exempt from the Local Housing Allowance shared accommodation rate in the Private Rented Sector. There are no current plans to extend this exemption to all care leavers.

For individuals who may require more support and whose circumstances may make it difficult for them to share accommodation, Discretionary Housing Payments are available.

19th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she has visited a food bank since her appointment.

The Secretary of State has visited a food bank since her appointment.

19th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government has taken to improve digital access for jobcentre customers in areas previously served by Parkhead Jobcentre.

Customers previously served by Easterhouse and Parkhead Jobcentres are now served by Shettleston Jobcentre. A number of activities have been undertaken in Shettleston Jobcentre to improve digital access for customers including:

  • Weekly sessions in the office’s “Digi Suite” to provide help with job searching using smartphones and tablets.
  • On-going customer sessions on digitally compiling a CV.
  • On-going customer sessions on managing their Universal Credit account.
  • Daily Drop in sessions to help customers upload medical certificates.
  • Customer sessions providing support for customers applying for on-line vacancies I.E. HMRC, Royal Mail and Community Jobs Scotland vacancies.
  • Daily full-time digital support provided for customers with Universal Credit access problems I.E. lost log in details, navigating their account, how to use of journal message etc.
  • 15 customer access computers available for drop in use.
  • 8 computers in the “Digi Suite” are available for group sessions.

In addition, Shettleston Jobcentre has a number of partners located within the office to provide supplementary support to customers. This includes:

  • Citizens Advice located in jobcentre for “Help to Claim “.
  • Jobs and Business Glasgow provide additional support with CV’s, job searching, online support and confidence building.
  • Momentum provide support with CV’s, Job searching, online support and confidence building.

All MPs are encouraged to visit and engage with their local Jobcentres and the Service Leaders to keep up to date with innovations.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
19th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government has taken to improve digital access for jobcentre customers in areas previously served by Easterhouse Jobcentre.

Customers previously served by Easterhouse and Parkhead Jobcentres are now served by Shettleston Jobcentre. A number of activities have been undertaken in Shettleston Jobcentre to improve digital access for customers including:

  • Weekly sessions in the office’s “Digi Suite” to provide help with job searching using smartphones and tablets.
  • On-going customer sessions on digitally compiling a CV.
  • On-going customer sessions on managing their Universal Credit account.
  • Daily Drop in sessions to help customers upload medical certificates.
  • Customer sessions providing support for customers applying for on-line vacancies I.E. HMRC, Royal Mail and Community Jobs Scotland vacancies.
  • Daily full-time digital support provided for customers with Universal Credit access problems I.E. lost log in details, navigating their account, how to use of journal message etc.
  • 15 customer access computers available for drop in use.
  • 8 computers in the “Digi Suite” are available for group sessions.

In addition, Shettleston Jobcentre has a number of partners located within the office to provide supplementary support to customers. This includes:

  • Citizens Advice located in jobcentre for “Help to Claim “.
  • Jobs and Business Glasgow provide additional support with CV’s, job searching, online support and confidence building.
  • Momentum provide support with CV’s, Job searching, online support and confidence building.

All MPs are encouraged to visit and engage with their local Jobcentres and the Service Leaders to keep up to date with innovations.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
19th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect on jobcentre users of the closure of Parkhead Jobcentre.

Customers previously served by Easterhouse and Parkhead Jobcentres are now served by Shettleston Jobcentre.

Our DWP estate announcement on 5 July 2017 confirmed that some smaller Jobcentres would merge with larger ones, and others would be co-located in local government premises. Merging our staff and services from some smaller or underutilised jobcentres, into larger Jobcentres nearby, makes better use of space and reduces costs to the taxpayer while still maintaining the same excellent level of customer service.

We are committed to retaining a Jobcentre Plus network and continuing to serve throughout GB to make sure they can continue to access the Jobcentre Plus services they need.

When closing or merging a Jobcentre, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) undertake an equality analysis as part of the detailed planning for service reconfiguration. This will include feedback from public consultation in those locations where this applied.

As part of the pre closure consultation work MPs and MSPs were invited to attend meetings with the local Service Leader as part of the consultation exercise to allow them to present constituent concerns; links were established with the hospital and Local Housing Associations to raise awareness of the closures; Customer Surveys were carried out to gather insight and to address any concerns; DWP staff attended meetings at the local Citizens Advice Scotland with key stakeholders, including providers and landlords, with a view to communicating the change.

In addition, to this stakeholder events were held giving all our stakeholders the opportunity to feed in concerns.

Outreach work continues in Easterhouse at Greater Easterhouse and John Wheatly College Supporting Hands. Employer Advisers attend to weekly to provide updates on local vacancies and to help customers who wish to apply for these.

In Parkhead, we have set up a partnership with Cranhill Development Trust who attend Shettleston Jobcentre staff meetings and our staff also attend their meetings. This is a continual exchange of information on jobs and benefits to ensure the local community in Parkhead is supported.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
19th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect on jobcentre users of the closure of Easterhouse Jobcentre.

Customers previously served by Easterhouse and Parkhead Jobcentres are now served by Shettleston Jobcentre.

Our DWP estate announcement on 5 July 2017 confirmed that some smaller Jobcentres would merge with larger ones, and others would be co-located in local government premises. Merging our staff and services from some smaller or underutilised jobcentres, into larger Jobcentres nearby, makes better use of space and reduces costs to the taxpayer while still maintaining the same excellent level of customer service.

We are committed to retaining a Jobcentre Plus network and continuing to serve throughout GB to make sure they can continue to access the Jobcentre Plus services they need.

When closing or merging a Jobcentre, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) undertake an equality analysis as part of the detailed planning for service reconfiguration. This will include feedback from public consultation in those locations where this applied.

As part of the pre closure consultation work MPs and MSPs were invited to attend meetings with the local Service Leader as part of the consultation exercise to allow them to present constituent concerns; links were established with the hospital and Local Housing Associations to raise awareness of the closures; Customer Surveys were carried out to gather insight and to address any concerns; DWP staff attended meetings at the local Citizens Advice Scotland with key stakeholders, including providers and landlords, with a view to communicating the change.

In addition, to this stakeholder events were held giving all our stakeholders the opportunity to feed in concerns.

Outreach work continues in Easterhouse at Greater Easterhouse and John Wheatly College Supporting Hands. Employer Advisers attend to weekly to provide updates on local vacancies and to help customers who wish to apply for these.

In Parkhead, we have set up a partnership with Cranhill Development Trust who attend Shettleston Jobcentre staff meetings and our staff also attend their meetings. This is a continual exchange of information on jobs and benefits to ensure the local community in Parkhead is supported.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
19th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of people who have been signposted to a food bank by staff at Shettleston Jobcentre in the last 12 months.

Under long-standing national guidance issued to all Jobcentres, staff can signpost benefit claimants to a local food back provided all sources of formal support have been considered. Although staff are not required to keep records of the number of signposting slips issued, they may set up a process for recording the issue of signposting slips for authentication purposes only, if the local food banks asks them to do so. Staff can make local arrangements to reflect any specific restrictions set by their food bank around the use of their services; however, any decision to award a food parcel is a matter for the food bank alone.

The staff in Shettleston Jobcentre continue to work closely with local food bank managers to ensure vulnerable people get the support they need.

27th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the National Patient Safety Alert entitled Shortage of methylphenidate prolonged-release capsules and tablets, lisdexamfetamine capsules, and guanfacine prolonged-release tablets, issued on 27 September 2023, alert reference NatPSA/2023/011/DHSC, what progress she has made on tackling supply disruptions affecting Xaggitin XL 18 and 36 mg prolonged-release tablets.

We are aware of disruptions to the supply of medicines used for the management of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), primarily driven by issues which have resulted in capacity constraints at key manufacturing sites.

The National Patient Safety Alert to the National Health Service advises healthcare professionals on the management of patients during this time. We have well-established processes for managing and mitigating medicine supply issues, which involve working with the pharmaceutical industry, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, NHS England, the devolved governments and others operating in the supply chain to help ensure patients have access to the treatments they need.

The Department has been working closely with the respective manufacturers and some issues have now been resolved. However, we know that there continue to be disruptions to the supply of some other medicines, including Xaggitin XL 18 and 36 milligrams, which are expected to resolve in early 2024.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
25th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the availability and supply of Canesten HC cream.

The Department is aware of a supply issue with Canesten HC cream. The manufacturer has advised that stock should be available from wholesalers in mid June. Alternative treatments remain available and patients should talk to their clinician to discuss treatment options.

16th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department uses automated decision making.

The Department does not use or deploy automated decision making on its staff or patients in line with the UK General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018.

19th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2023 to Question 122493 on Hyperactivity: Drugs, whether he has had recent discussions with pharmaceutical suppliers of methylphenidate prolonged-release tablets on supply issues; and estimate he has made of when supply will improve.

We are aware of supply issues affecting two brands of methylphenidate prolonged-release tablets. We continue to work with the respective manufactures to ensure these issues are resolved quickly. We expect the affected products to be available in early February and April 2022. Other methylphenidate prolonged-release tablet brands and preparations remain available as well as alternative attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medication.

Communications were issued to the National Health Service including all general practitioners and community pharmacists in May 2022, advising on available alternative brands and how to manage affected patients during this time.

13th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the availability and supply of ADHD medications.

We are aware of supply issues affecting one medication to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), methylphenidate prolonged-release. Other prolonged-release preparations remain available as well as other ADHD medication. Communications were issued to the National Health Service including all general practitioners and community pharmacists in May 2022, advising on available alternatives and how to manage affected patients during this time.

25th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of (a) 24 February, (b) 7 April and (c) 28 April 2022 from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL11390.

We replied to the hon. Member on 27 May 2022.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the finding in the National Child Measurement Programme for England in the 2020-21 school year that children living in the most deprived areas were more than twice as likely to be obese than those living in the least deprived areas, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of her Department's policies on child obesity.

We are delivering a programme to create a healthier environment to help children and adults achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Over £4.4 million was allocated to 11 local authorities to deliver child and family weight management services, for children identified as overweight or living with obesity through the National Child Measurement Programme.

10th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department is taking steps to promote access to support for the cost of travel to hospital by claiming pension credit.

The Department has no plans to do so, as claims for pension credit are made through the Department for Work and Pensions. The Department’s regulations include some travel to hospital costs.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to promote access to free dental treatment through claiming pension credit.

Information on exemption from dental patient charges is available at the following link:

https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/opticians/free-nhs-eye-tests-and-optical-vouchers/

National Health Service (NHS) dental contractors in England are contractually required to display a poster in their practice that sets out the charges associated with, and exemptions from, NHS dental treatment. This includes those receiving the Guarantee Credit element of pension credit or their partners. Practices are also provided with leaflets providing more detail on NHS dental charges and payment exemptions.

The NHS Business Services Authority also promote access to support for the cost of NHS dentistry through their Help With Health Costs Facebook page and Twitter account, in addition to a dedicated helpline.

Further information, including an online tool to check if a patient is exempt from NHS charges, is available at the following link:

https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/check-my-nhs-exemption/start

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to promote access to support towards the cost of glasses through claiming pension credit.

Full details of those entitled to National Health Service (NHS) sight tests and optical vouchers is available at the following link:

https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/opticians/free-nhs-eye-tests-and-optical-vouchers/

The NHS Business Services Authority also promote access to support with the cost of glasses through their Help With Health Costs Facebook page and Twitter account, in addition to a dedicated helpline.

NHS optical vouchers are available for certain eligible groups to help with the cost of glasses or contact lenses, this includes individuals and their partners’ who are in receipt of Pension Credit.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
22nd Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the data collected through maternity situation reports, what progress his Department has made in ensuring parents have unrestricted access to their babies on neonatal units.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have worked closely with trusts to adopt the actions set out in updated guidance ‘Supporting pregnant women using maternity services during the coronavirus pandemic’ to remove barriers which prevent trusts being able to facilitate full parental presence in neonatal units. NHS England and NHS Improvement are assured that 100% of trusts report they are actively using the guidance.

22nd Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to use maternity situation report data to support NHS trusts to facilitate full parental access to their babies on neonatal units.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have worked closely with trusts to adopt the actions set out in updated guidance ‘Supporting pregnant women using maternity services during the coronavirus pandemic’ to remove barriers which prevent trusts being able to facilitate full parental presence in neonatal units. NHS England and NHS Improvement are assured that 100% of trusts report they are actively using the guidance.

12th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department has had with officials in HM Treasury on the effect of pension taxation on early retirement rates of senior NHS workers.

The decision to claim payment of pension is an individual one. The NHS Pension Scheme does not require members to give a reason at the point of claim. It is therefore difficult to determine the specific factors that contribute to early retirements.

The Department continues to have a regular dialogue with HM Treasury on a range of matters relating to the NHS Pension Scheme.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
12th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of (a) pension taxation and (b) the freezing of the lifetime allowance on early retirement rates of senior NHS workers.

The decision to claim payment of pension is an individual one. The NHS Pension Scheme does not require members to give a reason at the point of claim. It is therefore difficult to determine the specific factors that contribute to early retirements.

The Department continues to have a regular dialogue with HM Treasury on a range of matters relating to the NHS Pension Scheme.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
12th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish his Department’s projected retirement rates for doctors in 2021-22.

The Department does not hold the specific information requested.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
25th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure adequate pay levels for health and social care staff.

The independent Pay Review Bodies (PRBs) will make a recommendation on pay for National Health Service staff in the spring. In reaching their recommendations the PRBs will take into account the cost of living and inflation, recruitment and retention, morale and motivation, affordability and value for the taxpayer.  The Department works closely with HM Treasury when submitting evidence to the PRBs.

Social care pay is set by care providers. We expect local authorities to pay providers a fair rate for care to enable fair levels of workforce pay.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
12th Jan 2021
What steps his Department is taking to increase awareness of neonatal herpes.

Reducing mortality and morbidity in maternity and neonatal services is a priority for this Government.

The national ambition is to halve the 2010 rates of stillbirths, neonatal and maternal deaths and brain injuries in babies occurring during or soon after birth by 2025.

The National Health Service website has a dedicated page on neonatal herpes, which sets out how neonatal herpes can be prevented.

23rd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish a response to EDM 521 on UK law on disability-selective abortion tabled by the hon. Member for Upper Bann.

Parliament decided the circumstances under which abortion can legally be undertaken. It would be for Parliament to decide whether to make any changes to the law on abortion. As with other matters of conscience, abortion is an issue on which the Government adopts a neutral stance and allows hon. Members to vote according to their moral, ethical or religious beliefs.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
6th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has allocated funding to the research on neonatal herpes.

The Department commissions research through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and is the largest public funder of health research in the United Kingdom.

The NIHR funds a range of research in maternal and neonatal health focussing on the safety of maternity and neonatal services, and the national maternity ambition to halve maternal deaths, stillbirths and neonatal deaths and brain injury by 2025.

The NIHR is not currently funding any specific research into neonatal herpes but it welcomes funding applications for research into any aspect of human health, including neonatal herpes. These applications are subject to peer review and judged in open competition, with awards being made on the basis of the importance of the topic to patients and health and care services, value for money and scientific quality. In all disease areas, the amount of NIHR funding depends on the volume and quality of scientific activity.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
6th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Kit Tarka Foundation.

The Department has not had any discussions with the Kit Tarka Foundation.

5th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the potential impact of the Autumn Statement on his Department's ability to tackle malnutrition internationally.

The UK is committed to tackling malnutrition and improving health outcomes for women and girls. Prevention and treatment of malnutrition is vital for the FCDO's work on global health, humanitarian response and in support of the UK goals on girls' education. Spend will be focussed according to the priorities set out in the International Development Strategy, these include global health and ending the preventable deaths of women, babies and children. In due course, we intend to update planned ODA allocations and the spending commitments set out in the International Development Strategy.

Andrew Mitchell
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development)
5th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when the Government will begin disbursing the £1.5 billion Nutrition for Growth funding.

FCDO has already begun to implement our 2021 Nutrition for Growth commitment to spend £1.5 billion between 2022 and 2030. Information about spending to tackle global malnutrition is published through the Statistics for International Development (SIDS) in the Autumn each year. We will continue to publish our spend information by project on DevTracker as always (updated monthly).  The FCDO has disbursed over £5 billion of ODA for nutrition between 2013 and 2020 and spent £530.2 million on nutrition specific programmes, just missing our 2020 target of £574.8 million.

Andrew Mitchell
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development)
30th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much and what proportion of his Department's foreign aid budget was used for programmes which prevent violence against women and girls in the 2022-23 financial year.

Ending violence against women and girls remains a top priority for the Government. Spend for 2022-23 is not yet available, the FCDO's latest estimate of its overall ODA spending for 2022-23 is £7.548 million. In 2021, the UK spent £27.6 million on bilateral funding to end violence against women and girls. Multilateral spend for 2021 is not yet available.

Andrew Mitchell
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development)
30th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the proportion of the foreign aid budget allocated to programmes which prevent violence against women and girls.

The Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs has frequent discussions with the Minister for Development on the allocation of the foreign aid budget. The UK will focus spend according to the priorities set out in the International Development Strategy, which includes women and girls, while maximising the best value for money and our flexibility to respond to new or emerging priority issues. Last month, the UK hosted an international conference to drive urgent action to prevent sexual violence in conflict and announced £12.5 million new funding for this. We will be launching a new International Women and Girls Strategy in 2023.

Andrew Mitchell
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development)
2nd Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will increase the Government’s pledge to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

The UK supports the work of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), to which we have provided £1.38 billion since 1995. We remain proud of our contribution to polio eradication, which has seen polio cases reduced by over 99%. To date, more than 20 million people are walking who may otherwise have been paralysed due to polio. The UK will continue to be a supportive partner to the GPEI in the future to ensure every child everywhere is safe from this disease. In light of ongoing crises, we have temporarily paused some overseas aid spending, including to GPEI, as we review our allocations.

Andrew Mitchell
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for its policies of Tunisian President Saied’s (a) dismissal of the prime minister and (b) freezing of parliamentary activity.

The UK is closely monitoring the situation in Tunisia. We believe that the solution to Tunisia's challenges can only be achieved through the principles of democracy, transparency, human rights, and free speech. We call on all parties to uphold Tunisia's reputation as a tolerant and open society and to protect the democratic gains of the 2011 revolution.

James Cleverly
Home Secretary
22nd Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Government of Sri Lanka on the ongoing detention of young poet and teacher, Ahnaf Jazeem.

The UK Government remains concerned at the ongoing detention of Ahnaf Jazeem under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). On 7 June, the UK's Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva and International Ambassador for Human Rights issued a joint statement with European partners calling on the Government of Sri Lanka to release Ahnaf Jazeem or uphold his right to a fair trial. We also highlighted our concerns in a statement to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on 22 June, and have raised the case privately with the government of Sri Lanka. We continue to call on the government to replace the PTA with human rights compliant counter terrorism legislation.

22nd Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to UN Resolution 46/1, what steps he is taking to protect human rights in Sri Lanka.

The UK Government, alongside our partners in the Core Group on Sri Lanka, has led international efforts over many years to promote accountability, reconciliation and human rights in Sri Lanka, including at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). On 23 March the UNHRC adopted a new UK-led resolution, 46/1. This resolution provides a continued framework for international engagement on human rights in Sri Lanka, and highlights serious concerns about the situation, including those detailed in the report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). It calls on the Government of Sri Lanka to make progress on accountability and human rights, and stresses the importance of a comprehensive accountability process for all violations and abuses committed in Sri Lanka.

The Minister of State for South Asia, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, has raised the importance of accountability, justice and reconciliation on several occasions with the Sri Lankan High Commissioner and the former Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, Dinesh Gunawardena, most recently during calls on 10 May and 17 June respectively. We continue to engage with the government of Sri Lanka on these important issues.

25th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Chinese Government on the state of the human right to freedom of religion or belief in China.

We are deeply concerned about restrictions on freedom of religion or belief in China, including the persecution of Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, and Falun Gong practitioners. The Foreign Secretary has personally raised our serious concerns with his Chinese counterpart, State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, on a number of occasions, most recently on 27 May. The Foreign Secretary also expressed the UK's deep concern at the treatment of Uyghur Muslims and other religious and ethnic minorities at the UN Human Rights Council on 22 February.

25th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the treatment of Pastor Yang Hua of Living Stone Church by Chinese authorities.

We are concerned by reports that Pastor Yang Hua of Living Stone Church was recently attacked by Chinese officials. We remain deeply concerned about the persecution of Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Falun Gong practitioners and others on the grounds of their religion or belief in China. The freedom to practise, change or share ones faith or belief without discrimination or violent opposition is a human right that all people should enjoy. We believe that societies which aim to guarantee freedom of religion or belief are more stable, prosperous and more resilient against violent extremism. We will continue to raise our concerns around freedom of religion or belief with the Chinese authorities.

9th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10 November 2020 to Question 11408, on what date the Government plans to publish the Programme Summary of the Gulf Strategy Fund; and whether a copy of that document will be placed in the Library.

We will publish a Programme Summary for the Gulf Strategy Fund for 2020/21 in March 2021 through the Cabinet Office's designated cross-Whitehall Transparency window, along with summaries for the other FCDO International Programme Fund programmes. This is in line with the timetable for publication of programme documents for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office using the Cabinet Office Transparency gridslot. The document will be publicly available on .gov.uk.

James Cleverly
Home Secretary
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what proportion of Official Development Assistance spending was allocated to nutrition in (a) 2018, (b) 2019 and (c) 2020; and what proportion will be allocated to nutrition in 2021.

In 2018 and 2019, the UK spent 1.2% of ODA on basic nutrition programmes.

The 2020 provisional ODA spend is due to be published in early April 2021.

The FCDO is undertaking a rigorous internal prioritisation process in response to the spending review announcement. We will update on the implications of this for 2021 nutrition spend in due course.

19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what funding commitment his Department plans to make at the 2021 Nutrition for Growth Summit.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office is working closely with the Government of Japan to make sure the 2021 Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit supports meaningful action by governments, donors, businesses, the UN and civil society.

The FCDO is undertaking a rigorous internal prioritisation process in response to the spending review announcement. We will update on the implications of this for any new commitment to nutrition in due course.

19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 pandemic on levels of wasting, stunting and other effects of undernutrition in children.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on child malnutrition is not yet fully understood due to a lack of data and disruptions to data collection activities. However, a recent modelling study estimated that, by the end of 2022, the pandemic could result in an additional 9.3 million wasted and 2.6 million stunted children. It is also estimated that there will be an additional 2.1 million cases of maternal anaemia cases.

The FCDO continues to monitor the impacts of the pandemic on nutrition and we are working with UNICEF and other partners to strengthen data collection.

11th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to his Nigerian counterpart on recent terrorist violence in the north east of Nigeria.

Terrorist groups, including Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa, continue to cause immense suffering to local communities in North East Nigeria. I [the Minister for Africa] have condemned recent attacks, including the attack on civilians in Koshobe on 28 November. We are committed to helping Nigeria tackle the threat posed by these terrorist groups. We are providing a comprehensive package of humanitarian and stabilisation assistance to Nigeria to help tackle the threat and support affected communities.

In November 2020, Nick Dyer, the UK's Special Envoy on Famine Prevention and Humanitarian Affairs, met representatives of the Nigerian Government in Abuja and North East Nigeria to discuss the conflict and push for action on deteriorating food insecurity in the North East. In December 2020, the UK Deputy National Security Advisor discussed security in Nigeria, including terrorism, with the President's Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari. The British High Commissioner in Abuja also regularly raises the conflict at senior levels within the Nigerian Government.

11th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on human rights of recent violence in Kaduna State in Nigeria; and what diplomatic steps he is taking to tackle the conflict in that region.

GROUPED WITH PQ 136037.

The UK Government condemns all incidents of violence in Kaduna State, including the recently reported abduction of civilians on the Birnin Gwari to Kaduna road. Such incidents constitute human rights abuses and impact on individual's rights to life, liberty and security. Our High Commissioner and her team visited Kaduna State in December 2020 to engage with the state government and police, civil society, faith and community leaders and communities affected by violence. The UK Government maintains a network of regional offices in Nigeria, including in Kaduna State. This network monitors human rights issues. We will continue to make clear to the Nigerian authorities at the highest levels the importance of protecting human rights for all.

11th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of recent abductions in the Birnin Gwari area of Kaduna state on human rights in that region.

GROUPED WITH PQ 136037.

The UK Government condemns all incidents of violence in Kaduna State, including the recently reported abduction of civilians on the Birnin Gwari to Kaduna road. Such incidents constitute human rights abuses and impact on individual's rights to life, liberty and security. Our High Commissioner and her team visited Kaduna State in December 2020 to engage with the state government and police, civil society, faith and community leaders and communities affected by violence. The UK Government maintains a network of regional offices in Nigeria, including in Kaduna State. This network monitors human rights issues. We will continue to make clear to the Nigerian authorities at the highest levels the importance of protecting human rights for all.

17th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October 2020 to Question 106363 on Overseas Aid and pursuant to his oral contribution of 22 October 2020, column 492WH that his Department listens to concerns raised by colleagues from both sides of the House about the need for greater transparency on the Integrated Activity Fund and Gulf Strategy Fund, if he will publish a list of the titles of the 44 projects delivered by the Integrated Activity Fund in 2018-19.

As stated on 22 October, we will publish a programme summary covering activities funded by the Gulf Strategy Fund in 2020/21. We do not disclose information related to individual Integrated Activity Fund projects to maintain the confidence and confidentiality of implementers and our Gulf partners.

James Cleverly
Home Secretary
16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 27 October 2020 to Question 106364 on Overseas Aid, how many projects for each of the financial years (a) 2016-17, (b) 2017-18, (c) 2018-19 and (d) 2019-20 his Department applied for under the Integrated Activity Fund; what the titles of those projects were; how many of those projects were approved; and how many of those projects were subjected to Overseas Security and Justice Assistance assessments.

We do not disclose information related to individual Integrated Activity Fund projects to maintain the confidence and confidentiality of our Gulf partners.

James Cleverly
Home Secretary
16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2020 to Question 102832 on Overseas Aid, which Government departments applied for those 13 projects in financial year 2018-19 that were covered by an Overseas Security and Justice Assessment; and how many of those projects each of those Government departments applied for.

We do not disclose information related to individual Integrated Activity Fund projects to maintain the confidence and confidentiality of our Gulf partners.

James Cleverly
Home Secretary
16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October 2020 to Question 106362 on Overseas Aid, which Government departments applied for the 16 projects covered by Overseas Security and Justice Assessments in financial year 2019-20; and how many projects each of those Government departments so applied for.

We do not disclose information related to individual Integrated Activity Fund projects to maintain the confidence and confidentiality of our Gulf partners.

James Cleverly
Home Secretary
14th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the (a) spend and (b) allocated budget has been of the Integrated Activity Fund to date, by financial year, since the start of the program in 2015.

The Integrated Activity Fund was allocated £20m each year from 2016/17 to 2019/20. Actual expenditure was £10.5m in 2016/17, £13.9m in 2017/18, £17.08m in 2018/19 and £12.4m in 2019/20.

£8.4m has been allocated for 2020/21 to deliver programme activities in the Gulf.

James Cleverly
Home Secretary
14th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Government has provided technical assistance to (a) Saudi Arabia, (b) Kuwait, (c) UAE, (d) Oman and (e) Qatar since 2011.

The Government has provided technical assistance to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar since 2011. This technical assistance covers a broad range of non-financial support, including training and the sharing of expertise.

James Cleverly
Home Secretary
14th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the cost has been of the Gulf Strategy Integrated Delivery Team (IDT) by financial year from 2019-20; what the budget is for the IDT for the financial year 2020-21; and how many full-time and part-time military and civilian individuals are employed on that team.

The cost of Integrated Delivery Team (IDT) in 2019/20 was £309,000. The IDT has now been disbanded and the residual costs for FY20/21 were £34,145.

James Cleverly
Home Secretary
14th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many applications for funding from the Integrated Activity Fund over £50,000 were approved in financial year 2019-20; what the value was of each of those applications; and which Department or Minister requested that funding.

20 applications over £50,000 were approved in 2019/20. The Integrated Activity Fund expenditure for that year was £12.4 million.

James Cleverly
Home Secretary
14th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much funding the College of Policing has received through the Integrated Activity Fund to deliver activities to bodies based in, or working in (a) Saudi Arabia, (b) Bahrain, (c) Kuwait, (d) Oman, (e) Qatar and (f) the United Arab Emirates.

The College of Policing only received Integrated Activity Fund funding for activities in Bahrain. I refer the Honourable Member to my answer of June 19 to question 58024 and 58028.

James Cleverly
Home Secretary
17th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the death sentence passed on Asif Pervaiz for blasphemy on 8 September 2020.

We are aware of the case of Asif Pervaiz and are closely following developments. We regularly raise at a senior level the issue of the blasphemy laws with the authorities in Pakistan. The UK's position on the death penalty is well known - we are firmly opposed to the death penalty in all circumstances. We will continue to urge the Government of Pakistan to guarantee the fundamental rights of all its citizens, in accordance with international standards. Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon last raised our human rights concerns with Pakistan's Minister for Human Rights, Dr Shireen Mazari, on 27 August.

17th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he will make representations to his Pakistani counterpart on the use of blasphemy laws to sentence Asif Pervaiz to death.

We are aware of the case of Asif Pervaiz and are closely following developments. We regularly raise at a senior level the issue of the blasphemy laws with the authorities in Pakistan. The UK's position on the death penalty is well known - we are firmly opposed to the death penalty in all circumstances. We will continue to urge the Government of Pakistan to guarantee the fundamental rights of all its citizens, in accordance with international standards. Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon last raised our human rights concerns with Pakistan's Minister for Human Rights, Dr Shireen Mazari, on 27 August.

16th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Chinese counterpart on the (a) detention, (b) harassment and (c) torture of human rights lawyers in that country.

We remain concerned by restrictions on freedom of expression in China, and urge the authorities to immediately release human rights lawyers detained for the peaceful and constitutionally protected expression of their views.

We have raised Gao Zhisheng's case directly with the Chinese Government. We called for his release, and urged the Chinese authorities to ensure he is not subjected to harassment, mistreatment or discrimination.

16th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Chinese counterpart on the whereabouts of human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng.

We remain concerned by restrictions on freedom of expression in China, and urge the authorities to immediately release human rights lawyers detained for the peaceful and constitutionally protected expression of their views.

We have raised Gao Zhisheng's case directly with the Chinese Government. We called for his release, and urged the Chinese authorities to ensure he is not subjected to harassment, mistreatment or discrimination.

13th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his polices of the statement by the EYN Church National President Reverend Joel Billi during a press conference in Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria on 2 July, that over 700,000 of his church’s members have been displaced, eight pastors and over 8,370 lay people have been killed, and an unknown number have been abducted by terrorist factions of Boko Haram.

We are aware of the statement made by the President of EYN Church, Reverend Joel Billi, on 2 July. The UK condemns the appalling actions of terrorist groups including Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa in North East Nigeria. Adamawa State is one of the three Nigerian states worst affected by the conflict. These terrorist groups attack Nigerians of all faiths who do not subscribe to their extremist views, causing immense suffering in both Christian and Muslim communities.

The UK remains committed to helping Nigeria tackle the terrorist threat and supporting affected communities through a comprehensive package of security, stabilisation and humanitarian assistance. This includes up to £300 million of humanitarian assistance to affected communities between 2017-2022. We regularly raise the importance of protecting all Nigerians with the Government of Nigeria, and do so at the highest levels. In June, I discussed the conflict in North East Nigeria with the Nigerian President's Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari.

5th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 6 May 2020 to Question HL3434, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policy on the veracity of statements on covid-19 in Bahrain prisons from the Bahraini National Institute for Human Rights of the 9 April 2020 Reuters article which found that prisoners in that country were subject to overcrowding, poor sanitation and lack of medical care.

The Government of Bahrain has been clear in public statements that access to appropriate medical care for those in detention is guaranteed by the Constitution of Bahrain. Bahrain has stated publicly that under normal circumstances, any prisoner wishing to see a doctor is taken to the prison clinic, with referral to specialist facilities where required, but as part of the COVID-19 precautions, all medical consultations now take place via a video call, ensuring the safety of the patient and the medical staff. We welcome these assurances from the Government of Bahrain and urge continued transparency.

We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to raise them with the appropriate Bahraini human rights oversight body. We continue to encourage the oversight bodies in Bahrain to carry out thorough and swift investigations into any such claims.

James Cleverly
Home Secretary
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of continuing violence in Kajuru in southern Kaduna, Nigeria between the beginning of a covid-19 lockdown on 25 March 2020 and the morning of 12 May 2020.

We condemn all incidents of intercommunal violence in Nigeria, including recently reported attacks in Kaduna State. Officials from the British High Commission in Abuja are in contact with and have visited communities in Kaduna that have experienced violence and conflict. We continue to encourage the Government of Nigeria to take urgent action to protect those at risk of intercommunal violence, to bring perpetrators to justice and to implement long-term solutions that address the root causes and meet the needs of all communities.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Wilton Park hosted a conference on 'Fostering Social Cohesion in Nigeria' in February, which brought together a wide range of stakeholders, including representatives from Kaduna State. The conference was an opportunity to discuss how government, faith-based and community organisations can build solutions to intercommunal violence in Nigeria.

The UK Government is supporting local efforts to build solutions to intercommunal violence in Nigeria. As competition over land and resources is leading to violence, our response has included the provision of technical support to the Nigerian Government for the development of the National Livestock Transformation Plan, for which Kaduna State is a pilot state, to promote ranching, an economically viable livestock sector, new jobs and address conflict.

The Prime Minister discussed insecurity in Nigeria with President Buhari at the UK Africa Investment Summit in January. We have made clear to the Nigerian authorities, at the highest levels, the importance of protecting civilians, including ethnic and religious minorities, and human rights for all Nigerians.

20th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the Minister for Asia plans to respond to the letter of 7 April 2020 from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL5327, regarding his constituents who are stranded in the Philippines.

This has been a time of unparalleled demand for consular support across the globe, and we have experienced an unprecedented volume of incoming correspondence from worried families and MPs asking for information about the status of their families and constituents. I apologise for the delay in responding to your letter of 7 April and confirm that a response was sent to your office on 21 May.

23rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Chinese counterpart on (a) closing the re-education camps in Xinjiang and (b) protecting elderly people detained in those camps from covid-19.

Following the change to date for answer of this PQ, I submitted a response by email on 26 March, with the following response.The Table Office have agreed this approach.

The risk of the spread of COVID-19 in places of detention is a matter of concern in a number of countries around the world.

We have consistently made clear our serious concerns about the human rights situation in Xinjiang, including the extra-judicial detention of over a million Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in "political re-education camps".

On 9 March, the Foreign Secretary directly raised these concerns with his Chinese counterpart, State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi. On 10 March at the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council, the UK used its national statement to raise concerns about systematic human rights violations and reports of forced labour in Xinjiang. We continue to urge China to implement UN recommendations - to end the practice of extra-judicial detention of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities, and to allow UN observers unfettered access to the region.

23rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the accuracy of the conclusion of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom report on COVID-19, which stated that limited access to medical resources and the concentration of elderly detainees in the re-education camps in Xinjiang could lead to a humanitarian disaster.

Following the change to date for answer of this PQ, I submitted a response by email on 26 March, with the following response.The Table Office have agreed this approach.

The risk of the spread of COVID-19 in places of detention is a matter of concern in a number of countries around the world. We are aware of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom report and will consider its findings.

We have consistently made clear our serious concerns about the human rights situation in Xinjiang, including the extra-judicial detention of over a million Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in "political re-education camps".

On 9 March, the Foreign Secretary directly raised these concerns with his Chinese counterpart, State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi. On 10 March at the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council, the UK used its national statement to raise concerns about systematic human rights violations and reports of forced labour in Xinjiang. We continue to urge China to implement UN recommendations - to end the practice of extra-judicial detention of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities, and to allow UN observers unfettered access to the region.

5th Jun 2023
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department plans to respond to correspondence of 3 April 2023 from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL15175, which was transferred to HM Revenue and Customs from the Department for Work and Pensions on 13 April 2023.

HMRC sent the requested information to the hon. Member’s constituent on 1 June 2023 and replied to the hon. Member on 6 June 2023.

Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
24th May 2023
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has had recent meetings with SCOPE on their social tariff on energy campaign.

Officials from HM Treasury and the Department of Energy Security and Net Zero met with SCOPE in January 2023 to discuss energy-related needs and support for disabled people.

In March, the Government set out its intention to consult in Summer 2023 on options for a new approach to consumer protection in the energy markets from April 2024 onwards. The government continues to engage with a range of stakeholders as part of its wider retail market reforms.

Gareth Davies
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
30th Nov 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will ensure that Departmental funding for preventing violence against women and girls is protected from potential real-terms spending reductions.

Tackling violence against women and girls is a Government priority. We have made significant progress since publishing the cross-Government Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy and the Tackling Domestic Abuse Plan in 2021 and 2022 respectively, which committed £230 million across-Government to tackling this heinous crime.

In future years, it will be for those departments that lead on Violence Against Women and Girls to determine funding allocations for this work within their wider budgets.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
18th Nov 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will provide an estimate of the annual cost to the public purse of a change in the rate of VAT on pet food from standard rate to zero defined in sections 6 and 7 of VAT Notice 701/15.

VAT has been designed as a broad-based tax on consumption, and the twenty per cent standard rate applies to the majority of goods and services. Pet food attracts the standard rate of VAT.

Introducing any new VAT reliefs would come at a cost to the Exchequer and any changes should be seen in the context of over £50 billion worth of requests for relief from VAT received since the EU referendum. Given this, there are no plans to change the current VAT treatment of pet food.

The Government keeps all taxes under review. Any future changes to the UK tax system will be costed in the usual way.

Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
2nd Nov 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will increase Official Development Assistance.

In July 2021 the former Chancellor set out the fiscal circumstances under which the UK will make the return to spending 0.7% of its GNI on ODA. This is set out in detail in a written ministerial statement, here: https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-statements/detail/2021-07-12/hcws172.

Each year, the Government will continue to monitor future forecasts closely and will review and confirm, in accordance with the Act, whether a return to spending 0.7% of GNI on ODA is possible against the latest fiscal forecasts.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
11th Oct 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has met Crispin Odey since 6 September 2022.

Treasury ministers and officials have meetings with a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery.

Details of ministerial and permanent secretary meetings with external organisations on departmental business are published on a quarterly basis and are available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmt-ministers-meetings-hospitality-gifts-and-overseas-travel.

Andrew Griffith
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
10th Oct 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has had any meetings with Mr Crispin Odey since 1 August 2022.

Treasury ministers and officials have meetings with a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery.

Details of ministerial and permanent secretary meetings with external organisations on departmental business are published on a quarterly basis and are available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmt-ministers-meetings-hospitality-gifts-and-overseas-travel.

Andrew Griffith
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
28th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what comparative assessment he has made of the potential implications for his policies of the way his Department's plans to tax alcohol by product strength with the guidance of the Chief Medical Officer which does not make a distinction in how units of alcohol are consumed in respect of responsible drinking.

The Government intends to move to a new progressive system of duty that taxes all products in reference to the litres of pure alcohol they contain, with products with higher concentration of alcohol paying a higher rate of duty per unit. As part of this approach, the Government is cutting duty on lower ABV spirits-based drinks, such as pre-packaged gin and tonics, and is increasing duty on higher ABV products, such as strong ‘white’ cider and fortified wine.

The Government received evidence supporting this approach during its call for evidence held in 2020. As set out in the summary of responses published in October 2021, public health groups cited the correlation between cheap, high strength spirits (such as vodka) and alcohol-related harms, as the volume of drink needed to reach intoxication is smaller with higher strength drinks. The Government is therefore addressing these concerns.
Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
28th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential implications for his policies that a 4 per cent alcohol by volume pint of beer or cider contains more alcohol than a Scotch Whisky cocktail but raises less duty under his Department's reform proposals; and if he will make a statement.

The Government intends to move to a new progressive system of duty that taxes all products in reference to the litres of pure alcohol they contain, with products with higher concentration of alcohol paying a higher rate of duty per unit. As part of this approach, the Government is cutting duty on lower ABV spirits-based drinks, such as pre-packaged gin and tonics, and is increasing duty on higher ABV products, such as strong ‘white’ cider and fortified wine.

The Government received evidence supporting this approach during its call for evidence held in 2020. As set out in the summary of responses published in October 2021, public health groups cited the correlation between cheap, high strength spirits (such as vodka) and alcohol-related harms, as the volume of drink needed to reach intoxication is smaller with higher strength drinks. The Government is therefore addressing these concerns.
Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
18th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 7 February 2022 to Question 119778 on the Energy Bill Discount Scheme, for what reason that Answer did not provide a definition of the word discount.

The Government is providing a £200 reduction on bills from October for all households in Great Britain with a domestic electricity meter, to reduce pressure on energy bills this year when global gas prices are high. This will help households manage the increase in energy bills by spreading the increased costs over a few years.

The energy bill reduction will give households time for their finances to adjust rather than having to deal with the price increase up front and will provide relief to millions of households.

The £200 is a reduction on bills to be automatically recouped from people’s bills interest-free over the next five years. The aim of the policy is to effectively spread the worst of the extra costs of this year’s energy price shock over time.

The energy bill reduction will be delivered by energy suppliers and the government will consult on the details of the scheme.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
7th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his definition is of the word discount in the context of his announcement on 4 February 2022 of a £200 repayable sum to be deducted from domestic energy bills.

This year, all domestic electricity customers will receive a discount on their bills worth £200. This is a reduction on the higher costs that many energy customers would otherwise face this year, with an unprecedented spike in international gas wholesale prices forcing an increase in the April 2022 price cap. This reduction will mean the effective average annual energy bill households face will fall from £1,971 to £1,771.

The aim of the policy is to effectively spread the worst of the extra costs of this year’s energy price shock over time. Therefore, the cost of the discount will be automatically recouped from people’s bills interest-free over the next five years, to minimise the financial pressure on consumers.

This reduction is also only one part of a wider package of measures to support households in 2022/23 – including the £150 non-repayable reduction in Council Tax bills for (English) households in Bands A-D, which will apply from April.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment HMRC has made of the potential merits of introducing arrivals duty free shops in airports, international rail and ferry terminals in Great Britain.

Following a consultation, the Government announced on 11 September 2020 that duty-free sales would be extended to EU-bound passengers for the first time in over 20 years from 1 January 2021.

This is a significant boost to all airports and international rail terminals in England, Scotland and Wales, including Manchester, and smaller regional airports and rail hubs, which have not been able to offer duty-free to the EU before.

Duty-free on arrival did not form part of the Government's consultation on the potential approach to duty- and tax-free goods arising from the UK’s new relationship with the EU, which took place in the Spring of 2020. The Government nonetheless acknowledged in the summary of responses to the consultation that some stakeholders had requested the introduction of duty-free on arrival. This also set out that duty-free on arrival was not a scheme that the Government previously offered and was therefore not considering implementing the scheme at that time.

Duty-free on arrival could undermine the UK high street and run counter to public health objectives. The Government would also need to consider the cost and any revenue and legal risks of introducing such a scheme. Any new tax relief will impose additional pressure on the public finances, to which excise duty makes a significant contribution. Duty on alcohol and tobacco raises over £22 billion and plays a key role in funding vital public services like the NHS and addressing harms caused by these products. Any loss in tax revenue would have to be balanced by a reduction in public spending, increased borrowing or increased taxation elsewhere.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
12th May 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of providing similar provision to NHS workers to that offered to the judiciary to mitigate against the effect of the pension lifetime allowance freeze on NHS workers.

The NHS remains the Government’s key spending priority. This is why the Government is increasing the NHS budget in England from £114.6 billion in 2018-19 to £148.5 billion in 2023-24.

The Government has also provided unprecedented support during the Covid-19 pandemic. As of 3 March 2021, taking into account the significant funding announced at Spending Review 2020 and Budget 2021, total support provided for the economy is £352bn across 2020-21 and 2021-22, or around 17 per cent of 2020 GDP. The Government must make responsible decisions to ensure the process of returning the public finances to a sustainable path is not harder than it needs to be.

Pensions tax relief is one of the most expensive reliefs in the personal tax system. In 2017-18 income tax and employer National Insurance Contributions reliefs cost £54 billion, with around 60 per cent going to higher and additional rate taxpayers. 92% of individuals approaching retirement over the next 5 years will have a pension below the lifetime allowance and so will not be affected by this change.

The unique circumstances of judiciary appointments mean that it is necessary to reform their pension arrangements. Judges are not able to work in private practice after taking up office, and many judges take a significant pay cut to join the judiciary. The combination of these factors is why the Government is committed to introduce a reformed judicial pension scheme. Such a scheme would not benefit the vast majority of NHS staff, as members would receive no tax relief on their contributions.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
12th May 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the pension lifetime allowance freeze on staffing levels in the NHS.

The NHS remains the Government’s key spending priority. This is why the Government is increasing the NHS budget in England from £114.6 billion in 2018-19 to £148.5 billion in 2023-24.

The Government has also provided unprecedented support during the Covid-19 pandemic. As of 3 March 2021, taking into account the significant funding announced at Spending Review 2020 and Budget 2021, total support provided for the economy is £352bn across 2020-21 and 2021-22, or around 17 per cent of 2020 GDP. The Government must make responsible decisions to ensure the process of returning the public finances to a sustainable path is not harder than it needs to be.

Pensions tax relief is one of the most expensive reliefs in the personal tax system. In 2017-18 income tax and employer National Insurance Contributions reliefs cost £54 billion, with around 60 per cent going to higher and additional rate taxpayers. 92% of individuals approaching retirement over the next 5 years will have a pension below the lifetime allowance and so will not be affected by this change.

The unique circumstances of judiciary appointments mean that it is necessary to reform their pension arrangements. Judges are not able to work in private practice after taking up office, and many judges take a significant pay cut to join the judiciary. The combination of these factors is why the Government is committed to introduce a reformed judicial pension scheme. Such a scheme would not benefit the vast majority of NHS staff, as members would receive no tax relief on their contributions.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
12th May 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that the proposed freeze to the lifetime allowance does not encourage senior healthcare workers to retire earlier than planned.

The NHS remains the Government’s key spending priority. This is why the Government is increasing the NHS budget in England from £114.6 billion in 2018-19 to £148.5 billion in 2023-24.

The Government has also provided unprecedented support during the Covid-19 pandemic. As of 3 March 2021, taking into account the significant funding announced at Spending Review 2020 and Budget 2021, total support provided for the economy is £352bn across 2020-21 and 2021-22, or around 17 per cent of 2020 GDP. The Government must make responsible decisions to ensure the process of returning the public finances to a sustainable path is not harder than it needs to be.

Pensions tax relief is one of the most expensive reliefs in the personal tax system. In 2017-18 income tax and employer National Insurance Contributions reliefs cost £54 billion, with around 60 per cent going to higher and additional rate taxpayers. 92% of individuals approaching retirement over the next 5 years will have a pension below the lifetime allowance and so will not be affected by this change.

The unique circumstances of judiciary appointments mean that it is necessary to reform their pension arrangements. Judges are not able to work in private practice after taking up office, and many judges take a significant pay cut to join the judiciary. The combination of these factors is why the Government is committed to introduce a reformed judicial pension scheme. Such a scheme would not benefit the vast majority of NHS staff, as members would receive no tax relief on their contributions.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
19th Apr 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of amending the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme so that disabled workers who are concerned about returning to work due to their impairment have the right to be put on furlough if they cannot work from home.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been available since the start of the pandemic. Shielding guidance is no longer in place, but Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) individuals can continue to be claimed for like everyone else, subject to the CJRS eligibility criteria.

It is not for the Government to decide whether an individual firm should put its staff on furlough; that is a decision for the employer, in consultation with the employee. CEV individuals and those who are disabled should talk to their employer to discuss and agree options in relation to work, such as working from home, or returning to the workplace in a different role if their previous position cannot be fulfilled in a COVID-secure manner.

4th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what equalities impact assessment he has made of Budget 2021 to fulfil the requirements of the Public Sector Equality Duty; and if he will publish that assessment.

The measures at Budget 2021, such as the continuation of the measures to respond to the impact of COVID-19, will support many people across society and promote this government’s belief in fairness. The Treasury carefully considers the impact of its decisions on those sharing protected characteristics, including at Budgets and other fiscal events, in line with both its legal obligations and with its strong commitment to promoting fairness. At Budget 2021, Ministers have paid such due regard to the equalities implications of their decisions and these decisions have been announced to Parliament. In interests of transparency we publish impacts in summary form for tax measures in tax information and impact notes (TIINs) alongside Finance Acts.

Steve Barclay
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
29th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking in addition to putting new guidance on gov.uk to raise awareness for the tax rebate for home-working.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) continue to engage with stakeholder groups, including employers, to raise awareness of the tax relief available to those working from home.

10th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure that people working from home are aware of a tax rebate they can access from HMRC for (a) wifi, (b) computers and (c) other work related expenses such as WIFI and computers.

The Government published a Written Ministerial Statement on 13 May 2020. This announced a new tax exemption for employees who are working from home as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, and need to purchase home office equipment and are reimbursed by the employer.

HMRC published new guidance on GOV.UK to raise awareness of the tax relief available to people working from home for home office equipment and other work-related expenses. HMRC have also included information in their publications such as the Employer Bulletin and guidance manuals, and are working directly with stakeholder groups and media outlets to help raise further awareness.

18th Jun 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to the letter of 6 April 2020, reference DL5296, from the hon. Member for Glasgow East.

HM Treasury has received unprecedented amounts of correspondence since the start of the coronavirus outbreak in the UK, and apologises for the delay in responding to the Honourable Member. HM Treasury passed the Honourable Member’s correspondence to HM Revenue and Customs as it concerns an operational issue. HM Revenue and Customs will reply as soon as possible.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
9th Jun 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to the letter of 19 February 2020, reference DL4850, from the hon. Member for Glasgow East.

HMT asked HMRC to respond as it has operational responsibility for tax credits. Ruth Stanier, Director General, duly replied to Mr Linden’s letter on 11 June. HMRC apologises for the delay in replying, which was caused by competing priorities following the COVID-19 outbreak. HMRC assures Mr Linden that his constituent has not been disadvantaged by this delay.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
12th May 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to the letter of 16 April 2020 from the hon. Member for Glasgow East.

HM Treasury has received unprecedented amounts of correspondence since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, and apologises for the delay in responding to the Honourable Member. The Honourable Member’s correspondence is receiving attention and will be replied to as soon as possible.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
23rd Mar 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government will take to support charities whose income and fundraising activities are affected by the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make a statement.

The Chancellor set on April 8 a £750 million package of support for charities providing key services and supporting vulnerable people during the Covid-19 crisis. This will help charities providing essential services to continue their operations and to weather the storm until we return to more normal times. Funding for charities will be made available in the coming weeks and the most up to date information will be on Gov.uk. Our aim is to get funding to those in greatest need as soon as possible.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
5th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his Department plans to respond to the correspondence of 9 May, 7 and 21 June 2023 from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL15425.

An official response was dispatched on 5 July 2023.

2nd Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many decisions made during the first quarter of 2023 by her Department on legacy asylum applications made before 28 June 2022 resulted in a (a) Grant of Protection and (b) Grant of Other Leave; and how many such applications were (i) refused and (ii) withdrawn.

The Home Office publishes data on asylum in the ‘Immigration System Statistics Quarterly Release’. Data on initial decisions made on legacy asylum applications made before 28 June 2022 can be found in table Asy_10 of the ‘asylum and resettlement summary tables’. The latest data relates to as at 31 March 2023. Data for as at 30 June 2023 will be published on 24 August 2023. Information on future Home Office statistical release dates can be found in the ‘Research and statistics calendar’.

6th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the email correspondence from the hon. Member for Glasgow East of (a) 18 November 2022, (b) 19 December 2022 and (c) 9 January 2023, reference DL13986.

The Home Office replied on 13 February 2023.

23rd Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 10 January 2023 to Question 114859 on Members: Correspondence, and with reference to the email of 19 January 2023 from the UK Visas and Immigration MP Account Management Ministerial Team to the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference MPAM/0485222/22, when she plans to issue a correction to the Answer given to Question 114859.

A correction was issued on 25 January 2023.

20th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she will respond to the correspondence sent by email on 26 October 2022 and again on 28 November and 12 December 2022 from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL11726.

DL13230 – the Home Office replied on 6 January 2023.

DL11726 - The Home Office replied on 25 January 2023.

20th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the correspondence sent by email on 21 October 2022 and again on 21 November and 12 December from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL13604.

DL12985 – the Home Office replied on 21 December 2022.

DL13510 – the Home Office replied on 21 December 2022.

DL13604 – the Home Office replied on 21 December 2022.

20th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she will respond to the correspondence sent by email on 21 October 2022, 21 November and 7 December from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL13510.

DL12985 – the Home Office replied on 21 December 2022.

DL13510 – the Home Office replied on 21 December 2022.

DL13604 – the Home Office replied on 21 December 2022.

20th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Glasgow East of 21 September 2022, 19 October 2022 and 16 November 2022 with reference DL12985.

DL12985 – the Home Office replied on 21 December 2022.

DL13510 – the Home Office replied on 21 December 2022.

DL13604 – the Home Office replied on 21 December 2022.

20th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the correspondence sent by email on 18 October 2022 and again on 22 November and 7 December from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL11698.

The Home Office replied on 21 December.

13th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she will respond to the correspondence sent by email on 11 October 2022 and again on 15 November from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL13454.

MPAM/0432042/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 14 December 2022.

MPAM/0473111/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 15 December 2022.

MPAM/0451942/22 – The Home Office will provide a response shortly.

MPAM/0450452/22 – The Home Office will provide a response shortly.

MPAM/0449501/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 14 December 2022.

MPAM/0452824/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 14 December 2022.

MPAM/0452561/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 14 December 2022.

13th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she will respond to the correspondence sent by email on 11 October 2022 and again on 15 November from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL13262.

MPAM/0432042/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 14 December 2022.

MPAM/0473111/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 15 December 2022.

MPAM/0451942/22 – The Home Office will provide a response shortly.

MPAM/0450452/22 – The Home Office will provide a response shortly.

MPAM/0449501/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 14 December 2022.

MPAM/0452824/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 14 December 2022.

MPAM/0452561/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 14 December 2022.

13th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she will respond to the correspondence sent by email on 13 September 2022 and again on 2 November from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL12676.

MPAM/0432042/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 14 December 2022.

MPAM/0473111/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 15 December 2022.

MPAM/0451942/22 – The Home Office will provide a response shortly.

MPAM/0450452/22 – The Home Office will provide a response shortly.

MPAM/0449501/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 14 December 2022.

MPAM/0452824/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 14 December 2022.

MPAM/0452561/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 14 December 2022.

13th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department will respond to the correspondence sent by email to the urgent casework enquiries address on 12 October 2022 and 10 November from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL12988.

MPAM/0432042/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 14 December 2022.

MPAM/0473111/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 15 December 2022.

MPAM/0451942/22 – The Home Office will provide a response shortly.

MPAM/0450452/22 – The Home Office will provide a response shortly.

MPAM/0449501/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 14 December 2022.

MPAM/0452824/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 14 December 2022.

MPAM/0452561/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 14 December 2022.

13th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she will respond to the email correspondence of 13 September, 12 October and 14 November 2022 from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL13114.

MPAM/0432042/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 14 December 2022.

MPAM/0473111/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 15 December 2022.

MPAM/0451942/22 – The Home Office will provide a response shortly.

MPAM/0450452/22 – The Home Office will provide a response shortly.

MPAM/0449501/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 14 December 2022.

MPAM/0452824/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 14 December 2022.

MPAM/0452561/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 14 December 2022.

13th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the correspondence sent by email on 14 October 2022 and again on 14 November 2022 from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL13502.

MPAM/0432042/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 14 December 2022.

MPAM/0473111/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 15 December 2022.

MPAM/0451942/22 – The Home Office will provide a response shortly.

MPAM/0450452/22 – The Home Office will provide a response shortly.

MPAM/0449501/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 14 December 2022.

MPAM/0452824/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 14 December 2022.

MPAM/0452561/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 14 December 2022.

13th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the correspondence sent by email on 13 October 2022 and again on 14 November 2022 from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL13501.

MPAM/0432042/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 14 December 2022.

MPAM/0473111/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 15 December 2022.

MPAM/0451942/22 – The Home Office will provide a response shortly.

MPAM/0450452/22 – The Home Office will provide a response shortly.

MPAM/0449501/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 14 December 2022.

MPAM/0452824/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 14 December 2022.

MPAM/0452561/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 14 December 2022.

2nd Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she will respond to the correspondence sent of 21 September and 24 October 2022 from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL11420.

The Home Office responded to the correspondence on 5 December 2022.

1st Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she will respond to the correspondence of 27 September, 31 October and 14 November from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL11291.

The Home Office replied on 2 December 2022.

30th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government took to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls on 25 November.

Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) is a government priority. VAWG is unacceptable and preventable.

To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Home Secretary visited Refuge – a charity providing specialist services to victims and survivors of domestic abuse. The Home Secretary saw, first-hand, the National Domestic Violence Helpline the Home Office funds, which offers support and advice to victims and survivors of domestic abuse.

I visited Project Foundation at the Hampshire Fire and Police Headquarters to learn more about the methods they are using to disrupt and address abusive behaviour, whilst also protecting victims and survivors from further harm.

In the week leading up to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, we launched the VAWG Support and Specialist Services competition for ‘by and for’ services to ensure support is in place for victims and survivors which best serves their needs. This will award up to £8.4 million over two years.

The ‘Enough’ campaign is our national communications campaign to challenge the harmful behaviours that exist within wider society, educate young people about healthy relationships and consent, and ensure victims can recognise abuse and receive support. To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, it collaborated with influencers and commercial partners to share pledges in support of the day via social media and public relations activity.

In relation to tackling violence against women and girls internationally, the Foreign Secretary hosted a conference on ‘sexual violence in conflict’. Over 1,000 delegates from over 57 countries came together to reaffirm their commitment to preventing sexual violence in conflict. At the conference, the UK launched a new three-year Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative Strategy, announcing further funding of up to £12.5 million to deliver its objectives.

30th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the research paper entitled Super- (and hyper-) posters on extremist forums, published in the Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism on 30 July 2022, what assessment she has made of the implications for her Department's policies of that paper's findings; and if she will make a statement.

The Government draws on a broad range of analysis and evidence to understand the scale and nature of the online terrorism threat and inform our approach to tackling terrorist and extremist exploitation of the internet.

The authors of the report have presented their research to Home Office officials. The findings will help us further increase our understanding of the role of extremist networks in creating permissive and radicalising online environments. Tackling terrorist ideologies and radicalising influences is a core component of HMG’s Prevent strategy.

We are committed to working with domestic and international partners, civil society organisations, tech companies, the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism and others to review the operation of algorithms and other online features that may drive users towards terrorist and violent extremist content.

We do not believe a Written Ministerial or Oral statement is necessary at this time.

Tom Tugendhat
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
30th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made with Cabinet colleagues of trends in the level of violence against women and girls in the UK; and if she will make a statement.

Violence Against Women and Girls crimes are often hidden and can go unreported to the police.

This means that police recorded crime data do not provide a reliable measure of trends in levels of Violence Against Women and Girls. Recently, levels of reporting have gone up. This may in part be due to improvements in police recording practices, but also simply because more victims and survivors are coming forward. We want to see these increase so that more victims and survivors can be supported, and so more perpetrators are brought to justice.

The Crime Survey for England and Wales provides a more reliable measure of prevalence and covers crimes that may not have been reported to the police. In the year to March 2022,

  • 5.7% of adults aged 16 to 59 experienced domestic abuse in the year ending March 2022.
  • 2.7% of adults aged 16 to 59 were victims of sexual assault
  • 0.4% of adults aged 16 to 59 had experienced rape, including attempts.
  • 4.7% of adults aged 16 to 59 had experienced stalking,

There were no significant change compared with the year ending March 2020, the last period for which data were published.

For domestic abuse, rape and stalking, longer-term trends have also remained relatively stable. Whereas, sexual offences have seen fluctuations with no clear trends.

30th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many unique visits have been recorded at the Enough campaign website; and how many and what proportion of these visits were (a) organic and (b) paid for in each month for which records are available since that website's launch.

‘Enough’ is the UK Government's landmark campaign to tackle violence against women and girls. It is one of the key commitments in the government’s Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Strategy and uses a range of communications channels to help deliver a generational shift in attitudes and behaviours.

The campaign comprises three strands:

  1. Challenging perpetrators – to ensure bystanders know how to challenge abuse when they see it, as well as increasing the unacceptability of VAWG behaviours;
  2. Educating young people – to establish healthy attitudes and behaviours around VAWG; and
  3. Supporting victims – to ensure they know how and where to access support and, where appropriate, to report their experiences.

‘Enough’ was developed in close consultation with over 40 organisations and academics working on this issue. Results from the first phase of campaign activity demonstrated strong progress towards achieving the campaign’s ambitions. A significant number of campaign recognisers said they took action as a result of seeing the campaign, and the campaign is deepening people’s understanding of what constitutes abuse and how to take action safely if they witness VAWG. The campaign website has driven over 2,000 interactions with support services and assisted people to report abuse to the police.

The campaign receives high levels of public and private sector support from police forces, local councils, VAWG sector organisations, and national businesses including Uber, Tesco, Mitchells & Butlers pubs, Fitness First and the English Football League.

From the Enough campaign website’s launch on 1 March 2022 to 30 November, analytics indicate there have been over 133,000 sessions on the site.

The campaign has had paid marketing activity live in March 2022, October, November and December 2022. In March 2022, 65% of traffic was driven directly from paid activity and 35% was organic. During October (when paid activity was re-launched on 26th) paid activity drove 59% of traffic and organic drove 41%. In November, 67% of traffic was driven directly by paid activity and 33% was organic. December statistics are not yet consolidated.

However, these figures only capture the individuals who have actively consented to cookies, meaning they are only indicative of the total figure. It is probable the number is significantly higher and the split between organic and paid could be different.

30th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost to the public purse has been of online advertising for the Enough campaign website in each month for which records are available since that website's launch.

‘Enough’ is the UK Government's landmark campaign to tackle violence against women and girls. It is one of the key commitments in the government’s Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy and uses a range of communications channels to help deliver a generational shift in attitudes and behaviours.

The campaign comprises three strands:

  1. Challenging perpetrators – to ensure bystanders know how to challenge abuse when they see it, as well as increasing the unacceptability of VAWG behaviours;
  2. Educating young people – to establish healthy attitudes and behaviours around VAWG; and
  3. Supporting victims – to ensure they know how and where to access support and, where appropriate, to report their experiences.

‘Enough’ was developed in close consultation with over 40 organisations and academics working on this issue, and they have kindly supported and helped to publicise the campaign. Results from the first phase of campaign activity demonstrated strong progress towards achieving the campaign’s ambitions.

Online advertising is used on different platforms including social media, search engines, online video, video on demand and digital audio. It aims to achieve a range of objectives, including deepening understanding of different types of violence against women and girls, and demonstrating different methods for safely intervening and disrupting abuse. All online assets are designed to deliver key campaign messages and information without the need to visit the website, so it is not strictly accurate to describe it as ‘online advertising for the ‘Enough’ campaign website’.

The website is designed to deepen people’s understanding of violence against women and girls and the different methods for challenging abuse. It also includes a comprehensive summary of different support services, guidance on how to report abuse to the police, and advice for perpetrators who want to change their behaviour after seeing the campaign.

The total cost of digital advertising for the Enough campaign - which is intended in part, but not solely, to drive visitors to the campaign website - was £1,198,627. This activity took place over the following months:

March 2022 - £620,804

October 2022 - £109,133

November 2022 - £468,690

December 2022 – Costs are still being consolidated

30th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reports of unsafe areas made to the StreetSafe service have (a) been made and (b) resulted in action aimed at making people feel safer in that area.

Since the StreetSafe online tool was launched on 2 September 2021 to date (1 December 2022), 22,939 reports have been submitted. The Home Office does not hold information on how many reports have resulted in action. Addressing concerns reported via the tool is an operational matter for the Police and other agencies, such as Local Authorities.

StreetSafe has been developed in cooperation with the Home Office and the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC). It is managed by the NPCC Digital Public Contact Programme, funded by the Home Office. I can confirm that enhancing StreetSafe to enable reporting of public transport/infrastructure is being considered by policing as a high priority item and timescales will be agreed with the Home Office as part of the Programme’s Grant funding process for 2023/24.

30th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Transport Champions for Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls strategy published in March 2022, what steps her Department are taking to implement that report's recommendation to enhance the functions of StreetSafe to allow the reporting of unsafe transport infrastructure; and if she will make a statement.

Since the StreetSafe online tool was launched on 2 September 2021 to date (1 December 2022), 22,939 reports have been submitted. The Home Office does not hold information on how many reports have resulted in action. Addressing concerns reported via the tool is an operational matter for the Police and other agencies, such as Local Authorities.

StreetSafe has been developed in cooperation with the Home Office and the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC). It is managed by the NPCC Digital Public Contact Programme, funded by the Home Office. I can confirm that enhancing StreetSafe to enable reporting of public transport/infrastructure is being considered by policing as a high priority item and timescales will be agreed with the Home Office as part of the Programme’s Grant funding process for 2023/24.

23rd Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to respond to correspondence sent by email on 28 September 2022 and again on 26 October 2022 from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL13063.

The Home Office responded to the correspondence on 24 November 2022.

15th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to correspondence sent by email on 20 September 2022 and on 24 October 2022 from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, case reference DL13266.

The Home Office replied on 16 November 2022.

15th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to correspondence sent by email on 7 September 2022 and on 13 October 2022 from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, case reference DL11445.

The Home Office replied on 16 November 2022.

15th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to respond to the correspondence sent by email on 2 September 2022 and again by email on 4 October, from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, with reference DL13091.

The Home Office replied on 17 November 2022.

25th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what training her Department provides to (a) officials, (b) ministers and (c) secretaries of state on digital security.

(a) The Home Office provides Security and Data Protection training to all its officials every 2 Years and the course duration 1 hour 35 minutes. Officials can access this learning via Civil Service Learning (CSL) website.

The Home Office does not advise on training for (b) ministers and (c) secretaries of state, this is managed by the Cabinet Office.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
10th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she will respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL12643.

I apologise for the delay in the department responding to the hon. Member. The Home Office responded on 7 October 2022.

Tom Pursglove
Minister of State (Minister for Legal Migration and Delivery)
10th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she will respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL11740.

I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded as detailed below:

PQ 60004 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0418796/22 – The Home Office responded on 10 October 2022.

PQ 60009 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0370568/22 – The Home Office responded on 31 October 2022.

Tom Pursglove
Minister of State (Minister for Legal Migration and Delivery)
10th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she will respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL12037.

I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded as detailed below:

PQ 60004 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0418796/22 – The Home Office responded on 10 October 2022.

PQ 60009 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0370568/22 – The Home Office responded on 31 October 2022.

Tom Pursglove
Minister of State (Minister for Legal Migration and Delivery)
7th Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to respond to the correspondence of 19 July 2022, sent again by email on 16 August, 23 August, and 30 August 2022, from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL11455.

I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded as detailed below:

PQ 49236 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0359763/22 – The Home Office responded on 8 September 2022.

PQ 49237 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0338998/22 – The Home Office responded on 8 September 2022.

PQ 49238 - MPAM reference: MPAM/0326219/22 – The Home Office responded on 8 September 2022.

Tom Pursglove
Minister of State (Minister for Legal Migration and Delivery)
7th Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to respond to the email correspondence of 13 June 2022, sent again by email on 11 July, 25 July, 2 August, and 30 August 2022, from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL11715.

I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded as detailed below:

PQ 49236 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0359763/22 – The Home Office responded on 8 September 2022.

PQ 49237 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0338998/22 – The Home Office responded on 8 September 2022.

PQ 49238 - MPAM reference: MPAM/0326219/22 – The Home Office responded on 8 September 2022.

Tom Pursglove
Minister of State (Minister for Legal Migration and Delivery)
7th Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to respond to the correspondence of 28 June 2022, sent again by email on 26 July and 30 August 2022, from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL12478.

I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded as detailed below:

PQ 49236 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0359763/22 – The Home Office responded on 8 September 2022.

PQ 49237 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0338998/22 – The Home Office responded on 8 September 2022.

PQ 49238 - MPAM reference: MPAM/0326219/22 – The Home Office responded on 8 September 2022.

Tom Pursglove
Minister of State (Minister for Legal Migration and Delivery)
7th Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to respond to the correspondence of 5 July 2022, sent again by email on 2 August, 16 August, and 30 August 2022, from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL12597.

I apologise for the delay in the department responding to the hon. Member. The Home Office responded on 12 September 2022.

Tom Pursglove
Minister of State (Minister for Legal Migration and Delivery)
30th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the correspondence of 9 May 2022, resent by email on 13 June 2022 and 15 June 2022, from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL11881.

The Home Office responded to the Hon. Member’s correspondence on 4 July 2022

22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to respond to the correspondence of 25 April 2022, sent again by email on 31 May 2022, from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL11006.

The Home Office responded to the correspondence on 24 June 2022.

16th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the email correspondence of 28 April from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL10729.

The Home Office responded to the correspondence on 17 June 2022.

16th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister for Safe and Legal Migration plans to respond to the correspondence of 25 April 2022 from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL11740.

The Home Office responded to the correspondence on 17 June 2022.

16th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the email correspondence of 4 May 2022 from the hon. Member for Glasgow, reference DL11455.

The Home Office responded to the correspondence on 17 June 2022

25th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the correspondence of (a) 11 April and (b) 9 May 2022 from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL11591.

PQ 9115 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0299013/22 – The Home Office responded to the correspondence on 26 May 2022

PQ 9116 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0283361/22 – The Home Office responded to the correspondence on 26 May 2022

25th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the correspondence of (a) 4 April and (b) 3 May 2022 from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL11506.

PQ 9115 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0299013/22 – The Home Office responded to the correspondence on 26 May 2022

PQ 9116 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0283361/22 – The Home Office responded to the correspondence on 26 May 2022

24th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the correspondence of (a) 11 April and (b) 9 May 2022 from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL11141.

I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded as detailed below:

PQ 8114 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0257227/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8117 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0286571/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8119 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0261710/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8120 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0261732/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8121 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0261690/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8124 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0253927/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8125 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0266624/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8126 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0277018/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8127 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0260043/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8128 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0316608/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8129 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0270390/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8130 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0266259/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8131 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0281824/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

Enquiries are still outstanding on the following case:

PQ 8118 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0271929/22 – The Home Office will respond shortly.

24th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the correspondence of (a) 21 March and (b) 3 May 2022 from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL11009.

I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded as detailed below:

PQ 8114 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0257227/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8117 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0286571/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8119 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0261710/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8120 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0261732/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8121 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0261690/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8124 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0253927/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8125 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0266624/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8126 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0277018/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8127 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0260043/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8128 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0316608/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8129 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0270390/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8130 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0266259/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8131 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0281824/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

Enquiries are still outstanding on the following case:

PQ 8118 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0271929/22 – The Home Office will respond shortly.

24th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the correspondence of (a) 28 March and (b) 3 May 2022 from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL11486.

I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded as detailed below:

PQ 8114 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0257227/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8117 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0286571/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8119 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0261710/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8120 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0261732/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8121 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0261690/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8124 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0253927/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8125 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0266624/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8126 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0277018/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8127 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0260043/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8128 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0316608/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8129 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0270390/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8130 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0266259/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8131 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0281824/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

Enquiries are still outstanding on the following case:

PQ 8118 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0271929/22 – The Home Office will respond shortly.

24th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the correspondence of (a) 10 February, (b) 10 March, (c) 7 April and (d) 23 May 2022 from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL10893.

I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded as detailed below:

PQ 8114 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0257227/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8117 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0286571/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8119 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0261710/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8120 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0261732/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8121 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0261690/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8124 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0253927/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8125 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0266624/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8126 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0277018/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8127 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0260043/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8128 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0316608/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8129 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0270390/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8130 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0266259/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8131 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0281824/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

Enquiries are still outstanding on the following case:

PQ 8118 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0271929/22 – The Home Office will respond shortly.

24th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the correspondence of (a) 9 March, (b) 7 April and (c) 5 May 2022 from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL11374.

I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded as detailed below:

PQ 8114 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0257227/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8117 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0286571/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8119 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0261710/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8120 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0261732/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8121 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0261690/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8124 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0253927/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8125 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0266624/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8126 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0277018/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8127 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0260043/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8128 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0316608/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8129 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0270390/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8130 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0266259/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

PQ 8131 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0281824/22 – The Home Office responded on 25 May 2022.

Enquiries are still outstanding on the following case:

PQ 8118 – MPAM reference: MPAM/0271929/22 – The Home Office will respond shortly.

24th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the correspondence of 5 April 2022 from the hon. Member for Glasgow East, reference DL11555.