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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).
Don’t criminalise trespassGov Responded - 15 Apr 2020 Debated on - 19 Apr 2021 View David Simmonds's petition debate contributions
The Government's manifesto stated “we will make intentional trespass a criminal offence”: an extreme, illiberal & unnecessary attack on ancient freedoms that would threaten walkers, campers, and the wider public. It would further tilt the law in favour of the landowning 1% who own half the country.
Scrap removal of free transport for under-18s from TfL bailoutGov Responded - 10 Aug 2020 Debated on - 30 Nov 2020 View David Simmonds's petition debate contributions
To not decide to scrap free travel for those who are under 18. As a teenager who has relied so much on free travel, it has allowed for me to go to school without the worry of an extra expense and explore around the beautiful city of London also. Destroying free travel would hurt so many of us.
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The Dormant Assets Scheme enables money sitting in forgotten accounts to be unlocked for social or environmental purposes.
UK-wide, the Scheme has so far released over £745m, including £150m for coronavirus recovery last year.
Following the government’s consultation response, and years of close industry engagement, I’m delighted to say that the Scheme is now set to be expanded, potentially unlocking over £800m for good causes over the coming years.
The care review is a fundamental part of the government’s Manifesto. We are moving forward with plans to undertake this at the earliest opportunity. This includes considering the review’s scope, which has yet to be finalised but which we will confirm in due course. The scope will be broad and bold and take a fundamental look across children’s social care, with the aim of better supporting, protecting and improving the outcomes of vulnerable children and young people. My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education announced that the review would be independently led in a written statement on 12 February, which is available at the following link: https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2020-02-12/HCWS110/. The review scope will need to be developed alongside the independent leadership of the review.
We anticipate that the review will involve a wide range of figures with experience both within and around local agencies, in addition to the lived experience of children, young people and families.
None. The importation of specific product lines is facilitated by the Department for Health and Social Care, as the lead department for domestic healthcare policy and sponsor of both the NHS and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.
The British Embassy in Tel Aviv is following Israeli research and innovation related to COVID-19 closely, including in the technology sector. We have facilitated exchanges between United Kingdom and Israeli public health and scientific experts to discuss testing, epidemic management strategies, treatments and vaccine research, as well as cooperation on medical equipment.
The Department supported the establishment of the Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission (TJBCM) in 2018. The TJBCM is a national convening body for all stakeholders engaged in brain tumour research, treatment and care. Its mission is to unite professional, patient, charity and Government groups to share information, and establish transformative programmes that will lead ultimately to a cure for brain tumours.
Active contributors to the TJBCM include the Department’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, Brain Tumour Research, the Brain Tumour Charity and Brainstrust as well as representatives of the National Health Service. As part of the establishment of the TJBCM the Department announced £40 million over five years for brain tumour research via the NIHR. The NIHR is also engaging with UK Research and Innovation colleagues.
We are aware of the emergence of UV-light technology for infection prevention and control and are monitoring evidence in relation to its use in healthcare premises.
The Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission (TJBCM) has made excellent progress since its establishment in February 2018. It has set up strategic programmes aimed at solving some of the greatest challenges facing patients with brain cancer. These programmes cover initiatives in the key areas of services, research, clinical trials, training, and patient advocacy.
TJBCM is about to launch a major new initiative, termed the Tessa Jowell Centres of Excellence. Working with National Health Service trusts across the United Kingdom, the TJBCM has identified and defined standards of excellence in clinical practice, patient quality of life, clinical trials, staff training and research. The aim of the initiative is to empower NHS hospitals to achieve the highest standards of brain cancer patient care.
We recently published the bidding prospectus for Freeports in England, setting out how ports can apply for Freeport status, and further details on our proposals for the policy. Areas across England, including air, rail and sea ports, have until the 5 February 2021 to submit bids for Freeport status. Successful locations will be announced in the spring following a fair, open and transparent assessment process.
Over five million applications have been made to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS), and over 4.5 million grants of status have been made, delivering on the government’s promise to secure the rights of millions of Europeans in UK law for years to come.
A comprehensive range of communications activity has been delivered to date to increase awareness of the EUSS across sectors and audience demographics including EEA and Swiss national key workers and those working in the social care sector.
Communications activity includes extensive engagement with a wide range of stakeholders, a refresh of EUSS promotional materials, and an extensive new wave of targeted UK advertising on social media, website banners, catch up TV and radio, launched earlier this month, to ensure EEA and Swiss citizens are aware of the scheme and supported to apply.
To support applicants the Home Office has provided up to £17million in grant funding to a network of 72 organisations that provide bespoke support to vulnerable and hard to reach EU citizens and their family members eligible to apply to EUSS. We recently announced a further £4.5 million of funding to the 72 organisations to continue the support services beyond the 30 June 2021 deadline.
Communications to reach eligible workers via their employer have been ongoing since the scheme’s launch with hundreds of engagement events delivered alongside the provision of an employer toolkit, equipping organisations with the information required to support their staff. This has included a bespoke event for NHS employers, and with a number of regional strategic migration and enterprise partnerships.
NHS employers, Scottish Social services and Wales Social care also sit on EUSS advisory groups.
Workers in the social care sector were given early access under the pilot phases of the scheme and we have provided extensive outreach and support to the sector. We continue to work closely with the Department for Health and Social Care, and Local Authorities to provide support and materials to eligible individuals working in the sector.
Guidance on the operation of the new rough sleeping rule is currently being finalised and will be made available on GOV.UK as soon as possible. Until then, we will not refuse or cancel a person's permission to stay in the UK on grounds of rough sleeping.
The new Immigration Rules make provision for the refusal or cancellation of permission to stay in the UK on the basis of rough sleeping. The new rule will apply on a discretionary basis to non-EEA nationals from 1 December 2020 and to newly arriving EEA nationals from 1 January 2021. The provision will be used sparingly and only where individuals have repeatedly refused support offers, such as accommodation, and are engaged in persistent anti-social behaviour.
Guidance will be provided for decision-makers to make clear the circumstances in which permission may be cancelled or refused, and this will also be available on GOV.UK when the new provision comes into force.
The Home Office has provided a wide range of funding and support to civil society organisations to counter extremism. As of May 2020, the Home Office, through the Building a Stronger Britain Together (BSBT) Programme has awarded £8.8m of grant funding to support 252 counter extremism projects.
In addition to grant funding, the programme has awarded 118 packages of In-Kind support to organisations to expand their capabilities in delivering communications aligned to BSBT outcomes. Support includes training, creating social media campaign and website support.
In the past week alone, I have discussed the UK Shared Prosperity Fund with all 22 local authorities in Wales, the Welsh Local Government Association and Welsh Ministers.
These discussions have focused on how we can use this fund to deliver sustainable jobs and growth in Wales.