Liam Byrne

Labour - Birmingham, Hodge Hill

2 APPG memberships (as of 14 Jul 2021)
Children of Alcoholics, Inclusive Growth
3 Former APPG memberships
Entrepreneurship, Saudi Arabia, World Bank and International Monetary Fund
Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Digital Economy)
17th Jul 2017 - 10th Apr 2020
International Trade Committee
31st Oct 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)
7th Oct 2013 - 12th Sep 2015
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
20th Jan 2011 - 7th Oct 2013
Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)
8th Oct 2010 - 20th Jan 2011
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
12th May 2010 - 8th Oct 2010
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
6th Jun 2009 - 6th May 2010
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
3rd Oct 2008 - 5th Jun 2009
Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (West Midlands)
29th Jun 2007 - 6th Oct 2008
Minister of State (HM Treasury) (also in the Home Office)
25th Jan 2008 - 3rd Oct 2008
Minister of State (Home Office) (Borders and Immigration)
28th Jun 2007 - 3rd Oct 2008
Minister of State (Home Office) (Immigration and Asylum)
9th May 2007 - 28th Jun 2007
Minister of State (Home Office) (Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality)
22nd May 2006 - 8th May 2007
Minister of State (Home Office)
5th May 2006 - 22nd May 2006
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health) (Care Services)
10th May 2005 - 5th May 2006
European Scrutiny Committee
22nd Feb 2005 - 11th Apr 2005


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Division Votes
Wednesday 9th June 2021
Investing in Children and Young People
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 193 Labour Aye votes vs 0 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 224 Noes - 0
Speeches
Tuesday 13th July 2021
International Aid: Treasury Update

That was a great speech and it is a pleasure to follow it.

The House does not need a former …

Written Answers
Tuesday 27th July 2021
Vaccination: Birmingham
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will provide written instructions to NHS Birmingham …
Early Day Motions
Thursday 3rd September 2020
West Midlands Gigafactory
That this House notes that the West Midlands was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution; notes that our country must …
Bills
None available
MP Financial Interests
Monday 17th May 2021
2. (b) Any other support not included in Category 2(a)
Name of donor: Sir Trevor Chinn
Address of donor: private
Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in …
EDM signed
Tuesday 22nd June 2021
GKN Automotive alternative plan
That this House is alarmed by GKN Automotive’s decision to close its Birmingham factory next year, with the loss of …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Liam Byrne has voted in 211 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Nigel Huddleston (Conservative)
Assistant Whip
(12 debate interactions)
Andrew Mitchell (Conservative)
(6 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(6 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(13 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(9 debate contributions)
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Birmingham, Hodge Hill 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 Birmingham, Hodge Hill signature proportion
Petitions with most Birmingham, Hodge Hill signatures
Petition Open
5,597
of 387,574 signatures (1.44%)
Petition Open
1,586
of 54,817 signatures (2.89%)
Petition Open
799
of 149,465 signatures (0.54%)
Liam Byrne has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by Liam Byrne

22nd June 2021
Liam Byrne signed this EDM on Tuesday 22nd June 2021

GKN Automotive alternative plan

Tabled by: Jack Dromey (Labour - Birmingham, Erdington)
That this House is alarmed by GKN Automotive’s decision to close its Birmingham factory next year, with the loss of over 500 highly skilled jobs and work transferred to continental Europe; notes that GKN’s origins trace back to the industrial revolution, with over 260 years of history that include making …
61 signatures
(Most recent: 5 Jul 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 57
Independent: 2
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Scottish National Party: 1
26th May 2021
Liam Byrne signed this EDM on Wednesday 16th June 2021

Conflict in Tigray, Ethiopia

Tabled by: Helen Hayes (Labour - Dulwich and West Norwood)
That this House notes the high level of sexual violence in the conflict in Tigray, resulting in an estimated 10,000 women being raped in the four months to March: further notes the leadership role the UK government has played in global efforts to eliminate sexual violence in conflict; notes that …
47 signatures
(Most recent: 30 Jun 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 26
Scottish National Party: 7
Liberal Democrat: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
Independent: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
Alba Party: 1
Green Party: 1
Conservative: 1
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Commons initiatives

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


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Liam Byrne has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Liam Byrne has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Liam Byrne has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


82 Written Questions in the current parliament

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1 Other Department Questions
18th May 2021
To ask the Prime Minister, what his priorities are for the 2021 G7 summit in Cornwall.

As the most prominent grouping of democratic countries, the G7 has long been the catalyst for decisive international action to tackle the greatest challenges we face.


June's G7 Summit in Cornwall will mark the first face to face meeting of world leaders in almost two years and offers us a unique opportunity to agree concrete action to improve global health, tackle climate change and make the world fairer and more prosperous.


I look forward to meeting with my fellow leaders to discuss these issues as we all act to fight and defeat Covid and revive the global economy from its devastating impact.

Boris Johnson
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the public statement of 25 May 2020 by Dominic Cummings, whether funding from the public purse was expended on drafting that statement.

I refer the Hon. member to the answer given to PQs 52214 and 52215 on 4 June 2020.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
26th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) companies and (b) individuals who have not complied with requirements to declare beneficial ownership; and how many sanctions have been levied against individuals or companies for non-compliance.

On 1 April 2021 the number of registered companies in the UK that had not complied with requirements to declare beneficial ownership, by not listing an ultimate beneficial owner (Person of Significant Control: PSC), was 11,107 (0.25% of the effective register). Between 01/04/19 and 31/03/2021, The Insolvency Service (which is responsible for prosecuting these offences) has achieved a total of 210 convictions, of which 91 companies and 119 directors were convicted for offences relating to the beneficial ownership of companies. Two of the convicted directors also received disqualification orders for a period of 3 years.

Companies House is unable to offer an estimation of the individuals who have not complied with requirements to declare beneficial ownership. Until a company registers the details of the individual, or a statement declaring why no details have been provided, it has no indication for the cause of the non-compliance and cannot, therefore, provide a reliable estimate.

In addition to the companies that have provided details of their Persons of Significant Control, there will be a proportion of compliant companies that have legitimately not provided details of their PSC. This is because either an exemption has been applied or a statement registered in accordance with law declaring why no details have been provided.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
25th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the proportion of all registered companies in the UK which have not listed an ultimate beneficial owner; and if he will make a statement.

As of 1 April 2021, the proportion of all registered companies in the UK, having not listed an ultimate beneficial owner (Person of Significant Control) are 0.25% of the effective company register.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what (a) policies and (b) grant and funding programmes his Department has introduced to provide support to individuals and organisations in response to the covid-19 outbreak; and what funding has been allocated to each of those programmes in the 2020-21 financial year.

The Government has provided an unprecedented support package totalling over £280 billion for individuals, businesses and organisations. This includes billions in loans, grants, and business rates relief. We have also published Safer Workplaces guidance for a number of sectors, supporting businesses and employees to operate in a Covid-secure way. Businesses can also access tailored advice through the Business Support Helpline, the Business Support website or through local Growth Hubs in England.

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme and the Bounce Back Loan Scheme are all delegated schemes introduced by BEIS and overseen in conjunction with the British Business Bank.

As of 24 January 2021:

  • 1,471,001 loans have been approved under the Bounce Back Loan Scheme, with a total value of £44.74 billion.
  • 87,529 loans have been approved under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, with a total value of £20.84 billion.
  • 696 loans have been approved under the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme, with a total value of £5.14 billion.

Between March and September last year, over £11.68 billion was paid out to over a million business premises under the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF), the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund (RHLGF) and the Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund (LADGF). Grant funding has also been made available via Local Authorities to help businesses forced to close due to national and localised restrictions, and for businesses severely impacted by restrictions even if not required to close. This includes the Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (CBLP), the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG), and the different Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) schemes.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
8th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many firms have taken on apprentices as a result of the Green Homes Grant scheme.

We understand from our engagement with installers that many companies have taken on additional staff to deliver work under the scheme, which may include apprentices. There will be an independent evaluation of the processes and effectiveness of the scheme, including a comprehensive analysis of scheme outcomes and evidence collected from scheme applicants and other stakeholders.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)
8th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many registered suppliers have been registered for the Green Homes Grant scheme in (a) England, (b) each English region and (c) each local authority area.

As of 9th February, there were 927 installers registered and able to undertake work on the Green Homes Grant Voucher scheme.

Official scheme statistics will be published in due course.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)
8th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Green Homes Grant vouchers have been issued per month since the scheme’s introduction in (a) England, (b) each of the local authorities in the West Midlands Combined Authority area.

As of 08 February, 71,953 applications have been received for the Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme, with 22,165 vouchers having been issued to customers.

Official statistics will be published in due course.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his timeframe is for concluding the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge.

The Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge (IDC) is expected to disperse funding to successful projects until March 2024. The most recent competition phase of the IDC, the Phase 2 Deployment Strand, closed in October 2020 with bids currently undergoing assessment. Successful projects are expected to start to receive funding from March 2021.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the establishment of the Clean Growth Grand Challenge, what representations he has received from the Mayor of the West Midlands on establishing the West Midlands as the world's first net zero carbon industrial cluster.

Decarbonising industrial clusters represent an opportunity to drive clean growth while cutting emissions. Clusters are important providers of jobs and form a crucial part of implementing my Rt hon Friend the Prime Minister’s 10-Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution.

Around half of industrial emissions are concentrated in six clusters across the UK. That is why we launched the Industrial Clusters Mission, through which we have engaged with several industrial clusters, including the Black Country Industrial Cluster in the West Midlands. The £170 million Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge will help industrial clusters to develop their decarbonisation plans and support the rollout out of new technologies.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
27th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to section 4.6 of the Spending Review 2020, when he plans to announce further details of the financial support for electric vehicle battery production in the West Midlands.

The Government has announced nearly £500m of support through the Automotive Transformation Fund to drive the electrification of the UK automotive sector. This is part of the up to £1 billion that this Government previously committed to these efforts. The application process is managed by the Advanced Propulsion Centre on behalf of BEIS and funding will be allocated on a competitive basis, dependent on a full assessment of the relative value for money of any request received.

There are a range of factors that will influence the location of any UK Gigafactory investment, and the final location decision will be a commercial matter. There are several locations across the UK including in the West Midlands that may meet the requirements of investors, and the Government is working closely with local government and business to help inform their selection process.

Nadhim Zahawi
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
27th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the timetable for creating electric vehicle battery production in the West Midlands.

The Government has announced nearly £500m of support through the Automotive Transformation Fund to drive the electrification of the UK automotive sector. This is part of the up to £1 billion that this Government previously committed to these efforts. The application process is managed by the Advanced Propulsion Centre on behalf of BEIS and funding will be allocated on a competitive basis, dependent on a full assessment of the relative value for money of any request received.

There are a range of factors that will influence the location of any UK Gigafactory investment, and the final location decision will be a commercial matter. There are several locations across the UK including in the West Midlands that may meet the requirements of investors, and the Government is working closely with local government and business to help inform their selection process.

Nadhim Zahawi
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
27th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the proposals by the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Economic Partnership to create an electric vehicle battery manufacturing facility in the West Midlands.

The Government has announced nearly £500m of support through the Automotive Transformation Fund to drive the electrification of the UK automotive sector. This is part of the up to £1 billion that this Government previously committed to these efforts. The application process is managed by the Advanced Propulsion Centre on behalf of BEIS and funding will be allocated on a competitive basis, dependent on a full assessment of the relative value for money of any request received.

There are a range of factors that will influence the location of any UK Gigafactory investment, and the final location decision will be a commercial matter. There are several locations across the UK including in the West Midlands that may meet the requirements of investors, and the Government is working closely with local government and business to help inform their selection process.

Nadhim Zahawi
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
27th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his Department's preferred locations are for electric vehicle battery production.

The Government has announced nearly £500m of support through the Automotive Transformation Fund to drive the electrification of the UK automotive sector. This is part of the up to £1 billion that this Government previously committed to these efforts. The application process is managed by the Advanced Propulsion Centre on behalf of BEIS and funding will be allocated on a competitive basis, dependent on a full assessment of the relative value for money of any request received.

There are a range of factors that will influence the location of any UK Gigafactory investment, and the final location decision will be a commercial matter. There are several locations across the UK including in the West Midlands that may meet the requirements of investors, and the Government is working closely with local government and business to help inform their selection process.

Nadhim Zahawi
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
27th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to section 4.6 of the Spending Review 2020, if he will publish details on how the £500 million to support electric vehicle battery production will be allocated.

The Government has announced nearly £500m of support through the Automotive Transformation Fund to drive the electrification of the UK automotive sector. This is part of the up to £1 billion that this Government previously committed to these efforts. The application process is managed by the Advanced Propulsion Centre on behalf of BEIS and funding will be allocated on a competitive basis, dependent on a full assessment of the relative value for money of any request received.

There are a range of factors that will influence the location of any UK Gigafactory investment, and the final location decision will be a commercial matter. There are several locations across the UK including in the West Midlands that may meet the requirements of investors, and the Government is working closely with local government and business to help inform their selection process.

Nadhim Zahawi
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
2nd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many banks are offering loans under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.

There are currently 115 lenders accredited to provide loans under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme. Accredited lenders include a range of alternative finance providers alongside more traditional banks.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
2nd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether statutory protections from changes to interest rates are available to recipients of the Coronavirus Business Loan Interruption Scheme.

Under the terms of the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), interest rates do not change once agreed between the lender and borrower at the beginning of the term.

Lenders undergo periodic audits to check that scheme eligibility rules and processes are being followed. If it is determined that a lender is not passing on the economic benefits of the CBILS Guarantee to borrowers, the lender will be obligated to take such action as is required by the British Business Bank to rectify this.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of replicating the steps that other countries have taken to tackle price-gouging during the covid-19 pandemic.

We are committed to tackling consumer rip-offs and bad business practices, including profiteering. Although the vast majority of businesses are acting responsibly during the national effort to tackle Covid-19, a small minority are seeking to exploit the situation. The Competition and Markets Authority are seeing the number of complaints against firms engaging in profiteering decreasing.

We are working with the CMA and other consumer and retail organisations to monitor the extent of profiteering and will update the law if it is proportionate to do so. The CMA has approached over 250 traders and trade associations to challenge price rises for essential products.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he last met with representatives of (a) the Competition and Market Authority, (b) the retail industry and (c) online marketplaces to discuss the tackling of price gouging during the covid-19 outbreak; and how regularly he has met with those representatives to discuss that matter since the beginning of the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government is committed to tackling consumer rip-offs and bad business practices, including profiteering.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State met with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), business, trade and consumer organisations on Thursday 9 April to reinforce this message. The Ministerial team has ongoing engagement with stakeholders on consumer issues arising from the Covid-19 outbreak.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
19th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether it is the Government's policy to seek to draw down the UK share of the coronavirus response investment initiative.

It will be for the UK Managing Authorities to decide how best to use these flexibilities for each Programme under the European Structural and Investment Funds. They are considering this and are determining the levels of funding available for projects to address the economic and health impacts of Covid19. A clearer view of this will emerge in due course.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
19th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to announce that flexibility will be agreed to the European Structural Fund conditions for the unspent portion of Birmingham City Council's £42 million project Youth Promise Plus programme to allow (a) easement of targets to reflect levels of employment opportunities and training provision available, (b) the ability to expend funds on welfare and crisis response and (c) the potential to use existing projects to support young people at risk of being not in employment, education or training.

The European Social Fund (ESF) Managing Authority recognises the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and how this may significantly impact on an organisation’s ability to deliver against agreed targets. Officials are working with project leaders to understand this impact and will discuss this with them on a case by case basis.

The European Structural and Investment Funds Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response was announced via Action Note 047/20 on 26 March 2020, with a Question and Answer document published on gov.uk. The detail within these announcements highlights how the Managing Authority has the ability to consider requests from existing projects to refocus their funding provision to respond directly to local challenges caused by COVID-19.

The Government fully recognises the potential impact of the current situation on young people and is considering the gains which could be achieved from increasing the scope of existing projects aimed at supporting young people who may be at risk of becoming not in employment, education or training.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
23rd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, for what reasons the funding for the UK Youth Parliament has been reduced; and if he will make a statement.

HM Government’s core funding for the UK Youth Parliament in 21/22 remains at the same level as the previous two years. Additional funding has been made available in 21/22 to continue enabling UK-wide participation in this programme.

Matt Warman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what (a) policies and (b) grant and funding programmes his Department has introduced to provide support to individuals and organisations in response to the covid-19 outbreak; and what funding has been allocated to each of those programmes in the 2020-21 financial year.

DCMS has provided a range of financial support schemes in response to the Covid-19 outbreak and the challenges it has presented. In July 2020 the Secretary of State announced the Culture Recovery Fund to support arts organisations, heritage sites and independent cinemas through £1.57 billion worth of loans and grants. So far over £1 billion of this has been allocated and a second round of funding including £300 million grants and £100 million in repayable finance was announced in December 2020, and launched in January. This scheme has supported more than 75,000 jobs and has assisted cultural institutions such as the National Theatre, and the Royal Albert Hall, as well as thousands of other organisations across England.

The Government has provided unprecedented support to businesses through tax reliefs, cash grants and employee wage support. On 19th November 2020, the government announced a £300 million Sport Winter Survival Package to provide a lifeline to organisations that would otherwise not survive the winter as a result of the restriction on spectators announced from 1 October. Beyond elite level sport, on the 22nd October 2020, the government announced a £100 million support fund for local authority leisure centres. Sport England are also providing £220million directly to support community sport clubs and exercise centres through this pandemic, including their £35 million Community Emergency Fund. Sport England’s new strategy, ‘Uniting the Movement’, dedicated £50 million to support grassroots sports clubs and organisations.

In addition, DCMS has made available an unprecedented £750 million package of support, specifically for charities, social enterprises and the voluntary sector. This has ensured that charities and other civil society organisations, including those at risk of financial hardship, could continue their vital work during the Covid-19 outbreak. This includes the £7.5m Loneliness Covid-19 Winter Fund targeting loneliness and bringing people together through libraries, arts services and radio, as well as the £16.5m Youth Covid-19 Support fund for grassroots youth clubs, uniformed youth groups and national youth organisations. In order to increase the community support given to vulnerable people affected by Covid-19, we also delivered the £200m Coronavirus Community Support Fund. This funding has helped to maintain and enhance services for vulnerable people affected by the current Covid-19 crisis, where delivery organisations are experiencing income disruption and/or increased demand.

John Whittingdale
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
10th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding has been awarded under the Culture Recovery Fund, by region.

While over £500m from the Culture Recovery Fund has been allocated, some capital elements are still being allocated, and many applications are still being processed.

However, across heritage and arts recovery grant awards made to date (11 Nov), the regional breakdown is as follows:

Region

No. of awards

Total Awarded

North East

103

£22,454,843

North West

327

£62,663,311

Yorkshire and The Humber

224

£43,099,069

East Midlands

187

£29,701,256

West Midlands

220

£45,502,109

East of England

206

£34,531,071

London

752

£155,917,286

South East

345

£62,615,121

South West

296

£50,529,933

Out of England*

4

£254,850

Grand Total

2664

£507,268,849

*based on applicant postcode

Caroline Dinenage
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
5th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will (a) set out the budget for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games legacy programme and (b) list the contributing funding organisations.

The Government, along with Birmingham City Council and its partners, are investing £778 million to deliver the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.This investment is driving significant legacy opportunities including job creation, community and sports facilities and a timely boost to businesses. An additional £24 million investment from the government and the West Midlands Combined Authority to create a Trade, Tourism, and Investment Programme will ensure the city, region and the UK can take advantage of the economic opportunities hosting the Games provides. Many other partners and organisations are actively involved in and contributing to the work of the legacy programme, including Sport England, Spirit of 2012 and the Commonwealth Sports Foundation.

Nigel Huddleston
Assistant Whip
5th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will set out the (a) specific initiatives and (b) associated funding for each initiative funded through the £10.7 million Sport England Birmingham and Solihull Local Delivery Pilot.

Since 2017, Sport England’s Birmingham and Solihull Local Delivery Pilot has been delivered through The Active Wellbeing Society, the region’s Active Partnership, supporting over 600,000 older people, women, young families, BAME communities and children to enjoy the health, wellbeing, social and other benefits of being active.

Sport England is awarding £10,713,328 of National Lottery investment in the ‘Active Communities’ programme to promote being active across the region until 2024. Initiatives promoted by this programme include:

    • Developing a network of community activity champions;

    • A Birmingham Wellbeing panel and ‘The Crowd’ online platform launching this autumn;

    • Social prescribing schemes with healthcare professionals that use local community sports facilities;

    • Community activities including Active Streets, Active Parks, the Big Run and Walk Project and Big Bikes Birmingham;

    • Schools-based programmes to increase participation in sport and activity ;

    • The Share Shacks programme, offering places where people can borrow equipment that helps communities to play sport and be active, supported by additional bike repair services and community cafes; and

    • Tactical Urbanism schemes, including ‘pop-up parks’, redeveloping disused land for community use and supporting low-traffic neighbourhoods.

Nigel Huddleston
Assistant Whip
4th Feb 2020
To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether (a) verbal and (b) written guidance has been issued to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games delivery authority on becoming accredited by the Living Wage Foundation as a living wage employer.

The Department has confirmed to the Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games that it should ensure that its staff and contractors are paid the national living wage, in line with the government’s policy. The Organising Committee also asks suppliers to demonstrate how they support its Social Values Charter as part of the procurement process. The Social Values Charter is on the Organising Committee’s website at https://www.birmingham2022.com/news/blog/delivering-social-value/.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what (a) policies and (b) grant and funding programmes his Department has introduced to provide support to individuals and organisations in response to the covid-19 outbreak; and what funding has been allocated to each of those programmes in the 2020-21 financial year.

The Department is continuing to fund nurseries and schools as normal and provide 16-19 funding allocations to further education (FE) colleges as usual throughout the COVID-19 outbreak.

A) Policies

Schools

This has been a challenging time for teachers and school leaders, and the Government has supported them since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak. We have regularly published and updated guidance to ensure that it reflects the most up-to-date medical and scientific information to make sure that teachers, parents, and young people are as well informed as possible in the current rapidly changing circumstances. The latest guidance for schools is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak.

On 3 February 2021, the Government confirmed the appointment of Sir Kevan Collins as the education recovery commissioner. He will advise on the approach for education recovery, with a particular focus on helping students catch up on education lost because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Department will be working in collaboration with the education sector to develop short, medium, and long-term plans to make sure children and young people have the chance to make up their education over the course of this Parliament, further details will be made available in due course.

Vulnerable Children

During the period of national lockdown announced on 4 January 2021, primary, secondary, alternative provision, special schools, and FE colleges have remained open to vulnerable children and young people. We expected schools to offer a place to all vulnerable children. Those who are vulnerable include those who have a social worker, those with an education health and care plan or those who have been deemed to be otherwise vulnerable by local authorities or education providers.

Where vulnerable children and young people cannot attend education provision (including post-16), we have asked local authorities, schools, and colleges to ensure they have systems in place to keep in touch with them.

Throughout all restrictions to date, children’s social care services and early help services have continued to support vulnerable children and young people and their families. We will continue to ensure this is the case during this period of national restrictions.

Temporary secondary legislation was laid in April 2020 to support the delivery of services and allow local authorities to focus on child protection issues. As the COVID-19 outbreak continued and following public consultation, a small number of flexibilities from those regulations remained in place from 25 September 2020. These regulations are due to expire on 31 March 2021. A public consultation seeking views on extending the flexibilities for a further six months ran until 28 February 2021.

B) Grant and Funding Programmes

Early Years

We are funding nurseries as usual and all children are able to attend their nurseries in all parts of England. Where nurseries do see a drop in income from either parent-paid fees or income from the Department for Education, they are able to use the furlough scheme.

We will fund local authorities in the 2021 spring term based on their January 2021 census. If attendance rises after the census is taken, we will top-up councils to up to 85% of their January 2020 census level, where a local authority can provide evidence for increased attendance during the spring term. This will give local authorities additional financial confidence to pay providers for increasing attendance later in the spring term.

We have provided £5.3 million to existing early years voluntary and community sector (VCS) partners on the home learning environment and EYSEND to support disadvantaged early children’s development and well-being and early years providers to help children catch up and transition back into early education in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak.

We have invested £9 million on improving the language skills of reception age children who need it most this academic year. Working with the Education Endowment Foundation, we are providing training and resources for the Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI), free of charge, to schools that would particularly benefit.

In January 2021, we announced £18 million to support language development in the early years next academic year – £8 million to offer the NELI to many more schools and £10 million for a pre-reception early language catch up programme.

Schools and Catch up

The Government is providing a comprehensive package of support, including the £170 million Covid Winter Grant Scheme, enabling councils to support those families in need.

The Government announced a significant expansion of the Holiday Activities and Food Programme with funding of up to £220 million, reaching all local authority areas from Easter 2021.

Last year Edenred reported that over £380 million worth of voucher codes had been redeemed into supermarket eGift cards by schools and families through the scheme as of 19 August 2020.

Edenred also reported that over 20,350 schools placed orders for the scheme.

During the period of school opening restrictions, schools have continued to provide meal options for all pupils who are in school. Meals should be available free of charge to all infant pupils and pupils who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals who are in school. Schools are also continuing to provide free school meal support to pupils who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals and who are learning at home.

We have been providing £3.50 top-up funding per eligible pupil per week for schools providing lunch parcels and £15 per eligible child per week for vouchers. Extra costs incurred will be claimed retrospectively by schools and all valid claims will be paid in full.

In June 2020 we announced a catch-up package worth £1 billion, including a ‘Catch Up Premium’ worth a total of £650 million to support schools to make up for lost teaching time and £350m for the National Tutoring Programme.

In January 2021 we also committed to a further programme of catch up which will involve £300 million of new money to early years, schools and providers of 16-19 further education for high-quality tutoring.

The Government is investing over £400 million to support access to remote education and online social care services, including securing 1.3 million laptops and tablets for disadvantaged children and young people.

As of Monday 1 March, over 1.2 million laptops and tablets have been delivered to schools, trusts, local authorities, and further education colleges.

The Government has set out further measures to support education recovery in the written ministerial statement of Wednesday 24 February, which includes a new one-off £302 million Recovery Premium for state primary and secondary schools, building on the Pupil Premium, to further support pupils who need it most.

Further Education

16-19

Part of the skills recovery package included the high value courses for school and college leavers one year offer for 18- and 19-year-olds. This is to encourage and support delivery of selected Level 2 and 3 qualifications in specific subjects and sectors that enable a more productive economy and support young people to remain engaged with education, employment and training. This is a one-off intervention in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and supports 18- to 19-year-olds leaving school or college to find work in high-demand sectors like engineering, construction, and social care. We will provide £100 million to create more places on Level 2 and 3 courses for the 2020-21 academic year.

We are supporting the largest ever expansion of traineeships, providing an additional 30,000 places in the 2020-21 academic year, to ensure that more young people have access to high-quality training. To encourage this, we have introduced £1,000 incentive payments for employers who offer traineeship work placement opportunities between 1 September 2020 and 31 July 2021. As part of the Plan for Jobs, an additional £111 million has been made available for traineeships in the 2020-21 financial year.

The 16 to 19 tuition fund was set up to provide one-off funding, for the 2020-21 academic year only. We are providing £37 million to support the 16-19 tuition fund for the remainder of the 2020-21 academic year as part of the wider COVID-19 catch up package. This is ring fenced funding for schools, colleges and all other 16-19 providers to help mitigate the disruption to learning arising from COVID-19.

19+

We are continuing to invest in education and skills training for adults through the Adult Education Budget (AEB) £1.34 billion in 2020-21.

In response to COVID-19, we have introduced a change to the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) AEB Funding Rules for the 2020-21 academic year, to enable providers to use their learner support funds to purchase IT devices for students (aged 19+) and to help them meet students’ IT connectivity costs, where these costs are a barrier to accessing or continuing in their training.

Last year, due to COVID-19, we lowered the AEB reconciliation threshold for grant funded providers to 68%, based on provider’s average delivery during the 2019-20 academic year. In view of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, including the transfer to remote education and the reduced attendance on-site with effect from 5 January, we are currently reviewing the end of year reconciliation position for 2020-21. Any changes to the published arrangements will be communicated in the ESFA’s Weekly Update (published on gov.uk) in due course.

We welcome my right hon. Friend, the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s announcement of an additional £17 million in the 2020-21 financial year to support an increase in the number of sector-based work academy programme (SWAP) placements. In England, the pre-employment training element of SWAPs is generally funded by the Department for Education through the AEB, which in several regions is managed by the relevant mayoral combined authority (MCA).

In devolved areas, it is for MCAs (or the Greater London Authority) to determine funding arrangements for adult education for their residents.

Higher Education

We recognised that the COVID-19 outbreak would make this a challenging year for higher education (HE). This is why, alongside access to the business support schemes, we brought forward £2 billion+ worth of tuition fee payments, provided £280 million grant funding for research and established a loan scheme to cover up to 80% of a university’s income losses from international students for the academic year 2020-21 up to the value of their non-publicly funded research activity support research.

The Department has worked with the Office for Students (OfS) to clarify that universities are able to use existing funds, worth around £256 million for academic year 2020-21, towards hardship support. We are also making available an additional £50 million of hardship funding this financial year. In total we have made £70 million of funding available for student hardship including the £20 million made available to universities in December. Alongside this we have worked with the OfS to provide student space, which has been funded by up to £3 million by the OfS to support student mental health.

Apprenticeships

Following the COVID-19 outbreak, we introduced policy flexibilities to support apprentices and employers to continue with, and complete, their programmes and we encouraged providers and assessment organisations to deliver training and assessments flexibly, including remotely, to enable this. Our guidance provides further detail: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-apprenticeship-programme-response.

To help employers offer new apprenticeships, as part of the Government's Plan for Jobs, they are able to claim £2,000 for every apprentice they hire as a new employee under the age of 25, and £1,500 for new apprentices aged 25 and over between 1 August 2020 and 31 March 2021. Incentive payments are funded from the overall annual, apprenticeship budget. In the 2020-21 financial year, funding available for investment in apprenticeships in England is almost £2.5 billion, double what was spent in the 2010-11 financial year.

Vulnerable Children

The Government has provided £4.6 billion of funding to support councils through the COVID-19 outbreak, this is part of an unprecedented level of additional financial support in recent times. The Government has also allocated funding to children’s voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations. This funding aims to ensure charities can continue to provide services that safeguard vulnerable children and protect them from harm.

The Government has provided £40.8 million this year for the Family Fund to help over 80,000 low-income families who have children with disabilities or serious illnesses. This includes £13.5 million specifically in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Nick Gibb
Minister of State (Education)
28th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of pupils in England started higher education by age 19 in 2018-19 in constituencies in the West Midlands Combined Authority Area by (a) ethnicity and (b) free school meals eligibility.

The figures below relate to the 7 constituent authorities[1] of the West Midlands Combined Authority Area (WMCA).

The table below shows the number and proportion of pupils who were in state-funded schools and special schools at age 15 in the WMCA who progressed to higher education (HE) by age 19 in the 2018/19 academic year by free school meal status.

Progression to HE by age 19 by the 2018/19 academic year by free school meal status

Pupils attending state-funded schools in WMCA at age 15

Free school meal status

HE students

All pupils

HE progression rate

All other pupils

11,828

24,990

47.3%

Free school meals[2]

2,176

6,968

31.2%

All

14,004

31,958

43.8%

Source: Matched data from the Department for Education's National Pupil Database, Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Student Record and the Education and Skills Funding Agency's Individual Learning Record.

The table below shows the number and proportion of pupils who were in state-funded schools and special schools at age 15 in the WMCA who progressed to HE by age 19 in the 2018/19 academic year by ethnic group.

Progression to HE by age 19 by the 2018/19 academic year by ethnic group

Pupils attending state-funded schools in WMCA at age 15

Ethnic group

HE students

All pupils

HE progression rate

White

6,613

18,730

35.3%

White – British

6,183

17,661

35.0%

White – Irish

86

174

49.4%

Traveller of Irish Heritage

0

5

0.0%

Gypsy / Roma

4

71

5.6%

Any Other White Background

340

819

41.5%

Mixed

810

2,015

40.2%

White and Black Caribbean

332

968

34.3%

White and Black African

46

105

43.8%

White and Asian

190

412

46.1%

Any Other Mixed Background

242

530

45.7%

Asian

4,714

7,687

61.3%

Indian

1,605

2,209

72.7%

Pakistani

2,193

4,053

54.1%

Bangladeshi

606

929

65.2%

Any Other Asian Background

310

496

62.5%

Black

1,295

2,446

52.9%

Black Caribbean

442

1,025

43.1%

Black – African

734

1,178

62.3%

Any Other Black Background

119

243

49.0%

Chinese

65

83

78.3%

Any Other Ethnic Group

363

639

56.8%

Unknown

144

358

40.2%

All

14,004

31,958

43.8%

Source: Matched data from the Department for Education's National Pupil Database, HESA Student Record and the Education and Skills Funding Agency's Individual Learning Record.

[1] The constituent authorities are: Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton

[2] Eligible for and claiming free school meals

Michelle Donelan
Minister of State (Education)
13th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what dicussions he plans to have with Chartwells UK on the adequacy of food parcels supplied to families eligible for free school meals.

The continuing provision of free school meals to children from out of work families or those on low incomes is of the utmost importance to this government.

The government does not hold any direct contracts with school catering companies. School catering contracts are agreed locally, and are held at school, academy trust, or local authority level. We have guidance in place allowing schools to decide the best approach for supporting free school meal pupils who are at home. This can be through lunch parcels, local vouchers or the national voucher scheme which re-opened on Monday 18 January 2021.

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

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



Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
6th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of school children have access to laptops at home in the West Midlands Combined Authority area.

The Government is investing over £400 million to support access to remote education and online social care services, including securing over one million laptops and tablets for disadvantaged children and young people. This includes over 700,000 laptops and tablets that were delivered to schools, since the start of the outbreak.

Laptops and tablets are owned by schools, trusts or local authorities who can lend these to children and young people who need them most, during the current COVID-19 restrictions.

More information on the number of devices delivered to each local authority and academy trust can viewed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/laptops-tablets-and-4g-wireless-routers-progress-data.

Nick Gibb
Minister of State (Education)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) policies and (b) grant and funding programmes his Department has introduced to provide support to individuals and organisations in response to the covid-19 outbreak; and what funding has been allocated to each of those programmes in the 2020-21 financial year.

Since March the Government’s priority has been to save lives and protect jobs, businesses, and livelihoods. To support workers and businesses across all sectors the Government has provided an unprecedented package of support worth more than £280 billion.

My Department has introduced a number of support packages to avoid the loss of productive capacity, prevent disproportionate harm to the economy or society and to protect vulnerable groups against the effects of Covid-19. These are as follows:

  1. Clinical Extremely Vulnerable individuals – in March 2020, Defra put in place £212m of packages to support individuals defined as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable. This included food boxes delivered to those that were shielding and the set-up of the National Shielding helpline.
  2. Food for economically vulnerable individuals – In April 2020, Defra secured funding, via a DCMS managed scheme for the voluntary and charity sectors, to support the distribution of grants worth £16m to front line charities who were best placed to respond to the immediate needs of economically vulnerable people. The majority of this funding was provided to FareShare. In November 2020, building on the support given to the most vulnerable during the initial months of the pandemic, the Government announced a winter support package of interventions to support the economically vulnerable. The winter package included a further £16m of funding for Defra to support food charities with the purchasing and distribution of food to the vulnerable over a 16-week period starting from the beginning of December. This funding stream is being managed by the food redistributor FareShare.
  3. The Local Authority Emergency Assistance Grant – a further scheme to support people struggling to afford food and other essential supplies was announced on 10 June 2020. The £63m package of support was distributed to Local Authorities to make discretionary one-off emergency payments to people in their communities in need.
  4. Emergency surplus food grant – In April 2020, through the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), Defra launched a series of grant opportunities to support the redistribution of surplus food to those most in need. Defra made £3.25m available for this Covid-19 emergency grant. The primary focus of the fund is to enable not-for-profit organisations both large and small to overcome barriers to the distribution of surplus food that would otherwise be wasted in the wake of Covid-19.
  5. Zoo Animals Fund – In May 2020 the Government launched the Zoo Support Fund. This initial £14 million envelope for zoos was increased to up to £100 million (with final expenditure subject to zoos’ submitting successful applications) in August 2020 when the Zoo Support Fund was replaced by the Zoo Animals Fund. These funds have been created for the purpose of providing for zoos which, due to a coronavirus-related drop in income, are experiencing severe financial difficulties and need support in caring for their animals. These funds were introduced to ensure the welfare of zoo animals, including when zoos are closing, downsizing or rehoming their collections.
  6. Fisheries Response Fund (FRF) – The FRF provided up to £9 million in funding for catching and aquaculture businesses with payments to individual businesses capped at £10k. The FRF covered fixed costs for the period April to June 2020. A further £1 million was also made available for projects to encourage domestic selling through the Domestic Seafood Supply scheme.
  7. Seafood Response Fund (SRF) – The SRF was announced on 21 February to support catching and shellfish aquaculture businesses across the UK which continue to be impacted by Covid-19. The scheme will be similar to the FRF, providing grants to eligible businesses to assist them in covering their fixed costs for the period January-March 2021. Further details are expected shortly, with the scheme opening to applications in early March.
  8. Dairy Response Fund (DRF) – The DRF was a fund to provide support to eligible dairy farmers in England who have been significantly impacted by the Covid-19 outbreak. Eligible farmers were entitled to up to £10,000 each to cover 70% of their losses incurred across April and May as a result of a drop in price. The fund opened on 18 June 2020 and closed on 11 September 2020. The DRF paid 132 farmers a total of £1,017,250.
  9. Changes to the Textile Grant Fund – Defra also worked with the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) to alter the requirements of the Textile Grant Fund so that the grant could be used for capital costs to reconfigure a business to comply with Covid-19 safety measures, where this forms an integral part of an innovative proposal/project; and to streamline the application process so that these funds could be allocated more quickly.
  10. Arms length bodies – A number of Defra arms-length bodies including RGB Kew and the Forestry Commission have been seriously impacted by the pandemic, in particular through a significant reduction in revenue generating activity. We have worked closely with HMT to address this and provided additional budget cover of £19m to provide some protection and a viable operating model going into 21/22.
  11. Green Recovery Challenge Fund – This fund enabled environmental charities and their partners to kick-start a range of nature projects that had been adversely affected by the pandemic. Funding was made available quickly in order to create and retain jobs in the nature sector. £40m was allocated to the fund in 20/21.
  12. European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) – £800k was also made available in England through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) to mitigate the impacts of Covid-19. This included £300k for improvements to health and safety on board fishing vessels and £500k for ports or harbour infrastructure projects which reduce the impact of Covid-19. This funding has now been committed and is no longer open to new applications.

In addition, Defra has worked with delivery bodies and partners to introduce a number of regulatory easements to ensure regulatory obligations remain proportionate in these challenging circumstances, including in the areas of veterinary medicines, environmental regulations and marketing standards inspections. Specific interventions were also made with key Departments to ease regulations to support food supply, including competition law exclusions and driver hours flexibilities.

Victoria Prentis
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what (a) policies and (b) grant and funding programmes her Department has introduced to provide support to individuals and organisations in response to the covid-19 outbreak; and what funding has been allocated to each of those programmes in the 2020-21 financial year.

Through Project DEFEND, my Department has led cross-Whitehall efforts on securing critical supply chains, working alongside industry to ensure diversification of supply for the most critical of goods that are imported into the United Kingdom.

This has led to great successes, such as sourcing almost 31 billion items of PPE internationally, which were then procured by the Department of Health and Social Care and have been crucial to the country’s Covid-19 response.

Our network of International Trade Advisors has stepped up and supported business with advice throughout the pandemic too. Through Britain’s export credit agency, UK Export Finance, we have guaranteed bank loans, improving access to working capital and helping businesses to cope with temporary disruption to payments or in their supply chain.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) policies and (b) grant and funding programmes his Department has introduced to provide support to individuals and organisations in response to the covid-19 outbreak; and what funding has been allocated to each of those programmes in the 2020-21 financial year.

My department has introduced vital measures to ensure the continued safe operation of key modes of public transport throughout the pandemic. Details of the measures and costs associated have been published in the NAO’s online tracker of the Government's interventions on Covid-19. This is available online at https://www.nao.org.uk/covid-19/cost-tracker/

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
27th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he will approve the business case for the East Birmingham tram.

Transport for the West Midlands (part of the West Midlands Combined Authority) has recently confirmed that the East Birmingham to Solihull tram extension scheme is in development, and it is for them to develop a business case.

As announced at Budget and confirmed in the Spending Review, the government is investing £4.2 billion in the transport networks of eight city regions across England from 22/23, including West Midlands Combined Authority area.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
27th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to approve his Department's component of the funding package for three new railway stations on the Camp Hill line; what financial contributions the project's partners will make; and what the timetable is for each partner signing off their final contributions.

The Camp Hill Line in Birmingham is strongly advocated by Mayor Andy Street, as part of his economic plan for the region. The government is supportive of these plans and is willing to provide a contribution to the development of the three new stations mentioned in the question. The full business case has been received by the Department and officials are working through the funding and timetabling of the proposed scheme. The balance of the funding will be raised and approved locally, and is a matter for West Midlands Combined Authority.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 1 September 2020 to Question 76602, what the timescale is for publishing the plan for integrated rail investment.

The Department plans to publish the Integrated Rail Plan for North and Midlands by the end of the year following the publication of the National Infrastructure Commission’s Rail Needs Assessment.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
20th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to speed up the delivery of High Speed Two.

Following the award of Notice-to-Proceed and the start of main works construction on Phase One, my Department is continuing to work hard to identify opportunities for HS2 to meet the ambition of the Government’s ‘Project Speed’ agenda and being forward its delivery.

To support this aim I held a constructive meeting with the four Joint Ventures responsible for delivering the Main Works Civils on Phase One to gather ideas and feedback from the industry on how to accelerate works across High Speed 2.

As recommended by the Oakervee Review, my Department is also undertaking a study to consider the efficiency of Euston station.

The Oakervee review also concluded, following experience on Phase One, that having smaller Bills/phases may be better for allowing the easier scrutiny of proposals in Parliament and therefore faster construction of the project. I intend to present legislation for the route into Manchester for deposit in Parliament by early 2022.

The department is to develop an integrated plan for rail investment to make sure we are bringing benefits to the North and Midlands as quickly and efficiently as we possibly can.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many jobs have been created by the Kickstart programme in the West Midlands Combined Authority area.

I refer the honourable member to PQ 145013.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) policies and (b) grant and funding programmes her Department has introduced to provide support to individuals and organisations in response to the covid-19 outbreak; and what funding has been allocated to each of those programmes in the 2020-21 financial year.

Throughout this pandemic, this Government has delivered an unprecedented package of support to protect jobs and businesses and, for those in most need, injected billions into the welfare system.

As of 5 January, England entered nationwide restrictions to manage a new variant of Coronavirus. With these restrictions, businesses in retail, hospitality and leisure facing forced closure in England are eligible for a one-off grant worth up to £9,000 to help them through to spring. This is on top of the existing Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) which will continue to offer businesses support of up to £3,000 for each month they’re closed.

Local authorities are being provided with a top up to the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) worth £500 million, bringing the total value of ARG to over £1.6 billion. This grant ensures local authorities can support, on a discretionary basis, businesses not eligible for other grants but still affected by restrictions. Business grant policy remains a fully devolved area, with the Devolved Administrations receiving their share of this funding through the Barnett formula in the usual way.

Businesses across the UK can continue to apply for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), which as of mid-December had supported 9.9 million jobs at the cost of over £45 billion, and its extension until the end of April 2021 will give many businesses and workers much-needed security. The Government has also extended the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) until the end of April 2021, with a boosted package of support providing the self-employed with grants covering 80% of average trading profits. So far SEISS has seen 2.7 million self-employed workers make claims under the scheme totalling £13.7 billion.

Businesses needing access to liquidity can also apply for guaranteed loans through various loan schemes, including the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme and the Bounce Back Loan Scheme, until the end of March 2021. Over 1.4 million small and medium sized companies have received government-backed loans, worth over £68 billion.

This support comes on top of billions of pounds’ worth of business rates reliefs, tax deferrals, and other labour market schemes.

To support those on low incomes through the outbreak, DWP introduced a package of temporary welfare measures. Taken together, these measures provide over £7bn of additional support through the welfare system for people affected by COVID-19. These include the £20 Universal Credit uplift, increasing the Local Housing Allowance rates for Universal Credit and Housing Benefit claimants, and suspending the Minimum Income Floor for self-employed UC claimants.

DWP also introduced a number of programmes and policy changes to offer support to individuals and organisations. Funding was received to support Covid-19 measures of £1.2bn which include £870 million for Restarting the Job Market and £170m for the Winter Support Grant Scheme).

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
3rd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the value for money of the system for paying housing benefit to providers of exempt accommodation.

No such assessment has been made.

We are working with the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government to improve value for money and quality in the supported housing sector through our joint oversight regime. An important step in this programme was the launch of Local Authority pilots in Birmingham and four other areas, to test innovative ways of ensuring good quality and value for money in supported housing, including exempt accommodation.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
27th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to section 2.9 of of the Spending Review 2020, if she publish the value of the average job subsidy in the Restart programme.

The chancellor announced at Spending Review £2.9bn for three years of referrals to Restart. Restart will provide intensive, tailored employment support to help over 1 million people back towards sustained employment.

There will be no job subsidies paid as part of the Restart programme. Further detail on the scheme will be announced in due course.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
27th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many jobs have been created by the Kickstart programme in the West Midlands Combined Authority area.

So far applications from Gateways and employers covering 32,113 jobs have been approved.

We are currently finalising our MI data at a local level and we will be able to provide further information such as regional figures early in the new year.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
7th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will provide written instructions to NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group requiring them (a) to liaise with hon. Members in the planning of community vaccinations and (b) to provide hon. Members with at least seven days notice of planned community vaccination sessions.

There are no plans to do so. Whilst it is encouraged that clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) do liaise with local leaders and hon. Members, CCGs are autonomous organisations. As such, there is no formal guidance on the level of interaction CCGs should have with hon. Members and this should be discussed at a local level.

Nadhim Zahawi
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to address the persistent shortages of Registered Nurses in Birmingham’s hospitals identified by the Care Quality Commission in December 2020.

Individual National Health Service employers deliver their own recruitment policies to meet their local need. However, NHS England and NHS Improvement are continuing to work closely with the trusts to ensure that they have appropriate support in place to address the issues identified and that they make sufficient progress.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) policies and (b) grant and funding programmes his Department has introduced to provide support to individuals and organisations in response to the covid-19 outbreak; and what funding has been allocated to each of those programmes in the 2020-21 financial year.

As part of the 2020 Spending Review, HM Treasury announced that for 2020-21 agreed funding includes; £52 billion for frontline health services to tackle the pandemic including £22 billion for the Test and Trace programme; over £15 billion for the procurement of personal protective equipment; and £2.7 billion to support the development and procurement of vaccines. This also included £3 billion for a package of additional capacity initiatives to support the National Health Service through the winter, including keeping the Nightingale hospitals capacity available, accessing increased capacity from independent sector providers and supporting increased safe discharge of patients from NHS hospitals.

Additionally, we have implemented a temporary NHS finance regime for the first half of the year that ensured every penny spent in NHS systems was fully reimbursed and provided approximately £2.7 billion extra funding to cover the second half of this financial year, to support NHS organisations to manage ongoing COVID-19 pressures and resume routine activity. We have provided up to £1.46 billion for infection control and other grants, funding predominantly given to local authorities to help cover the costs of implementing measures to reduce transmission. This was first introduced in May 2020 and was then extended to March 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
28th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to use the 11,300 community pharmacies in England to administer the Oxford/AstraZeneca covid-19 vaccine at scale.

From 1 February 2021, 130 community pharmacies have started to offer the COVID-19 vaccination service, including the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, with more pharmacies joining the service over the coming weeks. Some pharmacists and members of their team have also been working with general practitioners to deliver the vaccine in many areas of the country.

NHS England and NHS Improvement are working with all the national pharmacy organisations on plans to ensure that community pharmacies are used to optimal effect in the COVID-19 vaccination programme, starting with the sites that can do this at scale.

Nadhim Zahawi
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
13th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish statistics on covid-19 vaccinations at constituency level.

NHS England publishes weekly data for vaccinations in England by constituency, which is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/covid-19-vaccinations/

Nadhim Zahawi
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
5th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many of the 15,841 covid-19 cases that were not initially reported to Public Health England between 25 September and 2 October 2020 related to individuals who lived in the West Midlands metropolitan area.

A total of 1,093 of 15,841 covid-19 cases not initially reported to Public Health England between 25 September and 2 October 2020 related to individuals from the West Midlands metropolitan area.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the methodology the Government is using to calculate the national R rate for covid-19 infections.

The process for formulating the R number is a complex one. The Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M), which convenes once a week, builds a consensus on the value of R based on expert scientific advice from multiple academic groups. The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies then reviews this and provides advice to the Government on the latest R figure. More information on how R is calculated can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-publishes-latest-r-number

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) quantity and (b) items of personal protective equipment were transported from Turkey to the UK by the RAF on 20 April 2020.

185,000 gowns and coveralls were transported from Turkey to the United Kingdom by the Royal Air Force on 22 April.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he plans to take to encourage his international counterparts to contribute to the twentieth replenishment of the International Development Association.

At a meeting of the World Bank Group's Development Committee in April, I welcomed the early replenishment of the International Development Association. The UK has consistently advocated for other donors to give their support to an early twentieth replenishment of the International Development Association. We will continue to engage with partners in support of the replenishment ahead of the pledging session in December.

James Duddridge
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
18th May 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on the reallocation of the IMF's existing stock of Special Drawing Rights.

The IMF Special Drawing Right (SDR) is an international reserve asset designed to supplement the official reserves of IMF member countries. SDRs are allocated to members, including the UK, in proportion to their IMF quota shares. HMG therefore holds SDRs as part of the UK’s international reserves.

The UK has previously used its SDRs to lend to the IMF’s concessional financing facility, the Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust (PRGT). The UK also strongly supports work on a new SDR allocation to provide additional financing to low-income countries. As this year’s G7 Chair, the UK will continue to work closely with the IMF and international partners on options for the further voluntary channelling of SDRs.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
2nd Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what international initiatives he plans to implement to ensure an international reallocation of the IMF'S stock of Special Drawing Rights, ahead of the G7 meeting in June 2021.

The UK supports work on a new Special Drawing Rights (SDR) allocation to provide additional financing to low-income countries. On Friday 12 February the Chancellor chaired the first G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting and set out his priorities for the year including working to provide necessary support for the world’s most vulnerable countries, including through ensuring that the International Financial Institutions have the right tools to equip and enable vulnerable countries to respond to the pandemic. At the G20 Finance Ministers meeting on Friday 26 February the Chancellor also expressed his desire for work on a new IMF Special Drawing Rights allocation which gives additional financing to low income countries to help their response and recovery.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what (a) policies and (b) grant and funding programmes his Department has introduced to provide support to individuals and organisations in response to the covid-19 outbreak; and what funding has been allocated to each of those programmes in the 2020-21 financial year.

Since March the Government’s priority has been to save lives and protect jobs, businesses, and livelihoods. To support workers and businesses across all sectors the Government has provided an unprecedented package of support worth more than £280 billion.

As of 5 January, England entered nationwide restrictions to manage a new variant of Coronavirus. With these restrictions, businesses in retail, hospitality and leisure facing forced closure in England are eligible for a one-off grant worth up to £9,000 to help them through to spring. This is on top of the existing Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) which will continue to offer businesses support of up to £3,000 for each month they closed.

Local authorities are being provided with a top up to the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) worth £500 million, bringing the total value of ARG to over £1.6 billion. This grant ensures local authorities can support, on a discretionary basis, businesses not eligible for other grants but still affected by restrictions. Business grant policy remains a fully devolved area, with the Devolved Administrations receiving their share of this funding through the Barnett formula in the usual way.

Businesses across the UK can continue to apply for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), which as of mid-December had supported 9.9 million jobs at the cost of over £45 billion, and its extension until the end of April 2021 will give many businesses and workers much-needed security. The Government has also extended the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) until the end of April 2021, with a boosted package of support providing the self-employed with grants covering 80% of average trading profits. So far SEISS has seen 2.7 million self-employed workers make claims under the scheme totaling £13.7 billion.

Businesses needing access to liquidity can also apply for guaranteed loans through various loan schemes, including the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme and the Bounce Back Loan Scheme, until the end of March 2021. Over 1.4 million small and medium sized companies have received government-backed loans, worth over £68 billion.

This support comes on top of billions of pounds’ worth of business rates reliefs, tax deferrals, and other labour market schemes.
Kemi Badenoch
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
27th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to section 2.7 of the Spending Review 2020, how many public sector employees will be affected by the pause in pay awards in 2021-22.

The government expects there will be around 1.3m public sector employees in direct scope of the temporary pause in pay uplifts. This is the sum of the workforces for which central government is responsible for setting pay.

Within this number, those earning less than £24,000 on a full-time equivalent basis will still receive a pay rise, of at least £250.

Steve Barclay
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
27th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the borrowing capacity of the West Midlands Combined Authority is and what portion of this capacity has been used.

HM Treasury agreed debt caps with several Mayoral Combined Authorities in 2018. These caps place a limit on long-term external debt in each financial year, and for the West Midlands this cap is:

£

2018-19

2019-20

2020-21

WMCA long-term external debt

546,744,807

783,049,523

1,041,974,844

Figures published by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government detail outstanding debt on a quarterly basis for each local authority and combined authority. This is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-local-government-finance

Steve Barclay
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
27th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to section 4.1 of the 2020 spending review, what the value is of the accelerated capital spending projects awarded within the West Midlands Combined Authority area.

In June this year, the Prime Minister announced that the Government would accelerate over £5 billion of infrastructure projects. When taken together with the Plan for Jobs, this means that Government is accelerating £8.6 billion of capital spending.

This accelerated capital spending includes the £900m Getting Building Fund, from which West Midlands Combined Authority received an allocation of £66 million. The funding will support projects such as the University Station development, the Very Light Rail Innovation Centre, and the Precision Health Technology Accelerator.

Steve Barclay
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
27th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of the average number of jobs created by every £100 of public capital spending.

Infrastructure investment in the UK supports hundreds of thousands of jobs a year in the construction sector. Spending Review 2020 set out ambitious plans for capital investment across the UK to support jobs– from investment in the next generation of hospitals and upgrades to our roads and railways, to energy efficiency retrofits and tree planting.

HM Treasury worked closely with the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) at SR20 to scrutinise the deliverability of schemes to ensure that investment can support jobs as quickly as possible. As set out in the National Infrastructure Strategy, HM Treasury strongly encourages all government departments and their agencies to progress approved and funded projects into procurement and contract without delay (subject to good project discipline). This is supported by the IPA publishing a comprehensive National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline, providing certainty to the market about planned procurement. The next update to the pipeline will be in Spring 2021. The government is also urging local authorities to take steps to support construction jobs in their areas by progressing funded projects as soon as practicable.

Steve Barclay
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
27th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to section 4.2 of the Spending Review 2020, if he will publish he 167 projects approved by his Department for financing through the Towns Fund.

The Towns Fund delivers on our promise to level up the country and create more places across the UK where people want to live and can thrive. Eligible towns for the Towns Fund can all be found on the government's website (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/100-places-to-benefit-from-new-towns-fund; https://www.gov.uk/government/news/multi-million-fund-to-revitalise-country-s-high-streets; https://www.gov.uk/government/news/1-billion-future-high-streets-fund-expanded-to-50-more-areas), and allocations are ongoing. Barrow-in-Furness, Blackpool, Darlington, Peterborough, Norwich, Torquay and Warrington are the first places to be offered a Town Deal and work will now begin with these areas to confirm final funding.

Steve Barclay
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
27th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to section 4.2 of the Spending Review 2020, what proportion of the £4 billion Levelling Up Fund will be spent in the West Midlands Combined Authority area.

The Levelling Up Fund will be open to all local areas and allocated competitively. To support levelling up opportunity across the country, we will prioritise bids to drive growth and regeneration in places in need, those facing particular local challenges, and areas that have received less Government investment in recent years.

We are making up to £600m available in 2021-22, and will publish a prospectus for the fund and launch the first round of competitions in the New Year.

Steve Barclay
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
27th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to Box 3.1 in the Spending Review 2020, if he will set out the proportion of the UK shared prosperity fund which will be allocated to the west midlands combined authority area.

The Spending Review sets out the main strategic elements of the UKSPF in the Heads of Terms (Box 3.1). The government will then publish a UK-wide investment framework in 2020, provide further detail in a prospectus in the New Year, and confirm multi-year funding profiles for the UKSPF at the next Spending Review.

Steve Barclay
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Office for Budget Responsibility's Public finances databank, 27 May 2020, what proportion of the five capital budget of £358 billion included in Treasury statements in May 2020 remains unallocated to programmes and projects.

Departmental capital budgets have been fully allocated for financial year 2020-21 and were confirmed at Main Estimates. Any revisions to these budgets will be set out at the Supplementary Estimates. Departmental budgets for the next financial year (2021-22) will be set in the upcoming Spending Review. Alongside these one-year settlements, the SR will set some longer-term settlements for certain capital budgets to provide certainty and deliver on the government’s ambitious plans to unite and level up the country and drive our economic recovery. With the exception of these multi-year capital settlements, spending for future years beyond 2021-22 will be determined at the next Spending Review.

Steve Barclay
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
2nd Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many applications to the Self Employment Income Support Scheme from self-employed workers have been refused.

The SEISS continues to be one of the most generous self-employed COVID-19 support schemes in the world.

HMRC do not refuse applications for the scheme. People are either eligible to apply for SEISS and, based on the information held by HMRC given access to the service, or they are ineligible and not given access. Eligibility is based strictly on the criteria set by the Chancellor.

In addition, HMRC actively monitor claims for evidence of risk/fraudulent behaviour. Where HMRC sees this type of compliance risk, HMRC rejects the claim.

The Winter Economy Plan set out a package of targeted measures in response to the current economic context, which will enable businesses to protect jobs, and manage their finances in the face of reduced or uncertain demand. This includes the extension of the temporary VAT reduced rate for hospitality and tourism, extending the application window of the access to finance schemes, and further support for employees and the self-employed, through a Job Support Scheme and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Grant Extension.

The SEISS is one element of a comprehensive package of support for individuals and businesses. This package includes Bounce Back loans, tax deferrals, rental support, mortgage holidays, and other business support grants. On 8 July, the Government also introduced the new Plan for Jobs which will make available up to £30 billion to assist in creating, supporting and protecting jobs.

More information about the full range of business support measures is available at www.gov.uk/government/collections/financial-support-for-businesses-during-coronavirus-covid-19.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
2nd Jun 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many times the Mayor of the West Midlands has written to him since 23 March 2020.

Andy Street has written to the Chancellor four times since 23 March 2020.

Kemi Badenoch
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
1st May 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many workers are receiving support from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, by region.

Applications for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme opened on Monday 20 April. By close 3 May, HMRC had received 800,000 claims representing 6.3m furloughed employments and £8bn.

This is a new scheme and HMRC are currently working through the analysis they will be able to provide based on the data available. HMRC will make the timescales for publication and the types of data available in due course.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
19th Mar 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the procedure is for small firms to apply for access to (a) Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme and (b) cash grants of £25,000 to the smallest businesses in the (i) retail, (ii) hospitality and (iii) leisure sectors and (c) £10,000 for all business in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief and Rural Rates Relief.

Officials are working at pace to deliver the measures for small businesses as announced by the Chancellor. The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, which will provide financing facilities for SMEs of up to £5 million, was launched Monday 23 March. The Business Secretary will write to all Local Authorities by the end of the week with information on the small business grant scheme, and to encourage them to prepare to deliver this quickly. Detailed guidance for Local Authorities will follow by 1st April, and Local Authorities will then write to all eligible businesses with information on how to claim this grant.

We will give small businesses in the retail, hospitality or leisure sectors a higher grant of £25,000 per business if they have a property that has a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000. Properties in those sectors with a rateable value of £15,000 or less will receive a £10,000 grant even if they are not eligible for small business rates relief. It will be administered in the same way as the small business grant scheme.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) policies and (b) grant and funding programmes her Department has introduced to provide support to individuals and organisations in response to the covid-19 outbreak; and what funding has been allocated to each of those programmes in the 2020-21 financial year.

Details of the Home Office’s additional funding for domestic abuse support services during the Covid-19 pandemic is available on Gov.uk, where the Home Office has allocated £2m of funding to charities with a national or regional presence and for which the other domestic abuse-focused funding streams were not specifically designed. Please refer to the link below.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/897709/COVID19_Home_Office_Extraordinary_Funding_for_Domestic_Abuse_Support_Services_Bid_Prospectus_Reopened.pdf

Funds launched in response to covid-19 outbreak include: the Covid-19 Vulnerable Children National Charities Strategic Relief Fund

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vulnerable-children-national-charities-strategic-relief-fund/vulnerable-children-national-charities-strategic-relief-fund-prospectus

and Support for Victims and Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse Fund.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/child-sexual-abuse-victims-and-survivors-national-support-services-fund/support-for-victims-and-survivors-of-child-sexual-abuse-svscsa-fund-2020-22

The Home Office has also awarded other grants to provide support to individuals and organisations in response to the covid-19 outbreak. The details of these grants will be published by Cabinet Office in due course

Victoria Atkins
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
14th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, which Minister of his Department is responsible for the day to day administration of the Levelling Up Fund.

The £4.8 billion Levelling Up Fund will invest in infrastructure that improves everyday life across the UK, including regenerating town centres and high streets, upgrading local transport, and investing in cultural and heritage assets.

The Fund is jointly managed by HM Treasury, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, and the Department for Transport.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what (a) policies and (b) grant and funding programmes his Department has introduced to provide support to individuals and organisations in response to the covid-19 outbreak; and what funding has been allocated to each of those programmes in the 2020-21 financial year.

Throughout the pandemic, the Government’s priority has been to save lives and protect jobs, businesses, and livelihoods. To support workers and businesses across all sectors the Government has provided an unprecedented package of support worth more than £280 billion.

In light of current restrictions, businesses in retail, hospitality and leisure facing forced closure in England are eligible for a one-off grant worth up to £9,000 to help them through to Spring. This is on top of the existing Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) which will continue to offer businesses support of up to £3,000 for each month they closed.

Local authorities are being provided with a top up to the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) worth £500 million, bringing the total value of ARG to over £1.6 billion. This grant ensures local authorities can support, on a discretionary basis, businesses not eligible for other grants but still affected by restrictions.

Businesses across the UK can continue to apply for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), which as of mid-December had supported 9.9 million jobs. The Government has also extended the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) until the end of April 2021, with a boosted package of support providing the self-employed with grants covering 80% of average trading profits. So far SEISS has seen 2.7 million self-employed workers make claims under the scheme totaling £13.7 billion.

Businesses needing access to liquidity can also apply for guaranteed loans through various loan schemes, including the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme and the Bounce Back Loan Scheme. Over 1.4 million small and medium sized companies have received Government-backed loans, worth over £68 billion.

This support comes on top of billions of pounds’ worth of business rates reliefs, tax deferrals, and other labour market schemes.

The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government has introduced a number of programmes to support individuals and organisations through the COVID-19 outbreak – spending £5.8 billion in our response to the pandemic. These programmes include funding to support pressure on social care and other services in local government, funding for rough sleepers and the Next Steps Accommodation Programme, and for council tax relief (Hardship Fund).

Full details of my Department’s COVID-19 funding is available in the NAO COVID Tracker: https://nao-mesh.shinyapps.io/Covid_cost_tracker/.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
27th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimates he made of the costs incurred by English local authorities in responding to the covid-19 outbreak when preparing the 2020 spending review.

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, we have worked closely with local authorities to understand the pressures they are facing. Local authorities have completed monitoring returns to assess the impact the pandemic is having on their finances which shows that the estimated additional expenditure up to the end of October 2020 is £4 billion. Based on this, we have allocated £7.2 billion directly to local authorities, with £4.6 billion of this being unringfenced money for authorities to spend how they see fit.

Furthermore, at the Spending Review on 25 November, the Chancellor announced estimated funding of around £3 billion of additional support for Covid-19 pressures next year. The Chancellor also confirmed that Core Spending Power is forecast to rise by 4.5 per cent in cash terms in 2021-22 - a real terms increase. This package means local authorities will be able to access an estimated additional £2.2 billion to support Adult and Children’s Social Care and to maintain universal services.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
27th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what projects he (a) has approved and (b) is considering for financing through the Towns Fund in the West Midlands Combined Authority area.

Seven towns in constituent authorities of the West Midlands Combined Authority – Dudley, Wolverhampton, Rowley Regis, Smethwick, West Bromwich, Bloxwich and Walsall – have been invited to develop proposals for Town Deals.

Three further towns from non-constituent authorities of the West Midlands Combined Authority – Nuneaton, Redditch and Telford –– have also been invited to develop proposals.

Each of these 10 towns are at various stages of developing their proposals for Town Deals.

All 10 towns received accelerated funding in September 2020 for capital projects that would make an immediate difference in the town, helping recovery from the impact of Covid-19. We are continuing to work with the towns as they develop proposals and turn their plans into reality.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
20th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what awards have been made from the Towns Fund; to which projects those awards have been made; and what the value is of each such grant awarded.

On 27 October, we announced the first seven offers of Town Deals, worth almost £180 million in total, for Barrow-in-Furness, Blackpool, Darlington, Norwich, Peterborough, Torquay and Warrington. These landmark deals will see millions invested in projects across the country including updating Blackpool’s famous Illuminations for a return to tourism, the modernisation of Torquay town centre and plans for low carbon-living in Peterborough.

In September, we announced accelerated funding for all 101 towns selected to work with Government to develop a Town Deal. This was to support capital projects that would help them address the immediate impacts of Covid-19. Each town received a grant of £500,000, £750,000 or £1 million, depending on population size. This funding is supporting a range of projects including new green spaces, pop-up business spaces and walking and cycling routes. Further details of the accelerated funding are also here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/80-million-boost-to-towns.

Further announcements will be made in due course.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
23rd Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much funding has been allocated from the public purse to the West Midlands Combined Authority for home building since 2017.

In March 2018, the Government agreed a housing package with the West Midlands Combined Authority, to deliver 215,000 homes in the West Midlands by 2030/31, and committed to back that ambition through a Land Fund of up to £100 million. Funding is transferred to the West Midlands Combined Authority when key milestones are met. In addition, West Midlands Combined Authority has been allocated £6 million through the 2017 Devolution Deal to support immediate and long term housing delivery in the region.

The Government has also committed to supporting a successful legacy of the Commonwealth Games in 2022 by providing £165 million of grant funding for infrastructure to unlock up to 5,100 homes in Birmingham.

23rd Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much funding has been devolved to each (a) metro mayor and (b) metro mayor region in each of the last four financial years.

The core funds devolved to the Metro Mayors and their combined authorities are listed in the attached table. Further details can be found in the Annual Reports of Devolution, laid before Parliament each year by the Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, and in the devolution deal agreements.