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Vicky Foxcroft

Labour - Lewisham, Deptford

First elected: 7th May 2015

Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

(since April 2020)

Vicky Foxcroft is not a member of any APPGs
5 Former APPG memberships
Domestic Violence, Domestic Violence and Abuse, Knife Crime and Violence Reduction, Votes at 16, Youth Affairs
British Sign Language Bill
9th Feb 2022 - 23rd Feb 2022
Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Civil Society)
24th Jun 2019 - 10th Apr 2020
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)
30th Oct 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Statutory Instruments (Select Committee)
30th Oct 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Opposition Whip (Commons)
18th Sep 2015 - 24th Jun 2019
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)
22nd Feb 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Statutory Instruments (Select Committee)
22nd Feb 2016 - 3rd May 2017


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Vicky Foxcroft has voted in 771 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative)
(23 debate interactions)
Matt Hancock (Independent)
(23 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
(21 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department for Work and Pensions
(63 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(33 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(33 debate contributions)
Home Office
(21 debate contributions)
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Lewisham, Deptford Petitions

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

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

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

Petition Debates Contributed

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

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

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

Millions of UK citizens have a disability or serious medical condition that means they use more energy. Many people need to use a ventilator 24/7. People use electric pumps to feed through a tubes. People need to charge their mobility equipment, such as electric wheelchairs, stair lifts, bath seats.

Disabled people should be included alongside carers in the £650 one off payment as part of the Cost of Living support package. We have larger utilities bills and food costs when compared to non-disabled people. We rely on these utilities and food to stay alive.

Reverse the plan to withdraw funding for most applied general qualifications such as BTECs and guarantee they will continue to play a major role in the qualifications landscape. Students should not be forced to choose between studying A levels or T levels from the age of 16.


Latest EDMs signed by Vicky Foxcroft

6th December 2023
Vicky Foxcroft signed this EDM on Monday 29th January 2024

Government Property Agency, ISS and outsourced workers

Tabled by: John McDonnell (Labour - Hayes and Harlington)
That this House is extremely concerned about the Government Property Agency’s handling of the transfer of facilities management services from Mitie to ISS with respect to the implications for workers whose employment has transferred; notes that the pay arrangements for cleaners and caterers are being shifted from a monthly to …
48 signatures
(Most recent: 18 Mar 2024)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 23
Scottish National Party: 20
Independent: 3
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
Liberal Democrat: 1
Green Party: 1
20th July 2022
Vicky Foxcroft signed this EDM as a sponsor on Wednesday 20th July 2022

Social Security

Tabled by: Keir Starmer (Labour - Holborn and St Pancras)
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Universal Credit (Transitional Provisions) Amendment Regulations 2022 (S.I., 2022, No. 752), dated 4 July 2022, a copy of which was laid before this House on 4 July 2022, be annulled.
15 signatures
(Most recent: 13 Oct 2022)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 10
Scottish National Party: 3
Green Party: 1
Alba Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

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

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


Vicky Foxcroft has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Vicky Foxcroft has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Vicky Foxcroft


A Bill to reduce the voting age to 16 in general elections, elections to the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales, the Northern Ireland Assembly and the European Parliament, local government elections and referendums; to make provision about young people’s education in citizenship and the constitution; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading: House Of Commons
Friday 11th September 2015

Latest 50 Written Questions

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15 Other Department Questions
10th Jul 2023
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 7 July 2023 to Question 191621 on Disability: Housing Improvement, what steps the Government is taking to implement the requirement that landlords make reasonable adjustments to the common parts of leasehold and commonhold homes.

Following the Government’s 2022 consultation, the Cabinet Office’s Equality Hub is working towards implementation with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
28th Jun 2023
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 23 June to Question 189783 on Cabinet: Disability, what discussions she has had with Cabinet Office colleagues on the decision to not implement work to require landlords to make reasonable adjustments to the common parts of leasehold and commonhold homes.

There has been no decision not to implement these Equality Act 2010 provisions. We continue to work towards implementation.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
14th Apr 2023
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 17 March to Question 161350 on Disability Unit: Staff, what proportion of staff (a) did not declare their disability status and (b) declared that they would prefer not to say in each year for which data is available.

9% of staff in the Disability Unit did not declare their disability status (as at 31st March 2023).

We are unable to provide details of the proportion of staff who declared they would prefer not to disclose their disability status, because the small numbers involved could permit the identification of individuals.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
8th Mar 2023
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 07 March to Question 153886 on Disability Unit: Staff, what proportion of staff (a) did not declare their disability status and (b) declared that they would prefer not to say.

12% of staff in the Disability Unit did not declare their disability status (as at 28th February 2023).

We are unable to provide details of the proportion of staff who declared they would prefer not to disclose their disability status, because the small numbers involved could permit the identification of individuals.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
22nd Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she has had discussions with the BBC on how much that corporation has spent on the provision British Sign Language interpretation in each of the last 5 years.

The BBC is operationally and editorially independent from the Government and spending decisions of the BBC are a matter for them.

As part of a digitally inclusive society, the Government believes that television content should be accessible for all UK audiences. As the independent broadcast regulator, Ofcom is responsible for holding broadcasters to account for the delivery of television access services which includes the provision of signing. Statutory targets are set by Ofcom which include five and ten year targets for licensed television services. Ofcom’s Code on Television Access Services sets out these obligations and also provides further guidance that broadcasters should regularly monitor the quality of their access services, and ensure that scheduled access services are being provided correctly. This guidance must be observed by the BBC.

The BBC has reported on its Access Services in its 2021/22 Annual Report.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
22nd Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department has a Ministerial disability champion.

Minister Andrew is the Ministerial Disability Champion at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
31st Oct 2022
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what discussions she has had with her counterparts and legislators in (a) Malta, (b) France, (c) Canada, (d) New Zealand, (e) Greece and the relevant regional or state governments of the (i) US, (ii) Spain and (iii) Australia on their legislation on banning conversion practices and their protection of transgender people.

The Government has engaged with a wide range of international counterparts including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, and Malta, to understand the approaches they have taken to ban conversion therapy. We will continue to engage with counterparts around the world that are committed to protecting everyone from conversion practices to share insight and develop our approach.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
31st Oct 2022
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what work has been undertaken by her Department on transgender conversion practices since the Government set out its plans on this topic in its background briefing to the Queen’s Speech in May 2022.

Since May 2022, the Government has launched a support service open to all victims or those at risk of conversion practices regardless of their background or circumstances. The Government has committed up to £360,000 over three years to this service. The service includes a helpline, instant messaging service, and website to enable people to get the support they need.

More widely, the Government remains committed to protecting everyone from these practices. We are carefully considering the responses to the public consultation which closed earlier this year and will respond in due course.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
24th Oct 2022
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent assessment has been made of the effectiveness of current legislation with respect to people with assistance dogs being able to access businesses and services.

We are clear that no one should be refused access to businesses or services because they have an assistance dog.

The Equality Act 2010 places a duty on businesses and service providers to make reasonable adjustments to improve disabled people’s access to goods and services so they are not placed at a substantial disadvantage compared to non-disabled people. This reasonable adjustment duty is an anticipatory duty therefore those who provide goods, facilities and services to members of the public are expected to anticipate the reasonable adjustments that disabled customers may require, including auxiliary aids.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is the public body responsible for enforcing the Equality Act. In 2017, the EHRC published two pieces of guidance - a guide to help businesses understand what they can do to meet their legal duties to assistance dog owners, and a guide to help tourism businesses welcome people with access requirements. The EHRC supports disabled individuals who have experienced discrimination to take their cases to court.

In recent years, case law has strengthened the equalities law for people with assistance dogs. There have been a number of significant cases brought under the Equality Act involving assistance dogs, which have been successfully litigated, for example, Bloch v Kassim (assistance dogs in taxis); Clutton and Williams v Pen-y-Bryn Group (assistance dogs in restaurants); and McCafferty v Miah (assistance dogs in shops). The Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS), the equalities and human rights helpline, receives about 35,000 customer contacts a year, more than 60% of which concern disability issues. The EASS can intervene directly with or assist the complainant to take the problem up with the relevant service provider in many cases, including those involving assistance dogs.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
18th Jan 2022
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to Part One of the National Disability Strategy, published 28 July 2021, when her Department plans to open its consultation on the requirement for landlords to make reasonable adjustments to the common parts of leasehold and commonhold homes.

The Government intends to publish this consultation as soon as possible.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
8th Nov 2021
To ask the President of COP26, what steps he has taken to help prevent a recurrence of the accessibility challenges encountered by Israel’s energy minister when attempting to access the Scottish Event Campus on 1 November 2021.

Inclusivity and accessibility were key priorities for COP26 and the venue was designed to facilitate that. When officials were made aware of the issue in question, which was a genuine mistake, they worked urgently with the Israeli delegation to resolve this and the UK Government apologised to Minister Elharrar. The permanent structures were fully wheelchair accessible and the venue holds gold level accessibility status. For the temporary structures a complete accessibility audit was completed and they were fully compliant. There were blue badge spaces for the conference, along with two fully accessible shuttle routes.

An accessibility support desk was on hand to help with any requests for assistance, and there were hearing loops available in conference and plenary rooms. During the second week, BSL was provided at the COP26 Presidency and UK Prime Minister press conferences, and key presidency events including the closing plenaries. Officials regularly met with the UNFCCC Disability lead to address any accessibility concerns.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
8th Nov 2021
To ask the President of COP26, for what reason sign language and subtitles have only been available for the opening ceremony of COP26 and not for every session.

Inclusivity and accessibility were key priorities for COP26 and the venue was designed to facilitate that. When officials were made aware of the issue in question, which was a genuine mistake, they worked urgently with the Israeli delegation to resolve this and the UK Government apologised to Minister Elharrar. The permanent structures were fully wheelchair accessible and the venue holds gold level accessibility status. For the temporary structures a complete accessibility audit was completed and they were fully compliant. There were blue badge spaces for the conference, along with two fully accessible shuttle routes.

An accessibility support desk was on hand to help with any requests for assistance, and there were hearing loops available in conference and plenary rooms. During the second week, BSL was provided at the COP26 Presidency and UK Prime Minister press conferences, and key presidency events including the closing plenaries. Officials regularly met with the UNFCCC Disability lead to address any accessibility concerns.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
8th Nov 2021
To ask the President of COP26, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of access to all areas of the Scottish Event Campus.

Inclusivity and accessibility were key priorities for COP26 and the venue was designed to facilitate that. When officials were made aware of the issue in question, which was a genuine mistake, they worked urgently with the Israeli delegation to resolve this and the UK Government apologised to Minister Elharrar. The permanent structures were fully wheelchair accessible and the venue holds gold level accessibility status. For the temporary structures a complete accessibility audit was completed and they were fully compliant. There were blue badge spaces for the conference, along with two fully accessible shuttle routes.

An accessibility support desk was on hand to help with any requests for assistance, and there were hearing loops available in conference and plenary rooms. During the second week, BSL was provided at the COP26 Presidency and UK Prime Minister press conferences, and key presidency events including the closing plenaries. Officials regularly met with the UNFCCC Disability lead to address any accessibility concerns.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
12th Oct 2020
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what progress her Department has made on enacting Section 106 of the Equality Act 2010.

The Government continues to keep section 106 of the Equality Act 2010 under review but is of the view that political parties should lead the way in improving diverse electoral representation through their selection of candidates.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
27th Apr 2023
To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Answer of 21 April 2023 to Question 177871 on Attorney General: Disability, whether she plans to take steps to increase the proportion of her Department's employees who identify as having a disability.

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) is an inclusive employer which promotes equality and aims to reflect the diversity of the society in which we live. The AGO is committed to maximising the skills and potential of all employees. All recruitment campaigns welcome applications from suitably qualified persons irrespective of disability, race, nationality, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital status or religion/belief.

Michael Tomlinson
Minister of State (Minister for Illegal Migration)
30th Mar 2023
To ask the Attorney General, what proportion of their Department's employees are recorded as having a disability.

As of 31st March 2023, the proportion of employees in the Attorney General’s Office recorded as having a disability was 5%.

Michael Tomlinson
Minister of State (Minister for Illegal Migration)
1st Feb 2022
To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Answer of 1 February 2022 to Question 110472 on National Scrutiny Panel on Disability Hate Crime, if she will respond to the the request to publish further details of the membership of the National Scrutiny Panel on Disability Hate Crime.

National Scrutiny Panels (NSPs) are one-off, non-recurring meetings designed to focus on a specific topic relating to Hate Crime. The format and membership of each NSP is adapted to the context of the specific topic under consideration. The overarching approach is to seek representation from: community perspectives; relevant Government departments; the police and academic or other specialist interests.

For the National Scrutiny Panel on Disability Hate Crime, the following were invited to participate: Dimensions; Inclusion London; the Disability Network; Disability Rights UK; Members of CPS Area Local Involvement and Scrutiny Panels; the National Autistic Society; MIND; Home Office; Ministry of Justice; HMCTS; National Police Chiefs Council and two specialists with a focus on Disability Hate Crime.

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
31st Jan 2022
To ask the Attorney General, with reference to Part One of the National Disability Strategy, published July 2021, what recent steps her Department has taken on (a) encouraging and supporting workplace disability networks, (b) achieving and maintaining the highest level of Disability Confident accreditation, (c) ensuring responsive and timely support to meet workplace adjustment needs and (d) developing and embedding flexible working.

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) is supported by the Government Legal Department’s (GLD) Human Resource (HR) function and policies though a shared services agreement. GLD’s current D&I Strategy (2019-2022) and yearly D&I Delivery Plan has been the foundation for many supportive disability policies throughout the department. All of GLD’s Diversity Networks, including GLD's Disability and Wellness Network (DAWN), contribute to annual reviews of the strategy and delivery plan and have been active in supporting improvements in workplace adjustments and career development for all staff. An HR D&I lead also participates in DAWN’s regular committee meetings, and HR meets with all of the Diversity Network Champions and Chairs on a six-monthly basis.

GLD currently holds the Disability Confident Leader (Level 3) status, accredited in January 2018, and was upheld in January 2021 for three years, with a working group supporting the actions going forward.

GLD provides a range of guidance and tools on workplace adjustments accessible by all staff, including advice on how to determine when a workplace adjustment might be appropriate, steps to make a workplace adjustment, a workplace adjustment passport, best practice guidance, and manager awareness sessions. GLD also offer Occupational Health referrals, to offer advice in relation to workplace adjustments.

GLD, with support from the Flexible Working Network and Senior Champions, developed a flexible working policy which allows employees to consider flexible working arrangements, including annualised hours, compressed hours, flexi-time, home-working, job-sharing, part-time working, phased retirement, staggered hours and term-time working.

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
24th Jan 2022
To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2022 to Question 102715 on Disability: Crimes of Violence, if she will publish further details of the membership of the National Scrutiny Panel on Disability Hate Crime.

A National Scrutiny Panel on Disability Hate Crime was convened by the CPS in March 2021, consisting of community stakeholders, academics and police. The Panel focused on in-depth scrutiny of the handling of disability hate crime cases. As a result, the CPS will this month circulate a bulletin to all prosecutors. This will highlight key findings, lessons and top tips arising from the review. In addition, operational guidance has been refreshed and will be launched this month. It will provide prosecutors with an updated appreciation of how disability hate crime occurs, based on the lived experience of disabled people.

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
12th Dec 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he expects the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work to be appointed.

My Hon. Friend, the Member for Mid Sussex (Mims Davies MP) has been appointed as the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, and will build on the Government’s strong track record of supporting disabled people, having delivered millions of cost of living payments and helping over one million more disabled people into work five years earlier than planned. The Minister will help ensure there is always a strong safety net for the most vulnerable in our society, while tearing down barriers so that every disabled person can realise their potential and thrive.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
7th Nov 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if the Prime Minister will make an assessment of the potential merits of making Downing Street subject to the reporting requirements of Section 2 of the British Sign Language Act 2022 on a voluntary basis.

We are committed to ensuring that government communications are available and accessible across multiple channels and in a number of alternative formats in order to meet a range of needs.

British Sign Language interpretation is provided for the vast majority of No.10 press conferences via the BBC News channel (available on Freeview) and iPlayer through the BBC. For No.10 press conferences that do not carry British Sign Language interpretation via the BBC, a British Sign Language interpretation is uploaded on YouTube as soon as possible after the event.

The first Government BSL report was published in July 2023, and is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-british-sign-language-bsl-report-2022/the-british-sign-language-bsl-report-2022

The Government will be publishing a second report on the use of BSL in government communications by 31 July 2024.

No. 10 is an operational part of the Cabinet Office, which is a relevant government department under Section 2 of the Act.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
7th Nov 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many of the Prime Minister’s office's (a) press conferences, (b) social media posts and (c) webpages have been accessible to British Sign Language users since 25 October 2022.

We are committed to ensuring that government communications are available and accessible across multiple channels and in a number of alternative formats in order to meet a range of needs.

British Sign Language interpretation is provided for the vast majority of No.10 press conferences via the BBC News channel (available on Freeview) and iPlayer through the BBC. For No.10 press conferences that do not carry British Sign Language interpretation via the BBC, a British Sign Language interpretation is uploaded on YouTube as soon as possible after the event.

The first Government BSL report was published in July 2023, and is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-british-sign-language-bsl-report-2022/the-british-sign-language-bsl-report-2022

The Government will be publishing a second report on the use of BSL in government communications by 31 July 2024.

No. 10 is an operational part of the Cabinet Office, which is a relevant government department under Section 2 of the Act.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
1st Sep 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many disabled (a) women and (b) men have been victims of domestic abuse in each of the last five years for which data are available.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority.

A response to the Hon lady’s Parliamentary Question of 1 September is attached.

28th Jun 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer 23 June 2023 to Question 189783 on Cabinet: Disability, if he will provide further information on the status of commitments that have been (a) paused, (b) partially implemented and (c) not implemented.

In my previous answer on 23 June 2023 to Question 189783, I indicated which of the 19 Cabinet Office commitments set out in Part 3 of the National Disability Strategy were paused, partially implemented or not implemented.

We are fully committed to supporting disabled people in the UK through creating more opportunities, protecting their rights and ensuring they fully benefit from, and can contribute to, every aspect of our society. To support this we will be providing details of the Government’s recent achievements to improve disabled people’s lives in the forthcoming Disability Action Plan consultation due for publication in the summer.

Ahead of this the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work has placed a list of these achievements in the House Library.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
27th Feb 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of people employed by the Disability Unit have recorded that they have a disability.

The Disability Unit was established in November 2019, when a Machinery of Government Change transferred officials from the former Office for Disability Issues (ODI) to the Cabinet Office from the Department for Work and Pensions to form the Disability Unit.

31/01/2020*

31/12/2020

31/12/2021

31/12/2022

Total

16

18

28

25

*Data was not held on our systems in December 2019

Of those that declared their disability status:

31/01/2020

31/12/2020

31/12/2021

31/12/2022

Percentage yes

50%

38%

44%

50%

Percentages exclude those who did not declare their disability status or who declared that they would prefer not to say.

27th Feb 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have been employed in the Disability Unit in each year since its creation.

The Disability Unit was established in November 2019, when a Machinery of Government Change transferred officials from the former Office for Disability Issues (ODI) to the Cabinet Office from the Department for Work and Pensions to form the Disability Unit.

31/01/2020*

31/12/2020

31/12/2021

31/12/2022

Total

16

18

28

25

*Data was not held on our systems in December 2019

Of those that declared their disability status:

31/01/2020

31/12/2020

31/12/2021

31/12/2022

Percentage yes

50%

38%

44%

50%

Percentages exclude those who did not declare their disability status or who declared that they would prefer not to say.

22nd Feb 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has a Ministerial disability champion.

I (The Rt Hon. Johnny Mercer MP) was appointed as the Ministerial Disability Champion for the Cabinet Office.

I look forward to working with the other Ministerial Disability Champions appointed in each Government Department to represent the interests of disabled people and drive forward progress on disability policy across government.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
22nd Feb 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department plans to review the COVID-19 Response: Living with COVID-19 plan.

The Cabinet Office “COVID-19 Response; Living with COVID-19” publication in February 2022 set out how England would move into a new phase of managing COVID-19. The Cabinet Office has no plans at present to review the strategy.

The UK Health Security Agency publishes a number of guidance documents in relation to living safely with respiratory infections, including COVID-19. All guidance is kept under review to ensure our response remains effective.

23rd Nov 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what percentage of disabled people are on the electoral register.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority.

A response to the Hon. Member's Parliamentary Question of 23 November is attached.

10th Oct 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, whether she plans to appoint a Minister for Disabled People.

My hon. Friend, the Member for East Surrey (Claire Coutinho), has been appointed Minister for Disabled People. A summary of her responsibilities can be found on gov.uk here:

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

10th Oct 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to ensure all Government communication is in an accessible format.

We are committed to ensuring that government communications are available and accessible across multiple channels and in a number of alternative formats in order to meet a range of needs. The Government’s most crucial content is available in alternative accessibility formats including Easy Read, large text formats, videos with British Sign Language interpretation and audio. Speeches from the Prime Minister are also made available in transcript form on GOV.UK, aligning with accessibility standards.

Following Royal Assent of the British Sign Language (BSL) Act (2022) and the legal recognition of British Sign Language as a language of England, Wales and Scotland, the Government Communication Service will promote and facilitate the use of British Sign Language in communications with the public, where appropriate. We are currently developing our plans to do this and will be reporting on our progress via the Secretary of State for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
2nd Sep 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the balance of trade for Standard Industrial Classification groups (a) J.58.1, (b) J.58.2, (c) J.60, (d) J.62, (e) M.72 and (f) R.90 in each of the last five years.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority.

A response to the hon. Member’s Parliamentary Question of 2nd September is attached.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
15th Jul 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he or his Office have had with representatives of companies with powers under the Electronic Communications Code since March 2021.

Details of ministerial meetings with external organisations are published on gov.uk as part of the government’s transparency agenda.

22nd Apr 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many deaths due to covid-19 of immunocompromised people there were (a) in the last week, (b) in the last month and (c) since January 2022.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority.

A response to the hon. Member’s Parliamentary Question of 22 April is attached.

31st Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to Part One of the National Disability Strategy published July 2021, what recent steps his Department has taken on (a) encouraging and supporting workplace disability networks, (b) achieving and maintaining the highest level of Disability Confident accreditation, (c) ensuring responsive and timely support to meet workplace adjustment needs and (d) developing and embedding flexible working.

For management and staffing purposes Downing Street is an integral part of the Cabinet Office.

  1. The Cabinet Office has a disability network, known as the ABLE network. The ABLE network is supported through a number of wider disability specific communities. At the Civil Service level, the ABLE Chair meets with other Disability chairs at the Civil Service Diversity Network where best practice is shared at the CS level. In addition, the Cabinet Office supports ABLE’s membership of Purple Space where all disabled network colleagues have the choice to link up with disability networks across the Purple Space community which has cross sector membership where disability inclusion knowledge is shared across different organisations.

  2. Cabinet Office was reaccredited as a Disability Confident Leader in January 2021. This is the highest level of accreditation that can be achieved for the scheme.

  3. The Cabinet Office Adjustments team is a dedicated resource within the Department that provides advice to employees and managers. The team aims to respond to all requests for assistance within three working days. For employees requiring workplace adjustments, the team provides end-to-end support to managers to implement physical adjustments. Managers are also supported by a Casework Service provided by MoJ (the Cabinet Office third party supplier) on the implementation of non-physical adjustments.

  4. The Cabinet Office embraces flexible working and this is often used as workplace adjustment to enable colleagues to work to their full potential.

31st Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to Part One of the National Disability Strategy published July 2021, what recent steps No. 10 Downing Street has taken on (a) encouraging and supporting workplace disability networks, (b) achieving and maintaining the highest level of Disability Confident accreditation, (c) ensuring responsive and timely support to meet workplace adjustment needs and (d) developing and embedding flexible working.

For management and staffing purposes Downing Street is an integral part of the Cabinet Office.

  1. The Cabinet Office has a disability network, known as the ABLE network. The ABLE network is supported through a number of wider disability specific communities. At the Civil Service level, the ABLE Chair meets with other Disability chairs at the Civil Service Diversity Network where best practice is shared at the CS level. In addition, the Cabinet Office supports ABLE’s membership of Purple Space where all disabled network colleagues have the choice to link up with disability networks across the Purple Space community which has cross sector membership where disability inclusion knowledge is shared across different organisations.

  2. Cabinet Office was reaccredited as a Disability Confident Leader in January 2021. This is the highest level of accreditation that can be achieved for the scheme.

  3. The Cabinet Office Adjustments team is a dedicated resource within the Department that provides advice to employees and managers. The team aims to respond to all requests for assistance within three working days. For employees requiring workplace adjustments, the team provides end-to-end support to managers to implement physical adjustments. Managers are also supported by a Casework Service provided by MoJ (the Cabinet Office third party supplier) on the implementation of non-physical adjustments.

  4. The Cabinet Office embraces flexible working and this is often used as workplace adjustment to enable colleagues to work to their full potential.

27th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to Part One of the National Disability Strategy, published 28 July 2021, what recent steps his Department has taken to identify and seek collaborative ways to co-create communications and continue sharing accessible formats.

Following the publication of the National Disability Strategy, the Cabinet Office has continued to issue internal guidance on accessibility to government departments reiterating their duties under the Equality Act 2010. This is to ensure that communications are accessible using appropriate and inclusive formats.

The Cabinet Office has continued to liaise with departments to encourage and support the development of accessible content - most recently to mark the International Day of People with Disabilities.

The Cabinet Office also created a disability communications stakeholder working group in 2020 and regularly engages with that group to improve new messages.

GOV.UK ran an audit in 2020 to identify and improve content and navigational issues. Following the audit, GOV.UK has updated publishing tools and guidance, and worked with departments to ensure their content adheres to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

27th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to Part One of the National Disability Strategy published 28 July 2021, whether his Department has nominated a senior civil servant to champion accessible communications across government.

Claire Pimm, Director of Communications, National Resilience Hub is the nominated senior civil servant to champion accessible communications across government.

27th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to Part One of the National Disability Strategy published 28 July 2021, what steps his Department has taken to date towards considering how it can best support those standing for public office and those who hold public office.

It is the Government’s ambition to see more disabled people in public office.

Officials in the Cabinet Office Disability Unit continue to work with colleagues at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DHLUC) on this issue. DHLUC is developing a new scheme to support those seeking to become candidates and to support those who have been elected to public office. That work is a part of the 2022/23 local government improvement work which will be launched from April this year.

Officials are also speaking to the National Association of Local Councils and the Local Government Association about enhancing support and guidance for disabled councillors.

27th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to Part One of the National Disability Strategy, published 28 July 2021, what recent steps his Department has taken on seeking regular feedback from different groups of stakeholders to ensure the Government is able to communicate effectively with people with different disabilities.

Government Communications teams regularly engage with disability charities as well as a wide range of stakeholder groups in order to better understand and manage those varying audiences' needs and preferences.


The Government’s response to COVID-19 significantly improved our overall communications approach in providing important public information to a wide range of audiences, including those with disabilities. As an example, key government publications on COVID have been published and made available in accessible formats, and communications materials have been made available in formats such as large print, BSL, audio and video.

17th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to Part One of the National Disability Strategy published on 28 July 2021, what steps the Central Digital and Data Office took towards the continuation of its programme to make online public services accessible.

Since the publication of the National Disability Strategy last July, the Government’s Central Digital and Data Office (CDDO) has also published the outcome of its monitoring of the UK’s public sector websites and mobile applications. This can be found at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/accessibility-monitoring-of-public-sector-websites-and-mobile-apps-2020-2021/accessibility-monitoring-of-public-sector-websites-and-mobile-apps-2020-2021.

The report also explains CDDO’s ongoing work to implement the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (“accessibility regulations''). This includes publication of guidance on how users can report accessibility issues with a public sector website or mobile app and guidance on how to make mobile apps accessible. CDDO will continue to monitor public sector websites and mobile applications throughout 2022.

28th Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of challenging the Katherine Rowley vs the Cabinet Office judicial review, Claim No: CO/_4740/2020.

We are unable to comment on ongoing legal proceedings.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
25th May 2021
To ask the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will ensure that the proposed public inquiry into the covid-19 outbreak includes an assessment of the effect of the outbreak on disabled people.

Throughout the pandemic, we have been guided by data and scientific advice and have acted quickly and decisively to save lives and livelihoods.

Every death from this virus is a tragedy and our sympathies are with everyone who has lost loved ones.

On 12 May, the Prime Minister confirmed to this House that a public inquiry into COVID-19 would be established on a statutory basis, with full formal powers, and that it will begin its work in spring 2022.

Further details, including terms of reference, will be set out in due course.

Throughout the pandemic, senior ministers, including the Prime Minister, have met and will continue to meet with bereaved families.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what data his Department holds on voter turnout levels among disabled people.

The Government is committed to ensuring that elections are accessible for all those eligible to vote and is actively working to improve the electoral process for voters with disabilities.

The Government intends to introduce legislation to improve the support provided to disabled voters at polling stations, and to allow a wider range of people to act as a companion to support disabled voters at the polling station.

The Cabinet Office has led work to make electoral registration more accessible to people with disabilities. This work, coordinated through the Cabinet Office’s Accessibility of Elections Working Group, includes providing accessible information on registering to vote and voting; including easy read guides which sit on the Register to Vote Website, and provides support on the online application process.

There will be an estimated £92 million of government funding that will be provided to Returning Officers and local authorities for the elections; of this, £31 million is an uplift to directly address costs associated with making the elections COVID-secure. This funding will support Returning Officers to deliver the polls and ensure that all eligible electors are able to vote in a way of their choosing, either in person, by proxy or by post. We encourage those wishing to use a postal vote to apply early.

The Government does not collect data on the protected characteristics of voters.

22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much funding his Department has provided to local authorities specifically to ensure upcoming elections are accessible in the context of covid-19 restrictions.

The Government is committed to ensuring that elections are accessible for all those eligible to vote and is actively working to improve the electoral process for voters with disabilities.

The Government intends to introduce legislation to improve the support provided to disabled voters at polling stations, and to allow a wider range of people to act as a companion to support disabled voters at the polling station.

The Cabinet Office has led work to make electoral registration more accessible to people with disabilities. This work, coordinated through the Cabinet Office’s Accessibility of Elections Working Group, includes providing accessible information on registering to vote and voting; including easy read guides which sit on the Register to Vote Website, and provides support on the online application process.

There will be an estimated £92 million of government funding that will be provided to Returning Officers and local authorities for the elections; of this, £31 million is an uplift to directly address costs associated with making the elections COVID-secure. This funding will support Returning Officers to deliver the polls and ensure that all eligible electors are able to vote in a way of their choosing, either in person, by proxy or by post. We encourage those wishing to use a postal vote to apply early.

The Government does not collect data on the protected characteristics of voters.

22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to improve electoral registration levels among disabled people.

The Government is committed to ensuring that elections are accessible for all those eligible to vote and is actively working to improve the electoral process for voters with disabilities.

The Government intends to introduce legislation to improve the support provided to disabled voters at polling stations, and to allow a wider range of people to act as a companion to support disabled voters at the polling station.

The Cabinet Office has led work to make electoral registration more accessible to people with disabilities. This work, coordinated through the Cabinet Office’s Accessibility of Elections Working Group, includes providing accessible information on registering to vote and voting; including easy read guides which sit on the Register to Vote Website, and provides support on the online application process.

There will be an estimated £92 million of government funding that will be provided to Returning Officers and local authorities for the elections; of this, £31 million is an uplift to directly address costs associated with making the elections COVID-secure. This funding will support Returning Officers to deliver the polls and ensure that all eligible electors are able to vote in a way of their choosing, either in person, by proxy or by post. We encourage those wishing to use a postal vote to apply early.

The Government does not collect data on the protected characteristics of voters.

22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department has taken to ensure voting is accessible for disabled people, including the accessibility of (a) polling stations and (b) forms.

The Government is committed to ensuring that elections are accessible for all those eligible to vote and is actively working to improve the electoral process for voters with disabilities.

The Government intends to introduce legislation to improve the support provided to disabled voters at polling stations, and to allow a wider range of people to act as a companion to support disabled voters at the polling station.

The Cabinet Office has led work to make electoral registration more accessible to people with disabilities. This work, coordinated through the Cabinet Office’s Accessibility of Elections Working Group, includes providing accessible information on registering to vote and voting; including easy read guides which sit on the Register to Vote Website, and provides support on the online application process.

There will be an estimated £92 million of government funding that will be provided to Returning Officers and local authorities for the elections; of this, £31 million is an uplift to directly address costs associated with making the elections COVID-secure. This funding will support Returning Officers to deliver the polls and ensure that all eligible electors are able to vote in a way of their choosing, either in person, by proxy or by post. We encourage those wishing to use a postal vote to apply early.

The Government does not collect data on the protected characteristics of voters.