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star this property date less than 2018-01-11more like thismore than 2018-01-11
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy remove filter
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Urban Areas more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the cumulative effect of the closure of (a) banks, (b) post offices, (c) building societies and (d) pubs on the sustainability of high streets. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Vale of Clwyd remove filter
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Chris Ruane more like this
star this property uin 122117 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-01-19more like thismore than 2018-01-19
star this property answer text <p>The Government does not make assessments of the impact bank, post office, building society branch, or pub closures have on the sustainability of high streets. While the decision to close a branch remains a commercial judgement for individual banks and building societies, the impact on communities must be understood, considered and mitigated where possible.</p><p>The industry’s Access to Banking Standard, launched in May 2017, commits banks and building societies to ensure personal and business customers are better informed about branch closures and the reasons for them closing, along with the options they have locally to continue to access banking services, including specialist assistance for customers who need more help. The Access to Banking Standard is monitored and enforced by the independent Lending Standards Board.</p><p>99% of banks’ personal and 95% of banks’ business customers are now able to withdraw cash, deposit cash and cheques, and make balance enquiries at a Post Office counter via its network of 11,600 branches. At Autumn Budget 2017, the then Economic Secretary to the Treasury wrote to the Post Office and UK Finance to ask them to raise public awareness of the banking services available at the Post Office for individuals and SMEs.</p><p>Since 2010, Government has invested over £2billion in to the Post Office network, with a further £370m announced on 20 December. This has led to the most stable number of branches in the network for decades.</p><p>The Post Office continues to meet its access criteria with 99.7% of the total population living within 3 miles of a Post Office.</p><p>The Government recognises the importance of pubs to communities and the high street. To support pubs and local industries, and recognising that alcohol duties already rose by inflation earlier this year, my right hon. Friend the Chancellor announced at Autumn Budget 2017 that he was freezing all alcohol duties. Pubs play an important role in local communities and help promote responsible drinking. Freezing beer duty rates this year helps pubs: the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) estimate around two thirds of the alcohol sold in pubs is beer. At Spring Budget 2017, the Chancellor announced a package of support for pubs in England with their business rates. This provided a £1,000 discount to all pubs with a rateable value of less than £100,000. This scheme was extended by an additional year into 2018/19 at Autumn Budget.</p><p>Additionally, the Chancellor brought forward the planned switch in the indexation of business rates from RPI to CPI by two years to 2018. This will benefit all businesses on the UK high street and represents a cut in business rates every year from April 2018. In total, the switch from RPI to CPI is worth £4.1bn by 2023.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Burton more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrew Griffiths remove filter
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less than 2018-01-19T10:04:56.063Zmore like thismore than 2018-01-19T10:04:56.063Z
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star this property label Biography information for Andrew Griffiths more like this
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unstar this property answering member constituency Burton more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrew Griffiths more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Andrew Griffiths more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Chris Ruane more like this
837877
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star this property date less than 2018-02-06more like thismore than 2018-02-06
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy remove filter
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Small Businesses: Advisory Services more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the trends in the provision and efficacy of business advice by the financial sector to (a) SMEs and (b) start-up companies since 2008. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Vale of Clwyd remove filter
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Chris Ruane more like this
star this property uin 126907 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-02-20more like thismore than 2018-02-20
star this property answer text <p>The financial sector provides essential advice, support and guidance to both start-up and growing companies. It is for SMEs to choose the sources of advice best-suited to them. For many businesses this will be their accountant and three accountancy bodies (the ICAEW, ICAS and ACCA) offer a Business Finance Advice scheme through which businesses can receive expert advice on start-ups, finance and business planning.</p><p>The ICAEW in collaboration with the British Business Bank and a wide range of partners from the finance industry and business community have created the Business Finance Guide, which provides relevant and up-to-date information on business finance options. This is widely publicised through both public and private sector advisers.</p><p>Once an entrepreneur has identified the type of finance they are seeking, the Better Business Finance service from trade body UK Finance enables them to find a suitable provider and the website Business Banking Insight provides information on quality of service, which is particularly difficult for SMEs to determine. All of these services have been developed since 2008.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Burton more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrew Griffiths remove filter
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less than 2018-02-20T14:51:22.033Zmore like thismore than 2018-02-20T14:51:22.033Z
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star this property label Biography information for Andrew Griffiths more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Chris Ruane more like this
816984
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star this property date less than 2018-01-05more like thismore than 2018-01-05
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy remove filter
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Post Offices: Training more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the average amount spent by his Department on training new entrant post-masters in each of the last ten years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Vale of Clwyd remove filter
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Chris Ruane more like this
star this property uin 121411 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-01-12more like thismore than 2018-01-12
star this property answer text <p>Training of its postmasters is the responsibility of Post Office Limited.</p><p> </p><p>I have asked Paula Vennells, the Chief Executive of Post Office Limited, to write to the Hon Member on this matter and provide the information requested. A copy of her reply will be placed in the libraries of the House.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Burton more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrew Griffiths remove filter
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less than 2018-01-12T13:20:45Zmore like thismore than 2018-01-12T13:20:45Z
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star this property label Biography information for Andrew Griffiths more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Chris Ruane more like this
816983
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star this property date less than 2018-01-05more like thismore than 2018-01-05
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy remove filter
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Post Offices: Staff more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department has taken to recognise and reward long-term service and loyalty of postmasters. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Vale of Clwyd remove filter
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Chris Ruane more like this
star this property uin 121410 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-01-12more like thismore than 2018-01-12
star this property answer text <p>Contractual arrangements with its postmasters, including remuneration and reward arrangements, is the responsibility of Post Office Limited.</p><p> </p><p>I have asked Paula Vennells, the Chief Executive of Post Office Limited, to write to the Hon Member on this matter. A copy of her reply will be placed in the libraries of the House.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Burton more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrew Griffiths remove filter
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less than 2018-01-12T13:23:24.11Zmore like thismore than 2018-01-12T13:23:24.11Z
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star this property label Biography information for Andrew Griffiths more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Chris Ruane more like this
816980
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star this property date less than 2018-01-05more like thismore than 2018-01-05
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy remove filter
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Post Offices: Fraud more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many cases of fraud have been detected in the management of (a) main post offices, (b) local post offices and (c) community post offices in each year for which figures are available. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Vale of Clwyd remove filter
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Chris Ruane more like this
star this property uin 121407 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-01-12more like thismore than 2018-01-12
star this property answer text <p>Monitoring and management of fraud is the responsibility of Post Office Limited.</p><p> </p><p>I have asked Paula Vennells, the Chief Executive of Post Office Limited, to write to the Hon Member on this matter. A copy of her reply will be placed in the libraries of the House.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Burton more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrew Griffiths remove filter
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less than 2018-01-12T13:24:45.75Zmore like thismore than 2018-01-12T13:24:45.75Z
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star this property label Biography information for Andrew Griffiths more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Chris Ruane more like this
816981
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star this property date less than 2018-01-05more like thismore than 2018-01-05
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy remove filter
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Post Offices: Fraud more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will list all cases of fraud or theft greater than £50,000 detected within the management of UK Post Offices in each year for which figures are available. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Vale of Clwyd remove filter
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Chris Ruane more like this
star this property uin 121408 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-01-12more like thismore than 2018-01-12
star this property answer text <p>Fraud detection and monitoring theft is the responsibility of Post Office Limited.</p><p> </p><p>I have asked Paula Vennells, the Chief Executive of Post Office Limited, to write to the Hon Member on this matter. A copy of her reply will be placed in the Libraries of the House.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Burton more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrew Griffiths remove filter
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less than 2018-01-12T13:44:47.4Zmore like thismore than 2018-01-12T13:44:47.4Z
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star this property label Biography information for Andrew Griffiths more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Chris Ruane more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-01-05more like thismore than 2018-01-05
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy remove filter
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Post Offices: Closures more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many (a) main post offices, (b) local post offices and (c) community post offices have closed as a result of network transformation. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Vale of Clwyd remove filter
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Chris Ruane more like this
star this property uin 121405 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-01-12more like thismore than 2018-01-12
star this property answer text <p>The provision and location of post offices is the responsibility of Post Office Limited.</p><p> </p><p>I have asked Paula Vennells, the Chief Executive of Post Office Limited, to write to the Hon Member on this matter to provide the information requested. A copy of her reply will be placed in the libraries of the House.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Burton more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrew Griffiths remove filter
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less than 2018-01-12T13:25:50.547Zmore like thismore than 2018-01-12T13:25:50.547Z
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star this property label Biography information for Andrew Griffiths more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Chris Ruane more like this
816977
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star this property date less than 2018-01-05more like thismore than 2018-01-05
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy remove filter
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Post Offices more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Community Post Offices in each Parliamentary constituency receive funding from the public purse. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Vale of Clwyd remove filter
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Chris Ruane more like this
star this property uin 121404 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-01-12more like thismore than 2018-01-12
star this property answer text <p>The Post Office is modernising and improving its national network, with thousands of branches benefitting from investment under the Government funded Network Transformation programme. This programme has already seen over 7,000 of the network’s branches modernised, delivering benefits to customers, including much longer opening hours and improved branch environments.</p><p> </p><p>It has also seen around 3,000 branches designated as ‘Community Branches’. These are typically ‘the last shop or service in a village or community’, providing vital access to Post Office services in areas which are mostly remote, rural or urban deprived. Community Branches are benefitting from continuing to receive a fixed element of remuneration from Post Office, and do not receive Government funding directly. Additionally, these branches have also had access to a £20m Government funded Community Branch Fund, to provide them with investment to help support their long-term sustainability.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Burton more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrew Griffiths remove filter
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less than 2018-01-12T13:27:24.4Zmore like thismore than 2018-01-12T13:27:24.4Z
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star this property label Biography information for Andrew Griffiths more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Chris Ruane more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-01-05more like thismore than 2018-01-05
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy remove filter
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Post Offices more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to monitor the customer satisfaction levels (a) before and (b) after the transfer of Crown post offices to private sector management. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Vale of Clwyd remove filter
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Chris Ruane more like this
star this property uin 121409 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-01-12more like thismore than 2018-01-12
star this property answer text <p>Monitoring customer satisfaction and service performance is the responsibility of Post Office Limited.</p><p> </p><p>I have asked Paula Vennells, the Chief Executive of Post Office Limited, to write to the Hon Member on this matter. A copy of her reply will be placed in the libraries of the House.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Burton more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrew Griffiths remove filter
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less than 2018-01-12T13:22:09.337Zmore like thismore than 2018-01-12T13:22:09.337Z
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star this property label Biography information for Andrew Griffiths more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Chris Ruane more like this