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star this property date less than 2016-11-07more like thismore than 2016-11-07
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Ministry of Defence more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Armed Forces Covenant remove filter
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the implementation of the Armed Forces Covenant by local authorities. more like this
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-11-17more like thismore than 2016-11-17
star this property answer text <p>The Covenant’s principles were enshrined in law in the Armed Forces Act 2011. This Government has demonstrated its commitment to upholding these principles, which is evident in the work reported in each of the four annual reports laid in the House. We will continue to report progress to Parliament. Next month’s Annual Report will detail the considerable progress made across government and with wider public, private and third sectors, including in the key areas of education, healthcare, accommodation and access to commercial services.</p><p> </p><p>Every Local Authority in mainland Great Britain and two in Northern Ireland have signed a Community Covenant. We are working with them to help them deliver the support they have promised to the Armed Forces community, with good work in many areas including housing, education, health and social care.</p><p> </p><p>Together we have taken a number of steps forward in this area, such as allocating funding from a £20 million budget to improve childcare facilities for Service families at 40 locations in the UK and Cyprus. In order to help Service children through local schools’ admissions processes, we have changed the Schools Admission Code in England to give them priority by allowing Service families to apply for and be allocated a place before they move into an area.</p><p> </p><p>This year approximately £21 million was allocated in Service Pupil Premium payments for the pastoral needs of almost 70,000 Service pupils in state schools in England. In 2015, £6 million in grants was given to 154 applicants for Education Support Funding, to help UK state schools mitigate issues caused by exceptional mobility and deployment.</p><p> </p><p>Furthermore, we have worked closely with the Department for Communities and Local Government and Devolved Administrations to ensure that Service personnel do not experience any disadvantage as a result of their military service when applying for social housing.</p>
star this property answering member printed Earl Howe more like this
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less than 2016-11-17T16:23:23.137Zmore like thismore than 2016-11-17T16:23:23.137Z
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star this property label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-01-19more like thismore than 2017-01-19
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Armed Forces Covenant remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they have given to local authorities regarding the training required to ensure that local authority staff properly implement the policies of the <i>Armed forces covenant for communities</i>. more like this
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Lord Touhig more like this
star this property uin HL4807 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-01-30more like thismore than 2017-01-30
star this property answer text <p>The conclusions and recommendations of the report “Our Community – Our Covenant” are available at the following address <a href="http://www.fim-trust.org/%20reports/" target="_blank">http://www.fim-trust.org/ reports/</a> and include practical guidance, a tool kit and a self-assessment section, which have been commended to Local Authorities across the UK.</p><p> </p><p>A cross-Government Action Plan is currently being drafted to promote and assess progress. This is being supported by Covenant Funding available to Local Authorities who wish to adopt new processes or initiatives in support of the Covenant. This includes building on existing good practice; in Warwickshire, for example, an IT training package on the Covenant and how it applies to that community is in the process of being launched.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl Howe more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL4806 more like this
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remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2017-01-30T16:23:52.49Z
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star this property label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Touhig more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-06-25more like thismore than 2015-06-25
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Armed Forces Covenant remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 27 June (HL501) regarding the distribution of the armed forces covenant (Libor) fund, who selected the charities for funding; when; and on what basis. more like this
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Lord Laird more like this
star this property uin HL852 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-07-06more like thismore than 2015-07-06
star this property answer text <p>In 2013, the Government made £35 million available to deliver Armed Forces Covenant commitments from fines levied on banks for the attempted manipulation of Libor. The cross-Government Covenant Reference Group, which is chaired by the Cabinet Office and includes representatives from key Government Departments, the Devolved Administrations, the Service charity sector, and the three Service Families Federations, set the priorities for the fund. The first two tranches focused on mental health and support for Service families, while the third tranche was open to any project meeting the principles of the Covenant.</p><p> </p><p>In 2014, a further £40 million of Libor funds were made available specifically to support veterans with a housing need via the Veterans Accommodation Fund (VAF). The criteria and application process for both schemes were published on gov.uk.</p><p> </p><p>Both funds were administered by the Armed Forces Covenant team. Against the agreed priorities, applicants had to demonstrate evidence of need, experience of providing a service and value for money. A decision panel was convened to agree the final allocation of funding.</p><p> </p><p>The panel for the £35 million fund sat three times between 2012 and 2014 and included representatives from the Ministry of Defence Covenant and Financial Governance teams, H M Treasury, COBSEO, the three Service Families Federations, and the Welsh and Scottish Governments.</p><p> </p><p>The panel for the VAF sat on 7 July 2014 and included representatives from the Ministry of Defence Covenant and Financial Governance teams, H M Treasury, the Welsh and Scottish Governments, the Army Families Federation, The Royal British Legion and COBSEO Housing Cluster.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Earl Howe more like this
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less than 2015-07-06T15:18:31.52Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-06T15:18:31.52Z
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star this property label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-01-19more like thismore than 2017-01-19
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Armed Forces Covenant remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the <i>Armed forces covenant for communities</i>, published on 12 January, what action they are taking to help local authorities to adapt their policies to remove disadvantages faced by members of the armed forces community. more like this
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Lord Touhig more like this
star this property uin HL4806 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-01-30more like thismore than 2017-01-30
star this property answer text <p>The conclusions and recommendations of the report “Our Community – Our Covenant” are available at the following address <a href="http://www.fim-trust.org/%20reports/" target="_blank">http://www.fim-trust.org/ reports/</a> and include practical guidance, a tool kit and a self-assessment section, which have been commended to Local Authorities across the UK.</p><p> </p><p>A cross-Government Action Plan is currently being drafted to promote and assess progress. This is being supported by Covenant Funding available to Local Authorities who wish to adopt new processes or initiatives in support of the Covenant. This includes building on existing good practice; in Warwickshire, for example, an IT training package on the Covenant and how it applies to that community is in the process of being launched.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl Howe more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL4807 more like this
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less than 2017-01-30T16:23:52.427Zmore like thismore than 2017-01-30T16:23:52.427Z
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star this property label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Touhig more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-05-28more like thismore than 2015-05-28
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Armed Forces Covenant remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, since it began, how much armed forces covenant funding has been allocated to projects in (1) England, (2) Scotland, (3) Wales, and (4) Northern Ireland. more like this
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Lord Laird more like this
star this property uin HL115 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-06-08more like thismore than 2015-06-08
star this property answer text <p>I refer the noble Lord to the answer given by my hon. Friend, the Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans (Mark Lancaster), in the House of Commons on 2 June 2015 to Question number 428 from the hon. Member for St. Helens North (Conor McGinn).</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl Howe more like this
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star this property file name 20150601-40M Veterans Accommodation Fund[1].doc HL 115.doc more like this
star this property title Veterans Accomodation Fund more like this
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star this property file name 20150601-35M LIBOR Fund(2).xls HL 115.xls more like this
star this property title LIBOR FUND (Excel Spreadsheet) more like this
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less than 2015-06-08T15:20:24.913Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-08T15:20:24.913Z
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star this property label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-03-19more like thismore than 2015-03-19
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Armed Forces Covenant remove filter
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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 Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes in funding to local authorities on their ability to support Armed Forces Community Covenants. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Barnsley Central more like this
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Dan Jarvis more like this
star this property uin 228485 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-03-24more like thismore than 2015-03-24
star this property answer text <p>Local authorities share in our national commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant, and have signed Community Covenants committing to support the Armed Forces community in their area and promote understanding amongst local people. Local councils and residents will know the needs of their communities and can decide their spending priorities appropriately.<br><br>We have introduced a number of measures over the last few years as contribution towards meeting the objectives of the Armed Forces Covenant to ensure that the Armed Forces Community does not face disadvantage, patricularly in housing. This includes:<br><br><strong>Funding for local authorities</strong><br><br>We have set aside £200,000 in 2014/15 from the annual Disabled Facilities Grant funding for local authorities to fund home adaptations (eg ramps, walk-in showers, stairlifts) to meet the needs of disabled ex-service personnel who wish to live independently in their homes.<br><br>We have provided grants (totalling over £1 million) with MOD, to a small number of local authorities in 2011 and 2012 to support the successful integration of retired Gurkha soldiers who wished to settle in the UK.<br><br><strong>Improved access to social housing</strong><br><br>We have introduced protection to ensure that former and current Service personnel are not disadvantaged in accessing social housing because of the disadvantages of military life. We have made sure that seriously injured personnel and former members of the Armed Forces with urgent housing needs are always given high priority for social housing, and that serving personnel and those who have recently been discharged do not lose their qualification rights because of the requirement to move from base to base.<br><br>We have also encouraged local authorities to, in general, give sympathetic consideration to the housing needs of family members of serving or former Service personnel.<br><br><strong>Preventing homelessness</strong><br><br>We have introduced measures to provide support for specialist accommodation for veterans, and work with councils to prevent homelessness. We have also introduced initiatives such as Streetlink and No Second Night Out which ensure that when veterans end up sleeping rough they are offered care and support from local services.<br><br><strong>Access to home ownership</strong><br><br>Members of the Armed Forces have been given priority for Government-funded shared ownership schemes and are able to access Help to Buy: equity loan scheme. The priority status can be transferred to bereaved spouses or civil partners. We have also worked with MOD, credit reference agencies, and Royal Mail to standardise Forces' Post Office addresses so personnel are not disadvantaged when applying for mortgages.<br><br></p>
star this property answering member constituency Keighley more like this
star this property answering member printed Kris Hopkins more like this
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less than 2015-03-24T12:04:46.187Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-24T12:04:46.187Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kris Hopkins more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Dan Jarvis more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-12-09more like thismore than 2014-12-09
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Armed Forces Covenant remove filter
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 Communities and Local Government, what resources his Department has allocated to local authorities to meet their obligations under the Armed Forces Covenant. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency West Dunbartonshire more like this
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Gemma Doyle more like this
star this property uin 217899 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-15more like thismore than 2014-12-15
star this property answer text <p>Local authorities share in our national commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant and should meet their obligations from own resources. Though we have set aside £200,000 in 2014/15 from the annual Disabled Facilities Grant funding for local authorities to fund home adaptations (eg ramps, walk-in showers, stairlifts) to meet the needs of disabled ex-Service personnel who wish to live independently in their homes.</p><p> </p><p>We have provided grants (totalling over £1 million) with MOD, to a small number of local authorities in 2011 and 2012 to support the successful integration of retired Gurkha soldiers who wished to settle in the UK.</p><p> </p><p>We have also introduced a number of measures over the last few years as a contribution towards meeting the objectives of the Armed Forces Covenant to ensure that the Armed Forces Community do not face disadvantage, particularly in housing. This includes:</p><p> </p><p><strong>Improved Access to Social Housing </strong></p><p> </p><p>We have introduced protection to ensure that former and current Service personnel are not disadvantaged in accessing social housing because of the disadvantages of military life. We have made sure that seriously injured personnel and former members of the Armed Forces with urgent housing needs are always given high priority for social housing, and that serving personnel and those who have recently been discharged do not lose their qualification rights because of the requirement to move from base to base.</p><p> </p><p>We have also encouraged local authorities to in general give sympathetic consideration to the housing needs of family members of serving or former Service personnel.</p><p><br><strong>Preventing Homelessness </strong></p><p> </p><p>We have introduced measures to provide support for specialist accommodation for veterans, and work with councils to prevent homelessness. We have also introduced initiatives such as Streetlink and No Second Night Out which ensure that when veterans end up sleeping rough they are offered care and support from local services.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Access to home ownership</strong></p><p> </p><p>Members of the Armed Forces have been given priority for Government-funded shared ownership schemes and are able to access Help to Buy: equity loan scheme. The priority status can also be transferred to bereaved spouses or civil partners.</p><p> </p><p>We have also worked with MOD, credit reference agencies and Royal Mail to standardise Forces’ Post Office addresses so personnel are not disadvantaged when applying for mortgages.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2014-12-15T15:37:51.867Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-15T15:37:51.867Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Gemma Doyle more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-09-02more like thismore than 2016-09-02
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Armed Forces Covenant remove filter
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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 Defence, how many companies have signed the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency North Swindon more like this
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Justin Tomlinson more like this
star this property uin 44796 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-09-08more like thismore than 2016-09-08
star this property answer text <p>The Armed Forces Corporate Covenant was subsumed into the Armed Forces Covenant in January 2016. As at 2 September 2016 a total of 1,156 organisations have signed the Armed Forces Covenant. This total includes those organisations who signed the previous Corporate Covenant. Details of all Armed Forces Covenant signatories and their pledges are available on-line at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/armed-forces-covenant.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Milton Keynes North more like this
star this property answering member printed Mark Lancaster more like this
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less than 2016-09-08T13:58:36.793Zmore like thismore than 2016-09-08T13:58:36.793Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mark Lancaster more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-03-07more like thismore than 2016-03-07
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Armed Forces Covenant remove filter
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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 Defence, how many of the signatories to the Corporate Covenant are (a) educational establishments, (b) public health bodies, including NHS foundation trusts, (c) ambulance trusts and (d) private sector limited companies. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Berwick-upon-Tweed more like this
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Mrs Anne-Marie Trevelyan more like this
star this property uin 29938 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-03-10more like thismore than 2016-03-10
star this property answer text <p>As at 8 March 2016 a total of 891 organisations had signed a Corporate Pledge to the Armed Forces Covenant. The requested breakdown is provided below:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Educational establishments (including training companies)</p></td><td><p>79</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>of which, schools, colleges and universities</p></td><td><p>41</p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Public Health Bodies (excluding Ambulance Trusts)</p></td><td><p>25</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>of which, NHS Foundation Trusts</p></td><td><p>12</p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Ambulance Trusts</p></td><td><p>5</p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Private companies</p></td><td><p>763</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>of which, private companies with ‘Limited’ in their name</p></td><td><p>355</p></td></tr></tbody></table> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Milton Keynes North more like this
star this property answering member printed Mark Lancaster more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 29937 more like this
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less than 2016-03-10T15:59:28.923Zmore like thismore than 2016-03-10T15:59:28.923Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mark Lancaster more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Anne-Marie Trevelyan more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-03-18more like thismore than 2015-03-18
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Armed Forces Covenant remove filter
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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 Defence, how many people in (a) England, (b) Northern Ireland, (c) Scotland and (d) Wales (i) have benefited and (ii) are expected to benefit from the LIBOR funding for armed forces and veterans' organisations that has been granted in each tranche to date. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Plymouth, Moor View more like this
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Alison Seabeck more like this
star this property uin 228140 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-03-23more like thismore than 2015-03-23
star this property answer text <p>For information on the distribution of the £35 million LIBOR Fund and the £40 million Veterans Accommodation Fund, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 3 March 2015, to Question 221590 to the hon. Member for Gedling (Mr Coaker).</p><p>http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2015-01-21/221590/</p><p>Subsequent to that answer there been two further announcements about LIBOR funded projects:</p><p> </p><p>Gurkha Homes Project: £960,000 to Gurkha Homes Limited for various locations across England.</p><p> </p><p>Scottish Veterans' Garden City Association (SVGCA) Future Shared Ownership Consortium: £551,190 for Houses for Heroes in Scotland.</p><p> </p><p>As the hon. Member will have seen, the Chancellor announced in the Budget on 18 March that a total of £450 million of LIBOR fines had been used by this Government to support the Service charities and other good causes, including a further £75 million of funding over the next five years.</p><p> </p><p>The Ministry of Defence does not hold information on the numbers of people who have benefited, or who may benefit, from this funding. However, given the scope of some of these projects, we anticipate that - at a minimum - this will run into the tens of thousands.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Broxtowe more like this
star this property answering member printed Anna Soubry more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 228139 more like this
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less than 2015-03-23T17:01:50.243Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-23T17:01:50.243Z
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star this property label Biography information for Anna Soubry more like this
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star this property file name HOC 221590 3 March 2015.doc more like this
star this property title Hansard Extract Tuesday 3 March 2015 more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Alison Seabeck more like this