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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
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unstar 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
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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 registered interest false more like this
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
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
unstar 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
unstar 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 2016-02-19more like thismore than 2016-02-19
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education 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
unstar this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many cases the Schools Adjudicator has investigated in connection with the provisions of the Armed Forces Covenant since 2011. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Yardley more like this
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Jess Phillips more like this
unstar this property uin 27540 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-02-24more like thismore than 2016-02-24
star this property answer text <p>In response to the Armed Forces Covenant, the School Admissions Code (the code) contains various provisions to ensure that children of UK service personnel are not disadvantaged when applying for a school place. Admission authorities are required to comply with the code. Objections citing provisions relating to the Armed Forces Covenant would not be within the Office of the School Adjudicator’s jurisdiction (excluding those relating to service premium admission).</p><p>The Office of the School’s Adjudicator has not received any objections relating to this issue.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Bognor Regis and Littlehampton more like this
star this property answering member printed Nick Gibb more like this
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less than 2016-02-24T14:28:27.56Zmore like thismore than 2016-02-24T14:28:27.56Z
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star this property label Biography information for Nick Gibb more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jess Phillips more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-02-24more like thismore than 2016-02-24
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education 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
unstar this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2016 to Question 27540, under whose jurisdiction objections citing provisions relating to the Armed Forces Covenant excluding those relating to service premium admission would fall. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Yardley more like this
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Jess Phillips more like this
unstar this property uin 28355 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-03-03more like thismore than 2016-03-03
star this property answer text <p>The School Admissions Code contains a range of statutory provisions relating to school admission arrangements and to the wider admissions process. The code includes provisions to ensure that children of UK service personnel are not disadvantaged when applying for a school place. The role of the Schools Adjudicator is to consider objections about admission arrangements only. Some of the provisions in the code, therefore, do not fall within the adjudicator’s jurisdiction. There is no body which has jurisdiction to consider objections relating to these other provisions, but admission authorities must comply with all the statutory provisions in the code and, where they fail to do so, the Secretary of State has powers under section 496 and 497 of the Education Act 1996 to require them to comply.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Bognor Regis and Littlehampton more like this
star this property answering member printed Nick Gibb more like this
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less than 2016-03-03T10:51:15.427Zmore like thismore than 2016-03-03T10:51:15.427Z
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star this property label Biography information for Nick Gibb more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jess Phillips more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-04-08more like thismore than 2016-04-08
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Armed Forces Covenant remove filter
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unstar this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which of the Directors in his Department has responsibility for the Armed Forces Covenant. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Renfrewshire more like this
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Kirsten Oswald more like this
unstar this property uin 33250 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-04-18more like thismore than 2016-04-18
star this property answer text <p>The department takes its ongoing responsibilities under the Armed Forces Covenant very seriously. Pete Searle, the Strategy Director for Working Age Benefits, is DWP’s Armed Forces Advocate responsible for ensuring that the needs of service personnel, their families and veterans are properly catered for by the Department. This means ensuring that these groups are not disadvantaged as a result of military service, and providing special treatment where appropriate.</p><p>Every Jobcentre district has an “Armed Forces Champion” to provide a level of expertise for Jobcentres on Armed Forces matters. This is backed up by guidance covering the special rules that are in place, such as ex-service personnel having early access to the Work Programme, and information on any particular challenges they may face, such as the impact on employment prospects of frequent changes in locations.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 32736 more like this
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less than 2016-04-18T15:18:04.457Zmore like thismore than 2016-04-18T15:18:04.457Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Kirsten Oswald more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-12-05more like thismore than 2018-12-05
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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 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
unstar this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times the Armed Forces Covenant Reference Group met in (a) 2017 and (b) 2018. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Londonderry more like this
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Mr Gregory Campbell more like this
unstar this property uin 199321 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-12-10more like thismore than 2018-12-10
star this property answer text <p>Cabinet Office records indicate that the Armed Forces Covenant Reference Group met three times in each year.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Bournemouth East more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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less than 2018-12-10T16:14:34.74Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-10T16:14:34.74Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Gregory Campbell more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-05-20more like thismore than 2019-05-20
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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 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
unstar this property question text How many organisations have signed up to the armed forces covenant. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Thirsk and Malton more like this
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Kevin Hollinrake more like this
unstar this property uin 910986 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 2019-05-20more like thismore than 2019-05-20
star this property answer text <p>To date over 3,600 organisations have signed the Covenant at an average rate of 30 per week, up from five per month in 2014. In addition, all Local Authorities in Great Britain and four in Northern Ireland have pledged to uphold the Armed Forces Covenant.</p><p> </p><p>Broadening support for the Covenant is a top priority for the Ministerial Covenant and Veterans Board and the Armed Forces Covenant annual report outlines the progress we have made.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Bournemouth East more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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less than 2019-05-20T16:45:48.73Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-20T16:45:48.73Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Kevin Hollinrake more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-07-16more like thismore than 2019-07-16
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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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unstar this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the delivery of the Armed Forces Covenant. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Slough more like this
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Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-22more like thismore than 2019-07-22
star this property answer text <p>The delivery of the Armed Forces Covenant remains a cross-Government priority and a nationwide commitment to ensure those who serve and have served, and their families, are not disadvantaged, and that special provision may be appropriate for those who have sacrificed the most.</p><p>The Armed Forces Covenant's Annual Report is available at this link (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/armed-forces-covenant-annual-report-and-summary-2018) and sets out the major annual achievements of the Armed Forces Covenant across the UK and highlights remaining challenges and new commitments.</p><p>Strategic direction and oversight has been improved by the creation of the Armed Forces Covenant and Veterans Board, held biannually and chaired by the Secretary of State for Defence and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on behalf of the Prime Minister, with Ministerial representation from the relevant Departments and the Devolved Administrations.</p><p>Alongside the Covenant and Veterans Board and the Annual Report to Parliament, governance arrangements include independent scrutiny and challenge from the Service charities and military Family Federations, performance metrics, and quarterly meetings of the Covenant Reference Group, co-chaired at Director-General level by Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Defence.</p><p>Through the sharing of good practice, the overall outcomes for the Armed Forces community are improving. We remain committed to strengthening the Armed Forces Covenant, through new avenues, as well as our tried and tested methods of success.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Bournemouth East more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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less than 2019-07-22T16:17:56.093Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-22T16:17:56.093Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-12-01more like thismore than 2014-12-01
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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
unstar this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to increase uptake of armed forces community covenants. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency North Swindon more like this
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Justin Tomlinson more like this
unstar this property uin 216677 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-04more like thismore than 2014-12-04
star this property answer text <p>Every local authority in Great Britain has signed a Community Covenant. Work is now being undertaken to embed and sustain Covenant activity throughout the country to ensure that Service personnel, their families, and veterans have access to the information and support they need in their local communities.</p><p> </p><p>In Northern Ireland, good early progress is already being made with implementation of the Covenant, and we will continue to engage with the Northern Ireland Executive to ensure that the needs of the Armed Forces community are met.</p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Broxtowe more like this
star this property answering member printed Anna Soubry more like this
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less than 2014-12-04T16:12:27.377Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-04T16:12:27.377Z
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star this property label Biography information for Anna Soubry 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 2015-01-06more like thismore than 2015-01-06
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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 1 more like this
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unstar this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress he has made on strengthening the Armed Forces Covenant. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bury St Edmunds more like this
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Mr David Ruffley more like this
unstar this property uin 906912 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-01-12more like thismore than 2015-01-12
star this property answer text <p>In addition to what the Government has done, for example on making life long widows’ pensions, now we need to make sure there is delivery locally, which is why by this evening I will have written to all Local Authority Chief Executives and Leaders in Great Britain. Then I will write to every Clinical Commissioning Group and Hospital Trust to make sure the National Health Service delivers on the Covenant, no disadvantage and in certain circumstances priority treatment.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Broxtowe more like this
star this property answering member printed Anna Soubry more like this
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less than 2015-01-12T17:24:03.577Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-12T17:24:03.577Z
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star this property label Biography information for Anna Soubry more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr David Ruffley more like this