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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Government has invited all Mayoral Combined Authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in England to develop Local Industrial Strategies. We aim to agree these with all places by early 2020. For Kent, the South East LEP will set out an ambitious long-term vision for the area to increase its productivity, build on its established strengths, and create new opportunities for people and businesses in emerging sectors and industries.</p><p> </p><p>The government know that regions across the UK have different skills needs, so will build on local strengths to deliver opportunities for people wherever they live. One way we will achieve this is through Skills Advisory Panels which bring together local employers and skills providers to pool knowledge on skills and labour market needs and work together to understand and address key local challenges. These Panels will be led by the Local Enterprise Partnership, and will influence Local Industrial Strategy development.</p><p> </p><p>In Kent, and the wider South East LEP area, the government is working in partnership with local business and civic leaders to grow skills and opportunities for workers across the area by:</p><p>- Delivering an increase of 198,900 jobs since 2010 and 31,080 apprenticeship starts last year.</p><p>- Investing £590 million of Growth Deal funding to the South East LEP since 2014. delivering 78,000 jobs, 29,000 homes and attracting a further £960 million extra investment into the South East, including £22 million spent on 29 skills projects.</p><p>- Investing £6.5 million for the Kent and Medway EDGE Hub. .</p><p>- Backing the Innovation Park Medway, within the Kent Enterprise Zone with £4.4 million funding to help attract high quality technology, engineering and manufacturing companies to the area.</p><p>Supporting the Local Enterprise Partnership’s Kent and Medway Growth Hub to help small and medium sized enterprises in the areas access the support they need to grow and thrive.</p>
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unstar this property label Biography information for Rehman Chishti more like this
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Department for Transport more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>Issues relating to market competition arising from any franchise award are a matter for the winning bidder and the Competition and Markets Authority.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Andy McDonald more like this
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Department for Transport more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Franchise Agreement contains change of control provisions. Any potential change in ownership of a transport group holding a franchise would be assessed at the time.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Andy McDonald more like this
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Ministry of Justice more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>Any decision to close a court is not taken lightly, but in circumstances where 41% of our courts operated in 2016-17 at half their available capacity and where we are investing £1 billion in courts and bringing them up to date, the Ministry of Justice has to think carefully about where our court resources are most effectively and efficiently spent.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Liz McInnes more like this
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>There are no plans to review regulations governing the netting of bird nesting places.</p><p> </p><p>The use of netting to exclude birds from potential nesting sites is justified in certain circumstances, for example when protecting crops or restricting pest species’ access to buildings. However, we all have a responsibility to our local environment and we would expect those using netting to do so only when truly necessary and in compliance with the relevant legislation.</p><p> </p><p>My colleague, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has written to leading developers to remind them of their obligations in this regard, which includes existing planning practice guidance on the natural environment, and standing advice for local planning authorities to assess the impacts of development on wild birds.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Frank Field more like this
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>Since its establishment in 2014, the British Business Bank has facilitated over £27.6m to 684 Scottish businesses in the 2014/15 financial year (FY), over £81.9m to 1,484 Scottish businesses in FY 2015/16, over £267.5m to 1,895 Scottish businesses in FY 2016/17, and over £291.6m to 2,881 Scottish businesses in FY 2017/18. These figures include Start-up loans from 2014.</p><p> </p><p>Since launching in 2012, the BBB Start-Up Loans programme specifically (which became part of the Business Bank in 2014) has issued over 3,500 loans in Scotland, averaging £7,200 each and worth over £25m in total.</p><p> </p><p>The British Business Bank is a Limited Partner for the three largest VC funds in Scotland (SEP, PenTech, and Panoramic) with over £80m invested in innovative, high growth companies.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Kerr more like this
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>Following my rt. hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s agreement to an extension to Article 50 until October 31 2019, we will continue to provide businesses with the information and advice they need to prepare for EU Exit.</p><p>Extensive engagement will continue to take place between Government and industry in preparation for EU exit. Through various channels, BEIS Ministers and officials have been engaging widely with businesses and trade associations each week on EU Exit. In particular, our communications and provision of materials to intermediaries is provided to ensure business obtain information quickly and efficiently.</p><p>We will continue to use the public information campaign which directs businesses to GOV.UK/euexit where they are able to find the latest advice and information on many aspects of leaving the EU that may affect them and outlines the steps they need to take.</p><p>We recognise the uncertainty that businesses have expressed and we are committed to maintaining and improving the excellent UK business environment. The British Business Bank programmes are supporting more than £5.9 billion of finance to over 82,000 smaller businesses.</p><p>Further, at Budget 2018, the Start-up Loans programme was extended by one year to April 2021 meaning that another 10,000 loans will be made to entrepreneurs. We are also currently taking action to reduce the costs of doing business, including cutting corporation tax to 19%.</p><p>Businesses can also apply for HMRC grants, depending on their circumstances to support private customs intermediaries, and traders to increase their capacities, and train employees in preparation for EU exit. Business can apply for this funding from HMRC until 31 May 2019.</p>
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mark Menzies more like this
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Department for Education is responsible for setting the school curriculum. Climate change and environmental protection are already included in the school curriculum.</p><p> </p><p>It is important that young people are taught about climate change and environmental protection so they understand both the challenges we face and the solutions. This Government is also funding programmes in schools and colleges to increase the take-up of maths (such as the Advanced Maths Premium), computing and physics so students have the skills to help build and grow our low carbon economy.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jonathan Ashworth more like this
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Government recognises that climate change is one of the most urgent and pressing challenges we face, which is why we have set out ambitious plans in our Clean Growth Strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through to 2032 and beyond.</p><p> </p><p>The Strategy builds on the UK’s strong progress we have made towards our legally binding targets, established in the world-leading Climate Change Act. Between 1990 and 2017, the UK reduced its emissions by over 40 per cent while growing the economy by more than two thirds.</p><p> </p><p>Looking ahead to the future, we have commissioned the Committee on Climate Change to provide advice on the implications of the Paris Agreement for the UK’s long-term emissions reduction targets, including on setting a net zero target. This advice is due in May and we will consider it carefully when it is received.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jonathan Ashworth more like this
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Ministry of Justice more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>Hostility and conflict between parents leave their mark on children and damage their life chances.</p><p> </p><p>That is why we intend to remove the need for blame when people divorce. A YouGov poll published the same day as our response to the consultation indicated 73% support for doing so.</p><p> </p><p>We held a full public consultation last year to test our detailed proposals. We have reflected on the experience and insight that people brought from all perspectives.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Fiona Bruce more like this