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1047034
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star this property date less than 2019-01-23more like thismore than 2019-01-23
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Department for Education remove filter
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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 16-19 Bursary Fund 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 Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of current funding for the 16 to 19 bursary. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Blackpool South more like this
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Gordon Marsden more like this
star this property uin 211663 more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The department provides a number of financial support programmes for economically disadvantaged 16 to 19 year olds to help with the education-related costs associated with staying in post-16 education. The 16-19 Bursary Fund is the principal scheme. Under the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund, young people are eligible for awards of up to £1,200 per year (in particular, vulnerable groups that generally do not receive financial support from their families). Those not in these particular vulnerable groups, but who still need financial support, can apply to their education institution for discretionary bursary support. Each institution receives an allocation to make available these discretionary bursaries.</p><p>The department spoke with a sample of schools, colleges and other 16-19 education providers in 2018 to help us understand how the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund was being used and to assess the extent to which discretionary bursary allocations met the needs of students in the different institutions. Providers were using the available funds to support their most disadvantaged students, but there were different responses on the adequacy of funding. We are continuing to keep the use of the fund under review to inform our understanding of whether it is providing effective support to our most economically disadvantaged students.</p><p>With regard to its effectiveness in promoting social mobility, providers have the flexibility to target those young people in most need of financial support to stay on in further education and training. This flexibility helps to ensure that the poorest students get the same opportunities available to those with more financial support, for example, by purchasing equipment for technical courses, taking part in trips, purchasing books, participating in industry placements and getting support with UCAS fees. The majority of providers that the department spoke to in 2018 confirmed that this funding was making a significant impact on the ability of young people to access opportunities.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Guildford more like this
star this property answering member printed Anne Milton more like this
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less than 2019-01-29T16:49:43.573Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-29T16:49:43.573Z
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star this property label Biography information for Anne Milton more like this
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star this property answering member constituency Guildford more like this
star this property answering member printed Anne Milton more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Anne Milton more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Gordon Marsden more like this
1047035
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-01-23more like thismore than 2019-01-23
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Department for Education remove filter
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 16-19 Bursary Fund: Social Mobility more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the 16 - 19 bursary in promoting social mobility. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Blackpool South more like this
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Gordon Marsden more like this
star this property uin 211664 more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The department provides a number of financial support programmes for economically disadvantaged 16 to 19 year olds to help with the education-related costs associated with staying in post-16 education. The 16-19 Bursary Fund is the principal scheme. Under the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund, young people are eligible for awards of up to £1,200 per year (in particular, vulnerable groups that generally do not receive financial support from their families). Those not in these particular vulnerable groups, but who still need financial support, can apply to their education institution for discretionary bursary support. Each institution receives an allocation to make available these discretionary bursaries.</p><p>The department spoke with a sample of schools, colleges and other 16-19 education providers in 2018 to help us understand how the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund was being used and to assess the extent to which discretionary bursary allocations met the needs of students in the different institutions. Providers were using the available funds to support their most disadvantaged students, but there were different responses on the adequacy of funding. We are continuing to keep the use of the fund under review to inform our understanding of whether it is providing effective support to our most economically disadvantaged students.</p><p>With regard to its effectiveness in promoting social mobility, providers have the flexibility to target those young people in most need of financial support to stay on in further education and training. This flexibility helps to ensure that the poorest students get the same opportunities available to those with more financial support, for example, by purchasing equipment for technical courses, taking part in trips, purchasing books, participating in industry placements and getting support with UCAS fees. The majority of providers that the department spoke to in 2018 confirmed that this funding was making a significant impact on the ability of young people to access opportunities.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Guildford more like this
star this property answering member printed Anne Milton more like this
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less than 2019-01-29T16:50:11.217Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-29T16:50:11.217Z
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1523
star this property label Biography information for Anne Milton more like this
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97893
star this property answering member constituency Guildford more like this
star this property answering member printed Anne Milton more like this
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1523
star this property label Biography information for Anne Milton more like this
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465
unstar this property label Biography information for Gordon Marsden more like this
1047710
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star this property date less than 2019-01-24more like thismore than 2019-01-24
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Department for Education remove filter
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 Children in Care more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has made to support local authorities with the number of young people entering the care system. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Dulwich and West Norwood more like this
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Helen Hayes more like this
star this property uin 212414 more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>At Autumn Budget, my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced an extra £410 million to address pressures on social care services, along with £84 million over five years to support up to 20 local authorities to improve their social work practice and decision-making, enabling them to work more effectively with the most vulnerable children and their families.</p><p>This builds on the £200 billion government has already made available to councils up to 2020 to provide services in the best interests of local residents, including those for children and young people.</p><p>In residential care we are investing part of our £200 million children’s social care innovation programme to three projects to increase councils’ capacity and ensure more young people can be matched to the right care placement. We have also recently provided grant funding to three local authorities to conduct feasibility studies into opening new secure provision to increase available capacity and continue to invest in the secure estate through our £40 million capital programme.</p><p>We will shortly be providing seed funding to fostering partnerships to increase sufficiency of foster parents. As part of our digital discovery, we are exploring whether, and how, digital solutions could help give a more accurate picture of fostering capacity both locally and nationally, to drive targeted recruitment and improve streamline vacancy management.</p><p>We know that local authorities have experienced an increase in the numbers of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) who have particular care needs. That is why, in the 2017 UASC safeguarding strategy, we committed to providing 1,000 training places for foster carers and support workers who care for UASC. We commissioned the Refugee Council to deliver this training across England and training is now underway across the country.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Stratford-on-Avon more like this
star this property answering member printed Nadhim Zahawi more like this
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less than 2019-01-29T17:40:37.547Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-29T17:40:37.547Z
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star this property label Biography information for Nadhim Zahawi more like this
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4510
unstar this property label Biography information for Helen Hayes more like this
1047708
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star this property date less than 2019-01-24more like thismore than 2019-01-24
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Department for Education remove filter
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 Children in Care: Housing more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to ensure that 16 and 17 year olds in the care system are placed in suitable accommodation. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Dulwich and West Norwood more like this
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Helen Hayes more like this
star this property uin 212412 more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The majority of children in care aged 16 or 17 are either placed in foster care or live in a children’s home, both of which are regulated by Ofsted. However, the Children Act (1989) allows local authorities to use ‘other accommodation’ (such as supported lodgings; semi-independent accommodation; hostels; or foyers), if the local authority judges that the young person’s needs will best be met by this type of placement.</p><p> </p><p>In many cases, semi-independent accommodation provides an effective way for young people preparing to or leaving care to make a gradual transition to independence instead of placing them straight into an independent tenancy.</p><p> </p><p>Local authorities are responsible for commissioning a range of accommodation that meets the needs of young people in or leaving care and must ensure that accommodation used to house them is ‘suitable’. ‘Suitable accommodation’ is defined in Chapter 7 of the Children Act (1989) Volume 3 statutory guidance, which can be accessed at: <a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/397649/CA1989_Transitions_guidance.pdf" target="_blank">https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/397649/CA1989_Transitions_guidance.pdf</a>.</p><p> </p><p>​The government ensures that local authorities are held to account for the quality of the accommodation they provide to care leavers through Ofsted inspections of children’s services and challenge poor practices when identified by Ofsted.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Bognor Regis and Littlehampton more like this
star this property answering member printed Nick Gibb more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 212413 more like this
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less than 2019-01-29T17:44:33.65Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-29T17:44:33.65Z
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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 Helen Hayes more like this
1047709
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star this property date less than 2019-01-24more like thismore than 2019-01-24
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Department for Education remove filter
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 Children in Care: Housing more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the viability of the current regulation of independent living arrangements for young people in the care system. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Dulwich and West Norwood more like this
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Helen Hayes more like this
star this property uin 212413 more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The majority of children in care aged 16 or 17 are either placed in foster care or live in a children’s home, both of which are regulated by Ofsted. However, the Children Act (1989) allows local authorities to use ‘other accommodation’ (such as supported lodgings; semi-independent accommodation; hostels; or foyers), if the local authority judges that the young person’s needs will best be met by this type of placement.</p><p> </p><p>In many cases, semi-independent accommodation provides an effective way for young people preparing to or leaving care to make a gradual transition to independence instead of placing them straight into an independent tenancy.</p><p> </p><p>Local authorities are responsible for commissioning a range of accommodation that meets the needs of young people in or leaving care and must ensure that accommodation used to house them is ‘suitable’. ‘Suitable accommodation’ is defined in Chapter 7 of the Children Act (1989) Volume 3 statutory guidance, which can be accessed at: <a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/397649/CA1989_Transitions_guidance.pdf" target="_blank">https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/397649/CA1989_Transitions_guidance.pdf</a>.</p><p> </p><p>​The government ensures that local authorities are held to account for the quality of the accommodation they provide to care leavers through Ofsted inspections of children’s services and challenge poor practices when identified by Ofsted.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Bognor Regis and Littlehampton more like this
star this property answering member printed Nick Gibb more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 212412 more like this
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less than 2019-01-29T17:44:33.697Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-29T17:44:33.697Z
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star this property label Biography information for Nick Gibb more like this
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4510
unstar this property label Biography information for Helen Hayes more like this
1045763
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star this property date less than 2019-01-21more like thismore than 2019-01-21
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Department for Education remove filter
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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 Children: Communication more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to (a) identify and (b) tackle children’s communication difficulties under its Children in Need policy. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Taunton Deane more like this
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Rebecca Pow more like this
star this property uin 210671 more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The government is committed to ensuring that children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) get the support they need to lead safe, fulfilling lives and to reach their potential.</p><p>The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Code of Practice makes clear that local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and relevant others are responsible for commissioning specialist support locally using their high needs funding budgets. This includes support for SLCN. We have given an additional £250 million to high needs funding across 2018-19 and 2019-20 to help them fulfil these duties, on top of the £6 billion already provided for the high needs budget. Local authorities are required to develop and publish their local SEND offer based on an analysis of local need and we expect details of services for SLCN, including how they can be accessed, to be included.</p><p> </p><p>My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education has set out his ambition to halve the 28% of children who finish their reception year without the early communication and reading skills they need to thrive by 2028. The Department for Education is working with the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England to support health visitors and early years practitioners to identify and support children’s early SLCN. We are investing £26 million to set up a network of English hubs, £20 million to provide professional development for early years practitioners, and £7.5 million to understand what works in partnership with the Education Endowment Foundation. We are investing £6.5 million in voluntary and charity sector grants supporting the home learning environment.</p><p> </p><p>Where children are at risk of harm, it is particularly important that they are supported to communicate their needs. The statutory guidance 'Working together to safeguard children' (2018) is clear that special provision should be put in place to support dialogue with children who have communication difficulties. This child-centred approach is supported by the Children Act (1989) and emphasised further in the interim findings of the children in need review.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Stratford-on-Avon more like this
star this property answering member printed Nadhim Zahawi more like this
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less than 2019-01-29T16:55:11.687Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-29T16:55:11.687Z
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4113
star this property label Biography information for Nadhim Zahawi more like this
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4522
unstar this property label Biography information for Rebecca Pow more like this
1045510
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star this property date less than 2019-01-21more like thismore than 2019-01-21
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Department for Education remove filter
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 Children: Day Care more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional financial provision local authorities have received to help implement the Government’s commitment for 30 hours free childcare for working parents. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Salford and Eccles more like this
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Rebecca Long Bailey more like this
star this property uin 210569 more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The department is committed to supporting local authorities (LAs) in the delivery of the childcare entitlements, including the new 30 hours free childcare entitlement, and has made significant investment into the offer. We will be spending around £6 billion on childcare support in 2019-20 – a record amount. That will include funding for our free early years education entitlements, on which we plan to spend £3.5 billion this year alone.</p><p> </p><p>Since 30 hours free childcare was announced, the department has also invested heavily in specific projects to support delivery of the offer at a local level.</p><p> </p><p>In 2016, the department made available £100 million in capital funding for which LAs, in partnership with providers, were invited to submit bids. Over 350 projects across 123 LAs were successful in this bid round.</p><p> </p><p>Following this, in 2017 the department allocated £2.15 million as part of the Digital Accelerate grant, supporting LAs in the development of their IT systems.</p><p> </p><p>And in 2018, £7.7 million in grant funding was allocated to LAs through our Delivery Support Fund. This funding was intending to support LAs during the first year of delivery of 30 hours and allowed LAs to undertake projects that directly benefit 30 hours’ delivery and created (directly or indirectly) 30 hours places.</p><p> </p><p>In addition to specific funding, LAs continue to receive support directly from departmental officials and through our delivery partners, Childcare Works, who provide a package of universal and targeted support to ensure LAs are best placed to deliver the government’s childcare offers.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Stratford-on-Avon more like this
star this property answering member printed Nadhim Zahawi more like this
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less than 2019-01-29T16:57:35.103Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-29T16:57:35.103Z
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4113
star this property label Biography information for Nadhim Zahawi more like this
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4396
unstar this property label Biography information for Rebecca Long Bailey more like this
1045737
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star this property date less than 2019-01-21more like thismore than 2019-01-21
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Department for Education remove filter
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 Children: Social Mobility more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of the Every Child Matters programme on social mobility. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Lewisham, Deptford more like this
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Vicky Foxcroft more like this
star this property uin 210661 more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>Every Child Matters refers to a 2003 green paper that sets out a high-level approach to improving children’s and young people’s wellbeing. The department, including under previous administrations, has not conducted a separate assessment of its impact on social mobility. However, research and evaluations of a range of programmes and policies proposed in Every Child Matters are published on GOV.UK and relevant national archive sites, for example: <a href="https://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20090810165308/http:/www.dcsf.gov.uk/everychildmatters/research/" target="_blank">https://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20090810165308/http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/everychildmatters/research/</a>.</p><p>Social mobility remains one of this government’s top priorities. We strongly believe that everyone should have the chance to fulfil their potential, and where you start in life should not determine future success. Since 2010 we have transformed opportunities for young people, including more children who are in good and outstanding schools. We’re targeting extra support at the poorest areas of the country to raise standards in schools and attract great teachers, and more young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are going to university.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Stratford-on-Avon more like this
star this property answering member printed Nadhim Zahawi more like this
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less than 2019-01-29T16:53:16.01Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-29T16:53:16.01Z
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4113
star this property label Biography information for Nadhim Zahawi more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Vicky Foxcroft more like this
1047694
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star this property date less than 2019-01-24more like thismore than 2019-01-24
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Department for Education remove filter
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 Children: Social Services more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the cost has been of setting up the What Works Centre to date. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency South Shields more like this
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Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck more like this
star this property uin 212376 more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>In October 2017, 2 contracts were awarded by Department for Education to establish the What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care. A consortium led by NESTA was awarded the contract for an ‘incubator’ and Cardiff University was awarded the ‘research partner’ role. The contracts have a total value of £9.8 million and will run until March 2020.</p><p> </p><p>In November 2018 the research partner’s contract was extended by up to £2.4 million in order to support the implementation of a number of projects in 6 local authorities. This money is exclusively for those local authorities to implement and manage the projects with the management costs for Cardiff absorbed into their existing contract.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Stratford-on-Avon more like this
star this property answering member printed Nadhim Zahawi more like this
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less than 2019-01-29T17:42:08.233Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-29T17:42:08.233Z
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4113
star this property label Biography information for Nadhim Zahawi more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck more like this
1047695
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star this property date less than 2019-01-24more like thismore than 2019-01-24
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Department for Education remove filter
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 Children: Social Services more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much of the money disbursed from the budget of her Department's Children's Social Care Innovation Programme has been allocated to organisations in the (a) public, (b) private and (c) voluntary sectors in each of the last five years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency South Shields more like this
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Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck more like this
star this property uin 212377 more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>Launched in 2013, the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme has invested in 98 projects across three funding rounds (2014-2020).</p><p>We have allocated £106.36 million to the public sector, £22.64 million to the private sector and £86.02 million to the voluntary sector.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Stratford-on-Avon more like this
star this property answering member printed Nadhim Zahawi more like this
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less than 2019-01-29T17:38:14.233Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-29T17:38:14.233Z
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star this property label Biography information for Nadhim Zahawi more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck more like this