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star this property date less than 2017-07-13more like thismore than 2017-07-13
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Home Office remove filter
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unstar this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text Her Majesty's Government what is the average time taken over the past 12 months for assessing, and reaching decisions on, applications from asylum seekers for section 95 accommodation and subsistence support. more like this
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Lord Beecham more like this
star this property uin HL804 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-07-20more like thismore than 2017-07-20
star this property answer text <p>Asylum seekers who would otherwise be destitute can apply for free accommodation and cash support to cover their essential living needs whilst their cases are considered.</p><p>If they have an emergency need for accommodation they can ask to be put in initial accommodation whilst their support applications are being processed and the vast majority of such requests are processed on the same day. We aim to resolve Section 95 applications received from people in Initial Accommodation within 3 days and other applications from people staying in private accommodation within 10 days. All cases are considered on their own merits, in some cases applicants are asked to provide further information before a decision on eligibility can reached. Information on the average length of time between asylum support application and payment is not routinely collected and could only be provided by examination of individual case records, which would result in disproportionate cost.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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less than 2017-07-20T10:44:02.163Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-20T10:44:02.163Z
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less than 2017-07-20T15:17:01.463Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-20T15:17:01.463Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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star this property answering member printed Lord Lee of Trafford more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Beecham more like this
751968
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star this property date less than 2017-07-13more like thismore than 2017-07-13
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Home Office remove filter
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unstar this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text Her Majesty's Government what is the average time taken over the past 12 months for issuing decisions on applications from asylum seekers for section 95 accommodation and subsistence support. more like this
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Lord Beecham more like this
star this property uin HL803 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-07-20more like thismore than 2017-07-20
star this property answer text <p>Asylum seekers who would otherwise be destitute can apply for free accommodation and cash support to cover their essential living needs whilst their cases are considered.</p><p>If they have an emergency need for accommodation they can ask to be put in initial accommodation whilst their support applications are being processed and the vast majority of such requests are processed on the same day. We aim to resolve Section 95 applications received from people in Initial Accommodation within 3 days and other applications from people staying in private accommodation within 10 days. All cases are considered on their own merits, in some cases applicants are asked to provide further information before a decision on eligibility can reached. Information on the average length of time between asylum support application and payment is not routinely collected and could only be provided by examination of individual case records, which would result in disproportionate cost.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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less than 2017-07-20T10:44:02.033Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-20T10:44:02.033Z
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less than 2017-07-20T15:16:52.517Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-20T15:16:52.517Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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star this property answering member printed Lord Lee of Trafford more like this
star this property answering member 1132
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Beecham more like this
751967
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star this property date less than 2017-07-13more like thismore than 2017-07-13
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Home Office remove filter
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unstar this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
unstar this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text Her Majesty's Government to what timescale they aim to issue decisions on applications from asylum seekers for section 95 subsistence only support. more like this
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Lord Beecham more like this
star this property uin HL802 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-07-20more like thismore than 2017-07-20
star this property answer text <p>Asylum seekers who would otherwise be destitute can apply for free accommodation and cash support to cover their essential living needs whilst their cases are considered.</p><p>If they have an emergency need for accommodation they can ask to be put in initial accommodation whilst their support applications are being processed and the vast majority of such requests are processed on the same day. We aim to resolve Section 95 applications received from people in Initial Accommodation within 3 days and other applications from people staying in private accommodation within 10 days. All cases are considered on their own merits, in some cases applicants are asked to provide further information before a decision on eligibility can reached. Information on the average length of time between asylum support application and payment is not routinely collected and could only be provided by examination of individual case records, which would result in disproportionate cost.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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less than 2017-07-20T10:44:01.897Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-20T10:44:01.897Z
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less than 2017-07-20T15:14:18.827Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-20T15:14:18.827Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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star this property answering member printed Lord Lee of Trafford more like this
star this property answering member 1132
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Beecham more like this
751966
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star this property date less than 2017-07-13more like thismore than 2017-07-13
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Home Office remove filter
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unstar this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text Her Majesty's Government to what timescale they aim to issue decisions on applications from asylum seekers for section 95 accommodation and subsistence support. more like this
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Lord Beecham more like this
star this property uin HL801 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-07-20more like thismore than 2017-07-20
star this property answer text <p>Asylum seekers who would otherwise be destitute can apply for free accommodation and cash support to cover their essential living needs whilst their cases are considered.</p><p>If they have an emergency need for accommodation they can ask to be put in initial accommodation whilst their support applications are being processed and the vast majority of such requests are processed on the same day. We aim to resolve Section 95 applications received from people in Initial Accommodation within 3 days and other applications from people staying in private accommodation within 10 days. All cases are considered on their own merits, in some cases applicants are asked to provide further information before a decision on eligibility can reached. Information on the average length of time between asylum support application and payment is not routinely collected and could only be provided by examination of individual case records, which would result in disproportionate cost.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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less than 2017-07-20T10:44:01.78Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-20T10:44:01.78Z
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less than 2017-07-20T14:36:50.94Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-20T14:36:50.94Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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star this property answering member printed Lord Lee of Trafford more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Beecham more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-09-16more like thismore than 2015-09-16
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Home Office remove filter
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unstar this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
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star this property hansard heading Asylum: Deportation more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many asylum seekers were deported from the United Kingdom in (1) 1990, (2) 2000, (3) 2010, and (4) 2014, on reaching the age of 18. more like this
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
star this property uin HL2297 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-10-19more like thismore than 2015-10-19
star this property answer text <p>The Home Office does not keep electronic records on removals going as far back as 2000. Records of removals on the Immigration Database only go back to 2006. In 2010, <del class="ministerial">132</del> <ins class="ministerial">778</ins> failed asylum seekers were removed after reaching the age of 18. In 2014, <del class="ministerial">151</del> <ins class="ministerial">445 </ins>failed asylum seekers were removed after reaching the age of 18.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
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less than 2015-10-19T13:50:02.977Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-19T13:50:02.977Z
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less than 2016-03-24T14:22:55.107Zmore like thismore than 2016-03-24T14:22:55.107Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
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star this property answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-10-16more like thismore than 2019-10-16
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Home Office remove filter
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unstar this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading British Nationality: Hong Kong more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in responding to the request of ex-Hong Kong servicemen for British citizenship for service to the Crown, following their meeting with the Home Office on 30 November 2018 and their supply, in early 2019, of the information requested by the Home Office. more like this
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett more like this
star this property uin HL157 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction true more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-30more like thismore than 2019-10-30
star this property answer text <p><del class="ministerial">The family Immigration Rules set out the requirements to be met to allow any adult dependant relative of a British citizen to come to the UK. The applicant must be outside the UK and in most cases, the sponsor will be in the UK.The adult dependent relative rules, together with the policy on exceptional circumstances, ensure that leave can be granted for those who demonstrate that, as a result of age, illness or disability, there is a level of long-term personal care required that can only be provided in the UK by their British relative who is here, or who is intending to return here with their dependant relative.</del></p><p><ins class="ministerial">Under the British Nationality Selection Scheme, that was introduced in 1990 and ran until 1 July 1997, a limited number of Hong Kong Military Service Corps personnel who were settled in Hong Kong could apply to register as a British citizen.We are giving careful consideration to representations made on behalf of those former Hong Kong Military Service Corps personnel who were unable to obtain citizenship through the selection scheme.</ins></p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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less than 2019-10-30T17:45:01.023Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-30T17:45:01.023Z
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less than 2019-10-30T18:49:28.053Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-30T18:49:28.053Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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star this property answering member printed Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Lister of Burtersett more like this
1149946
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star this property date less than 2019-10-16more like thismore than 2019-10-16
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Home Office remove filter
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unstar this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government why organisations that received Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) support through the UK Responsible Authority are not covered by the funding guarantee announced on 12 September in the event of a no-deal Brexit; and what consideration has been given to making alternative funding available to charities at risk of losing their AMIF funding. more like this
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett more like this
star this property uin HL153 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction true more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-30more like thismore than 2019-10-30
star this property answer text <p><del class="ministerial">The family Immigration Rules set out the requirements to be met to allow any adult dependant relative of a British citizen to come to the UK. The applicant must be outside the UK and in most cases, the sponsor will be in the UK.</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">The adult dependent relative rules, together with the policy on exceptional circumstances, ensure that leave can be granted for those who demonstrate that, as a result of age, illness or disability, there is a level of long-term personal care required that can only be provided in the UK by their British relative who is here, or who is intending to return here with their dependant relative.</del></p><p><ins class="ministerial">The Home Office will provide the necessary funding for projects under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) for the lifetime of their projects, even if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. </ins></p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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less than 2019-10-30T17:57:39.553Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-30T17:57:39.553Z
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less than 2019-10-30T18:35:05.67Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-30T18:35:05.67Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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star this property answering member printed Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Lister of Burtersett more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-03-20more like thismore than 2019-03-20
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Home Office remove filter
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unstar this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
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star this property hansard heading Asylum: Children more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how many unaccompanied children seeking asylum who have not yet received a decision on their case have been waiting for a decision for (1) over two years, (2) 18 months to two years, (3) one year to 18 months, and (4) six months to one year. more like this
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Baroness Stroud more like this
star this property uin HL14716 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction true more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-04-03more like thismore than 2019-04-03
star this property answer text <p><del class="ministerial">The Home Office does not publish this data in the format requested, however we are committed to publishing more detailed figures in future data releases.</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">We are able to provide a breakdown of total applications pending by duration (±6 months), but we can’t separately identify UASC’s in the dataset. The table has been reproduced below:</del></p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><del class="ministerial">Pending Duration (Initial Decision)</del></p></td><td><p><del class="ministerial">Main applicants</del></p></td><td><p><del class="ministerial">Main + dependants</del></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><del class="ministerial">More than 6 months</del></p></td><td><p><del class="ministerial">12,213</del></p></td><td><p><del class="ministerial">16,555</del></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><del class="ministerial">Less than 6 months</del></p></td><td><p><del class="ministerial">15,043</del></p></td><td><p><del class="ministerial">19,300</del></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><del class="ministerial"><strong>Total</strong></del></p></td><td><p><del class="ministerial"><strong>27,256</strong></del></p></td><td><p><del class="ministerial"><strong>35,855</strong></del></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><del class="ministerial">The Home Office takes its responsibility for the welfare of children very seriously, including ensuring that the best interests of the child are a primary consideration in every decision taken in respect of the child. There are stringent statutory and policy safeguards in place in the asylum process for unaccompanied children, in recognition of their additional needs.</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children are looked after by local authorities who have a statutory duty to ensure that they safeguard and promote the welfare of all children, regardless of their immigration status or nationality. Under these arrangements, children are assessed with regard to their individual needs and provided with access to education, accommodation and health services, as would be provided to any other looked after child in the UK.</del></p><p> </p><p> </p><p><ins class="ministerial">The Home Office does not publish this data in the format requested, however we are committed to publishing more detailed figures in future data releases.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">We are able to provide a breakdown of total applications pending by duration (±6 months), but we can’t separately identify UASC’s in the dataset. The table has been reproduced below:</ins></p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><ins class="ministerial">Pending Duration (Initial Decision)</ins></p></td><td><p><ins class="ministerial">Main applicants</ins></p></td><td><p><ins class="ministerial">Main + dependants</ins></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><ins class="ministerial">More than 6 months</ins></p></td><td><p><ins class="ministerial">12,213</ins></p></td><td><p><ins class="ministerial">16,555</ins></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><ins class="ministerial">Less than 6 months</ins></p></td><td><p><ins class="ministerial">15,043</ins></p></td><td><p><ins class="ministerial">19,300</ins></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><ins class="ministerial"><strong>Total</strong></ins></p></td><td><p><ins class="ministerial"><strong>27,256</strong></ins></p></td><td><p><ins class="ministerial"><strong>35,855</strong></ins></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><ins class="ministerial">Children and unaccompanied children seeking asylum, like anyone else claiming asylum in the UK, can claim in two ways; either at port of entry or at one of the national intake units.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">The Home Office takes its responsibility for the welfare of children very seriously, including ensuring that the best interests of the child are a primary consideration in every decision taken in respect of the child. There are stringent statutory and policy safeguards in place in the asylum process for unaccompanied children, in recognition of their additional needs.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">While in the UK, unaccompanied asylum-seeking children are looked after by local authorities who have a statutory duty to ensure that they safeguard and promote the welfare of all children, regardless of their immigration status or nationality. Under these arrangements, children are assessed with regard to their individual needs and provided with access to education, accommodation and health services, as would be provided to any other looked after child in the UK.</ins></p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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less than 2019-04-03T16:11:18.253Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-03T16:11:18.253Z
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less than 2019-04-03T16:24:58.29Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-03T16:24:58.29Z
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star this property answering member printed Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Stroud more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-03-04more like thismore than 2019-03-04
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Home Office remove filter
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unstar this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Slavery: Albania 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 how many Albanian nationals who have received a positive conclusive grounds decision through the National Referral Mechanism have since (1) been repatriated, and (2) returned of their own volition to Albania. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
star this property uin HL14173 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-18more like thismore than 2019-03-18
star this property answer text <p><del class="ministerial">The Home Office engages closely with Local Authorities, through Strategic Migration Partnerships, on a regular basis to assess the effectiveness of asy-lum dispersal and discuss issues such as local cohesion. In addition, accommodation Providers must consult on every property that is to be used for asylum dispersal with Local Authorities who will assess its viability in relation to social cohesion, as well as a number of other factors</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">A governance structure has been established to facilitate a joint review into asylum dispersal which will be co-designed and co-produced by Local Au-thorities and the Home Office</del>.</p><p> </p><p><ins class="ministerial">The Home Office record the number of all individuals referred to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) and this information is published Quarterly by the National Crime Agency. This information does not distinguish an individ-ual’s immigration status. The reason for this is two-fold, firstly because the NRM is not an immigration route by which individuals should regularise their stay in the United Kingdom and, secondly, because a person’s immigration status is not permanent and can change. <p><ins class="ministerial">Providing the information requested would therefore require a manual check of individual records which could only be done at disproportionate cost.</ins></p></ins></p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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less than 2019-03-18T17:17:10.48Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-18T17:17:10.48Z
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less than 2019-03-18T18:05:06.14Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-18T18:05:06.14Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-10-15more like thismore than 2019-10-15
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Home Office remove filter
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unstar this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Hate Crime: Disability more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce violent hate crime towards disabled people. more like this
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Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
star this property uin HL137 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-28more like thismore than 2019-10-28
star this property answer text <p><del class="ministerial">We are taking determined action to tackle knife crime and other serious violence, including by preventing children and young people from gaining access to knives in the first place. It is already illegal to sell knives and certain articles with blade or point to anyone under 18 in England and Wales, whether face to face or online, and the Offensive Weapons Act 2019 will further strengthen the law by stopping knives being sent to residential addresses after being bought online, unless the seller has arrangements in place with the delivery company to ensure that the product will not be delivered to a person under 18. Through the Offensive Weapons Act, we will also introduce new Knife Crime Prevention Orders which will give the police an important new tool to help them to work with both young people and adults at risk of being drawn into knife crime to steer them away from serious violence.</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">It is vital that the police have the resources and tools they need to tackle knife crime, including possession of knives on our streets. This is why we have increased police funding by more than £1 billion this year, including council tax and the £100 million Serious Violence Fund. Through the Serious Violence Fund we have provided £63.4 million to the 18 police forces worst affected by serious violence to pay for surge operational activity, and £1.6 million to help improve the quality of data on serious violence, particularly knife crime, to support planning and operations. In addition, £35million of the Serious Violence Fund is being invested in Violence Reductions Units which will form a key component of our action to build capacity in local areas to tackle the root causes of serious violence.</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">We have also launched a national campaign to begin to recruit 20,000 new police officers over the next three years, and we are making it easier for the police to use their important stop and search powers which is a vital tool in tackling knife possession on our streets and in our local communities.In addition, we continue to encourage all police forces to undertake a series of coordinated national weeks of action to tackle knife crime under Operation Sceptre. The latest phase of the operation took place from 17 to 22 September and included targeted stop and searches, weapon sweeps, and surrender of knives, including through amnesty bins. The operation also includes test purchase operations to identify those retailers who flout the law and sell knives to under 18s. Through our dedicated Prosecution Fund we are supporting Trading Standards to prosecute rogue retailers who repeatedly fail test purchases.</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">We are also addressing the root causes of serious violence by investing over £220 million in early intervention projects, and as announced in the Queen’s Speech, we are bringing forward a new Bill to introduce a new legal duty on public bodies to work together to prevent and tackle serious violence.</del></p><p><ins class="ministerial">Any form of hate crime is completely unacceptable, and this Government takes hate crime very seriously.That is why the Government published the Hate Crime Action Plan in 2016, and refreshed it in October 2018.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">The Action Plan includes a number of commitments that address all forms of hate crime. These include a review of hate crime legislation by the Law Commission which commenced earlier this year, a public awareness campaign that included specific examples of disability hate crime to make it clear that it is unacceptable. </ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">Additionally, the Action Plan includes specific plans to tackle disability hate crime, including increased engagement with disability stakeholders, hosting two ministerial roundtables with disability groups and social media companies to help tackle online abuse of disabled people, and providing funding for community projects that directly tackle disability hate crime.</ins></p><p> </p><p> </p>
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