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star this property date less than 2019-01-10more like thismore than 2019-01-10
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Horses: Animal Welfare more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the practice of horse tethering. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Barnsley Central more like this
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Dan Jarvis more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-01-15more like thismore than 2019-01-15
star this property answer text <p>Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 (the 2006 Act), it is an offence to fail to provide for an animal’s welfare or to cause it any unnecessary suffering. The 2006 Act is backed up by the statutory Code of Practice for the Welfare of Horses, Ponies, Donkeys and Their Hybrids (the Code). The Code provides owners and keepers with information on how to meet the welfare needs of their horses and includes a specific section on how to tether a horse. Local authorities have powers under the 2006 Act to investigate allegations of cruelty or poor welfare. In addition, welfare organisations such as the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare (WHW) may also investigate such matters. If anyone is concerned about the way a horse has been tethered, they should report the matter either to the relevant local authority, or to the RSPCA or WHW who can investigate. If a horse is found not to be tethered appropriately, this could lead to a prosecution under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. I consider that existing legislation and guidance in place in respect of tethering horses ensures their welfare needs are met appropriately.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
star this property answering member printed David Rutley more like this
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less than 2019-01-15T15:32:58.54Zmore like thisremove minimum value filter
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star this property label Biography information for David Rutley 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 2019-02-04more like thismore than 2019-02-04
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Food: Waste Disposal more like this
unstar 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 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Government plans to announce the successful bids for the redistribution organisation fund. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Barnsley Central more like this
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Dan Jarvis more like this
star this property uin 216299 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 2019-02-07more like thismore than 2019-02-07
star this property answer text <p>The grant opportunity for increasing surplus food redistribution through overcoming financial barriers launched on 11 January this year. Successful bids are due to be announced in April with projects due to begin in early May.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Suffolk Coastal more like this
star this property answering member printed Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
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less than 2019-02-07T10:50:19.2Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-07T10:50:19.2Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dr Thérèse Coffey 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 2019-06-26more like thismore than 2019-06-26
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Horse Racing: Animal Welfare more like this
unstar 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 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of veterinary research funded by the Horserace Betting Levy Board on the welfare of horses since 2000. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Tewkesbury more like this
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Mr Laurence Robertson more like this
star this property uin 269623 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 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
star this property answer text <p>The Government considers that veterinary research is vital to improving the lives of all horses.</p><p> </p><p>The Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) is a non-departmental public body which was established to administer the Horserace Betting Levy, under which betting operators pay 10% of their profits on British racing back to support the sport.</p><p> </p><p>One of the statutory objectives of the HBLB is focused on the advancement or encouragement of veterinary science or veterinary education. To this end, the HBLB have invested over £35 million since 2000 in veterinary research and education, which I understand supports the welfare of all equines in Great Britain as well as thoroughbreds. Specific projects undertaken include the development of a novel technique for assessing and improving respiratory performance in racehorses.</p><p> </p><p>The Government welcomes these initiatives and acknowledges the importance of continued veterinary research to the welfare of horses.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
star this property answering member printed David Rutley more like this
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less than 2019-07-01T13:40:44.897Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-01T13:40:44.897Z
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star this property label Biography information for David Rutley more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Laurence Robertson more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-06-26more like thismore than 2019-06-26
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Horse Racing: Animal Welfare more like this
unstar 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 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Horse Welfare Board in improving the standards of welfare in horseracing. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Tewkesbury more like this
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Mr Laurence Robertson more like this
star this property uin 269624 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
star this property answer text <p>The Government is keen that the welfare needs of racehorses are well met, both during their racing lives and afterwards. On 14 May, I met the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) as well as the new independent Chair of the BHA’s newly appointed Horse Welfare Board. This Board was formed in March 2019 and includes members from across the racing industry, veterinarians and animal health and welfare specialists. This was a constructive meeting where the number of fatalities of racehorses was acknowledged and both sides agreed that further action is required to tackle avoidable harm and make the sport safer.</p><p> </p><p>The Board committed to doing all it can to improve welfare outcomes and is working on producing an equine welfare manifesto, outlining the industry’s priorities in this area. I stressed the need for the BHA to develop a robust action plan that will deliver tangible results, and will continue to stay in regular contact with both the BHA and the newly appointed Horse Welfare Board to monitor progress of key actions and to press for further improvements in racehorse welfare.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
star this property answering member printed David Rutley more like this
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less than 2019-07-01T13:49:17.757Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-01T13:49:17.757Z
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star this property label Biography information for David Rutley more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Laurence Robertson more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-06-26more like thismore than 2019-06-26
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Horse Racing: Equine Flu more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment (a) his Department and (b) the Animal Plant and Health Agency have made of the effectiveness of the measures taken by the British Horseracing Authority in countering and containing the ongoing outbreak of equine influenza in the UK. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Tewkesbury more like this
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Mr Laurence Robertson more like this
star this property uin 269625 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 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
star this property answer text <p>Equine influenza is not a notifiable disease in the UK, which means that the industry takes responsibility for controlling the disease.</p><p> </p><p>Vaccination is the main control measure, alongside isolation of infected cases and minimising the mixing of horses during an outbreak.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has been monitoring the situation and maintaining close contact with the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), the Animal Health Trust (AHT) and the British Horse Council. We commend the BHA and other equine industry bodies for their swift action and for advising against unvaccinated animals being allowed to attend large gatherings.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
star this property answering member printed David Rutley more like this
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less than 2019-07-01T15:21:04.97Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-01T15:21:04.97Z
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star this property label Biography information for David Rutley more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Laurence Robertson more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-06-27more like thismore than 2019-06-27
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Retraining of Racehorses more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the work of Retraining of Racehorses in (a) retraining retired racehorses for second careers in other equine disciplines and (b) rehoming retired racehorses. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Tewkesbury more like this
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Mr Laurence Robertson more like this
star this property uin 270251 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-02more like thismore than 2019-07-02
star this property answer text <p>Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) is British Horseracing’s official charity established in 2000 for the welfare of horses that have retired from racing. The charity promotes the versatility and adaptability of racehorses for other equine activities. We understand that over 6,500 retired racehorses are registered with RoR as active in a second career. In 2018, RoR’s education programme, open to all registered horses, organised or oversaw the staging of 301 events, with 1,681 horses attending. As a result, RoR plays a leading role on the international scene providing advice to other jurisdictions seeking guidance on setting up their own aftercare programmes. In addition, RoR works closely with welfare organisations such as the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
star this property answering member printed David Rutley more like this
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less than 2019-07-02T16:30:31.847Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-02T16:30:31.847Z
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star this property label Biography information for David Rutley more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Laurence Robertson more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-06-27more like thismore than 2019-06-27
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Horse Racing 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 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the importance of the British thoroughbred racing industry to the UK rural economy. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Tewkesbury more like this
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Mr Laurence Robertson more like this
star this property uin 270252 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 2019-07-02more like thismore than 2019-07-02
star this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to driving sustainable growth in the rural economy. Our world leading horseracing industry employs over 17,000 people nationally and contributes around £3.5 billion to the national economy each year, and plays a significant role in rural areas.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Suffolk Coastal more like this
star this property answering member printed Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
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less than 2019-07-02T10:53:09.837Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-02T10:53:09.837Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Laurence Robertson more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Forests: North of England more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will support the delivery of the Northern Forest; and if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of supporting that delivery through (a) the development of green investment models, (b) Government grants, (c) developer levies and (d) contributions and other support from offsetting planned Government infrastructure projects. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Barnsley Central more like this
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Dan Jarvis 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 2019-10-23more like thismore than 2019-10-23
star this property answer text <p>As part of the Government’s ambitious 25 Year Environment Plan (YEP), we are providing £5.7 million to support the existing Northern Forest Partnership, with Community Forests and The Woodland Trust to accelerate and further develop the Northern Forest. This will help plant at least 1.8 million new trees in the Northern Forest by 2022. A minimum of 1 million of these trees are being delivered through the Partnership Innovation Fund element of our investment. Through this approach we are working closely with the Northern Forest Partnership to consider, develop and test innovative approaches and policies from the 25 YEP such as Forestry Investment Zones, natural capital, carbon off-setting and green investment financing models.</p><p> </p><p>The Government is also working with the Northern Forest Partnership to increase planting rates, through joint working of Defra Group bodies like the Forestry Commission (FC), with the Partnership signposting land managers to existing FC funding.</p><p> </p><p>This approach will ensure trees are planted now and kick-start the development of the Northern Forest, helping the Partnership to realise their longer-term vision of 50 million trees over the next 25 years.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Richmond Park more like this
star this property answering member printed Zac Goldsmith more like this
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less than 2019-10-23T16:34:49.16Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-23T16:34:49.16Z
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star this property label Biography information for Zac Goldsmith 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 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Farms: Tenancy Agreements more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Agricultural tenancy consultation and call for evidence on mortgage restrictions and repossession protections for agricultural land in England, if the Government will widen the scope of the proposed changes to include all commercial property. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Thirsk and Malton more like this
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Kevin Hollinrake more like this
star this property uin 297 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 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
star this property answer text <p>The Government call for evidence regarding mortgage restrictions and repossession of agricultural land is now closed and a response will be published shortly. Before taking forward any proposals for legislative changes, Defra would discuss issues of scope with other Government departments.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Camborne and Redruth more like this
star this property answering member printed George Eustice more like this
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less than 2019-10-17T16:43:37.76Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-17T16:43:37.76Z
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star this property label Biography information for George Eustice 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 2019-10-23more like thismore than 2019-10-23
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Living Wage more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff in her Department are paid less than the London Living Wage; and what requirements her Department places on contractors to pay the London Living Wage to London-based staff. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Greenwich and Woolwich more like this
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Matthew Pennycook more like this
star this property uin 4416 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-30more like thismore than 2019-10-30
star this property answer text <p>This Government is committed to paying people a decent living wage, which is being addressed through the statutory National Living Wage (NLW). In April 2019, the NLW increased to £8.21 per hour, handing a full-time worker a further £690 annual pay rise. By 2024 the NLW will rise to £10.50 per hour, reaching 66% of median UK earnings. The scope will be expanded to everyone aged 21 and over and is expected to benefit over 4 million low paid workers.</p><p> </p><p>There are 85 staff in core-Defra, based in the National pay region, paid less than the London Living Wage (LLW) rate of £10.55 per hour, as set out by the Living Wage Foundation (LWF).</p><p> </p><p>There are less than 5 staff based in the London pay region paid less than the LLW. There will be no staff based in the London pay region paid less than the LLW once the 2019 Defra pay award (effective from 1 July 2019) has been implemented. This is expected to be in November pay.</p><p> </p><p>The Government will always award contracts on the basis of the best value for money for the taxpayer.</p><p> </p><p>The service providers contracted to carry out third party cleaning contracts for Defra managed buildings, including those of our executive agencies, are provided through an outsourced Total Facilities Management contract with Interserve FM. The contract requires Interserve FM to pay all employees the living wage as defined by the LWF. The Facilities Management supplier holds information on the rate of remuneration of its staff. Members of the LWF pay the voluntary real living wage, which is higher than the statutory rate and includes a higher rate for London based staff.</p><p> </p><p>The LWF rates (published online) can be found on the link below:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.livingwage.org.uk/" target="_blank">https://www.livingwage.org.uk/</a></p>
star this property answering member constituency Camborne and Redruth more like this
star this property answering member printed George Eustice more like this
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less than 2019-10-30T14:23:47.39Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-30T14:23:47.39Z
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star this property label Biography information for George Eustice more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Matthew Pennycook more like this