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star this property date less than 2019-10-29more like thismore than 2019-10-29
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Ministry of Justice more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Dartmoor Prison more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when staff at HMP Dartmoor were informed that the prison was due to close in 2023; and for what reasons his Department did not inform the POA union, as the recognised trade union for prison officers. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Easington remove filter
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Grahame Morris more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-11-05more like thismore than 2019-11-05
star this property answer text <table><tbody><tr><td><p>A letter was sent from the Chief Executive of HMPPS to all staff at HMP Dartmoor on 4 September 2013, advising them that the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) was entering discussions with the Duchy of Cornwall to commence the process to exit the lease on HMP Dartmoor. This letter explained that this would lead to the closure of the establishment but that there was a ten-year notice period on the lease, which would give HMPPS the chance to manage the closure process over time.</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>The Prison Officers’ Association (POA) was also informed of the announcement on 4 September 2013. The POA issued circular and press releases relating to this announcement following discussions with MoJ officials.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
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less than 2019-11-05T15:17:37.833Zmore like thismore than 2019-11-05T15:17:37.833Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Grahame Morris more like this
1167035
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star this property date less than 2019-10-29more like thismore than 2019-10-29
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Prisons: Closures more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if his Department will meet with the POA union to discuss Government policy on closing Victorian prisons. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Easington remove filter
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Grahame Morris more like this
star this property uin 7124 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 2019-11-05more like thismore than 2019-11-05
star this property answer text <p>Officials in the Ministry hold regular meetings with the Prison Officers Association, and have received correspondence from it requesting a meeting about the closure of HMP Dartmoor, to which they are responding.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
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less than 2019-11-05T16:58:01.683Zmore like thismore than 2019-11-05T16:58:01.683Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
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3973
star this property label Biography information for Grahame Morris more like this
1167031
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star this property date less than 2019-10-29more like thismore than 2019-10-29
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Prisons: Crimes of Violence more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) assaults and (b) serious assaults against other prisoners and (i) assaults and (ii) serious assaults against staff there were at (A) HMP Dartmoor, (B) HMP Dartmoor comparator prisons, (C) all category C prisons and (D) all prisons per 1,000 prisoners in each of the last five years. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Easington remove filter
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Grahame Morris more like this
star this property uin 7120 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 2019-11-04more like thismore than 2019-11-04
star this property answer text <p>The attached table shows all the data requested.</p><p> </p><p>The Government is taking unprecedented action to improve safety in prisons. We have recruited over 4,700 more prison officers since October 2016 and we now have the greatest number in post since early 2012. The Challenge, Support and Intervention Plan case management process for prisoners at risk of violence has been mandated for all prisons to help staff to manage violent prisoners and those identified as posing a raised risk of being violent.</p><p> </p><p>We have announced an extra £100 million for security, on top of £70 million we were already spending to make prisons safer, more secure and decent. This is part of the Government’s new £2.75bn investment to modernise and maintain our prisons, create 10,000 additional places, and step up security to stop the flow of drugs and mobile phones. We are equipping officers with PAVA incapacitant spray and body-worn cameras to help prevent serious harm to staff and prisoners when dealing with violent incidents. We are improving perimeter security and introducing new x-ray scanners, drug detection dogs and dedicated search teams, to address the supply of drugs that we know are fuelling much of the violence in custody.</p>
star this property answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
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less than 2019-11-04T16:32:30.607Zmore like thismore than 2019-11-04T16:32:30.607Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
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star this property file name PQ 7120 Grahame Morris data.xlsx more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Grahame Morris more like this
1167032
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star this property date less than 2019-10-29more like thismore than 2019-10-29
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Prison Officers: Length of Service more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of band 3 to 5 prison officers have experience of less than (a) six months, (b) one year, (c) three years and (d) five years at (i) HMP Dartmoor, (ii) HMP Dartmoor comparator prisons, (iii) all category C prisons and (iv) all prisons. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Easington remove filter
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Grahame Morris more like this
star this property uin 7121 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 2019-11-04more like thismore than 2019-11-04
star this property answer text <p>The number and proportion of band 3-5 prison officers by length of service as at 30<sup>th</sup> June 2019 for HMP Dartmoor, HMPS Dartmoor comparator prisons, category C prisons and all prisons, is provided in table 1 below.</p><p> </p><p>The huge number of officers we’ve recently recruited inevitably means there are more staff – and more leavers - with under one year’s experience. But we are working hard to retain staff, including by giving them the biggest pay award in a decade last year.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Table 1: Number (full time equivalent) and proportion of band 3-5 officers<sup>1</sup> in post, by length of service<sup>2</sup> in HMP Dartmoor, HMP Dartmoor comparator prisons<sup>3</sup>, all male category C prisons, all public sector prisons<sup>4</sup>, as at 30 June 2019</strong></p><table><tbody><tr><td colspan="2"><p>Full time equivalent</p></td></tr><tr><td rowspan="2"><p><strong>Length of service<sup>2</sup></strong></p></td><td colspan="2"><p><strong>HMP Dartmoor</strong></p></td><td colspan="2"><p><strong>HMP Dartmoor comparator prisons<sup>3</sup></strong></p></td><td colspan="2"><p><strong>Male Category C prisons</strong></p></td><td colspan="2"><p><strong>All Public Sector prisons<sup>4</sup></strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Number</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>%</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Number </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>%</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Number</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>%</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Number</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>%</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Less than 6 months</p></td><td><p>4</p></td><td><p>2.8%</p></td><td><p>36</p></td><td><p>3.6%</p></td><td><p>380</p></td><td><p>5.9%</p></td><td><p>1,274</p></td><td><p>5.8%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>0 to 1 year</p></td><td><p>11</p></td><td><p>7.6%</p></td><td><p>117</p></td><td><p>11.8%</p></td><td><p>972</p></td><td><p>15.2%</p></td><td><p>3,407</p></td><td><p>15.5%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>0 to 3 years</p></td><td><p>48</p></td><td><p>33.2%</p></td><td><p>342</p></td><td><p>34.3%</p></td><td><p>2,823</p></td><td><p>44.1%</p></td><td><p>9,343</p></td><td><p>42.5%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>0 to 5 years</p></td><td><p>67</p></td><td><p>46.0%</p></td><td><p>404</p></td><td><p>40.6%</p></td><td><p>3,417</p></td><td><p>53.4%</p></td><td><p>11,373</p></td><td><p>51.7%</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Notes:</p><p>1. Band 3-5 Officers includes Band 3-4 / Prison Officers (incl. specialists), Band 4 / Supervising Officers, and Band 5 / Custodial Managers.</p><p>2. The length of service is calculated from the most recent hire date.</p><p>3. Comparator prisons include Usk/Prescoed, Bure, Stafford, Channings Wood, Huntercombe, Warren Hill, Maidstone. Ashfield is not included in these figures as it is a private prison.</p><p>4. Includes staff who were employed in HM prisons only and does not include those based in HMPPS HQ, such as officers who are on detached duty with no fixed location, POELT trainers, or staff redeploying from closing establishments who are allocated to an area office in the HR database before being reallocated to a prison in the database.</p>
star this property answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
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less than 2019-11-04T16:37:33.377Zmore like thismore than 2019-11-04T16:37:33.377Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
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3973
star this property label Biography information for Grahame Morris more like this
1167033
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star this property date less than 2019-10-29more like thismore than 2019-10-29
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Prisons: Closures more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister of State for Prisons and Probation at the Justice Select Committee on 22 October 2019, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policy to maintain Victorian prisons of the closure of HMP Dartmoor. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Easington remove filter
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Grahame Morris more like this
star this property uin 7122 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-11-04more like thismore than 2019-11-04
star this property answer text <p>The planned closure of HMP Dartmoor in 2023 was announced in 2013. This remains our plan.</p><p> </p><p>We continue to discuss with the Duchy of Cornwall whether there is a viable role for Dartmoor in our prison estate plans, which we keep under constant review.</p><p> </p><p>We have received £156m additional funding for next year to undertake essential maintenance across the whole prison estate, to ensure we have the prison places we need to manage incoming demand.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
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less than 2019-11-04T17:24:09.06Zmore like thismore than 2019-11-04T17:24:09.06Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Grahame Morris more like this
1149322
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star this property date less than 2019-10-15more like thismore than 2019-10-15
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Legal Aid Scheme: Family Law more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to widen the scoping criteria for legal aid in family law cases set by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Easington remove filter
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Grahame Morris more like this
star this property uin 580 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-21more like thismore than 2019-10-21
star this property answer text <p>Legal aid is already available for public family law children cases, including care proceedings and adoption proceedings under the Children Act 1989 and related proceedings. It is also available for private family law where there is evidence of domestic abuse and for all EU and international child custody, maintenance and prevention of abduction cases.</p><p> </p><p>In the Legal Support Action plan published in February 2019 the Government committed to expand the scope for legal aid in family law cases to cover all Special Guardianship Orders in private family law.</p><p> </p><p>Additionally, since 2014-15 the MoJ has invested close to £8m in support for those representing themselves in the family and civil courts through the Litigants in Person Support Strategy. The strategy works with a range of partners across England and Wales in the advice, voluntary and pro bono sectors to provide practical support for litigants in person. We also announced in the Legal Support Action Plan in February 2019 that we are providing an extra £3m of funding over the next two years to further enhance support for litigants in person.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Aldridge-Brownhills more like this
star this property answering member printed Wendy Morton more like this
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less than 2019-10-21T16:14:51.147Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-21T16:14:51.147Z
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star this property label Biography information for Wendy Morton more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Grahame Morris more like this
1149323
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star this property date less than 2019-10-15more like thismore than 2019-10-15
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Legal Representation: Family Courts more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure the adequate provision of legal advice in family law cases to reduce the number of litigants in person in the family courts. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Easington remove filter
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Grahame Morris more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-21more like thismore than 2019-10-21
star this property answer text <p>Litigants in person do require support to help them navigate the justice system and this is why since 2014-15 the Ministry of Justice has invested close to £8m in support for them in the civil and family courts, through the Litigants in Person Support Strategy. The strategy works with a range of partners across England and Wales in the advice, voluntary and pro bono sectors to provide practical support for litigants in person. This includes online and self-help resources, as well as access to free or affordable legal advice and representation, where possible. Access to a lawyer is not always the right or most affordable way to solve an issue in the most effective way</p><p> </p><p>Additionally, we announced in the Legal Support Action Plan in February 2019 that we are providing a further £3m of funding over the next two years to enhance support for litigants in person, ensuring those representing themselves in court understand the process and are better supported through it.</p><p> </p><p>Through the HMCTS reform programme, the Government is also investing over £1bn to build a modern system for administering justice which will benefit everyone who uses it. By designing systems around the public who need and use our services, we can create a more effective system for them and generate efficiencies for the taxpayer.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Aldridge-Brownhills more like this
star this property answering member printed Wendy Morton more like this
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less than 2019-10-21T16:19:19.05Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-21T16:19:19.05Z
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star this property label Biography information for Wendy Morton more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Grahame Morris more like this
1132784
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star this property date less than 2019-06-18more like thismore than 2019-06-18
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Public Inquiries: Prosecutions more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will take steps to ensure ensure that public inquiries in relation to major incidents do not (a) hinder and (b) delay criminal prosecutions. more like this
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Grahame Morris more like this
star this property uin 266139 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-25more like thismore than 2019-06-25
star this property answer text <p>There is already a power under section 13 of the Inquiries Act 2005 for the minister responsible for an inquiry, by notice to the inquiry chairman, to suspend an inquiry to allow for the determination of any criminal proceedings arising out of matters to which the inquiry relates.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Blackpool North and Cleveleys more like this
star this property answering member printed Paul Maynard more like this
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less than 2019-06-25T13:40:40.803Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-25T13:40:40.803Z
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star this property label Biography information for Paul Maynard more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Grahame Morris more like this
1123671
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star this property date less than 2019-04-29more like thismore than 2019-04-29
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Security Benefits: Appeals more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Social Security and Child Support Tribunal appeals have taken longer than 52 weeks for a determination, in each of the last five years. more like this
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Grahame Morris more like this
star this property uin 248645 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-16more like thismore than 2019-05-16
star this property answer text <p>The information requested is provided in the table below:</p><p>SOCIAL SECURITY &amp; CHILD SUPPORT CLEARANCES 1<br>Period Number of clearances that exceeded 52 weeks from receipt<br>1 April 2013 - 31 March 2014 16,161<br>1 April 2014 - 31 March 2015 12,350<br>1 April 2015 - 31 March 2016 3,100<br>1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017 4,084<br>1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018 7,330<br>1 April 2018 - 31 December 2018 2 13,162</p><p>1. Data include hearings cleared with and without a Tribunal hearing</p><p>2. The latest period for which data are available. Provisional data and subject to further change</p><p>Although care is taken when processing and analysing the data, the details are subject to inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale case management system and are the best data that are available.</p><p> </p><p><br>It is important that appeals are heard as quickly as possible. Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) recognises there are delays in the system and it is in the process of recruiting more judicial office holders in order to increase capacity and help to reduce waiting times for appellants. This includes 250 judges across the First-tier Tribunal, 125 disability qualified members and up to 230 medical members.</p><p>In addition, we have recently launched a new digital service with a view to enabling speedier processing of appeals. Information on the new digital service can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/appeal-benefit-decision/submit-appeal</p><p>We are also working with the Department for Work and Pensions to understand what could be done to reduce the number of appeals being submitted to the Tribunal, through their focus on improving decision-making and the mandatory reconsideration process.</p><p>These measures will increase the capacity of the Tribunal. As a result, the number of appeals outstanding in the Tribunal is starting to fall as the number of cases heard by the Tribunal outweigh those sent to the Tribunal. If this continues, over time, we expect the time it takes for the Tribunal to hear, and the age of, appeals to reduce.</p><p>The time taken for the Tribunal to hear an appeal is mainly driven by the number of appeals sent to the Tribunal and the capacity of the Tribunal to deal with them. The number of appeals sent to the Tribunal is directly affected by changes in welfare policy.</p><p>The time it takes the Tribunal to hear an appeal is calculated from the time it is sent to the Tribunal to its final disposal. An appeal is not necessarily disposed of at its first hearing. The final disposal decision on the appeal may be reached after an earlier hearing has been adjourned (which may be directed by the judge for a variety of reasons, such as to seek further evidence), or after an earlier hearing date had been postponed (again, for a variety of reasons, often at the request of the appellant). An appeal may also have been decided at an earlier date by the First-tier Tribunal, only for the case to have gone on to the Upper Tribunal, to be returned once again to the First-tier for its final disposal.</p><p>HMCTS is very sensitive to the needs of people who may be affected by waiting times for Tribunal hearings. Tribunal staff and judicial office-holders, are trained accordingly, with HMCTS’s reasonable adjustments policy and practice applied where appropriate. Guidance on the policy is published on GOV.UK. If an expedited hearing is sought, or where the Tribunal identifies a case which might benefit from an expedited hearing, a judge or caseworker will make a decision on the issue, taking all the circumstances of the case into account.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Blackpool North and Cleveleys more like this
star this property answering member printed Paul Maynard more like this
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less than 2019-05-16T16:26:11.38Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-16T16:26:11.38Z
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star this property label Biography information for Paul Maynard more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Grahame Morris more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-01-28more like thismore than 2019-01-28
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Child Arrangement Orders: Grandparents more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his Department's policy is on grandparents' access rights to children after a family breakdown. more like this
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Grahame Morris more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-02-04more like thismore than 2019-02-04
star this property answer text <p>Under the Children Act 1989, the welfare of the child is the court’s paramount concern when making any decision about the child’s upbringing.</p><p> </p><p>The 1989 Act enables grandparents who are excluded from the lives of their grandchildren to seek the leave of the court to apply for a child arrangements order specifying who the child is to spend time with, and when.</p><p> </p><p>The Department is considering whether further measures are needed to help grandparents maintain relationships with their grandchildren following parental separation and will announce its plans in due course.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
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less than 2019-02-04T12:42:54.99Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-04T12:42:54.99Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Grahame Morris more like this