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star this property date less than 2019-07-10more like thismore than 2019-07-10
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Translation Services more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much HM Courts and Tribunals Service has spent on (a) courts translation services and (b) Capita Translation Services in each of the last 10 financial years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bolton South East more like this
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Yasmin Qureshi more like this
star this property uin 275723 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
star this property answer text <p>HMCTS was created on the 1 April 2011. We are unable to provide information for financial years prior to that date. This question has been interpreted to mean costs for all language services, both translators, and interpreters provided in a court setting, and for printed materials available in HMCTS buildings.</p><p> </p><p>The contract with Capita commenced on 30th January 2012, and ended on 30th October 2016. The new Language Services Contracts commenced on the 31st October 2016, with services provided by thebigword Group Limited, Clarion Interpreting and The Language Shop.</p><p> </p><p>The spend by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service on courts translations services was as follows, by financial year:</p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Year</p></td><td><p>Total Cost (£)</p></td><td><p>Capita Charges (£)</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011-12 (Commenced from 30th January 2012)</p></td><td><p>7,080,332</p></td><td><p>1,440</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>4,955,510</p></td><td><p>1,083,181</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013-14</p></td><td><p>7,305,324</p></td><td><p>6,501,870</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014-15</p></td><td><p>7,431,045</p></td><td><p>7,182,866</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015-16</p></td><td><p>7,111,949</p></td><td><p>6,548,023</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2016-17</p></td><td><p>9,683,794</p></td><td><p>4,264,196</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Our most recent statistics show language service requests are at their highest since the new contract was introduced in 2016 the clear majority – 97% - were fulfilled. It is vital that victims, witnesses and defendants understand what is happening in court to ensure justice is done, and we will always take steps to ensure a qualified interpreter is provided when needed.</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 2019-07-15T16:17:49.35Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-15T16:17:49.35Z
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star this property label Biography information for Paul Maynard more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Yasmin Qureshi more like this
1138105
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star this property date less than 2019-07-10more like thismore than 2019-07-10
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Legal Aid Scheme: Solicitors 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 Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the reform of legal aid on average annual earnings of legal aid solicitors. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Cardiff Central more like this
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Jo Stevens more like this
star this property uin 275783 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
star this property answer text <p>On 7 February 2019, the Government published the Post Implementation Review (PIR) of Part 1 of The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/post-implementation-review-of-part-1-of-laspo" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/post-implementation-review-of-part-1-of-laspo</a></p><p> </p><p>The review did not look at the earnings of individual solicitors, but reported instead on the impact on legal aid providers, including solicitors firms and individual barristers.</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 2019-07-15T16:01:05.897Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-15T16:01:05.897Z
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star this property label Biography information for Paul Maynard more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jo Stevens more like this
1138106
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star this property date less than 2019-07-10more like thismore than 2019-07-10
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Criminal Proceedings: Legal Aid Scheme 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 Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the financial impact on defendants of the introduction of an upper limit on disposable income for people claiming legal aid for Crown Court representation. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Cardiff Central more like this
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Jo Stevens more like this
star this property uin 275784 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
star this property answer text <table><tbody><tr><td><p>On 7 February 2019, the Government published the Post Implementation Review (PIR) of Part 1 of The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 which included an assessment of the impact of the £37,500 disposable income threshold introduced at the Crown Court: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/post-implementation-review-of-part-1-of-laspo" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/post-implementation-review-of-part-1-of-laspo</a></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Alongside the PIR, the Government also published its Legal Support Action Plan in which it announced a comprehensive review of the wider legal aid eligibility regime; this will include the Crown Court thresholds. The review is expected to conclude by Summer 2020 after which we will publish a full consultation paper setting out our future policy proposals in this area. We will seek to implement any final recommendations as soon as practicable following public consultation.</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 2019-07-15T16:26:26.447Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-15T16:26:26.447Z
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star this property label Biography information for Paul Maynard more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jo Stevens more like this
1138145
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star this property date less than 2019-07-10more like thismore than 2019-07-10
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Legal Aid Scheme: Housing more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of local authority areas that do not have a housing legal aid provider in England and Wales. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coventry South more like this
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Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 275673 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
star this property answer text <p>The LAA commissions services on a ‘Procurement Area’ basis. Procurement Areas align to one or a number of combined local authority areas and have been developed based on various local factors.</p><p> </p><p>Individuals are not limited to accessing legal advice providers in the Procurement Area where they live and may access services from providers located in neighbouring local authorities, or at other contracted legal advice providers located locally.</p><p> </p><p>The LAA has recently tendered for new face-to-face housing contracts across the 134 housing and debt procurement areas across England and Wales. As of 30 June 2019, there is at least one provider offering housing and debt services in all but 4 procurement areas, and the LAA is considering how to secure provision in these areas and will set out next steps shortly.</p><p> </p><p>Legal advice is still available in these areas through the Civil Legal Advice telephone service and irrespective of a client’s location in England and Wales, legal advice for housing remains available through a telephone service as well.</p><p> </p><p>The following table shows the number of providers in each of the locations enquired about, and the number of procurement areas which fall within each.</p><p> </p><p>The Legal Aid Agency keeps availability of legal support under constant review and takes urgent action whenever it has concerns.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Geographical Location</p></td><td><p># of Procurement Areas</p></td><td><p># of Providers</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>London</p></td><td><p>30</p></td><td><p>235</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Wales</p></td><td><p>8</p></td><td><p>35</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Other</p></td><td><p>96</p></td><td><p>212</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>This government spent £1.6 billion on legal aid last year and in addition to the Civil Legal Advice Telephone service, we are investing £5m in innovative technologies to help people access legal support wherever they are.</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 2019-07-15T16:06:15.523Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-15T16:06:15.523Z
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star this property label Biography information for Paul Maynard more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
1138209
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star this property date less than 2019-07-10more like thismore than 2019-07-10
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Prisons: Blood Diseases more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) prison officers (b) other prison staff contracted a blood-borne virus at work in each year since 2010. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Leeds East more like this
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Richard Burgon more like this
star this property uin 275791 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
star this property answer text <p>Since December 2017 any staff who are potentially exposed to blood and other body fluids are able to call our Body Fluid Exposure and Sharps Injury 24/7 telephone helpline to obtain prompt medical advice. If the employee is advised to attend A&amp;E this signifies that the body fluid exposure is high risk and medical assessment by A&amp;E is required to obtain blood for serum save and to assess suitability for post exposure prophylaxis and/or Hepatitis B injection.</p><p> </p><p>Should Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) be required, the member of staff will call the Body Fluid Exposure and Sharps Injury helpline with details of treatment they have received. Follow up testing for Blood Borne Virus (BBV) is provided for all injured staff to determine if they have contracted a BBV, however, staff are not required to report if they have contracted a blood borne virus at work and the data is therefore it is not possible to report data with any certainty.</p><p> </p><p>If an employee were to contract a Blood Borne Virus from an occupational exposure and had reported this to the Body Fluid Exposure and Sharps Injury helpline (provided by HMPPS’ Occupational Health supplier Optima Health) then HMPPS are required to be made aware under RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013) with the employees consent. None of these cases have been reported to date.</p>
star this property answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Robert Buckland more like this
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less than 2019-07-15T16:42:19.783Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-15T16:42:19.783Z
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star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Richard Burgon more like this
1137663
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star this property date less than 2019-07-09more like thismore than 2019-07-09
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Probate: Standards more like this
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star this property question text What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the probate system. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Totnes more like this
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Dr Sarah Wollaston more like this
star this property uin 911811 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-07-09more like thismore than 2019-07-09
star this property answer text <p>Waiting times in the probate service have recently increased. However, following urgent action by the courts service, they are now starting to improve.</p><p> </p><p>The temporary delays were the result of more work coming into the system and the impact of the initial move to a new IT system for managing probate work.</p><p> </p><p>Now that move is complete, and the unusually high workload has been dealt with, we expect waiting times to continue to improve – and be back to normal levels in the coming weeks.</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 2019-07-09T16:19:12.76Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-09T16:19:12.76Z
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star this property label Biography information for Paul Maynard more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Dr Sarah Wollaston more like this
1137664
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star this property date less than 2019-07-09more like thismore than 2019-07-09
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Camp Hill Prison more like this
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star this property question text What progress he has made on the sale of the Camp Hill prison site to Isle of Wight Council. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Isle of Wight more like this
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Mr Bob Seely more like this
star this property uin 911812 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-07-09more like thismore than 2019-07-09
star this property answer text <p>We have commissioned a demolition survey of the former prison results should hopefully be available, in late July.</p><p> </p><p>The Camp Hill element of HM Prison Isle of Wight closed on 31 March 2013. In summer 2014, the then Secretary of State decided that the former prison sites at Camp Hill, Reading and Wellingborough would be retained in case they offered a useful contingency option to deal with population pressures. The site was released for disposal on 10 January 2017.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Robert Buckland more like this
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less than 2019-07-09T15:58:09.123Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-09T15:58:09.123Z
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star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Bob Seely more like this
1137665
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star this property date less than 2019-07-09more like thismore than 2019-07-09
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Bristol Prison: Safety more like this
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star this property question text What steps he is taking to help ensure a safe regime for (a) staff and (b) prisoners in Horfield prison in Bristol. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bristol West more like this
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Thangam Debbonaire more like this
star this property uin 911813 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-07-09more like thismore than 2019-07-09
star this property answer text <table><tbody><tr><td><p>An Urgent Notification was invoked at HMP Bristol on 13th June 2019. There has been some progress at HMP Bristol under Special Measures to bolster staff to a sufficient level, reduce illicit drug use and improve living conditions by refurbishing a wing and a number of the showers. However, we know more support is needed. The Secretary of State will publish his response and an initial action plan within 28 calendar days (on 11<sup>th</sup> July) in response to the most serious and urgent concerns raised.</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Immediate action has been taken to ensure prisoners can speak to Samaritans on their in-cell phones. In addition, action has been taken to address issues raised regarding the safer custody hotline and prevent issues from recurring, so prisoners’ family and friends can report any concerns about a prisoner’s welfare directly to the prison.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Robert Buckland more like this
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less than 2019-07-09T16:00:18.783Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-09T16:00:18.783Z
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star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Thangam Debbonaire more like this
1137666
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star this property date less than 2019-07-09more like thismore than 2019-07-09
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Reoffenders: Sentencing more like this
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star this property question text If he will review sentencing policy for prolific offenders. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Harborough more like this
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Neil O'Brien more like this
star this property uin 911814 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-07-09more like thismore than 2019-07-09
star this property answer text <p>We are looking to take forward reform of short custodial sentences. We know that offenders serving short sentences often have long offending histories, as well as multiple and complex needs. In cases of the most persistent offenders, the evidence shows they are 36% more likely to re-offend where they have received a short custodial sentence rather than a court order. Community penalties can address underlying behaviour, answer mental health and alcohol or drug misuse needs and provide reparation for the benefit of the wider community.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Robert Buckland more like this
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less than 2019-07-09T16:03:15.583Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-09T16:03:15.583Z
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star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Neil O'Brien more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-07-09more like thismore than 2019-07-09
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Legal Aid Scheme: Canterbury more like this
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star this property question text What steps his Department is taking to improve provision of legal aid for housing cases in Canterbury. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Canterbury more like this
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Rosie Duffield more like this
star this property uin 911819 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-07-09more like thismore than 2019-07-09
star this property answer text <p>After the latest LAA civil tender the number of offices providing legal aid services has increased by 7% in housing and debt. The LAA reviews the access to services on a regular basis and takes any necessary action to maintain access to those services.</p><p> </p><p>As a result of the 2018 civil contract procurement activity access to providers offering Housing advice in Kent, and specifically the Kent Coast procurement area in which Canterbury falls, has increased.</p><p> </p><p>Following an extensive and open programme of engagement, we recently published our review of LASPO. We announced that we are launching a series of pilots offering early legal advice for an area of social welfare such as housing. These pilots will help us determine the most effective solutions going forward.</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 2019-07-09T16:19:57.173Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-09T16:19:57.173Z
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star this property label Biography information for Paul Maynard more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Rosie Duffield more like this