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star this property date less than 2019-10-15more like thismore than 2019-10-15
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
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
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 her Department has made of the potential merits of introducing a mandatory and consistent (a) UK-wide logo and (b) on pack information for compostable food packaging; and what plans her Department has to introduce such a policy. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Scunthorpe more like this
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Nic Dakin more like this
star this property uin 524 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Resources and Waste Strategy analysed the challenges currently facing the recycling industry in this country, setting out how we would tackle these challenges. Building on commitments in the Strategy we launched a consultation earlier this year on reforming the packaging producer responsibility system, as part of that consultation the Government proposed a mandatory UK-wide labelling system that provides clear information to help people to recycle. Following strong support for the proposal from consultation respondents, the Government is minded to take forward a mandatory labelling scheme subject to further analysis and legal considerations. Defra officials are exploring how a mandatory labelling scheme can address consumer confusion about what to do with compostable packaging. The consultation closed on 13 May and the summary of responses and next steps can be found via the below link: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/packaging-waste-changing-the-uk-producer-responsibility-system-for-packaging-waste" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/packaging-waste-changing-the-uk-producer-responsibility-system-for-packaging-waste</a></p><p> </p><p>The Government recognises that innovation into compostable and biodegradable plastics could help reduce the environmental impacts of plastics if they are disposed of in the right way. However, this is often not the case. If these plastics are put in the domestic waste bin, for example, they are likely to end up in landfill and can break down to release powerful greenhouse gases, such as methane. If mistakenly recycled with other plastics, they have the potential to damage the quality of the new products made from the recycled plastic. Furthermore, concerns persist that plastics which are claimed to be biodegradable, if littered or otherwise released into the environment in an uncontrolled way, may not degrade quickly or at all, and they can only be composted if they meet relevant standards.</p><p> </p><p>As a consequence of these concerns, the Government published a call for evidence in July 2019 to help consider the development of standards or certification criteria for bio-based, biodegradable, and compostable plastics as well as to better understand their effects on the environment and our current waste system. The call for evidence closed on the 14 October 2019 and we are currently analysing the responses received to inform future policy. We currently do not have plans to bring forward legislative proposals on the matter of requiring any form of plastic packaging to be compostable.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Taunton Deane more like this
star this property answering member printed Rebecca Pow more like this
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525 more like this
526 more like this
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less than 2019-10-22T14:39:28.583Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-22T14:39:28.583Z
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star this property label Biography information for Rebecca Pow more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Nic Dakin more like this
1150486
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star this property date less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
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Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
star this property hansard heading 11 Downing Street: Operating Costs more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the running costs of No.11 Downing Street were in each of the last ten years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Edinburgh East more like this
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Tommy Sheppard more like this
star this property uin 1724 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The No 11 Downing Street running costs for the last ten years are in the table below: The figures cover Rent, Maintenance, Furniture &amp; Fittings and Official Entertainment</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p>Spend £</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009-10</p></td><td><p>436,909</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010-11</p></td><td><p>351,054</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>553,903</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>545,073</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013-14</p></td><td><p>643,414</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014-15</p></td><td><p>561,089</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015-16</p></td><td><p>524,381</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2016-17</p></td><td><p>698,672</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2017-18</p></td><td><p>690,648</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2018-19</p></td><td><p>812,587</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Simon Clarke more like this
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less than 2019-10-22T11:17:55.333Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-22T11:17:55.333Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Simon Clarke more like this
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4453
star this property label Biography information for Tommy Sheppard more like this
1149086
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
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Department of Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property hansard heading Acanthamoeba Keratitis: Health Education 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 Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to work with manufacturers of contact lenses to educate people on how to minimise the risk of contracting Acanthamoeba Keratitis. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency The Wrekin more like this
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Mark Pritchard more like this
star this property uin 265 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is responsible for monitoring the safety of all healthcare products in the UK.</p><p>Following reports of infections that have led to sight loss due to Acanthamoeba Keratitis (AK), the MHRA participated in the Love your Lenses Campaign organised by the General Optical Council with involvement and support from manufacturers and opticians. The main aim of this campaign is to increase the effectiveness of aftercare information given to contact lens wearers. Details of the campaign can be found at the following link:</p><p><a href="https://www.loveyourlenses.com/" target="_blank">https://www.loveyourlenses.com/</a></p><p>The MHRA’s website also highlights the risks of AK and offers guidance and advice for patients to prevent injury and infection. The website can be found at the following link:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/guidance/medical-devices-information-for-users-and-patients" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/guidance/medical-devices-information-for-users-and-patients</a></p><p>In the United Kingdom, the Opticians Act restricts the sale and supply of contact lenses, including ‘zero powered’ (plano) contact lenses, to registered optometrists, dispensing opticians, and medical practitioners. An optometrist examining a patient wishing to wear contact lenses has a duty to assess the patient's suitability for contact lenses and provide the patient with an appropriate lens care regimen, including information on the care, wearing, treatment, cleaning and maintenance of the lens or lenses.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Bury St Edmunds more like this
star this property answering member printed Jo Churchill more like this
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less than 2019-10-22T11:20:12.743Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-22T11:20:12.743Z
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star this property label Biography information for Jo Churchill more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Mark Pritchard more like this
1150564
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star this property date less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
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Department of Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property hansard heading Accident and Emergency Departments: Standards more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of patients were seen within four hours in A&E in (a) 2018-19 and (b) each year since 2010-11. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Leicester South more like this
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Jonathan Ashworth more like this
star this property uin 1672 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>NHS Digital and NHS England publishes annual accident and emergency (A&amp;E) activity in National Health Service hospitals at the following link:</p><p><a href="https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/hospital-accident--emergency-activity/2018-19" target="_blank">https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/hospital-accident--emergency-activity/2018-19</a></p><p>The percentage of patient attendances spending four hours or less in A&amp;E, 2009-10 to 2018-19 can be found in the following table.</p><p> </p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>-</p></td><td><p>% 4 Hours or Less</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009-10</p></td><td><p>98.3%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010-11</p></td><td><p>97.4%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>96.6%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>95.9%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013-14</p></td><td><p>95.7%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014-15</p></td><td><p>93.6%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015-16</p></td><td><p>91.9%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2016-17</p></td><td><p>89.1%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2017-18</p></td><td><p>88.3%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2018-19</p></td><td><p>88.0%</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Source: NHS England and NHS Digital</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Charnwood more like this
star this property answering member printed Edward Argar more like this
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less than 2019-10-22T11:18:49.71Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-22T11:18:49.71Z
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star this property label Biography information for Edward Argar more like this
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4244
star this property label Biography information for Jonathan Ashworth more like this
1148785
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Adult Education: Fees and Charges more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to extend full fee remission for adult education courses to full time carers under Adult Education Budget rules. 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 174 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Adult Education Budget (AEB) currently supports 3 legal entitlements to full funding for eligible adult learners:</p><ul><li>English and maths, up to and including level 2, for individuals aged 19+, who have not previously attained a GCSE grade A* - C or grade 4, or higher.</li><li>First full qualification at level 2 for individuals aged 19 - 23.</li><li>First full qualification at level 3 for individuals aged 19 - 23.</li></ul><p> </p><p>A fourth legal entitlement to fully funded specified digital skills qualifications for adults, aged 19+, with no or low digital skills will come into effect from 1 August 2020.</p><p> </p><p>In addition, the AEB supports delivery of flexible tailored provision for adults up to level 2 which is either fully funded or co-funded depending on a learner’s age, prior attainment and circumstances.</p><p><strong> <br> </strong>For the 2019/20 academic year, the AEB is continuing a trial to support those in work on low incomes, which allows providers to fully fund eligible learners on low wages, who would otherwise be eligible for co-funding. The trial will apply in respect of learners who are resident outside of devolved areas.</p><p> </p><p>From August 2019, approximately 50% of the AEB has been devolved to 6 Mayoral Combined Authorities and the Mayor of London, through the Greater London Authority. They are now responsible for commissioning and funding AEB provision for learners resident in their areas.</p><p>The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) remains responsible for funding learners resident in non-devolved areas. For those learners, we will continue to consider how we can most effectively support learners. However, currently there are no current plans to extend full fee remission to full time carers under the ESFA AEB funding rules.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Chippenham more like this
star this property answering member printed Michelle Donelan more like this
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less than 2019-10-22T16:50:21.897Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-22T16:50:21.897Z
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star this property label Biography information for Michelle Donelan more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Dan Jarvis more like this
1148975
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star this property date less than 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
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Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Affordable Housing more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what his Department's definition of subsidy is as used in Annex 2A of the definition of affordable housing in the National Planning Framework. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency South West Devon more like this
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Sir Gary Streeter more like this
star this property uin 25 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The National Planning Policy Framework provides a definition of affordable housing for planning purposes. Within that, section a) provides a definition of affordable housing for rent. This includes a provision that homes remain at an affordable price for future eligible households, or for the subsidy to be recycled for alternative affordable housing provision.</p><p>The reference to subsidy within this section usually relates to where government has provided capital grant, in particular grant funding provided through the Affordable Homes Programme.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Tatton more like this
star this property answering member printed Esther McVey more like this
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less than 2019-10-22T12:11:31.907Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-22T12:11:31.907Z
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star this property label Biography information for Esther McVey more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Gary Streeter more like this
1150189
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star this property date less than 2019-10-16more like thismore than 2019-10-16
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Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Affordable Housing 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 Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with (i) Ministers and (ii) officials in HM Treasury on the future of the Affordable Homes Programme, ahead of the Budget on 6 November 2019. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Wentworth and Dearne more like this
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John Healey more like this
star this property uin 886 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The government is committed to increasing the supply of affordable housing. The current £9 billion Affordable Homes Programme will continue to March 2022, delivering approximately 250,000 affordable homes in a range of tenures. The Department has worked closely with HM Treasury to ensure that longer term funding is available for affordable homes. In September 2018 we announced an additional £2 billion of long-term funding certainty for housing associations. This extra funding will deliver more affordable homes and stimulate the sector’s wider building ambitions, through strategic partnerships.</p><p>MHCLG officials regularly meet with HM Treasury officials to discuss matters related to the supply of affordable housing. Decisions about additional investment beyond the current Affordable Homes Programme will be announced at a future fiscal event.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Tatton more like this
star this property answering member printed Esther McVey more like this
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less than 2019-10-22T12:45:30.65Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-22T12:45:30.65Z
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4084
star this property label Biography information for Esther McVey more like this
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star this property answering member constituency Tatton more like this
star this property answering member printed Esther McVey more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Esther McVey more like this
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star this property label Biography information for John Healey more like this
1149728
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star this property date less than 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Afghanistan: Armed Forces more like this
unstar this property house id 2 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 when the contract with thebigword to provide interpreting and translation services to the United Kingdom armed forces in Afghanistan will be reviewed. more like this
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Baroness Coussins more like this
star this property uin HL21 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Joint Forces Command manages the current contract with The Big Word. However, this is being replaced with contract award expected in the first half of next year. Included in the Statement of Requirement - which bidders will quote against - is the new policy relating to threats and intimidation of interpreters in theatre.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Goldie more like this
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less than 2019-10-22T15:16:58.557Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-22T15:16:58.557Z
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4306
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Goldie more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Coussins more like this
1149726
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Afghanistan: Interpreters more like this
unstar this property house id 2 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, further to the remarks by Earl Howe on 17 June (HL Deb, col 655), whether the Ministry of Defence review of security clearance procedures for Afghan interpreters who have been relocated to the United Kingdom has been completed; and, if so, what changes have been made to facilitate their employment by NATO. more like this
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Baroness Coussins more like this
star this property uin HL19 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The review of security clearance policy for interpreters deployed in support of military operations is ongoing and nearing its conclusion. In the interim, requests by interpreters for security clearances are being considered on a case-by-case basis.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Goldie more like this
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less than 2019-10-22T15:17:54.297Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-22T15:17:54.297Z
star this property answering member
4306
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Goldie more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Coussins more like this
1149483
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star this property date less than 2019-10-15more like thismore than 2019-10-15
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Age: Discrimination 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 Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to tackle ageism in the workplace. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Cheltenham more like this
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Alex Chalk more like this
star this property uin 735 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Equality Act 2010, provides strong protection against direct and indirect age discrimination in employment and makes it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an employee or a job applicant because of their age, unless the employer can justify it as a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim.</p><p> </p><p>To tackle ageism in the workplace, Business in the Community have produced a toolkit which provides guidance and support to employers in getting started with age inclusion in the workplace and includes a three-step process based on Look, Listen, Act. <a href="https://age.bitc.org.uk/all-resources/toolkits/getting-started-age-look-listen-act-toolkit-will-guide-and-support-getting" target="_blank">https://age.bitc.org.uk/all-resources/toolkits/getting-started-age-look-listen-act-toolkit-will-guide-and-support-getting</a></p><p> </p><p>More widely, Government is taking steps to ensure that older workers are supported to remain in or return to the labour market, the Government has removed the Default Retirement Age meaning most people can choose when to retire, and extended the right to request flexible working to all employees with 26 weeks’ continuous service with their employer.</p><p> </p><p>In February 2017, the UK Government published “Fuller Working Lives: a partnership approach” to set out the role employers, individuals and Government can play in supporting fuller working lives.</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/587654/fuller-working-lives-a-partnership-approach.pdf" target="_blank">https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/587654/fuller-working-lives-a-partnership-approach.pdf</a>.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has also appointed Andy Briggs as Business Champion for Older Workers to spearhead the Government’s work to support employers to retain, retrain and recruit older workers. Andy Briggs and the Business In The Community Age at Work leadership team actively promote the benefits of older workers to employers across England.</p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Eastleigh more like this
star this property answering member printed Mims Davies more like this
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less than 2019-10-22T09:10:22.373Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-22T09:10:22.373Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mims Davies more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Alex Chalk more like this