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star this property date less than 2016-07-19more like thismore than 2016-07-19
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Department for Education more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Evans of Bowes Park on 20 June (HL697), whether the Student Loans Company records the nationality and country of domicile of individuals taking out student loans for higher education, and, if so, how many people took out loans in each year since 2010, broken down by nationality. more like this
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Baroness Wolf of Dulwich more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2016-09-21more like thismore than 2016-09-21
star this property answer text <p>The Student Loans Company (SLC) records the nationality and domicile of individuals when they apply for student support. Domicile is based on the applicant’s residence in the years prior to starting their course, and is held as a region within the UK or as EU, rather than by individual country of domicile.<p>Eligibility for student support is based on residence. EU nationals, including non-European Economic Area (EEA) family members, are able to apply for a tuition fee loan if they have been resident in the EEA or Switzerland for the three years prior to the first day of the first academic year of their course. In addition, EU nationals who have been resident in the UK for five years (three years up to academic year 2016/17) and are resident in England prior to starting their course can also apply for maintenance support. EEA migrant workers and their family members, including those who are non-EEA nationals, who meet the residency requirements, are able to apply for both tuition fee and maintenance support. Non-EEA nationals may also be eligible for student support if they are granted refugee status, have been granted humanitarian protection, have acquired permanent residence in the UK, or have been in the UK for at least half their lives or for at least 20 years.</p><p> </p><p>The table below sets out SLC Management Information on the number of students paid either a full-time tuition fee or maintenance loan through the English student support system by declared nationality over the last five academic years.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td colspan="6"><p><strong>English and EU domiciled students paid full-time tuition fee or maintenance loans, by EU nationality (July 2016)</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td rowspan="2"><p><strong>Country of nationality</strong></p></td><td colspan="5"><p><strong>Academic Year</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2010/11</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2011/12</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2012/13</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2013/14</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2014/15</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Austria</p></td><td><p>460</p></td><td><p>520</p></td><td><p>590</p></td><td><p>600</p></td><td><p>710</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Belgium</p></td><td><p>480</p></td><td><p>500</p></td><td><p>610</p></td><td><p>690</p></td><td><p>790</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Bulgaria</p></td><td><p>2,780</p></td><td><p>3,570</p></td><td><p>4,080</p></td><td><p>4,750</p></td><td><p>4,670</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Croatia</p></td><td><p>30</p></td><td><p>20</p></td><td><p>20</p></td><td><p>50</p></td><td><p>120</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Cyprus</p></td><td><p>4,930</p></td><td><p>5,560</p></td><td><p>5,860</p></td><td><p>5,880</p></td><td><p>5,750</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Czech Republic</p></td><td><p>540</p></td><td><p>500</p></td><td><p>530</p></td><td><p>640</p></td><td><p>770</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Denmark</p></td><td><p>540</p></td><td><p>630</p></td><td><p>700</p></td><td><p>820</p></td><td><p>960</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Estonia</p></td><td><p>750</p></td><td><p>840</p></td><td><p>810</p></td><td><p>840</p></td><td><p>860</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Finland</p></td><td><p>550</p></td><td><p>580</p></td><td><p>590</p></td><td><p>680</p></td><td><p>770</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>France</p></td><td><p>2,700</p></td><td><p>2,720</p></td><td><p>3,120</p></td><td><p>3,580</p></td><td><p>4,060</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Germany</p></td><td><p>3,650</p></td><td><p>3,850</p></td><td><p>4,060</p></td><td><p>4,240</p></td><td><p>4,580</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Greece</p></td><td><p>1,660</p></td><td><p>1,930</p></td><td><p>2,240</p></td><td><p>2,530</p></td><td><p>2,850</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Hungary</p></td><td><p>660</p></td><td><p>790</p></td><td><p>1,270</p></td><td><p>1,600</p></td><td><p>1,820</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Ireland</p></td><td><p>2,400</p></td><td><p>2,360</p></td><td><p>2,260</p></td><td><p>2,400</p></td><td><p>2,730</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Italy</p></td><td><p>2,110</p></td><td><p>2,430</p></td><td><p>3,010</p></td><td><p>3,950</p></td><td><p>5,500</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Latvia</p></td><td><p>1,680</p></td><td><p>1,920</p></td><td><p>2,010</p></td><td><p>2,110</p></td><td><p>2,080</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Lithuania</p></td><td><p>3,680</p></td><td><p>4,610</p></td><td><p>5,110</p></td><td><p>5,510</p></td><td><p>5,460</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Luxembourg</p></td><td><p>10</p></td><td><p>10</p></td><td><p>20</p></td><td><p>30</p></td><td><p>40</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Malta</p></td><td><p>90</p></td><td><p>90</p></td><td><p>100</p></td><td><p>90</p></td><td><p>110</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Netherlands</p></td><td><p>1,700</p></td><td><p>2,010</p></td><td><p>2,460</p></td><td><p>3,030</p></td><td><p>3,400</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Poland</p></td><td><p>6,420</p></td><td><p>6,380</p></td><td><p>6,870</p></td><td><p>7,950</p></td><td><p>9,170</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Portugal</p></td><td><p>2,330</p></td><td><p>2,600</p></td><td><p>3,170</p></td><td><p>3,890</p></td><td><p>4,440</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Romania</p></td><td><p>2,970</p></td><td><p>4,060</p></td><td><p>6,920</p></td><td><p>7,920</p></td><td><p>8,510</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Slovakia</p></td><td><p>1,080</p></td><td><p>1,040</p></td><td><p>990</p></td><td><p>1,020</p></td><td><p>1,120</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Slovenia</p></td><td><p>70</p></td><td><p>70</p></td><td><p>70</p></td><td><p>100</p></td><td><p>110</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Spain</p></td><td><p>1,350</p></td><td><p>1,510</p></td><td><p>1,780</p></td><td><p>2,330</p></td><td><p>3,160</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Sweden</p></td><td><p>870</p></td><td><p>950</p></td><td><p>1,220</p></td><td><p>1,410</p></td><td><p>1,630</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>EU sub-total</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> 46,490 </strong></p></td><td><p><strong> 52,050 </strong></p></td><td><p><strong> 60,470 </strong></p></td><td><p><strong> 68,640 </strong></p></td><td><p><strong> 76,170 </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>United Kingdom</p></td><td><p>862,410</p></td><td><p>911,920</p></td><td><p>935,050</p></td><td><p>972,090</p></td><td><p>974,690</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Non-EU</p></td><td><p>24,040</p></td><td><p>24,610</p></td><td><p>26,840</p></td><td><p>29,600</p></td><td><p>29,870</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Unknown</p></td><td><p>10,570</p></td><td><p>5,570</p></td><td><p>3,930</p></td><td><p>2,550</p></td><td><p>2,060</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Grand Total</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> 943,500 </strong></p></td><td><p><strong> 994,130 </strong></p></td><td><p><strong> 1,026,270 </strong></p></td><td><p><strong> 1,072,860 </strong></p></td><td><p><strong> 1,082,810 </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"><p><strong>Source</strong>: SLC Management Information</p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"><p><strong>Notes</strong>: Nationality is collected during the application process for student support. Where nationality was not available, country of birth was used, if available. Figures have been extracted from the SLC Single Application View (SAV) database, which contains live administrative data on applications. The data are updated as re-assessments and new applications are made following the academic year. Therefore, figures will not necessarily match previously published payment figures, including those contained in the Statistical First Release ‘Student Support for Higher Education in England’, which relate to past and specified dates.</p></td></tr></tbody></table>
star this property answering member printed Viscount Younger of Leckie more like this
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less than 2016-09-21T15:32:19.823Zmore like thismore than 2016-09-21T15:32:19.823Z
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star this property date less than 2014-01-22more like thismore than 2014-01-22
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average proportion of market rent of all affordable housing is in each London borough. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Tooting more like this
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Sadiq Khan more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-05-14more like thismore than 2014-05-14
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>I have placed in the Library of the House, a table showing affordable and social rents as a proportion of market rents, for each London borough.</p><p>The affordable rent model allows for more new affordable housing to be delivered with lower levels of taxpayer capital subsidy and by levering in more private investment. The programme is helping deliver £15 billion of private investment in new affordable housing over the current spending review, alongside £4.5 billion of public investment. Social rent and affordable rent go hand in hand; both help provide accommodation for those on low incomes.</p><p>As the National Audit Office has observed: “the Department selected the best delivery model open to it for the funds it had available” and “the Department has so far achieved its policy objective to maximise the number of homes delivered within the available grant funding” (National Audit Office, “Financial viability of the social housing sector: introducing the Affordable Homes Programme”, 4 July 2012, <em>HC465,</em> pp.6-7).</p><p>I note in his recent Fabian Society pamphlet, the rt. hon. Member has complained that affordable rent would result in rents of 80 per cent of market rents in London. Whilst it varies by borough, as the table shows, for example, affordable rent levels are 38 per cent of average local market rents in Camden, 48 per cent in Islington, 54 per cent in Southwark and 35 per cent in Westminster, reflecting local circumstances.</p><p>I also observe that the housing policy announced at the Labour Party Conference in October 2012 also endorsed the use of affordable rents to build new homes; albeit this point is frequently lost on many Labour hon. Members who proceed to attack the basic principle of affordable rent in allowing more new affordable homes to be built using taxpayer capital subsidy.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Keighley more like this
star this property answering member printed Kris Hopkins more like this
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less than 2014-05-14T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-05-14T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kris Hopkins more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-05more like thismore than 2014-03-05
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HM Treasury more like this
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star this property question text To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what contingency plans are in place for the future administration of Premium Bonds currently administered in Scotland and held by residents in England, Northern Ireland and Wales in the event of Scottish independence; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Northfield more like this
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Richard Burden more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-05-14more like thismore than 2014-05-14
star this property answer text <p><strong>National Savings and Investments (NS&amp;I) is a UK institution, operating from a number of sites within the UK and abroad. </strong></p><p> </p><p><strong>The powers governing NS&amp;I products come from UK primary and secondary legislation. Only individuals with a UK bank account are eligible to buy NS&amp;I products. In the event of independence, the current rules would prohibit individuals with only a Scottish bank account from buying NS&amp;I products. </strong></p><p> </p><p><strong>Any changes to these rules would depend on negotiations between the UK and Scottish governments in the event of independence. Both governments have said that there can be no pre-negotiations on what the terms of independence might be before the referendum takes place.</strong></p><p> </p><p><strong>The UK government believes that Scotland is better off as part of the UK, and the UK is better off with Scotland in it.</strong></p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey more like this
star this property answering member printed Danny Alexander more like this
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less than 2014-05-14T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-05-14T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Danny Alexander more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-10more like thismore than 2014-03-10
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Ministry of Justice more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2014, Official Report, column 641W, on reoffenders, what (a) offence type and (b) sentence length each offender with more than one fixed term recall is serving. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Shipley more like this
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Philip Davies more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-05-14more like thismore than 2014-05-14
star this property answer text <p>It has not been possible to obtain this information. I will write to the Honourable member in due course.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Kenilworth and Southam more like this
star this property answering member printed Jeremy Wright more like this
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less than 2014-05-14T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-05-14T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Jeremy Wright more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Philip Davies more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-10more like thismore than 2014-03-10
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of eligible (a) male and (b) female offenders were recalled on a fixed term recall instead of a standard recall (i) in 2008, (ii) in 2009, (iii) in 2010, (iv) in 2011, (v) in 2012 and (vi) since 3 December 2012. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Shipley more like this
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Philip Davies more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-05-14more like thismore than 2014-05-14
star this property answer text <p>It has not been possible to obtain this information. I will write to the Honourable member in due course.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Kenilworth and Southam more like this
star this property answering member printed Jeremy Wright more like this
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less than 2014-05-14T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-05-14T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Jeremy Wright more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Philip Davies more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-04more like thismore than 2014-03-04
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Ministry of Defence more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the objectives are of Britain's Defence and Security Strategy. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Mid Sussex more like this
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Nicholas Soames more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-05-14more like thismore than 2014-05-14
star this property answer text <p>The National Security Strategy defines two strategic objectives. These are firstly to ensure a secure and resilient UK – protecting our people, economy, infrastructure, territory and way of life from all major risks that can affect us directly – and secondly, shaping a stable world – acting to reduce the likelihood of risks affecting the UK or our interests overseas. Taken together, the National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review define the ends, ways and means through which Government seeks to strengthen our security and build our prosperity.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Runnymede and Weybridge more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Philip Hammond more like this
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less than 2014-05-14T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-05-14T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Philip Hammond more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Sir Nicholas Soames more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-02-12more like thismore than 2014-02-12
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HM Treasury more like this
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star this property question text To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the size, in square metres, of the offices assigned to each of his Department's Ministers is; and how many officials, at what grade, work in the private offices of each of his Department's Ministers. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency North Durham more like this
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Mr Kevan Jones more like this
star this property uin 188327 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-05-14more like thismore than 2014-05-14
star this property answer text <p>I can confirm that Ministers have a total of 256.08 sq m of office space currently assigned to them.</p><p> </p><p>In total, there are 35staff working in ministerial offices, compared to 38 members of staff in 2009. This is as follows:</p><p> </p><p>Range B: 6</p><p>Range C: 8</p><p>Range D: 13</p><p>Range E: 5</p><p>Range E2: 2</p><p>SCS: 1</p><p> </p><p>These figures are based on the latest data available for staffing numbers for HMT Treasury as of May 2014.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South Northamptonshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrea Leadsom more like this
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less than 2014-05-14T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-05-14T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Andrea Leadsom more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-02-12more like thismore than 2014-02-12
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Home Office more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the income provided to the Educational Testing Service for English language tests by (a) individuals, (b) companies and (c) her Department in each of the last three years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Delyn more like this
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Mr David Hanson more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-05-14more like thismore than 2014-05-14
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>On 6th February 2014 ETS were instructed to suspend all English language <br>testing in the UK for immigration purposes and from the same date all <br>immigration applications made in the UK that are supported by an ETS test <br>certificate have been placed on hold. On 5th April the licence ETS held to <br>conduct English language testing for immigration purposes expired and it has <br>not been renewed. A criminal investigation, which began before the BBC Panorama <br>programme aired allegations with respect to ETS testing conducted in the UK, <br>remains ongoing.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Old Bexley and Sidcup more like this
star this property answering member printed James Brokenshire more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 188047 more like this
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less than 2014-05-14T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-05-14T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for James Brokenshire more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for David Hanson more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-02-12more like thismore than 2014-02-12
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Home Office more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the proposed (a) terms of reference, (b) method and (c) timescale of her Department's investigation into language tests organised by the Educational Testing Service. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Delyn more like this
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Mr David Hanson more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-05-14more like thismore than 2014-05-14
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>On 6th February 2014 ETS were instructed to suspend all English language <br>testing in the UK for immigration purposes and from the same date all <br>immigration applications made in the UK that are supported by an ETS test <br>certificate have been placed on hold. On 5th April the licence ETS held to <br>conduct English language testing for immigration purposes expired and it has <br>not been renewed. A criminal investigation, which began before the BBC Panorama <br>programme aired allegations with respect to ETS testing conducted in the UK, <br>remains ongoing.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Old Bexley and Sidcup more like this
star this property answering member printed James Brokenshire more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 188048 more like this
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less than 2014-05-14T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-05-14T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for James Brokenshire more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for David Hanson more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-01-23more like thismore than 2014-01-23
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property answer text <p> </p><p><em>Labour's legacy</em></p><p>The last Labour Government had a policy of actively pushing fortnightly bin collections and hitting hard-working families with new bin charges.Their ‘Household Waste Prevention Policy Side Research Programme' advocated “collection limitations in terms of rubbish bin size or the interval between collections”, and sought to “nationalise this policy among local authorities”. Cutting weekly rubbish collections was not a locally-led initiative, but an explicit Whitehall mission pursued with the zeal of a convert.</p><p>Legislation in 2005 allowed the introduction of bin fines for minor breaches of complex and confusing bin rules; further legislation in 2008 watered down councils' legal duties to collect rubbish. Guidance issued in 2005 advised town halls that councillors should be bullied to stop them opposing the axing of collections or proposing to restore weekly collections. It also recommended that cutting collections should be done after local elections – to avoid the nuisance of democratic opposition. The Government funded the covert imposition of “bin brother” microchips into families' bins. The 2009 Pre-Budget Report made clear that a further wave of bin cuts were being planned. In short, the “Town Hall Talibin” doubled council tax and halved bin collections.</p><p>We disagree. This Government believes that households deserve a frequent and comprehensive rubbish and recycling service in return for the £122 a month in council tax that a typical household pays (Band D), especially given the typical refuse collection service only costs councils £6 to £7 per month to provide.</p><p><em>What we've done</em></p><p>We have taken a series of steps to help households:</p><p> </p><p>· Issued the first ever Whitehall guidance on weekly bin collections, demolishing the myths that fortnightly bin collections are needed to save money or increase recycling;</p><p> </p><p>· Stopped the Audit Commission inspections which marked down councils who do not adopt fortnightly rubbish collections, and rejected the Audit Commission guidance which advocated fortnightly collections (<em>Waste Management: The Strategic Challenge</em> and <em>Waste Management Quick Guide</em>).</p><p> </p><p>· Abolished the Local Area Agreements and National Indicator 191 imposed by Whitehall which created perverse incentives to downgrade waste collection services;</p><p> </p><p>· Scrapped the Whitehall requirement for municipal Annual Efficiency Statements, which allowed a reduction in the frequency of a household rubbish collection service to qualify as a “valid efficiency” and allowed revenue from bin fines to classed as a “cashable efficiency gain”;</p><p> </p><p>· Scrapped the imposition of eco-towns which would have had fortnightly bin collections and/or bin taxes as part of the “eco-standards”;</p><p> </p><p>· Safeguarded weekly collections for 6 million households through the Weekly Collection Support Scheme as well as championing innovation and best practice;</p><p> </p><p>· Supported over 40 innovative reward schemes to back recycling through the Weekly Collection Support Scheme (as pledged in the Coalition Agreement);</p><p> </p><p>· Through the Localism Act, revoked the 2008 legislation that allowed for the imposition of new bin taxes;</p><p> </p><p>· Issued guidance to stop the imposition of illegal ‘backdoor bin charging' on households bins;</p><p> </p><p>· Stopped funding the ‘Waste Improvement Network' which told councils to adopt fortnightly collections as best practice;</p><p> </p><p>· Challenged the incorrect interpretation by some bodies that European Union directives require fortnightly collections, and resisted the imposition of bin taxes by the European Union;</p><p> </p><p>· Removing powers of entry and snooping powers from “Binquisition” inspectors and scrapped guidance telling councils to rifle through families' bins;</p><p> </p><p>· Changing building regulations to tackle ‘bin blight'; and</p><p> </p><p>· Changing the law through the Deregulation Bill to scrap unfair bin fines.</p><p>In short, this has been a fundamentally different approach from the Labour Government: we are working with families to help them go green, but believe in proper, regular and comprehensive collections for taxpaying households.</p><p>The configuration of services is complex. The table below, based on available estimates from WRAP, provide the most detailed information held on the breakdown of refuse and recycling collections of ‘smelly' rubbish across councils in England.</p><p><em>Weekly collections of smelly rubbish</em></p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><em>Councils</em></p></td><td><p><em>Weekly Residual + Separate Weekly Food Waste</em></p></td><td><p><em>Weekly Residual + Weekly mixed food and garden waste</em></p></td><td><p><em>Weekly Residual + fortnightly mixed food and garden waste</em></p></td><td><p><em>Weekly Residual and no separate food waste collection</em></p></td><td><p><em>Weekly Food Waste + Fortnightly Residual</em></p></td><td><p><em>Weekly mixed food and garden waste + Fortnightly Residual </em></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Jun-11</p></td><td><p>33</p></td><td><p>11</p></td><td><p>19</p></td><td><p>189</p></td><td><p>45</p></td><td><p>7</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Nov-11</p></td><td><p>31</p></td><td><p>9</p></td><td><p>20</p></td><td><p>190</p></td><td><p>52</p></td><td><p>10</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Jan-12</p></td><td><p>33</p></td><td><p>8</p></td><td><p>20</p></td><td><p>189</p></td><td><p>54</p></td><td><p>11</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Feb-12</p></td><td><p>33</p></td><td><p>8</p></td><td><p>17</p></td><td><p>182</p></td><td><p>58</p></td><td><p>11</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Aug-12</p></td><td><p>39</p></td><td><p>8</p></td><td><p>21</p></td><td><p>181</p></td><td><p>61</p></td><td><p>12</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Sep-12</p></td><td><p>39</p></td><td><p>8</p></td><td><p>20</p></td><td><p>179</p></td><td><p>62</p></td><td><p>12</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><em> </em></p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><em>Households</em></p></td><td><p><em>Weekly Residual + Separate Weekly Food Waste</em></p></td><td><p><em>Weekly Residual + Weekly mixed food and garden waste</em></p></td><td><p><em>Weekly Residual + fortnightly mixed food and garden waste</em></p></td><td><p><em>Weekly collection and no separate food waste collection</em></p></td><td><p><em>Weekly Food Waste + Fortnightly Residual</em></p></td><td><p><em>Weekly mixed food and garden waste + Fortnightly Residual </em></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Jun-11</p></td><td><p>1,296,296</p></td><td><p>405,719</p></td><td><p>718,292</p></td><td><p>10,480,876</p></td><td><p>1,750,654</p></td><td><p>353,001</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Nov-11</p></td><td><p>1,079,984</p></td><td><p>479,151</p></td><td><p>998,017</p></td><td><p>9,694,524</p></td><td><p>2,197,166</p></td><td><p>542,695</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Jan-12</p></td><td><p>1,141,584</p></td><td><p>441,151</p></td><td><p>998,017</p></td><td><p>9,341,759</p></td><td><p>2,426,531</p></td><td><p>602,695</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Feb-12</p></td><td><p>1,124,040</p></td><td><p>441,151</p></td><td><p>861,447</p></td><td><p>9,064,454</p></td><td><p>2,571,575</p></td><td><p>602,695</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Aug-12</p></td><td><p>1,378,876</p></td><td><p>440,812</p></td><td><p>851,915</p></td><td><p>8,239,673</p></td><td><p>2,896,107</p></td><td><p>747,024</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Sep-12</p></td><td><p>1,386,876</p></td><td><p>440,812</p></td><td><p>747,915</p></td><td><p>7,885,321</p></td><td><p>2,981,513</p></td><td><p>747,024</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><em>Fortnightly collections</em></p><p> </p><table><thead><tr><td><p><em>Councils</em></p></td><td><p><em>Fortnightly mixed food and garden waste + Fortnightly Residual</em></p></td><td><p><em>Fortnightly residual and no separate food waste collection</em></p></td></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td><p>Jun-11</p></td><td><p>36</p></td><td><p>143</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Nov-11</p></td><td><p>41</p></td><td><p>142</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Jan-12</p></td><td><p>41</p></td><td><p>144</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Feb-12</p></td><td><p>44</p></td><td><p>149</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Aug-12</p></td><td><p>47</p></td><td><p>145</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Sep-12</p></td><td><p>49</p></td><td><p>147</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><table><thead><tr><td><p><em>Households</em></p></td><td><p><em>Fortnightly mixed food and garden waste + Fortnightly Residual</em></p></td><td><p><em>Fortnightly residual and no separate food waste collection</em></p></td></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td><p>Jun-11</p></td><td><p>1,668,211</p></td><td><p>5,879,808</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Nov-11</p></td><td><p>1,838,632</p></td><td><p>6,014,336</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Jan-12</p></td><td><p>1,860,532</p></td><td><p>6,032,245</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Feb-12</p></td><td><p>2,034,102</p></td><td><p>6,145,050</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Aug-12</p></td><td><p>2,170,143</p></td><td><p>6,173,402</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Sep-12</p></td><td><p>2,319,143</p></td><td><p>6,389,348</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Note: Some councils may have a combination of the categories in the table below and have been counted under each one that they provide.</p><p>This shows that 14 million households in England have some form of weekly collection of smelly rubbish. Had the Government not taken the actions it had, weekly collections would have disappeared in England by 2015. This simple assertion can be illustrated by the extinction of weekly collections in most of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, which have devolved Administrations and policies of supporting fortnightly bin collections. Indeed, in Wales, the Labour-led Welsh Government now has a policy of supporting monthly bin collections (Welsh Government, <em>Municipal Sector Plan Part 1</em>, March 2011 and Welsh Government, <em>Cabinet decision, Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, Additional Funding for Zero Waste Gurnos</em>, February 2012).</p><p>We have stopped the rot, but there is more to do to support weekly bin collections. Many town hall jobsworths, over-zealous NGOs and vested interests in the waste industry remain blindly obsessed with restricting bin collections as a perverse policy goal in itself, and this is reflected in the figures in the table above. Indeed, even Keep Britain Tidy – which one would think would want regular rubbish collections to keep the streets clean – has been taken over by a NGO (Waste Watch) which campaigns for fortnightly bin collections. Bin collections are not viewed as a public service – but as a policy tool to deliver other arbitrary policy goals.</p><p><em>More to do</em></p><p>One option which should be considered is a minimum service standard – for example, the Household Waste Recycling Act 2003 already lays down minimum service requirements for recycling, and indeed, the Public Health Act 1875 introduced a duty on local authorities to collect rubbish; this duty was enhanced by the Public Health Act 1936 obliging them to collect household waste weekly which existed until 1974.</p><p>Moving forward, we are open to representations on how best to support frequent and comprehensive rubbish and recycling service; stand up for taxpayers' interests from arbitrary state charges and taxes; and protect the local environment, public health and local amenity from the nuisance of stinking rubbish.</p><p> </p><p> </p>
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