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star this property date less than 2015-06-10more like thismore than 2015-06-10
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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 Pensions: Widowed People more like this
star 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 he is taking to ensure that reforms to the pensions system do not unfairly affect widows who have relied on their husband's earnings and have not themselves made a sufficient contribution. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bath remove filter
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Ben Howlett more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-06-18more like thismore than 2015-06-18
star this property answer text <p /> <p>The new State Pension will be based on an individual’s own National Insurance contributions. This reflects the fact that, in contrast to earlier generations of women, most people of working age today are able to gain sufficient qualifying years to qualify for a state pension in their own right.</p><p> </p><p>We have put arrangements in place to ensure that certain women who elected to pay National Insurance contributions at the married women and widows’ reduced rate are not affected by withdrawing access to derived basic State Pension. Widows who qualify under these arrangements will be able to get a pension of about the same as the basic pension they could have got in the current scheme plus any additional State Pension they built up themselves by April 2016, if that is more than they would get under the new rules on their own contributions.</p><p> </p><p>We are also protecting the additional State Pension (also known as SERPS or S2P) a surviving spouse or civil partner would have been able to inherit under the current rules, if their deceased partner had either died or reached State Pension age before 6 April 2016. Where both members of the couple are in the new State Pension system, the surviving member may inherit half of any “protected payment” (the amount, if any, by which a person’s state pension valued under current rules exceeds the full rate of the new State Pension at 2016). These arrangements will apply where the marriage or civil partnership had begun before the new scheme starts.</p>
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2015-06-18T15:57:07.097Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-18T15:57:07.097Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Ben Howlett more like this
381228
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-06-15more like thismore than 2015-06-15
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar 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: Mental Illness more like this
star 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 Justice, what steps he is taking to improve access to legal aid for people with mental health issues; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bath remove filter
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Ben Howlett more like this
star this property uin 2474 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-06-22more like thismore than 2015-06-22
star this property answer text <p>The Government is aware of the importance of ensuring that vulnerable people, including those with mental health issues have access to Justice.</p><p> </p><p>Whilst making savings to spending on civil legal aid we have made sure funding is available in cases where legal help is most needed. When we enacted the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, we specifically protected legal advice and legal representation for eligible persons involved in mental health and capacity proceedings under the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005. In addition, certain damages claims brought against public authorities (those involving a significant breach of human rights or the abuse of a position of power) claims arising out of allegations of the abuse of a child or vulnerable adult, or allegations of sexual assault, continue to be funded.</p><p> </p><p>We are monitoring the impacts of legal aid reform and will conduct a post implementation review within 3-5 years of implementation of part 1 of LASPO.</p>
star this property answering member constituency North West Cambridgeshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Shailesh Vara more like this
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less than 2015-06-22T16:00:59.847Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-22T16:00:59.847Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Shailesh Vara more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Ben Howlett more like this
381229
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-06-15more like thismore than 2015-06-15
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
unstar 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 Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education more like this
star 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 Education, what steps she is taking to improve the teaching of personal, social, health and economic education in schools. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bath remove filter
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Ben Howlett more like this
star this property uin 2475 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-06-22more like thismore than 2015-06-22
star this property answer text <p>The Government wants all young people to leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. High quality personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) teaching has a vital role to play in providing young people with a ‘curriculum for life’, equipping them with the skills and understanding they need to manage their lives and stay safe. Departmental advice on the teaching of PSHE is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/personal-social-health-and-economic-education-pshe</p><p> </p><p>To improve the quality of PSHE, we are developing a new, rigorous accreditation for schools which will enable them to demonstrate excellence in the quality of their PSHE teaching. The new quality mark will give parents more information about a school’s PSHE provision. We are also working with the PSHE Association to help quality assure teaching resources.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Crewe and Nantwich more like this
star this property answering member printed Edward Timpson more like this
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less than 2015-06-22T14:15:37.927Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-22T14:15:37.927Z
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star this property label Biography information for Edward Timpson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Ben Howlett more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-06-15more like thismore than 2015-06-15
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
star this property hansard heading Bicycles: Buses more like this
star 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 Transport, if he will make representations to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency on permitting cycle racks on the front of buses. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bath remove filter
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Ben Howlett more like this
star this property uin 2476 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-06-18more like thismore than 2015-06-18
star this property answer text <p>There are no specific regulations dealing with the fitting of cycle racks to the front of buses. The vehicle must comply with applicable road traffic law, including, but not limited to, overall dimensions, lighting, driver view of the road and the avoidance of danger, such as the potential risk to pedestrians. These requirements may be influenced by the vehicle type and the design and location of the rack. In common with other legislative provisions, it will be for the vehicle operator to ensure compliance with the law.</p><p> </p><p>As such, I do not believe there is cause for my intervention. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency enforces existing road vehicle regulations and they have the necessary knowledge and expertise to fulfil this function.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Harrogate and Knaresborough more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrew Jones more like this
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less than 2015-06-18T12:38:53.553Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-18T12:38:53.553Z
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star this property label Biography information for Andrew Jones more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Ben Howlett more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-06-15more like thismore than 2015-06-15
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
star this property hansard heading Transport: South West more like this
star 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 Transport, what steps he is taking to promote joined-up transport ticketing systems in (a) Bath and (b) Bristol. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bath remove filter
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Ben Howlett more like this
star this property uin 2477 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-06-18more like thismore than 2015-06-18
star this property answer text <p>We are working closely with the local authorities and transport operators in both Bath and Bristol to deliver integrated transport ticketing. <em>Building better bus services: multi-operator ticketing</em> was published by the Department in March 2013 and provides guidance for local transport authorities on planning and implementing multi-operator ticketing services. In October 2013 the Department established the Smart Cities Partnership programme to accelerate the delivery of smart multi-operator commercial tickets. The West of England Partnership, including Bath and Bristol, is a member of the Smart Cities Partnership and has, alongside other large cities, bus operators (and equipment suppliers), committed to delivery principles that will underpin growth in smart, multi-operator ticketing. The big five bus operators have undertaken to deliver multi-operator ticketing this year throughout the Smart Cities Partnership areas, including Bristol, and we will be working with them to support delivery.</p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Harrogate and Knaresborough more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrew Jones more like this
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less than 2015-06-18T12:43:19.327Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-18T12:43:19.327Z
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3996
star this property label Biography information for Andrew Jones more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Ben Howlett more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-06-15more like thismore than 2015-06-15
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Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 1 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Vetting more like this
star 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 the Home Department, what her policy is on introducing a single tier Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure certificate. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bath remove filter
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Ben Howlett more like this
star this property uin 2473 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-06-19more like thismore than 2015-06-19
star this property answer text <p>Enhanced criminal record certificates are available for a range of posts and activities involving particular sensitivity or trust, including working closely with children or vulnerable adults. Applications are based on the relevant workforce, which ensures that any local police information relevant to that category can be considered for disclosure. There are no plans to move away from this position.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Staffordshire Moorlands more like this
star this property answering member printed Karen Bradley more like this
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less than 2015-06-19T13:12:09.603Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-19T13:12:09.603Z
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star this property label Biography information for Karen Bradley more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Ben Howlett more like this
381282
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star this property date less than 2015-06-10more like thismore than 2015-06-10
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HM Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
unstar 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 Regional Planning and Development: West of England more like this
star 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 Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans for a West of England Powerhouse. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bath remove filter
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Ben Howlett more like this
star this property uin 900336 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-06-16more like thismore than 2015-06-16
star this property answer text <p>The deal with Greater Manchester emphasised this Government’s commitment to hand power from the centre to cities.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In May 2015 the Chancellor said his “door is open to any other major city who wants to take this bold step” and take control of its own affairs and access the same mayoral offer.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Queen’s Speech introduced a Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill which will enable cities to adopt a radical new model of government.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Chelsea and Fulham more like this
star this property answering member printed Greg Hands more like this
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less than 2015-06-16T16:05:53.923Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-16T16:05:53.923Z
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star this property label Biography information for Greg Hands more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Ben Howlett more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-06-16more like thismore than 2015-06-16
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Department of Health more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Health more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Services more like this
star 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, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals for changes to the Care Act 2014 to ensure that social carers spend sufficient time with each patient. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bath remove filter
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Ben Howlett more like this
star this property uin 2646 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-06-24more like thismore than 2015-06-24
star this property answer text <p>Care workers are routinely tasked with caring for individuals with intimate care and support needs, for example helping those who are older or who have a disability to do everyday things like wash, dress and get out of bed. It is unrealistic to think that very short home care visits, for example, those lasting less than 15 minutes would be enough time to do this - it is not fair on those who need care and it is not fair on care workers. Through the Care Act, the Government has made it clear that commissioning services without considering the impact on people’s wellbeing is unacceptable.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>It is the Government’s position that it would be inappropriate to introduce new or amend existing legislation to address this issue, for example, by specifying a minimum time length for home care visits. Short care visits may be appropriate for specific, non-intimate tasks such as checking medication has been taken.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Commissioning for high quality care requires a more fundamental culture shift where the outcomes individuals want to achieve sits at the heart of every decision made by a local authority. This is best achieved through guidance and support.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Department has published statutory guidance to support the implementation of the Care Act that describes how local authorities must meet these new duties when commissioning. The Department has also worked with the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services and the Local Government Association to co-produce a set of standards to support local authorities to assess and improve their commissioning practices.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
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less than 2015-06-24T11:15:46.01Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-24T11:15:46.01Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Ben Howlett more like this
384655
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star this property date less than 2015-06-22more like thismore than 2015-06-22
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Housing: Carbon Emissions more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to encourage councils to implement the zero-carbon home standard from 2016. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bath remove filter
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Ben Howlett more like this
star this property uin 3546 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-06-30more like thismore than 2015-06-30
star this property answer text <p>The Government considers that energy performance standards for new homes are best set through the national building regulations which were strengthened in 2013. Councils play an important role in checking compliance with these standards.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Stockton South more like this
star this property answering member printed James Wharton more like this
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less than 2015-06-30T11:14:47.163Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-30T11:14:47.163Z
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star this property label Biography information for James Wharton more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Ben Howlett more like this
384686
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star this property date less than 2015-06-22more like thismore than 2015-06-22
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Department for Energy and Climate Change more like this
star this property answering dept id 63 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Energy and Climate Change more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Energy and Climate Change more like this
star this property hansard heading Housing: Renewable Energy more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what (a) funds and (b) subsidies are available to encourage people to install renewable energy in their homes. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bath remove filter
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Ben Howlett more like this
star this property uin 3545 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-06-29more like thismore than 2015-06-29
star this property answer text <p>There are two schemes which support deployment of domestic renewable energy installations.</p><p>The Feed-in Tariff incentivises domestic deployment of renewable electricity generation by providing a guaranteed tariff over 20 years to solar PV, wind, hydro, anaerobic digestion and micro CHP installations up to 5MW. Generators benefit from tariffs generation and export to the grid, as well as through bill savings.</p><p>The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) provides financial incentives to install renewable heating in place of fossil fuels, with payments based on an installation’s renewable heat output. The scheme supports air-to-water heat pumps; biomass-only boilers and biomass pellet stoves with integrated boilers; ground-to-water and water-to-water heat pumps; flat plate and evacuated tube solar thermal panels. Payments are made on a quarterly basis over seven years, with tariffs reflecting the expected cost of renewable heat generation over 20 years.</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 2015-06-29T16:29:58.33Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-29T16:29:58.33Z
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star this property label Biography information for Andrea Leadsom more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Ben Howlett more like this