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star this property date less than 2019-03-07more like thismore than 2019-03-07
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Women and Equalities more like this
star this property answering dept id 31 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
star this property hansard heading Females: Local Government Finance 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 Minister for Women and Equalities, what discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on the implications for Government policies of the conclusions of the report from the Women's Budget Group, Triple Whammy: The impact of local government cuts on women, published on 7 March 2019 which found that changes to local authority funding disproportionately affects women. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
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Paul Farrelly more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-12more like thismore than 2019-03-12
unstar this property answer text <p>I regularly discuss gender equality with all my Cabinet colleagues. The recent Local Government Finance Settlement delivered a real-terms increase in funding for local government in 2019-20.</p><p>The Public Sector Equality Duty is a duty that requires all public bodies, including local authorities, to proactively have due regard to advancing equality of opportunity between people from different groups and I would expect them to do so when considering their spending decisions.</p><p>More broadly, we are continuing to develop the upcoming gender equality &amp; economic empowerment strategy with Ministers across government to address the persistent gendered economic barriers women – and men – face.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Louth and Horncastle more like this
star this property answering member printed Victoria Atkins more like this
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less than 2019-03-12T15:21:49.727Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-12T15:21:49.727Z
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star this property label Biography information for Victoria Atkins more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-04-01more like thismore than 2019-04-01
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Women and Equalities more like this
star this property answering dept id 31 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
star this property hansard heading Public Sector: Equal Pay 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 Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps he is taking to tackle gender pay disparity in the public sector. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
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Paul Farrelly more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-04-08more like thismore than 2019-04-08
unstar this property answer text <p>We introduced ground-breaking regulations in 2017 requiring large employers, including over 1,600 public bodies, to publish their gender pay gaps annually. The rate at which the gender pay gap will narrow is dependent on a large number of complex factors, but this Government is working hard to close the gap as soon as possible.</p><p> </p><p>In order to support employers to address their gender pay differences, we have published evidence-based guidance on practical actions they can take to close the gap, alongside help to diagnose the causes of their gaps and develop effective action plans.</p><p> </p><p>We have been working with Government departments and representative bodies to understand the underlying causes of the gender pay gap in different public sector workforces, and to consider what measures will have a positive impact. We have also engaged directly with employers in the public sector, through events and interactive webinars. We will continue to build the evidence base in order to support employers to continue to take the right action.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Louth and Horncastle more like this
star this property answering member printed Victoria Atkins more like this
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less than 2019-04-08T16:19:29.307Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-08T16:19:29.307Z
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star this property label Biography information for Victoria Atkins more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-04-05more like thismore than 2019-04-05
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Women and Equalities more like this
star this property answering dept id 31 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
star this property hansard heading Females: 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 Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Education on the provision of (a) inclusive and (b) positive education about periods and the human body in schools. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
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Paul Farrelly more like this
star this property uin 241411 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-04-10more like thismore than 2019-04-10
unstar this property answer text <p>The Minister for Women and Equalities recently announced a new Taskforce that will bring together representatives from all sectors to develop comprehensive and sustainable solutions to period poverty. Preparation for this has included discussions with a number of Ministerial colleagues.</p><p> </p><p>The Taskforce will present the opportunity for discussions on education around menstruation. The government is making Health Education compulsory in all state-funded schools, alongside Relationships Education for all primary pupils, and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) for all secondary pupils from September 2020. As part of this subject, all pupils will be taught about menstruation and menstrual wellbeing at a timely point.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Louth and Horncastle more like this
star this property answering member printed Victoria Atkins more like this
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less than 2019-04-10T16:41:40.34Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-10T16:41:40.34Z
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star this property label Biography information for Victoria Atkins more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-07-11more like thismore than 2019-07-11
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Women and Equalities more like this
star this property answering dept id 31 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
star this property hansard heading Business: Equality 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 Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she is taking to increase diversity across all levels of FTSE 100 companies. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
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Paul Farrelly more like this
star this property uin 276168 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-25more like thismore than 2019-07-25
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government is working with the business community through the Business Diversity and Inclusion Group to coordinate action to increase diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The Government has commissioned and supports several business-led, independent reviews on promoting diversity. These include the Hampton-Alexander Review which has a 33% target for women on boards and in senior leadership positions across the FTSE 350 by 2020. Also the Parker Review to increase the ethnic diversity of FTSE 350 boards by 2024.</p><p>These reviews form part of the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy which aims to build an economy that works for all.</p><p>Women hold a higher percentage of senior leadership positions than ever before with 32.3% of women on FTSE 100 boards.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Louth and Horncastle more like this
star this property answering member printed Victoria Atkins more like this
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less than 2019-07-25T09:25:18.383Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-25T09:25:18.383Z
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star this property label Biography information for Victoria Atkins more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-03-11more like thismore than 2019-03-11
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Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
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star this property hansard heading Tax Avoidance 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 Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that HMRC uses the rule of law rather than an opinion of fairness to determine what is payable for the loan charge. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
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Paul Farrelly more like this
star this property uin 230655 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-14more like thismore than 2019-03-14
unstar this property answer text <p>Parliament has legislated the charge on Disguised Remuneration (DR) loans following the normal Parliamentary process.</p><p>DR schemes are contrived arrangements that pay loans in place of ordinary remuneration, with the sole purpose of avoiding income tax and National Insurance contributions. The loans are provided on terms that mean they are not repaid in practice, so they are no different to normal income and are, and always have been, taxable.</p><p>The charge on DR loans, legislated in Finance Act 2017, is a charge on DR loan balances outstanding at 5 April 2019. Its announcement at Budget 2016 provided scheme users with a three-year period to repay their DR loans, or to agree a settlement with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) before the charge takes effect.</p><p>HMRC’s role is to tackle avoidance and evasion, making sure people pay their fair share of tax and securing funding for our vital public services. Parliament has given HMRC the powers it needs to challenge businesses and individuals who do not pay their fair share, and it uses them responsibly and subject to appropriate checks and balances.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Central Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mel Stride more like this
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less than 2019-03-14T16:21:33.217Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-14T16:21:33.217Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mel Stride more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-04-05more like thismore than 2019-04-05
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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 Developing Countries: Loans 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 Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on levels of transparency of making public the loans made by UK Government and its EU partners to the Global South. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
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Paul Farrelly more like this
star this property uin 241410 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-04-10more like thismore than 2019-04-10
unstar this property answer text <p>The main UK government agencies involved in lending to developing countries are: UK Export Finance (UKEF) and (historic loans only) the Department for International Development (DfID). Both publish details of the guarantees and loans they provide in their Annual Report and Accounts, which are published on their websites. Where UKEF provides financing for public borrowers or guarantors in developing countries, it is subject to OECD Sustainable Lending Principles.</p><p> </p><p>The UK strongly believes that transparency of loans is an important driver of debt sustainability. Given the complex international nature of sovereign debt, we continue to believe that internationally-agreed approaches are the most effective way to improve sovereign debt transparency and sustainability. We are working with our EU partners, and others, through the G20 to ensure the ongoing implementation of the G20’s agreed Operational Guidelines for Sustainable Financing for official creditors in 2017.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South West Norfolk more like this
star this property answering member printed Elizabeth Truss more like this
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less than 2019-04-10T16:12:07.597Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-10T16:12:07.597Z
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star this property label Biography information for Elizabeth Truss more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-04-09more like thismore than 2019-04-09
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Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
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star this property hansard heading Soft Drinks: Taxation more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the efficacy of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy since it was introduced in April 2018. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
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Paul Farrelly more like this
star this property uin 242732 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-04-12more like thismore than 2019-04-12
unstar this property answer text <p>Since its inception, the SDIL has been leading the way in sugar reduction programmes, and over half of sugary drinks have been reformulated, effectively removing 45 million kilogrammes of sugar every year from diets.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Newark more like this
star this property answering member printed Robert Jenrick more like this
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less than 2019-04-12T13:35:23.233Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-12T13:35:23.233Z
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star this property label Biography information for Robert Jenrick more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-04-11more like thismore than 2019-04-11
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Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
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star this property answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Non-domestic Rates more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of replacing business rates with a transaction tax on retail sales in order to support the UK's high streets. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
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Paul Farrelly more like this
star this property uin 244033 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-04-24more like thismore than 2019-04-24
unstar this property answer text <p>Business rates raise £25 billion in England annually, and are an important source of funding for key local services.</p><p> </p><p>The Government concluded a fundamental review of business rates in 2016. Some respondents suggested alternative taxes, but there was no consensus and respondents were clear that these alternatives were not without their own issues.</p><p> </p><p>Respondents agreed that property based taxes were easy to collect, difficult to avoid, stable and clearly linked with local authority spending. Following stakeholder responses, the Government decided to keep business rates as a property tax.</p><p> </p><p>To support the high street, at Budget 2018 the Government announced Our Plan for the High Street – a package of support worth £1.6 billion.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Central Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mel Stride more like this
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less than 2019-04-24T12:04:06.28Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-24T12:04:06.28Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mel Stride more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-04-18more like thismore than 2019-04-18
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Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
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star this property hansard heading House Insurance more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the 10 April 2019 Insurance Age article entitled Citizens Advice slams home insurers in dual pricing report, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of the finding that home insurance companies make over half of their profits from people defined by the regulator as potentially vulnerable. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
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Paul Farrelly more like this
star this property uin 245669 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-04-25more like thismore than 2019-04-25
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government is focussed on ensuring that the insurance industry functions well for everyone.</p><p> </p><p>To that end, Government welcomed the launch of the FCA’s General Insurance Pricing Practices Market Study in October 2019. The Market Study is investigating consumer outcomes from insurers’ pricing practices; it is looking specifically at the potential harm suffered by the vulnerable long-standing customers that Citizens Advice refers to in its press release of 10 April 2019. As a part of the Market Study the FCA will consider all potential remedies that may be required to make the market work well for consumers.</p><p> </p><p>The FCA is empowered to address misconduct, and where this has occurred it can undertake investigations and impose financial penalties or order firms to cease certain activities.</p><p> </p><p>The Government is monitoring the outcome of this Market Study and is prepared to ask the FCA to take further action if required.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Salisbury more like this
star this property answering member printed John Glen more like this
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less than 2019-04-25T08:49:18.08Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-25T08:49:18.08Z
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star this property label Biography information for John Glen more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-04-23more like thismore than 2019-04-23
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Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
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star this property hansard heading Personal Savings: Older People more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to enable older people to (a) build and (b) maintain an adequate level of savings. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
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Paul Farrelly more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-04-30more like thismore than 2019-04-30
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to supporting people of all incomes and at all stages of life to save.</p><p> </p><p>Older people will continue to benefit from a number of measures the Government has introduced in recent years.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has increased the amount that individuals, including older people and those of State Pension age, can earn or receive in savings interest before paying income tax to £12,500 per year. As a result, people can keep more of their income to invest as they choose.</p><p> </p><p>The amount of money that people can save into their ISAs each year (the annual subscription allowance) has been increased to a record £20,000.</p><p> </p><p>Since April 2016, individuals have also been able to benefit from a new Personal Savings Allowance of up to £1,000 for basic rate taxpayers and up to £500 for higher rate taxpayers.</p><p> </p><p>As a result of these measures, over 95% of people with savings income pay no tax on that income.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Salisbury more like this
star this property answering member printed John Glen more like this
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less than 2019-04-30T16:13:50.017Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-30T16:13:50.017Z
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star this property label Biography information for John Glen more like this
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