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star this property date less than 2016-06-07more like thismore than 2016-06-07
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Department of Health more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star 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 Visual Impairment 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 Health, what assessment he has made of whether the Government is on target to eliminate avoidable blindness by 2020. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
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Paul Farrelly remove filter
star this property uin 39772 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-06-13more like thismore than 2016-06-13
unstar this property answer text <p>The indicator within the Public Health Outcomes Framework brings together the range of information on levels of preventable sight loss in a single place.</p><p>The indicator is made up of four sub-indicators which are measuring the crude rates of Age-Related Macular Degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, and of the rate of sight loss certifications per 100,000 population.</p><p>The latest data published by the Public Health Outcomes framework show that there were the following new certifications of visual impairment in 2013/14:</p><p> </p><p>- 11,055 for age related macular degeneration, a decrease of 90 from 2012/13;</p><p>- 3,432 for glaucoma, an increase of 141 from 2012/13;</p><p>- 1,563 for diabetic eye disease, a decrease of 29 from 2012/13; and</p><p>- 22,911 overall new certifications (all causes), an increase of 264 from 2012/13.</p><p> </p><p>Early detection is essential to tackling preventable sight loss. A range of treatment and services are in place in the National Health Service to deal with the key causes of preventable sight loss.</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 2016-06-13T08:33:18.62Zmore like thismore than 2016-06-13T08:33:18.62Z
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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 Paul Farrelly more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-03-11more like thismore than 2019-03-11
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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 Universal Credit 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 his Department is taking to help support (a) older people and (b) people with (i) mental and (ii) physical health conditions to transition to universal credit. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
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Paul Farrelly remove filter
star this property uin 230646 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>The Department is committed to ensuring that all claimants, especially the most vulnerable, are supported as they move onto Universal Credit.</p><p>Claimants, including vulnerable claimants and those with mental and physical health conditions, can receive continuous tailored support managed through work coaches. DWP staff working with claimants complete extensive training that prepares them for their role. Specific training is provided for working with different vulnerable groups, with guidance to signpost claimants to relevant support, and these circumstances will be recorded on a claimant’s online account. We have started to deliver additional training in mental health that will help work coaches to build their expertise and provide the most effective support.</p><p>We take a number of steps to identify individuals who will need support in making a claim to Universal Credit. For example, we identify claimants either prior to or at the initial claim stage, to discuss what support mechanisms need to be in place to make a claim. This can be through discussions with their Work Coach, the Universal Credit helpline and/or through home visits.</p><p>From April 2019 Citizens Advice (England and Wales) and Citizens Advice Scotland will deliver a new ‘Help to Claim’ service to claimants, including the most vulnerable, who are making a new Universal Credit claim or moving from a legacy benefit to Universal Credit because of a change of circumstances. The Help to Claim service offers tailored, practical support to help people make a Universal Credit claim up to receiving their first full correct payment on time. This service will be available online, over the phone and face to face through local Citizens Advice services.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2019-03-14T17:03:18.963Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-14T17:03:18.963Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Paul Farrelly more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-04-08more like thismore than 2019-04-08
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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 Universal Credit: Children 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, with reference to Child Poverty Action Group's recent report on universal credit, published on 6 April 2019, what assessment she has made of the two-child limit policy on compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
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Paul Farrelly remove filter
star this property uin 242040 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-04-11more like thismore than 2019-04-11
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government has assessed the impact of the two-child policy from an equality and human rights perspective throughout its development and in preparation for its implementation. Therefore, we consider that we have met our obligations under the Public Sector Equality Duty and ensured compliance with the Human Rights Act 1998, the Equality Act 2010 and the UN convention on the Rights of the Child.</p><p> </p><p>The Government’s view is that providing support for a maximum of two children in Universal Credit and Child Tax Credit, ensures fairness between claimants, and to those taxpayers who support themselves solely through work. Families on benefits should face the same financial choices when deciding to grow their family as those supporting themselves solely through work. A benefits structure adjusting automatically to family size is unsustainable.</p><p> </p><p>The Government continues to take action to help families with the cost of living, including raising the national living wage, reducing the UC earnings taper, raising the income tax personal allowance, introducing tax-free childcare and 30 hours a week of free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2019-04-11T13:29:04.377Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-11T13:29:04.377Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Paul Farrelly 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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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
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 recent steps his Department has taken to reduce ageism in the workplace. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
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Paul Farrelly remove filter
star this property uin 245681 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 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>Government has put in place a number of measures to support people of all ages to enter and remain in a workplace.</p><p> </p><p>We have taken steps to support younger workers by introducing the Youth Obligation Support Programme, an intensive package of labour market support for 18-21 year-olds looking to get (back) into work. We are committed to providing targeted support for young people, so that everyone, no matter what their start in life, is given the very best chance of getting into work. In April 2019, Mentoring circles were rolled out nationally, which involve national employers offering specialised support to unemployed, young jobseekers to help build their confidence and raise their aspirations.</p><p>To support older workers 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>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. <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>The Government has also appointed the Business In The Community (BITC) Age at Work leadership team as Business Champion for Older Workers. The BITC team of employers spearhead the Government’s work to support employers to retain, retrain and recruit older workers. They actively promote the benefits of older workers to employers across England.</p><p>The number of older workers in employment is at a record high. There are now 10.4 million people aged 50 and over in the workforce.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2019-04-30T11:19:34.21Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-30T11:19:34.21Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Paul Farrelly more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-04-24more like thismore than 2019-04-24
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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 Ceramics: North Staffordshire more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to support potters in North Staffordshire facing redundancy. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
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Paul Farrelly remove filter
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-04-29more like thismore than 2019-04-29
unstar this property answer text <p>DWP organised and facilitated a support event on 16<sup>th</sup> April 2019 for those people affected by the redundancies at Dudson. We have built excellent links with the ceramic confederation, local authorities, Citizens Advice, ACAS, local providers and employers. As a result, the Department is in a position to provide tailored support to those who need it. This ensures they have the correct financial, pension, employment and up to date benefit advice as well as direct contact with employers who have expressed a keen interest in recruiting Dudson ex-employees. Following the event, all stakeholders are working together collectively to help the community in Stoke-on-Trent. People were assured that all the stakeholders in attendance were there to support them.</p><p> </p><p>All Dudson ex-employees were invited through DWP and the administrator to the City Wide Jobs fair held at Stoke-on-Trent college on the 18<sup>th</sup> April 2019. Around 54 employers and partners were in attendance with an estimated 1,800 jobs available. 20 Job interviews were conducted on the day, with 15 job contracts being offered the following day.</p><p> </p><p>BBC Radio Stoke reported live from the event encouraging people to come and be part of the day. They also interviewed a few ex-employees of Dudson who reported that it was a great opportunity to talk to employers in sectors they had not previously considered.</p><p> </p><p>We have explained that help to claim support is available through Citizens Advice to ensure customers are making the appropriate claim.</p><p> </p><p>In addition, we organised daily group sessions for the 3 days immediately following the announcement of redundancies from Dudson to manage the increased footfall and queries. 50 people attended these sessions where they were given advice regarding benefits, budgeting and CV’s.</p><p> </p><p>There are 54 people still employed by Dudson so over the next few weeks and months as other parts of the business close we may see additional claims within North Staffs. These people will also be offered the same support.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2019-04-29T17:10:43.76Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-29T17:10:43.76Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-04-26more like thismore than 2019-04-26
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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 Employment: Older Workers more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to (a) tackle age-bias in recruitment and (b) ensure that older workers are offered training and development opportunities. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
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Paul Farrelly remove filter
star this property uin 247988 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-01more like thismore than 2019-05-01
unstar 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 or an employment service provider such as a recruitment agency, to discriminate against any employee or job applicant because of their age or perceived age. This applies both where the employer is making arrangements to fill a job, and in respect of anything done during the course of a person’s employment. To be lawful, any differential treatment based on age must be objectively justified.</p><p> </p><p>In February 2017, The Government published a strategy ‘Fuller Working Lives: A Partnership Approach’. The Strategy is led by employers, but also sets out the case for action by individuals, and the role of Government in supporting older workers to remain in and return to work. The Strategy and supporting evidence base are available on the gov.uk website.</p><p>DWP also work closely with the Business in the Community and Older Workers Champion to promote the Fuller Working Lives strategy with employers.</p><p> </p><p>The number of workers aged 50 and over currently in employment is at a record high of 10.4 million, an increase of 1.4 million over the last 5 years and an increase of 2.5 million over the last 10 years.</p><p> </p><p>Further to the Fuller Working Lives strategy, through the National Retraining Partnership, the Government is developing the National Retraining Scheme, which is an ambitious, far-reaching programme to drive adult retraining. It will help individuals to respond to the changing labour market, redirect their careers and secure better, more secure jobs of the future. Its focus will be on supporting those adults whose occupations are most at risk of technological change, to provide them with new skills to move into more sustainable career.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2019-05-01T13:57:09.637Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-01T13:57:09.637Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-05-07more like thismore than 2019-05-07
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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 Universal Credit: Cancer more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that universal credit phone-line staff are adequately trained to understand the complex needs of claimants suffering with cancer. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
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Paul Farrelly remove filter
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-14more like thismore than 2019-05-14
unstar this property answer text <p>All DWP staff delivering Universal Credit undergo a comprehensive learning journey designed to equip them with the tools, skills and behaviours required to provide a high quality service to all claimants, including those who have cancer and other serious health conditions. Colleagues receive on-going learning in their roles and have access to Universal Credit guidance which is refreshed at regular intervals.</p><p> </p><p>The Department takes seriously the need to support vulnerable claimants. We are committed to ensuring that people who have cancer are treated with the upmost sensitivity and care, when making a claim to Universal Credit.</p><p> </p><p>We are continuously reviewing and improving the service for vulnerable people who claim Universal Credit to ensure that it is accessible and responsive to their needs. This includes how they are identified and supported, either from our own staff or via referrals from local services. For instance, when a claimant is asked to attend a Work Capability Assessment, they are required to complete a UC50 questionnaire which incorporates a 'light touch' evidence gathering process for cancer patients; and makes clear that Clinical Nurse Specialists and consultants can provide information on the form.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2019-05-14T13:32:02.973Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-14T13:32:02.973Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-06-19more like thismore than 2019-06-19
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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 Young People: Gender more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to the Youth Voice Census Report 2019, published in June 2018, what assessment she has made of the effect of gender on a young person's level of engagement with school and employment. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
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Paul Farrelly remove filter
star this property uin 266814 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
unstar this property answer text <p>No assessment has been made of gender on a young person’s level of engagement with school and employment.</p><p> </p><p>However, the Government is committed to providing targeted support for all young people so that everyone, no matter what their start in life, is given the very best chance.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has raised the participation age to ensure that all young people are supported to continue their education until at least age 18, and invested nearly £7 billion during academic year 2018/19, to ensure there is a place in education or training for every 16 to 19-year old.</p><p> </p><p>Local Authorities (LAs) have a statutory duty to identify and track the participation of 16 and 17 year olds, supporting those who are not participating to do so and making sure that there is sufficient, suitable education and training provision to meet their needs. The September Guarantee places a further duty on LAs to ensure that all year 11 pupils (and year 12 pupils on one year courses) receive an offer of a place in education/training for the following September. It aims to ensure that all young people, regardless of what they achieved in school, understand that there are opportunities that will help them to progress, and to ensure that they get the advice and support they need to find a suitable place.</p><p> </p><p>The latest data for the end of 2017 (provisional) shows that 86.8% of 16-18-year-old females are in Education and Training, compared to 85.1% of males. Source is the ‘Participation in education, training and employment: 2017’ published statistics.</p><p> </p><p>In January to March 2019 the number of young people aged 16-24 who were not in education, employment or training (NEET) in the UK was at a near record low (764,000) – down 364,000 since 2010. As part of this the number of women aged 16-24 who were NEET was at a near record low (383,000) – down 238,000 since 2010. The number of men aged 16-24 who were NEET was also near a record low – at 381,000 – down 126,000 since 2010.</p><p> </p><p>The latest figures from the independent ONS, show that in February-April 2019 UK employment rate is at a joint record high of 76.1% - and as part of this the female employment rate is at a record high (72.0%). The male employment rate was 80.3% - up 5.3% points since 2010.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2019-06-24T15:38:46.46Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-24T15:38:46.46Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-04-24more like thismore than 2019-04-24
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
star 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: Stoke-on-Trent more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that reasonably-priced travel options remain available to passengers travelling from Stoke-on-Trent to London. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
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Paul Farrelly remove filter
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-04-29more like thismore than 2019-04-29
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government regulates the existence and price of certain rail fares. We protect passengers by setting the maximum amount by which regulated fares can increase year-on-year. The Government has ensured regulated fares can rise by no more than inflation since 2014.</p><p> </p><p>Passengers travelling from Stoke-on-Trent on the West Midlands Rail franchise now benefit from live train crowding information, compensation for people delayed by 15 minutes or more, smart ticketing and, from next year, better value tickets for part-time workers. These changes modernise rail fares for those travelling from Stoke-on-Trent and offer fare payers the choice and flexibility they expect of a modern railway.</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 2019-04-29T14:03:22.93Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-29T14:03:22.93Z
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star this property label Biography information for Andrew Jones more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-05-01more like thismore than 2019-05-01
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
star 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 Railways: Stoke on Trent more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 29 April 2019 to Question 246956 on Transport: Stoke-on-Trent, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of the frequency of daily train services between Stoke-on-Trent and London. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
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Paul Farrelly remove filter
star this property uin 249852 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-13more like thismore than 2019-05-13
unstar this property answer text <p>The West Coast Partnership is due to be awarded shortly and as per the ITT, the current Inter City West Coast service between London Euston and Stoke on Trent has been protected as a minimum requirement.</p><p> </p><p>The incoming franchisee will also be responsible for the implementation of a timetable recast associated with the introduction of HS2 services, which will involve consultation with relevant stakeholders for the provision of future services.</p><p> </p><p>There is no change to the overall number of direct LNR trains between Stoke-on-Trent and London Euston in the forthcoming timetable change from 20 May 2019.</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 2019-05-13T14:21:20.207Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-13T14:21:20.207Z
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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 Paul Farrelly more like this