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unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>A Case Manager, the term for a DWP DLA decision maker, will conduct the review. In conducting the review, DLA Case Managers are instructed, through training and guidance, to ensure they have all the necessary information before making their decision. They will consider the evidence held and/or received, sending out for more evidence as appropriate, and only then make their decision.</p> more like this
100913
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unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>Five local authorities in Wales spent less than their 2013-14 Government contribution in Discretionary Housing Payments. These were:</p><p> </p><p><strong>Local Authority Government Contribution Amount Unspent</strong></p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Ceredigion</p></td><td><p>£324,933</p></td><td><p>£290</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Conwy</p></td><td><p>£267,700</p></td><td><p>£1,498</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Gwynedd</p></td><td><p>£605,141</p></td><td><p>£20,072</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Newport</p></td><td><p>£343,870</p></td><td><p>£1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Pembrokeshire</p></td><td><p>£193,940</p></td><td><p>£4,176</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Details for all 240 local authorities in Great Britain which spent less than their 2013-14 Government contribution in DHP are provided in the attached annex.</p><p /> <p /> <p>For the remaining 140 local authorities across Great Britain, of which 17 were in Wales, DHP expenditure in 2013-14 either matched or exceeded the Government contribution.</p><p> </p>
100904
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unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>I answered Question 202782 on 24 October 2014. The answer can be found at: http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2014-06-26/202782/</p><p> </p><p>I apologise for the delay in answering this question.</p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>It is possible to qualify for ESA through the application of Regulations 29(2)(b) and 35(2)(b) where insufficient points have been allocated in a Work Capability Assessment. It is thus not possible to answer the first part of this question.</p><p> </p><p>The information requested in the second part is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.</p> more like this
99915
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unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>Sentencing guidelines are produced independently of Government, by the Sentencing Council. The guidelines are available on the Sentencing Council website. Any decision to review the overarching sentencing guideline on domestic violence is a matter for the Sentencing Council.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>The overarching sentencing guideline on domestic violence makes clear that because an offence has been committed in a domestic context there are likely to be aggravating factors present which make it more serious. The guideline sets out in some detail certain aggravating, and mitigating factors, which are of particular relevance to offences committed in a domestic context. All courts must take this guideline into account, and they must also follow sentencing guidelines for individual offences. This makes sure that the courts have a consistent approach to the task of determining the appropriate sentence in each case.</p> more like this
61895
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unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>Since April 2010 we have cut our overall spend on temporary staff by £35.5m. We only use temporary staff to fill business-critical posts and essential frontline services where they can provide a fast, flexible and efficient way to obtain necessary skills that are not currently available in-house. We will continue to examine our use of contractors and look for further reductions.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>In responding to each question we have utilised data provided by our contracted supplier of temporary clerical staff and contracted supplier of temporary operational staff. As the data provided has been supplied by two different third parties there is a slight difference in the way that the answer to question 3 and 4 has been presented.</p><p> </p><p>Temporary operational staff relate to Operational Support Grades (OSGs) used within HM Prison Service. We have contracts in place to provide temporary OSGs to fill in gaps in requirements, for building projects or to fill vacancies short term. Temporary OSGs are a very small proportion of our staff complement.</p><p> </p><p>Uniform operational support staff are Operational Support Grades (OSGs).These are uniformed staff who undertake a wide range of duties in prisons, for example operating prison gates, working in security and managing stores areas. They also escort contractors and their vehicles.</p><p> </p><p>1) The following amounts (exclusive of VAT) have been spent on clerical agency staff across -</p><p> </p><p>January 2014 - £2,983,633.14 (5 week period)</p><p>February 2014 - £2,613,023.10 (4 week period)</p><p>March 2014 - £2,591,678.87 (4 week period)</p><p>April 2014 - £2,900,742.70 (5 week period)</p><p>May 2014 - £2,398,053.57 (4 week period)</p><p>June 2014 - £658,700.28 (1 week period)</p><p> </p><p>2) The following amounts (exclusive of VAT) have been spent on uniform operational support staff –</p><p> </p><p>January 2014 - £1,082,247 (5 week period)</p><p>February 2014 - £1,420,329 (4 week period)</p><p>March 2014 - £1,137,834 (4 week period)</p><p>April 2014 - £1,249,908 (4 week period)</p><p>May 2014 - £2,282,468 (5 week period)</p><p> </p><p>The spend for May 2014 also includes the backdated annual pay rise for eligible workers from 1<sup>st</sup> April 2014.</p><p> </p><p>3) The following number of clerical agency staff have been utilised –</p><p> </p><p>January 2014 - 1571 (Average headcount)</p><p>February 2014 - 1634 (Average headcount)</p><p>March 2014 - 1624 (Average headcount)</p><p>April 2014 - 1578 (Average headcount)</p><p>May 2014 - 1644 (Average headcount)</p><p>June 2014 - 1674 (Average headcount)</p><p> </p><p>4) The following number of uniform operational support staff have been utilised –</p><p> </p><p>January 2014 - 697 (Peak worker number)</p><p>February 2014 - 845 (Peak worker number)</p><p>March 2014 - 867 (Peak worker number)</p><p>April 2014 - 853 (Peak worker number)</p><p>May 2014 - 855 (Peak worker number)</p><p>June 2014 - Peak worker number not available yet.</p>
61896
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unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>Since April 2010 we have cut our overall spend on temporary staff by £35.5m. We only use temporary staff to fill business-critical posts and essential frontline services where they can provide a fast, flexible and efficient way to obtain necessary skills that are not currently available in-house. We will continue to examine our use of contractors and look for further reductions.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>In responding to each question we have utilised data provided by our contracted supplier of temporary clerical staff and contracted supplier of temporary operational staff. As the data provided has been supplied by two different third parties there is a slight difference in the way that the answer to question 3 and 4 has been presented.</p><p> </p><p>Temporary operational staff relate to Operational Support Grades (OSGs) used within HM Prison Service. We have contracts in place to provide temporary OSGs to fill in gaps in requirements, for building projects or to fill vacancies short term. Temporary OSGs are a very small proportion of our staff complement.</p><p> </p><p>Uniform operational support staff are Operational Support Grades (OSGs).These are uniformed staff who undertake a wide range of duties in prisons, for example operating prison gates, working in security and managing stores areas. They also escort contractors and their vehicles.</p><p> </p><p>1) The following amounts (exclusive of VAT) have been spent on clerical agency staff across -</p><p> </p><p>January 2014 - £2,983,633.14 (5 week period)</p><p>February 2014 - £2,613,023.10 (4 week period)</p><p>March 2014 - £2,591,678.87 (4 week period)</p><p>April 2014 - £2,900,742.70 (5 week period)</p><p>May 2014 - £2,398,053.57 (4 week period)</p><p>June 2014 - £658,700.28 (1 week period)</p><p> </p><p>2) The following amounts (exclusive of VAT) have been spent on uniform operational support staff –</p><p> </p><p>January 2014 - £1,082,247 (5 week period)</p><p>February 2014 - £1,420,329 (4 week period)</p><p>March 2014 - £1,137,834 (4 week period)</p><p>April 2014 - £1,249,908 (4 week period)</p><p>May 2014 - £2,282,468 (5 week period)</p><p> </p><p>The spend for May 2014 also includes the backdated annual pay rise for eligible workers from 1<sup>st</sup> April 2014.</p><p> </p><p>3) The following number of clerical agency staff have been utilised –</p><p> </p><p>January 2014 - 1571 (Average headcount)</p><p>February 2014 - 1634 (Average headcount)</p><p>March 2014 - 1624 (Average headcount)</p><p>April 2014 - 1578 (Average headcount)</p><p>May 2014 - 1644 (Average headcount)</p><p>June 2014 - 1674 (Average headcount)</p><p> </p><p>4) The following number of uniform operational support staff have been utilised –</p><p> </p><p>January 2014 - 697 (Peak worker number)</p><p>February 2014 - 845 (Peak worker number)</p><p>March 2014 - 867 (Peak worker number)</p><p>April 2014 - 853 (Peak worker number)</p><p>May 2014 - 855 (Peak worker number)</p><p>June 2014 - Peak worker number not available yet.</p>
92326
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unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>The Department does not hold the information described and therefore I cannot provide an estimate.</p> more like this
99949
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unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>The Government contribution towards Discretionary Housing Payments that has been made available to each local authority in Scotland for 2014/15 is shown in the table below. Local authorities will inform us as to how much of this they will claim at the end of the financial year.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Local Authority</p></td><td colspan="2"><p>Government contribution towards Discretionary Housing Payments for 2014/15</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Aberdeen</p></td><td><p>£308,438</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Aberdeenshire</p></td><td><p>£480,948</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Angus</p></td><td><p>£357,857</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Argyll and Bute</p></td><td><p>£409,580</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Clackmannanshire</p></td><td><p>£176,383</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Comhairle nan Eilean Siar</p></td><td><p>£109,743</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Dumfries and Galloway</p></td><td><p>£732,662</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Dundee</p></td><td><p>£484,174</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>East Ayrshire</p></td><td><p>£322,608</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>East Dunbartonshire</p></td><td><p>£102,435</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>East Lothian</p></td><td><p>£122,558</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>East Renfrewshire</p></td><td><p>£67,736</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Edinburgh</p></td><td><p>£1,533,120</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Falkirk</p></td><td><p>£258,058</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Fife</p></td><td><p>£693,077</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Glasgow</p></td><td><p>£2,724,843</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Highland</p></td><td><p>£1,178,903</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Inverclyde</p></td><td><p>£210,794</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Midlothian</p></td><td><p>£183,798</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Moray</p></td><td><p>£228,368</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>North Ayrshire</p></td><td><p>£408,703</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>North Lanarkshire</p></td><td><p>£692,677</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Orkney</p></td><td><p>£50,592</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Perth and Kinross</p></td><td><p>£380,620</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Renfrewshire</p></td><td><p>£369,000</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Scottish Borders</p></td><td><p>£464,841</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Shetland</p></td><td><p>£71,267</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>South Ayrshire</p></td><td><p>£305,618</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>South Lanarkshire</p></td><td><p>£638,098</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Stirling</p></td><td><p>£420,609</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>West Dunbartonshire</p></td><td><p>£339,751</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>West Lothian</p></td><td><p>£402,484</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr></tbody></table>
99950
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unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>The Government contribution towards Discretionary Housing Payments that was made available to each local authority in Scotland for 2013/14, alongside the amount of that funding claimed by each authority at the end of the year, is shown in the table below.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p>Government contribution towards Discretionary Housing Payments for 2013/14</p></td><td><p>Government contribution towards Discretionary Housing Payments claimed in 2013/14</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Aberdeen</p></td><td><p>£369,125</p></td><td><p>£369,125</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Aberdeenshire</p></td><td><p>£594,825</p></td><td><p>£463,374</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Angus</p></td><td><p>£413,506</p></td><td><p>£413,506</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Argyll and Bute</p></td><td><p>£370,656</p></td><td><p>£370,656</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Clackmannanshire</p></td><td><p>£258,323</p></td><td><p>£258,323</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Comhairle nan Eilean Siar</p></td><td><p>£107,388</p></td><td><p>£91,177</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Dumfries and Galloway</p></td><td><p>£658,354</p></td><td><p>£658,354</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Dundee</p></td><td><p>£457,506</p></td><td><p>£457,506</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>East Ayrshire</p></td><td><p>£171,570</p></td><td><p>£171,570</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>East Dunbartonshire</p></td><td><p>£107,919</p></td><td><p>£107,919</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>East Lothian</p></td><td><p>£137,196</p></td><td><p>£137,196</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>East Renfrewshire</p></td><td><p>£83,222</p></td><td><p>£83,222</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Edinburgh</p></td><td><p>£1,430,709</p></td><td><p>£1,430,709</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Falkirk</p></td><td><p>£179,720</p></td><td><p>£179,720</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Fife</p></td><td><p>£974,985</p></td><td><p>£974,985</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Glasgow</p></td><td><p>£2,892,818</p></td><td><p>£2,892,818</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Highland</p></td><td><p>£1,077,115</p></td><td><p>£1,077,115</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Inverclyde</p></td><td><p>£213,174</p></td><td><p>£213,174</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Midlothian</p></td><td><p>£231,483</p></td><td><p>£231,483</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Moray</p></td><td><p>£252,230</p></td><td><p>£181,444</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>North Ayrshire</p></td><td><p>£429,823</p></td><td><p>£429,823</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>North Lanarkshire</p></td><td><p>£587,526</p></td><td><p>£587,526</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Orkney</p></td><td><p>£64,359</p></td><td><p>£64,359</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Perth and Kinross</p></td><td><p>£523,618</p></td><td><p>£260,198</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Renfrewshire</p></td><td><p>£517,351</p></td><td><p>£517,351</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Scottish Borders</p></td><td><p>£450,553</p></td><td><p>£450,553</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Shetland</p></td><td><p>£72,457</p></td><td><p>£72,457</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>South Ayrshire</p></td><td><p>£262,150</p></td><td><p>£262,150</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>South Lanarkshire</p></td><td><p>£742,570</p></td><td><p>£742,570</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Stirling</p></td><td><p>£400,324</p></td><td><p>£400,324</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>West Dunbartonshire</p></td><td><p>£872,472</p></td><td><p>£872,472</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>West Lothian</p></td><td><p>£364,648</p></td><td><p>£364,648</p></td></tr></tbody></table>