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unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>The Government is committed to making sure that the Information Commissioner has sufficient resource to carry out its statutory duties.</p><p> </p><p>The Ministry of Justice works closely with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to keep its enforcement powers under review.</p><p> </p><p>Further information about the ICO’s enforcement powers can be found on its website - www.ico.org.uk.</p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>Access to Work provides practical and financial support with the additional costs faced by individuals whose health or disability affects the way they do their job.</p><p> </p><p>In response to the Sayce review, the government committed to spending an extra £15m on Access to Work by the end of this Spending Review period. Access to Work has been extended to support some pre-employment activity such as Supported Internships, Traineeships and certain work experience. We no longer apply mandatory cost share for small employers and we have removed the list of standard equipment Access to Work will not fund; instead Access to Work advisers are working constructively with employers and employees to identify where Access to Work can assist.</p><p> </p><p>We have also introduced the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service. This can offer support to individuals with a mental health condition who are absent from work or finding work difficult. The service supports those experiencing depression, anxiety, stress or other mental health issues that are affecting their work.</p><p> </p><p>Additionally, Fit for Work will be launched in late 2014 with a phased roll-out coming to a close by the end of May 2015. Fit for Work will deliver both a supportive occupational health assessment and general health and work advice to employees, employers and GPs, to help individuals stay in or return to work.</p><p> </p><p>Finally, Work Choice provides disabled people with complex barriers to employment with a seamless service covering all stages of the journey into work. Short to longer-term in-work support is provided and progression into open unsupported employment is encouraged, where it is appropriate for the individual.</p><p> </p><p>Work Choice can provide an indefinite period of support once the customer is in work in recognition of the fact that some Work Choice participants may need ongoing support to overcome barriers in work that cannot be met through normal workplace adjustments.</p>
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unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>I am expecting the review to report back to the Secretary of State for Justice by the end of October 2014 and we anticipate publishing it shortly thereafter.</p> more like this
100277
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unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>Information about how many in-work working-age households received Winter Fuel Payments in 2013-14 is not available.</p><p> </p><p>The table below shows the number of people aged under 65 receiving a Winter Fuel Payment and the associated expenditure in years 2009-10 to 2018-19 inclusive:</p><p><strong> </strong></p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p><strong>Expenditure (£m)</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Caseload (000s)</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009/10</p></td><td><p>640.8</p></td><td><p>3,358</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010/11</p></td><td><p>624.1</p></td><td><p>3,265</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011/12</p></td><td><p>451.5</p></td><td><p>2,927</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012/13</p></td><td><p>385.4</p></td><td><p>2,484</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013/14</p></td><td><p>324.1</p></td><td><p>2,056</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014/15</p></td><td><p>268.2</p></td><td><p>1,714</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015/16</p></td><td><p>215.8</p></td><td><p>1,389</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2016/17</p></td><td><p>157.1</p></td><td><p>1,019</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2017/18</p></td><td><p>85.8</p></td><td><p>563</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2018/19</p></td><td><p>14.8</p></td><td><p>95</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p /> <p> </p><p><strong>Notes</strong></p><p>Numbers are for Winter Fuel Payments made to those eligible in Great Britain, European Economic Area and Switzerland aged 60-64: outturn to 2013-14; forecast 2014/15 onwards.</p><p>Winter Fuel Payments in 2009-10 and 2010-11 included one-off £50 payments for the under 80s.</p><p>One of the Winter Fuel Payment eligibility criteria is a person’s age in the qualifying week (the third full week in September). This age has been rising in line with the increase to the female State Pension age.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p>
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unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>The Government is considering the judgment handed down by the High Court on 2 October. We will set out the next steps in due course.</p> more like this
100241
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unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>The Protection from Harassment Act 1997 (PHA) makes it a criminal offence for someone to pursue a course of conduct which amounts to harassment (section 2) or causes someone to fear that violence will be used against them (section 4).</p><p> </p><p>The PHA was amended by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 to insert two specific offences of stalking - sections 2A (stalking) and 4A (stalking involving fear of violence or serious alarm or distress).</p><p> </p><p>The average custodial sentence for people found guilty of harassment and stalking in between 2009 and 2013 can be viewed in the table.</p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>The cost to Government for making payments into a Post Office Card Account are £0.50, into a bank account £0.04497 and by Simple Payment £3.60. These costs are applicable to both pension and benefit payments.</p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>The information requested is not available.</p><p> </p><p>It is important to note, however, that Atos Healthcare do not make decisions about entitlement for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) following a Work Capability Assessment (WCA). All eligibility decisions are taken by a DWP Decision Maker who will consider all of the available evidence, including information provided by the claimant (e.g. the ESA50 form), the Atos healthcare professional’s report and any available additional medical evidence.</p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>The review team, which includes the Chair of the review - Stephen Phillips QC MP, the advisors assisting him and the two secretariat staff, have attended fourteen meetings since 14 July 2014.</p><p> </p><p>These include an oral evidence session, a visit to HMP Manchester and Cheshire and Greater Manchester CRC and a meeting to discuss progress between the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Stephen Phillips QC MP and myself – Mike Penning MP.</p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>This Government takes recovery and enforcement of financial impositions very seriously and remains committed to finding new ways to encourage payment of impositions and to trace those who do not pay. This is why there has been a year on year increase in the amount of financial penalties collected over the last three years.</p><p> </p><p>When it appears to H M Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) that an offender is normally resident in another EU country HMCTS can transfer road traffic offence fines, imposed by courts in this country, to other EU jurisdictions for enforcement under the EU Framework Decision on Mutual Recognition of Financial Penalties (MRFP). The Framework Decision obliges Member States to take over enforcement of eligible fines imposed by other Member States’ courts, where the offender is resident or has assets in the enforcing state.</p><p> </p><p>Where the offender is resident in a non EU country or in one not included in the MRFP Framework there is no mechanism for HMCTS to be able to recover the amounts outstanding.</p>