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Asked by Kate Hollern
(Blackburn)
Asked on: 06 October 2017
Cabinet Office
Zero Hours Contracts: Blackburn with Darwen
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of employees in Blackburn with Darwen were on zero hours contracts in each year for which data is available.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I
have asked the Authority to reply.

UKSA response (PDF Document, 124.82 KB)
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Asked by Kate Hollern
(Blackburn)
Asked on: 06 October 2017
Department of Health
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust: Nurses
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many registered nurses left East Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 16 October 2017

NHS Digital publishes workforce statistics and the following table shows the number of nurses who have left East Lancashire Teaching Hospital NHS Trust yearly at 30 June since 2010, along with the total number of nurses employed at the end of that same period.

NHS Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS): Nurse and health visitor leavers and total from East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, between June in each specified year, 2010 to 2017, headcount.

Nurses

2010 to 2011

2011 to 2012

2012 to 2013

2013 to 2014

2014 to 2015

2015 to 2016

2016 to 2017

Total

1,433

1,810

1,846

1,954

1,962

1,920

2,008

Leavers

164

128

177

189

222

260

224

Source: NHS Digital, NHS HCHS workforce statistics

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Asked by Kate Hollern
(Blackburn)
Asked on: 06 October 2017
Department of Health
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust: Nurses
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vacancies for registered nurses were left unfilled at East Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 16 October 2017

This information is not held centrally.

Health Education England provides estimates of staff shortages and the plan for tackling these issues as part of their Workforce Plan for England publication. The latest figures are available at the following link:

https://hee.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/documents/Workforce%20Plan%20for%20England%202016-17.pdf

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Asked by Kate Hollern
(Blackburn)
Asked on: 06 October 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Job Creation: North West
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support job creation schemes in (a) the North West and (b) Blackburn with Darwen.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 16 October 2017

The Northern Powerhouse is about boosting growth across the North by building on its economic assets and addressing barriers to productivity including the creation of new job opportunities to ensure an economy that works for everyone. They are 7 million people in employment in the Northern Powerhouse and the North West accounts for almost half of that. Proof that the steps we are taking to support job creation schemes in the North West are working.

Small businesses are playing their part in this through access to national support through GOV.UK and the Business Support Helpline and we have invested in the creation of a network of 38 Growth Hubs (one in each Local Enterprise Partnership area), providing businesses across England with access to tailored local advice and support to help them grow. Lancashire’s business growth hub (Boost) which covers Blackburn and Darwen has worked with over 3,000 local SMEs and created over 1,300 new jobs in its first three years.

In February this year, we launched the £400 million Northern Powerhouse Fund for small businesses across the North, ensuring they access to finance they need to start-up and grow. This fund has now made 39 investments/loans into businesses in the North West totalling £7.11m (over half of that invested across the Northern Powerhouse) which are forecasted to create 409 jobs.

The Regional Growth Fund (RGF) supports eligible projects and programmes raising private sector investment to create economic growth and lasting employment. Since its launch in 2010 it has invested £2.6 billion to help local businesses grow and take on more staff across England. In the North West, 46,676 jobs have already been contracted of which 249 are in Blackburn with Darwen.

Over the past few years, we have invested over £1.5 billion through the Local Growth Fund in the North West for projects to boost local economies and Growth Deal 1 and 2 allocations aim to create over 35,000 jobs across the North West. The Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership, which covers Blackburn with Darwen have now received over £320m as part of their Local Growth Funding to give businesses the support and opportunities they need to achieve their potential which aims to see up to 11,000 jobs created across Lancashire

Projects such as the Blackburn – Bolton Rail Corridor, Blackburn Town Centre improvements, Café Northcote at the Cathedral Quarter, Making Rooms Fab Lab and the Pennines Gateway initiative are just some of the locally-chosen projects in Blackburn and Darwen that are set to benefit over the next few years helping unlock new growth potential, create jobs and establish a network of centres focused on innovation and industrial excellence in key growth sectors for the whole of Lancashire.

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Asked by Kate Hollern
(Blackburn)
Asked on: 06 October 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Business: North West
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support business growth schemes in (a) the North West and (b) Blackburn with Darwen.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 16 October 2017

We are working hard to support businesses and entrepreneurs across the UK to ensure they can access finance and wider support to grow and the right conditions are in place for companies to invest for the long-term.

Small businesses across the North West can access national support through GOV.UK and the Business Support Helpline. Government has also supported and invested in the creation of a network of 38 Growth Hubs (one in each Local Enterprise Partnership area), providing businesses across England with tailored advice and support. For businesses in Lancashire (including those based in Blackburn, Darwen and Rossendale) this support is provided by Lancashire Business BOOST Growth Hub which acts as the first port of call for businesses seeking advice and support locally. Since its launch in November 2013, Boost has engaged and supported 3943 businesses and helped 312 individuals to start up a new business.

Since November 2014, the British Business Bank has facilitated over £11.8 million of investment/lending to 279 businesses within Blackburn and Darwen. This includes 208 Start-up Loans at a value of £1.4 million.

The British Business Bank also launched the new Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) on 22 February 2017. The NPIF works with ten Local Enterprise Partnerships, combined authorities and Growth Hubs, as well as local accountants, fund managers and banks, to provide a mixture of debt and equity capital to northern-based SMEs at all stages of their development. NPIF provides funding to fund managers who in turn offer microfinance (£25,000 - £100,000), business loans (£100,000 - £750,000) and equity finance (up to £2m).

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Asked by Kate Hollern
(Blackburn)
Asked on: 06 October 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Manufacturing Industries: North West
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support manufacturers in the North West.
Q
Asked by Kate Hollern
(Blackburn)
Asked on: 22 June 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Tenancy Agreements: Domestic Violence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to set out the circumstances under which local authorities may exercise discretion in transferring lifetime tenancies for those seeking escape from domestic violence.
A
Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 07 August 2017

Domestic abuse is a devastating crime and we are determined to ensure that women, regardless of their circumstances, should receive the support they need when they need it.

Our Manifesto included a commitment to ensure that those who have a lifetime tenancy and flee domestic violence are able to secure a new lifetime tenancy automatically. We are currently working on how we can deliver this, and an announcement will be made in due course.

We have already acted to put measures in place to support victims of domestic abuse. These include the securing of a dedicated fund totalling £40 million over four years (2016 - 2020), building on the £13.5 million provided between 2014 and 2016. The funding will provide provision for refuges and other specialist accommodation-based services to support victims of domestic abuse and service reform. On the 3 November 2016 we published our new ‘Priorities for Domestic Abuse Services’, developed with partners from the domestic abuse sector, which sets out for the first time what local areas need to do to ensure an effective response to meeting the needs of all domestic abuse victims.

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Asked by Kate Hollern
(Blackburn)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Transport
Railway Stations: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to announce the successful applications for the new station funding scheme.
A
Answered by: Paul Maynard
Answered on: 30 June 2017

Assessment of the New Stations Fund bids is complete and I hope to announce the successful projects shortly.

Q
Asked by Kate Hollern
(Blackburn)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
Seasonal Workers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will provide a list of people and organisations which have lobbied him and his Department on the UK's requirements for seasonal workers.
A
Answered by: Mr Steve Baker
Answered on: 29 June 2017

Ministers and officials across Government are engaging with UK and EU organisations from every sector of the economy - this is a central element of our plan to get the right deal for Britain. We are listening and talking to a broad range of organisations, companies and institutions both in the UK and abroad, including on the issue of requirements for seasonal workers. Details of Ministerial meetings will be published in the Department’s Quarterly Transparency Returns, which will be made publicly available on GOV.UK.

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Asked by Kate Hollern
(Blackburn)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Transport
Regional Airports
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to support regional airports.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 29 June 2017

The Government is committed to developing a new Aviation Strategy and we will be setting out our proposed approach in due course.

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Asked by Kate Hollern
(Blackburn)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Transport
Railway Stations: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's announcement of 26 August 2016, for what additional reasons the decision to award new station funding has been delayed.
A
Answered by: Paul Maynard
Answered on: 28 June 2017

The deadline for bidders for this round of funding was 25 November 2016. We received 19 applications for funding from industry and local authority promoters and we then evaluated each bid against the qualifying and assessment criteria. We could not announce the winning bidders during the pre-election period but now that the General Election period is over, I hope to be able to announce the successful projects shortly.

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Asked by Kate Hollern
(Blackburn)
Asked on: 22 June 2017
Ministry of Justice
Disability Living Allowance: Appeals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications for disability living allowance that were refused at mandatory consideration were (a) appealed, (b) overturned at tribunal and (c) dismissed at tribunal in (i) Blackburn constituency, (ii) local authorities in Lancashire and (iii) the UK in each year since 2011.
A
Answered by: Dominic Raab
Answered on: 28 June 2017

This information is not held centrally.

Information about the number and outcomes of Social Security and Child Support appeals is published on gov.uk. The most recent statistics, for the period January to March 2017, can be viewed at :

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/tribunals-and-gender-recognitions-certificates-statistics-quarterly-january-to-march-2017-and-2016-to-2017

Grouped Questions: 868 | 869 | 870
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Asked by Kate Hollern
(Blackburn)
Asked on: 22 June 2017
Ministry of Justice
Personal Independence Payment: Appeals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications for personal independence payments that were refused at mandatory consideration were (a) appealed, (b) overturned at tribunal and (c) dismissed at tribunal in (i) Blackburn constituency, (ii) local authorities in Lancashire and (iii) the UK in each year since 2011.
A
Answered by: Dominic Raab
Answered on: 28 June 2017

This information is not held centrally.

Information about the number and outcomes of Social Security and Child Support appeals is published on gov.uk. The most recent statistics, for the period January to March 2017, can be viewed at :

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/tribunals-and-gender-recognitions-certificates-statistics-quarterly-january-to-march-2017-and-2016-to-2017

Grouped Questions: 867 | 869 | 870
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Asked by Kate Hollern
(Blackburn)
Asked on: 22 June 2017
Ministry of Justice
Incapacity Benefit: Appeals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications for incapacity benefit that were refused at mandatory consideration were (a) appealed, (b) overturned at tribunal and (c) dismissed at tribunal in (i) Blackburn constituency, (ii) local authorities in Lancashire and (iii) the UK in each year since 2011.
A
Answered by: Dominic Raab
Answered on: 28 June 2017

This information is not held centrally.

Information about the number and outcomes of Social Security and Child Support appeals is published on gov.uk. The most recent statistics, for the period January to March 2017, can be viewed at :

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/tribunals-and-gender-recognitions-certificates-statistics-quarterly-january-to-march-2017-and-2016-to-2017

Grouped Questions: 867 | 868 | 870
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Asked by Kate Hollern
(Blackburn)
Asked on: 22 June 2017
Ministry of Justice
Employment and Support Allowance: Appeals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications for employment and support allowance that were refused at mandatory consideration were (a) appealed, (b) overturned at tribunal and (c) dismissed at tribunal in (i) Blackburn constituency, (ii) local authorities in Lancashire and (iii) the UK in each year since 2011.
A
Answered by: Dominic Raab
Answered on: 28 June 2017

This information is not held centrally.

Information about the number and outcomes of Social Security and Child Support appeals is published on gov.uk. The most recent statistics, for the period January to March 2017, can be viewed at :

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/tribunals-and-gender-recognitions-certificates-statistics-quarterly-january-to-march-2017-and-2016-to-2017

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