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'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 February 2018
Ministry of Justice
Employment Tribunals Service: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the budget was for the employment tribunal service in each year since 2010.
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(Wallasey)
Asked on: 26 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Home Care Services: Fees and Charges
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it is his Department’s policy that domiciliary care should be means-tested against the value of a person's home.
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Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 05 February 2018

The Government has committed to publishing a Green Paper by the summer, in which it will set out its proposals for care for older people.

An estimate of the number of people in Wallasey constituency who are living with unmet social care needs is not held centrally.

The Care Act 2014 requires that where an adult or carer appears to have care and support needs the local authority must carry out an assessment. It must then decide if the person has eligible needs by considering the outcomes the person wants to achieve, what needs they have, and how these impact on their wellbeing. Where a person is assessed as having eligible care and support needs, these must be met by their local authority. For those who do not meet the eligibility criteria, local authorities should signpost people to relevant services.

Grouped Questions: 125134
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(Wallasey)
Asked on: 26 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Social Services: Wallasey
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of people in Wallasey constituency who are living with unmet social care needs.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 05 February 2018

The Government has committed to publishing a Green Paper by the summer, in which it will set out its proposals for care for older people.

An estimate of the number of people in Wallasey constituency who are living with unmet social care needs is not held centrally.

The Care Act 2014 requires that where an adult or carer appears to have care and support needs the local authority must carry out an assessment. It must then decide if the person has eligible needs by considering the outcomes the person wants to achieve, what needs they have, and how these impact on their wellbeing. Where a person is assessed as having eligible care and support needs, these must be met by their local authority. For those who do not meet the eligibility criteria, local authorities should signpost people to relevant services.

Grouped Questions: 125133
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(Wallasey)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 25 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Social Services: Fees and Charges
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department's upcoming consultation on social care will propose specific amounts for a cap on the amount someone would have to pay towards their own care.
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Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 30 January 2018

An ageing society means that we need to reach a longer-term sustainable settlement for social care. This is why the Government has committed to publishing a Green Paper by summer 2018 setting out its proposals for reform.

This will include consulting on a limit on the care costs that individuals face.

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(Wallasey)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 25 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Care Homes: Fees and Charges
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department’s upcoming consultation on social care will include a review of prices charged by care homes to people funding their own care.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 30 January 2018

The Government has committed to publishing a Green Paper by summer 2018 setting out its proposals for reform of the social care system.

While the fees charged to a self-funder is a contractual arrangement between self-funding residents and care homes, we are also considering recommendations from the Competition and Markets Authority who highlighted the need for care home providers to be more transparent about their prices.

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(Wallasey)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 23 January 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Local Government Finance: Wirral
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the core spending power of Wirral Council was in each financial year since 2010-11.
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(Wallasey)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Arrowe Park Hospital: Waiting Lists
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many elective operations were cancelled at Arrowe Park Hospital in Wirral in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Stephen Barclay
Answered on: 23 January 2018

This information is not available in the format requested. NHS England publishes quarterly performance data on the number of last minute elective operations cancelled for non-clinical reasons.

This is published at trust level rather than by individual hospital site and can be accessed via NHS England’s statistical work areas webpage at:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/cancelled-elective-operations/cancelled-ops-data/

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(Wallasey)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 17 January 2018
Cabinet Office
Carrillion
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what contracts the Government holds with Carillion in (a) Wirral and (b) Wallasey; and what the value is of those contracts.
A
Answered by: Oliver Dowden
Answered on: 22 January 2018

Information on public sector suppliers within a specific constituency is not held centrally.

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(Wallasey)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Arrowe Park Hospital: Accident and Emergency Departments
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time was for A&E at Arrowe Park Hospital in Wirral in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Stephen Barclay
Answered on: 18 January 2018

This information is not available in the format requested. NHS Digital publishes monthly accident and emergency (A&E) Clinical Quality Indicators (CQIs) that include the ‘Time to treatment of all A&E attendances’ at trust level rather than by individual hospital.

The data for the most recent reporting month, November 2017, is available via the link below:

https://digital.nhs.uk/catalogue/PUB30186

Data is also available on the NHS Digital website for months since the A&E CQIs were first published in April 2011.

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(Wallasey)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Arrowe Park Hospital: Accident and Emergency Departments
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, (a) how many and (b) what percentage of ambulances arriving at Arrowe Park hospital in Wirral exceeded the 30-minute wait target in each of the past 12 months.
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Answered by: Stephen Barclay
Answered on: 18 January 2018

This information is not available in the format requested. Data on ambulance handover delays is broken down by National Health Service trust rather than individual hospital and is published online from the end of November 2017 until the end of February 2018 as part of the NHS England winter daily situation reports collection, which can be found at the following address:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/winter-daily-sitreps/

Data on handover delays was not published as part of this collection during winter 2016/17.

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(Wallasey)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Arrowe Park Hospital
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time for A&E at Arrowe Park Hospital in Wirral was in each year since 2010.
 
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(Wallasey)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 20 December 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish the total number of people who were awarded a score of zero in the assessment of the (a) mobility and (b) daily living components of the personal independence payment in each month of the most recent 12 months for which data is available.
A
Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 08 January 2018

The table below gives statistics on the number of cases given a total of zero points at assessment for the a) mobility and b) daily living components of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in each month for 1st November 2016 to 31st October 2017, the most recent twelve months for which data is available.

Table 1 – number of cases scoring zero points at assessment for PIP

Zero mobility, non-zero daily living

Zero daily living, non-zero mobility

Zero mobility and zero daily living

Nov 2016

6,430

460

11,480

Dec 2016

5,070

370

8,890

Jan 2017

5,760

460

9,740

Feb 2017

5,100

390

9,420

Mar 2017

5,930

440

10,860

Apr 2017

4,660

360

8,290

May 2017

5,980

490

11,720

June 2017

6,350

520

12,930

July 2017

6,700

630

13,740

Aug 2017

5,680

570

12,750

Sep 2017

5,540

490

12,250

Oct 2017

6,940

600

15,320

Total

70,150

5,780

137,380

Source: PIP Computer System

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(Wallasey)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 06 October 2017
Ministry of Justice
Cammell Laird: Strikes
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Youth Justice of 25 April 2017, Official Report, column 993, on Cammell Laird, what steps he has taken following that contribution to look at that case further.
A
Answered by: Dr Phillip Lee
Answered on: 09 November 2017

Having looked at the case I am unconvinced this is a matter for the Ministry of Justice. However, I made an undertaking to consider the case further and I will do so. I would be grateful if The hon. Member would write to me setting out the issues she wishes to raise and I would like to offer her a meeting with my officials to discuss her concerns.

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(Wallasey)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 06 October 2017
Department for Transport
Lifeboats: Wallasey
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many days of operational capacity have been lost at New Brighton Lifeboat Station in Wallasey as a result of the RNLI's decision of July 2016 to reduce the number of volunteers it uses.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 11 October 2017

In coordinating a response to any incident, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency will consider the range of resources available to them, on an incident‑by-incident basis, before tasking the most appropriate asset.

Operational capacity at any independent RNLI lifeboat station is a matter for the charity to consider.

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(Wallasey)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 06 October 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Personal Independence Payment: Appeals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the recent trends in the number of successful personal independence payment tribunal appeals; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Penny Mordaunt
Answered on: 11 October 2017

The main reason that decisions are overturned at appeal is additional evidence provided by the claimant at appeal stage.

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(Wallasey)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 July 2017
Department for Education
Sixth Form Colleges: Closures
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and which sixth form colleges have closed in England since 2010.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 20 July 2017

Eleven sixth form colleges have dissolved in England since 2010. In all cases the sixth form colleges were merged or converted to become an Academy, that is to say their assets, rights and liabilities were transferred to another education provider.The colleges are:

Sixth Form College

Date of Dissolution

New College, Pontefract

June 2017

Priestley College

May 2017

Strodes College

May 2017

Rochdale Sixth Form College

April 2017

Hereford Sixth Form College

March 2017

Barrow in Furness Sixth Form College

July 2016

Prior Pursglove Sixth Form College

May 2016

Stockton Sixth Form College

May 2016

Totton College

November 2017

Ludlow College

July 2013

St Mary’s Roman Catholic Sixth Form College

July 2011

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(Wallasey)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 July 2017
Department for Education
Academies: Closures
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and which academies have closed in England since 2010.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 18 July 2017

There are now 6925 academies, including 432 free schools, studio schools and university technical colleges, which will provide over 230, 000 new school places when they reach capacity. Since 2010, 23 academies (0.3%) have closed permanently:

1

Manchester Alternative Provision Academy

Academy

2

Marlow Academy

Academy

3

Oasis Academy Hextable

Academy

4

Weston Academy

Academy

5

Discovery New School

Free school

6

Dawes Lane Academy

Free school

7

Southwark Free School

Free school

8

St Michael's Secondary School

Free school

9

Stockport Technical School

Free school

10

The Durham Free School

Free school

11

Bradford Studio School

Studio school

12

Create Studio School

Studio school

13

Hyndburn Studio School

Studio school

14

Inspire Enterprise Academy

Studio school

15

Kajans Hospitality & Catering Studio School

Studio school

16

Tendring Enterprise Studio School

Studio school

17

The Hull Studio School

Studio school

18

The Midland Studio College Hinckley

Studio school

19

The Midland Studio College Nuneaton

Studio school

20

The Studio School Luton

Studio school

21

Black Country UTC

UTC

22

Central Bedfordshire UTC

UTC

23

Hackney University Technical College

UTC

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(Wallasey)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 10 July 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Jobcentres: North West
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of the proposed closure of a number of jobcentres in the North West on travelling time and distance for claimants.
A
Answered by: Damian Hinds
Answered on: 13 July 2017

We believe that it is a reasonable expectation that claimants travel to an office within three miles or 20 minutes by public transport of their existing jobcentre. This may mean slightly longer and slightly shorter journeys for some individual claimants who use our services in the North West and we have considered this when setting the criteria. There are large areas of the country where claimants have always travelled further than this without any issues.

We have assessed the distances between existing and new jobcentre locations to help customers better understand any differences in time and distance. This is to reflect the fact that people who travel to the jobcentre will use whichever type of transport suits their personal circumstances, they may not be starting their journey from their home, and not all those who use our services are claimants.

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(Wallasey)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 10 July 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Department for Work and Pensions: Bootle
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of the closure of his Department's processing and contact centre in Bootle Linacre on the response times for caseload in the local area.
A
Answered by: Damian Hinds
Answered on: 13 July 2017

The planned changes at Linacre House, Bootle will help us to deliver better services in the future as well as reduce the amount we spend on leasing buildings. We have looked at how we can rationalise the work, whilst ensuring that we do not diminish our service or lose any knowledge and experience.

We will transfer the work and processing colleagues to St Martins House, Bootle. The services undertaken at Linacre House are not specifically linked to claims made by people in the surrounding area and is part of a national network of processing sites. We do not anticipate any impact on the service to claimants in the local area as a result of these changes.

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(Wallasey)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 July 2017
Department for Education
Sixth Form Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and which schools in England have closed their sixth form since 2010.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 12 July 2017

I am sorry, but the department does not record, or hold centrally, data on the number of schools that have their sixth form provision removed.

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