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Asked on: 15 June 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Personal Independence Payment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to her Written Statement of 15 June 2018, on personal independence payments, HCWS767, what methodology she used to determine that around 1000 claimants will be affected.
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(Wallasey)
[N]
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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: 15 June 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Personal Independence Payment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to her Written Statement of 15 June 2108, on personal independence payments, HCWS767, whether previously unsuccessful personal independence payments claimants for daily living allowance 3 who had their claims refused after March 2017 will now have their claim reviewed according to a (a) LEAP exercise, (b) full case review or (c) any other review.
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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: 11 June 2018
Home Office
Domestic Violence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timetable is for his Department to respond to it's consultation on the draft Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill; and what the timetable is for further steps to be taken in relation to that Bill.
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Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 14 June 2018

On 8 March we launched a 12 week public consultation on proposals for a landmark domestic abuse Bill and a supporting package of practical action to transform the response to domestic abuse. The consultation closed on 31 May. Over 3,200 responses to the consultation were received. The responses to the consultation are being considered and a draft Bill will be published later this session.

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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: 05 June 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Personal Independence Payment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her Departments withdrawal of appeals in the cases Secretary of State for Work and Pensions v AN & JM CPIP/1882/2015 and CPIP/1159/2016, whether her department has made an estimate of the number of claimants of personal independence payment daily living allowance 3 that have been underpaid in (a) England, (b) the North West, (c) Merseyside and (d) Wallasey constituency.
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Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 11 June 2018

We have withdrawn appeals in the cases Secretary of State for Work and Pensions v AN & JM CPIP/1882/2015 and CPIP/1159/2016 to provide certainty to the claimants in question. The decision to withdraw from these appeals affects only the two claimants in the appeals, as outlined in the statement given by the Secretary of State, 4 June 2018, Official Report, Columns 29-30.

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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: 04 June 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Gambling: Merseyside
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many gambling addiction treatment services there are in (a) Merseyside, (b) Wirral and (c) Wallasey constituency; and whether his Department has plans to increase provision of those services.
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Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 07 June 2018

Information about gambling addiction treatment services is not held centrally therefore no assessment has been made of the number and range of services. There are a range of services available across England to problem gamblers, details of which can be found on the NHS Choices website at the following link:

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/gambling-addiction/

The national problem gambling clinic, which accepts referrals from all over the United Kingdom, is set within the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust. Further information is available at the following link:

https://www.cnwl.nhs.uk/cnwl-national-problem-gambling-clinic/

Grouped Questions: 149595
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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: 04 June 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Eating Disorders
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many in-patient eating disorder beds have been available at Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for (a) adults and (b) children in each year since 2010.
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Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 07 June 2018

Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is a local acute trust and provides neither mental health nor eating disorder services.

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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: 04 June 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Mental Health Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding has been allocated to Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for the provision of mental health services in each of the last seven years.
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Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 07 June 2018

The information is not available in the format requested. NHS England does not allocate funding to provider trusts, allocations are made to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), which are able to commission services as to meet the needs of their local populations. Funding at CCG level is available from the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health dashboard, published by NHS England, and is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/mental-health/taskforce/imp/mh-dashboard/

Grouped Questions: 149593
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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: 04 June 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS Walk-in Centres: North West
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many walk-in centres have closed in (a) the North West, (b) Merseyside and (c) Wirral since 2010.
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Answered by: Stephen Barclay
Answered on: 07 June 2018

The requested information is not centrally held.

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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: 04 June 2018
Ministry of Justice
Personal Independence Payment: Wallasey
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 14 May 2018 to Question 142352 on Personal Independence Payment, for what reasons that information is not held centrally.
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Answered by: Lucy Frazer
Answered on: 07 June 2018

There is no report which accurately captures the average time taken from receipt to hearing.

Data is available for the average time for an appeal to be cleared. However, the average time for an appeal to be cleared includes (amongst other things) those cleared both after an initial hearing and those cleared after an initial hearing was adjourned. It also includes those cleared without any hearing as cases can be disposed of on the papers, withdrawn by the appellant, or lapsed by the Department for Work and Pensions.

There are no waiting times recorded for delivery of judgments as, wherever possible and in most cases, the tribunal gives its decision on the day of the hearing. However, there may be very few circumstances when that is not possible. The tribunal may, for example, need more time to consider the issues; or there maybe particular circumstances which cause the tribunal to consider providing a decision on the day inappropriate. In those cases, the decision will be sent out to the parties as soon as practicable after the hearing.

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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: 18 May 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Support for Mortgage Interest: North West
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households in (a) the North West, (b) Merseyside, (c) Wirral and (d) Wallasey constituency his Department has written to on the change in support for mortgage interest from a benefit to a loan.
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Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 23 May 2018

There were an estimated 16,000 SMI benefit claimants in the North West. The Department has written to all SMI benefit claimants on the change to a loan.

Estimates are not available at geographies smaller than Government Office Region on the number of claimants that the Department has written to on the changes to SMI.

Figure rounded to the nearest 1,000 cases.

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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: 18 May 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Support for Mortgage Interest: North West
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households in (a) the North West and (b) Wallasey constituency were in receipt of support for mortgage interest in each year since 2010.
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Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 23 May 2018

The table below gives the Department’s caseload estimates in the North West for Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) benefit claimants by financial year since 2010.

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

Caseload, thousands

32

30

27

24

22

20

16

16

Table 1: Estimated SMI benefit caseload in the North West by calendar year

Estimates are not available at geographies smaller than Government Office Region.

Figures are rounded to the nearest 1,000 cases.

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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: 18 May 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Support for Mortgage Interest: North West
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in receipt of support for mortgage interest resident in (a) the North West, (b) Merseyside, (c) Wirral and (d) Wallasey constituency have applied for a loan under the new scheme.
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Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 23 May 2018

Data on the number of SMI claimants who have applied for a loan at the geographies requested is not available.

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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: 09 May 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Breast Cancer: Screening
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of women in (a) the Wallasey constituency, (b) Merseyside and (c) the North West who might have been affected by the breast cancer screening error.
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Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 14 May 2018

Data on the number of women affected will be published by the end of May.

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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: 09 May 2018
Ministry of Justice
Personal Independence Payment: Wallasey
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average time for a personal independence payment tribunal case (a) hearing and (b) judgement to be delivered after a hearing in Wallasey constituency was in each of the last four years.
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Answered by: Lucy Frazer
Answered on: 14 May 2018

This information is not held centrally. Wherever possible, the Tribunal gives its decision on the day.

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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: 09 May 2018
Ministry of Justice
Employment and Support Allowance: Wallasey
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average waiting time for employment and support allowance tribunals in the Wallasey constituency was in each of the last four years.
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Answered by: Lucy Frazer
Answered on: 14 May 2018

The information requested is set out in the table below:

Period

Average waiting time1 (in weeks) for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)2 tribunals in the Wallasey3 constituency

2014/154

20

2015/164

13

2016/174

15

April – December 20175 (the latest period for which data are available)

16

Clearance times may be dependent on several factors, such as hearing capacity at the venue closest to the appellant, or the local availability of Tribunal panel members. (Depending on the issue in dispute, some ESA hearings may require the presence of a doctor as well as a Tribunal judge). Other factors might include the availability of the appellant or their representative, or the provision of further evidence.

1 Waiting time is interpreted as the average clearance time – time taken for appeal receipt in HMCTS to outcome. The data are based on cases cleared at Tribunal hearing (both oral and paper) and exclude those cleared without the need for a Tribunal hearing.

2 Includes ESA and ESA (reassessments)

3 SSCS data are recorded by the office which dealt with the case, and if the case went to oral hearing, the location of the Tribunal hearing, normally the hearing venue nearest to the appellant’s home address. HMCTS cannot retrieve data based on constituencies, but can produce reports detailing the numbers of cases that were heard at a specific venue. For the Wallasey constituency, this is the Birkenhead venue.

4 Financial year April – March

5 Data are provisional

Although care is taken when processing and analysing the data, the details are subject to inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale case management system and are the best data available.

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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: 24 April 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Wind Power
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of his Department's policy on onshore wind on domestic energy prices.
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Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 04 May 2018

Domestic energy prices are impacted – both positively and negatively - by a wide range of Government policies. The Clean Growth Strategy sets out our ambition to secure the lowest electricity costs in Europe, particularly for domestic consumers, and also to deliver the Government’s carbon targets and ensure security of supply. Our policies for delivering clean growth generated an average net saving on household energy bills of £14 in 2016.

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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: 24 April 2018
Home Office
Social Media: Radicalism
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent meetings he has had with social media companies to discuss the (a) prevalence, (b) removal and (c) prevention of hate speech and other extreme content on social media platforms.
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Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 30 April 2018

On 19 December 2017 the Minister responsible for Hate Crime Baroness Williams attended a seminar on online hate that was arranged by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. The seminar included representatives from Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter. Officials will continue to engage with social media companies about what more they can do to tackle online hate crime.

The Home Office is also engaging social media companies in relation to wider harmful content.

Officials meet regularly with companies involved in the establishment of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, to seek continued improvements in their response to preventing terrorist use of the internet. In addition, officials are also reaching out to smaller companies to assist them in their efforts of stopping terrorist exploitation of their platforms.

Officials are also working with the internet industry to tackle child sexual exploitation and abuse online. This includes the removal of illegal images and combating grooming.

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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 April 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Diesel Vehicles: Merseyside
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of diesel engines on air quality in (a) Wallasey constituency, (b) Wirral and (c) Merseyside.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 30 April 2018

The national pollution climate mapping modelling includes assessment of air quality within Wallasey, Wirral and Merseyside. Our latest modelling for the 2017 national plan showed no air pollutant exceedances in Wallasey and Wirral.

There were modelled exceedances of nitrogen dioxide in Liverpool City Council in Merseyside. Of these exceedances, 66% of the modelled concentrations were attributable to emissions from diesel engines for the Liverpool Urban Area reporting zone.

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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 April 2018
Department for Education
Leasowe Primary School: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much core revenue funding Leasowe Primary School in Wallasey constituency received in (a) 2016-17 and (b) 2017-18; and how much funding that school is planned to receive in (i) 2019-20 and (ii) 2020-21.
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Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 30 April 2018

Pre 16 school and academy allocations are published each financial year for all schools and academies. The 2016-17 financial year allocations can be viewed in the data table here, using the LAESTAB number for Leasowe Primary School, 3442268: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/schools-block-funding-allocations-2016-to-2017.

Allocations for the 2017-18 financial year can be viewed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/schools-block-funding-allocations-2017-to-2018.

2018-19 financial year allocations will be published in the autumn 2018.

Funding allocations for future years are not yet available as local authorities (LAs) submit their formula for distributing the Dedicated Schools Grant at the end of February. The Department will be informed of LA allocations for 2019-20 in March 2019.

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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 April 2018
Department for Education
Schools: Wallasey
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the number of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Wallasey constituency that will receive a reduction in (i) cash and (ii) per pupil funding in each of the next five years.
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Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 30 April 2018

In 2018/19, all schools in Wallasey attracted more cash funding through the national funding formula, both in total and per pupil, compared to their 2017/18 baselines. Final decisions on individual schools’ budgets are taken by the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, based on the local funding formula.

In 2019/20, no school will attract reduced cash funding per pupil through the national funding formula. Given that funding follows the pupil, individual schools may attract less funding in total if the number of pupils on roll decreases. The Department will publish notional funding formula allocations for 2019/20 later this year after updating calculations using the latest autumn census data.

Funding after 2019/20 will depend on the outcomes of the next Spending Review.

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