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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: 12 November 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Homelessness: Older People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many people in receipt of a state pension are recognised as homeless in (a) London Borough of Southwark, (b) London and (c) the UK.
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Answered by: Mrs Heather Wheeler
Answered on: 15 November 2018

My Department has asked local authorities to collect information on benefits received by the main claimant of a homelessness applicant household since April 2018 when the Homelessness Reduction Act came into effect. This data is still being collated and quality assured and will be published as soon as practically possible. It will contain information on whether the main claimant of applicant households is claiming State Pension and/or Pension Credit (if the benefit contributes most to their income relative to any other benefits also received or applied for).

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
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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 April 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Dental Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discounted rates for dental treatment are available for people on the basis of (a) protected characteristics, (b) pregnancy and (c) low income.
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Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 23 April 2018

Exemptions to National Health Service dental charges ensure that cost is not a barrier to accessing NHS dental treatement for the most vulnerable.

Protected characteristics include age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation. Not all individuals with protected characteristics are automatically entitled to help with health costs for NHS dental treatment as a result of their protected characteristics alone. However individuals with protected characteristics may qualify for help with health for other reasons.

People who are aged under 18, under 19 in full time education and for those who are pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months are exempt from NHS dental patient charges.

Individuals who are on low incomes and are claiming Income Support, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Pension Credit Guarantee Credit, Universal Credit are also exempt from dental charges.

The NHS Low Income Scheme may also provide full or partial help with the cost of treatment for those who do not qualify for free NHS dental treatments but have a low income.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
[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: 28 March 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Dental Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what range of dental treatment was available on the NHS free of charge for people on low incomes in each of the last seven years.
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Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 16 April 2018

Dentists delivering National Health Service primary care dental treatment are required to provide all treatment that is clinically necessary to a patient regardless of whether the patient is exempt from dental charges or a fee payer. The NHS makes no distinction in treatment offered between these two groups. Dentists collect charges, where applicable, on behalf of the NHS. They pass these charges raised on to the NHS, they do not retain them.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
[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: 07 November 2017
Home Office
Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriage: Southwark
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of children under the age of 18 living in the London Borough of Southwark who have (a) undergone female genital mutilation in the UK, (b) undergone female genital mutilation abroad and (c) been subjected to a forced marriage in each of the last five years.
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Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 11 April 2018

So called 'honour-based' violence, including Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, is a terrible form of abuse, and this Government is clear that we will not allow political or cultural sensitivities to get in the way of tackling it. Work to tackle these crimes is an integral part of our cross-Government Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strategy, published last year.

The NHS FGM Enhanced Dataset provides information on the number of women and girls with FGM who are being cared for by the NHS in England and has been published quarterly and annually by NHS Digital since 2014. A detailed breakdown of these statistics by local authority, age at which FGM was carried out and country where FGM was undertaken is available online at http://content.digital.nhs.uk/fgm.

The joint Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Home Office Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) operates a public helpline to provide advice and support to victims of forced marriage as well as to professionals dealing with cases. Statistics on the number of cases dealt with by the FMU are published annually, including a breakdown by region and age and are available online at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/forced-marriage#statistics-on-forced-marriage-collected-by-fmu. The statistics are available for the region of London. However, they cannot be broken down into specific London boroughs for data protection reasons. For example, the number of cases from a specific borough may be low enough to allow a victim to be identified, and the FMU must safeguard those it supports.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
[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: 22 March 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Domestic Violence: Refuges
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much funding from the public purse has been allocated by Government Departments to domestic violence refuges in each of the last seven years.
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Answered by: Mrs Heather Wheeler
Answered on: 27 March 2018

Since 2014 the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government have invested £33.5 million in services to support victims of domestic abuse, including refuges, through three funding streams available to local authorities:

  • The £10 million fund to local authorities (2014-2016) helped 148 local authorities strengthen refuge provision for victims and offer support to women from outside their own area.

  • The £3.5 million Domestic Abuse Fund (2015-2016) supported 46 local authorities and their partners to deliver 710 new bed spaces for 3,798 victims of domestic abuse.

  • The £20 million fund for domestic abuse services (2016-2018) funded 80 projects covering 258 local authorities in England creating more than 2,200 bed spaces and giving support to over 19,000 victims. We offered these 80 projects an additional £1.1 million in top up funding, and 77 projects received the additional funding on 22 March.

The remaining £20 million of the £40 million the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government secured at the 2015 Spending Review for domestic abuse services, including refuges, will be made available as early as possible from April. This will include launching a new fund, which will be open to all local areas across England to bid for a share.

In addition to this, on Monday 26 March Government announced the successful applicants to the latest round of Tampon Tax Funding. Of £15 million total, just over £ 3.6 million has been allocated to projects addressing domestic abuse.

In the previous round of funding, announced on 31 March 2017, around £7.5 million was allocated to projects addressing violence against women and girls.

Government has provided £100 million in dedicated funding to tackle violence against women and girls. This includes providing a secure future to rape support centres, national helplines, and the £ 17 million VAWG Service Transformation Fund

On 8 March the Government announced how £12 million of this funding will be used including:

  • £2 million to support domestic abuse work with female offenders and vulnerable women with complex needs;

  • £8 million fund to support children who witness domestic abuse; and

  • £2 million to extend a healthcare pathfinder pilot across further hospital trusts to help direct domestic abuse victims to the full range of services they need.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
[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
Women and Equalities
Females: Voting Rights
Commons
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what plans her Department has to celebrate the centenary of women getting the right to vote in 1918.
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Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 29 January 2018

The government has set aside £5m to celebrate this milestone in British democracy.

In the Autumn budget, the Chancellor announced that £1.2million of the centenary fund would go directly to seven Centenary Cities and towns in England with a strong suffrage history, to strengthen the reach and legacy of regional activity to inspire a new generation with this story.

A further £1.5million will be available to organisations and communities through a grants scheme. Online applications opened in January, and further information can be found at: www.womensvotecentenaryfund.co.uk

The Government Equalities Office has developed an exciting national programme to celebrate and remember the suffrage movement, which also includes funding the statue of Millicent Fawcett in Parliament Square, and a suite of education programmes in partnership with the Department for Education and the Cabinet Office.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
[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: 19 December 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Research: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what mechanisms his Department uses to share best practice with other Government Departments on including provisions on affordable access in research and development grants.
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Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 15 January 2018

This Government supports open access to research publications, following the Finch Report in 2012, and further advice from Professor Adam Tickell in 2016. It is for the Research Councils and Funding Councils (and, soon, UK Research and Innovation) to implement open access within their arrangements for grants and other instruments. The Research Councils make available block grants to enable universities to make publications arising from their research open access.

Best practice in this regard is for research publications to be open access, that is, freely available for all to read on the internet, and for research data to be “FAIR”. We support the recent G7 communique that proposes that “research data should adhere to the FAIR principles of being findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable”. This does not mean that such data should always be open, as there are circumstances in which that would not be appropriate, for example where personal confidentiality or national security might be put at risk. Best practice is shared with other Government departments, primarily through the work of the Government Office for Science, and the Chief Scientific Advisors in Government departments across Whitehall.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
[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: 07 November 2017
Department for Education
Pupils: Southwark
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children attending schools in the London Borough of Southwark have been taken out of school (a) to undergo female genital mutilation abroad or (b) for a forced marriage abroad in each of the last five years.
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Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 13 November 2017

It is illegal to force marriage or to practise female genital mutilation (FGM) on a girl or woman (or arrange for a third party to practise it), whether in the UK or overseas.

Information on the number of children who have been taken out of school to undergo FGM abroad or for a forced marriage abroad is not collected by the department.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
[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: 07 November 2017
Ministry of Defence
Housing Benefit: Southwark
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people living in (a) Camberwell and Peckham constituency and (b) the London Borough of Southwark have been in receipt of guaranteed income payment in each of the last five years.
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Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 13 November 2017

Guaranteed Income Payments are payable under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme which came into force on 6 April 2005. They provide a regular income stream, payable for life, to former Service personnel who suffer an injury or illness attributable to their Service which is likely to cause a significant loss of earning capacity.

As at 31 March 2013, 2014 and 2015 there were no veterans living in the Camberwell and Peckham constituency who were in receipt of Guaranteed Income Payments. As at 31 March 2016 and 2017, there were fewer than three veterans receiving such payments.

As at 31 March 2013 and 2014, there were no veterans living in the London Borough of Southwark who were in receipt of Guaranteed Income Payments. As at 31 March 2015, 2016 and 2017, fewer than three veterans were in receipt of such payments.

Note: In line with Ministry of Defence Statistical Disclosure Guidelines, numbers fewer than three have been supressed to reduce the possible inadvertent disclosure of individual identities.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
[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: 12 October 2017
Department of Health
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: Prescriptions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will review the list of conditions exempt from prescription charges to include systemic lupus erythematosus.
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Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 17 October 2017

The Department currently has no plans to change the list of medical conditions which provide for exemption from prescription charges because arrangements exist to ensure that prescriptions are affordable for everyone. A broad range of prescription charge exemptions are in place for those on low incomes or receiving benefits, for which someone with a long-term condition may qualify. To support those with greatest need who do not qualify for an exemption, prescription prepayment certificates are available. A holder of a 12 month certificate can get all the prescriptions they need for just £2 per week.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
Asked on: 20 July 2017
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Pay
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will publish the number of (a) men and (b) women employed in her Department who earn over £100,000 per annum in bands of £25,000.
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Answered by: Matt Hancock
Answered on: 11 September 2017

The number of male and female staff on DCMS’ payroll at the following salary bands is as follows:

Male

Female

£100,000 - £124,999

2

1

£125,000 - £149,999

2

1

£150,000 - £174,999

0

1

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
[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: 06 September 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Personal Independence Payment: Southwark
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claims for personal independence payment in the London Borough of Southwark have been due to a mental health illness in each of the last five years.
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Answered by: Penny Mordaunt
Answered on: 11 September 2017

The requested information for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) applications is not available as information on PIP claimants’ disabling conditions is not collected at the initial claim application stage. Only those who have a disability assessment determination decision will have a primary disabling condition recorded for them. The Department does not therefore hold data on the number of individuals with a particular condition who make a claim for PIP.

The latest available data on PIP claims in payment, including by main disabling condition and geography (e.g. local authority), are published on Stat-Xplore: https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk. Guidance on how to use Stat-Xplore can be found here: https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/index.html.

These data relate to the claimant’s main disabling condition. Claimants may often have multiple disabling conditions, but these cannot be identified from the data the department holds. Therefore there may be other claimants in receipt of PIP who have been diagnosed with a mental health illness who are not captured in the above data.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
[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: 06 September 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Personal Independence Payment: Southwark
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in the London Borough of Southwark have appealed against his Department's decision not to grant them personal independence payment in each of the last five years; and how many of those appeals have been successful in those years.
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Answered by: Penny Mordaunt
Answered on: 11 September 2017

The table below shows the number of appeals lodged against Personal Independence Payment claims which were disallowed at initial decision and where this decision was upheld at mandatory reconsideration, the number of these appeals where a decision has been made and the number of these appeals that were subsequently successful for the appellant, for the London Borough of Southwark over the last five years.

Year of appeal lodgement

Number of appeals lodged

Number of appeals with a decision

Number of successful appeals (for the appellant)

2013

#

#

#

2014

10

10

10

2015

150

140

100

2016

180

170

130

2017 (to April ’17)

80

40

30

Total

420

390

270

‘# ‘used for instances where there are less than 5 cases to avoid the release of confidential data

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