Baroness King of Bow: As no one else is standing up, I ask the Minister why Sure Start places have been cut if that is the case? Secondly, these sixth-form colleges are providing better outcomes, so let us protect that budget. That is a policy commitment in our manifesto and it would be fantastic if the Government could give sixth-form colleges the same protection that we are offering.
Baroness King of Bow: My Lords, I am speaking in support of Amendment 44 in the name of the noble Lord, Lord McNally, in place of my noble friend Lady Thornton. On these Benches, we are very pleased that the noble Lord has brought this matter back to the Floor of the House. We fully support having the EHRC’s exclusion from the list of regulators included in the Bill, and the noble Lord has already explained the...
Baroness King of Bow: When does the Minister expect that these regulations would actually be brought forward?
Baroness King of Bow: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many tax credit recipients have received an administrative penalty relating to overpayments in each of the past four years.
Baroness King of Bow: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much funding has been allocated to each London borough under the Decent Homes Backlog Funding initiative for 2015–16.
Baroness King of Bow: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to extend the Decent Homes Backlog Funding initiative beyond 2015–16.
Baroness King of Bow: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 6 January (HL3874), whether they intend to commission research into the causes of homeless households being placed in temporary accommodation outside their home authority.
Baroness King of Bow: In 2013, the Office for National Statistics records a sharp increase of 21% in the number of deaths from drug misuse in England. Among men, deaths from heroin and morphine are up a staggering 32% on the previous year. Given the dangers of substance abuse and that those dangers are clearly growing according to the Government’s own statistics, does the Minister think that the Government...
Baroness King of Bow: My Lords, will the Minister confirm that the only way to establish a faith school—like any new school—is via the free schools programme? Some of the problems that we have seen with faith schools are therefore evident more widely—namely, lack of oversight and lack of qualified teachers. As with the Al-Madinah free school and others, that lack of oversight and the presence of unqualified...
Baroness King of Bow: Does the Minister agree that none the less, if the current weighting formally undervalues elements of arts and culture within the curriculum such as art, music and sport and the other areas we have heard about in this interesting exchange, should that not be reviewed? This is about whether we have a broad and balanced curriculum, as the Minister acknowledged, which in turn requires schools to...
Baroness King of Bow: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there was a cut in funding for Council Tax Support in 2014–15; and whether they have plans to cut funding further in 2015–16.
Baroness King of Bow: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many tribunal appeals there have been in relation to (1) academy schools’ admission processes for Special Educational Needs (SEN), and (2) academy schools’ education of pupils with SEN; of these how many tribunal outcomes went against the academy; and, in those instances, on how many occasions there were issues with compliance.
Baroness King of Bow: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many complaints they have received regarding (1) the admission decisions in relation to children with Special Educational Needs (SEN), and (2) the teaching of children with SEN, by academy schools. To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there have been any cases where an academy has refused to admit a Special Educational Needs pupil owing to budgetary...
Baroness King of Bow: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications to establish a free school with a focus on inclusion of disabled learners, with or without Special Educational Needs, have been agreed to, and how many refused, by the Secretary of State.
Baroness King of Bow: To ask Her Majesty’s Government , for each year since 2010, what percentage of exclusions from (1) maintained schools, and (2) academy schools, related to disabled pupils with or without statements.
Baroness King of Bow: To ask Her Majesty’s Government , for each year since 2010 what was the average time for (1) a permanently excluded disabled pupil with a Special Educational Need (SEN), and (2) a permanently excluded disabled pupil without SEN, to be accepted at another school.
Baroness King of Bow: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many and what proportion of those affected by the benefit cap since its introduction are in receipt of (1) Employment Support Allowance, (2) Income Support, and (3) Carer’s Allowance.
Baroness King of Bow: To ask Her Majesty’s Government why there has been an increase between September 2013 and September 2014 in the number of statutorily homeless households placed in temporary accommodation in another local authority area.
Baroness King of Bow: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to uprate the Housing Benefit Subsidy regime for temporary accommodation to address any difficulties experienced by London boroughs in procuring accommodation for statutorily homeless households at or below 90 per cent of the 2011 rate of Local Housing Allowance.
Baroness King of Bow: To ask Her Majesty’s Government which organisations responded to the consultation on Local Welfare Assistance funding published on 10 October.