Results 1–20 of 382 for in the 'Written Answers' speaker:Victoria Atkins

Written Answers — Home Office: Females: Domestic Violence (18 Apr 2018)

Victoria Atkins: The Government is clear that victims of domestic abuse must have the help that they need to access justice. We have already taken steps to widen the scope of evidence required to access legal aid, and on 8 March the Home Secretary and Justice Secretary launched the Government’s consultation to transform the response to domestic abuse, seeking views on a range of legislative and...

Written Answers — Home Office: Human Trafficking: Children (18 Apr 2018)

Victoria Atkins: The Government takes the issue of safeguarding all children, including unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and migrant children, extremely seriously and we remain committed to working with all partners to safeguard vulnerable children. Last year the Home Office worked with the Department for Education in the development of the Safeguarding Strategy for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking and...

Written Answers — Home Office: Organised Crime: Drugs (18 Apr 2018)

Victoria Atkins: The National County Lines Co-ordination Centre is being established by the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead and the National Crime Agency. The Centre will be fully operational later this year subject to recruitment of staff.

Written Answers — Home Office: Members: Correspondence (18 Apr 2018)

Victoria Atkins: A reply to M2579/18 was sent on 10 April 2018. A reply to M2417/18 will be provided in due course.

Written Answers — Home Office: Car Washes: Employment (18 Apr 2018)

Victoria Atkins: Home Office officials have been working closely with the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) to consider measures to address hand car washes and nail bars, which fall outside of the sectors licensed by the GLAA, but have been identified as high risk for labour exploitation and modern slavery. The Director of Labour Market Enforcement has also been looking at enforcement in these...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Equal Pay (18 Apr 2018)

Victoria Atkins: Paying men and women unequally for the same work has been unlawful for nearly 50 years. Employees who are concerned that they may not be being paid fairly can seek authoritative and free advice from the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas), before deciding whether to bring a claim before an Employment Tribunal. Where an employer is found to have breached equal pay law, an...

Written Answers — Home Office: Knives: Crime (16 Apr 2018)

Victoria Atkins: It is not possible to disaggregate all funding for tackling knife crime as it is provided through a number of routes. This includes funding for police forces in England and Wales and our overall investment in policing will grow from £11.9 billion in 2015/16 to around £13 billion in 2018/19. Our work to tackle knife crime has been taken forward through the Ending Gang and Youth...

Written Answers — Home Office: Radicalism (16 Apr 2018)

Victoria Atkins: The Government is committed to tackling all forms of extremism. The 2015 Counter-Extremism Strategy sets out a four year programme of work for defeating extremism at source by countering extremist ideology; supporting mainstream voices, especially in faith communities and civil society; disrupting the most harmful extremists; and building more cohesive communities by tackling segregation. The...

Written Answers — Home Office: Offences against Children: Disclosure of Information (16 Apr 2018)

Victoria Atkins: The statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children makes clear that where there are concerns about the safety and welfare of children all practitioners should share information without hesitation or concern for their individual or organisational reputation. Fears about sharing information cannot be allowed to stand in the way of the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of...

Written Answers — Home Office: Prostitution (16 Apr 2018)

Victoria Atkins: The Government is committed to protecting those selling sex from harm and enabling the police to target those who exploit vulnerable people involved in prostitution. Protecting those involved in prostitution is a strand of our strategy to end violence against women and girls, and we regularly meet with charities, welfare organisations and academics to discuss current issues related to...

Written Answers — Home Office: Organised Crime: Drugs (16 Apr 2018)

Victoria Atkins: The nationwide awareness-raising communications activity on county lines was launched on 9 April. The activity is targeted to young and vulnerable people on how to avoid becoming involved and exploited by gangs. The Home Secretary also launched the Serious Violence Strategy on 9 April, which builds upon the significant programme of work already underway to tackle county lines and other forms...

Written Answers — Home Office: Crime (16 Apr 2018)

Victoria Atkins: Reports of crimes involving motorcycles, mopeds and scooters are clearly a concern. That is why the Government has worked with the police, industry and other partners to develop a comprehensive action plan focusing on what more can be done to prevent offending and keep the public safe. This work sits alongside the review the Government is conducting into the law, guidance and practice...

Written Answers — Home Office: Harassment: Females (16 Apr 2018)

Victoria Atkins: Abuse, harassment or targeting of women is totally unacceptable and we already have robust legislation that can be used to protect women from a range of crimes. We will continue our work to protect women and girls, including pledging £100 million in dedicated funding until 2020 to tackle violence against women and girls, while our landmark draft Domestic Abuse Bill will help transform...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: LGBT People (16 Apr 2018)

Victoria Atkins: The LGBT policy team at the Government Equalities Office meet with a range of organisations regularly and will continue to do so as part of their ongoing policy engagement. In 2017, they met with key stakeholders including the LGBT Foundation, Intersex UK, the LGBT Consortium, Stonewall, GIRES Gendered Intelligence and the Commonwealth Equality Network. The UK has a proud record of promoting...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Government Equalities Office: Cambridge Analytica​ and SCL Group (16 Apr 2018)

Victoria Atkins: Neither my Right Honourable Friend, nor any of her recent predecessors have had meetings with the SCL Group or Cambridge Analytica in their role as Minister for Women and Equalities.

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Government Equalities Office: Cambridge Analytica​ and SCL Group (16 Apr 2018)

Victoria Atkins: The Government Equalities Office has had no contracts with SCL Group or Cambridge Analytica.

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Bullying (12 Apr 2018)

Victoria Atkins: The Equality Act 2010 prohibits certain forms of conduct – including harassment – in employment and the provision of goods, services and public functions. Harassment is defined as unwanted conduct related to someone’s protected characteristics and which has the purpose or effect of violating their dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Equal Pay: BBC (12 Apr 2018)

Victoria Atkins: The Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries and I will discuss pay equality with the BBC. We are clear that as a public service broadcaster funded by the license fee, the BBC has a responsibility to set an example on pay and other equality measures in the workplace. Getting this right is important for licence-payers as well as all the talented women who work for the BBC.

Written Answers — Home Office: Radicalism (11 Apr 2018)

Victoria Atkins: The Government has no intention of reviewing its policy on arms exports to Saudi Arabia and the findings of the review into funding of Islamist extremist activity in the UK do not support one.

Written Answers — Home Office: Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriage: Southwark (11 Apr 2018)

Victoria Atkins: 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. ...

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