Kemi Badenoch: I was pleased to hear from the Secretary of State that he has been working tirelessly with British Steel and the official receiver to find a new buyer for the company. Can he tell the House what further plans the Government have to support companies in the supply chain, such as those in my constituency, over the coming days and weeks?
Kemi Badenoch: Employers in the early years sector are responsible for recruiting and setting the pay and conditions for their employees within the statutory requirements set by government (for example, national minimum wage). We do not collect data on staff turnover, however wider data on workforce is included in the Provider Surveys: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-childca...
Kemi Badenoch: Brewers are currently required to pay their monthly beer duty bills by the twenty-fifth day of the following month. However, if they require more flexibility regarding paying their beer duty bills, they can access HMRC’s Time To Pay service. This allows brewers to defer their beer duty bills or pay over a longer period of time, if they need it.
Kemi Badenoch: In 2018 HMRC published research which estimated there was up to £564 million of Gift Aid that was not claimed on eligible donations. This is published on GOV.UK at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/charitable-giving -and-gift-aid-research HMRC does not make annual estimates of unclaimed eligible gift aid as customers do not supply the necessary administrative information.
Kemi Badenoch: The Government have a range of schemes that have been supporting businesses throughout the pandemic, as my colleagues have mentioned time and time again. If my hon. Friend has specific requests from the businesses in his constituency, I am very happy to discuss those with him so that we can work out the best way to continue to spur economic recovery.
Kemi Badenoch: The Treasury is considering the merits of differentiating products based on the place of retail as part of its alcohol duty review and has consulted industry and stakeholders for their views. Officials are working closely with HMRC to assess the practical implications of potential options, such as administration costs. The Treasury will provide further updates about the review in due course.
Kemi Badenoch: I have regular discussions with the Minister for Patient Safety, Suicide Prevention and Mental Health on improving maternal outcomes for all ethnic minority women. I have also discussed this issue with Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, England’s Chief Midwifery Officer, and Dr. Gloria Rowland, who is leading NHS work to improve outcomes, progression and the well-being of ethnic minority...
Kemi Badenoch: The government is aware of the importance to company cashflow of reliable invoice payments. We are taking unprecedented action to support businesses and their cashflow, including business loans and guarantees, paying 80% of furloughed workers’ wages and tax deferrals. The government keeps all policies under review and is monitoring the impact these measures are having in supporting public...
Kemi Badenoch: Ministerial Directions are published on GOV.UK. As set out in paragraph 3.4.5. of Managing Public Money, (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/managing-public- money) it is the responsibility of the relevant Accounting Officer to arrange for the existence of the direction to be published, no later than in the next report and accounts, unless the matter must be kept confidential.
Kemi Badenoch: The Government recognises the valuable contribution of the cider industry to the UK economy, and has in recent years provided considerable economic support. Since 2014, the Government has ended the cider duty escalator, and has frozen or cut cider duties at five of the last six Budgets. Cuts and freezes to alcohol duties since 2013 have cost the Treasury £6.2 billion in revenue.
Kemi Badenoch: The Government are providing an extra £33.9 billion to the NHS to deliver its long-term plan, which has actions to tackle inequalities affecting women and girls. This includes commitments to 50% reductions in stillbirth, maternal mortality and neonatal mortality by 2025, increasing access to perinatal mental health services and expanding human papillomavirus vaccination to protect against...
Kemi Badenoch: We have provided the Department of Health and Social Care with £15bn for NHS Test and Trace this year and they have also established the new UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) to lead on future pandemic preparedness. Any questions relating to plans for NHS Test and Trace or the new UKHSA should be directed to the Department for Health and Social Care.
Kemi Badenoch: We are considering the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities’ independent report and assessing the next steps for Government policy. The report is a comprehensive and detailed analysis of the drivers of disparities in this country and it is right that we take the appropriate time to carefully consider its findings and 24 recommendations. We will publish our response in due course.
Kemi Badenoch: Carver barracks in my constituency of Saffron Walden is home to the Royal Engineers’ bomb disposal unit, which carries out life-saving but very dangerous work on behalf of all us. Will the Prime Minister tell the House what the Government’s veterans strategy is, and how it will help soldiers such as those at Carver barracks in their transition to civilian life?
Kemi Badenoch: The Civil Service is committed to developing inclusive workplaces. We are refreshing our approach based on new evidence of what works. The focus will be on embedding best practice, ensuring the Civil Service acts as an exemplar employer. Senior officials are consulting Departments and staff on the new approach, and are working closely with Ministers from across Departments who have an interest.
Kemi Badenoch: We are aware of the difficulties that families are experiencing during the pandemic and we have put many measures in place to look at this, but if my right hon. Friend has examples of specific schemes happening across the world that she would like me to look at, I am happy to do so within my other role as Minister for Equalities.
Kemi Badenoch: The Government has committed to consult on aviation tax reform, as part of which we will consider the case for changing the APD treatment of domestic flights, and the potential impact any measure may have on regional connectivity and domestic routes. We will provide an update on timing in due course. HM Treasury is engaging with relevant departments ahead of this consultation.
Kemi Badenoch: The Levelling Up Fund will invest in a range of high value local investment priorities that improves everyday life across the UK. A range of benefits for will considered during the assessment process for the Fund, with projects expected to be fully aligned to UK legal commitments, such as delivering Net Zero. Further information on this can be found on gov.uk.
Kemi Badenoch: The Department for Work and Pensions lead cross-government action on tackling poverty, including with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and other departments specifically on food poverty. Officials have been working closely with DEFRA and other departments to deliver a number of key cross-cutting outcomes, including addressing poverty through enabling progression...
Kemi Badenoch: Council tax levels are set by local authorities, although the Secretary of State determines referendum principles to ensure that residents can have the final say over excessive increases. The provisional local government finance settlement will set out full details of the proposed referendum principles for 2022-23. The settlement and referendum principles will be subject to agreement by...