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Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payment: Appeals (13 Nov 2017)

Sarah Newton: The Department regularly reviews and updates the Personal Independence Payment Assessment Guide to ensure the guidance reflects case law resulting from relevant Upper Tribunal rulings alongside other legislative and policy changes. The Department has no plans to undertake an additional review.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Contracted-out Health Assessments (13 Nov 2017)

Marsha de Cordova: Let me start by welcoming the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, the hon. Member for Truro and Falmouth (Sarah Newton), to her place. There has been a 900% increase in the number of complaints about personal independence payment assessments. Statistics from HM Courts & Tribunals Service show that both the number of appeals lodged and the proportion of DWP decisions...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Employment and Support Allowance: Claimant Poverty (13 Nov 2017)

Sarah Newton: There are no cash losers among those in receipt of employment and support allowance and the universal credit equivalent prior to April 2017, including those who temporarily leave ESA to try out work and then return. Since April, new claimants who are capable of preparing for work receive a rate of benefits on a par with jobseeker’s allowance.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (13 Nov 2017)

Sarah Newton: The UK continues to be a global leader in disability rights, and we are committed to further improving and progressively implementing the convention. We are considering the committee’s recommendations and will provide an update on the progress that we are making in the next year, as requested by the UN.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Parkinson’s Disease: Personal Independence Payment (13 Nov 2017)

Sarah Newton: Up to October 2016, 7% had been disallowed personal independence payment, but 45% of claimants with Parkinson’s disease actually receive a higher award under PIP than they did previously.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (13 Nov 2017)

Sarah Newton: I thank my hon. Friend for that very important question. The length of an award is based on an individual’s circumstances: it can vary from an award of nine months to an ongoing award involving a light-touch review at the 10-year point. It is very unlikely that somebody he describes would have another face-to face assessment with a healthcare professional.

Written Answers — Home Office: Stalking (7 Nov 2017)

Sarah Newton: Stalking is a serious crime and this Government is committed to supporting victims and tackling and stopping perpetrators at the earliest opportunity. We are also committed to ensuring the police have the tools they need, which is why we consulted on the introduction of a new civil stalking protection order. Primary legislation is required to introduce the order and will be taken forward as...

Written Answers — Home Office: Metals: Theft (7 Nov 2017)

Sarah Newton: The most recent data available for metal theft offences recorded by police forces in England and Wales were published by the Office for National Statistics in November 2016. These showed a decrease in metal theft of 38% in 2015/16 compared with 2014/15 and a 74% decrease compared with 2012/13, which is when the Home Office first started collecting data on metal theft offences. These data do...

Written Answers — Home Office: Human Trafficking: Children (7 Nov 2017)

Sarah Newton: The recently announced package of reforms for the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) incorporated a number of measures that will improve the NRM process for children. These measures were informed by an evaluation of an 18 month pilot testing changes to the NRM process, including multi-agency decision-making, for both adult and child cases. The creation of a single, expert unit within the Home...

Written Answers — Home Office: Hate Crime (7 Nov 2017)

Sarah Newton: The Home Office collects information on the number of hate crimes recorded by the police, by monitored strand. The latest statistics are published in the ‘Hate crime, England and Wales, 2016 to 2017’ statistical bulletin, available here: and-wales-2016-to-2017 This Government is committed to tackling hate crime. The UK...

Written Answers — Home Office: Home Office: Nurseries (7 Nov 2017)

Sarah Newton: Staff in the Department can utilise the Westminster Holiday Play Scheme. This is a childcare facility that takes place during school holidays, open to children from the age of 4 years and 9 months up to 15 years’ old. It is run by a private company on behalf of a consortium of departments, through a contract led and administered by BEIS. It currently operates at 4 London locations....

Written Answers — Home Office: Modern Slavery Act 2015 (3 Nov 2017)

Sarah Newton: A number of NGOs and other organisations are monitoring and analysing the ‘slavery and human trafficking statements’ being produced by businesses under section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We have regular conversations with a range of these organisations who often provide or offer to provide data and analysis of the statements they have scrutinised, including their estimates...

Written Answers — Home Office: Slavery (3 Nov 2017)

Sarah Newton: The Government does not maintain a central register of ‘slavery and human trafficking statements’ published in accordance with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Two independent repository websites have been set up to collate these statements. The Government is not involved in running or funding either website. Both websites make different estimates of the total number of...

Written Answers — Home Office: Crimes of Violence: Pensioners (2 Nov 2017)

Sarah Newton: Violent crime is abhorrent and has a devastating effect on individuals, families and communities. It will not be tolerated, in particular where perpetrators target the more vulnerable, including older people, and we are taking a range of action to tackle it. We work closely with the police and partners to ensure all victims of crime are signposted to the victim support available so they...

Written Answers — Home Office: Crimes of Violence: Pensioners (2 Nov 2017)

Sarah Newton: The Office for National Statistics publishes information from the Crime Survey for England and Wales on the proportion of adults who experienced violent crime by certain demographics, including age. This most recently published information, from Focus on Violence and Sexual Offences, Year Ending March 2016, can be found here:

Written Answers — Home Office: Knives: Crime (2 Nov 2017)

Sarah Newton: Our work to tackle knife crime is centred on four key strands – working with the police on operations and enforcement, work on legislative framework, work with retailers on responsible sales, and early intervention and prevention. We are encouraging police forces to undertake a series of coordinated national weeks of action to tackle knife crime under Operation Sceptre. The operation...

Written Answers — Home Office: Alcoholic Drinks: Minimum Prices (2 Nov 2017)

Sarah Newton: Minimum Unit Pricing in England and Wales remains under review pending the outcome of the legal case between the Scottish Government and the Scotch Whisky Association, and any subsequent introduction in Scotland. The UK Government will assess the legislative competence of any Welsh Government legislation that is introduced, as is standard practice with all Welsh Assembly Bills.

Written Answers — Home Office: Alcoholic Drinks (2 Nov 2017)

Sarah Newton: Although alcohol consumption has fallen in recent years, the harms associated with alcohol remain too high. The Government remains committed to reducing alcohol-related harms and continues to deliver actions from our Modern Crime Prevention Strategy which identified alcohol as a driver of crime. The 2016 UK Chief Medical Officers low risk drinking guidelines provide the public with the most...

Written Answers — Home Office: Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 (2 Nov 2017)

Sarah Newton: The Government has conducted a review of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 to assess whether it has met its intended objectives and whether it should be retained or repealed. A report of the findings of this review will be published later this year.

Written Answers — Home Office: Religious Hatred (2 Nov 2017)

Sarah Newton: The Home Office collects and publishes information on the number of hate crime offences recorded by the police in England and Wales. For religious hate crimes, the Home Office began collecting information on the perceived religion of the victim on a mandatory basis in April 2017. These data are due to be published in the next hate crime statistical bulletin in October 2018. The most recent...

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