Results 161–180 of 2725 for in the 'Written Answers' speaker:Jo Swinson

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Training (24 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: The spend on training in the core Department was Year Spend (£) 2011/12 2,662,967 2012/13 2,070,999 2013/14 2,125,638

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Groceries Code Adjudicator (23 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: The jurisdiction of the Groceries Code Adjudicator is defined by the Groceries Supply Code of Practice. The Code governs the commercial relationships between the ten largest UK supermarkets and their direct suppliers, and reflects the findings of the Competition Commission’s market investigation into the supermarket sector conducted between 2006 and 2008. There will be a statutory...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Utilities: Billing (23 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: Charges for a paper bill must reflect only the additional costs actually incurred by the business concerned for providing this service. Consumers who believe they have been overcharged should consult the Citizens’ Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06 (www.adviceguide.org.uk). In many instances, consumers could re-negotiate or find an alternative provider to obtain better...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Working Hours: EU Law (23 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is in regular contact with the European Commission on a range of issues. In 2014 the European Commission requested national reports on the practical implementation of the Working Time Directive. The Government provided its response on 31 October 2014, setting out recent developments in case law, and evidence of the impacts of the Working Time...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Access to Elected Office for Disabled People Fund (19 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: The number of people who have made applications to the Access to Elected Office fund by year is in the table. Financial Year Number of applicants 2012/13 27 2013/14 34 2014/15 (to date) 34 The total value of Grants awarded to date (from July 2012 to January 2015) is £399,061, and applications totalling £92,442 are currently pending. Total grant expenditure will...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Offshore Industry (17 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: A contractor’s employment protections will depend on the facts of the working relationship and the contract under which they are working. This is irrespective of whether the individual is being contracted for offshore work or not. Contractors who are actually workers or employees would be entitled to the same basic employment protections as other offshore workers with a similar status,...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Minimum Wage (12 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: Since 1 April 2014, the lowest paid contracted staff at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) offices across the UK have been paid £7.85 per hour, up £1.40 or nearly 22% from the previous £6.45 per hour rate. This increase restored and surpassed the real value of wages that had fallen in recent years. This means that BIS contractors are amongst the top 25% of...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Tax Avoidance (12 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate (EAS) enforce the Employment Agencies Act 1973 and the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003 (both as amended). These regulations apply only to employment agencies which place people permanently with employers, and employment businesses who place people temporarily with hirers. If an umbrella company...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Job Security (12 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: The latest Workplace Employment Relations Study shows that employees’ views on job security are related to their individual circumstances and to underlying economic conditions. Job satisfaction increased from 2004 to 2011, but unsurprisingly insecurity rose during the recession. However, 1.4 million more people in employment since 2010 will have reduced this. The latest statistics show...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Conditions of Employment (12 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: All employees on zero hours contracts can already, after 26 weeks, request a move to fixed hours contracts under flexible working legislation, brought in on 30 June 2014. We are also currently banning exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts and the employment status review currently taking place is looking further at the employment rights zero hours workers have.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Health (10 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: My Rt. Hon. friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills has not had any such meetings.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Citizens' Advice Bureaux (9 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: Since 2010 the Department has received a number of letters, mainly from MPs in response to issues raised by their constituents, but also from bureaux volunteers, staff and one trustee. Only on two occasions has that correspondence been about the effectiveness of the service in so far as that relates to a complaint about how an individual’s case was handled. The remaining correspondence...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Water Companies: Pay (9 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: My Rt. hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills has not had any discussions with water companies on payment of the Living Wage. The Government supports employers that choose to pay the Living Wage when it is affordable and not at the expense of jobs. Decisions on what wages to set are for employers and workers to agree as long as employers pay at least the...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Banks (9 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: I am unable to comment publicly on any activity the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) may or may not be conducting into allegations of cartel behaviour in this area, including any intelligence it may have received or reviewed in relation to any particular allegations. The CMA has been setup up by the Government as the UK’s independent competition authority and has extensive...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Offshore Industry (9 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: The protections for staff in the offshore oil and gas sector in this example depend on the exact nature of their employment and the location of their work. The employment status review, announced in October, will consider whether the framework underpinning employment rights in the UK is still fit for purpose. Amongst other things, it will consider the statutory employment rights and...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Citizens' Advice Bureaux (5 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Department does not hold this information. Citizens Advice, the umbrella organisation for the bureaux service across England and Wales has not been able to provide reliable data on the number of unique clients advised over the past 10 years. Accurate electronic recording of data across the bureaux network has only been possible in the last 4 years, prior to which statistics were collected...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Citizens Advice (5 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills does not hold this information as central Government funds the umbrella organisation, Citizens Advice, but not individual bureaux. We have obtained the following information from Citizens Advice: a) Citizens Advice currently has 316 member bureaux (legal entities). This number fluctuates as bureaux merge to create more sustainable and...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Citizens Advice (5 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) provides core Grant-in-Aid funding to Citizen Advice (CitA), the umbrella body for the bureaux service across England and Wales. Central Government does not provide funding directly to individual bureaux, core funding for these are usually provided by the local authority in which they are located. In previous years BIS has also...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Citizens' Advice Bureaux (5 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Department does not hold this information. Citizens Advice has provided the information set out in the table below: Location 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 England & Wales 2,000,000 2,147,550 2,107,759 2,108,333 2,086,472 England No accurate further breakdown of data available 2,012,412 1,967,167 1,954,908 1,947,940 London 225,089...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Citizens' Advice Bureaux (5 Feb 2015)

Jo Swinson: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is not responsible for funding debt advice. Bureaux deliver face to face debt advice under a contract held between Citizens Advice and the Money Advice Service.


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