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Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (20 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: We are working across government and with partners such as UNHCR to design the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS), amidst a complex and changing picture. We are committed to working in step with the international community to get this right, and we will set out more details soon. The first to be resettled through the ACRS will be some of those who arrived in the UK under the...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (20 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: In recognition of the urgency of the evacuation and the need to act quickly, the majority of those who entered the UK during the evacuation phase were granted limited leave to enter, usually for 6 months, with access to public funds and employment. This status is not a bar to them being permanently housed or to starting their life in the UK, including taking employment. The Home Office has...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (20 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: Individuals already settled in the UK under ARAP/EX-Gratia scheme seeking relocation for additional family members are required to apply under the additional family guidance via their original sponsoring department (MOD or FCDO). Application For Relocation To The United Kingdom Under ARAP (office.com)

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (16 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The first to be resettled through the ACRS will be some of those who arrived in the UK under the evacuation programme, which included individuals who were considered to be at particular risk. Eligible people will be prioritised and referred for resettlement to the UK as set out in the policy statement published on gov.uk on 13 September, available at...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners' Release (15 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: A prisoner is released in error if they are released earlier than their correct release date, they will be unlawfully at large until and unless they are subsequently released correctly or returned to custody. If the person so released is not aware of the error and makes no attempt to evade arrest, then they have committed no offence and, in that sense, they may not be at fault. Releases in...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners' Release: Families (15 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: We know that supporting and maintaining positive family relationships is an important factor in reducing reoffending, and positive family relationships have been identified as a protective factor in the desistance from crime. While the focus for strengthening and maintaining engagement between offenders and their friends and family has been on working with those in prisons, it is essential...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners' Release: Employment (15 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: We know that employment reduces reoffending significantly, with prison leavers in employment being nine percentage points less likely to reoffend. In the Prisons Strategy White Paper published last week, we set out our plans to transform how prisons get offenders into work. We will open our doors to the private sector to overhaul the opportunities for work offered in prisons and on...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Basic Skills (15 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: Every prisoner should undertake an English and Maths assessment on entry into prison. The assessment is undertaken using the Basic and Key Skills Builder Tool. This is a standard functional skills assessment tool used across Further Education in the community as well as in prisons. The current Prison Education Framework contracts started in April 2019. 55,099 prisoners undertook an initial...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Officers: Retirement (15 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: Prior to 2007, the pension age within the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme was 60. In July 2007 Cabinet Office introduced a career average scheme for new entrants, which increased the normal pension age from 60 to 65. In designing the 2007 scheme, Cabinet Office did give consideration to the fact that the prison officer role was a physically demanding one, but they concluded that, as...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Education and Rehabilitation (14 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: As detailed in the Prisons Strategy White Paper published on 7th December, we are creating a Prisoner Education Service that will ensure prisoners improve skills such as literacy and numeracy, acquire relevant vocational qualifications, and access employment opportunities on release. This will be funded as part of our £200m a year investment by 2024-25 to improve prison leavers’ access to...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (14 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: We are working across government and with partners such as UNHCR to design and open the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme amidst a complex and changing picture. We are committed to working in step with the international community to get this right, and we will set out more details soon. Information on the eligibility, prioritisation and referral of people for the ACRS is set out in the...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Care Homes: York (14 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: We are aware that City of York Council looked at bringing disused older persons accommodation in the city back into use as this had been raised with council officers by an elected member. However, given the current state of the accommodation, and the significant cost which would be incurred to make the buildings suitable for family occupation, it was not deemed a feasible suggestion. City of...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre (13 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The time elapsed between 18 June 2021 and the termination of the contract with MTC to run Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre was to allow for options to be considered on the future of the contract with MTC. The decision to extend MTC’s contract was made in November 2019, more than a year before the Urgent Notification was invoked by inspectors. At the time Ofsted’s assessment was that...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Race Relations (13 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: Data held centrally does not provide information on the primary purpose of roles across the prison estate. This could only be provided at disproportionate cost as there would be a need for every prison in England and Wales to collate it locally. Annual data on the prison population by ethnicity group can be found in Table A1.9i of the Offender Management Statistics Quarterly publication. In...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (10 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The first to be resettled through the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) will be some of those who arrived in the UK under the evacuation programme, which included individuals who were considered to be at particular risk. We are working across Government and with partners such as UNHCR to design and open the ACRS amidst a complex and changing picture. We are committed to working in...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (10 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: We are working across Government and with partners such as UNHCR to design and open the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme amidst a complex and changing picture. The first to be resettled through this scheme will be some of those who arrived in the UK under the evacuation programme, which included individuals who were considered to be at particular risk. We are committed to working in step...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Bullingdon Prison: Safety (9 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The events described by the Independent Monitoring Board during the week beginning 12 April were especially challenging, due to a combination of factors at that time as a number of particularly complex prisoners needed support through Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork (ACCT) processes. Covid-19 impacted on regimes, and we recognise that this was both frustrating and distressing for...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Bullingdon Prison: Coronavirus (9 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The safety of staff and prisoners remains our priority. Staff at HMP Bullingdon are working hard to reduce the number and severity of violent incidents and data is analysed on a weekly basis to understand local trends and themes. We know, for example, that debt and issues outside of the prison are key drivers of violence at HMP Bullingdon. A link has also been identified between on-wing...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Bullingdon Prison: Construction (9 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The delivery of a new building to accommodate more prisoners at HMP Bullingdon is to meet projected future demand. Crowding in prisons is a longstanding issue that will not be easily addressed. We are investing £3.8 billion over the next three years to deliver 20,000 additional modern prison places (inclusive of the places at Bullingdon), including 2,000 temporary prison places across...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Bullingdon Prison: Prisoners' Release (9 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: As part of its response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Justice provided up to 56 nights’ accommodation per individual to prison leavers at risk of homelessness. Data shows that 12% of offenders released from custody in the year to March 2021 were recorded as homeless or rough sleeping, which presents a decrease compared to the 16% recorded homeless or rough sleeping in the...


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