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Richard Graham

Conservative - Gloucester

First elected: 6th May 2010


Co-operatives, Mutuals and Friendly Societies Bill
23rd Nov 2022 - 30th Nov 2022
Pension Dashboards (Prohibition of Indemnification) Bill
19th Oct 2022 - 26th Oct 2022
Committee on Exiting the European Union
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Work and Pensions Committee
8th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Work and Pensions Committee
12th Jul 2010 - 29th Nov 2010


Oral Question
Wednesday 6th March 2024
11:30
Scotland Office
Oral Question No. 9
What recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the adequacy of support for the marine energy sector in Scotland.
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Select Committee Meeting
Monday 18th March 2024
16:00
National Security Strategy (Joint Committee) - Oral evidence
Subject: Defending Democracy
18 Mar 2024, 4 p.m. View calendar
Division Votes
Tuesday 27th February 2024
Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 293 Conservative No votes vs 2 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 179 Noes - 294
Speeches
Tuesday 27th February 2024
Israel and Gaza
The scale of the humanitarian disaster in Gaza is beyond words. The Times journalist Amal Helles has reported that Gaza …
Written Answers
Tuesday 23rd January 2024
Employment and Unemployment
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people (a) aged 16 to 64 who were …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
Tuesday 13th June 2023
Spiking Bill 2022-23
A Bill to make provision about the law in relation to administering or attempting to administer drugs, alcohol or any …
MP Financial Interests
Monday 3rd October 2022
1. Employment and earnings
5 August 2022, payment of £225 from Ipsos MORI, 3 Thomas More Square, London E1W 1YW, for a survey. Hours: …
EDM signed
Wednesday 28th February 2024
No confidence in the Speaker
That this House has no confidence in Mr Speaker.
Supported Legislation
Tuesday 8th March 2022
Institutes of Technology (Royal Charter) Bill 2021-22
A Bill to make provision for Institutes of Technology to apply to receive a Royal Charter; and for connected purposes.

Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Richard Graham has voted in 826 divisions, and 5 times against the majority of their Party.

23 Jun 2020 - Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme - View Vote Context
Richard Graham voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 45 Conservative Aye votes vs 235 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 243 Noes - 238
17 Jun 2020 - Health and Personal Social Services - View Vote Context
Richard Graham voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 104 Conservative Aye votes vs 124 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 253 Noes - 136
20 May 2020 - Liaison (Membership) - View Vote Context
Richard Graham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 16 Conservative Aye votes vs 316 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 262 Noes - 323
30 Mar 2022 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
Richard Graham voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 72 Conservative Aye votes vs 175 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 215 Noes - 188
25 Oct 2023 - Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - View Vote Context
Richard Graham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 7 Conservative Aye votes vs 264 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 207 Noes - 269
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

Sparring Partners
Rebecca Pow (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
(32 debate interactions)
Alan Whitehead (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Climate Change and Net Zero)
(26 debate interactions)
Rishi Sunak (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(16 debate interactions)
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Legislation Debates
Environment Act 2021
(12,164 words contributed)
Nuclear Energy (Financing) Act 2022
(2,106 words contributed)
Spiking (Offence) Bill 2021-22
(1,754 words contributed)
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Gloucester Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

Petitions with highest Gloucester signature proportion
Petition Debates Contributed

As the Coronavirus escalates, there are concerns that a trade deal between the UK Government and the US deal might not exempt our NHS, leaving it vulnerable to privatisation and in direct contradiction to promises this would not happen.


Latest EDMs signed by Richard Graham

21st February 2024
Richard Graham signed this EDM on Wednesday 28th February 2024

No confidence in the Speaker

Tabled by: William Wragg (Conservative - Hazel Grove)
That this House has no confidence in Mr Speaker.
93 signatures
(Most recent: 4 Mar 2024)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 46
Scottish National Party: 41
Independent: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Richard Graham, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


Richard Graham has not been granted any Urgent Questions

1 Adjournment Debate led by Richard Graham

Thursday 22nd September 2022

2 Bills introduced by Richard Graham


A Bill to make provision about the law in relation to administering or attempting to administer drugs, alcohol or any other substance to a person without their consent, whether or not with the intent to cause harm; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Tuesday 13th June 2023
(Read Debate)

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to establish a review of the case for a levy on the gross revenues of gambling firms and to require that review to make recommendations on the possible uses of revenue from such a levy in connection with research on gambling addiction, protections for children and other vulnerable people at risk of being harmed by gambling, and gambling addiction clinics; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 24th April 2019
(Read Debate)

26 Written Questions in the current parliament

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
28th Apr 2020
What plans she has for the allocation of the additional £85 million to the CPS.

The Government is investing across the justice system.The additional £85 million to the CPS will enable the CPS to respond effectively to any increase in caseload resulting from the recruitment of 20,000 new police officers; to better meet their disclosure obligations; to work with investigators to pursue all reasonable lines of inquiry; and to deliver much needed changes to external counsel fees. Investing in the CPS to meet these pressures demonstrates that this Government is commitment to ensuring that justice is served.

22nd Jan 2020
To ask the Attorney General, what comparative assessment he has made of (a) the number of cases the CPS agreed to pursue came to court and (b) the average waiting time for those cases to be heard when the CPS was (i) based in Gloucester and (ii) based in Bristol.

The South West regional area of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) covers three police force areas: Avon & Somerset, Devon and Cornwall and Gloucestershire. The Area is based in Bristol, Exeter and Truro following the closure of the Gloucester office in April 2014. In 2013-14, prior to the closure of the Gloucester office, CPS South West prosecuted 11,826 cases where the CPS had authorised charge. In 2018-19 they prosecuted 9,279. This reduction is consistent with the falling caseload for the CPS nationally.

The CPS does not hold any records relating to the average waiting time at court. However, data is available showing the average time (in calendar days) from the date the decision to charge a suspect was made to the date the prosecution case was finalised. In 2013-14 this was 140.3 days for CPS South West and 139.2 days in 2018-19. For cases referred by Gloucestershire Police the average time taken between decision to charge and finalised prosecution has dropped from 176.5 days in 2013-14 to 142.5 days in 2018-19.

The average timeliness of a prosecution case is measured from the date charges are authorised by the CPS to finalisation. The average time includes the period between the date the CPS authorise the charge, to the date the suspect was charged by the police, to date of the first listed hearing and subsequent finalisation of the defendant’s case. It is not possible to disaggregate the average timeliness between these stages. The data includes cases which are completed in magistrates’ courts and, more serious and complex, cases which proceed to the Crown Court. The precise time to charge a defendant is a matter for the police and similarly the time to list a case in court is a matter for HM Courts and Tribunals Service. The length of time cases take in court depends on the nature and complexity of the matters in question and whether matters are admitted or contested by the defendant.

21st Sep 2021
What recent steps his Department has taken to support opportunities arising from marine energy.

On Monday 13 September we confirmed that wave and tidal stream projects will be eligible to compete in this year’s Contracts for Difference allocation round. We continue to assess a range of marine technologies following our Call for Evidence on marine energy.

16th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on support for renewable sources of energy.

Ministers regularly discuss issues including renewable energy, including as part of the Government’s commitment to meeting net zero by 2050.

In 2019, the Government set a legally binding-target to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions from across the UK economy by 2050. We agree with the Committee on Climate Change’s view on the importance of a diverse mix of power generation sources to achieve that with renewables providing the majority of our electricity by 2050 alongside firm low carbon power from sources such as nuclear, and gas or biomass generation with carbon capture and storage. The Government has introduced many initiatives to increase the supply of renewable energy production in the UK.

We have committed up to £557m of annual support for future Contracts for Difference, providing developers with the confidence they need to invest in bringing forward new projects and we are supporting our world-leading offshore wind industry through the 2019 sector deal.

In order to support smaller scale renewable electricity generation, the Government introduced the Smart Export Guarantee on 1 January, which gives?small scale low-carbon electricity generators, such as?homes with?solar?panels,?the right to?be paid for the renewable electricity they export to the grid.

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) supports the transition to low-carbon heating in the UK, helping generate renewable heat for schools, hospitals and more than 12,000 social housing properties. The scheme is designed to bridge the gap between the cost of fossil fuel heat sources and renewable heat alternatives through financial support for owners of participating installations. The RHI helps to sustain and build the supply-chains needed to deliver our aspirations for renewable heat in 2020 and beyond

Meeting our net zero target will require virtually all heat in buildings to be decarbonised, and heat in industry to be reduced to close to zero carbon emissions. This will involve large-scale transformation, including disruption to consumers and wide-ranging change to energy systems and markets: the way heating is supplied to over 28 million homes, businesses and industrial users will need to change.

We are working to develop a new policy framework for the long-term decarbonisation of heat. This will set out the programme of work required to enable key strategic decisions on how we achieve mass transition to low carbon heating.

13th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the impact of expenditure on high and special needs educational provision on Gloucestershire County Council's 2024-25 education budget.

Gloucestershire County Council has provisionally been allocated £97 million through the high needs national funding formula (NFF) in 2024-25, as published this July. This is a cumulative increase of 28% per head over the three years from 2021/22. The department will be publishing in December this year each local authority’s confirmed allocations for 2024/25, updated with the latest pupil number data, in their Dedicated Schools Grant allocations. The high needs NFF includes a factor based on local authorities’ historic spending, as of 2017/18. Gloucestershire is attracting £27 million in respect of that factor within its overall high needs NFF allocation for 2024/25.

David Johnston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
13th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how large Gloucestershire County Council's Dedicated Schools Grant deficit is compared to other local authorities; and whether her Department is taking steps to help support Gloucestershire County Council to implement the (a) Safety Valve and (b) Delivering Better Value programmes.

Gloucestershire County Council’s Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) deficit for 2021/22 was £17 million (3.26% of DSG funding). For 2022/23 the DSG deficit is £28.6 million (5.19% of 2022/23 DSG funding).

Based on the 2021/22 figures, Gloucestershire County Council is the local authority with the 59th largest deficit.

The department is taking steps to support Gloucestershire County Council through the Delivering Better Value in the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) programme. The programme aims to help local authorities improve the outcomes for children and young people with SEND and place their local systems on a more sustainable financial footing.

Gloucestershire County Council is engaging positively with the programme and has completed the first phase which involves a root-cause diagnostic of its local system, engaging with its stakeholders; and the development of an implementation plan to address issues identified.

David Johnston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
13th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils attended holiday activities and food programmes in (a) Gloucester and (b) Gloucestershire during summer (i) 2022 and (ii) 2023.

The below table includes data for Gloucestershire local authority for Summer 2022. The department does not hold data below local authority level.

2022

LA

TOTAL number of attendees [sum of all incl. other] - Primary Aged

TOTAL number of attendees [sum of all incl. other] - Secondary Aged

Overall

Gloucestershire

10,078

3,101

13,179

2023 data is not yet available.

David Johnston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
13th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department plans to provide additional funding to Gloucestershire County Council for education services.

The Central School Services Block (CSSB) funds local authorities to carry out central functions on behalf of all pupils in maintained schools and academies. The CSSB funding comprises two distinct parts: funding for ongoing responsibilities, and for historic commitments. In 2023/24, Gloucestershire received a total of £3,077,365 in CSSB funding, and its provisional CSSB allocation for 2024/25 through the National Funding Formula is £3,197,919. Final allocations for 2024/25 will be published in December within the Dedicated Schools Grant.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Education)
13th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many music teachers there are in Gloucestershire; and how many there were in 2010.

Information on the school workforce in England, including the number of subject teachers in state funded secondary schools, is collected each November as part of the annual School Workforce Census. Information is published in the ‘School Workforce in England’ statistical publication, available at: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-statistics/school-workforce-in-england.

The number of hours spent teaching music and other subjects nationally in a typical week for the 2011/12 to 2022/23 academic years (full time period available), is available at: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/data-tables/permalink/8a899462-7a12-4c60-4df6-08dbdfa6a426.

As of 2022/23, there were 75 music teachers (any teacher timetabled to teach music) at Key Stages 3, 4, and 5 in the 36 state funded secondary schools in Gloucestershire that reported data on subjects taught. There were a further five schools that did not report such data. An equivalent figure for 2010/11 is not available.

Timetabled teaching is reported for a typical week in November, as determined by the school. It does not cover an entire year of teaching. If there are variations in timetabling across the year, this is not covered in the data available to the department.

Subject taught is only collected from secondary schools that use electronic timetabling software that can produce data in the format required. Data is then weighted to provide national totals.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Education)
13th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many apprenticeship starts there were in (a) Gloucester and (b) Gloucestershire in each year since 2010.

Since the 2010/11 academic year there have been 14,860 apprenticeship starts in Gloucester and 57,200 in Gloucestershire reported to date. These totals include the 2022/23 academic year figures which are provisional and cover the first three quarters (August 2022 to April 2023). The full year figures for the 2022/23 academic year will be published on 30 November 2023.

Apprenticeship starts are recorded on the Individualised Learner Record (ILR) and published by the department in the apprenticeships and traineeships statistics publication, which can be accessed at: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-statistics/apprenticeships-and-traineeships. Apprenticeship starts for Gloucester and Gloucestershire for the 2010/11 to 2022/23 academic years are shown here: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/data-tables/permalink/38cbdfef-ad03-41bc-4937-08dbdfb23d99.

Robert Halfon
Minister of State (Education)
17th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teacher training places (a) in total and (b) for science subjects were available in Gloucestershire in (i) 2019 and (ii) 2022; and what proportion of places (A) in total and (B) for science were taken up.

The table attached shows the new entrants to Initial Teacher Training (ITT) in the Local Authority of Gloucestershire for the academic years 2019/20 to 2022/23, split by postgraduate and undergraduate trainees. The table includes the number of trainees for all ITT courses and for trainees on science courses.

Local Authority data is determined by the location of the institution, which is not necessarily where the trainee is located. The figures are based on data from the latest ITT census publication, available at: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-statistics/initial-teacher-training-census.

The 2022/23 data is provisional and will be revised as part of the 2023/24 publication. The Department does not hold complete data on the number of teacher training places available. As such, it is not possible to provide any information on the proportion of places taken up.

12th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many apprenticeships began in (a) Gloucester, (b) Gloucestershire, (c) the South West and (d) England in each year between 2009 and 2022.

Apprenticeship starts and achievements for the requested geographies are presented in the attached table. Apprenticeship achievements correspond to the volume of apprenticeship programmes that are successfully completed.

Please note that apprenticeship starts and achievements within an academic year cannot be used to infer the proportion of apprenticeships that are achieved. They are independent performance metrics. Typically, apprenticeships are achieved in a subsequent academic year to the one they started in.

Robert Halfon
Minister of State (Education)
12th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many apprentices did not complete their apprenticeship in full in (a) Gloucester constituency, (b) Gloucestershire, (c) the South West and (d) England in each year between 2009 and 2022.

Apprenticeship starts and achievements for the requested geographies are presented in the attached table. Apprenticeship achievements correspond to the volume of apprenticeship programmes that are successfully completed.

Please note that apprenticeship starts and achievements within an academic year cannot be used to infer the proportion of apprenticeships that are achieved. They are independent performance metrics. Typically, apprenticeships are achieved in a subsequent academic year to the one they started in.

Robert Halfon
Minister of State (Education)
27th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to support new woodlands and community green spaces.

Our England Trees Action Plan sets out how we will deliver our ambitious commitments to treble tree-planting rates across the country and bring trees and woodlands closer to people, backed by the £750 million Nature for Climate Fund. We are funding three new Community Forests in Cumbria, Devon and the North East, have established the Urban Tree Challenge Fund, and have created opportunities for large-scale tree planting through the Landscape Recovery Scheme with details soon to be launched. On 24 January I had the pleasure of visiting Blenheim estate, a 104-hectare woodland created under the England Woodland Creation Offer. Landowners, land managers and public bodies can apply to the England Woodland Creation Offer, which provides both greater financial incentives to plant and maintain trees and offers greater recognition of the benefits provided by woodland to people and nature.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
7th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department is making on negotiations with the French government on the recognition of UK Blue Badges in that country.

The Government remains committed to confirming the status of UK issued Blue Badges for motorists visiting Europe. Twenty countries have already committed to recognising Blue Badges and are listed on gov.uk: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/blue-badge-using-it-in-the-eu/using-a-blue-badge-in-the-european-union

Discussions continue with a number of countries. It would not be appropriate for me to comment on the progress of discussions while they are on-going.

17th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people (a) aged 16 to 64 who were economically inactive between February and April 2010, (b) aged 16 to 24 who were employed between February and April 2010 and (c) aged 16 to 24 who were unemployed between February and April 2010.

The 16-64 UK economic inactivity level was 9.5 million between February and April 2010. The 16-24 employment level was 3.7 million between February and April 2010 and the 16-24 unemployment level was 0.9 million.

Employment and unemployment data is published and available at:

https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/datasets/summaryoflabourmarketstatistics

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
15th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an estimate of (a) the number of residents that will be eligible and (b) the cost to the public purse of (i) cost of living payments and (ii) disability cost of living payments in Gloucester constituency in 2023-24.

The Department for Work and Pensions published an impact assessment analysing the impact of the Social Security (Additional Payments) (No. 2) Bill which made provisions to deliver means-tested benefit Cost of Living Payment worth up to £900 and the disability Cost of Living Payment worth £150 to support people in the financial year 2023/24.

In the impact assessment, the department estimated that the number of benefit units eligible for the means-tested payment in 2023-24 in Gloucester constituency is 15,000. The number of individuals eligible for the disability payment was estimated to be 11,900.

The impact assessment did not formally assess the cost to the public purse of administering these payments on a constituency basis. Assuming the caseloads outlined above are correct and all families receive the stated amount, the cost to the public purse of (i) cost of living payments would be £4.5 million and (ii) the cost of the disability cost of living payments would be £1.8 million.

The full impact assessment can be found here.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
14th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners received (a) a winter fuel payment and (b) cost of living support in Gloucester constituency in 2022-23.

The number of Winter Fuel Payments received in Gloucester constituency in winter 2021 to 2022 was 18,468. Statistics for the Winter of 2022 to 2023 will be published in September 2023. A full breakdown of Winter Fuel Payment statistics can be found here: Winter Fuel Payment statistics for winter 2020 to 2021 and winter 2021 to 2022 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

The Department for Work and Pensions has published management information on the total number of Pensioner Cost of Living Payments made. The information can be found here: Pensioner Cost of Living Payment management information - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The department has also published management information on the number of means-tested benefits and disability Cost of Living payments made. The information can be found here Cost of Living Payment management information - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

In line with the Code of Practice for Statistics, the number of Cost of Living Payments made in specific constituencies is the subject of an upcoming statistical release, and cannot be released before that publication is ready, subject to usual quality assurance.

Laura Trott
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
14th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners in Gloucester constituency who received the winter fuel allowance also received the (a) £400 energy bill discount, (b) £150 council tax rebate, (c) £150 warm home discount, (d) £900 energy price guarantee and (e) the £150 disability Cost of Living payment; what assessment he has made of the impact of those allowances on pensioners in Gloucester constituency; and what assessment he has made of trends in the number of pensioners in that constituency in 2023-24.

The information requested for part a) to d) is not held by this department. Therefore, the department cannot make an assessment of how many pensioners received the combination of support listed in the question or the impact of receiving such allowances.

The number of Winter Fuel Payments received in Gloucester constituency in winter 2021 to 2022 was 18,468. Statistics for the Winter of 2022 to 2023 will be published in September 2023. A full breakdown of Winter Fuel Payment statistics can be found here: Winter Fuel Payment statistics for winter2020 to 2021 and winter 2021 to 2022 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

The Department for Work and Pensions has published management information on the total number of Pensioner Cost of Living Payments made. The information can be found here: Pensioner Cost of Living Payment management information - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The department has also published management information on the number of means-tested benefits and disability Cost of Living payments made. The information can be found here Cost of Living Payment management information - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

In line with the Code of Practice for Statistics, the number of Cost of Living Payments made in specific constituencies is the subject of an upcoming statistical release, and cannot be released before that publication is ready, subject to usual quality assurance.

As reported in the DWP benefits statistics, there were 18,817 people in receipt of State Pension in Gloucester constituency in the quarter ending August 2022, a very slight increase from 18,597 in the quarter ending August 2021. This information can be found here DWP benefits statistics: February 2023 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). The ONS has released constituency level data on the age of the UK population using an interactive dashboard which can be found here Constituency data: population, by age (parliament.uk)

Laura Trott
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
12th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an estimate of the proportion of people between ages 50 and retirement age who were employed in 2019.

Official Statistics are published annually on the economic labour market status of individuals aged 50 and over: Economic labour market status of individuals aged 50 and over - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
1st Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress she has made on the conversion of Kickstart jobs into full-time equivalent roles and apprenticeships.

We are delighted that over 130,000 Kickstart jobs have been started by young people and around 235,000 roles have been made available for young people to apply to through the scheme.

Many of these Kickstart jobs will lead on to further employment, training, or apprenticeships.

Jobcentre Plus Work Coaches promote apprenticeship opportunities to claimants in their regular interventions with customers and actively participate in “National Apprenticeship Week”

The Department for Work and Pensions will be monitoring and evaluating the Kickstart scheme throughout and after its implementation, and will continue to evaluate the longer-term outcomes for Kickstart participants after they have completed their six-month jobs

Jobs made available and starts quoted here include some unfunded Kickstart jobs.

Although care is taken when processing and analysing Kickstart applications, referrals and starts, the data collected might be subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system, which has been developed quickly.

The management information presented here has not been subjected to the usual standard of quality assurance associated with official statistics but is provided in the interests of transparency. Work is ongoing to improve the quality of information available for the programme.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
21st Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) Gloucester constituency and (b) the UK (i) applied for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) (ii) had their Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claim rejected and (ii) successfully contended a rejected Personal Independence payment (PIP) claim at appeal in the most recent period for which figures are available.

The table below provides the information requested for initial decisions following a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment for the Gloucester Parliamentary constituency and Great Britain in 2018-19:

Initial decisions in 2018-19

Gloucester

Great Britain

PIP initial decisions following a PIP assessment

1,320

630,260

Of which, disallowed

430

222,930

Of those disallowed at initial decision

Award changed at Mandatory Reconsideration (MR)

40

15,940

Award unchanged at MR and decision overturned at a tribunal hearing

20

14,510

Award unchanged at MR and appeal lapsed

10

6,140

Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

Claimants who have received benefit decisions more recently may not yet have had time to complete the claimant journey and progress to appeal.

A lapsed appeal is where DWP changed the decision in the customer’s favour after an appeal was lodged but before it was heard at tribunal.

The Northern Irish Assembly has devolved responsibility for social security benefits. The responsibility for statistics in Northern Ireland lies with the Department for Communities:

https://www.communities-ni.gov.uk/articles/personal-independence-payment-statistics

13th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many appeals of SEND decisions made by people from Gloucestershire were heard at tribunals in each of the last five years; and how many and what proportion of those cases were won by parents.

Information about appeals to the First-tier Tribunal for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) is published at: www.gov.uk/government/collections/tribunals-statistics.

The table below sets out the number of appeals to SEND against decisions made by the Local Authority in Gloucestershire for the period 2018 to 2023; and the percentage of appeals which were found in favour of the appellant (which includes parents and young people), for the years 2020 – 2022.

Academic year

Total appeals registered

Total appeals heard

Total of successful appeals

Percentage of successful appeals

2018

40

-

-

-

2019

55

-

-

-

2020

27

12

11

92%

2021

34

28

23

82%

2022

131

84

83

99%

Outcome data on appeals before 2020 are not available due to the Records Retention and Disposal Schedule (RRDS) of the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber of HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) (of which SEND is part) requiring that data are deleted three years after the conclusion of the appeal. The full RRDS can be found at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/62b47cfcd3bf7f0af821efef/health-education-social-care-chamber-rrds.pdf.

Decisions made by Local Authorities about the special educational needs of young people can be overturned on appeal for a variety of reasons. For instance, further evidence, including evidence in the form of oral testimony, may be provided at the hearing. HMCTS cannot comment on decisions made by independent tribunal judiciary.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
9th Jun 2020
What plans his Department has to increase access to justice.

Access to justice is a fundamental right and this government is committed to ensuring that everyone can get the timely support they need to access the justice system.

We announced our vision for resolving legal problems earlier and increasing access to justice through the Legal Support Action Plan, including the role technology can play in identifying legal problems.

Despite various real demands of Covid-19 on the MoJ, we have continued to prioritise a new £3.1m grant that will further enhance legal support for litigants in person over the next two years.

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice