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Q
(North Durham)
Asked on: 28 January 2015
Ministry of Justice
Communication
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his Department's communications budget was in each financial year from 2010-11 to 2014-15.
A
Answered by: Mike Penning
Answered on: 05 February 2015

The department’s budget for the MoJ Communication team (staff & non-staff) is shown in the table below:

Financial Year

Area

Total Comms Budget

2010- 2011

MoJ Communication

£7.5m

2011- 2012

MoJ Communication

£4.9m

2012- 2013

MoJ Communication

£4.6m

2013- 2014

MoJ Communication

£4.5m

2014 -2015

MoJ Communication

£4.7m
[£4.3m excluding transfers from other government departments]

The increase in 2014-15 is a result of a transfer of staff and budget to MoJ from other government departments for design services (totalling £0.4m).

On a like for like basis, excluding this transfer, the MoJ Communication team budget for 2014-15 is £4.3m, continuing the annual trend of decreases in budget seen since 2010-11, and representing a reduction of over 40% compared to 2010-11.

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Asked by Jenny Chapman
(Darlington)
Asked on: 28 January 2015
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Wormwood Scrubs Prison
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the budget of the education department for HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs was in each year from 2010.
A
Answered by: Nick Boles
Answered on: 05 February 2015

Learning and skills at HMP Wormwood Scrubs has been delivered by a number of providers, through contracts let by the Skills Funding Agency, during this period. For the academic years 2010/11 and 2011/12, the Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) contract for London was held by Kensington and Chelsea College. For the academic years 2012/13, 2013/14 and the first part of 2014/15, the OLASS contract was held by A4e Ltd. From 2 February 2015, The Manchester College has held the OLASS contract for London.

The Skills Funding Agency introduced funding changes that base payment to providers on learner achievement when new prison education contracts (OLASS4) commenced in August 2012. Prior to this, providers were paid on the basis of the teaching hours they were programmed to deliver. Direct comparisons between OLASS funding prior to the 2012/13 academic year and now cannot be made.

The table below sets out OLASS initial contract values for HMP Wormwood Scrubs from the 2012/13 academic year.

Academic Year

OLASS initial contract values for HMP Wormwood Scrubs

2012/13

£1,112,600

2013/14

£1,581,000

2014/15

£1,360,600

Notes:

1) Figures rounded to nearest 000s

2) In 2012/13 the Agency did not include details of prison level allocations within its contract documentation. The figure given is representative of the proportion of funding available for use at the prison for adult OLASS programme.

3) In 2013/14 the Agency included details of prison level allocations within its contract documentation. This sets out the value expected to be used for delivery of adult OLASS programme at the prison.

4) In 2014/15 the Agency has held 2 contracts for delivery of adult OLASS. The first contract was for the period 1 August 2014 to 31 January 2015. The second is for the period 1 February 2015 to 31 July 2015. The figure given is for the adult OLASS programme elements of these contracts for use at the prison.

The overall value of the OLASS contract for HMP Wormwood Scrubs changed, during the 2013/14 academic year and after January 2014, as set out in the table below.

Initial contract for 2013/14 for HMP Wormwood Scrubs

£1,581,000

Variation 1

£1,852,000

Variation 2

£979,000

Notes:

1) Figures rounded to nearest 000s

Art, Design and Media Studies were taught at HMP Wormwood Scrubs as part of the OLASS learning offer during the first part of the 1014/15 academic year: there was no art, design and media department at the prison. Following an Ofsted inspection and a curriculum review, a local decision was taken to withdraw provision for art, design and media studies and to focus delivery more on maths and English. We do not hold prison-level learner enrolment information centrally.

Grouped Questions: 222426 | 222425
Q
Asked by Jenny Chapman
(Darlington)
Asked on: 28 January 2015
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Wormwood Scrubs Prison
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many inmates were enrolled in teaching or training in the art, design and media department in HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs when it was closed down.
A
Answered by: Nick Boles
Answered on: 05 February 2015

Learning and skills at HMP Wormwood Scrubs has been delivered by a number of providers, through contracts let by the Skills Funding Agency, during this period. For the academic years 2010/11 and 2011/12, the Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) contract for London was held by Kensington and Chelsea College. For the academic years 2012/13, 2013/14 and the first part of 2014/15, the OLASS contract was held by A4e Ltd. From 2 February 2015, The Manchester College has held the OLASS contract for London.

The Skills Funding Agency introduced funding changes that base payment to providers on learner achievement when new prison education contracts (OLASS4) commenced in August 2012. Prior to this, providers were paid on the basis of the teaching hours they were programmed to deliver. Direct comparisons between OLASS funding prior to the 2012/13 academic year and now cannot be made.

The table below sets out OLASS initial contract values for HMP Wormwood Scrubs from the 2012/13 academic year.

Academic Year

OLASS initial contract values for HMP Wormwood Scrubs

2012/13

£1,112,600

2013/14

£1,581,000

2014/15

£1,360,600

Notes:

1) Figures rounded to nearest 000s

2) In 2012/13 the Agency did not include details of prison level allocations within its contract documentation. The figure given is representative of the proportion of funding available for use at the prison for adult OLASS programme.

3) In 2013/14 the Agency included details of prison level allocations within its contract documentation. This sets out the value expected to be used for delivery of adult OLASS programme at the prison.

4) In 2014/15 the Agency has held 2 contracts for delivery of adult OLASS. The first contract was for the period 1 August 2014 to 31 January 2015. The second is for the period 1 February 2015 to 31 July 2015. The figure given is for the adult OLASS programme elements of these contracts for use at the prison.

The overall value of the OLASS contract for HMP Wormwood Scrubs changed, during the 2013/14 academic year and after January 2014, as set out in the table below.

Initial contract for 2013/14 for HMP Wormwood Scrubs

£1,581,000

Variation 1

£1,852,000

Variation 2

£979,000

Notes:

1) Figures rounded to nearest 000s

Art, Design and Media Studies were taught at HMP Wormwood Scrubs as part of the OLASS learning offer during the first part of the 1014/15 academic year: there was no art, design and media department at the prison. Following an Ofsted inspection and a curriculum review, a local decision was taken to withdraw provision for art, design and media studies and to focus delivery more on maths and English. We do not hold prison-level learner enrolment information centrally.

Grouped Questions: 222424 | 222425
Q
Asked by Jenny Chapman
(Darlington)
Asked on: 28 January 2015
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Wormwood Scrubs Prison
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what changes there have been to the budget of the education department at HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs since January 2014.
A
Answered by: Nick Boles
Answered on: 05 February 2015

Learning and skills at HMP Wormwood Scrubs has been delivered by a number of providers, through contracts let by the Skills Funding Agency, during this period. For the academic years 2010/11 and 2011/12, the Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) contract for London was held by Kensington and Chelsea College. For the academic years 2012/13, 2013/14 and the first part of 2014/15, the OLASS contract was held by A4e Ltd. From 2 February 2015, The Manchester College has held the OLASS contract for London.

The Skills Funding Agency introduced funding changes that base payment to providers on learner achievement when new prison education contracts (OLASS4) commenced in August 2012. Prior to this, providers were paid on the basis of the teaching hours they were programmed to deliver. Direct comparisons between OLASS funding prior to the 2012/13 academic year and now cannot be made.

The table below sets out OLASS initial contract values for HMP Wormwood Scrubs from the 2012/13 academic year.

Academic Year

OLASS initial contract values for HMP Wormwood Scrubs

2012/13

£1,112,600

2013/14

£1,581,000

2014/15

£1,360,600

Notes:

1) Figures rounded to nearest 000s

2) In 2012/13 the Agency did not include details of prison level allocations within its contract documentation. The figure given is representative of the proportion of funding available for use at the prison for adult OLASS programme.

3) In 2013/14 the Agency included details of prison level allocations within its contract documentation. This sets out the value expected to be used for delivery of adult OLASS programme at the prison.

4) In 2014/15 the Agency has held 2 contracts for delivery of adult OLASS. The first contract was for the period 1 August 2014 to 31 January 2015. The second is for the period 1 February 2015 to 31 July 2015. The figure given is for the adult OLASS programme elements of these contracts for use at the prison.

The overall value of the OLASS contract for HMP Wormwood Scrubs changed, during the 2013/14 academic year and after January 2014, as set out in the table below.

Initial contract for 2013/14 for HMP Wormwood Scrubs

£1,581,000

Variation 1

£1,852,000

Variation 2

£979,000

Notes:

1) Figures rounded to nearest 000s

Art, Design and Media Studies were taught at HMP Wormwood Scrubs as part of the OLASS learning offer during the first part of the 1014/15 academic year: there was no art, design and media department at the prison. Following an Ofsted inspection and a curriculum review, a local decision was taken to withdraw provision for art, design and media studies and to focus delivery more on maths and English. We do not hold prison-level learner enrolment information centrally.

Grouped Questions: 222424 | 222426
Q
Asked by Lord Touhig
Asked on: 29 January 2015
Home Office
Police: Autism
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in considering whether police marker systems used to identify those with mental health and learning difficulties can be extended to those with autism as proposed in the report Think Autism.
A
Answered by: Lord Bates
Answered on: 05 February 2015

Work is continuing to establish whether a separate marker, specifically for autism, can readily be added to the Police National Computer in addition to the existing mental health marker, and to assess potential impacts on police force IT systems.

Q
Asked by Lord Touhig
Asked on: 29 January 2015
Home Office
Police: Autism
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Lord Faulks on 22 January (HL Deb, col 1442), how many police officers are expected to participate in training in recognising autistic spectrum disorders; and whether they are considering making such training mandatory.
A
Answered by: Lord Bates
Answered on: 05 February 2015

All police officers receive training on a range of mental health and related issues, including awareness of autism spectrum disorders, as part of the existing national police curriculum.

The College of Policing provides national training and learning resources, and is undertaking a wide-ranging review of the guidance and training available to police officers in relation to the identification of vulnerabilities, including mental ill-health, learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. All police officers will be expected to participate in training to recognise autism spectrum disorders once the refreshed training programme is available, which is expected to be at the end of 2015.

As the police training curriculum is refreshed, the College will consult the National Autistic Society and other national charities on its content as it relates to mental ill-health, learning disability and autism spectrum disorders.

In addition to the national work of the College, last year the Government commissioned Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) to conduct a thematic inspection into the treatment of vulnerable people in police custody. The inspectorate is due to publish its report in March and this will inform the College of Policing’s review of training as well as highlighting other areas where improvements can be made.

Action is taking place at local force level also. Many have developed their own tailored training programmes to support their officers and staff in the identification and appropriate handling of people experiencing mental ill-health or who have learning disabilities or autism spectrum disorders. Hampshire Police, for example, have received training from and continue to work closely with the Hampshire Autistic Society.

Grouped Questions: HL4544
Q
Asked by Lord Touhig
Asked on: 29 January 2015
Home Office
Police: Autism
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Lord Faulks on 22 January (HL Deb, col 1442), what organisations have been consulted in the development of training programmes for police officers in recognising autistic spectrum disorders.
A
Answered by: Lord Bates
Answered on: 05 February 2015

All police officers receive training on a range of mental health and related issues, including awareness of autism spectrum disorders, as part of the existing national police curriculum.

The College of Policing provides national training and learning resources, and is undertaking a wide-ranging review of the guidance and training available to police officers in relation to the identification of vulnerabilities, including mental ill-health, learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. All police officers will be expected to participate in training to recognise autism spectrum disorders once the refreshed training programme is available, which is expected to be at the end of 2015.

As the police training curriculum is refreshed, the College will consult the National Autistic Society and other national charities on its content as it relates to mental ill-health, learning disability and autism spectrum disorders.

In addition to the national work of the College, last year the Government commissioned Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) to conduct a thematic inspection into the treatment of vulnerable people in police custody. The inspectorate is due to publish its report in March and this will inform the College of Policing’s review of training as well as highlighting other areas where improvements can be made.

Action is taking place at local force level also. Many have developed their own tailored training programmes to support their officers and staff in the identification and appropriate handling of people experiencing mental ill-health or who have learning disabilities or autism spectrum disorders. Hampshire Police, for example, have received training from and continue to work closely with the Hampshire Autistic Society.

Grouped Questions: HL4543
Q
Asked by Lord Boateng
Asked on: 29 January 2015
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
South Sudan
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current assessment of the situation in South Sudan; and what actions they are taking to work with religious leaders to promote reconciliation in the current civil war there.
Answered on: 05 February 2015
We remain deeply concerned by the situation in South Sudan. Nearly 2 million people have been displaced and thousands killed. We welcome the Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) agreement of 1 February between the parties to the conflict but this needs to be implemented and a transitional government formed. Throughout the peace negotiations we have been clear that any transitional government must listen to the diverse range of voices that exist within South Sudan including the important role that religious leaders can have in the reconciliation process.
Q
Asked on: 29 January 2015
Home Office
Illegal Immigrants
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the status of immigrants from (1) Bulgaria, and (2) Romania, who arrived in the United Kingdom illegally before January 2014; and what is the total number of such cases that have been detected.
A
Answered by: Lord Bates
Answered on: 05 February 2015

The previous Labour Government signed the EU Accession treaty with Romania and Bulgaria, which granted Romanians and Bulgarians a right of entry to the UK from 1 January 2007. From that date, Romanians and Bulgarians have been able to travel to the UK legally, though their access to the UK labour market was restricted under the transitional arrangements, which the present Government extended until 31 December 2013, the maximum possible period.

Q
Asked on: 29 January 2015
Home Office
Immigration
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are in place to accommodate immigrants arriving in the United Kingdom from Bulgaria and Romania who have no financial resources and nowhere to sleep.
A
Answered by: Lord Bates
Answered on: 05 February 2015

EU nationals who are not fulfilling the residency requirements set out in the Free Movement Directive, for example those who are begging or sleeping rough, and who have no right of residence in the UK should leave. Following changes this Government made from 1 January 2014, those who do not depart voluntarily can be administratively removed and barred from returning to the UK for 12 months unless they can show that they have a valid reason to return.

Asked on: 29 January 2015
Department of Health
Accident and Emergency Departments
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to reduce excessive waiting times for accident and emergency patients.
A
Answered by: Earl Howe
Answered on: 05 February 2015

The Government has given the National Health Service a record £700 million of additional support to ensure urgent and emergency care services are sustainable year-round and ready for the pressures of winter. Local plans to spend this money provide for nearly 8,800 extra staff and almost 6,500 extra beds. The Government is also acting to ease the pressure on accident and emergency (A&E) departments, by supporting faster discharge from hospitals. We have given ring-fenced grant totalling £37 million to councils, to help prevent delayed discharges.

For the longer term NHS England’s urgent and emergency care review is looking at ways to improve the system, including easing pressures on A&E departments.

Q
Asked by Lord Berkeley
Asked on: 29 January 2015
Department for Culture Media and Sport
Government Departments: Flags
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria determine when flags on Government buildings are flown at half mast; and for what reason it was done on Wednesday 21 January.
A
Answered on: 05 February 2015

On Friday 23 January, flags on Government buildings were flown at half mast following the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. In line with long-standing arrangements, the Union Flag is flown at half-mast on Government buildings following the death of foreign monarchs.

Q
Asked by Lord Tebbit
Asked on: 29 January 2015
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
UK Membership of EU
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that it is in the interest of the United Kingdom to remain a member of the European Union.
Answered on: 05 February 2015

Membership of the EU brings the UK many benefits, including jobs and investment and a strong collective negotiating voice to negotiate free trade agreements. But the British Government is clear that the EU must reform to make it more competitive, democratically accountable and fair for those inside and outside the Eurozone.

Q
(Huddersfield)
Asked on: 29 January 2015
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Citizens' Advice Bureaux
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what information his Department holds on the number of people advised by Citizens Advice Bureaux in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) London, (d) Yorkshire, (e) Kirklees local authority area and (f) Huddersfield constituency in each of the last 10 years.
A
Answered by: Jo Swinson
Answered on: 05 February 2015

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 across the network either manually or in a variety of different data systems.

Citizens Advice has been able to provide data over the past 5 years on the number of issues clients have been advised on and these are set out in the table below:

Location

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

England & Wales

7,097,923

6,921,722

6,712,365

6,610,072

5,571,651

England

6,752,437

6,705,436

6,416,577

6,114,356

5,234,340

London

662,289

657,195

601,964

610,452

537,960

Yorkshire

621,175

581,913

568,618

644,455

488,998

Kirklees LA

61,540

52,781

52,335

45,006

40,931

Huddersfield constituency

16,429

14,515

14,922

14,382

13,125

Q
(Huddersfield)
Asked on: 29 January 2015
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Citizens Advice
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what information his Department holds on the number of Citizens Advice Bureaux field offices which have (a) opened and (b) closed in (i) the UK, (ii) England, (iii) London, (iv) Yorkshire, (v) Kirklees local authority area and (vi) Huddersfield constituency in each of the last 10 years.
A
Answered by: Jo Swinson
Answered on: 05 February 2015

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 efficient organisations, resulting in less being spent on back office functions and more on delivery. When bureaux close, every effort is made to expand resources within neighbouring bureaux to ensure services continue for local residents. Citizens Advice do not have details of new locations opened by year

b) Citizens Advice is only able to provide information on bureaux closures for 7 of the past 10 years. Details are set out in the table below:

Location

2005-06

2006-07

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

Total

England & Wales

1

3

1

3

5

3

3

19

England

1

3

1

3

4

3

2

17

London

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

2

Yorkshire

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kirklees LA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Huddersfield constituency

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Information for years 2007-08 and 2008-09 is not recorded. This is either because there were no bureau closures during that period, or because data has not been recorded in a way that can be deemed accurate.

Q
(Huddersfield)
Asked on: 29 January 2015
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Citizens Advice
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much funding the Government has allocated to Citizens Advice in each of the last 10 years.
A
Answered by: Jo Swinson
Answered on: 05 February 2015

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 provided funding to Citizen Advice (CitA) under the Financial Inclusion Fund (for Face to Face Debt Advice project) – now delivered by Citizens Advice through bureaux under contract with the Money Advice Service; and under the additional Hours of Advice (AHA) Project - a one-off programme of funding to enable bureaux to extend their opening hours following the recession in Autumn 2008, funding for which ended March 2011.

Funding data can be found in the attached table.

BIS funding data for Citizens Advice (Word Document, 37.5 KB)
Q
(Huddersfield)
Asked on: 29 January 2015
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Citizens' Advice Bureaux
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what information his Department holds on the number of people who have used Citizens Advice Bureaux in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) London, (d) Yorkshire, (e) Kirklees local authority area and (f) Huddersfield constituency in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Jo Swinson
Answered on: 05 February 2015

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

214,364

207,087

225,651

Yorkshire

143,916

144,775

170,937

152,984

Kirklees LA

11,657

11,697

11,339

12,480

Huddersfield constituency

3,185

3,353

3,225

3,688

Overall the number of unique clients is declining due to the work undertaken to expand delivery through alternative channels; by phone and via the Adviceguide website.

Clients are demanding more access to the service via these alternative channels and Kirklees bureau is reacting to this change in demand patterns. Accurate electronic recording of data across the bureaux network has only been possible in the last 4 years, prior to which statistics were collected across the network either manually or in a variety of different data systems.

Q
(Huddersfield)
Asked on: 29 January 2015
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Citizens' Advice Bureaux
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of Citizens Advice Bureaux on their users' capability to repay debts.
A
Answered by: Jo Swinson
Answered on: 05 February 2015

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.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
[N]
Close

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Asked on: 29 January 2015
Department for Communities and Local Government
Welfare Assistance Schemes
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations he has received about the decision to withdraw funding for the Local Welfare Assistance scheme.
A
Answered by: Kris Hopkins
Answered on: 05 February 2015

I refer the hon. Member to the Written Ministerial Statement of 3 February 2015, Official Report, Columns 5-7WS.

A summary of the responses to the consultation on local welfare provision in 2015-16, the local government finance settlement, and equality statements on both can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/final-local-government-finance-settlement-england-2015-to-2016

Grouped Questions: 222925
Q
(Doncaster Central)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 29 January 2015
Department for Communities and Local Government
Housing Associations
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he plans to take to deregulate housing associations.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 05 February 2015
Holding answer received on 03 February 2015

The Government fundamentally reformed the regulation of housing associations in 2011 through the Localism Act, streamlining the regulatory system and refocusing it on economic regulation. Under the current statute the Regulator has a duty to minimise interference and must be proportionate, consistent, transparent and accountable. Since then, the Regulator has been making changes where appropriate to encourage innovation and private investment, while ensuring the protection of social assets and maintaining the confidence of private investors in the sector. In part because of our reforms, the sector has been able to attract significant private finance to deliver more new homes.

With £19.5 billion of public and private investment between 2011 and 2015 we are on course to deliver 170,000 new affordable homes. A further £38 billion public and private investment will help ensure 275,000 new affordable homes are provided between 2015 and 2020.

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