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House of Commons Library Briefing Paper: Number 2967, 11 September 2019: Financial support for family and friends carers (kinship carers)

House of Commons Library Briefing Paper: Number 2967, 11 September 2019: Financial support for family and friends carers (kinship carers)

The two-child rule and kinship care arrangements The original two child rule introduced from April 2017 had particular implications for some kinship carers. For example, a child element would be payable for a third child joining a family under a kinship care arrangement; or if a family already had two children and one or both were being looked after under kinship care. However, if the family had another child of their own, the child element would not be payable for that (third) child. So in other words, a child element was available to three children if the family had two biological children and then took on a child in kinship care, but not if the child in kinship care arrived first.
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House of Commons Library: Briefing Paper Number 7756: 12 June 2019: Carers

House of Commons Library: Briefing Paper Number 7756: 12 June 2019: Carers

The reasoning behind this is that people in full-time education, including those with caring responsibilities, are already supported through the educational maintenance system, via its range of loans and grants. 55 The rule has however been criticised as a barrier to carers wishing to expand their skills with a view to entering or returning to the labour market. In 2008 the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee said that carers faced a “stark choice between engaging in education and training without any financial support or living on benefits”, and recommended that the Government consider lifting the 21 hour rule and reducing education and training fees for Carer’s Allowance recipients. 56 In its response, the Labour Government said that rather than make piecemeal changes to Carer’s Allowance, it intended to look specifically at the support offered to carers through the benefits system as part of its wider plans to develop a single benefit for people of working age. 57 No detailed plans were set out before the 2010 General Election; and subsequent administrations have not
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House of Commons Library briefing paper : Number 7647, 11 July 2019 : Early Intervention

House of Commons Library briefing paper : Number 7647, 11 July 2019 : Early Intervention

A 2010 report by the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee noted a wide range of services offered by centres across the country, including: ‘Baby Bounce and Rhyme’ sessions, speech and language therapy appointments, baby massage, fathers’ groups, housing advice, Citizens’ Advice Bureaux, money management workshops, sexual health clinics, holiday and after-school clubs for older children, home birth support groups, breastfeeding support groups, ‘Stay and Play’ sessions, book and toy libraries, community cafés, sales of cost-price home safety equipment, relationship counselling, befriending services, family learning, parenting skills courses, childminder drop-ins, healthy eating classes, smoking cessation groups, basic skills courses including ESOL and IT, domestic violence support groups, advocacy services, dental hygiene clinics, multiple birth support groups. 93
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House of Commons Library Briefing Paper: Number Number 7096, 5 September 2019: Poverty in the UK: statistics

House of Commons Library Briefing Paper: Number Number 7096, 5 September 2019: Poverty in the UK: statistics

17% 30% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% Keep house warm Keep up to date with bills Money to decorate home Replace broken electrical goods Home contents insurance Replace worn out furniture Money to spend on self each week Make savings of 10 pounds a month or more One week's holiday away from home not with relatives Have a warm winter coat Celebrations on special occasions Eat fresh fruit and/or vegetables every day Go to a playgroup at least once a week Go on school trip at least once a term Have friends round for tea or a snack once a fortnight Leisure equipment, e.g. sports equipment or a bicycle Hobby or leisure activity Attend organised activity once a week Outdoor space / facilities to play safely Bedrooms for every child aged 10+ of different gender One week's holiday away from home with family
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House of Commons Library Briefing Paper: Number 8655, 12 September 2019: Funding for healthcare students in England

House of Commons Library Briefing Paper: Number 8655, 12 September 2019: Funding for healthcare students in England

2. Funding for nursing, midwifery and AHP degrees Since 1 August 2017 all new entrants to nursing, midwifery and other allied health professional (AHP) degrees have been funded by the standard student support package - students are eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of fees and a maintenance loan to help with living costs. Students may also be eligible for other grants depending on their circumstances.

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House of Commons Library Briefing Paper: Number 07388, 18 September 2019: Language teaching in schools (England)

House of Commons Library Briefing Paper: Number 07388, 18 September 2019: Language teaching in schools (England)

In the department’s £4.8 million Modern Foreign Language (MFL) Pedagogy pilot programme, one of the 9 lead schools is in an Opportunity Area and another is in the Opportunity North East area. We have launched a pilot project in MFL undergraduate mentoring for secondary school pupils. This project specifically targets areas of high disadvantage to extend access to languages for all pupils and focuses on areas of low uptake. We are also piloting a financial incentive to improve the retention of MFL teachers in 25 local authorities that are most in need.

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House of Commons Library briefing paper : number 08444, 11 April 2019 : Off-rolling in English schools

House of Commons Library briefing paper : number 08444, 11 April 2019 : Off-rolling in English schools

A further letter from Mr Harford in September 2017 stated that off- rolling was still an issue: If there are potential gaming issues within a school, including off- rolling, lead inspectors of secondary school inspections will be alerted to this either via the [inspection data summary report] or through discussions with our analyst support team. If inspectors have any concerns about a school’s curriculum, qualification entries or any patterns of ‘off-rolling’, they must discuss them with the school leaders during the inspection. This should inform the evaluation of evidence for the effectiveness of leadership and management and outcomes for pupils.
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House of Commons Library Briefing Paper: Number 07375, 18 September 2019: School buildings and capital funding (England)

House of Commons Library Briefing Paper: Number 07375, 18 September 2019: School buildings and capital funding (England)

Healthy Pupil Capital Fund (2018-19) On 28 February 2017, the DfE announced that £415 million of funding from the soft drinks industry levy would be allocated to schools in 2018-19 to “pay for facilities to support physical education, after-school activities and healthy eating.” It added that schools would be able to use the funding – referred to as the healthy pupils capital fund (HPCF) – to “improve facilities for children with physical conditions or support young people struggling with mental health issues.” 15

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House of Commons Library: Briefing Paper Number 08083: 9 May 2019: Gypsies and Travellers

House of Commons Library: Briefing Paper Number 08083: 9 May 2019: Gypsies and Travellers

10.22 Local authorities should have an understanding of and be sensitive to the distinct ethos and needs of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. It is important that these families who are educating their children at home are treated in the same way as any other families in that position. Home education should not be regarded as less appropriate than in other communities. When a Gypsy, Roma and Traveller family with children of school age move into an area, they should be strongly encouraged to contact the local Traveller Education Support Service for advice if one is in place, or the authority’s admissions team for help to access local educational settings if school places are desired. Further guidance can be obtained from the DfE’s report: Improving the outcomes for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller’s pupils. The Advisory Council for the Education of Romany and other Travellers is another source of information. 184
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House of Commons Library: Briefing Paper Number 08083: 9 May 2019: Gypsies and Travellers

House of Commons Library: Briefing Paper Number 08083: 9 May 2019: Gypsies and Travellers

10.22 Local authorities should have an understanding of and be sensitive to the distinct ethos and needs of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. It is important that these families who are educating their children at home are treated in the same way as any other families in that position. Home education should not be regarded as less appropriate than in other communities. When a Gypsy, Roma and Traveller family with children of school age move into an area, they should be strongly encouraged to contact the local Traveller Education Support Service for advice if one is in place, or the authority’s admissions team for help to access local educational settings if school places are desired. Further guidance can be obtained from the DfE’s report: Improving the outcomes for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller’s pupils. The Advisory Council for the Education of Romany and other Travellers is another source of information. 184
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House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 8389, 19 September 2018: Returns to a degree

House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 8389, 19 September 2018: Returns to a degree

university does not set them up for a life of high alcohol consumption. Graduates are less likely to drink heavily, to smoke and to be obese. Overall, going to university appears to add eight years to your life. A 30-year old graduate is likely to live a further 51 years as against a further 43 years for a non-graduate.12 If we try to value these non-economic effects in financial terms the results are rather striking: the non-economic gains are actually larger in scale than the conventional economic effects.

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House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 08083, 8 September 2017: Gypsies and Travellers

House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 08083, 8 September 2017: Gypsies and Travellers

equivalents) at grades A* to C, compared to 57% of pupils in England. Gypsy and Traveller pupils also have a high rate of school exclusions and report high levels of bullying and racial abuse. Children who are travelling may be dual-registered (ie. on the roll of more than one school at the same time), may enrol at a school at their current location, or may be home educated. Local authorities are required to have a Fair Access Protocol to help place children who need a school place outside the normal admissions rounds. Department for Education guidance stresses the importance of providing additional support to address the needs of children from groups at higher risk of exclusion.
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House of Commons Library : Briefing paper : Number 07714, 1 February 2017 : The Family Test

House of Commons Library : Briefing paper : Number 07714, 1 February 2017 : The Family Test

Answered by: Mr Duncan Smith | Department for Work and Pensions This test will be reviewed through the Social Justice Cabinet Committee, which I chair. We intend, and the Prime Minister intends, that it will have teeth. We want to see an improvement in family life and greater support for those who have to juggle care for their children, care for elderly relatives and work. Through that process we hope to improve their lives. 9

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House of Commons Library briefing paper : number 5108, 12 April 2019 : Home education in England

House of Commons Library briefing paper : number 5108, 12 April 2019 : Home education in England

Thirdly, an amendment was agreed providing for local authorities to be under a duty to provide advice and information to home educating parents if requested. Lord Soley stated that the amendment concerned the issue of not enough being done currently to offer support to home educators. He added that he wanted to put the word “support” in as well because money needed to be put into it. He did not, he said, because of the “problem of local authority resources generally” and because of the issues about financing in a Private Member’s Bill. Lord Soley added that an additional reason for the amendment was to reassure concerned home educators that he did not want to “destroy the family”, and to say to them that they have a legal right to home educate, which he recognised. 44
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House of Commons Library: Briefing Paper Number 7096: 2 July 2019: Poverty in the UK: statistics

House of Commons Library: Briefing Paper Number 7096: 2 July 2019: Poverty in the UK: statistics

17% 30% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% Keep house warm Keep up to date with bills Money to decorate home Replace broken electrical goods Home contents insurance Replace worn out furniture Money to spend on self each week Make savings of 10 pounds a month or more One week's holiday away from home not with relatives Have a warm winter coat Celebrations on special occasions Eat fresh fruit and/or vegetables every day Go to a playgroup at least once a week Go on school trip at least once a term Have friends round for tea or a snack once a fortnight Leisure equipment, e.g. sports equipment or a bicycle Hobby or leisure activity Attend organised activity once a week Outdoor space / facilities to play safely Bedrooms for every child aged 10+ of different gender One week's holiday away from home with family
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House of Commons Library: Briefing Paper Number 07250: 23 December 2019: University Technical Colleges

House of Commons Library: Briefing Paper Number 07250: 23 December 2019: University Technical Colleges

The DfE paid £893,000 to the Baker-Dearing Trust between the financial year 2010/11 and 2018/19 to support sponsors planning to open new UTCs. 53 UTCs also pay an annual licence fee to the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, which owns the UTC brand. In 2019/20, this annual fee was raised to £10,000, having previously been £5,500. The Trust’s Chief Executive said that the services that the licence fee covers have cost around £20,000 per college for the previous years. In the year ending December 2018, 14% of the Baker-Dearing Trust income came from UTC licence fees, at £272,079. 54
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House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number CBP08249, 26 October 2018: Support for care leavers

House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number CBP08249, 26 October 2018: Support for care leavers

may receive from their family” – the statutory guidance does not define what “significant disadvantage” means. 45 While the corporate parenting principles apply to local authorities, the DfE acknowledges that, in terms of the additional support for care leavers as they make the transition to adulthood, “we do not expect local authorities to do it all on their own”, and that it wants “government departments and their agencies, relevant partners, charities and private sector organisations to play their part as part of a wider corporate parenting family”. To this end, the DfE said that it was “introducing a ‘care leaver covenant’ that will enable organisations to make commitments to care leavers within the spirit of the corporate parenting principles in a way that is most appropriate to them”. 46 As noted in Section 1, the Covenant was launched by the DfE on 26 October 2018.
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House of Commons Library briefing paper : Number 07585, 8 August 2019 : The Troubled Families Programme (England)

House of Commons Library briefing paper : Number 07585, 8 August 2019 : The Troubled Families Programme (England)

Clearly the emphasis on whole-family working has been […] unambiguously positive. The key worker approach has been unambiguously positive. At the moment there is an interesting conversation to be had around whether more of the support should be targeted at the very early stage of young children’s lives, from conception to two years old. It is something that the Leader of the House, Andrea Leadsom, has formed a ministerial group and a taskforce on, which both of us sit on. She is someone who has a passion for that area. It is something that others, including the Science and Technology Committee, have talked about as well. There is good research to show that those first crucial couple of years are vital in a baby or child’s development, for all the various things that might happen down the line.
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House of Commons Library Briefing Paper: Number 1078, 11 September 2019: Education spending in the UK

House of Commons Library Briefing Paper: Number 1078, 11 September 2019: Education spending in the UK

This paper retains the distinction between the terms for two reasons. First the education and training series only goes back to the late 1980s, while the education series goes back much further, even with some breaks in the series the concept remains the same. Second the education and training series is more consistent over the period it is available for. The spending data are regularly revised. These revisions can change the total figure, or move items of expenditure from one sub-function to another. The detailed breakdown by sub-function is only revised back five years. This presents a problem with consistency when trying to compile long-term series based on sub-functions and the authors warn against simply splicing one set of data with another pre and post-revision. The education and training series in this paper is therefore consistent for its entire length, other than the break in 2011-12 detailed below. The education series is not and although revisions are generally quite small, readers should be careful when drawing conclusions from this data, especially those based on small differences.
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House of Commons Library Briefing Paper: Number 06045, 4 September 2019: English Baccalaureate

House of Commons Library Briefing Paper: Number 06045, 4 September 2019: English Baccalaureate

Westminster Academy. 3 Further details were set out in the schools white paper, The Importance of Teaching, published in November 2010: 4.21 In most European countries school students are expected to pursue a broad and rounded range of academic subjects until the age of 16. Even in those countries such as the Netherlands where students divide between academic and vocational routes all young people are expected, whatever their ultimate destiny, to study a wide range of traditional subjects. So we will introduce a new award – the English Baccalaureate – for any student who secures good GCSE or iGCSE passes in English, mathematics, the sciences, a modern or ancient foreign language and a humanity such as history or geography. This combination of GCSEs at grades A*-C will entitle the student to a certificate recording their
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