That this House is greatly concerned at the impact that charging for the use of the ChildMaintenance Scheme (CMS) is having on families and children; believes that these charges in effect constitute a tax on children in contradiction to the Government's professed child-friendly stance; notes that charities such as Gingerbread have warned that this increases the potential for conflict between parents, which can only negatively impact on the child; recognises that most single parents struggle financially; is deeply concerned that many poor families may be deterred from applying for childmaintenance as a result of this policy and therefore remain in poverty; and calls on the Government urgently to bring forward its review of the CMS in light of these grave concerns. 24 Jun 2015 | Early day motions | Open | House of Commons | 186 (session 2015-16)
Maintained nursery schools (MNS) have a well-deserved reputation for providing high quality early years education and childcare. In March 2016, of 406 MNSs inspected, 60% were rated as outstanding by Ofsted (compared with 17% nursery / preschools and 13% childminders) and 39% rated as good (compared with 73% nursery / preschools and 70% childminders). The majority of them are based in disadvantaged areas, and they therefore make valuable contributions to the improvement of the life chances of the children who live there.
Earlier this month, school and college leaders reported a large rise in the number of students suffering from anxiety. Two thirds said that they struggle to get mental health services for their pupils, and of those who had referred a student to child and adolescent mental health services— CAMHS—the majority rated them as “poor” or “very poor”. Despite the Minister’s warm words, things are getting worse, not better. Will he confirm that every single penny promised to children’s mental health will reach those services and that none of this money will be used to plug the gap in hospital budgets?
The Government is planning to introduce a national funding formula (NFF) to calculate the amount of core revenue funding that mainstream schools in England will attract in respect of primary and secondary (but not sixth form) pupils. There will be separate formulas to calculate early years funding and high need funding (largely this is for high-cost provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities), as well as for some services still centrally provided by local authorities. The NFF is due to be introduced in as a 'soft' format in 2018-19 and a 'hard' format from 2019-20. The Government has consulted on the weightings in the NFF, and its phased introduction. The second round of consultations closed on 22 March 2017.
The longer people spend online, the more likely they are to experience cyber-bullying. Research by Childline, a service of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, shows that the number of young people seeking counselling as a result of online bullying has increased by 88% in just five years. What are the Government doing to improve research on this issue and to better understand the potential harms?
spectrum disorder. There are no national waiting time targets: it is up to local commissioners to ensure children can access services in a timely manner. Bercow: Ten Years On found more than a third of surveyed parents waited over a year to access services, but the report criticised a focus on waiting time targets over service outcomes in some areas. The report also criticised some of the training provided for speech and language health professionals. In terms of workforce numbers, the Health Education England draft workforce strategy to 2027 notes that the number of speech and language professionals employed in England grew by 12.4% between 2012 and 2017. The vacancy rate for speech and language professionals is also one of the lowest for all allied health professionals, and was at 2.5% in March 2017.
Box 1: Different ways of receiving childmaintenance from the Non-Resident Parent In terms of payment arrangements through the statutory childmaintenance scheme administered by the CMS, it is possible to choose between either “Direct Pay” – where, as the name suggests, the non- resident parent, or NRP (also known as the “paying parent”) pays childmaintenance direct to the parent with care, or PWC (also known as the “receiving parent) – or “Collect and Pay”, where the NRP pays childmaintenance to the CMS who then forwards it to the PWC. Alternatively, private
Changes have been made to the allocations process in recent years. For the 2017-18 training year, subjects were divided into three categories and the NCTL used a different approach to allocations for each category. In the most popular subjects, providers were not able to recruit above their allocation, while recruitment to the least popular subjects was uncapped for all providers. In addition, following proposals in the 2015 Government’s Educational Excellence Everywhere White Paper, from 2017-18 multi-year allocations have been given to the “highest performing” ITT providers. 6
The number of state funded faith schools in England broken down by level and religion is given in the table at the end of this section. Church of England schools were the most common type among primary schools (26% of all primaries); Roman Catholic schools the most numerous type of faith school at secondary level (9%). Non-Christian schools were very much in the minority; there were 48 Jewish, 27 Muslim, 11 Sikh and 5 Hindu schools at the start of January 2017. While the number of Christian schools has fallen slightly since 2007 the number of non- Christian schools has increased. Between January 2007 and September 2017 the number of Jewish schools increased by 11, Muslim schools by 20, Sikh schools by 9 and all the Hindu schools have opened since 2008. 17
Answered by: Lord Agnew of Oulton | Party: Conservative Party My noble friend raises an important point. Parents need to be much more assertive in the way they manage their children’s use of electronic gadgets. In my case, I did not allow my children to use them until they were aged 13. That is something other parents should think about. Some of the studies we are funding this year, such as the Anne Frank Trust, help to develop a debate programme that encourages young children to think about the importance of tackling prejudice, discrimination and bullying.
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Students have to pay their tuition fees for the first four years of their course and are not eligible for a tuition fee loan. They may, however, be able to apply to Student Finance England for a maintenance loan. From year five of their training, graduate medical students receive the same support as undergraduate medical students under the NHS bursary scheme. That is, their tuition fees will be paid by the NHS, they will receive a non-means tested grant of £1,000, and they will be able to apply for a means-tested bursary to cover maintenance costs. Students can also apply for a reduced maintenance loan from Student Finance England. 26
Mr Timpson: The Department for Education does not give funds directly to local authority maintained schools. Funds for extra assistance with students with special educational needs (SEN) come from schools’ budgets and, if the extra cost is more than £6,000 per year for an individual student, from local authorities in the form of top-up funding for the school. Local authorities can also give extra funding to schools with a disproportionate number of pupils with SEN. Special educational needs coordinators should therefore seek any additional funds required from the relevant local authority. 37
Separately, the DfE commissioned a series of annual evaluations looking in detail about how the 16-19 bursaries were working in practice. These considered the number and type of young people who’d applied and received the two different sorts of bursary. It also looked at perceived impact, and analysed the methods providers had used to disburse funds. The final third year report was published in July 2015. 15 The researchers
In August 2016 the Department for Education (DfE) published a document entitled Information on apprenticeship levy which provided data on the amount of apprenticeship levy they expect to be paid in 2017-18 and the proportion of employers who will pay it. These experimental statistics were published in response to a number of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests for the analysis supporting apprenticeship levy policy.
It is very important both to me and to my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister that we comply with not just the letter but the spirit of the commitments that were made. Therefore … I have decided not to proceed with the class 4 NICs measures set out in the Budget. There will be no increases in NIC rates in this Parliament. For the avoidance of doubt, and as I set out in the Budget, we will go ahead with the abolition of class 2 national insurance contributions from April 2018. Class 2 is an outdated and regressive tax, and it remains right that it should go. I will set out in the autumn Budget further measures to fund, in full, today’s decision.
Provision of public transport to rural areas is generally the responsibility of local authorities, who know best what is required in their local areas. The Government does provide some grant support for schemes that provide transport in isolated communities, though it has also admitted that while around £2 billion is currently provided each year by a number of agencies for local transport funding, “this is often not co-ordinated or integrated at a local level, resulting in duplication and potential waste of public money”. 98 It is providing funding for ‘total transport pilots’ to
referred to children’s services as 16 and 17 year olds experience include domestic violence, mental ill health, drug or alcohol abuse and a risk of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and often a combination of these issues”. It stated that “these risks and vulnerabilities are likely to remain, or in some cases intensify, as young people become young adults”. It also reported that “young people with the highest number of risk factors and vulnerabilities are less likely to report that they have resolved them as they reach adulthood”. While care leavers are provided with extra support as they transition to adulthood, this report reflected that “there is no provision for extra support for young adults who were on the edges of the care system at the end of their ‘childhood’”. 20
I am setting this out now so that local authorities can begin the process of setting the budgets of schools in their area and that this can be concluded in time for the start of the coming financial year. I am also confirming that, for 2017-18, we will retain the current minimum funding guarantee for schools, so that no school can face a funding reduction of more than 1.5% per pupil next year in what it receives through the local authority funding formula. To ensure that local authorities can start planning their budgets for next year with certainty, I do not intend to proceed, for 2017-18, with proposals to create a new central schools block, allow local flexibility on the minimum funding guarantee or to ring-fence the schools block within the dedicated schools grant. These will be covered, for 2018-19 and beyond, in my response to the first stage consultation in the autumn. I will shortly publish the Education Funding Agency’s operational guide to schools funding in 2017-18, and send the draft Authority Proforma Tool to authorities.