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Public sector pay – Autumn 2017

The Government has scrapped the cap on public sector pay and will move towards a more flexible approach on pay. The Government will consider each specific workforce to ensure pay is set so that the public sector can continue to both attract and hold on to the excellent staff that support our world-leading public services.
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Asylum for torture survivors

This country has a proud history of providing protection to those who need it, and I can assure you this is continuing under this Government. Asylum caseworkers carefully consider protection needs by assessing all available evidence, including medical reports relating to torture, in light of published country information to reach an informed decision. Flexibility in
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NHS funding – Autumn 2017

I believe fully in the NHS and its values, and I would like to assure you that the Government is committed to a tax-funded NHS, free at the point of use, wherever and whenever you need it. Despite tight public finances, the Government has actively supported the NHS’s own plan for the future. That is
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Animal sentience

I think it is only right to start off by saying the initial news stories and resulting petitions etc were based on a grotesque misrepresentation of the Government’s views, and were in some cases a scurrilous attack on the character of many honourable Members of Parliament. It is right that The Independent has retracted the
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Childcare Voucher Scheme

I share the belief that childcare is a vital provision that helps children and families across this country. I am glad that the Government is investing more in childcare than ever before. Tax-Free Childcare will be available to over 2 million households to help with the cost of childcare. Working parents will be able to
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Faith schools

The Prime Minister has made clear that the Government is dedicated to making Britain a fairer society where success is based on merit not privilege, and that education lies at the heart of that mission. In September 2016 a consultation was launched asking for views on a range of proposals aimed at creating an education
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Factory farming

I understand the strength of feeling about factory farming and I am committed to the highest standards of animal welfare, including on farms. The UK’s strong commitment in this area is reflected in World Animal Protection’s recent Animal Protection Index, which judged 50 countries on their policy and legislation for animals and saw the UK
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EBacc and the creative arts

I believe that every child should have access to the best opportunities in Britain, and this means having access to study the key subjects that provide the knowledge and skills young people need to succeed and leave school ready for life in modern Britain. I am very pleased that Ministers want to see 90 per
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Ministry of Defence Guard Service

While I understand concerns about the security of military bases, I am confident that base security is a priority for the Ministry of Defence (MOD). In 2013 the MOD completed a review of its civil policing and guarding needs to ensure that these were proportionate to the threats and risks faced while remaining cost effective.
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Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State

I am appalled by the allegations of gross human rights violations against large numbers of Rohingya Muslims, including reports of the Burmese military and local militia forcing hundreds of thousands of men, women and children from their homes and villages being burnt. I am pleased that the UK response to this has been robust. Recently,
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Royal British Legion’s 2017 manifesto

I recognise the valuable contribution made by Armed Forces personnel and their families and the many sacrifices made through their service in keeping Britain safe. I also pay tribute to the Royal British Legion for their work to support our Armed Forces, and in highlighting and campaigning on matters affecting them. With regards to their
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