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The Chairman of Committees (Lord Brabazon of Tara): The Parliamentary Estates Directorate (PED) has been in discussions with Transport for London (TfL) regarding this matter and a site for a docking station on Abingdon Green has been agreed. This land is owned by the House of Commons and I understand that the House of Commons has agreed in principle to grant a lease although the full details and responsibilities have not yet been agreed. Detailed designs now need to be developed so that planning permission can be sought, and PED will continue to work with TfL on the next steps.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Hanham): The Government are investing nearly £4.5 billion in new affordable housing to help deliver up to 150,000 new affordable homes between 2011-12 and 2014-15 in England.
The New Homes Bonus is designed to incentivise all increases in housing supply, including new homes, conversions and empty properties brought back into use. It is for local authorities and their communities to decide the type of homes they want and the shape of future development.
For all developments, the New Homes Bonus is based on the council tax from net increase in effective housing stock with a further enhancement of £350 for affordable homes and will be paid for the following six years.
Rents in the private sector are set by individual landlords in accordance with local market conditions. This Government have sought to ensure that rents are not artificially inflated by centrally imposed regulatory burdens; and to provide support through the housing benefit system for those unable to afford market rents without assistance. In the longer term, the recent Budget contained measures directed at increasing investment in the sector which, by increasing supply, will exert a downward pressure on private sector rents.
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Guideline rents and guideline rent increases reflect notional figures used in the calculation of housing revenue account subsidy and are not the same as actual increases charged by local authorities to tenants.
The inflation-linked formula for annual rent increases was inherited from the previous government. It includes a recommended limit on individual rent increases of no more than RPI+0.5% + £2 in any year.
Baroness Hanham: Official statistics on gross additional affordable housing supply published by DCLG show that there were 1,990 affordable homes delivered in Tower Hamlets in 2009-10 of which 1,260 were for social rent, 70 for intermediate rent and 660 for low cost home ownership (all figures rounded to nearest 10). New affordable housing can be delivered through new build and acquisitions, although the majority of the additional supply in 2009-10 in Tower Hamlets was through new build.
The department does collect information on non-dependant deductions applied to awards of housing benefit, but to assess the completeness of recording and quality assure the figures would incur disproportionate cost.
From February 2007, DWP has been collecting more detailed HB/CTB data electronically from local authorities. Over time this will improve the accuracy, timeliness and level of detail available in the published statistics, as the information supplied is quality assured.
Housing benefit caseload and average weekly amounts are available at local authority area level and these are published on the department's website at http://www.dwp. gov.uk/asd/hbctb.asp.
|Discretionary Housing Payment funding for London authorities 2011-12|
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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many local housing allowance recipients in Tower Hamlets will lose (a) all, and (b) part of, their allowance as a result of caps due to be introduced in 2011-12. [HL9540]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Lord Freud): It is estimated that 970 housing benefit claimants in Tower Hamlets will experience a loss as a result of the caps applied to local housing allowance and the removal of the five bedroom rate. Most existing claimants are expected to remain entitled to housing benefit as they become affected by the local housing allowance changes.
We are unable to estimate how many people will flow off housing benefit as a result of the caps, partly because the caps are a part of a package of reforms, but also because this will depend on the precise earnings of housing benefit claimants at the time of transition.
Customers who were receiving housing benefit according to local housing allowance rules before 1 April 2011 will receive up to nine months transitional protection from the date their claim is reviewed by the local authority, allowing them more time to adjust to the reduction in entitlement.
Further details of the impact of local housing allowance reforms are presented in the document Impacts of Housing Benefit proposals: Changes to the Local Housing Allowance to be introduced in 2011-12. A copy has been placed in the Library and it can be found on the department's website at www.dwp.gov.ukldocs/impacts-of-hb-proposals.pdf.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of the letter by the Secretary of State for Defence to the Prime Minister regarding the level of spending on international aid and development, they will review spending levels and recipient countries.[HL9606]
Baroness Verma: As the Prime Minister made clear at the G8 conference in Deauville, the coalition Government are determined not to balance the books on the backs of the world's poorest people. The coalition agreement set out our commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of GNI on overseas aid from 2013. We are fully committed to enshrining this commitment into law. UK Government spend on overseas aid to 2014-15 has been set out in the Comprehensive Spending Review.
The Department for International Development has recently conducted a comprehensive review of both its bilateral and multilateral aid programmes. The results of both reviews were published in March 2011. The reviews ensure that the aid budget will remain focused on delivering tangible and measurable results for the world's poorest people over the next four years.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate has been made of the proportion of the population of the United Kingdom which will have access by 2015 to (a) conventional fixed broadband, (b) superfast broadband, (c) wireless broadband, and (d) satellite broadband services.[HL9353]
Baroness Rawlings: The Government's ambition is for nine out of 10 homes and businesses in every county in the UK to have access to superfast broadband by 2015, with the rest of the population having access to at least a 2Mbps connection. The precise mix of technologies will be determined by a combination of market-led deployments and local circumstances, but we expect fixed, wireless and satellite broadband services all to play a role.
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Rawlings on 18 May (WA 344) concerning broadband delivery, against what criteria the conclusion was reached by the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport that he was satisfied with Broadband Delivery UK's performance.[HL9449]
Baroness Rawlings: The Government's vision is that the UK should have the best superfast broadband network in Europe by 2015. The criteria for making that judgment will be published in the form of a scorecard which we intend to publish in the summer and to update annually. The Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport holds regular meetings with Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) officials and is satisfied that their programme of work, as set out in the Broadband Delivery Programme Delivery Model published on 17 May 2011, can deliver the Government's vision.
Baroness Rawlings: Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) is assessing current broadband provision at community level across the UK in its work to deliver the coalition Government's objective to facilitate universal broadband access of at least 2Mbps and achieve the best superfast broadband network in Europe by 2015.
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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Hanham): Yes. Decentralising power and lifting the unnecessary burdens and red tape that tie the hands of local councils and local communities is a priority for the Government.
As an illustration of this cross-government agenda of decentralisation, the Department for Communities and Local Government has taken many positive steps to free local councils from unnecessary central rules, intervention and guidance, including:the abolition of comprehensive area assessment;the abolition of regional spatial strategies through the Localism Bill;the withdrawal of guidance on annual monitoring reports and local development framework monitoring;the curtailment of best value guidance, the abolition of the two tier code and removing associated statutory duties;the revocation of planning guidance imposing Whitehall density targets and restricting the number of parking spaces for new homes;the abolition of Whitehall guidance on road closures which hindered local street parties;the abolition of the National Indicator Set and Place Surveys; the abolition of 4,700 local area agreement targets;abolition of the top-down Government Offices for the Regions; the phasing out of ring-fenced grants; andthe introduction of a general power of competence via the Localism Bill.
Further decentralising work is being undertaken-such as reducing the burden of data reporting to central government through the new Single Data List, and curtailing the 1,000 pages of planning guidance via the new, succinct National Planning Policy Framework.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the consultation which ended on 26 April on the statutory duties currently placed on local authorities; what action they will take; and when. [HL9231]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Hanham): In March, the Department for Communities and Local Government announced our intention to make public and to review the statutory duties placed on local authorities by central government.
To remedy this, the Government agreed with the Local Government Association that we should compile such a list. Our aims in doing so were first, to provide clarity about what those duties are, and second, to assess which duties do not serve the public interest, and which may be creating unnecessary burdens and bureaucracy for local authorities, without improving the services provided to the public.
We published a draft list in March. It contained over 1,200 duties stemming from primary legislation for which departments across Whitehall are responsible. We invited local authorities and the general public to respond, identifying any existing duties that had not been identified and so needed to be added to the list, and asking for comments on whether any particular duties were no longer relevant.
From the outset, we have been clear this is an exercise in getting together a comprehensive list and obtaining any feedback from councils on duties that are not relevant. We said unequivocally that the Government would not remove any statutory duties that protect vital front line services.
I feel it important to clarify to the House that the Government have no intention to remove statutory protection where this will have a negative impact on the services provided to the public. Such protections that will rightly remain include, for example, services for vulnerable children such as those who are looked after or with special educational needs or disabilities, allotments, and libraries. These examples should not in any way be interpreted as an exclusive list-but rather these are areas which have been falsely suggested as having been considered for removal.
The next step will be for the department to analyse and review the representations. Any future work on whether to remove duties or associated guidance that only serve to create overly bureaucratic burdens on councils will be a separate process, and we will consult further where necessary. For the avoidance of doubt, the list of statutory duties is intended to be a comprehensive list of duties on local councils and so the inclusion of a particular duty is not an indication that the Government are considering that duty for removal.
Our aim is, and will continue to be, to allow for the provision of better services to the public. I hope we can build a broad consensus for decentralisation in local government by removing unnecessary Whitehall burdens, while retaining important and useful requirements, thereby allowing councils to provide better value for money and higher quality local services to their residents.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Lord Freud): DWP does not issue time limited National Insurance numbers. This is because the NlNo provides a permanent numerical link between the individual and their National Insurance Contribution record in case of any future entitlement to contributory benefits or State Pension for the individual or bereavement benefits for their partner after death.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what correspondence they had with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission during April 2011; and whether they will place copies of any correspondence in the Library of the House.[HL9627]
Lord Shutt of Greetland: The following piece of correspondence between the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) and the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) during April 2011 will be placed in the Library of the House:
The noble Lord may wish to note that the Commission's Business Plan for 2011-12 and Strategic Plan for 2011-2013 referred to in this letter are due for publication in early June and a copy of each plan will then be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.
Further correspondence between the NIO and NIHRC during April 2011 has not been released because this relates to discussions about a Commissioner's personal circumstances and staff pay that remain ongoing.
The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord McNally): The Office of the Public Guardian regularly reviews the fees charged for its services, to ensure that they are sufficient to meet the costs of its operation. The recent consultation, Office of the Public Guardian: Fees 2011/2012 (CP16/10), sought views on a number of proposed changes to the current regime to ensure fees charged are fair and equitable and continue to meet the OPG's costs going forward.
The consultation opened on 28 February 2011 and closed on 21 May 2011. The Government are currently considering the responses received and will issue a formal consultation response once this process is complete.
The consultation proposed making a number of changes to the current fee regime, including the removal or reduction of some fees and increases to some others. More fundamentally, it proposed restructuring the fees charged for the supervision of court-appointed deputies. It envisaged moving from the current tiered-fee scheme, to a new approach to charge a flat fee for the large majority of cases and introducing a basic administration fee for the lowest category of supervision. It also proposed raising the income threshold progressively over the next four years to reduce the number paying the standard fee.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will revoke or amend traffic sign special directions found by parking adjudicators to permit parking signage that is ambiguous and misleading to motorists.[HL9579]
Earl Attlee: The Department for Transport gives careful consideration to each request from highway authorities before issuing any special direction. It is for local authorities to determine whether the conditions
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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether provisions in the Traffic Management Act 2004 or its regulations create any exemption from parking restrictions that are exercisable by civil enforcement officers when engaged in parking enforcement operations; and, if not, what action they will take to ensure that this is brought to the attention of civil enforcement authorities.[HL9578]
Earl Attlee: Exemptions from parking restrictions are usually given in the relevant Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) made by the local authority using enabling powers contained in the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. These powers allow local authorities wide flexibility in determining the nature of parking restrictions, and any exemption from them are matters that need to be decided and implemented at the local level.
The only exemptions normally given are for the emergency services (police, fire brigade and ambulance), statutory undertakers who cannot reasonably use other roads for a particular function and postal deliveries-but it is open to an authority to consider others.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Hanham): As part of a review of certain aspects of the building regulations, the Department for Communities and Local Government is carrying out work to consider whether there is a role for government action to ensure an
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In March 2008 the previous administration published guidance in Improving Public Access to Better Quality Toilets that sought to encourage better public access to toilets in our cities, towns, and other public places. It also highlighted the importance of Changing Places toilets for people with profound and multiple disabilities as well as providing information on the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.
We believe that decentralisation is the way to ensure that public services and amenities better reflect local needs. Private sector provision in shopping and tourist areas, and approaches such as Community Toilet Schemes, where councils pay local shops and businesses a small fee to allow free public access to their toilets, can be a useful way to supplement public toilets managed by local authorities.
To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the statement by the Prime Minister at Swansea on 1 April that the extension of the rail electrification from Cardiff to Swansea was still under consideration, what is the estimated cost of this work; and how many Intercity Express all-electric trains could be substituted for bimodal trains.[HL8664]
In our consideration of full electrification to Swansea, we calculate that an additional nine electric trains would be needed in place of bimodes. However, additional diesel locomotives would be required (or alternatively the retention of high speed trains), to provide South Wales services during times of disruption, such as maintenance of the Severn Tunnel, and to allow continued provision of through services between London and West Wales.
A key benefit of the bimode fleet is that during such incidents, passengers from South Wales will continue to enjoy the reduced journey times and the additional capacity that IEP (Intercity Express Programme) will deliver.
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 12 May (WA 245), how many experts the Department for
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Earl Attlee: The number of internal experts employed by the Department for Transport whose primary role is franchise letting is currently approximately 23. This flexes up or down depending on the number of franchise lettings planned and being undertaken. Roles undertaken include policy formulation, specification, procurement, financial analysis, and legal and economic advice. In addition other departmental experts may be called upon to support the analysis of bidders' submissions, but this is not part of their normal day-to-day duties.
The department has undergone a recent reorganisation and allocated staff to the planned franchising work load. The staff allocated to these roles have been very largely drawn from those who have undertaken previous refranchising.
To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the invitation to tender for the Intercity West Coast franchise, what figures were used to establish the average time taken to buy a ticket in a station ticket office compared with five years ago; what allowances were made for any changes in queuing times; and what steps were taken to allow those wishing to redeem national train vouchers at ticketing sites other than station ticket offices to do so.[HL9463]
Earl Attlee: Ticket office queuing time and national train vouchers do not form part of the invitation to tender document for the Intercity West Coast franchise. The requirement to monitor and manage ticket office queues and to accept various forms of payment is part of the ticketing and settlement agreement, which the new franchise will be required to adopt.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to reduce the number of specialist rape prosecutors employed by the Crown Prosecution Service over the period covered by the Comprehensive Spending Review.[HL9538]
The Advocate-General for Scotland (Lord Wallace of Tankerness): There are no plans to reduce the number of specialist rape prosecutors employed by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) over the period covered by the Comprehensive Spending Review, but the number of specialist rape prosecutors is determined by local Chief Crown Prosecutors based on local business needs. The Director of Public Prosecutions is committed to the effective prosecution of rape by specialist rape prosecutors in the CPS working in conjunction with police investigators.
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were convicted of rape of a female in 2009 and received determinate custodial sentences of less than (a) life, (b) 15 years, (c) 14 years, (d) 13 years, (e) 12 years, (f) 11 years, (g) 10 years, (h) 9 years, (i) 8 years, (j) 7 years, (k) 6 years, (l) 5 years, (m) 4 years, (n) 3 years, (o) 2 years, and (p) 1 year. [HL9565]
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were convicted of rape of a male in 2009 and received determinate custodial sentences of less than (a) life, (b) 15 years, (c) 14 years, (d) 13 years, (e) 12 years, (f) 11 years, (g) 10 years, (h) 9 years, (i) 8 years, (j) 7 years, (k) 6 years, (l) 5 years, (m) 4 years, (n) 3 years, (o) 2 years, and (p) 1 year. [HL9566]
The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord McNally): The number of persons convicted of rape of a female and rape of a male receiving a custodial sentence, sentence length break down and the average custodial sentence length for 2009 and 2010, can be viewed in table 1.
|Defendants found guilty, sentence length break down and the average custodial sentence length for offences of rape of a male and rape of a female, England and Wales 2009-10|
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(1) The figures given in the table on court proceedings relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences it is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.
(2) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Ms Mary Portas has any conflicts of interest that might impact on her perceived independence in respect of the review she has been asked to conduct into United Kingdom retailing; what steps have been taken to manage any conflicts; and what is the budget cost of the review.[HL9499]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Baroness Wilcox): Mary Portas has been appointed on the basis of her experience to undertake a review into the future of the high street. The scope of the review goes beyond retailing to cover how high streets and town centres work, are used, and what makes them successful. Mary Portas is not being paid for her work on the review. She will make recommendations for government to consider by the autumn of 2011. She has declared her interests to the BIS Permanent Secretary and the information provided to her will take account of her interests.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools (Lord Hill of Oareford): To date, 32 proposals for free schools have been given approval to move to business case stage and beyond, of which a number will open in September 2011. The proposers of these schools are not "sponsors" as such, but individuals and groups who are keen to set up a new school in response to local demand.
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To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 19 July 2010 (WA 180), what assessment they have made of whether it is necessary to retain tolls on the Severn Crossing when the assets revert to government ownership.[HL9596]
Earl Attlee: No decisions have yet been made on the future management of the crossings or any charging arrangements once ownership returns to the Government. Given the end of the concession is six years away, it is felt that it is too early to make decisions.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what resources traffic commissioners will have available to them to carry out the duties assigned to them in the Competition Commission's provisional findings report on the bus industry.[HL9326]
Earl Attlee: No decision has been taken to assign such duties to traffic commissioners. The Department for Transport is considering its response to the potential remedies recommended by the Competition Commission in its provisional report on the local bus market and will respond to the Competition Commission shortly.
Earl Attlee: We look forward to local authorities continuing to embed sustainable travel in their programmes. Authorities submitting bids to the Local Sustainable Transport Fund must demonstrate how the measures will be viable and benefits maintained beyond the period of the fund without further financial support from the Department for Transport. Further central government funding is a matter for the next spending review.
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Howell of Guildford): The Government believe that the UN Security Council needs to be reformed to make it more representative of the modern world. However, the UN is an organisation made up of individual, sovereign member states and the UN Charter is very clear in that it allows only member states to hold seats on the Security Council. There is therefore no question of a permanent single EU seat on the Security Council.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they consider the United States policy proposed by President Obama, that it is legitimate to invade Pakistan and any other sovereign state to capture or to kill any persons or groups deemed to be a threat to United States security, complies with the United Nations' Charter.[HL9451]
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Howell of Guildford): We are not aware of any general statement by President Obama that it is legitimate to invade Pakistan or any other sovereign state to capture or kill persons or groups deemed to be a threat to United States security.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in view of the judgments in Woolwich Equitable Building Society v Inland Revenue Commissioners and in LB Camden v The Parking Adjudicator, they will take steps to end the imposition by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency of a surcharge when vehicle excise duties are paid by means of a credit card. [HL9580]
Earl Attlee: There are no plans to end the charge for using credit cards for vehicle licence purchases. Legislation is in place that allows a credit card to be used to pay vehicle excise duty and to specify the amount of the fee payable, currently £2.50.
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency advises customers that if they purchase a vehicle licence using a credit card the £2.50 fee will apply. Alternative payment options are available to the public and these remain free of charge.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are considering for road pricing for lorries a flat rate fee or a price per mile scheme; whether the fee will differ according to vehicle weight; whether the scheme will be administered through an electronic or paper-based system; and how compliance will be maximised.[HL9462]
Earl Attlee: We are committed to introducing a lorry road user charge which will make all heavy goods vehicles of 12 tonnes and over, whether UK or foreign-registered, contribute to the cost of maintaining our roads.
Our first priority is to provide a fairer deal to UK hauliers. We are therefore working to develop a simple and effective scheme based on the electronic collection of time-based charges, differentiated by weight.
Earl Attlee: The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) maintains a register of number plate suppliers as a means of regulating the supply of number plates. Enforcement action is taken against suppliers who are in breach of the law. The DVLA also supports the police in their on-road enforcement action against the use of illegal number plates.
Earl Attlee: The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) records the registered keeper of a vehicle, who is the person responsible for licensing the vehicle and for its use but not necessarily the legal owner.
Information about registered keepers may be disclosed where it is fair and lawful to do so. Specific regulations allow for the name of the registered keeper to be disclosed to the police, local authorities and customs officers. Data can also be disclosed to those who can show that they have a reasonable cause for requiring it. This is primarily where the vehicle has been involved in an incident where there may be liability on the part of the keeper or driver.
Earl Attlee: The Department for Transport does not hold this information. Local authorities are responsible for licensing taxis in their areas and for ensuring that the vehicles they license meet the appropriate standards.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to restrict the issue of taxi licences in the light of the National Travel Survey showing a significant decline in the proportion of people regularly using taxis over the last decade.[HL9442]
Earl Attlee: The legislation governing taxi licensing in England (outside London) and Wales allows local authorities to place a limit on taxi numbers if they are satisfied that there is no significant unmet demand for taxi services in the district. It is up to licensing authorities to decide whether they want to impose a limit. We estimate that around a quarter impose such a limit.
Published statistics from the National Travel Survey (tables NTS0303 and NTS0313) do not show a significant decline in the proportion of people regularly using taxis. These tables can be found at: http://www.dft. gov.uk/pgr/statisticsidatatablespublications/nts/.
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Jones on 30 March (WA 287), how many certificates of sponsorship in March and April 2011 involving tier 2 intracompany transfers relate to posts with a basic salary, excluding allowances, of less than the national minimum wage.[HL9531]
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Browning): Information on the number of certificates of sponsorship (CoS) issued in March and April 2011 involving tier 2 intra-company transfers having a basic salary is detailed below.
|Month||Age 18-20 CoS Assigned with basic salary below £10,233.60 xi||Age 18 -20 CoS Used with basic salary below £10,233.60 xl||Age 21 + CoS Assigned with basic salary below £12,334.40 x2||Age 21+ CoS Used with basic salary below £12,334.40 x2|
The figures provided are based on both assigned and used CoS. Assigned CoS refers to CoS which the sponsor has allocated to a migrant but which have not been used as part of an application for leave to enter or remain. Used CoS refers to CoS which the migrant has submitted with an application for leave to enter or remain.
CoS are issued by sponsors without reference to the UK Border Agency. The UK Border Agency would only find out about the salary level when the CoS was used to support an application for leave to enter or remain.
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