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Results 101–120 of 2395 for speaker:Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Young People (23 Dec 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many single parents aged between 18 and 25 currently receive Income Support and Jobseeker’s Allowance; and of those, how many they estimate are care leavers.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Children (22 Dec 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many kinship care households they estimate will be affected by the combined impact of the proposals in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill to limit child tax credit to two children and to reduce the benefit cap in each year between 2016 and 2021; what is their estimate of the cost of exempting kinship care households from those measures; and what impact...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Young People (22 Dec 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the cost in each year between 2016 and 2021 of young parents under 25 years old, who are single claimants and care leavers, receiving the same rate of standard allowance in universal credit as single claimants who are parents aged 25 years old; and how many people this would affect.

Vulnerable Children: Kinship Care — Question for Short Debate (8 Dec 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of kinship care as a means of support for vulnerable children.

Vulnerable Children: Kinship Care — Question for Short Debate (8 Dec 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I welcome and appreciate the opportunity to have this debate. I thank all noble Lords who are interested in this issue and have indicated that they want to speak tonight. During our deliberations on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill last night, we had a useful debate on the challenges for kinship care that will arise from some of that legislation. I hope that the Minister has had the...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Committee (1st Day) (7 Dec 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I understand where the noble Earl, Lord Listowel, is coming from and, indeed, I talked about the outcomes for the individual children. On the financial side, have the Government considered the expenditure that other departments will now—or would probably—have to make if this provision goes through as it is currently drafted? My noble friend Lady Sherlock asked the Minister about...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Committee (1st Day) (7 Dec 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I, too, support these amendments, although as I have a debate tomorrow in the dinner break on kinship care, I will not detain the Committee at great length. As my noble friend on the Front Bench said, both the outcomes for kinship carers and the financial issues point to the Government needing to think again. Kinship care is, by any measure, the most successful means of looking...

Sex-selective Abortion — Question (7 Dec 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, has the Minister yet had the opportunity to consider the judgment made last week about abortion in Northern Ireland? What advice and work are the Government going to do with the devolved Administration to ensure that women in Northern Ireland get the same human rights as women in the rest of the United Kingdom?

Domestic Abuse — Question (25 Nov 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, first, I remind your Lordships of my declaration of interests, because I work with two charities that are involved, among other things, with victims of domestic violence. I have worked for over 40 years on this issue and even I am shocked at the number of women I meet now who are homeless, whose lives have been riven with addiction and who are on the edge of the criminal justice...

Northern Powerhouse: Airports — Question (23 Nov 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: Does the Minister recognise that the north has already lost out because of slow decision-making over an airport in the south-east? Teesside’s Durham Tees Valley Airport no longer has any connectivity with London and the connectivity at Newcastle has been severely reduced. This affects our economy. The north-east is still the largest manufacturing region in the country, but much of our work...

Employment — Question (4 Nov 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, perhaps I can assist the Minister by giving her the opportunity to acknowledge that the Labour Government actually introduced the minimum wage—let alone anything else—and when we introduced it, we were told it would finish off industry because companies would not be able to afford it. However, I want to push her on other things she has been talking about. I agree that economic...

Redcar Steel — Statement (15 Oct 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, the reality is that there was an offer from a local company, Hargreaves—which ironically is based just outside Consett and is essentially now a coal-mining and haulage business—to put money in and maintain the coke ovens. The coke ovens produce a new form of coke called foundry coke, which is much more value driven and therefore raises a much higher cost because it is more...

Redcar Steelworks — Statement (13 Oct 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, does the Minister recognise that the north-east has faced issues like this before? When I became the Member of Parliament for North West Durham in 1987, Consett steelworks had closed. Ironically, one of the reasons that we were given for closing Consett was to keep things going in Teesside. We then faced a male unemployment rate in the region of 20%. It took years and years to begin...

Kids Company — Question (8 Sep 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I declare my interests as set out in the register, as I am involved with a number of charities. I hope the Minister recognises that the sector is highly regulated, and that it is largely well regulated. The vast majority of charities pay attention to good governance, make sure that they have reserves and fully accept that they are accountable to those who fund them. Will the...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Public Appointments (28 Jul 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list those persons appointed as chairs of non-departmental public bodies by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Cabinet Office: Public Appointments (27 Jul 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list those persons appointed as chairs of non-departmental public bodies by the Cabinet Office.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Public Appointments (24 Jul 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list those persons appointed as chairs of non-departmental public bodies by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Department of Health: Public Appointments (24 Jul 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list those persons appointed as chairs of non-departmental public bodies by the Department of Health.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Ministry of Justice: Public Appointments (22 Jul 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list those persons appointed as chairs of non-departmental public bodies by the Ministry of Justice.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Social Services: Living Wage (22 Jul 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the announced National Living Wage from April 2016, what additional costs there will be in the next 12 months for social care providers.


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