Results 1–20 of 1162 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Anne Begg

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: North Sea Oil and Gas (10 Mar 2015)

Anne Begg: What are the Government doing to encourage the offshore sector to co-operate and to have common standards as a better way of reducing costs in the supply chain than laying off the very people we will need when, I hope, things in the North sea begin to pick up again?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (9 Mar 2015)

Anne Begg: The roll-out so far has been to specific groups of people with particular characteristics. That is partly because, to put it uncharitably, the original IT system does not work. If I were being charitable, I would say that it worked but with greatly reduced functionality compared with what was originally planned. However, the Department is piloting a digital solution in Sutton, Surrey, and I...

Estimates 2014-15 — Department for Work and Pensions: Housing Costs (Reformed Welfare System) (3 Mar 2015)

Anne Begg: While I can appreciate there may be problems on the bedroom tax, would it be possible for the Government to publish a partial response to our proposals, addressing all the other points on which there presumably is agreement across Government? Our Committee had a lot of very interesting things to say on a whole range of other issues.

Estimates 2014-15 — Department for Work and Pensions: Housing Costs (Reformed Welfare System) (3 Mar 2015)

Anne Begg: Actually, there is a need to ensure that people are appropriately housed and that they move, but very little of that responsibility lies with local authorities. The wrong way to go about it is just to take money from people who are over-occupying and would love to move but are not in a position to do so.

Estimates 2014-15 — Department for Work and Pensions: Housing Costs (Reformed Welfare System) (3 Mar 2015)

Anne Begg: I shall continue the theme of housing: we have had a statement and a ten-minute rule Bill on housing, and this debate is about the Work and Pensions Select Committee’s report on support for housing costs in the reformed welfare system. There are two important debates scheduled for this afternoon, but given that we have had two urgent questions and two statements, our deliberations might...

Culture, Media and Sport Committee: Backbench Business — Equitable Life (26 Feb 2015)

Anne Begg: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that expectations have been raised and promises have been made? All that these people did was to invest in what they thought was a trusted company. They have done nothing wrong and they cannot for the life of them understand why it is taking so long to settle the matter.

Culture, Media and Sport Committee (26 Feb 2015)

Anne Begg: The BBC is different, and that is why it should be funded differently, as I think most people accept. It has always stuck me that there are actually more negatives than positives to going down the subscription route, compared with the present licence fee arrangements. Did the Committee find that? What problems did it identify with moving to a subscription system?

Opposition Day — [17th Allotted Day]: Compulsory Jobs Guarantee (11 Feb 2015)

Anne Begg: Interestingly, the very first inquiry undertaken by the Work and Pensions Committee when I took over as Chair after the election was on the Government’s plans to abolish the future jobs fund. It feels as though we have come full circle since then. At that time, the Government promised to bring in something a lot better, but their Work programme was not better and was certainly not as...

Employment and Support Allowance and Work Capability Assessments (5 Feb 2015)

Anne Begg: I thank the Minister for his reply, and he has been thoughtful in his interpretation of some of our recommendations. It goes without saying that we would always like him to go further, but there has been some movement since the publication of our report. The new contract, as the Minister has just said, kicks in on 1 March, when will see whether Maximus makes a difference. We are saying that...

Employment and Support Allowance and Work Capability Assessments (5 Feb 2015)

Anne Begg: I am delighted to be given the opportunity to discuss one of the more recent reports of the Work and Pensions Committee, on the operation of employment and support allowance and the work capability assessment. Many people going through the ESA claims process are unhappy with the way they are treated and the decisions made about their fitness for work. Atos, the current provider of the WCA,...

Energy and Climate Change: Oil Prices (North Sea) (5 Feb 2015)

Anne Begg: I am glad the Minister will finally make his way to Aberdeen, and while he is there I hope he will have discussions with all aspects of the industry and the trade unions. I have two asks of him when he is in Aberdeen. One is to talk about what will happen to replace the jobs that have been lost—in one week, 600 jobs, and over the piece it is now into the thousands in one geographic area, if...

Work-related Activity Group (3 Feb 2015)

Anne Begg: There will be people in the support group who are or can be in work. The ability to work is not the correct definition for who should be in the support group and who should be in the WRAG group.

Work-related Activity Group (3 Feb 2015)

Anne Begg: One of the conclusions that my hon. Friend and I reached as part of the Select Committee on Work and Pensions inquiry was that the work-related activity group was too wide and trying to do two contradictory things: to give support to people who are not fit for work without being in the support group; and at the same time to move those who might be fit for work closer to work. Those two...

Work-related Activity Group (3 Feb 2015)

Anne Begg: The WFHRA, as it came to be known, was actually suspended before any existing incapacity benefit claimants had even been migrated on to ESA. It was that group in particular that would have benefited from some kind of assessment of their current and future barriers to work.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Oil Prices (27 Jan 2015)

Anne Begg: Although the Government cannot control the world oil price, they can do things such as drive down the costs in the industry. If the oil price remains low and perhaps drops further to the level where it costs more to take the oil out of the North sea, that is bad not just for the economy of Aberdeen and north-east Scotland, but for the economy of the UK.

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Draft Scotland Clauses (22 Jan 2015)

Anne Begg: If 50% of the money spent by the Scottish Parliament will be funded by the Scottish Parliament, is it about time that an independent body, like the Office for Budget Responsibility, is set up in Scotland to ensure that spending is scrutinised properly? Is the Minister aware of whether the Scottish Government plan to publish a timetable of when the powers that they currently hold, or will...

[Sir David Amess in the Chair] — Backbench Business — NHS Specialised Services (15 Jan 2015)

Anne Begg: I have to declare an interest as someone with a rare condition. Although I live in Scotland, I benefit from a specialised service delivered by NHS England in Cambridge. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the importance of specialised services means that they should be managed nationally so that they are not competing against local priorities? That is particularly important for cross-border...

[Sir David Amess in the Chair] — Backbench Business — NHS Specialised Services (15 Jan 2015)

Anne Begg: A number of rare diseases are genetic and, therefore, they often come in pockets, which means that some local health commissioners may face a heavy burden while others face none. The beauty of the specialist commissioning is that the cost is spread across the whole country, rather than falling on individual commissioning bodies.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Copycat Websites (8 Jan 2015)

Anne Begg: In fact, I was recently online to renew my European health card. I discovered that most of the top Google search results were sites that made people pay, but a lot of consumers do not realise that they can get the card free. There is an urgent need for the Government to take action to ensure that at least Government-provided services are clearly signposted on websites so that people know they...

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Housing Benefit (Abolition of Social Sector Size Criteria) (17 Dec 2014)

Anne Begg: Will the Minister tell my Select Committee when we can expect the Government’s response to our report on housing costs, which was published in April?

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