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Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Karen Buck: We have heard from Government Members about the advantages of bringing all the benefits together into a single system, and there are indeed benefits of simplification, but is not the downside exactly as my hon. Friend says—that when something goes wrong in one part of the system, it brings about a potential catastrophe right across the system, including the potential loss of...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Karen Buck: One of the principal concerns about universal credit is what is happening to people’s housing costs. Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that two-thirds of all private landlords now report that the people on universal credit they are renting to are in arrears? Will he support the call of housing charities for changes to be made to the roll-out of universal credit to make sure that when...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Oct 2017)

Karen Buck: In her radio interview yesterday, the Prime Minister was pressed three times on the position of EU nationals in the UK in the event of no deal. She was unable to answer, suggesting that this was a “technical” issue. But people do not live technical lives. They live in relationships, in jobs and in their children’s schools. With the clock ticking and the possibility of a...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Housing: Fire Prevention (9 Oct 2017)

Karen Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will place in the Library copies of all correspondence between his Department and (a) local authorities, (b) the Local Government Association and (c) London councils in the last three years relating to residential fire safety.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Pedicabs: Greater London (9 Oct 2017)

Karen Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the need for legislation to control pedicab traffic in central London.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Primary Education: Admissions (20 Sep 2017)

Karen Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many unfilled places there were in primary schools in 2016-17; and what proportion of the total number of school places that figure represents in each such area.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Carbon Emissions (12 Sep 2017)

Karen Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to ask the Seceretary of State what the reasons are for the time taken to publish the carbon reduction plan.

Grenfell Tower and Building Safety (5 Sep 2017)

Karen Buck: There remains a real concern about the clarity regarding the testing process, including what is being tested and the relationship between the materials and the whole building in a real-world context, such as whether the impact of fire safety in respect of cladded buildings takes into effect the design of windows. It does not give me a great deal of confidence that the Fire Protection...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Homelessness: Social Rented Housing (7 Aug 2017)

Karen Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of nominations to (a) local authorities and (b) registered social landlord properties were homeless households in each of the last 10 years.

Grenfell Tower (20 Jul 2017)

Karen Buck: The Government intervened in housing providers’ budgets by imposing a rent cut that reduced their income. Because of that and other factors, we already know that repairs and maintenance budgets have fallen by almost a fifth since 2010. If tenants and residents are not to fear that fire safety will be compromised by budgets or that repair and maintenance budgets will not be compromised...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Admissions (20 Jul 2017)

Karen Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will set out which English local authorities have a total of five per cent or more surplus school places in (a) primary, (b) secondary and (c) all schools.

Prison and Youth Custody Centre Safety (19 Jul 2017)

Karen Buck: This is surely an issue of safeguarding. The chief inspector of prisons says that there is not a single establishment that is currently safe to hold children and young people. The Minister did not answer the specific question put to him by my hon. Friend the Member for Leeds East (Richard Burgon) about why there has been such a staggering decline in safety over the past year and, as the...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Social Rented Housing (19 Jul 2017)

Karen Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will rank each English local authority by the change in the number of social housing units in ach such local authority since (a) 1987, (b) 1997 and (c) 2007.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Homelessness: Ethnic Groups (18 Jul 2017)

Karen Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the change was in the proportion of homeless household (a) applications and (b) acceptances who were BAME over the last 10 years.

Humanitarian Situation in Mosul: Grenfell Tower Fire Inquiry (12 Jul 2017)

Karen Buck: For clarity, will the Minister confirm that half or more of all the high-rise towers identified at the earlier point in this discussion have not submitted materials to be tested? That is the clear implication of what he was saying.

Humanitarian Situation in Mosul: Grenfell Tower Fire Inquiry (12 Jul 2017)

Karen Buck: It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Madam Deputy Speaker, and it is delightful to follow the excellent maiden speech of my hon. Friend the Member for Leeds North West (Alex Sobel). We have also heard three other superb maiden speeches today, from my hon. Friends the Members for Croydon Central (Sarah Jones), for Lewisham West and Penge (Ellie Reeves) and for Barnsley East (Stephanie...

Humanitarian Situation in Mosul: Grenfell Tower Fire Inquiry (12 Jul 2017)

Karen Buck: Is it my hon. Friend’s understanding that any works at the local level will, in effect, be paid for by tenants out of their rents and by leaseholder contributions? Does he agree that the basic repairs and maintenance budgets for local authority social housing have already been cut by 20% since 2010?

Humanitarian Situation in Mosul: Grenfell Tower Fire Inquiry (12 Jul 2017)

Karen Buck: Last week, the Secretary of State said that there was “no backlog” in testing and that tests would be processed within a matter of “hours”. Given the continuing shortfall in the number of high-rise buildings that have been subject to testing, does my right hon. Friend share my bafflement that the Government do not appear to know where any of this material actually is?

Humanitarian Situation in Mosul: Grenfell Tower Fire Inquiry (12 Jul 2017)

Karen Buck: Pursuant to that point, will the First Secretary clarify whether the recovery taskforce has any executive authority whatsoever, or is it purely advisory?


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