Results 1–20 of 2248 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Helen Jones

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Adult Social Care Funding (12 Mar 2018)

Helen Jones: The Local Government Finance Act 2012 divorced local government funding from any assessment of need. The Government’s insistence that the problem can be solved by councils raising precepts is simply wrong, because councils in wealthier areas, which have more properties in the higher bands, can raise more money than those with more properties in the lower bands, which usually have the...

Business of the House (8 Feb 2018)

Helen Jones: Can the Leader of the House find time for a debate on old toll bridges and the traffic chaos they cause? The Warburton toll bridge in my constituency is causing traffic jams on all the surrounding main roads, for the sake of a 12p toll. The Department for Transport seems to hold no data on the impact of these bridges. Is it not time we debated that and abolished these 19th century tolls?

Health and Social Care: Routes into Nursing (6 Feb 2018)

Helen Jones: The Government cut the number of nurse training places in 2010, and when they scrapped bursaries applications from mature students suffered particularly. What is the point of blaming trusts for hiring agency staff when the Government simply do not train enough nurses to fill the vacancies?

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Helen Jones: I apologise that I could not be here for the beginning of the debate. I fully support my hon. Friend on the need for a proper, integrated hub at Crewe, not least because that makes the spur that was proposed through Warrington absolutely redundant. A proper hub would enable many more towns in the north-west to benefit from HS2.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Low-paid Workers (30 Jan 2018)

Helen Jones: When will the Government accept the need to actually prosecute more firms that fail to pay the national minimum wage? Only when people are prosecuted for breaking the law, rather than being issued with warning notices, are they going to take it seriously.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Offenders: Employment and Education (23 Jan 2018)

Helen Jones: Does the Minister agree that whatever plans he comes up with will require there to be enough prison officers on the estate so that they can release prisoners from their cells and take them to education and training classes? Does he now accept that the Government’s dash to reduce the number of prison officers has seriously hampered the chances of preventing prisoners from reoffending?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Illegal Wildlife Trade (9 Jan 2018)

Helen Jones: The illegal trade in ivory is estimated to be worth about $20 billion per annum, and yet the Government have so cut the Border Force that they are now looking at recruiting volunteers to fill the gap. What confidence can the House have that this illegal trade will be tackled if the Government are not prepared to put the resources into the Border Force?

Tolls on the Mersey Crossings — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Helen Jones: My hon. Friend is right about the decisions taken and the concern about traffic flows. Does he agree that evidence is now appearing that the tolling on the bridge is increasing traffic flows through Warrington, which is already very congested? And that is after the former Member for Warrington South appeared in the 2015 election in front of a big banner saying, “No tolls”, so...

Tolls on the Mersey Crossings — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Helen Jones: My hon. Friend makes a very good case. Was he concerned, as I was, to hear the Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, the hon. Member for Rossendale and Darwen (Jake Berry), yesterday dismiss the problem of the tolls for the bridges and the Mersey tunnels limiting economic growth in the region and attribute, I understand, to the Mayor of the city region views that he does not hold?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Legal Aid (5 Dec 2017)

Helen Jones: It is estimated that providing early legal help in family court cases would cost less than £14 million because, as the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) has just said, many cases would be resolved before getting to court. Why does the Minister continue to insist that this is not a cost-effective way of dealing with cases? Does he actually know how many cases are...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Helen Jones: It has been a great pleasure to listen to this debate. I thank all hon. Members on this side who have spoken. I feel sorry for the Minister, who is normally a reasonable soul, because he has been sent here to defend the indefensible. As hon. Members on the Government side have slipped away, I thought at one point that he would be left solely with his Parliamentary Private Secretary,...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Helen Jones: Does the Minister accept, first, that most of the money spent on raising the tax threshold actually benefits the better-off? Secondly, does he accept that the combined effects of the Government’s tax and benefit changes, even when raising the tax threshold is taken into account, has been to hit low-paid families in work hardest?

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Helen Jones: I know from staff at Risley Prison in my constituency that prison staff are now unable to take time off when necessary and that whole wings are locked up for half a day, meaning that prisoners cannot access education or work. Does my hon. Friend agree that, as well as that being unfair to the staff, it does not help us to reform prisoners—it makes it more likely that they will reoffend?

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Helen Jones: I beg to move, That this House has considered e-petition 200032 relating to public sector pay. It is a great pleasure to be here under your chairmanship, Mr Hanson. When Conservative Members talk about public sector workers, it is common to hear them refer to them as if they were somehow a drain on the economy. They try to make a distinction between public sector workers and taxpayers, as if...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Helen Jones: My hon. Friend is right, and I will come to that issue later. None of us could function day to day without, for instance, the people who sweep our streets and empty our bins. I mention them because their hard and unglamorous jobs—as many public sector jobs still are—often get overlooked when we talk about the public sector. We understandably see documentaries about hospitals and...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Helen Jones: My hon. Friend is right and, again, I will come to that matter later. When we are told that only the private sector generates value in the economy, we should ask, “Yes, but who looks after your workers when they are sick? Who do you call if you are burgled or are the victim of fraud? Who do you call if a fire starts in your building? Who educated the workers you employ?” The...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Helen Jones: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Gratitude for public sector workers is not enough; they also deserve our respect. Respect involves paying them a decent wage for the job they do but, sadly, under this Government their wages have been continually held down.

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Helen Jones: I could not have put it better myself. The result was that one of the Conservative Government’s first actions was to announce a two-year freeze on public sector pay from 2011-12. They followed that up with an announcement that public sector pay would be capped at 1% for the following four years and, in his 2015 summer Budget, the Chancellor announced a further four years of the cap,...

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