Results 1–20 of 641 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Siobhain McDonagh

Royal Assent: Business of the House (7 Dec 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: Last week I raised with the Leader of the House the possibility of having a debate on the position of Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan, particularly the three who were sentenced to death because of their beliefs. Now we understand that Captain Muhammad Safdar, the parliamentarian who raised the issues that led, the day after, to the Ahmadis’ imprisonment, is about to visit the UK. May we have...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (27 Nov 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: The hon. Member for Witney (Robert Courts) might have Downton Abbey in his constituency, but at the heart of mine, Mitcham and Morden, is one of the biggest working industrial estates in south London. It is home to dozens of businesses—from scaffolders to skip yards, and from builders to brick yards. Among the lorries, vans, skips and fumes is a converted warehouse housing 84 families...

Business of the House (23 Nov 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: May we have a debate on the plight of the Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan, particularly Mubasher Ahmad, Ghulam Ahmed and Ehsan Ahmed, who have been sentenced to death simply because they are Ahmadi Muslims and therefore offend against the blasphemy laws?

Temporary Accommodation (7 Nov 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: I thank all Members from all parties for being involved in this important debate, and I thank the Minister for agreeing to meet me to discuss Connect House—I am grateful. I do not wish to sound angry or petulant, but I feel both, because 84 families will still be living in the middle of an industrial estate tonight, tomorrow night, next year and the year after. The most common eviction...

Temporary Accommodation (7 Nov 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: I worked out last night that we could build 88,000 prefabs with the money we are giving in one year to the private rented sector in housing benefit.

Temporary Accommodation (7 Nov 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: There can be anything in law, but if it is not enforced, it does not work. Unless there is an organisation like Ofsted or the Care Quality Commission for housing, it is not going to work.

Temporary Accommodation (7 Nov 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: I beg to move, That this House notes with concern the increased use by local authorities of temporary accommodation for 77,240 homeless families in priority need, including 120,540 children or expected children; further notes more than a quarter of those households have been placed in temporary accommodation in a different local government area; further notes the draft consultation on a...

Temporary Accommodation (7 Nov 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: I agree with my right hon. Friend and thank him for all his work over the decades for the most forgotten in our society. The truth is that universal credit will be yet another driver that forces families out of the private rented sector, which is not where most of them should be in the first place. The staggering number of homeless families is rising fast, with an additional 960 households in...

Temporary Accommodation (7 Nov 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. Currently, 22,000 households face such a “last resort” and are placed in temporary housing outside their borough. Under the Housing Act 1996, when a local authority undertakes its housing duty to people by placing them in temporary accommodation in another borough, it should notify the receiving borough that it has done so. That notice...

Temporary Accommodation (7 Nov 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: It is an abuse of human rights. There is a moral duty on us all to bring a resolution—this is possible—to the situation. Kelly’s daughter is old enough to question but too young to understand the situation. When she returns from school, she queries why none of her friends have to share a room with their parents. Both Kelly and her husband hold down good jobs, but she tells...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Family Hubs (30 Oct 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: On that point, of the 120,000 children in temporary accommodation across 77,240 families, 28% are housed in boroughs other than their own, and the receiving boroughs often have no idea that those children—many of them vulnerable—have entered their areas. Will the Minister consider the suggestion of providing family hubs at large-scale temporary accommodation centres outside home...

Local Authority Funeral Charges — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (24 Oct 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: If the Welsh Assembly and the Welsh Government can find it in their hearts to look at fees for child burial, why can guidance not come from the Department for Communities and Local Government about what the Government would wish to see from English local authorities? As the major funder of local authorities, that would seem a reasonable thing to do.

Local Authority Funeral Charges — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (24 Oct 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: We are drawing near the end of this debate. Will the Minister consider taking on the issue of the discrepancies between resident and non-resident burial costs and encourage local authorities to look at understanding the length of time someone may have lived in a borough prior to their death?

Local Authority Funeral Charges — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (24 Oct 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: I beg to move, That this House has considered local authority funeral charges. In particular, I hope that the House will consider the exploitative fees faced by non-residents of a borough at their time of grief. I will start by setting the scene faced by thousands upon thousands of families across the UK, before moving on to consider the specific cost of burials and then the disparity in...

Local Authority Funeral Charges — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (24 Oct 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention and I am sure that, like me, he would like to congratulate our hon. Friend the Member for Swansea East (Carolyn Harris) for all her work in that regard; I will refer to her again later. The rising cost of funerals has left a huge number of families trapped in a state of funeral poverty, which manifests itself both financially and emotionally, with...

Local Authority Funeral Charges — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (24 Oct 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: The position of families should certainly be considered at that desperate time. The compassion shown by the head of Honor Oak cemetery was an isolated incident in what is a national problem—a rule for one that has not been the rule for all. For example, my constituents, Ann and her brother William, came to see me at my weekly advice surgery. Ann and her husband are joining us today to...

Local Authority Funeral Charges — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (24 Oct 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: I certainly agree with the hon. Member, but later in my speech she will hear that even that high cost is not the highest in the country. For Ann’s family, the cost of the funeral was just the beginning, at a time when they were already grieving for Ann’s mother. As Ann’s mother was not a resident of Hammersmith and Fulham at the time of her death, Ann was faced with a cost...

Local Authority Funeral Charges — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (24 Oct 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: I absolutely agree. We have already made reference to the wonderful campaign run by my hon. Friend the Member for Swansea East. She has been successful in getting child burial fees wiped out in Wales, as a result of that moving campaign and the story of the death of her son. In Wandsworth, the cheapest council-led cemetery has burial costs of £4,697. The fees have risen by more than...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: My mum was 94 yesterday. When she came to London in 1947 as a young woman, the cards in the windows said, “No blacks, no Irish, no dogs.” There are no cards in the windows in London any longer, but there is an understanding among landlords that they do not take people on universal credit, and they are beginning to evict their tenants who are on housing benefit. I do not say that...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?


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