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Backbench Business: Child Poverty: London (22 Feb 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: I love my city. I love my constituency. I was born in it and have always lived in it. It does the Minister no honour to set up an Aunt Sally on work when he knows very well that there is no Labour Member who does not believe in work. We believe that work should pay. For many of the people I meet in my constituency every week, work is not paying. They have nowhere to live. They have problems...

Backbench Business: Child Poverty: London (22 Feb 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: My hon. Friend is making her erudite, detailed knowledge obvious to everyone. Does she know that the Trust for London identified that the average family in poverty 10 years ago lived in inner London on welfare benefits in social housing, and today the average family in poverty in London live in outer London, are in work, and live in the private rented sector?

Backbench Business: Child Poverty: London (22 Feb 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: Could the hon. Lady identify any word that I have said that suggests that work is not important? Work is important, but support and ability to earn enough to live are important, too.

Backbench Business: Child Poverty: London (22 Feb 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: I beg to move, That this House has considered child poverty in London. I thank the Backbench Business Committee for granting this debate on such an incredibly important issue. “We will do everything we can to help anybody, whatever your background, to go as far as your talents will take you.” That was the promise made outside No. 10 following the appointment of the right hon....

Backbench Business: Child Poverty: London (22 Feb 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend. I know how much work she does on housing, but many Members present, in particular on the Labour Benches, spend most of their advice surgeries talking to families threatened with homelessness—people who live in the private sector and simply cannot afford the rents. I want Members to hear children’s stories rather than just statistics, because...

Backbench Business: Child Poverty: London (22 Feb 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: I thank my right hon. Friend for his intervention and for all his work on poverty and helping poor families in London, in particular in his constituency. I completely agree that the delay in universal credit, the difficulties in claiming and the lack of face-to-face contact to be able to resolve some of the problems will have dire impacts on people. Those examples I gave from Mrs...

Backbench Business: Child Poverty: London (22 Feb 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend. I ask the Minister what the Government will do to ensure equality of opportunity for all children in our capital, so that the letters of their postcode will not be the determining factor in their lives, dictating how long they live and their quality of life. Almost half of families in poverty are those whose youngest child is under the age of five, the...

Backbench Business: Child Poverty: London (22 Feb 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend. There are great similarities. Suburban London is not the suburban London that many of us think exists. By the end of their lives, boys from poorer backgrounds have a life expectancy that is an astonishing 9.2 years shorter than that of their wealthier counterparts. Take my borough, Merton, where Wimbledon constituents have a life expectancy almost three...

Backbench Business: Child Poverty: London (22 Feb 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: I completely agree with my hon. Friend. I commend him for all the work that he does on child poverty. We might not all like targets, but they work. The fundamental factor explaining London’s disproportionately high child poverty rates is the soaring cost and extreme shortage of housing. Across our capital there is a homelessness crisis, with 54,660 households in temporary accommodation,...

Backbench Business: Child Poverty: London (22 Feb 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: I have a slightly different and perhaps more controversial view of redevelopments. I congratulate councils that try to deal with problems in difficult circumstances and come up with solutions that would not always be their first choice. In life, as the right hon. Gentleman will know, the way to make friends is to do nothing. Sometimes doing something makes you more enemies. I congratulate all...

Backbench Business: Child Poverty: London (22 Feb 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: I am sure that as politicians we often live by our word, and I am extremely offended by the way we now use the word “affordable”. In housing terms, “affordable” means 80% of market rent. I suspect many of us here today could not manage to pay an affordable rent, let alone somebody on a low or median income in the capital. I would be grateful to find a way to ban the...

Backbench Business: Child Poverty: London (22 Feb 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: I wish to say this tactfully because I like the right hon. Gentleman a great deal. The problem and the definition of affordability at 80% market value goes back to the 2010 coalition Government. I do not wish to be mean; I simply wish to put that on the record.

Backbench Business: Child Poverty: London (22 Feb 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: I thank my right hon. Friend for her intervention. Across the capital, wages have not kept up with the cost of living and in most parts of London a full-time minimum wage job barely covers the rent. While the cost of living continues to soar, state support for low-income families continues to fall in real terms. The extraordinary cost of living has left one in 10 London families—I could...

Backbench Business: Child Poverty: London (22 Feb 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: It is as if my hon. Friend anticipates what I am going to say. I thank him for his intervention and apologise for speaking for so long; I did not anticipate that so many would want to take part in the debate. I shall try to truncate my remarks as I do not want to take away the opportunity for others to speak. For many children in poverty, a free school lunch may be the only healthy cooked...

Carillion: TUPE — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (21 Feb 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: Order. I wish to point out that the debate will finish at 4.16 pm and I hope to give Eleanor Smith, as the mover of the motion, a couple of minutes to sum up at the end.

Carillion: TUPE — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (21 Feb 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: Let me clarify that the debate will end at 4.16 pm; I do not want the Minister to feel that he has to abbreviate his contribution.

Housing, Planning and the Green Belt (6 Feb 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: May I suggest that that will happen only if the Government force—or encourage—public sector bodies to do it? Extorting their good will will not work.

Housing, Planning and the Green Belt (6 Feb 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: May I say how much I support the line that the hon. Gentleman is taking about the use of the word “affordable”? Does he agree that applying the word “affordable” to housing that is 80% market rent probably means that it is unaffordable for most?


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