Results 61–80 of 7605 for speaker:Andy Burnham

Police Grant (22 Feb 2017)

Andy Burnham: I have listened carefully to the argument that the hon. Gentleman has advanced, and I agree with much of what he is saying. On the basis of his analysis, would he say that the Government have honoured the promise that they made to the police at the 2015 spending review?

Police Grant (22 Feb 2017)

Andy Burnham: This House has not been given an accurate picture. As my hon. Friend rightly says, the 2015 spending review promised real-terms protection. Local tax rises have not made up for Government cuts, so there are real-terms cuts to police services all over the country. Does she agree that, of all Government Ministers, the Policing Minister should tell the truth at the Dispatch Box?

Police Grant (22 Feb 2017)

Andy Burnham: I am concerned that the Minister may have inadvertently misled the House. He said that he has been able to protect police budgets in real terms once the precept is taken into account, but that is not the case with Greater Manchester police. They still had to cut frontline policing even though they used the full precept power. Will the Minister now correct the record?

Police Grant (22 Feb 2017)

Andy Burnham: Will the Minister give way?

Police Grant (22 Feb 2017)

Andy Burnham: Will the Minister give way?

Police Grant (22 Feb 2017)

Andy Burnham: The public all over the country are noticing a reduction in visibility of neighbourhood policing and in responsiveness by the police. They will struggle to match what they see on the ground with the complacent statements that have been made in the House today. Let me remind the Minister—we need accuracy on this because police officers on the front line deserve it—that the promise of the...

Police Grant (22 Feb 2017)

Andy Burnham: He’s lying!

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Feb 2017)

Andy Burnham: On the steps of Downing Street, the Prime Minister pledged to end the “burning injustice” of so few working-class boys going to university. Will she tell me how cutting every single secondary school in Leigh, Wigan, Rochdale, Trafford and Manchester through her new schools funding formula will do anything other than make that injustice even worse?

Housing White Paper (7 Feb 2017)

Andy Burnham: My hon. Friend the Member for Manchester Central (Lucy Powell) is right that it is time to take much tougher action against absent private landlords who rake in housing benefit but do not reinvest a penny of that money into the upkeep of their properties. Councils should be given much simpler powers to issue CPOs when properties are below a decent standard. We should send a clearer message...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Nursing (7 Feb 2017)

Andy Burnham: When the Secretary of State scrapped the nursing bursary, he claimed that his reforms would lead to an increase in nursing applications. Last week, figures from UCAS showed that there had been a drop in nursing applications of 23%—a worrying trend when the demands of Brexit will mean that we need more home-grown nurses. Will he scrap this disastrous policy or, at the very least, give...

Changes in Us Immigration Policy (30 Jan 2017)

Andy Burnham: The House has yet to debate what Brexit means in practice, but after the events of this weekend can we at least all agree that the last thing that it should mean is biting your tongue in the hope of doing trade deals and thereby abandoning all the values that this country has long held dear?

Changes in Us Immigration Policy (30 Jan 2017)

Andy Burnham: Get out of it! Achieved what?

Agenda for Change: NHS Pay Restraint — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (30 Jan 2017)

Andy Burnham: My hon. Friend has just mentioned people feeling a sense of fairness, particularly in the pay of those above them. Does he share my concern that in this current climate, while nurses’ pay is being cut, we are seeing large pay increases self-awarded to members of clinical commissioning groups and senior management? Does that not completely demoralise the whole local profession?

Agenda for Change: NHS Pay Restraint — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (30 Jan 2017)

Andy Burnham: Thank you, Mr Evans. I also thank the SNP spokesperson. I had not intended to speak but will grab this opportunity because it is an incredibly important debate. First, I pay tribute to the Royal College of Nursing and the Nursing Times, which have captured the voices of nurses all over the country. We heard some of those voices in the excellent speech by my hon. Friend the Member for...

Agenda for Change: NHS Pay Restraint — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (30 Jan 2017)

Andy Burnham: My hon. Friend the Member for Foyle (Mark Durkan) said that this is a pay cut. We should not call it a pay freeze because it is, in fact, a pay cut. The Government have manipulated the figures in this area. Let us call it what it is: a pay cut that has now been sustained over a number of years. People are at their limits. They cannot carry on having their pay cut every single year while they...

Agenda for Change: NHS Pay Restraint — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (30 Jan 2017)

Andy Burnham: That is how it begins to appear. The Government are pushing people beyond their limits. There was the attempt to introduce regional pay, and there was the attempt to cut what is called the unsocial hours payment—there has been a whole series of initiatives that try to strip away support for the profession. It begins to feel like an attack on the profession. That is certainly how junior...

Agenda for Change: NHS Pay Restraint — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (30 Jan 2017)

Andy Burnham: I am glad to hear the intervention of the former Minister, whom I worked well with in the previous Parliament. I want to take this opportunity to say that he did listen on regional pay. We made an argument about that issue, backed up by the RCN and others, and, to be fair, it did not go any further than the experiment in the south-west. I give credit to him for that. I also give credit to him...

Agenda for Change: NHS Pay Restraint — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (30 Jan 2017)

Andy Burnham: It is not only a false economy; it directly damages the quality of patient care. When people arrive on the ward who do not know the team or the environment and have to be told everything, it builds in confusion and delays because staff have to take them through things. It does not make sense to use private staffing agencies to the extent that they are being used in the NHS. The cost is...

Agenda for Change: NHS Pay Restraint — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (30 Jan 2017)

Andy Burnham: My hon. Friend makes two important points. The first was on the effect that Home Office immigration rules could have had on the nursing profession. I think the former Home Secretary, now the Prime Minister, made some changes in that regard. My hon. Friend is right that there is a much bigger context here: the post-referendum climate. The Government have been absolutely wrong not to guarantee...

Agenda for Change: NHS Pay Restraint — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (30 Jan 2017)

Andy Burnham: Of course, and the point is very well made, but I will also say again that it does not help deficit reduction if nurses are being pushed into the grip of private staffing agencies as a consequence of pay policies. That is another way in which the Government’s short-sighted approach has not in the end produced benefits for the economy, as the hon. Gentleman says, nor helped us meet the...


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