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Homelessness Reduction Bill: Duty in cases of threatened homelessness (27 Jan 2017)

Andy Burnham: On Government amendment 2, which I asked the hon. Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman) about, why cap the tenancy at 12 months? That seems to encourage local authorities to offer shorter-term tenancies, rather than making standard offers of longer-term tenancies. The Select Committee did not recommend a 12-month cap, so why have the Government inserted such a provision?

Homelessness Reduction Bill: Duty in cases of threatened homelessness (27 Jan 2017)

Andy Burnham: The hon. Gentleman says that the protections are in place for applicants. Amendment 2 guarantees a tenancy of at least six months. As I understand it, that is a reduction in the current level, which is at least 12 months. I am not saying that this is necessarily wrong, but I would like him to comment on it. Often, because of the complexity in their life, people at least need security in their...

Homelessness Reduction Bill: Duty in cases of threatened homelessness (27 Jan 2017)

Andy Burnham: I hear what the hon. Gentleman says, and I accept that we would see six months as a minimum, but why cap it at 12 months in the amendment? If we want a minimum standard, that is fine, but why put an upper limit on it?

Homelessness Reduction Bill (27 Jan 2017)

Andy Burnham: The Minister spoke a moment ago about successful implementation and a review to check that it has been achieved. Part of that success is about the bureaucracy—the successful implementation of the powers and provision of the money required so that local authorities can discharge their functions—but, as new clause 1 says, it is also about the effect the legislation has on actually reducing...

Homelessness Reduction Bill (27 Jan 2017)

Andy Burnham: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. The Bill focuses solely on the duties of local authorities, and we must remember that those local authorities are operating in the context of massive cuts to their budgets. We need to be honest with ourselves about whether they are going to be able to rise to the extra pressures that the Bill places on them. As my hon. Friend says, the Bill will do nothing...

Homelessness Reduction Bill (27 Jan 2017)

Andy Burnham: I have also read the briefing note from Crisis, and the hon. Lady will have seen that Crisis does not believe that the funding allocated to the Bill is adequate to meet the obligations that are being placed on local authorities, nor does it believe that the Bill will do anything to address the wider issue of housing benefits. However, I accept the hon. Lady’s point. I have not come here...

Homelessness Reduction Bill (27 Jan 2017)

Andy Burnham: I will welcome every single thing the Minister does to address this problem and, yes, I welcome that funding. What I do not welcome is the alarming rise in rough sleeping on the streets of Greater Manchester. I am sorry if it is inconvenient for the Minister to hear this, but it is clearly right to put those concerns to him.

Homelessness Reduction Bill (27 Jan 2017)

Andy Burnham: The Minister mentioned time. If the Government were making the Bill a priority, perhaps they would make time to debate these issues and to propose their own initiative. Instead, we have a debate on a Friday as a result of a private Member’s Bill. I will welcome anything the Minister does to address the issue, but I do not accept a cosy cross-party debate today when the number of people...

Homelessness Reduction Bill (27 Jan 2017)

Andy Burnham: The figures showing the rise since 2010 are shocking. Does the hon. Lady think that her Government are doing enough to tackle rough sleeping?

Homelessness Reduction Bill (27 Jan 2017)

Andy Burnham: I rise to support new clause 1. This is my first speech on this important Bill, so I congratulate the hon. Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman) on introducing it. He has done so with great persuasion and has performed an important service for us all. I also congratulate both Front-Bench teams on working constructively to bring the Bill to this point. I support the Bill but, as good as it...

Homelessness Reduction Bill (27 Jan 2017)

Andy Burnham: I hear what the hon. Gentleman is saying. There is cross-party support. I support the Bill—the hon. Member for Harrow East and the Government have my support today—but I am entitled to speak for the people who will be on the streets of Greater Manchester and the hon. Gentleman’s constituency tonight. I am entitled to give them a voice in this House. The Bill will not change their...

New Partnership with the EU (17 Jan 2017)

Andy Burnham: As the Secretary of State knows, I support reforming freedom of movement, but in a way that does least damage to the economy, and particularly the regional economy. I see in the Prime Minister’s speech today that she makes specific mention of protecting the interests of Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast and the City of London, but there is no mention at all of the north-west of England, Greater...

Exiting the Eu: Businesses in Wales: Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (14 Dec 2016)

Andy Burnham: Will the Minister give way?

Exiting the Eu: Businesses in Wales: Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (14 Dec 2016)

Andy Burnham: One of the problems that our constituents will have with this plan is about how the road network will cope, because it feels like it is already at saturation point. The north-west of England desperately needs significant investment in rail infrastructure. Does the Minister for the northern powerhouse agree that high-quality west-east rail across the north of England is a higher investment...

National Funding Formula: Schools/High Needs (14 Dec 2016)

Andy Burnham: I will keep the gloating to a minimum, Mr Speaker. The Secretary of State is dressing it up very well, but the reality of what she has announced is that some schools in the most deprived parts of the country, which face the biggest challenges, will have money taken away from them and given to schools elsewhere. Would it not have been much fairer for her to have asked the Chancellor for more...

Accelerated Access Review — [Sir Alan Meale in the Chair] (13 Dec 2016)

Andy Burnham: It is obviously reassuring to everybody that the Minister has taken such a close interest in the issue before coming to the debate. He says it was not a near miss. That may have been the case on the data that NICE had, but does he accept the point made by my hon. Friend the Member for Dudley North (Ian Austin) and other Opposition Members that those data were very limited indeed? The 96-week...

Accelerated Access Review — [Sir Alan Meale in the Chair] (13 Dec 2016)

Andy Burnham: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Dudley North (Ian Austin) on the spirit in which he introduced the debate and on his consensual tone. I also commend him for the quality of the case he outlined in his excellent speech. He could not have done a better job of representing his constituents and all those represented by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. My hon. Friend the Member for Bristol...

Accelerated Access Review — [Sir Alan Meale in the Chair] (13 Dec 2016)

Andy Burnham: My hon. Friend is making an incredibly important point. I congratulate him on securing this debate, which will give hope to the many people out there who suffer with cystic fibrosis. Is he aware of new 96-week data that have recently been published that show that Orkambi slows decline in lung function by around 42%? Those data were not available to NICE when it made its appraisal. Do those...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services (8 Dec 2016)

Andy Burnham: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the number of bus passenger journeys that were made in (a) Leigh, (b) Greater Manchester, (c) London and (d) England in each of the last 10 years.


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