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Results 21–40 of 452 for speaker:Lord Rix

Care Bill [HL] — Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (3 Jul 2013)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I wish to speak to Amendment 79D, which focuses on preventing adults at risk suffering abuse or neglect. I welcome the focus in Clause 1 on promoting well-being and the breadth of that definition, which includes protecting people from abuse and neglect. In addition, Clause 2 sets out an important duty whereby a local authority must take steps and provide services which contribute to...

Care Bill [HL] — Committee (4th Day) (3 Jul 2013)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I support this amendment in particular. I declare an interest as the president of Mencap. There is no doubt that the services that we are able to provide are being severely cut back because local authorities simply do not have the money to support those services. Where we used to get, say, £15 an hour, we get £12 an hour. The implication is that we can lower the standard of our...

Children and Families Bill — Second Reading (2 Jul 2013)

Lord Rix: My Lords, last Wednesday the Minister discussed the Children and Families Bill at the weekly meeting of the Cross-Bench Peers. I was particularly interested in Part 3 and the provisions affecting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. I asked how the local authorities who were trialling the provisions for this group—pathfinders, as they are known—were...

Care Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (4 Jun 2013)

Lord Rix: The Minister appeared to say that most of the people being consulted were professional bodies. He did not mention that people with a learning disability and their families and autistic people and their families were also going to be consulted. He mentioned the list of professional bodies but not the parents, carers and the people themselves.

Care Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (4 Jun 2013)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I wish to speak to Amendment 24, which explores the benefits of placing a duty on the Secretary of State to consult on the objectives and priorities of Health Education England. In particular, I wish to explore how the Secretary of State will consult vulnerable people, including people with a learning disability, to ensure that education and training provided by this body will...

Care Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (4 Jun 2013)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I support Amendment 10, but I should like to clarify one or two points in the wording. It is possible for a person with a learning disability to have a physical health problem. It is also possible for a person with a learning disability to have a mental health problem. But that is not the main cause or even sometimes the basic cause for their particular condition, which is learning...

Care Bill [HL]: Second Reading (21 May 2013)

Lord Rix: My Lords, the introduction of the Care Bill is to be welcomed. It provides the opportunity to fundamentally improve the lives of disabled people and the legal framework for the social care and support system. Social care is vital for people with a learning disability. Good social care and support empowers them to live independently and within the community. It means that they can be valued...

Care Services: Abuse of Learning Disabled — Question for Short Debate (13 Dec 2012)

Lord Rix: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address the abuse suffered by people with a learning disability as illustrated by that which took place at Winterbourne View care home.

Care Services: Abuse of Learning Disabled — Question for Short Debate (13 Dec 2012)

Lord Rix: My Lords, first, I should apologise for my limited appearances in your Lordship's House of late but my wife has been in hospital for some time and returns for major heart surgery at the beginning of January. I am sure your Lordships will understand where my priorities lie after some 63 years of marriage. I am equally certain that all of us present today will have read the government report...

Health and Social Care Bill: Report (7th Day) (Continued) (13 Mar 2012)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I wish to support Amendment 292A, tabled by my noble friend Lady Greengross. As I am sure your Lordships will appreciate, I approach this issue from the perspective of people with a learning disability and would argue that the provisions of the Human Rights Act should be universally applied and not dependent as to whether an individual receives personal care in a residential setting...

Welfare Reform Bill — Report (4th Day) (Continued) (17 Jan 2012)

Lord Rix: I apologise for interrupting yet again. The point is that if, as I said, the annual health checks are taken for these people it can be reported medically. Certainly the carers can report on this. There is no question that if your son or daughter or your friend is obviously not receiving the amount they should be, it is up to you to get hold of the necessary officials and to inform them....

Welfare Reform Bill — Report (4th Day) (Continued) (17 Jan 2012)

Lord Rix: Yes, at this hour of the night. I would love to have further discussion, if it is humanly possible, with the Minister, but I would like to get something on paper to be able to circulate to people concerned.

Welfare Reform Bill — Report (4th Day) (Continued) (17 Jan 2012)

Lord Rix: With that, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 55 withdrawn. Amendment 56 not moved. Clause 87: Report to Parliament Amendment 56ZA Moved by Lord Freud 56ZA: Clause 87, page 61, line 20, at end insert "- (a) within 2 years beginning with the date on which the first regulations under that section come into force; and (b) within 4 years beginning with that date."

Welfare Reform Bill — Report (4th Day) (Continued) (17 Jan 2012)

Lord Rix: My Lords, the Minister gave the shortest reply in Committee, interrupting my amendments, and I sat down within about three seconds of standing up. The noble Baroness, Lady Hollis-I have the name right this time-said that if the rest of the amendments could be taken at that speed, we would have got through the Committee stage much faster. I am absolutely delighted that the amendments have been...

Welfare Reform Bill — Report (4th Day) (Continued) (17 Jan 2012)

Lord Rix: My Lords, as Mencap has just been mentioned, I would very much like, as president of Mencap, to thank the Minister and his colleagues for accepting this situation and the Low report. I congratulate my noble friend Lord Low on his splendid research into this problem. It is wonderful to hear the Government's change of tack. I notice that the Minister mentioned hospitals, but I was busy chatting...

Welfare Reform Bill — Report (4th Day) (Continued) (17 Jan 2012)

Lord Rix: First, my Lords, I should make a correction for Hansard: it was the noble Baroness, Lady Hollis, who I was chatting to, not the noble Baroness, Lady Hollins. I inadvertently put an "n" into her name, and I apologise. My Amendments 55 and 56 relate to opportunities for people in receipt of PIP to receive lifetime or indefinite awards of the benefits in much the same way as many people do who...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (13th Day) (15 Dec 2011)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I shall speak to Amendment 324, tabled in my name and those of my noble friends Lord Tenby and Lord Wigley, in this rather Christmas stocking grouping of amendments. This regards the provision of independent advocacy services for people who are in the process of making a complaint against the NHS. This amendment is particularly relevant to the needs of disabled people, including...

Funding of Care and Support — Motion to Take Note (24 Nov 2011)

Lord Rix: My Lords, like others I welcome this very important debate and I commend the noble Baroness, Lady Pitkeathley,for affording her fellow Peers the opportunity to discuss this issue at such a timely moment. I also declare a personal interest as president of the Royal Mencap Society, an organisation that is greatly concerned about the current social care situation facing many people with a...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill — Second Reading (21 Nov 2011)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I will put my weight behind those who oppose removing welfare benefits from the scope of legal aid provision. The point was put most forcefully by the noble Lords, Lord Phillips of Sudbury and Lord Howarth of Newport, and by other noble Lords. The expectation that people with a learning disability will be able to represent themselves at tribunals is thoroughly unrealistic,...


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