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Results 41–60 of 452 for speaker:Lord Rix

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (7 Nov 2011)

Lord Rix: My Lords, after that long, complex reply from the Minister, I shall have to read Hansard from top to bottom tomorrow. He referred to many Acts, which have yet to prove their efficacy in some instances, and to all manner of directives, which I could not write down and take note of at this moment. However, I thank him for his comprehensive response. When I read Hansard, I hope that it will...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (7 Nov 2011)

Lord Rix: My Lords, five of the-

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (7 Nov 2011)

Lord Rix: Thank you. Five of the six amendments that I have tabled to the Bill have been grouped together. I welcome the opportunity to raise some specific concerns about the Government's health reforms in relation to learning disability. I should also like to thank the Minister, who recently met the noble Lord, Lord Wigley, the noble Baroness, Lady Hollins, and me, along with representatives from the...

Health and Social Care Bill: Second Reading (11 Oct 2011)

Lord Rix: My Lords, before I make my contribution to the debate, it is appropriate that I declare an interest as president of the Royal Mencap Society. In recent years, the NHS has made much progress in how it treats people with a learning disability. However, there remains plenty of scope for further improvement in its performance. It is important to emphasise that my concerns about the content of the...

Welfare Reform Bill — Second Reading (13 Sep 2011)

Lord Rix: My Lords, it is important for the Government to recognise that any reform of the welfare system and tackling of the deficit should not be at the cost of undermining the ability of disabled people to live independently. The concerns I will refer to during my speech will be applicable to many disabled people but particularly to those with a learning disability, and I think at this moment it is...

Autism: Personal Independence Payments — Question (12 Sep 2011)

Lord Rix: My Lords, what assurance can the Minister give that problems similar to those that have arisen on work capability assessments will not arise on PIP assessments, particularly in the light of people who take these assessments with a learning disability?

Localism Bill — Committee (10th Day) (20 Jul 2011)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I have no desire to delay your Lordships' holidays any longer, so I beg leave to withdraw my amendment. Amendment 175 withdrawn. Amendments 176 to 178 not moved. Amendments 178ZA and 178ZB Moved by Baroness Hanham 178ZA: Clause 139, page 134, line 44, leave out from beginning to end of line 5 on page 135 178ZB: Clause 139, page 135, line 17, at end insert- "(6) The amendments made...

Localism Bill — Committee (10th Day) (20 Jul 2011)

Lord Rix: Amendments 175, 176, 177 and 178 regard the Government's intention to remove succession rights for carers and relatives, which are currently provided by a secure tenancy. In contrast to the Government, I believe that this right should be preserved and extended to all new tenancies in the social housing sector. The original provisions in the Housing Act 1985 gave recognition to the role of...

Localism Bill — Committee (10th Day) (20 Jul 2011)

Lord Rix: My Lords, my Amendment 174 also concerns the Government's proposal to introduce flexible tenancies of just two years for social housing tenants. The promotion of flexible tenure is based on the notion of non-disabled younger adults having access to other housing options, depending on income levels and employment. I am concerned that this approach is not appropriate for people on low or fixed...

Localism Bill — Committee (10th Day) (20 Jul 2011)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I speak to Amendments 171 to 173, which are scattered among other amendments in the group. Amendment 171 is concerned with the allocation of housing. Mencap, of which I am president, hears stories on a daily basis from parents of learning-disabled offspring about how difficult it is to find a suitable home for their son or daughter. That is why many people with a learning disability...

Disabled People: Disability Hate Crime — Question (27 Jun 2011)

Lord Rix: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to help the police and other agencies to respond more effectively to disability hate crime.

Disabled People: Disability Hate Crime — Question (27 Jun 2011)

Lord Rix: I thank the Minister for that response, which follows what Paul Burstow, the Minister for Care Services, told us last week at the launch of the Mencap initiative with regard to hate crime. But is she aware that, ever since the Welfare Reform Bill was tabled, certain inflammatory reports have appeared in a number of the media alleging that people on disability benefits are scroungers and...

Jobseeker's Allowance (Mandatory Work Activity Scheme) Regulations 2011: Motion of Regret (10 May 2011)

Lord Rix: My Lords, this is the first time that I have been in your Lordships' House since the debate on disability last Thursday, when it was announced that the noble Lord, Lord Freud, had had an unfortunate accident. I am glad to see him back in his place and I hope that he is fully recovered. I start by stating that I am, of course, in support of the principles behind universal credit-namely, making...

Disabled People — Debate (5 May 2011)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I am delighted to welcome and congratulate a fellow trade unionist in your Lordships' House. The noble Lord, Lord Fellowes of West Stafford, and I, are both members of Equity. As far as I know, he is the fifth thespian to enter your Lordships' House as a life Peer. The first, of course, was Laurence Olivier. The second was Bernard Miles. I came in 19 years ago with my trousers...

Disabled People: Disability Living Allowance — Question (7 Feb 2011)

Lord Rix: My Lords, the noble Baroness, Lady Hollis, has already referred to the statement, "We're all in this together". In that statement, were the Government including the 80,000 people with disabilities living in residential care who are going to lose the mobility component of their DLA, or were the Government simply thinking that such a valuable aid to so many vulnerable people was a total waste...

Disabled People — Question (13 Dec 2010)

Lord Rix: My Lords, in the comprehensive spending review the Government allocated £2 billion more for local authority social care services. Unfortunately, this money was not ring-fenced. What assurances can the Government give the House that the money will be spent by local authorities on the purpose for which it was allocated?

Schools: Pupil Premium — Question (6 Dec 2010)

Lord Rix: My Lords, if a learning disabled child is already included in the SEN budget, will that child also become eligible for pupil premium?

Housing Benefit — Question (6 Dec 2010)

Lord Rix: What advice can the Minister offer people with a learning disability, who might find that they can no longer pay rents, which are increasing all the time, particularly in the London area? Does he think it appropriate that the Government should inflict trauma on people less able to cope with that trauma, some of them very vulnerable indeed?

Charitable Sector — Motion to Take Note (5 Oct 2010)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I first place on record how much I value the role and expertise of charities in strengthening civil society. I declare an interest as president of the learning disabilities charity Mencap, which I have supported in various roles for nearly 60 years, ever since our daughter was born with Down's syndrome-or mongolism in those days. We were told, as most parents of that time were, to...

Schools: Special Needs and Disabilities — Question (15 Jul 2010)

Lord Rix: To ask Her Majesty's Government who will be responsible for promoting opportunities in schools for students with special educational needs and disabilities to have access to new and innovative technologies, following the decision to close down Becta.

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