Results 1–20 of 1499 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Alex Cunningham

Point of Order (12 Dec 2017)

Alex Cunningham: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. The deadline for members of the British Steel pension scheme to decide whether to join their new employers’ scheme, to have their pension paid through the Pensions Protection Fund or to make personal arrangements is all but upon them. The House will share my concerns over rogue advisers who are cold calling scheme members and attempting to part them from...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Alex Cunningham: We got what we asked for—the report published.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Adult Social Care (4 Dec 2017)

Alex Cunningham: What steps he is taking to ensure that adult social care is adequately funded.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Adult Social Care (4 Dec 2017)

Alex Cunningham: I was rather stunned to find out that local authorities do not have to consider the quality of care when offering a care home place. According to the Care Quality Commission, that means vast numbers of elderly people are being forced to live in facilities that are either inadequate or require improvement. The profit-making sector is failing, but rather than pass the buck to local authorities,...

State Pension Age: Women (29 Nov 2017)

Alex Cunningham: I despair, because having stood at this Dispatch Box, led for the Opposition in Westminster Hall debates and worked on the Pension Schemes Bill, with the matter before us taking centre stage, I have spoken about this issue, like a lot of other Members, many times. However, it is not the Scottish National party that I blame for that, nor is it members of the Labour party, and it is definitely...

State Pension Age: Women (29 Nov 2017)

Alex Cunningham: That is most certainly the case, and the Government need to understand that. My wife herself has been working since that young age. For some reason, the Government persist in pushing huge numbers of ’50s-born women into financial difficulty and distress. It is time for the Government to put their pride aside and do what is right.

State Pension Age: Women (29 Nov 2017)

Alex Cunningham: Indeed it has not, and I am sure we will hear many such examples in the debate. I have heard stories from numerous women affected by the changes of their desperation and fear—and it is fear—about how they will cope in poverty as they wait even longer for their state pension. Does the Minister understand how difficult it is for a woman in her 60s to retrain and gain employment? The...

State Pension Age: Women (29 Nov 2017)

Alex Cunningham: That is the case, and I will refer to that matter later in my speech. We have a system that does not help older people to retrain and get back into meaningful employment. The welfare system has been torn to pieces, disabled people have been humiliated through repeated assessments, and the state pension is becoming increasingly difficult to access. The Labour party has laid out the approach...

State Pension Age: Women (29 Nov 2017)

Alex Cunningham: We know fine and well that as GDP goes down, the amount of money spent overseas also reduces. The poor overseas also need support. If we need to find this money, we can start by looking within British budgets. Why do the Government not look at our proposals? Why do they not give these women some hope? We heard from the Minister that the Government’s position is that they will not make...

State Pension Age: Women (29 Nov 2017)

Alex Cunningham: I said a few minutes ago that we would hear many examples of the plight faced by ’50s-born women, and that is yet another one. Although I agree that this mess was created by the Government, I want to touch on the Scottish Government’s social security powers. I know that there have been some heated exchanges on this subject already. The SNP says that it cannot act to resolve the...

State Pension Age: Women (29 Nov 2017)

Alex Cunningham: Nobody suggested that the Scottish Government had pension powers; we are saying that they could use social security policy. I suggest again that the Scottish Government chats to the UK Government. I think they just need to get their heads together and talk rationally, but I would rather the UK Government published a paper spelling out the position. I do not want to keep having to stand here...

State Pension Age: Women (29 Nov 2017)

Alex Cunningham: I am nearly finished. Before I conclude, I would like to ask the Minister what the Department is doing in relation to the legal challenge from the WASPI campaigners, which was mentioned by my hon. Friend the Member for Easington (Grahame Morris). Has the Minister made contingencies for the day when the courts rule against the Government, as they may well do, and order that ’50s-born...

State Pension Age: Women (29 Nov 2017)

Alex Cunningham: I am grateful to the Minister for that intervention, but he knows as well as I do that the decisions of successive Governments are overturned in the courts time and time again, and the then Government end up having to pay for it. I want to see before the House a motion that actually means something, and that is binding on the Government to deliver some of the relief that these women...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (27 Nov 2017)

Alex Cunningham: Thanks to the banks.

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (27 Nov 2017)

Alex Cunningham: The future of global Britain will start with Britain facing greater isolation in the world. We are taking a begging bowl around the world and pleading for trade deals to give our nation a future beyond Brexit, and it is not going well. Sadly, the Chancellor’s Budget has nothing to ease the way. Yes, he has set aside £3 billion to help us over the shock, but I remind him that it...

Durham Tees Valley Airport (22 Nov 2017)

Alex Cunningham: Will the Minister give way?

Durham Tees Valley Airport (22 Nov 2017)

Alex Cunningham: I am most certainly looking forward to that. Does the Minister agree that Heathrow, with all its ambitions for the third runway, could actually help regional airports, particularly Durham Tees Valley, by saying now that it will ensure that we have slots from Durham Tees Valley into Heathrow?

Durham Tees Valley Airport (22 Nov 2017)

Alex Cunningham: Perhaps the Minister answered by question before I have posed it. The local authority owns about 12% of the airport, but in the Minister’s discussions with the Mayor, did he offer the Mayor any advice on his grand plan to buy the airport, at the cost of tens of millions of pounds? Assuming—judging by his speech a few seconds ago—that the Minister did not offer him advice,...

Durham Tees Valley Airport (22 Nov 2017)

Alex Cunningham: My hon. Friend mentions the airport’s losses. The Tees Valley Mayor’s pledge to buy the airport has captured voters’ imagination. He told me he can do that without involving taxpayers’ money. Does my hon. Friend agree that it is now time for the Tees Valley Mayor to publish his business plan to buy the airport, complete with numbers and sources of funding, or just be...

Durham Tees Valley Airport (22 Nov 2017)

Alex Cunningham: As part of that connectivity, the airport needs a proper rail service. The railway line actually skips the airport, and there is no proper service serving it. Does my hon. Friend agree that the Minister can turn his attention to that as we look at rail infrastructure across the piece?


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