Results 1–20 of 742 for speaker:Yvonne Fovargue

Pension Equality for Women: Hormone Pregnancy Tests (14 Dec 2017)

Yvonne Fovargue: I pay tribute to Marie Lyon. She is an indefatigable campaigner, the mother of a child damaged by Primodos, and my constituent. Families pinned their hopes on this report, but those families, who had been let down by their doctors and by regulators, now feel let down by the report. They deserved a transparent process, but it was shrouded in secrecy. The Observer was bound by the most severe...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Yvonne Fovargue: This Budget leaves many with little to celebrate. There is nothing for the WASPI women, who kept their contract with the Government, and nothing for my sixth-form colleges, which work so hard to improve the life chances of children in my constituency. The right hon. and learned Member for Rushcliffe (Mr Clarke) said that a Budget’s purpose is to improve people’s future lives, but...

Loneliness and Local Communities (15 Nov 2017)

Yvonne Fovargue: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Leeds West (Rachel Reeves) on securing this important debate. There have been some moving personal stories. We have heard about great community groups, and I would like to commend two in particular in my area: Abram Ward community co-operative, which has a men’s shed project making some great go-karts; and Wigan and Leigh pensioners link,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Pension Provision (13 Nov 2017)

Yvonne Fovargue: What assessment the Government have made of the equity of pension provision between men and women.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Pension Provision (13 Nov 2017)

Yvonne Fovargue: The Government’s former Pensions Minister, Baroness Altmann, has said that she regrets the Government’s failure to properly communicate state pension age equalisation, an approach she described as “a massive failure in public policy.” Does the Minister appreciate how much this failure has affected the ability of the 1950s-born women to plan for a happy and secure...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Council Tax Reduction Schemes (8 Nov 2017)

Yvonne Fovargue: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Independent Review of local council tax support schemes by Eric Ollerenshaw, published in October 2016, if he will implement the recommendation in that review to commission academic research on the effect of local council tax support schemes within the wider context of other welfare and socio-economic...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Local Council Tax Support Schemes Independent Review (7 Nov 2017)

Yvonne Fovargue: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when his Department plans to publish its response to the Ollerenshaw Review of Local Council Tax Support Schemes (LCTS), published on 31 March 2016; and what steps he plans to take to better understand the effect of LCTS on individuals and councils.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Council Tax: Non-payment (30 Oct 2017)

Yvonne Fovargue: Guidance to local authorities advises them to be sympathetic to those in genuine hardship. Does the Minister believe that a custodial sentence—with no right of appeal, no remission for good behaviour and no requirement for a pre-sentencing report—shows sympathy for those struggling to pay their council tax, and will it lead to more or fewer families being in genuine hardship?

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Homelessness: Travel (20 Oct 2017)

Yvonne Fovargue: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on the number of homeless people who have been offered a one-way train ticket by local authorities under the policy to reconnect those people with their families between 2012 and 2017.

Unauthorised Encampments — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Yvonne Fovargue: I congratulate the hon. Member for Aldridge-Brownhills (Wendy Morton) on securing this debate. Like hon. Members and colleagues from across the House, let me state that the people we are discussing are part of our communities; they are not separate. They are constituents and fellow citizens, and, like other sections of the communities we represent, they are not homogeneous. About half of the...

Leaving the EU: Consumer Protection — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (10 Oct 2017)

Yvonne Fovargue: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Streeter. I congratulate the hon. Member for Chelmsford (Vicky Ford) on securing the debate and on her obvious passion for consumer issues. There is often a good deal of complacency in this country when it comes to consumer protection. We often take it for granted; we only really think about our rights when we need to enforce them or seek...

Bae Systems Military Air & Information Sites: Job Losses (10 Oct 2017)

Yvonne Fovargue: What actions is the Minister taking to ensure that all the young people who have started apprenticeships with BAE Systems and may be affected will be able to complete them, not only retaining the current skills we have but building the skills base for the future?

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Wigan (25 Sep 2017)

Yvonne Fovargue: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, where the funding will come from for the building of the proposed prison at Hindley.

16-to-19 Education Funding — [David Hanson in the Chair] (7 Sep 2017)

Yvonne Fovargue: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Scunthorpe (Nic Dakin) on obtaining this important debate. Given the statistics that we have heard, it is no surprise that the two exceptional sixth-form colleges in my constituency have both contacted me to express their concerns. Winstanley College has a stellar reputation as a high-performing academic institution, but it has now cut German from...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Staff (18 Jul 2017)

Yvonne Fovargue: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of how many staff are employed in a 1,300-capacity category C prison (a) directly and (b) in the supply chain.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (17 Jul 2017)

Yvonne Fovargue: Does the Secretary of State agree with the Conservative leader of Warwickshire County Council, who also leads on community welfare for the Local Government Association, that fining councils and withholding money for delayed discharges will exacerbate the social care crisis, and has he spoken to the Health Secretary about these plans?

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Wigan (13 Jul 2017)

Yvonne Fovargue: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the number of (a) directly employed staff and (b) people employed in support of Hindley Prison is.

Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill (10 Jul 2017)

Yvonne Fovargue: The Opposition welcome this Bill. It is vital that our homes and businesses have access to broadband and that broadband is faster, safer and more reliable than before, which is why we will be carefully scrutinising the Bill in Committee. As the Chancellor put it, this country was late to the 4G party, so we should do all we can to ensure that the UK is at the forefront of 5G communications...

Education: Public Funding (4 Jul 2017)

Yvonne Fovargue: Eighty-nine per cent. of my primary schools and all my secondary schools have told me that they are planning for real-terms cuts over the next five years. In one school the nurture unit, where children who are under pressure can take some time out, is threatened with closure. How will that help children’s mental health in schools?

Debate on the Address: Health, Social Care and Security (28 Jun 2017)

Yvonne Fovargue: It will surprise no one that there is a close link between poor mental health and problem debt—it will probably surprise no one that I wish to talk about it either. Three times as many adults with mental health problems report debt or arrears than those without mental health problems. The debt charity StepChange recently asked its clients how debt affected them. Over half said they had...


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