Results 1–20 of 454 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Yvonne Fovargue

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Household Debt (5 Feb 2018)

Yvonne Fovargue: What recent assessment her Department has made of trends in the average level of household debt for people on universal credit.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Household Debt (5 Feb 2018)

Yvonne Fovargue: The Government’s own data shows that rising numbers on universal credit are falling into rent arrears, and many claimants in my constituency are going to food banks or approaching payday lenders. Although an advance is available, this is a loan, which is to be repaid at 40% of the standard allowance. Another 40% can be deducted to repay creditors—for example, utilities. That is a...

Parking (Code of Practice) Bill (2 Feb 2018)

Yvonne Fovargue: Does the Minister agree that parking companies should not be able to raise these levels of fines if a levy is imposed on them to facilitate a new scheme?

Parking (Code of Practice) Bill (2 Feb 2018)

Yvonne Fovargue: I congratulate the right hon. Member for East Yorkshire (Sir Greg Knight) on introducing this much-needed Bill, which I am pleased to support on behalf of the Opposition. As my hon. Friend the Member for Cardiff South and Penarth (Stephen Doughty) said, everybody knows a victim or has been a victim themselves of these parking companies. Two weeks ago I met Resolver, which helps people to...

Prisoners: Outdoors Endurance Activities: People with Autism: Public Building Access (31 Jan 2018)

Yvonne Fovargue: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Betts. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Bristol West (Thangam Debbonaire) on securing this debate and on her passionate and inspiring contribution. I agree that quiet spaces and logical ways through the parliamentary estate would benefit us all. We all aim for an inclusive society, and public places should be for all the...

Points of Order: Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [Lords] (22 Jan 2018)

Yvonne Fovargue: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Chippenham (Michelle Donelan). Unsurprisingly, I will talk about debt later. I welcome the thrust of the Bill. Consolidating the three bodies into one makes sense, but the new one must be well run. It may be a little churlish, but I would point out that the Money Advice Service has rightly been criticised over the years, not least in this place,...

Points of Order: Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [Lords] (22 Jan 2018)

Yvonne Fovargue: I am very pleased to hear that, but I think financial inclusion is so important on so many levels that it needs a Cabinet position, and having one Minister responsible for it would be really helpful. I am pleased to hear about the breathing space, for which there is cross-party support. It is long overdue, and we need to ensure that it is up and running as soon as possible. We should not...

Points of Order: Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [Lords] (22 Jan 2018)

Yvonne Fovargue: Has the Minister considered whether the breathing space will apply to public as well as private sector debts, because many people find that they are pursued more vigorously by those creditors?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Local Government Finance (22 Jan 2018)

Yvonne Fovargue: The local government finance settlement descended into a complete and utter shambles last week. The figures sent to local authorities were wrong. Back in March 2017, the National Audit Office was concerned that there was not the capacity within the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Valuation Office Agency to handle the Secretary of State’s plans. This new error...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Local Government Finance (22 Jan 2018)

Yvonne Fovargue: The last time we were able to question the Secretary of State, we asked how he planned to address the unsustainable and insufficient funding for children’s services and what he would do about the £2 billion funding gap. He told us to wait and see what happened in the local government finance settlement. Well, we waited and looked at his proposal, but there is no new money for these...

RBS Global Restructuring Group and Smes: Holocaust Memorial Day (18 Jan 2018)

Yvonne Fovargue: It is indeed a privilege to speak in this debate, because I believe it shows the best of this House when we come together in a common cause. I thank the hon. Member for Brigg and Goole (Andrew Percy) for securing the debate and for his powerful speech, and hon. Members on both sides of the House for their powerful contributions. I am sorry that I do not have the time to pay tribute to all...

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...

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?

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?


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