Results 1–20 of 440 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

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?

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...

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?

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...

Breathing Space Scheme (29 Mar 2017)

Yvonne Fovargue: Does my hon. Friend agree that, as recent research from StepChange has shown, local authorities and Government agencies are worse than payday lenders in how they enforce debts?

Breathing Space Scheme (29 Mar 2017)

Yvonne Fovargue: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Turner. I congratulate the hon. Member for Rochester and Strood (Kelly Tolhurst) on obtaining the debate. I will not go over the figures, because we have heard many times about the problems and the numbers of people in debt. Most of us have taken out credit and it is not a problem until it becomes debt—unaffordable debt. As I know...

Housing Benefits (18 to 21-Year-Olds) (7 Mar 2017)

Yvonne Fovargue: May I return to the definition of “inappropriate to return”? Would that include a case that I have heard about: a young man who was kicked out by his stepfather for being gay, but was told he could return home if he denied his sexuality?

Unauthorised Overdrafts (8 Feb 2017)

Yvonne Fovargue: Does my hon. Friend agree that the cap on payday lending has actually worked quite well and stopped unaffordable charges, so in its review of high-cost credit, the Financial Conduct Authority should look at introducing a similar cap on overdraft charges and more affordable ways of paying down debt?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (17 Jan 2017)

Yvonne Fovargue: More than a year ago, the Treasury promised to consult on breathing space to assist people in debt and protect them from interest and other charges while they seek help. In view of the high levels of personal debt, will the Minister commit himself to proceeding with that as a matter of urgency?

Access to Justice — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (11 Jan 2017)

Yvonne Fovargue: Does my hon. Friend agree that the review needs to take place urgently, because the impact assessment of LASPO said that it would disproportionately affect women and the disabled, but that that was a price worth paying?

Access to Justice — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (11 Jan 2017)

Yvonne Fovargue: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Wolverhampton South West (Rob Marris) on obtaining the debate. I was going to go quite thoroughly into the subject of employment tribunals, but I feel that there is no need to do that. As an employment lawyer, my hon. Friend dealt with it comprehensively. However, I want to say that I...


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