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Results 1–20 of 400 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Stephen Gilbert

Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day]: NHS (Government Spending) (28 Jan 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: Does the Minister agree that money can be spent only once? Labours say it wants to invest £2.5 billion from the mansion tax in the NHS, but it has already promised that to deficit reduction and introducing a 10p tax rate. That is nonsense.

Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day]: NHS (Government Spending) (28 Jan 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: The Minister missed one thing from the list. A written parliamentary question revealed to me in 2010 that the Labour party spent £250 million paying private providers to do precisely nothing.

Prime Minister: Engagements (28 Jan 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: Watching that, I am reminded of that famous Stealers Wheel line: “Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right”. Eight months ago, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government assured people in Cornwall that the delay over resolving the EU funding programme would be settled. Eight months later, hundreds of millions of pounds of investment and hundreds of jobs are at risk....

Homeless Young People — [John Robertson in the Chair] (21 Jan 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: It is, of course, worth having a debate about what the coalition has achieved over the past five years, but more crucially, I ask the Minister to consider two questions. First, will he issue stronger guidance to local authorities about the use of bed and breakfast accommodation for younger homeless people? Secondly, will he commit to having a review of the differentiation between priority...

Homeless Young People — [John Robertson in the Chair] (21 Jan 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: Mr Robertson, it is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship in this important debate. I warmly welcome right hon. and hon. Members who have joined us here. May I ask if it is in order for me to also welcome to the debate people in the Public Gallery, some of whom are former homeless people?

Homeless Young People — [John Robertson in the Chair] (21 Jan 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: Thank you, Mr Robertson. As we know, homelessness is a crisis. It is devastating, and it should not happen to anyone. We should all be clear that we are just a few steps away from finding ourselves with nowhere to go, whether through the loss of our jobs or our health, or relationship breakdown. Homelessness can be an isolating and frightening experience. Homeless people often feel that they...

Homeless Young People — [John Robertson in the Chair] (21 Jan 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: I could not agree more, both about the inappropriateness of bed and breakfast accommodation for vulnerable young people—I will mention that later—and about the need to remove the two tiers in the system at the moment for those who are in priority need and those who are not. Experience in the rest of the United Kingdom shows that reform is possible. The mantra in this debate should be that...

Homeless Young People — [John Robertson in the Chair] (21 Jan 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: I am aware of the excellent work that the hon. Lady has done in campaigning on the issue in general and on the specific case that she mentions. I know that she has fought strongly for that individual’s right to access proper services. I think we are all aware that local authorities are the key gatekeeper in this process. The duty that this House puts on local authorities needs to be clear,...

Homeless Young People — [John Robertson in the Chair] (21 Jan 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: My right hon. Friend is right. After the ring fence was removed by the previous Government, the impact was felt in Cornwall under the current Government because of the difficult decisions that they had to take to rebalance the books. Supporting People was one of the first areas of funding to be cut in Cornwall. I found myself sleeping outside county hall overnight, with a cohort of vulnerable...

Homeless Young People — [John Robertson in the Chair] (21 Jan 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: I completely agree with my hon. Friend. We see a cohort presenting with complex needs that are often associated with substance abuse—whether that is alcohol or illicit drugs—mental health issues and, perhaps, abuse in the family background. As well as having a mantra of nobody being turned away, we have to get to grips with the fact that we need to provide joined-up services in a holistic...

Homeless Young People — [John Robertson in the Chair] (21 Jan 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: The right hon. Gentleman puts an important point on the record. If the state is taking care of young people for a period of time for whatever reason, surely one of its first duties as a guardian is to ensure a smooth transition from the care setting to an environment in which they can flourish and look after themselves. For many, the process becomes a cliff edge when their care package runs...

Homeless Young People — [John Robertson in the Chair] (21 Jan 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: The hon. Lady makes a perfectly valid point. Abuse can come in many forms, whether violent, sexual or psychological. Often, family breakdown has a lasting negative impact on people’s mental health. I have a constituent who was turned away by his family and booted out the door because he came out to them as gay. That had a devastating impact, and when he presented to Cornwall council as...

Homeless Young People — [John Robertson in the Chair] (21 Jan 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: My hon. Friend is a passionate campaigner on these issues for his constituents, and he makes exactly the right point. The official statistics belie the reality of the situation. We know the numbers presented by the Minister, the Department and third parties, such as Crisis, but we are all aware that the housing crisis is such that many thousands more people than the official figures suggest...

Homeless Young People — [John Robertson in the Chair] (21 Jan 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: I thank the hon. Gentleman for the point he makes. I visited a project in Newcastle called Outlook, which helps to house homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youngsters who find themselves kicked out of their home when they come out, so I am aware of some of the very good work that happens in his part of the country. On welfare reform, my party and I have no truck with anybody who...

Homeless Young People — [John Robertson in the Chair] (21 Jan 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: The hon. Gentleman is exactly right. He may be surprised to know that I have visited St Mungo’s Broadway in the past five years to see the very good work that it does in transiting people from rough sleeping into intensively supported accommodation, then making the transit to more independent living. As a project, it is an exemplar. The very good work that goes on his constituency should be...

Homeless Young People — [John Robertson in the Chair] (21 Jan 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: My hon. Friend makes a very important point. Phoning the “No Second Night Out” scheme is something that we can all do—certainly in London—every time we somebody sleeping rough. I have visited Centrepoint in London, St Mungo’s, Outlook and other projects around the country, and I know that, although Members of Parliament may not be putting out press releases and tweeting about their...

[Sir David Amess in the Chair] — Backbench Business — NHS Specialised Services (15 Jan 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: As my right hon. Friend will be aware, the taskforce has just suggested that renal dialysis and morbid obesity should come off the list of prescribed specialised services. The decision has been taken over a short period and is due for implementation before the general election, on 1 April. Will he speak to his officials and NHS England about whether further consultation is needed on the...

[Sir David Amess in the Chair] — Backbench Business — NHS Specialised Services (15 Jan 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: I remain grateful to my right hon. Friend for giving way, and to other colleagues; this is the last time that I will intervene. I hear what my right hon. Friend is saying. It is reassuring that he is using language about improvements to patient care and the benefits that patients will feel, because there is a danger—I think it is felt by all the patient groups that we have talked about this...

[Sir David Amess in the Chair] — Backbench Business — NHS Specialised Services (15 Jan 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: It is a pleasure to open this debate and to serve under your chairmanship, Sir David. May I be one of the first to congratulate you on your recent knighthood. “Sir David Amess” looks very good on the name plate. I welcome the many hon. and right hon. Members who have made the time today to come and discuss this important issue. I know that there are many Members who would have been here...

[Sir David Amess in the Chair] — Backbench Business — NHS Specialised Services (15 Jan 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: The hon. Lady is absolutely right. It is a testament to the value of the House being made up of people from all walks of life and with different experiences that she can bring personal experience to the debate. She underlines many of the points that I will go on to make. I will reflect the views of patient groups and seek a number of reassurances from the Minister, but first let us define...


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