Results 1–20 of 995 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Debbie Abrahams

Windrush (23 Apr 2018)

Debbie Abrahams: What discussion has the Home Secretary had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions about the denial of social security support for some of these people? I appreciate that the Home Secretary has said that she is setting up a compensation fund, but could we have more clarity that they will also be compensated for denial of pensions, social security support for disabled people and so...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (18 Apr 2018)

Debbie Abrahams: Last week, Shop Direct announced that it is closing all its Greater Manchester sites, with the loss of 2,000 jobs, including nearly 1,400 in my constituency at Shaw. That was without prior warning or discussion with staff, the unions, Oldham Council or even myself. Given that this is about the ascendance of automation, what specific measures is the Prime Minister taking to support my...

Syria (16 Apr 2018)

Debbie Abrahams: Following the UK’s military intervention in Kosovo in 1999 on humanitarian grounds, Russia invaded Georgia using the same legal justification. What assessment has been made of the misuse of humanitarian reasons for military intervention that may be used by other states in the long term?

Windrush Children (Immigration Status) (16 Apr 2018)

Debbie Abrahams: What assurances will the Home Secretary give to people who settled here from parts of the Commonwealth other than the West Indies, including the many in my constituency who came from Bangladesh and Pakistan? Will she commit to the suggestion made by my right hon. Friend the Member for Hackney North and Stoke Newington (Ms Abbott) about a statutory instrument to restore the protections for...

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Debbie Abrahams: I have a very similar case. A young architect called Samira escaped from Syria. She was separated from her husband Samir, but he finally, with help from my office, managed to get to the country. They are both practising architects, now contributing to the country, but they escaped war-torn Syria and were separated. This Bill will enable other such families and couples to thrive and contribute...

Rail Update: Social Security (5 Feb 2018)

Debbie Abrahams: rose—

Rail Update: Social Security (5 Feb 2018)

Debbie Abrahams: I will focus initially on the draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order and then move on to the draft Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase Order. The uprating order provides for the annual uprating of social security entitlements excluded from the Government’s freeze to levels of social security enacted in the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016. As we have heard, that includes...

Rail Update: Social Security (5 Feb 2018)

Debbie Abrahams: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. There are many different aspects to the Government’s still inadequate response on how they will fix universal credit. She has highlighted one, and we heard earlier in oral questions about the debacle of free school meals and how more children will be deprived of free school meals. What is the Minister’s assessment of the impact of the...

Rail Update: Social Security (5 Feb 2018)

Debbie Abrahams: My hon. Friend speaks strongly on behalf of his constituents and women born in the 1950s, given what they are going through, and long may he continue to do so. There can be no doubt that women have borne the brunt of the Government’s cuts over the past seven years, but that applies particularly to women born in the 1950s, who have been dealt a real injustice through the accelerated...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Carillion: Pension Protection (5 Feb 2018)

Debbie Abrahams: As the Government have responsibility for the pensions regulatory framework, how would the Secretary of State describe a regulatory framework that allows the administrator of a pensions scheme to help to bring about the downfall of the company and the employees it represents, and to profit from that downfall?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Carillion: Pension Protection (5 Feb 2018)

Debbie Abrahams: I will indeed do just that, Mr Speaker, especially as there was absolutely no answer to my original question. Hundreds of thousands of ordinary working people including my constituent, Philip Wild, have lost half their retirement income because of the Government’s failure to tackle pensions governance—from Carillion to Capita, and BHS to the British Steel Pension Scheme. How many...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (5 Feb 2018)

Debbie Abrahams: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (5 Feb 2018)

Debbie Abrahams: Further to the comments made by the Secretary of State during oral questions, Mr Speaker, I seek your guidance on how I can place my response on the record. I agree it is important for everyone to use data responsibly and to provide the sources and contexts of those data, but I will take no lessons from this Secretary of State or her cohort, who accuse us of scaremongering as a way to...

Personal Independence Payment (23 Jan 2018)

Debbie Abrahams: Thank you for granting the urgent question, Mr Speaker, and I congratulate the hon. Member for Glenrothes (Peter Grant). Any disabled person who listened to what was said by the Secretary of State will have been gobsmacked by the suggestion that there is a commitment to disabled people. The United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has described the...

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

Debbie Abrahams: How lovely it is to see you in your place, Mr Deputy Speaker; I extend my good wishes to you. It was remiss of me not to welcome the Secretary of State to her place during the earlier urgent question. I congratulate her and look forward to working with her, possibly not always in the same tone as today. I think this will be a constructive debate, but there is a lot for us to discuss in the...

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

Debbie Abrahams: My hon. Friend makes a valuable point. I am not familiar with that particular piece of American legislation, but I will look at it and see what we can do in terms of tabling amendments for Committee? As we have heard, the FCA will regulate claims management company activity as a regulated activity, taking over responsibility from the Ministry of Justice. The Bill is a high-level framework...

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

Debbie Abrahams: My hon. Friend makes a very valuable point that I will come to later. This is what we are seeing: we saw it with the BSPS and are now seeing it with Carillion and the pension savers there. Last year’s statistics from the FCA make shocking reading. Of those over 55 planning to retire in the next two years, only 10% had used the Pensions Advisory Service, and only 7% had used Pension...

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

Debbie Abrahams: My hon. Friend has made an absolutely key point. To go back to my urgent question, things are slipping through the net, and those links need to be tightened up. Again, this is something we need to explore in Committee. As it stands, the SFGB will provide advice to the self-employed on their personal finances and debts only, and not on their business finances or debts. The Money Advice Trust,...


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