Results 1–20 of 700 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Lister of Burtersett

Brexit: Other Policy Areas - Question (2 Jul 2019)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: My Lords, the Secretary of State has acknowledged that the Government do not have what they call the “bandwidth” to deal with social care alongside Brexit. The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services has described social care in England as adrift on a “sea of inertia”. Is it not time that the Government did something to put an end to this inertia? I am afraid that the...

Poverty and Human Rights: UN Report - Question (25 Jun 2019)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to address the concerns raised by the report of the United Nation’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights on his visit to the United Kingdom, published on 22 May.

Poverty and Human Rights: UN Report - Question (25 Jun 2019)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: My Lords, the Government have previously dismissed the report as “nonsense”, “barely believable” and “inaccurate”, and have effectively rejected virtually all its recommendations. Yet, as was pointed out in this House last week, the DWP’s lead poverty official has acknowledged that it “made … good points” and was “factually correct”. One of those facts was the highly...

Children Living in Poverty - Question (17 Jun 2019)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: On behalf of my noble friend Lady Primarolo, and with her permission, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in her name on the Order Paper.

Children Living in Poverty - Question (17 Jun 2019)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: My Lords, I beg to differ that these figures show that work is the best route out of poverty, which is a message that the Government repeatedly tell us. How do they account for the fact that seven in 10 children in poverty have a working parent, up from just over half at the point they first took power? In particular, what assessment have they made of the impact on current and future levels...

Council Funding - Question (4 Jun 2019)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: Despite what the Minister has said, the IFS report says that cuts have been larger in more deprived areas than in more affluent areas. These are areas where local welfare assistance schemes to replace the national Social Fund are most needed, yet this ultimate safety net is being shredded and the Government say they have no responsibility. Will they now take responsibility, ensure that local...

Schools: Free School Meals - Question (22 May 2019)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: My Lords, a recent academic study of children and food in low-income families published by the Child Poverty Action Group, of which I am president, found that most of the children attended schools with exclusionary school meal practices, which rationed the food that children receiving free school meals were allowed, leaving them hungry and stigmatised. As one child reported, “If you’re...

Homelessness - Question (21 May 2019)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: My Lords, I note the Minister’s acknowledgment of the link between homelessness and benefits. Evidence of the ways in which the Government’s social security policy undermines their homelessness strategy is growing. Most recently, a group of organisations including the Local Government Association, Crisis and the Chartered Institute of Housing called on the Government to restore the local...

Child Poverty - Question (21 May 2019)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: My Lords, evidence from teachers, civil society organisations—including, just yesterday, Human Rights Watch—and children themselves on the impact of poverty, aggravated by social security cuts, on children’s learning, health and well-being is shameful and heartbreaking. This impact is not captured by the official poverty statistics, so what steps will the Government take to measure the...

Domestic Abuse - Statement (14 May 2019)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: My Lords, I welcome this Statement, which is good news, and the Prime Minister’s pledge—already cited by my noble friend—that: “Whoever you are, wherever you live and whatever the abuse you face, you will have access to the services you need to be safe”. Can the Minister give an assurance that this means that no domestic abuse survivor will be denied help because of the rule about...

Domestic Abuse - Statement (14 May 2019)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: My Lords, perhaps I may have another go. The noble Baroness, Lady Burt, asked about ring-fencing and I do not think the Minister answered. Yesterday the Secretary of State said: “I remain open-minded about how we look at this as the consultation develops”.—[Official Report, Commons, 13/5/19; col. 41.] From my quick read of the consultation document, I cannot see any question about...

Severe Disability Premium: Transfer to Universal Credit - Statement (7 May 2019)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: My Lords, the Minister said that transitional protection will be available for people moved on to universal credit from other benefits, provided their circumstances stay the same. However, surely natural migration occurs only where circumstances change—sometimes very trivially. As a result, many people are a lot worse off, because they have been transferred on to universal credit, despite...

Severe Disability Premium: Transfer to Universal Credit - Statement (7 May 2019)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: Perhaps I might come back, because the Statement talks about people being moved on to universal credit generally. The terrible position of those on SDP is the worst tip of an iceberg, but there are a lot of people underneath it who are losing out because they are being naturally migrated to universal credit—often because of the most trivial changes in circumstances, such as moving house.

Homelessness: Local Authority Spending - Question (2 May 2019)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: My Lords, what progress have the Government made in their assessment of the impact of social security cuts and restrictions on levels of homelessness and rough sleeping?

Scottish Government: Discussions - Question (2 May 2019)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: My Lords, the Scottish Government have taken a lead in agreeing that universal credit should be paid separately to each member of a couple—not least to protect women surviving domestic abuse. However, they are wholly dependent on the Department for Work and Pensions and changes to the IT system to enable them to implement the policies. What active steps are the department taking to help the...

Food Banks - Question (1 May 2019)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: My Lords, according to the Trussell Trust, the main reason for people needing emergency food help is that benefits are consistently not covering the cost of living. A key reason for this is the four-year freeze. The Chief Secretary to the Treasury says, “Don’t worry, the Government are moving on from the freeze as it ends next year”. However, hungry claimants, in or out of work, cannot...

Children’s Rights - Question (30 Apr 2019)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: My Lords, why have the Government refused to introduce a statutory obligation to conduct a child rights impact assessment for every law and policy relating to children, as recommended by the UN Committee?

Universal Credit and Child Tax Credit: Two-child Limit - Question (24 Apr 2019)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: My Lords, the Government’s own statistics show that families with three or more children are at much greater risk of persistent poverty. Given that it is clear from Written Answers to the right reverend Prelate that the Government have done nothing to monitor the impact of this policy on children’s well-being, how can the Government be sure that it is in the best interests of children,...

Rough Sleeping - Question (1 Apr 2019)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: My Lords, a few months ago the Secretary of State for HCLG acknowledged that there might be a link between rough sleeping and so-called welfare reform. He said that we, “need to ask ourselves some very hard questions”. What steps are the Government therefore taking to investigate and act on the links between social security cuts and rough sleeping, identified by both research and...

Refugees - Question (20 Mar 2019)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to prevent destitution among newly recognised refugees in the light of the British Red Cross Report Still an ordeal, published in December 2018.


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