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Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Mhairi Black: I am going to make a straightforward speech as I am aware of how many Members want to speak. I am conscious that many of our debates involve jargon that is inaccessible to most people who try to follow politics, so I rise to make just three basic points. First, I will explain what universal credit actually is. Secondly, I will describe what has gone wrong since the universal credit roll-out...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Mhairi Black: I thank my hon. Friend for raising that point because I want to say to Conservative Members that none of us is lying about our experiences. We are not making things up. We are coming to the House with genuine problems that the Government are failing to address. DWP figures show that around one in four new claimants waits longer than six weeks to be paid—a 25% failure rate: staggeringly...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Mhairi Black: I will keep going. To progress with the roll-out of universal credit as it stands is callous at worst and arrogantly idiotic at best. We have heard multiple times that people can now apply for an advance payment, but the fact is that those advance payments are nothing more than a loan that has to be paid back at a later date. Simply changing the terms of that loan does nothing about the...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Mhairi Black: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. As I have a wee bit of silence, let me take this opportunity to say as loudly and as clearly as possible to everybody in here: plunging people into debt does not incentivise work; forcing people into hunger does not incentivise work; causing anxiety and distress, and even evicting some families from their homes, does not incentivise work. Now the good news is...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Pensions: Young People (19 Jul 2017)

Mhairi Black: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate he has made of the number of young people who are saving for a pension.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Pensions: Young People (19 Jul 2017)

Mhairi Black: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to encourage young people to save for a pension; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Zero Hours Contracts: Young People (19 Jul 2017)

Mhairi Black: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information his Department holds on the number of 18 to 25-year olds who are on zero-hours contracts.

Written Answers — Attorney General: Banks: Crime (17 Jul 2017)

Mhairi Black: To ask the Attorney General, what assessment he has made of the effect of proposals to move the functions of the Serious Fraud Office to the National Crime Agency on criminality in the banking sector.

State Pension Age for Women — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (5 Jul 2017)

Mhairi Black: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Edward. I was going to congratulate the hon. Member for Easington (Grahame Morris) on bringing this subject to the House again, but I actually find myself wishing that he had not, because I cannot believe that we are still debating it. I am absolutely scunnered with banging on about the injustice to this group of women. The fact that we...

State Pension Age for Women — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (5 Jul 2017)

Mhairi Black: Not surprisingly, I agree with that statement. I heard some muttering from the Government Benches about how that is a lot of rubbish. Let me just say this: if that is a lot of rubbish in their heads, they should bring their plans forward. They do not get to criticise other parties’ plans when they have not even bothered to come up with their own. Like I say, the debate is almost...

State Pension Age for Women — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (5 Jul 2017)

Mhairi Black: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Pension Schemes Bill [Lords]: Funder of the last resort (22 Mar 2017)

Mhairi Black: Does my hon. Friend agree that it is because of such examples as he has touched on of unincorporated businesses at risk of losing personal assets that it is so pertinent that the Government have to bring forward the solution right now rather than wait for the opportunity to pass?

Pension Schemes Bill [Lords]: Funder of the last resort (22 Mar 2017)

Mhairi Black: Does my hon. Friend agree that by missing this opportunity the Government are wilfully ignoring it, much like they are ignoring the WASPI women themselves?

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: Power to notify withdrawal from the EU (13 Mar 2017)

Mhairi Black: Last Friday I met representatives of a major bus company in Scotland, who said that 17% of the company’s bus drivers were EU immigrants. They said that the only reason they were not experiencing the haemorrhaging of talent that their counterparts down south were experiencing was the First Minister’s reasonable, sensible and inclusive message that EU nationals were welcome. Does my...

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

Mhairi Black: Yesterday, SNP MPs joined others to try to annul this ludicrous legislation. The Government seem to be working on the incorrect assumption that young people can simply stay at home, when parents have no obligation to house their adult children. The SNP has consistently opposed the withdrawal of housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds, but under the current powers of the Scottish Parliament,...

Jobcentre Plus Offices: Closure (30 Jan 2017)

Mhairi Black: The DWP administration centre in my constituency is closing, and 300 jobs will be transferred out of Paisley. Has there been any assessment or consideration of the economic impact on the area? Has there been any consultation whatever; and if not, why not?

Benefit Claimants Sanctions (Required Assessment) Bill (2 Dec 2016)

Mhairi Black: The point the hon. Gentleman is making is that we need to have sanctions in place because people have to be claiming benefits legitimately—fine. We disagree on that, but that is not what this Bill is about. What it is about is preventing people from being sanctioned wrongly; it is about making sure that nobody is left destitute. It is not about sanctions overall; it is about one small...

Benefit Claimants Sanctions (Required Assessment) Bill (2 Dec 2016)

Mhairi Black: rose—

Benefit Claimants Sanctions (Required Assessment) Bill (2 Dec 2016)

Mhairi Black: Is my hon. Friend frustrated, as I am, about the fact that Government Members seem to be applauding themselves for being so good at listening, but they have not listened for the last three hours, while we have told them how the system is not working and why we need the Bill to formalise what should be happening?


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