Results 1–20 of 136 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Ronnie Cowan

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: My constituents had universal credit rolled out last November, and we have been bearing the brunt of it since then. The only measurable difference we have seen is that food bank referrals have gone up by 70%. People cannot wait for the Government to make up their mind on how they are going to fix this system.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Employment Tribunals: Rebates (5 Sep 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: When the Government plan to announce how rebate arrangements will work for people who have paid employment tribunal fees.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Employment Tribunals: Rebates (5 Sep 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: I have been contacted by a constituent who highlighted the stress and financial burden that was placed on them while going through an employment tribunal case that they ultimately won. Will the Minister ensure that those who are entitled to claim back employment tribunal fees are made aware of the process and reunited with their money in a timely fashion?

Jobcentres and the DWP Estate — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (20 Jul 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Evans. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow South West (Chris Stephens) for securing this debate. In Inverclyde, we currently have two jobcentres: one in Greenock and another in Port Glasgow. Following the UK Government’s consultation, it was determined that the Port Glasgow jobcentre would close, while the Greenock office...

Jobcentres and the DWP Estate — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (20 Jul 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: Okay. Is the proposed closure of the Port Glasgow jobcentre about providing a better service for users? No, of course it is not. In the words of the Public and Commercial Services Union, the UK Government are “abandoning the unemployed” at a time when many people on lower incomes are facing uncertain futures with respect to their employment.

Jobcentres and the DWP Estate — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (20 Jul 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: The hon. Lady is absolutely correct. It is the classic double whammy that people are put into an impossible situation by the Government and then look for support from them and find that it has been taken away. As we all know, the apprenticeship scheme is just an aberration at the moment. Unfortunately, all levels of poverty are rising. In-work poverty is on the rise, yet the Minister...

Jobcentres and the DWP Estate — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (20 Jul 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: I absolutely agree, and could not have put it better myself. The UK Government have simply not made a convincing case that the proposed closures will benefit clients or society as a whole. Jobcentre staff have contacted me to say that the impact of the closures on disabled people has not been properly assessed. The Scottish Government have indicated that the closures are likely to push many...

Points of Order: Drugs Policy (18 Jul 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: May I add my congratulations to the hon. Members for Slough (Mr Dhesi), for Stoke-on-Trent South (Jack Brereton), for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle (Emma Hardy)—which apparently is one constituency—and for Wolverhampton South West (Eleanor Smith) on their maiden speeches? I am sure they are already aware that the next time they speak they will not be listened to with such...

Points of Order: Drugs Policy (18 Jul 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: What is the alternative? Do we allow them to continue to behave in that way, or stand up against them?

Points of Order: Drugs Policy (18 Jul 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: I wish to refer back to the point about alcohol abuse, with which I agree. Alcohol is consumed throughout this House; we have 15 bars and restaurants in this place, all selling us alcohol. Some 90% of recreational drug users are not a problem—they consume their drugs and get on with their life—and only about 10% are a problem, so I cannot see why the Minister wants to take alcohol...

Organ Donation: Opt-out System — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (13 Jul 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: I am delighted to be having this debate, and I congratulate the hon. Member for Barnsley Central (Dan Jarvis) on securing it. He told us the moving stories of Max and Joe, bringing a human aspect to the debate. He underlined that deaths are preventable, but that although 66% of people in England would donate, only 39% are on the donor register. Combined with the knowledge that only a small...

Taylor Review: Working Practices (11 Jul 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: As the Government look towards this gig economy, will they consider Matthew Taylor’s remarks that: “Our welfare system is a cruel mess”? On universal credit, he said that “no one outside Government thinks it will make the system fairer…There is a better way. A universal basic income…can improve incentives and rewards for work, increase human freedom and...

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

Ronnie Cowan: What a difference a few months can make in politics. At the start of June the Prime Minister told us that there is no magic money tree. At the start of July the UK Government could magically find £1 billion to save her career—at least for the short term. Of course, if things do not go to plan it is helpful to have a safety net to fall back on. That is a luxury that many women have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Topical Questions (4 Jul 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: With the Scottish Government now committed to a soft opt-out system for organ donation similar to that implemented in Wales in 2015, is it not time that the UK Government followed the lead of the Welsh and Scottish Governments by introducing a similar system south of the border?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Family Rights (3 Jul 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: What steps she is taking to protect the family rights of UK citizens married to non-EU citizens.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Family Rights (3 Jul 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: My constituent Paul McMillan, a medical student from Port Glasgow, is unable to be with his American partner because of the minimum income requirement on spousal visas, which stands at £18,600 and is due to rise. He has decided that because of the UK Government’s increasingly hostile attitude towards immigrants, on completing his studies he will emigrate from Scotland to be with...

Brexit and Foreign Affairs (26 Jun 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: I add my congratulations to Members who have made their maiden speeches this evening—particularly those who have hung around and listened to the rest of the debate. I once drove through a snowstorm to get from Darlington to Jedburgh. I clearly remember driving up Carter Bar, which leads over the border between Scotland and England. When I reached the top, I was chuffed to bits: I had...

Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (20 Apr 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: I am a member of the Committee, so there is plenty I could say about the report, but I will respect your wish, Mr Speaker, for us to keep comments and questions short. The most important line in the report is perhaps that there should be “careful and restrained use of the machinery of government”— for example, of the civil service and the purdah provisions. Will the hon....

Article 50 (29 Mar 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: Today’s statement was full of clichés, platitudes and jingoism, but no answers. When will the Government of Scotland, democratically elected to represent the nation of Scotland—a nation that voted to remain in the EU—be given the opportunity to contribute by supplying the facts and the figures that are so lacking? We have had one vacuous vow; we do not need another one.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payments (27 Mar 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: One thousand and ninety-nine people currently use the Motability scheme in Inverclyde. It can be over eight weeks before a successful appeal, and during that time claimants are without their car. What is being done to address this specific issue?

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