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Delegated Legislation: Personal Independence Payments (11 Sep 2018)

Neil Gray: Will the Minister give way?

Delegated Legislation: Personal Independence Payments (11 Sep 2018)

Neil Gray: I thank my constituency neighbour for giving way and congratulate him on securing this debate and on his speech. The examples that he has given, presumably from his constituents, are echoed by my constituents in Airdrie and Shotts. Like me, does he welcome the changes that will be made by the Scottish Government when we take control over some of these areas to ensure that there will no longer...

Funeral Poverty (11 Sep 2018)

Neil Gray: On that point, the Minister will recognise that in Scotland there are moves afoot to change that situation, and the regulation of funeral directors will ensure that it can no longer be the case; that is my understanding.

Funeral Poverty (11 Sep 2018)

Neil Gray: The benefit is to be devolved to Scotland and rolled out next year. We are looking at eligibility for funeral payments but it is still to be firmed up. Is the Minister considering the eligibility criteria concerning those relatives who have the capacity to pay but with whom the next of kin, who gets the funeral bill, might not have any relationship? That is certainly something that has...

Funeral Poverty (11 Sep 2018)

Neil Gray: It is a pleasure to take part in the debate with you in the Chair, Mr Streeter. I congratulate the hon. Member for South Shields (Mrs Lewell-Buck) on securing this important debate, and on the way she presented her argument. I pay tribute to her for the work that she has being doing on the issue for a number of years. She mentioned a review of funeral affordability, and what she said is...

Funeral Poverty (11 Sep 2018)

Neil Gray: I appreciate that intervention. Clarification is also required in the context of the funeral plan market. The criticism and the furore about consumer rights issues in relation to funeral plans has in part been about that very issue—what people should expect the plan to pay for. Many people have redeemed a product but found that they were still liable for burial and cremation fees that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Social Mobility (10 Sep 2018)

Neil Gray: This summer has seen a record number of young people in Scotland gain a place at a Scottish university, including a 5% increase in young people from the most deprived communities. Scottish students are not being dissuaded by the tens of thousands of pounds-worth of debt facing students elsewhere in these Isles. What lessons does the right hon. Gentleman think he can learn from Scotland...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Social Mobility (10 Sep 2018)

Neil Gray: Thanks to the lack of capped places, experts have warned that some universities in England are at risk of going under, with many universities facing major losses, particularly over the past five years. Given that that is a result of this Government’s policy of encouraging competition, has the right hon. Gentleman made any assessment of how badly university closures in disadvantaged...

Widowed Parent’S Allowance (5 Sep 2018)

Neil Gray: I thank the Minister for advance sight of his statement. He said that the Department was only consulting Northern Ireland on the implications of this Court ruling, but this is a UK reserved benefit, so why is that consultation not extending further? He also said that the Supreme Court ruling does not change the law, but the ruling does say that the law as it stands is flawed, so not updating...

Brexit Negotiations and No Deal Contingency Planning (4 Sep 2018)

Neil Gray: What is the Secretary of State most concerned about, getting a deal with the EU or getting that deal through this House?

Esa Underpayments (19 Jul 2018)

Neil Gray: This is the latest in a long line of concessions forced on the UK Government by campaigners and the courts. In this case, I pay tribute to the efforts of the Child Poverty Action Group for achieving this victory for more than 70,000 disabled people in the face of the DWP’s “culture of indifference”, as described by the cross-party Public Accounts Committee. More than 70,000...

Exiting the European Union: Devolved Administrations (19 Jul 2018)

Neil Gray: What discussions his Department has had with the devolved Administrations on the content of the White Paper on the future relationship between the UK and the EU, published on 12 July 2018.

Exiting the European Union: Devolved Administrations (19 Jul 2018)

Neil Gray: Given that the implementation of the agreements reached between the EU and the UK will be in devolved areas of competency, why was there not proper discussion with Scottish Ministers in advance about how that would happen? When will those discussions take place?

Electoral Commission Investigation: Vote Leave (17 Jul 2018)

Neil Gray: First, Scottish Tory dark money; now, the Electoral Commission showing that the leave campaign broke the law. We have these rules for a reason—to stop people buying our democracy—and yet the Minister appears complacent about that. So what confidence can our constituents have not only in the referendum result, but in the former and current Government Ministers who were involved in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration Detention: Children (16 Jul 2018)

Neil Gray: This year, Bail for Immigration Detainees has represented 155 parents separated from their children while in immigration detention, yet the Prime Minister states that that is not the Government’s practice. Can the Minister condemn the practice and finally stop it?

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Neil Gray: I will take that on board, Madam Deputy Speaker, and I thank you for your comments in this debate. I should begin by welcoming the hon. Member for North Swindon (Justin Tomlinson) back to the DWP. Even though it contributed to his return to Government, there surely can be no one gladder of the Chequers version of “Deal or No Deal” than the Work and Pensions Secretary. For a few...

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Neil Gray: I take the right hon. Gentleman’s point. The honourable thing for the Secretary of State to do would have been to apologise directly to him for what might have been a slur on his character and reputation. This is important, because we are talking about the central—the flagship—social security policy of this Government, which has been criticised in report after report for...

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Neil Gray: On the last point, the NAO entirely contradicted the hon. Lady’s point. One fact I would relay back to her is that the Government’s own figures—this is from the DWP—show that 40% of universal credit claimants are living in poverty and struggling to make ends meet. I hope she will consider that fact as we build towards the autumn Budget, when I hope we can form a...

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Neil Gray: The hon. Gentleman makes some very fair points. We of course know from the recent statistics published by the DWP that 59% of claimants impacted by the two-child policy on tax credits and by universal credit are already in work. These are facts, and the Government should be considering them. This is not of course the first time that this Government have tried to dismiss evidence placed before...

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Neil Gray: I will give way one last time, because I am conscious that others want to speak.

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