Results 1–20 of 338 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Neil Gray

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Welsh Ministers — Power to make consequential and transitional provision (6 Dec 2017)

Neil Gray: Does the hon. Gentleman accept the concerns that have been raised by the Law Society of Scotland on the areas of this Bill relating to the separate legal system in Scotland?

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Neil Gray: The hon. Gentleman’s right hon. Friend, the right hon. Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Mr Duncan Smith)—who designed universal credit—has said that work allowances need to be restored to retain an incentive to work as part of universal credit. Does he not accept that?

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Neil Gray: Our cautious welcome for universal credit at the time was not unconditional. For us to make an assessment of how universal credit is going, we need to see the DWP’s assessments. The Government are going to make those documents available to the Work and Pensions Committee, so why can they not publish them more widely?

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Neil Gray: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Neil Gray: The hon. Gentleman just mentioned me.

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Neil Gray: Will the hon. and learned Lady give way?

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Neil Gray: The right hon. Gentleman is making an incredibly powerful and emotive speech, and I commend him for it. Does he agree that the partial publication, and giving the redacted copies to the Select Committee, leaves its members in an invidious position? As the Committee Chair, does he think that it would be far better for the Government to publish the reports in full and publicly, as the...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Neil Gray: I will endeavour to abide by your request to be brief, Madam Deputy Speaker. I thank the Labour party for choosing today’s debate topic. I congratulate the hon. Member for Oldham East and Saddleworth (Debbie Abrahams) on her speech, and I am grateful to her for our discussions ahead of today’s debate. Of late, our parties have been united in our critical but constructive...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Neil Gray: Absolutely, and I will be coming to the cost to the taxpayer later in my speech. It is also worth noting that the ICO gave the DWP a rap over the knuckles for not replying to Mr Slater “within such time as is reasonable”. However, for me, paragraph 38 of the ICO ruling is the most important and sums up why the UK Government must publish the reports in full. It says: “The...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Neil Gray: Absolutely. The Department does not have a very good record in this regard. If the reports were as glowing about universal credit as Ministers have been—indeed, just now—surely Ministers would have released them publicly. Perhaps we will find that, actually, the UK Government know just how bad UC is in its current stripped-back and cut-to-ribbons form. Perhaps the reports will...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Neil Gray: I just welcomed it, but I said that it does not go far enough and needs to go further. Citizens Advice Scotland is concerned about the removal of implicit consent for it to act on clients’ behalf on UC. Clients are now required to provide explicit consent and therefore to be present when their cases are being discussed. We, as MPs, have implicit consent—why has it not been...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Neil Gray: I am really pressed for time now; I do apologise. [Interruption.] I have taken interventions. Madam Deputy Speaker has indicated that I was to keep within 10 minutes. When the likes of the Child Poverty Action Group, the Poverty Alliance and others predict that further roll-out of universal credit in its current form, coupled with the benefits freeze, will force even more children into...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Neil Gray: The Secretary of State has announced the partial publication of these reports. Of course, the fact remains that there is a live case from the Information Commissioner’s Office. Will he confirm whether he will release these reports to John Slater, who has campaigned for them for two years?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Neil Gray: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak in one of the most important constitutional debates impacting on Scotland since the re-establishment of the Scottish Parliament. The whole basis and foundation of how Scotland is governed is being discussed today. We should not underestimate how important that is; we cannot allow today to be politicked away or the issues to be kicked down the road....

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Neil Gray: To be fair, the hon. Gentleman has had a good say this evening. I am not the only one concerned about the direction of travel that the UK Government appear to think we are taking. NFU Scotland has, as I am sure Ministers will be aware, a series of red lines regarding Brexit, many of which are pertinent to today’s debate. I will pick a few out: it wants a replacement for the common...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Neil Gray: Some of the hon. Gentleman’s Conservative colleagues have proposed their own amendments on other areas of the Bill. Why has the Scottish Conservative group of MPs not tabled any amendments to clause 11 if they share his concern?

Social Mobility Commission (4 Dec 2017)

Neil Gray: The board members have clearly become exasperated by the UK Government’s failure to acknowledge and act on their work on lifting people out of poverty. Does the Joseph Rowntree Foundation report today not highlight and emphasise that?

Petition - Chicken Farm, Rushden, Northamptonshire: Universal Credit Sanctions (4 Dec 2017)

Neil Gray: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing this debate. It is about a different aspect of UC from what we have discussed before, which is refreshing. Does he agree that reports produced by the likes of Oxford and Liverpool Universities on the links between benefit sanctions and the use of food banks prove that there is a major issue regarding the DWP’s sanction regime forcing people...

State Pension Age: Women: Universal Credit: Terminally Ill People (29 Nov 2017)

Neil Gray: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this debate and commend him on the work he has done over many years in highlighting the problems with UC. He mentioned the Chancellor’s Budget, which was an admission that UC was failing some of the people he mentions. Does he agree that the Chancellor and the Government now need to go further to address the real issues at the heart of UC, such...


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