Results 1–20 of 391 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Helen Hayes

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Property Rental Market (18 Jun 2018)

Helen Hayes: The legal framework and guidance governing the relationship between lodgers and landlords has not been updated since 2006, pre-dating the growth in online lettings platforms and the affordability crisis, which has led many more people to become both landlords and lodgers. In this relationship, both parties can find themselves vulnerable. The current framework of protection is not fit for...

Backbench Business - Windrush: 70TH Anniversarybackbench Business (14 Jun 2018)

Helen Hayes: I wish to thank Members from across the House for contributing to this debate, but I am particularly grateful to my right hon. Friends the Members for Hackney North and Stoke Newington (Ms Abbott) and for Tottenham (Mr Lammy) and my hon. Friend the Member for Brent Central (Dawn Butler), because their contributions have been not only representation but very powerful testimony. We are about...

Backbench Business - Windrush: 70TH Anniversarybackbench Business (14 Jun 2018)

Helen Hayes: I beg to move, That this House notes the 70th anniversary of the arrival of HMT Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks carrying passengers from the Caribbean; further notes the critical role those passengers played in the post-war reconstruction of the UK, and in particular their work to support the establishment of the newly created NHS; and recognises and celebrates the significant social,...

Backbench Business - Windrush: 70TH Anniversarybackbench Business (14 Jun 2018)

Helen Hayes: I thank my hon. Friend for her intervention and will come later to exactly those issues, which she raises so powerfully. Sam King said of his decision to join the RAF: “'I as a young man volunteered to contribute and fight Nazi Germany and by the Grace of God we won. It was a close thing, for example during Dunkirk a lot of people don’t realise that Britain stood alone, for nearly...

Backbench Business - Windrush: 70TH Anniversarybackbench Business (14 Jun 2018)

Helen Hayes: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention, and I agree entirely with his comments. Windrush passengers from the Caribbean travelled as British citizens as a result of the British Nationality Act 1948, which created a new category of “citizen of the United Kingdom and colonies” for anyone born or naturalised in either the UK or any of the countries subject to colonial rule....

Backbench Business - Windrush: 70TH Anniversarybackbench Business (14 Jun 2018)

Helen Hayes: My hon. Friend is exactly right. Many nurses trained in London and were then placed in hospitals all around the country. They were part of that outward move from London to all over the country, where they indeed made, and continue to make, such an important contribution. Windrush passengers also found work on London transport and in the construction industry. Some rejoined the armed forces...

Backbench Business - Windrush: 70TH Anniversarybackbench Business (14 Jun 2018)

Helen Hayes: I thank my right hon. Friend for her intervention. I am delighted to wholeheartedly support the call for action that she and her Select Committee have made. I have seen myself, through very many constituency cases, the hardship that this Government’s approach is causing. There is a need for urgent action in the interim as well as for compensation in the longer term for all who are...

Rail Timetabling (4 Jun 2018)

Helen Hayes: My constituents have already faced three years of disruption and continual delays at the hands of GTR, Southern and Southeastern, and the chaos from the new timetable is making things worse. The impact of that chaos is more than simply inconvenience; it is taking its toll on relationships, family life and employment, and we have the heart-rending sight of students unable to get to important...

Gaza: Un Human Rights Council Vote: Tenant Fees Bill (21 May 2018)

Helen Hayes: I presented a petition to the House on behalf of my constituents back in June 2016, calling on the Government to take action to curb letting agent fees. In responding to the petition, the Government gave no indication that they were considering any action on fees other than requiring letting agents to publish a full tariff of their fees. That response was very disappointing. The publication...

Tower Block Cladding (21 May 2018)

Helen Hayes: The Secretary of State and his predecessor have repeatedly said that they wish to see essential fire safety works completed in tower blocks across the country, yet across the country councils are saying that sprinklers are the essential fire safety works that can save residents’ lives in the future. In several cases, they have been told that the Government do not consider sprinklers to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Household Debt (21 May 2018)

Helen Hayes: What assessment her Department has made of recent trends in the average level of household debt of people receiving universal credit.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Household Debt (21 May 2018)

Helen Hayes: A recent Trussell Trust survey found that 70% of respondents were in debt as a result of the initial universal credit wait and more than half had experienced problems with their housing linked to debts and arrears. Advance payments simply stack up more debt, and food banks in areas where universal credit has been fully rolled out for more than a year have seen an average increase in need of...

Building Regulations and Fire Safety (17 May 2018)

Helen Hayes: The lack of support in Dame Judith’s report for a ban on combustible materials is profoundly disappointing. The Royal Institute of British Architects, whose members specify building materials, supports a ban and is clear that it is not incompatible with the wider change in regulatory framework recommended by Dame Judith. A ban is already in place in many other countries. Survivors of...

Grenfell Tower (16 May 2018)

Helen Hayes: Does the hon. and learned Lady agree that the 11-month delay in the Government committing any funds to the replacement of flammable cladding has compounded and magnified the injustice of Grenfell Tower, leaving councils that already do not have enough money to deliver social housing scrabbling around to reprioritise urgent major works and unable to deliver the necessary changes?

Grenfell Tower (16 May 2018)

Helen Hayes: Will the Secretary of State say more about the situation for Grenfell survivors who are in temporary accommodation? As a London MP, I know that this London housing crisis means that people are living in temporary accommodation for years rather than months. If that turns out to be the situation for Grenfell survivors, it will add a further injustice to the tragedy that they have already faced....

Tributes: Baroness Jowell (14 May 2018)

Helen Hayes: It is a privilege to pay tribute to my predecessor as MP for Dulwich and West Norwood, Baroness Tessa Jowell of Brixton, on behalf of the thousands of my constituents whose lives she touched. Tessa served our area as the MP for Dulwich—later Dulwich and West Norwood—for 23 years from 1992 with a commitment to making a difference every single day. Her legacy is extraordinary, from...

Windrush (2 May 2018)

Helen Hayes: The Windrush generation are remarkable for their resilience and their grace. Before the Windrush sailed from the Caribbean, many of its passengers had volunteered to serve in the UK armed forces during the second world war, making that extraordinary sacrifice despite the racism they experienced, and choosing to rise above it and to serve the cause of fighting fascism in Europe. The Windrush...

Windrush (30 Apr 2018)

Helen Hayes: My constituent, Gretel Gocan, had lived in the UK for 30 years when she was wrongly denied re-entry after visiting Jamaica for a family funeral several years ago. Arrangements are now being made for Gretel to return home to the UK. Her health is fragile and her family would like her to be able to travel this week, but they are struggling to raise the £972 cost of the flight. Will the...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Homelessness (30 Apr 2018)

Helen Hayes: The Homelessness Reduction Act came into force this month, but many councils have raised concerns that the new burdens funding that the Government have allocated is simply not sufficient for the full implementation of the Act. The Secretary of State is new in his post, but the causes of homelessness under this Government are not going away, so may I urge him to take an early look at the...

Customs and Borders (26 Apr 2018)

Helen Hayes: It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. and learned Member for Beaconsfield (Mr Grieve). I commend him for his clarity and bravery on Brexit. The referendum on 23 June 2016 set out one high-level question: should the United Kingdom remain in the European Union, or should the United Kingdom leave the European Union? The referendum campaign covered many issues, but the EU customs union was...


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