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Social Security Support for Kinship Carers (18 Oct 2017)

Melanie Onn: I beg to move, That this House has considered social security support for kinship carers. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Owen. There are about 200,000 kinship carers in the UK, three quarters of whom live in poverty. By taking in their relatives’ children they save the state tens of thousands of pounds in care costs and keep families together, often in tragic...

Social Security Support for Kinship Carers (18 Oct 2017)

Melanie Onn: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. Indeed, this morning I was contacted by a constituent who has previously been to my office for assistance and who wanted to raise the issue of carers more generally. Her daughter had a brain injury at birth, and 24 years later she is still caring for her. She was keen to ensure that I understood the financial, social and emotional impact of taking on...

Social Security Support for Kinship Carers (18 Oct 2017)

Melanie Onn: Certainly, there is a huge amount of expectation on families to ensure that children are cared for in a family setting. The state should be aware of those people and the support that they deserve should be available. Too often, kinship care arrangements are informal, unofficial and under the radar. Sometimes parents are in a crisis situation, some simply cannot cope and in more extreme cases...

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (12 Oct 2017)

Melanie Onn: What discussions has the Minister had with colleagues in the Ministry of Justice about adding misogyny to the list of hate crimes?

European Union (Approvals) Bill: Baby Loss Awareness Week (10 Oct 2017)

Melanie Onn: On that point, will my hon. Friend join me in welcoming the recommendations in the updated clinical guidance from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, which include the recommendation that all pregnant women should at the very least be provided with an information leaflet on group B strep, as a tool to raise awareness and prevent what he has just described?

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House: Gypsies and Travellers and Local Communities (9 Oct 2017)

Melanie Onn: Disappointingly, but perhaps not surprisingly, tonight’s debate has focused on the challenges experienced by communities as a result of unauthorised encampments. Although we should not dismiss or minimise the impact of those sites, we should not lose sight of the genuine, law-abiding Gypsy Traveller experiences. I have been looking through “The last acceptable form of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Sep 2017)

Melanie Onn: Four years ago, after the death of her mother, my constituent Elissa became the sole carer for her three siblings. Now her eldest sister has gone to university and Elissa has had a child of her own, but despite saving the state hundreds of thousands of pounds in care costs, she is ineligible for the Sure Start grant and for child tax credit. This is an anomaly for kinship carers. Will the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Melanie Onn: The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union urged us to vote for the Bill, and said: “Providing certainty and stability in the lead up to our withdrawal is a key priority. Businesses and individuals need reassurance that there will be no unexpected changes to our laws after exit day and that is exactly what the repeal Bill provides.” If the Government really wished to...

Letting Agent Fees (Tenants) — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (6 Sep 2017)

Melanie Onn: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Owen. I thank all hon. Members who have contributed to this important debate, which was secured by the hon. Member for Thirsk and Malton (Kevin Hollinrake). It is worth recognising the points made by my hon. Friends the Members for Dulwich and West Norwood (Helen Hayes) and for Mitcham and Morden (Siobhain McDonagh) about the specific...

Incontinence (5 Sep 2017)

Melanie Onn: I draw the House’s attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. Does my hon. Friend agree that businesses with a high footfall could do an awful lot more to support their customers’ needs in respect of incontinence issues, and consider additional aids such as the Crohn’s and Colitis UK “Can’t Wait” card—a facility to...

Incontinence (5 Sep 2017)

Melanie Onn: My hon. Friend is being generous with her time. Does she think that now is the time for the Government to reconsider the VAT on these products?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (20 Jul 2017)

Melanie Onn: Further to the question from the right hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr Carmichael), will the Secretary of State say exactly how he will ensure that products such as traditional Grimsby smoked fish, produced by the excellent Alfred Enderby’s traditional smokehouse in my constituency, retain their protected geographical indications?

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Housebuilding (17 Jul 2017)

Melanie Onn: I asked the former Housing Minister back in April what the Government were doing to protect homeowners following the bogus homes scandal, which saw people spending significant sums, only to find that properties were unfinished, that basic plumbing was not working and that wiring was left unsafe. That was not a unique problem: Shelter has found that half of all new build buyers report a major...

New Towns — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Melanie Onn: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Bailey. I congratulate the hon. Member for Telford (Lucy Allan) on securing the debate, and I wish her town and the respective constituency towns of the right hon. Member for Harlow (Robert Halfon) and the hon. Member for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow (Dr Cameron) a happy birthday. I also welcome the Minister to his new post...

New Towns — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Melanie Onn: I am delighted that the right hon. Gentleman’s constituency is benefiting from that investment. I am sure that lots of Members around the room will be hoping for something similar or the same; I certainly would not be disappointed if the Minister came to me and offered something similar. Broadband, which I thought might come up, has not been touched on today. In 2015 we were promised...

New Towns — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Melanie Onn: Excellent. I could not agree more that soft infrastructure is an essential part of connectivity in new towns.

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