Results 1–20 of 117 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Marie Rimmer

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Marie Rimmer: The Government’s aim was to simplify and streamline the benefits system, to improve work incentives, to tackle poverty among low-income families, and to reduce the scope for error. The Government were, however, warned by IT companies that it was not possible to build a universal credit system, bringing the six systems together, in time for implementation, but they ignored that and...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Marie Rimmer: I agree entirely with my hon. Friend. These people are stressed, suffering from the effects of poverty and the indignity of debt and borrowing from family and friends. Many are on medication for mental health issues, and much of this is debt related. My constituency of St Helens South and Whiston suffers from income poverty. Many of the jobs created in the last 10 years pay much lower wages....

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Marie Rimmer: Not at the moment. A Citizens Advice survey showed that more than 39% of respondents waited more than six weeks for payment, while 11% waited more than 10 weeks and some waited 11 weeks. Where do they get the money from to live and to buy food? Of those on universal credit, 79% are in debt, which puts them at serious risk of eviction. Private landlords are not as understanding as social and...

Dangerous Driving involving Death: Sentencing — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (17 Oct 2017)

Marie Rimmer: I am sure that many will know of the sad case of four-year-old Violet-Grace Youens, who was killed this year and whose grandmother was left seriously injured when they were returning from their nursery. A stolen car crashed into them at 80 miles per hour in a 30 mph zone in St Helens. Two young men were in the car, one driving and one not. One of them ran past dying Violet-Grace laughing,...

Supported Housing Funding — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (10 Oct 2017)

Marie Rimmer: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the funding that was incorporated in the revenue support grant in 2011—taken away from a specific grant—has decreased by 53% in just one part of my constituency?

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (12 Sep 2017)

Marie Rimmer: To ask the Secretary of State what steps his Department is taking to support small and medium-sized enterprises.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (12 Sep 2017)

Marie Rimmer: The Government’s delay in giving out the business rate relief they announced in the spring Budget caused considerable suffering to thousands of businesses across the country. Measures such as the introduction of the staircase tax have also caused considerable tax increases for thousands of businesses across the country. Confidence has fallen back in the second quarter. The chairman of...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (12 Sep 2017)

Marie Rimmer: The chairman of the FSB has said that enough is enough and a fundamental review of the business rates should be conducted. Will the Minister agree with the chairman and bring forward a date for a fundamental review of business rates?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Cyber-crime (5 Sep 2017)

Marie Rimmer: How Government investment in (a) cyber-security and (b) the National Cyber Security Centre will support victims of cyber-crime; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Cyber-crime (5 Sep 2017)

Marie Rimmer: Given that it is Government policy that victim support is commissioned locally by individual police and crime commissioners, is the Minister content that there is sufficient resource for victim support? Given the year-on-year increase in cyber-crime, and considering the national and international nature and background of cyber-criminals, does he not agree that a single, national approach to...

Terror Attacks (22 Jun 2017)

Marie Rimmer: Will the Home Secretary confirm that she has received a letter from Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, on behalf of the three police and crime commissioners in the north-west, pointing out the impact on services of the drastic cuts in police numbers? Those three areas are affected by terrorism, rising gun crime and daily fracking protests in Lancashire. The three PCCs have...

Child Maintenance Service — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (18 Apr 2017)

Marie Rimmer: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Paisley. I pay tribute to the hon. Member for Motherwell and Wishaw (Marion Fellows) for securing this important debate. It is right that parents who are separated or divorced fulfil their obligations to their children and provide financial support. As the hon. Lady mentioned in her opening speech, child maintenance is financial support...

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

Marie Rimmer: Last Thursday, at business questions, the Leader of the House stated that there would be a debate on the Government’s emergency PIP regulations, which will affect the eligibility for PIP of more than 160,000 people, mainly those with mental health conditions. However, he failed to give a date, and the praying against period comes to an end on 3 April. If there is no debate and vote...

Prison Officers Association: Withdrawal from Voluntary Tasks (28 Feb 2017)

Marie Rimmer: Our prisons are unsafe and dangerous, and the Minister inherited that situation. We must not forget that we have lost 7,000 experienced prison officers. When Spice, which is a very cheap drug, came on the market, prisoners who were recalled within 28 days of being released were able to expand their business on the next landing. The steps that are being taken are a sticking plaster rather ...

Backbench Business: Disabled People: Publicly Accessible Amenities — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (23 Feb 2017)

Marie Rimmer: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Buck. I thank the hon. Member for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow (Dr Cameron) for securing this important debate. Disabled people were not necessarily born disabled. In fact, 90% of disability is acquired. I am one of the 90%. As some Members may know, I have a disability. For the last 20 years, I have worn a bone anchored...

Backbench Business: Disabled People: Publicly Accessible Amenities — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (23 Feb 2017)

Marie Rimmer: I concur. I know of and have been involved in many cases like that. I urge the Minister to provide urgent clarity on exactly what constitutes reasonable adjustments to stop irresponsible employers from skirting around the law. There are too few disabled people in public office, including in this place. The access to elected office fund, which enables disabled people to stand for elected...

Local Government Finance (22 Feb 2017)

Marie Rimmer: I led St Helens Council for many years and was a councillor there for 38 years, so I know a little bit about local government. The council has a fixed grant settlement for four years. It is also subject to the production of an efficiency plan that is accepted by the Department for Communities and Local Government. That would not always be a great task, because it is an efficient...

Police Grant (22 Feb 2017)

Marie Rimmer: I listened carefully to the hon. Member for St Austell and Newquay (Steve Double) and, in particular, to my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield Central (Paul Blomfield), whose remarks ring true. Merseyside police relies on the Government for 81% of its funding due to a low council tax base. Percentage cuts to the Government grant therefore hit us particularly hard. Since 2010, the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payments (20 Feb 2017)

Marie Rimmer: At present, 65% of all claimants have their PIP appeal upheld by tribunal—an all-time high. It should be a source of huge embarrassment to the Government that, even after the introduction of mandatory reconsideration before appeal, the majority of claimants who go to tribunal win their case. How does the Minister justify forcing vulnerable claimants to navigate the complex and gruelling...

Serious Fraud Office — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (7 Feb 2017)

Marie Rimmer: Blockbuster funding can make up a significant amount of the total funding for the SFO. Does my right hon. Friend share my concerns about the lack of transparency around the process for blockbuster funding, which will inevitably cover the most serious and complex cases?


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