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Higher Education (Information) Bill (23 Oct 2015)

Heidi Allen: What reassurance can the Minister give me— The debate stood adjourned ( Standing Order No. 11(2)). Ordered, That the debate be resumed on Friday 30 October.

Backbench Business: Tax Credits (29 Oct 2015)

Heidi Allen: Can I join you?

Backbench Business: Tax Credits (29 Oct 2015)

Heidi Allen: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. In the last week, I have received hundreds of emails and letters, as hon. Members might expect, and I have been struck by one thing. When we talk about the debt and the deficit, we are not talking about the Government’s debt and deficit; it is the people’s debt and deficit. I have had countless letters from wealthy people telling me this is wrong. It is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Topical Questions (17 Nov 2015)

Heidi Allen: For the avoidance of doubt, will the Secretary of State please repeat again that he will enter into completely open-minded, non-preconditional negotiations with the British Medical Association? The public need to see that we are approaching this matter with an open mind.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Jobcentre Advisers: Food Banks (7 Dec 2015)

Heidi Allen: From my point of view, there is great potential in co-siting jobcentres and food banks if it is done in the right way. On a related subject, can the Minister envisage a future in which jobcentres and councils are co-located across the country?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (7 Dec 2015)

Heidi Allen: I have a brief question on universal credit, as we continue to roll it out. Is there an opportunity to extend the dedicated telephone line that housing associations enjoy direct to universal credit to citizens advice bureaux, which do an incredible amount of work but are struggling to make contact with the people who can help them?

Opposition Day — [12th Allotted Day]: Mental Health (9 Dec 2015)

Heidi Allen: If I may, Madam Deputy Speaker, I would like to ask you to cast your mind back to the summer. As a new MP, I was sitting on the grass on a Sunday reading through my casework. There were many of the usual items of correspondence on housing, planning and so on, and then a letter, and a moment I will never forget. It was from a constituent, Steve Mallen, telling me about the tragic suicide of...

Opposition Day — [12th Allotted Day]: Mental Health (9 Dec 2015)

Heidi Allen: That is fundamental and there should be no alternative. The right hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. Nobody doubts the need to improve mental health care or the fact that money does not grow on trees. Investment is increasing, but I fear that the scale of the problem is far greater than any Government chequebook. It is so much bigger than that, but the good news is that we are capable of...

Opposition Day — [12th Allotted Day]: Mental Health (9 Dec 2015)

Heidi Allen: Forgive me, Madam Deputy Speaker—I was genuinely unaware of that. I have no doubt of the personal dedication of our Ministers, for they have proved it to me and, more importantly, to Steve Mallen. If Members are undertaking similar work in their constituencies, or if they want to join our project, I urge them to talk to me. If we have learned one thing about mental health, it is that we...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Faith Schools: Admissions (9 Dec 2015)

Heidi Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the number of children who are refused admission to a state funded faith school on the grounds of differing faith or belief; and if she will work with schools and faith groups to facilitate inclusive admission policies in all state funded schools.

Representation of the People (Proportional Representation) (House of Commons): Welfare Cap (16 Dec 2015)

Heidi Allen: On the subject of Christmas, I would just encourage all of us, please, to remember that there are people at the heart of these decisions, and this should not be the moment for political footballs. We are here to say that things have changed and that our view, policies and outlook have changed. I implore every Member in this House to remember that we are speaking on behalf of people, not our...

Representation of the People (Proportional Representation) (House of Commons): Welfare Cap (16 Dec 2015)

Heidi Allen: Will the hon. Gentleman reflect on one of the elements of universal credit, which is that it is not just an IT system but an entire way for people to work with a mentor and somebody in the jobcentre who will assist them to build a life of better employment and higher wages? That is what he should be talking about if he wants to get people out of poverty.

Opposition Day — [14th Allotted Day] — Universal Credit Work Allowance (6 Jan 2016)

Heidi Allen: I wonder whether there is something in the integrity of the people the hon. Gentleman speaks about, and whether they will raise their heads high enough to say, “Okay. It’s not great and it’s not the end result, but I am lifting myself and my children off a life of welfare dependency.” In that is a pride. I would like us to talk a little more in those terms and that language.

Opposition Day — [14th Allotted Day] — Universal Credit Work Allowance (6 Jan 2016)

Heidi Allen: The hon. Lady is very kind. I am interested to know why more people find employment under the universal credit system than they did under the traditional method of jobseeker’s allowance.

Housing and Planning Bill — [2nd Allocated Day]: Clause 67 — Payments to Secretary of State (12 Jan 2016)

Heidi Allen: I would like the Minister to add South Cambridgeshire to the list.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Workless Households (1 Feb 2016)

Heidi Allen: Following on from the comments about the ESA WRAG changes and the Lords having passed the matter back to us, I welcome the opportunity to look at this again and am excited to see the content of the White Paper. Can the Minister give us any feel at all about the cost recognition for claimants in the future? This is not just about support; it is also about the additional costs that they face to...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment and Support Allowance (1 Feb 2016)

Heidi Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of proposed changes to the employment and support allowance work-related activity group on claimants.

Syria Crisis: UK Response (8 Feb 2016)

Heidi Allen: The Secretary of State has every right to be exceptionally proud of what was achieved at the conference, but I fear that we need to do more locally in Europe. She will know, I am sure, that I and my hon. Friends the Members for Bury St Edmunds (Jo Churchill) and for Eastbourne (Caroline Ansell) were in Lesbos last weekend, and I can tell her that the Greeks are not coping. Britain needs to...


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