Results 161–180 of 434 for speaker:Heidi Allen

Children and Social Work Bill [Lords]: Education relating to relationships and sex (7 Mar 2017)

Heidi Allen: Building on the question from the right hon. Member for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford (Yvette Cooper), I appreciate that my hon. Friend is an Education Minister, but will he consider extending the safeguarding strategy—which sounds very attractive, as does the regular consultation with local authorities, which should be available to Parliament—beyond the Syrian region, beyond...

Children and Social Work Bill [Lords]: Education relating to relationships and sex (7 Mar 2017)

Heidi Allen: I rise to speak to new clause 14, which is in my name. My interest in the Bill is born out of the refugee crisis sweeping across Europe. I am interested in how the Bill might apply to safeguarding children in our care. The Government have a tremendous record in the Syria region, but, for me and for many in the House, there remains a big issue in Europe that has still not been addressed. How...

Children and Social Work Bill [Lords]: Education relating to relationships and sex (7 Mar 2017)

Heidi Allen: That is the strength of a decent consultation. I and many of us in this House believe that we can do both. The new clause allows us to spread the burden. It is tough, as some councils have borne a disproportionate burden of responsibility on their shoulders. Those councils have done amazingly, and it is time that other local authorities that have capacity share some of that burden. Guess...

Children and Social Work Bill [Lords]: Education relating to relationships and sex (7 Mar 2017)

Heidi Allen: Absolutely, and not least because of the refugee crisis. This is good housekeeping. It is good for us to have transparent data so that we can understand the capacity of our local authorities and our care system, which has to help children who are already in the UK care system.

Children and Social Work Bill [Lords]: Education relating to relationships and sex (7 Mar 2017)

Heidi Allen: I do, absolutely. For me, this debate is born out of the fact that some local authorities have stepped forward and said they are struggling incredibly, while others have stepped forward and said they do have capacity. Somewhere, we are not joining those two conversations together. I know there is further capacity out there for the betterment of the children in care in the UK and the refugee...

Children and Social Work Bill [Lords]: Education relating to relationships and sex (7 Mar 2017)

Heidi Allen: Absolutely. The fact that not only Members of this House but individuals such as the Independent Anti-slavery Commissioner are asking for this tells me that we need to do it.

Children and Social Work Bill [Lords]: Education relating to relationships and sex (7 Mar 2017)

Heidi Allen: Absolutely. I am so grateful for all the interventions, but I shall try to wrap up my speech. The point is that the refugee crisis—indeed, the care crisis in our own country; we do not have enough foster carers—is an opportunity for us to do some decent housekeeping on the systems and to find out what capacity we have and where local authorities can step forward and do more. There is of...

Personal Independence Payments (15 Mar 2017)

Heidi Allen: While I agree that PIP is indeed a big improvement on DLA and that nobody stands to lose from this change, for me the court ruling has highlighted the fact that there are still flaws in the PIP process and that more can be done for mental health claimants; I know that as I have sat through two PIP assessments myself. Therefore, rather than just legislating to ignore this ruling, should we not...

GP Indemnity Costs: England — [Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] (15 Mar 2017)

Heidi Allen: I appreciate the Minister’s giving way, particularly as I was late arriving for the debate, and so may have missed some key points. Building on the point made by my hon. Friend the Member for Cheltenham (Alex Chalk), of course I welcome the Government’s interventions, the consultation, the winter scheme and extra money for GPs to cope with inflationary pressures. The problem is that the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: School Funding: Chelmsford (20 Mar 2017)

Heidi Allen: I understand that the Secretary of State has an incredibly hard job to do and that money does not grow on trees. When she reviews the consultation findings, however, I urge her to look at the core funding a school needs even to be able to open its doors, because I fear that deprivation has been overweighted in the formula.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Finance (23 Mar 2017)

Heidi Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of recent changes to the National Funding Formula on the deprivation attainment gap in schools.

Personal Independence Payment: Regulations (29 Mar 2017)

Heidi Allen: I broadly agree with what I am hearing—PIP is a work in progress and the process needs to get better—and I could give 100 stories of my experience of sitting through the PIP process to show where it is going wrong. I agree that gradual change is a great thing, but the courts have given us a loud and clear message that we have got it wrong on mental health. In this age where we are...

Personal Independence Payment: Regulations (29 Mar 2017)

Heidi Allen: rose—

Personal Independence Payment: Regulations (29 Mar 2017)

Heidi Allen: On that point, one thing that has struck me when I have been through PIP assessments—either mock assessments or those that I have observed with a constituent—is the generalist nature of the assessors. They are expected to be experts in mental health, physical health and mobility, and it is just not possible, in my view. I think that there needs to be triaging.

Communities and Local Government: Employment and Support Allowance (18 Apr 2017)

Heidi Allen: I am conscious that all the things I am hearing are excellent in terms of getting people into work, but so much of this £30 is about, for example, “Can I turn my heating on because I am in long-term recovery from cancer chemotherapy and I am at home a lot.” Would it be possible for the Department to give us some case studies so that we can see how the £30 is made up—what specific...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Supported Housing (24 Apr 2017)

Heidi Allen: When his Department plans to announce its new funding model for supported housing.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Supported Housing (24 Apr 2017)

Heidi Allen: I will probe a little further on emergency short-term accommodation, such as women’s refuges. Does the Secretary of State agree that a totally separate funding stream is essential to honouring our ambition that no victim be turned away from accessing critical support services by 2020?

Written Answers — Home Office: EU Nationals: Health Insurance (25 Apr 2017)

Heidi Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many citizens from other EU countries with the right to reside in the UK before 29 March 2017 do not have private medical insurance.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: South Cambridgeshire (27 Apr 2017)

Heidi Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to close the deprivation attainment gap in South Cambridgeshire constituency.

Economy and Jobs (29 Jun 2017)

Heidi Allen: I rise to speak on this final day of the Queen’s Speech debate and will start by showing my appreciation for the news that we will now pay for abortions for women from Northern Ireland who come to England to have them. I thank the Minister for Women and Equalities, my right hon. Friend the Member for Putney (Justine Greening), and the hon. Member for Walthamstow (Stella Creasy) for...


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