Results 181–200 of 434 for speaker:Heidi Allen

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Heidi Allen: No family should be going through that. People have more difficult lives than I am blessed to have ever experienced, but work coaches are there, and discretionary housing payments and advance payments are there. Work coaches should be offering a wraparound service. I do not have universal credit yet in my area, but I hope that work coaches are doing everything they should for the hon....

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Heidi Allen: I have been working very closely with Citizens Advice throughout this whole campaign. Is it not true that Citizens Advice in Scotland and in England have both welcomed the announcement that was made in the Budget and said that it is an excellent improvement?

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Heidi Allen: Nobody is more interested than I am in universal credit and in its being a success. Does the hon. Lady acknowledge that even if we do get the reports, because the roll-out has been very slow—I am glad it has—some of them are really old and the system has been significantly improved since then? They might give us a window into the past, but I sense that they will not give the opportunity...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Family Hubs (5 Dec 2017)

Heidi Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of Family Hubs.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Sex and Relationship Education (5 Dec 2017)

Heidi Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress her Department is making on updating relationship and sex education guidance.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Local Government Finance (1 Dec 2017)

Heidi Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she expects the fair funding review for local government to be finalised.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Local Government Finance (1 Dec 2017)

Heidi Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to implement an up-to-date needs assessment for local authority area funding in the absence of the 100 per cent business rates retention scheme.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Local Government Finance (1 Dec 2017)

Heidi Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to provide funding agreements for local authorities that did not sign up to the four-year funding settlement in the belief that the 100 per cent retention scheme would be implemented.

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Heidi Allen: I wish to put on record my thanks to the Government for finding funding for the initial cost analysis for a station at Addenbrookes. Connecting that science and those brains with the wider country is exactly what we need to do. It is a vital piece of infrastructure and I am very grateful for it.

Child Maintenance (Assessment of Parents’ Income) (28 Nov 2017)

Heidi Allen: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to equalise the assessment and enforcement of child maintenance arrangements of children of self-employed parents with those of children of other employed parents; and for connected purposes. In introducing the Bill, I am following in the steps of David Burrowes, who, until the recent general election, was the Member of Parliament for...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Heidi Allen: On advance payments, I thought I was the ultimate UC geek and that there was nothing I did not know about it, but recently I learned that people can have a three-month payment holiday before those advance payments are paid back. Does my hon. Friend think that the jobcentres should advertise that more?

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Heidi Allen: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, for allowing me to speak in this important debate. My congratulations to the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan (David Duguid): may I have some dolphins for South Cambridgeshire, please? I am not sure where we would put them, but we would take great care of them. I also sincerely thank the right hon. Member for Birkenhead (Frank Field) for securing this debate...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Heidi Allen: Absolutely. System changes of this magnitude require everybody to work properly, with integrity, and not exert any kind of influence on the most vulnerable people in the country, who perhaps cannot defend themselves and are not legally trained. The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right on that.

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Heidi Allen: Indeed, there are many elements that make it especially difficult for some people, and we have to recognise that one system will not work for everybody, so we have to work together to find the solutions. The reputation of this place has hit rock-bottom again in recent weeks. Let’s turn it around. I checked a couple of words in a thesaurus: “compassionate” means empathetic, thoughtful...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Heidi Allen: Will my right hon. and learned Friend give way?

Unaccompanied Child Refugees: Europe (2 Nov 2017)

Heidi Allen: I should like to thank everyone who has spoken so passionately in today’s debate. There has been a broad recognition of the UK’s contribution to tackling the migration crisis around the world, and I have taken away two conclusions. First, we must fulfil our obligations under Dubs. We need to fill those remaining places as soon as we possibly can. We have been reminded today that these are...

Unaccompanied Child Refugees: Europe (2 Nov 2017)

Heidi Allen: I just wanted to mention, in the context of nightmares and things that stay with us, the most harrowing story that I heard when I was in Calais: when a Médecins Sans Frontières doctor said how tired he was of constantly stitching up little boys. That has stayed with me ever since.

Unaccompanied Child Refugees: Europe (2 Nov 2017)

Heidi Allen: It occurs to me that a modern, compassionate and wealthy country like ours should be able to do both.

Unaccompanied Child Refugees: Europe (2 Nov 2017)

Heidi Allen: While we can all have a debate ad nauseam about pull or push and will never agree on it, at least let us look at some of the places we should be providing under Dubs—I am talking about the 280 places that we have not yet filled.


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