Results 1–20 of 168 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Heidi Allen

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Heidi Allen: I am fortunate to have served on the Work and Pensions Committee since my election in 2015, and that has given me a really detailed understanding of universal credit. To reiterate my question to the Prime Minister last week, I believe that universal credit will be the most significant positive transformation of the benefit system in decades. The principles of universal credit are different...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Heidi Allen: I give way to the hon. Gentleman.

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Heidi Allen: I appreciate the hon. Gentleman’s intervention. I agree that we risk undermining the success of the system if we do not get these basic things right. Having discussed this matter personally with the Prime Minister yesterday, it is probably too ambitious to expect a response just yet, but I am confident that she will consider our proposals. Why? Because as well as being the smart thing...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Heidi Allen: Does my hon. Friend agree that that would be sensible not only from an administrative point of view, but because work coaches could be helping people get into work, rather than helping them to deal with debt, stress and mental health issues?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Oct 2017)

Heidi Allen: I fear that that “more” was not for me. I am afraid I must return to the subject of universal credit, but perhaps the difference between Government Members and Opposition Members is that we believe in universal credit’s transformative properties and want it to work. And work it will, but we have to get it right. I thank the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (9 Oct 2017)

Heidi Allen: Although I believe that advance payments are treating the symptoms rather than the cause, I welcome the Secretary of State’s additional guidance to make sure that jobcentres offer them. Advance payments cover roughly two weeks’ worth of money: what support is in place for people waiting three, four, five, six or seven weeks?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Unaccompanied Asylum-seeking and Refugee Children (11 Sep 2017)

Heidi Allen: When she plans to publish the Government’s strategy on the safeguarding of unaccompanied asylum-seeking and refugee children.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Unaccompanied Asylum-seeking and Refugee Children (11 Sep 2017)

Heidi Allen: This strategy was due on 1 May, so I am keen that we see it as soon as possible. I would like to understand the reasons for the delay and to know whether the Minister has looked at whether independent guardians might work. I was struck when I visited Lesbos and Calais that there is no admin support or signposting at all for unaccompanied children seeking to make asylum claims, so having...

Immigration Act 2016: Section 67 (19 Jul 2017)

Heidi Allen: I know that everybody is incredibly passionate about this issue, but I hope that we can collectively be proud of what the country as a whole has contributed to help with the refugee crisis in Syria, because it is tremendous. I am glad that the Minister is going to visit the camps; that does rather shift someone’s perception about how the picture forms overall. The Government and I have...

Schools Update (17 Jul 2017)

Heidi Allen: I thank the Secretary of State for this great news. I have been telling my schools and constituents that she has listened, and today she has proved it. I want to ask for a couple of things. I appreciate that time is very tight and that we are due to hear more in September, but my schools are letting teachers go today. If there is any chance that we could have a heads-up on the figures before...

Public Sector Pay Cap (5 Jul 2017)

Heidi Allen: I understand that pay bodies are independent—it is important that they remain so—but will the Chief Secretary explain who sets the context for those pay bodies? When they undertake their reviews, will they take into account not only historical pay rises and the cost of living, but extra influences such as the influence of Brexit on our difficulty in recruiting nurses?

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Topical Questions (5 Jul 2017)

Heidi Allen: Now that the Local Government Finance Bill has been suspended, will the Minister tell me what additional revenue-raising powers mayors such as mine in devolved areas like Cambridgeshire will have?

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...

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?

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...

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.

Personal Independence Payment: Regulations (29 Mar 2017)

Heidi Allen: rose—

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...

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