Margaret Greenwood: I refer Members to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. Many in my constituency will be devastated by the news of the threatened job losses at Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant. In the Secretary of State’s statement on Nissan in Sunderland on 31 October last year, he said that the Government pledged to work vigorously with the car industry to ensure that...
Margaret Greenwood: The Minister will be aware that students are leaving university with debts on average of over £50,000. How on earth can this burden be a sensible way to equip the next generation to meet the challenges they and society will face?
Margaret Greenwood: Twenty-four per cent. of new universal credit claimants wait longer than six weeks to be paid in full. Only one advance payment is allowed for a new universal credit claim, and the maximum award is 50% of the claimant’s estimated benefit, so how will advance payments really prevent families from getting into debt while waiting for their first universal credit payment?
Margaret Greenwood: According to the Trussell Trust, food bank referrals have increased at more than double the national average in areas where the universal credit full service has been rolled out. Does the Secretary of State agree that the social security system should prevent people from having to visit food banks, rather than exacerbating need?
Margaret Greenwood: I wonder whether the hon. Gentleman is aware of how his Government are reducing supply in the national health service, creating demand for private healthcare. People outside the Chamber are fully aware of the Conservative Government’s privatisation agenda and their agenda of selling off buildings—
Margaret Greenwood: My hon. Friend is being very generous. He is making such an important speech, and I congratulate him on calling this debate. One of my constituents wrote to me about how she was diagnosed as autistic in her 40s and the struggle she had in getting past her doctor. She said that once she had that diagnosis, it was life-changing, because she could understand that she was not lazy, weird or...
Margaret Greenwood: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Brady. We have had a very moving debate, full of passion, consideration, reflection and a lot of agreement on the issues involved. I congratulate the hon. Member for East Renfrewshire (Paul Masterton) on securing such an important debate. The death of a child, as has been said, seems to go against the natural order of things, because all...
Margaret Greenwood: May I finish my sentence?
Margaret Greenwood: Can the Minister therefore tell us whether the Government believe that an equivalent to paid bereavement leave should be introduced for self-employed parents who are bereaved?
Margaret Greenwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of universal credit claimants who were paid (i) monthly and (ii) weekly prior to claiming the benefit.
Margaret Greenwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of people who claim universal credit as in-work support and who are paid (i) monthly and (ii) weekly.
Margaret Greenwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to Lord Freud's evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee on 17 September 2012, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the minimum income floor is consistent with party in entitlement to universal credit between self-employed and employed claimants.
Margaret Greenwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons his Department applies the minimum income floor under universal credit to people who have already been judged by Jobcentre Plus to be in gainful self-employment.
Margaret Greenwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of (a) jobcentres, (b) back of house offices and (c) centres for health and disability assessments earmarked for closure are in buildings covered by his Department's contract with Telereal Trillim.
Margaret Greenwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of security arrangements at popular visitor attractions in the UK; and if she will make a statement.
Margaret Greenwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in what circumstances his Department will pay claimants' travel costs to and from Jobcentre appointments; and what guidance his Department gives to its staff on informing claimants who may be eligible that their travel costs might be paid for them.
Margaret Greenwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to funding from central government for local authorities on the provision of trading standards services by councils.
Margaret Greenwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of the creation of a locally-based network of energy efficiency centres to offer advice on (a) energy efficiency to the public and (b) the generation of renewable energy by small businesses, schools, charities and households.