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Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Margaret Greenwood: This debate has been wide ranging, and we have heard Members from all parts of the House describe with real focus and urgency the unrolling fiasco that is universal credit under this Government. Ninety Members put in to speak in this debate, reflecting the huge concerns across the House and in the country. Labour calls on the Government to pause the roll-out of universal credit and fix the...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Margaret Greenwood: My hon. Friend makes a very strong point and I thank her for it. Sir John Major recently called the roll-out of universal credit operationally messy, socially unfair and unforgiving. A former Government official, Dame Louise Casey, likened it to jumping off a cliff. Members are extremely concerned about what universal credit means for their constituents. Indeed, 12 Members from the Government...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Margaret Greenwood: I cannot give way, as I must make progress. The reality, according to the Trussell Trust, is that food bank referrals have increased by more than double the national average in areas in which the universal credit full service has been rolled out. The Peabody Trust says that the arrears rate for its tenants in receipt of universal credit is three times that for tenants unaffected by universal...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (18 Oct 2017)

Margaret Greenwood: I refer Members to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. People in my constituency, many of whom work at Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant, are devastated by the announcement of 400 job losses this week. PSA stated that clarity on the UK’s future trading relationship with the EU was needed before the company would be in a position to consider future...

Iran: Vauxhall (Redundancies) (16 Oct 2017)

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...

Higher Education Funding (11 Oct 2017)

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?

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

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?

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

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?

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

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—

Autism Diagnosis — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (13 Sep 2017)

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...

Princess Royal Hospital Telford: Bereavement Leave: Loss of a Child (12 Sep 2017)

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...

Princess Royal Hospital Telford: Bereavement Leave: Loss of a Child (12 Sep 2017)

Margaret Greenwood: May I finish my sentence?

Princess Royal Hospital Telford: Bereavement Leave: Loss of a Child (12 Sep 2017)

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?

Jobcentres and the DWP Estate — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (20 Jul 2017)

Margaret Greenwood: Will the Minister give way?

Jobcentres and the DWP Estate — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (20 Jul 2017)

Margaret Greenwood: It is a honour to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Evans. I congratulate the hon. Member for Glasgow South West (Chris Stephens) on securing what is and remains a really important debate—although we have had it several times already. He spoke powerfully of the intergenerational poverty and deprivation in his constituency. That was a theme picked up by the hon. Members for Inverclyde...

Jobcentres and the DWP Estate — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (20 Jul 2017)

Margaret Greenwood: My hon. Friend makes a really good point, and it is important that the Minister responds to it. What guidance does the Department intend to give staff on sanctioning people who miss an appointment because they have to travel further? We need to be clear about what sanctioning can mean to people. A first sanction means no benefits for four weeks. A second sanction means no benefits for three...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (18 Jul 2017)

Margaret Greenwood: The TUC estimates that nurses, firefighters and border guards face losing more than £2,500 in real terms by 2020. For ambulance drivers, who earn significantly below the UK average wage, the figure is more than £1,800. Does the Minister agree that it is about time that we gave hard-working public sector workers the pay rise they deserve?

Jobcentre Plus: Closures (6 Jul 2017)

Margaret Greenwood: (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to make a statement on his plans to close Jobcentre Plus offices, and the impact on local communities and Department for Work and Pensions jobs.

Jobcentre Plus: Closures (6 Jul 2017)

Margaret Greenwood: Members will recall that in December last year the Government announced that they were planning to close half the jobcentres in Glasgow. In January this year, they set out plans for further closures, amounting to the closure of more than one in 10 jobcentres across the UK. These closures have the potential for the loss of up to 750 jobs. Yesterday, the Department announced via a written...

Public Sector Pay Cap (5 Jul 2017)

Margaret Greenwood: NHS consultants in my constituency tell me that morale in the NHS is at an all-time low and that this is leading to real problems for recruitment and retention. Having voted against it only last week, I understand that certain members of the Cabinet are now in favour of ending the public sector pay cap. Will the Government now heed their calls and give public sector workers the pay rise they...


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