Results 1–20 of 400 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Margaret Greenwood

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: First Payments (7 Oct 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: Without giving this House a debate or a vote, as they had promised, the Government have pushed through regulations for the pilot of universal credit managed migration and payments to severely disabled people who lost out in being forced to transfer to universal credit. Will the Government explain why those payments still do not fully reflect the financial loss those disabled people have suffered?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Child Poverty (7 Oct 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: An article in The BMJ shows that researchers have highlighted a possible link between an increase in the number of babies who die before their first birthday and child poverty. They estimate that there were an additional 570 excess deaths between 2014 and 2017, with 172 attributable to an increase in child poverty, so will the Minister scrap the two-child limit and the benefit cap, which are...

Point of Order (5 Sep 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. The Government introduced a negative statutory instrument just three days before the summer recess for a pilot of managed migration to universal credit and payments to severely disabled people who lost out in transferring to it. The Secretary of State said that the Government had been advised by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments to use a negative...

Personal Independence Payments: Supreme Court Ruling (23 Jul 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: This landmark judgment by the Supreme Court should act as a serious wake-up call for the Government. According to Mind, more than 425,000 people with conditions classed as psychiatric disorders have been turned down for PIP. What percentage of those people would have been successful in the light of this judgment? Will the Minister be clear that the Government will look again at those cases...

Universal Credit: Managed Migration (22 Jul 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: I thank the Secretary of State for advance sight of her statement. Universal credit was meant to simplify the social security system. In fact, it is deeply flawed, and has caused real hardship to so many people across our country. In March, the Secretary of State shockingly announced her intention to pilot managed migration even before she had secured approval from Parliament. Now she has...

Universal Credit Fraud (10 Jul 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: The Government claimed that universal credit would reduce social security fraud and error by £1.3 billion. Now we know that they are clearly failing to do that, just as they are failing to protect people from poverty. The Government’s own figures show that the rate of fraud in universal credit is far higher than the rate of fraud in the benefits it is replacing. According to the BBC,...

Universal Credit Fraud (10 Jul 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: How did Bart Simpson get in there?

Social Security Claimant Deaths (4 Jul 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: It is deeply shocking that the Department for Work and Pensions has not kept documents relating to deaths that could have been related to DWP activity. We know from a freedom of information request that such documents were not passed to Professor Harrington and Dr Litchfield who carried out the statutory review of the work capability assessment. Surely, it was the Department’s...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Vulnerable Claimants (1 Jul 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: The pilot of the Government’s ill-conceived managed migration of universal credit is meant to start this month, but the Government have been very slow in coming forward with details. Is this because the level of payment to severely disabled people who lost out when they transferred to universal credit was found to be unlawful by the High Court?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Vulnerable Claimants (1 Jul 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: The Government have repeatedly responded to criticisms of social security cuts—and have done so today—by claiming that they are targeting those who need support the most. How does that accord with spending nearly £200,000 on legal battles with severely disabled people and single mothers who have lost out under universal credit?

European Council: Points of Order (24 Jun 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Last June, the Government pledged to make payments to people in receipt of severe disability premium who had lost out in transferring to universal credit, but a year later those payments have still not been made. They were part of regulations to the managed migration pilot, which is due to start in July. It will be July next week and the Government have failed...

Inequality and Social Mobility (12 Jun 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: I beg to move, That this House notes the findings of the Institute for Fiscal Studies that the UK is second only to the US in terms of income inequality among the major world economies in Europe and North America, that the share of income going to the wealthiest one per cent of households has nearly tripled in the last four decades and that deaths from suicide and from drug and alcohol...

Inequality and Social Mobility (12 Jun 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: My right hon. Friend is absolutely spot on. I wholly agree. Of course, it is not just the commission that is seriously concerned. In May, the Institute for Fiscal Studies launched a five-year study on equality, reflecting growing concern about the deep divisions within our society. In the same month, the final report by the UN special rapporteur for extreme poverty and human rights said that...

Inequality and Social Mobility (12 Jun 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: My hon. Friend makes an absolutely crucial point and it is important that young people in Barnsley get the support that they need.

Inequality and Social Mobility (12 Jun 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: The hon. Lady is absolutely right; she raises a shocking example and highlights the importance of this issue. We know that 4.1 million children growing up in poverty is leading to such disadvantage and we have talked about the mental ill health and the effects on children’s educational attainment.

Inequality and Social Mobility (12 Jun 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: I will not give way any further, because a lot of people have put in to speak. Even graduates who have been on free school meals earn 11% less than their peers five years after graduating. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation reported that 1.5 million were living in destitution in 2017, including—shockingly —365,000 children. The last Labour Government understood the importance of tackling...

Inequality and Social Mobility (12 Jun 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: As I explained, I am short of time so unfortunately, I am not going to give way. Leaving people to wait for over a month without any income at all, when many may not have any savings, is simply callous, so will the Government end the five-week wait? The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has identified cuts to social security, low pay and high housing costs as key reasons for rises in poverty since...

Inequality and Social Mobility (12 Jun 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: Apologies—I am short of time so I will not. That lower spending includes a cut of £5 billion in support specifically for disabled people. The Institute for Fiscal Studies identified the two-child limit as a key reason for the increase in child poverty to a predicted 5.2 million by 2021-22. The Government must wake up to that reality and understand that as a country, we have no option:...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Vulnerable Claimants: UC and the Legacy System (13 May 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: The Government’s plans for payments to severe disability premium recipients who lost about £180 a month when they were forced to transfer to UC were found to be discriminatory by the High Court on 3 May. Severely ill and disabled people should not have to fight through the courts for the support they should be entitled to, so will the Government now ensure that people receive payments, as...


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