Results 281–300 of 1330 for speaker:Jess Phillips

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Special measures directions in cases involving domestic abuse (11 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I will speak to new clause 45, which has been grouped with the amendment. I support everything the hon. Lady has just said. I will not repeat much of what she has said about the number of victims who find they cannot actually access any of the facilities that are said to be available in the family courts. In one recent case—I will not cite the case here, but I have the details in front of...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Support provided by local authorities to victims of domestic abuse (11 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I will not keep Members for a long time, and I recognise the Minister’s generosity towards other members of the Committee. She has not covered some of the issues that she said she would cover, whether those raised in my speech or through interventions on myself or her. I recognise the reason for that; no doubt we will have plenty of time to debate those issues as the Committee progresses. I...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Support provided by local authorities to victims of domestic abuse (11 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I thank the Minister for picking up that point. The point that I wanted to pick up on was her two uses of the phrase “in some cases CCGs”. Would it not be nice if it were “in all cases”? Does the Minister think there are CCGs in the country that do not have victims of domestic violence living in their areas?

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Support provided by local authorities to victims of domestic abuse (11 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: Will the Minister elaborate on that point and say in which CCG areas that would not be appropriate? She is saying that certain CCGs, for whatever reason, would not have to provide services for victims of domestic abuse.

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Support provided by local authorities to victims of domestic abuse (11 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I thank the Minister for allowing me to intervene again—this is almost greedy on my part. She was talking about all the organisations that took part and what they said about what the barriers were. Could she enlighten us on what they said the barriers were in relation to migrant women?

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Support provided by local authorities to victims of domestic abuse (11 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: How do we stop—I quote someone’s email—an “HMO daddy”? How do we stop them claiming to offer all of those things? What will we put in place that is beyond what is currently in place to assess use of the housing benefit system, which, I hasten to add, is not working?

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Support provided by local authorities to victims of domestic abuse (11 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I absolutely agree with the hon. Lady from Scotland, which is not currently covered by the Bill. The Home Office is, of course, in charge of the policy that covers Scotland with regard to this area of immigration and the destitution funding that is put in place in those circumstances. She is right that there are hundreds of voices—nay thousands, according to the petitions on this—on one...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Support provided by local authorities to victims of domestic abuse (11 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: Absolutely—the hon. Lady makes an important point. Constituents of mine, because of the accommodation that is provided under the contracts for refugees in this country, have moved overnight to different areas. They have pulled their children out of school and been sent to different areas as part of what we used to call NASS—National Asylum Support Service—accommodation. The terminology...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Support provided by local authorities to victims of domestic abuse (11 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: Absolutely. Sheldon police station is no longer a police station, and there is now a planning application for it to become temporary accommodation. To return to the debate, police stations were often built in communities. My father was born in Sheldon, on the estate that the police station looks over. It is built on a sort of plinth, making it possible to see across the whole community. It...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Support provided by local authorities to victims of domestic abuse (11 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: Hope springs eternal for what I am covering here being in the regulations. Had we seen the regulations, we would not have to debate whether it is going to be in them. Unless the regulations are drawn according to clearly defined grounds, I fear that there is a real risk that people will just say, “Yes, I am a provider for victims of domestic violence.”

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Support provided by local authorities to victims of domestic abuse (11 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I absolutely agree, and I have no reason to doubt that there will be transparency in drawing up the regulations. However, I am not entirely sure why we cannot include in the Bill our opposition to that sort of accommodation. The amendment would require that the relevant accommodation, as defined in regulations, must be safe for survivors and their children and that the definition must include...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Support provided by local authorities to victims of domestic abuse (11 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I again thank the Minister, but with the greatest respect to the Secretary of State, unless something is written into the Bill, I do not know whether she will agree with what I am saying about what determines safe accommodation. All I seek to do in amending the Bill is a belt-and-braces job to ensure that that is the case—that what is perceived as good refuge accommodation is written into...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Support provided by local authorities to victims of domestic abuse (11 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: Absolutely. I have talked about my love of section 17 of the Children Act—I love to turn to a law. Had those issues been left to regulation, they would have been the responsibility of any incumbent Government, even when it seemed that literally anything could have happened in our politics over the past 10 years. Had section 17 not been written into law, it would have had to be done by...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Support provided by local authorities to victims of domestic abuse (11 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I beg to move amendment 67, in clause 53, page 34, line 23, after “area,” insert— “by all persons affected by domestic abuse regardless of status, duly taking into account the special situation of women and children, with reference to a national needs assessment,”. This amendment strengthens the duty placed on Local Authorities by Part 4 and provides clarity about what Local...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Support provided by local authorities to victims of domestic abuse (11 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: There is a huge number of different proposals in this group. I have tabled two alternative options with respect to part 4 of the Bill, and there is an element of cross-over. Ultimately, however, the purpose of each is different, albeit equally important. Due to the way in which the proposals are grouped, there will be some jumping around, but I will do my best to ensure that it is as easy as...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Sexual Offences: Coronavirus (11 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the £5 million allocated through Police and Crime Commissioners to support sexual violence services during the covid-19 outbreak.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Sexual Offences: Coronavirus (11 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the planned timescale is for the £5 million funding to be allocated through Police and Crime Commissioners to support sexual violence services during the covid-19 outbreak.

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Further provision about requirements that may be imposed by orders (10 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I recognise what the Minister says about the fact that perpetrator programmes are used elsewhere. Very often in children’s services, I have seen people sent on perpetrator programmes that, I am afraid to say, are useless. If only everything was as perfect as it is in Westminster.

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Further provision about requirements that may be imposed by orders (10 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I apologise if I did not cover all the boroughs in London. I did not come up with the amendments all by myself; the specialist sector is working with us to ask for these things, and the reality is that, as sometimes happens in this place, we will say how something is on the ground and we will be told that that is not the case. We will be told, “Actually, no; it’s going to be fine because...


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