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Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Assess the impact of welfare reforms on survivors of domestic abuse (16 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I understand, but about a year ago, I asked how many people had asked for split payments, and obviously the answer was, “We don’t collect that data”—the Government literally were not collecting the data nationally. When I asked them to collect that data, please, we saw that very few people are currently asking for split payments. That is not because people do not want some of their...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Assess the impact of welfare reforms on survivors of domestic abuse (16 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: Can the Minister not see the problem with a woman going in and asking for a split payment, and then returning home that evening?

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Assess the impact of welfare reforms on survivors of domestic abuse (16 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: Often the words that get read out bear no relation to the experience that we feel on the ground, whether as a benefit claimant or and as somebody supporting benefit claimants. With that idea that single payments are somehow safer and better, it is noble of the Minister to try to argue that universal credit going to one person in the household is better for victims of domestic abuse, but it is...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Assess the impact of welfare reforms on survivors of domestic abuse (16 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: There is absolutely no doubt about it, and a good jobcentre worker is worth their absolute weight in gold. I have a gold star system for the ones in my local jobcentre, who are excellent in lots of circumstances. The hon. Lady is absolutely right. However, when we are talking about domestic abuse and universal credit, we have put in a huge amount, and maybe that could have been avoided if we...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Children affected by domestic abuse: NHS waiting lists (16 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I thank the Minister for her comments and welcome what she has outlined with regard to school places. She is right that we are talking about in-year school placements in the vast majority of cases. Some people are lucky enough to have to move house just at the right moment for getting kids into school, but the vast majority are not. I therefore welcome what she has said about changes to that...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Assess the impact of welfare reforms on survivors of domestic abuse (16 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Assess the impact of welfare reforms on survivors of domestic abuse (16 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: All these new clauses deal with welfare provision and the multitude of ways that the benefits system currently prejudices victims of domestic abuse. I will first speak to new clause 24, which would place a duty on the Government to undertake an impact assessment of welfare reform changes on survivors of domestic abuse. I recognise that the Ministers in front of me from the Home Office...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Duty of the Secretary of State to take account of matters relating to gender (16 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I thank the Minister. I know that she fundamentally wants a system in which commissioning is gendered and recognises the fact that the vast majority of these crimes happen to women. I agree with that. If I read all the things that were tweeted at me in any one day, I would lose the will to live. It is important, on today of all days, to remember that the aggression towards Members sometimes...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Children affected by domestic abuse: NHS waiting lists (16 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Children affected by domestic abuse: NHS waiting lists (16 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: These new clauses are about child and school admissions and NHS waiting list, and we heard compelling evidence about that from Hestia at the evidence session. They are about the importance of ensuring that children who are forced to relocate because of domestic abuse are prioritised. Last Tuesday, I spoke at length about the need to include children in the definition of domestic abuse—I am...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Guidance: Child maintenance (16 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I deeply respect that the Minister is reading out exactly what should happen, but has he ever tried to get money out of the CMS for one of his constituents?

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Duty of the Secretary of State to take account of matters relating to gender (16 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. We all know that domestic abuse disproportionately impacts on women. I think pretty much everyone who has stood to speak in Committee has at one point said that—we always add the caveat that of course we know it mainly happens to women. One in four of us in England and Wales will experience it at some point in our lives, compared with...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Offence of non-fatal strangulation (16 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I once again stand here as the right hon. and learned Member for Camberwell and Peckham and the Member for Wyre Forest. I merely speak to the new clauses, although with considerable support from myself behind them. I believe they will wish to discuss them potentially more on Report and so I will withdraw from pushing them to a vote today. I have merely probed in preparation for that. All I...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Offence of non-fatal strangulation (16 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Offence of non-fatal strangulation (16 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I apologise at the outset, because the new clause contains rather technical legalese and quite graphic language. The purpose of the new clauses is to correct the inadequate way in which the law is applied in practice on the ground. Currently, we do not criminalise behaviour that was not already criminal—obviously, it is already a crime to strangle somebody; I can confirm that in case anyone...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: No defence for consent to death (16 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I will withdraw the new clause. I am very pleased to hear that there is an intention to deal with the matter on Report, and I speak entirely for the hon. Member for Wyre Forest and my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Camberwell and Peckham in that regard. I beg to ask leave to withdraw the motion.

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: No defence for consent to death (16 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: Like the hon. Gentleman, I have been involved in a number of murder cases, and he is right that family liaison officers are worth their weight in gold. Does he think that there needs to be a more formalised link between the prosecutor and the family liaison officer—a referral pathway, or standard of practice that had to be met in each case? It could help us work towards having a less patchy...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: No defence for consent to death (16 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I absolutely share the hon. Lady’s frustrations. The truth of the matter is that we are talking about specific cases where this defence could easily be leaned on, and we are trying to shut those loopholes. There are only really three defences in a rape case. One is mistaken identity: it was not the accused, but someone completely different. Another is that it just did not happen, full...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: No defence for consent to death (16 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: Absolutely. Even just from a personal perspective, the idea of my parents having to listen to conversations about me having sex at all is a harrowing thought, but we are talking about people who have lost their loved one having to listen to such things. The point about anonymity is made in rape cases, but there is no similar level of anonymity in this instance for a bereaved mother, father,...


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