Results 1201–1220 of 1327 for speaker:Jess Phillips

Opposition Day — [12th Allotted Day]: Women and the Economy (9 Dec 2015)

Jess Phillips: My hon. Friend is making a very powerful speech. My mother-in-law is in this category—she was not told. She left her job at what she expected to be a pensionable age, but has been left waiting a further three years before she can receive her pension. Does my hon. Friend agree that the Government have put nothing in place to support those older women back into work?

Opposition Day — [12th Allotted Day]: Women and the Economy (9 Dec 2015)

Jess Phillips: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Bill [Lords]: Clause 2 - Duty to secure 30 hours free childcare available for working parents (8 Dec 2015)

Jess Phillips: I wonder whether those training to be nurses, who are working now for free in our NHS, will be entitled to the 30 hours of free childcare if they are in full-time nursing training.

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Bill [Lords]: Clause 2 - Duty to secure 30 hours free childcare available for working parents (8 Dec 2015)

Jess Phillips: I will speak specifically about eligibility and probe a little more how it will work. The two areas that I wish to speak about are women who live in domestic violence refuges and those who have their children in a maintained sector service much like the one my children attended. If my children enjoyed the full week in childcare for free—it seems like manna from heaven to me—and I lost my...

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Bill [Lords]: Clause 2 - Duty to secure 30 hours free childcare available for working parents (8 Dec 2015)

Jess Phillips: I am saying exactly that. Who knows how long someone might be out of employment? Their child would lose their place for the second half of the week. People need time to go and find a job. When me and my children were in that situation, I was working three voluntary jobs to gain experience so that after my second son was born, I was able to get a full-time job. So yes, I am saying that it is...

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Bill [Lords]: Clause 2 - Duty to secure 30 hours free childcare available for working parents (8 Dec 2015)

Jess Phillips: And how long is that grace period? I put that question to the Minister.

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Bill [Lords]: Clause 2 - Duty to secure 30 hours free childcare available for working parents (8 Dec 2015)

Jess Phillips: I am grateful for that clarification. From that, I read that there will be a three-month grace period, if it is quarterly. I totally understand that and it is great if someone can find a job within three months. Obviously, if they do not find a job in that time—for example, if they find one within four months—they would then have to find another place for their child separate from the 15...

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Bill [Lords]: Clause 2 - Duty to secure 30 hours free childcare available for working parents (8 Dec 2015)

Jess Phillips: On that point, it sounds dramatic to suggest that people might go to prison for this, but I have worked with women in refuges who have ended up in prison because their children did not go to school for a variety of reasons. Does my hon. Friend agree that that is alarming?

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Bill [Lords]: Clause 2 - Duty to secure 30 hours free childcare available for working parents (8 Dec 2015)

Jess Phillips: I wonder whether my hon. Friend, like me, has ever tried to follow the guidance on child tax credits, or whether she has ever had anyone in her constituency office who has fallen foul of some of the guidance laid out by different Government Departments offering state-subsidised childcare. Potentially, we could have put every single person in prison.

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Bill [Lords]: Clause 1 - Funding review (8 Dec 2015)

Jess Phillips: Following the Minister’s intervention, is my hon. Friend as worried as I am about the fact that the Government are now saying they can afford the new measures because of the change in eligibility? Earlier, the argument was that eligibility had not reduced access for anyone. How has eligibility reduced the cost of the policy—is it because people cannot now get access to the offer?

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Bill [Lords]: Clause 1 - Funding review (8 Dec 2015)

Jess Phillips: I recognise what the Minister says, but if a report does state otherwise, will he change his mind?

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Bill [Lords]: Clause 1 - Funding review (8 Dec 2015)

Jess Phillips: And would the Minister increase the amount?

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Bill [Lords]: Clause 1 - Funding review (8 Dec 2015)

Jess Phillips: I just want to check—partly for my own personal finances—when that tax-free childcare will be available. The Minister says that that has been put in place, but I understand that it is currently not available.

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Bill [Lords]: Clause 1 - Funding review (8 Dec 2015)

Jess Phillips: I think we have time to do that before the roll-out in 2017. I do not wish to delay it any further than 2017, and the Government have the time to make it right. On the training of staff, speaking from personal experience—my son has special educational needs; he has Asperger’s—I want to ensure that people who work with children such as my son every day have the training, qualifications...

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Bill [Lords]: Clause 1 - Funding review (8 Dec 2015)

Jess Phillips: I would agree, if the private nursery sector—I have spoken to nursery staff in my constituency—felt anything other than concern about the funding envelope. That is the main thrust of my argument. If it is left with shortfalls, that is a big risk to take in a difficult economy. I absolutely want new nurseries to spring up and take entrepreneurial risk; we  need them to meet the demand, so...

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Bill [Lords]: Clause 1 - Funding review (8 Dec 2015)

Jess Phillips: I agree that we need to take a wholesale look at apprenticeships, training and how to encourage people to go into this area of work. I imagine that helping to raise people’s children is one of the greatest gifts, and we need as many people as possible to go into the sector. Unfortunately, if pay rates remain where they are—care work is one of the reasons for the gender pay gap—and...

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Bill [Lords]: Clause 1 - Funding review (8 Dec 2015)

Jess Phillips: The idea that the number of places are increasing is interesting. I am sure that some nursery providers that did not previously exist have opened their doors, but I think that some that previously did not offer the Government’s scheme are now doing so. Many nurseries in my area that have always existed suddenly have a big banner outside saying, “Free three and four-year old places...

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Bill [Lords]: Clause 1 - Funding review (8 Dec 2015)

Jess Phillips: Perhaps they did not realise and thought the subsidies were bigger. As I said, I would be delighted if the Minister proved me wrong. However, I can almost  guarantee that for the next five years after the roll-out, we will see a higher-than-inflation increase in the cost of childcare for parents of children aged nought to three. I really hope I am wrong, but something will have to give. I do...


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