Results 1281–1300 of 1324 for speaker:Jess Phillips

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Clause 11 - Changes to child tax credit (13 Oct 2015)

Jess Phillips: I want some clarity on whether the measure relates to children born after that date or a new claim for a child after that date. What if my children were born in 2005 and 2010 and I do not currently need tax credits—who knows what the future will hold?—but need to claim them later? What if I need to go back on to tax credits after having a third child? Would my children count because they...

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Clause 11 - Changes to child tax credit (13 Oct 2015)

Jess Phillips: Yes, I do; I just want to point out that people who are on tax credits are in work. They are taxpayers, and they are therefore paying that bill. The Minister should not pitch two sets of people against each other. He should recognise that people who get tax credits work.

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Clause 11 - Changes to child tax credit (13 Oct 2015)

Jess Phillips: I am more than happy to do so. The Minister is being extremely divisive. What he actually said was that the person footing the bill was basically someone else. The Government are basically trying to make some people feel that they are being robbed for the sake of the poor. When I lived on tax credits, I worked probably about a 14-hour day. I will not have it said of people such as me and my...

Civilians in Syria (12 Oct 2015)

Jess Phillips: Let’s have one now.

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Clause 2 - Apprenticeships reporting obligation (15 Sep 2015)

Jess Phillips: It is a matter of time, isn’t it, Chair? I will come back on some of the things that the Minister has said. I welcome her concerns. I will send my constituent to her, as she is keen to get her into work. Although I understand what she says about targets and the policy being employer-led, there are a lot of things that other Government Departments, as well as  hers, could potentially do to...

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Clause 2 - Apprenticeships reporting obligation (15 Sep 2015)

Jess Phillips: I beg to move amendment 99, in clause 2, page 2, line 5, at end insert “and that 20,000 of these apprenticeships are taken up by children and young persons leaving care.”

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Clause 2 - Apprenticeships reporting obligation (15 Sep 2015)

Jess Phillips: As I have not been feeling very well, I beg the Committee’s indulgence if I have to run out at any point. Actually, the Committee has made me feel a little better, so thanks everyone. As my hon. Friends have said, we welcome the Government’s commitment to create 3 million apprenticeships by March 2020. I like the idea that the Prime Minister has 2020 vision, as stated by the Minister, but...

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Examination of Witnesses (15 Sep 2015)

Jess Phillips: I am terrible at parliamentary protocol, but I feel that I have to declare now. If you look in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests, you will see that I worked for Women’s Aid within the past six months; there it is, on the record. I want to get some further answers on supported accommodation. It is my experience that, with the reduction of funding for supporting people and other...

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Examination of Witnesses (15 Sep 2015)

Jess Phillips: Will any excess charge that you charge the tenant—in almost all supported accommodation an excess is usually charged directly from the organisation to the tenant—have to increase, thus increasing the cost for vulnerable people?

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Examination of Witnesses (15 Sep 2015)

Jess Phillips: Finally, to clarify, do you think that this funding reduction could mean that, for example, victims of domestic violence will directly be charged more for their rent by third-party providers of this type of accommodation, because of a reduction in housing benefit?

Written Answers — Department for Education: Social Services: Children (14 Sep 2015)

Jess Phillips: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress her Department is making towards developing a national outcomes framework for the commissioning of children's services and special educational needs provision.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children in Care (14 Sep 2015)

Jess Phillips: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the finding of the National Audit Office report Care leavers' transitions to adulthood, published 17 July 2015, that the Care Leavers' Strategy has limited implementation capability.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children in Care (14 Sep 2015)

Jess Phillips: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policy of the National Audit Office report Care leavers' transitions to adulthood, published 17 July 2015, that an outcome-based payment scheme can improve outcomes for care leavers and encourage innovation.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children in Care (14 Sep 2015)

Jess Phillips: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the effects of staying put arrangements in foster care on (a) the capacity of the foster care market and (b) finances of foster carers.

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Examination of Witnesses (10 Sep 2015)

Jess Phillips: I am just going to go back to some of the discussion about the benefits cap. My colleague, Emily, pointed out the effect on the cost of housing and on those people living in the private rented sector. Do any of you perceive that the changes in the rates that will be offered will have an effect on the market, thus pushing down the costs of rents for those landlords? If not, will it potentially...

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Examination of Witnesses (10 Sep 2015)

Jess Phillips: Thinking about the local housing allowances rates, now that those allowances have been localised and councils can put rules in place to decide them—for example, you have to have lived in Birmingham for one year or Sandwell for five years before you can qualify to go on housing lists and access those services—I have a concern. Octavia, I wonder if you could comment on it. The idea of...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Immigration Detention (10 Sep 2015)

Jess Phillips: While I have been exceptionally moved by all the stories I have heard since I joined the debate from Committee, the story told by my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield, Heeley (Louise Haigh) in particular highlighted some of the effects of detention suffered by young men. However, I want to focus very much on the detention of women. As I said, I visited Yarl’s Wood detention centre in...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Immigration Detention (10 Sep 2015)

Jess Phillips: I am on quite a lot of Committees, I have two small kids and I do not live anywhere near Bedford, but I will give it a go: I will shut the place by stealth if that is what it takes. What I saw when I visited Yarl’s Wood was not some horrific sort of gulag; there was a visitors centre on the front of what was clearly a prison, on a really weird and eerie estate, and the staff were all...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Immigration Detention (10 Sep 2015)

Jess Phillips: Does my hon. Friend agree that it is suspicious that when I visited two women at Yarl’s Wood this summer, both of whom had suffered exactly what she is outlining, they were released that day? Does she agree that the reason might be that the Government do not want too much scrutiny of what is going on at that centre?


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