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Work Capability Assessments — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Drew Hendry: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms McDonagh. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow East (David Linden) on securing this vital debate. We have heard today that work capability assessments are not working for people and that they cause problems. That is borne out across my constituency. People often struggle to get into my surgeries to tell me their...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Royal Mail Privatisation (12 Dec 2017)

Drew Hendry: Royal Mail employs a significant number of people in the north of Scotland. Protecting those jobs, and the universal service that the workers deliver, is vital, especially given that, according to Citizens Advice Scotland, more than 1 million Scots face surcharges or late delivery, or are refused delivery altogether, when they buy goods online. Will the Minister commit herself to protecting...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Small Business Sector (12 Dec 2017)

Drew Hendry: Small business growth has been made more difficult due to the decision of the Royal Bank of Scotland to close 269 branches, which has been described as a “hammer blow” by the Federation of Small Businesses policy convenor in Scotland, who says that “these changes will make it more difficult to run a business in much of Scotland”. Will the Minister commit to working...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Public Services: West Midlands (6 Dec 2017)

Drew Hendry: Contrary to the Prime Minister’s previous answer on this subject, only her Government can remove barriers to universal credit for terminally ill people in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Will she answer the question again? Will she end the cruel requirement for people across the UK who do not want to know they are dying to self-certify on universal credit?

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Drew Hendry: I would have thought that if Ministers were so confident about the success of universal credit, they would release these reports in full and in public. The people deserve to hear if the experience in those reports matches that of those who have endured the failings of universal credit in our constituencies where it has had an impact. As my hon. Friend the Member for Airdrie and Shotts (Neil...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Drew Hendry: I am very glad to answer that question. To repeat the statements that I have made and that my hon. Friend the Member for Airdrie and Shotts has made today, SNP Members have never opposed the principle of universal credit. We have always supported the principle of simplifying the benefits system so that people can get social security in a simpler and more effective way, but—this is...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Drew Hendry: I am going to make some progress, but I will come back to the hon. Gentleman because I do want an answer to this. We hear about rhetoric and scaremongering, but do Conservative Members also challenge organisations such as the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Welfare Scotland, Citizens Advice, Macmillan, Marie Curie, Gingerbread, the Child Poverty Action Group, the Resolution Foundation, the...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Drew Hendry: I would be absolutely delighted to answer that question, and I am genuinely grateful for that intervention. Since 2013, universal credit has driven up poverty and misery in my constituency, as is evidenced by a dramatic increase in food bank use. [Interruption.] The hon. Member for Ochil and South Perthshire says that that is not the case, but he is not letting me get to the full explanation.

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Drew Hendry: I will do so very briefly, because there is not much time and I want to make these points.

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Drew Hendry: Indeed it did, and that is one of the manifest problems that I was going to come to. Universal credit is fuelling debt by default, leading some people to be evicted from their homes and placing others under stress due to the threat of eviction. Here is a list of the problems. There are delays, missed payments, poor communication, wrong payments, incorrect deductions, people left without...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Drew Hendry: Since 2013—as leader of the Highland Council and then as an MP—I have been reporting the difficulties of rent arrears. Rent arrears with the Highland Council are now approaching £2 million, and a number of people have been put directly into rent arrears due to universal credit. We have invited the Secretary of State to come to Inverness to hear about this directly. In the...

EU Exit Negotiations (5 Dec 2017)

Drew Hendry: The Prime Minister pushed the Secretary of State to one side to take personal responsibility for leading the negotiations yesterday. Why is she not here today to update the House? Did Arlene Foster say no?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Drew Hendry: We have heard a great deal about clause 11 tonight. My right hon. Friend the Member for Ross, Skye and Lochaber (Ian Blackford) described it correctly earlier, and even Conservative Members representing Scottish constituencies admitted that it was faulty in its current form. Indeed, it is nothing more than a power grab which is fatally undermining the devolution settlement in all the nations...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Drew Hendry: My hon. Friend has made a good point. It is important for us to be aware that there are forces that would like power to be taken away from Scotland. Clause 11 was drafted by people with no understanding of devolution law. It is a midden in its current form. There are questions about the mechanisms that will result from it. Surely, if the Prime Minister’s “union of equals”...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Drew Hendry: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Drew Hendry: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Drew Hendry: On that point, will the hon. Gentleman give way?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Drew Hendry: On the subject of powers, does the hon. Gentleman still subscribe to what was written on the banner that he held outside the Scottish Parliament for the Vote Leave campaign? The banner urged people to vote to “LEAVE the EU and give control of the Scottish fishing industry to our democratically-elected Scottish Parliament”. Does he still agree that those powers should go to the...


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