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Karin Smyth: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on potential long-term sustainable funding solutions for adult social care to inform the Comprehensive Spending Review 2020.
Karin Smyth: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of whether the per capita methodology that is used to allocate emergency funding to local authorities accurately reflects the costs incurred by local authorities in responding to the covid-19 outbreak.
Karin Smyth: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the deadlines for when expenditure needs to be incurred on (a) Housing Infrastructure Fund, (b) Local Growth Fund and (c) Transforming Cities Fund projects to enable local authorities to re-adjust after the covid-19 outbreak.
Karin Smyth: What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on the adequacy of funding for local authorities during the covid-19 outbreak.
Karin Smyth: In Bristol, that current funding gap is £82.4 million as a result of the current crisis. Will the Treasury consider allowing local authorities to retain all surpluses against the business support grants so that they can be reinvested into local short-term interventions to get us through this crisis?
Karin Smyth: I heard what the Secretary of State said about the one-way unfettered access, but in 33 weeks Northern Ireland businesses will have to comply with EU customs and regulatory rules and two VAT systems. When will the Government let those businesses know exactly what they need to do to comply with the protocol in order to keep trading?
Karin Smyth: What steps she has taken to help ensure prompt payment of access to work costs during the covid-19 outbreak.
Karin Smyth: On 4 May, the Secretary of State assured the House that the Government would provide an automatic extension of PIP awards that are due to expire during the coronavirus virus pandemic. Can the Minister confirm that this extension applies to all claimants, including those who received an award following an appeal?
Karin Smyth: I, too, welcome this long overdue Bill and many of its provisions. Since becoming the Member for Bristol South in 2015, the impact of domestic violence has been one of the most heartbreaking and dominant parts of my casework. My surgeries have been filled with women, mainly in their 20s, with children, who have been desperate to remain part of their community and have had family support but...
Karin Smyth: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support the Government plans to provide (a) businesses and (b) the education sector to maintain apprenticeships during the covid-19 outbreak.
Karin Smyth: Before I entered this place, I worked as an emergency planner for the NHS. I would like to pay tribute to my former colleagues and to say that I am pleased that the Secretary of State is following their expert advice. Most people will not go into hospital or go to their GPs; they will be supported in the community. Critically, they will be supported by the wider services of local government...
Karin Smyth: I was meant to be a domestic flyer with Flybe this morning, but I could not get a train, and the infrastructure development of cycle links would not have helped either, because I was going to Belfast with my hon. Friend the Member for Rochdale (Tony Lloyd) on business for this place. Northern Ireland is uniquely dependent on Flybe. It is disappointing not to have a statement from the...
Karin Smyth: In 1980, the Black report told us that the “causes of health inequalities are so deep rooted that only a major and wide-ranging programme of public expenditure is capable of altering the pattern.” The report was, famously, whisked out on a bank holiday. It was massively rejected by the then new Thatcher Government as being unrealistic in its expenditure levels— typically short-sighted...
Karin Smyth: I agree with the hon. Member about the social determinants of health. Does she agree that, going back 10 or 15 years, to before 2010, the Labour Government appreciated those determinants and directed public policy to that end?
Karin Smyth: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Brighton, Kemptown (Lloyd Russell-Moyle) for securing the debate, which is timely given that the Budget is just a few weeks away. I sincerely hope that the Minister recognises that underfunding of post-16 education only undermines the Government’s skills strategy. It is a serious loss of...
Karin Smyth: One area has not been mentioned. When I took part in the police service parliamentary scheme and spent some time with the counter-terrorism units, the one area they highlighted was working on the ground with mental health resources in our communities. That risk decision, the decision at community level about someone’s mental capacity and radicalisation, is really important when we look at...
Karin Smyth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the oral contribution of 1 April 2019 of the Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, Official Report, column 786, what the timetable is for the publication of the outcome of the air weapons review which closed in February 2018.
Karin Smyth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of 10-19 year olds were victims of air weapons offences in each year since 2010.
Karin Smyth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of under-18 year olds admitted to hospital for injuries caused by firearms were injured by firearms other than a (a) handgun, (b) rifle, (c) shotgun and (d) larger firearm in each year since 2010.
Karin Smyth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress she has made on a public consultation on firearms safety.