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Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Jo Churchill: I congratulate the hon. Member for Easington (Grahame Morris) on securing this debate on such an important subject. It is a great pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Ogmore (Chris Elmore). I, too, have had meetings with WASPI women. As my hon. Friend the Member for Waveney (Peter Aldous) discussed, this is a real and prevalent issue for many women in Suffolk. Nevertheless, I have...

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Jo Churchill: What choices! I give way to my hon. Friend from the south-west first.

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Jo Churchill: I agree with my hon. Friend, but it also affects those of us who were in our late 40s when we received the letters. I received one in 2011 or 2012, which proves that they do work. I took a 10% hit in my working life. I will be working until I am 67, I think—

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Jo Churchill: Granted, but I spent a great deal of my life looking after children and so on. I am not in any way undermining the fact that in my surgery I have had not only women who have been carers—that is a broader issue for many Departments and successive Governments —but individuals who made life decisions prior to 2010. I have lobbied the Minister on that and he has discussed individual...

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Jo Churchill: I thank my hon. Friend for raising that point. She works unstintingly for carers up and down the country, and we could have a broader discussion about how we value carers, who are predominantly women. The hon. Member for Swansea West (Geraint Davies) highlighted the specific issues facing a lot of the affected women, but I say gently that those are issues that women—whether they are in...

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Jo Churchill: Indeed we will. The nub of my point is that many of us come to this place as women and as carers. My husband and I still have four living parents, which is great. It is a sign of improved medical care and so on. Nevertheless, we have four children who arguably will bear the brunt of paying for these costs. In one of my surgeries recently, I spoke to a woman who is affected by the changes to...

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Jo Churchill: In that case, I shall finish, Madam Deputy Speaker, and let somebody else speak.

Quality in the Built Environment (13 Dec 2017)

Jo Churchill: I beg to move, That this House has considered delivering quality in the built environment. It is a pleasure to have this debate under your chairmanship, Ms Ryan. Having spent much of my working life in the construction industry, I draw attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. One’s home is the biggest purchase that many of us will make in our lives....

Quality in the Built Environment (13 Dec 2017)

Jo Churchill: My right hon. Friend highlights one of the key recommendations that came out of the report, several of which were very easy to implement. I will ask the Minister where we are on that and how we can move forward more swiftly, because it seems that we have been talking about these problems for well over a decade. It was first mooted that we needed to do something in 2008, and we will be 10...

Quality in the Built Environment (13 Dec 2017)

Jo Churchill: My hon. Friend is in an area of the country where there is large pressure on the number of houses being built. She brings a pertinent point to the debate. It is difficult to be independent when not independent of the entire system. I will come to that point. There are four different redress providers in the system: the housing ombudsman; the property ombudsman; ombudsman services; and the...

Quality in the Built Environment (13 Dec 2017)

Jo Churchill: I could not agree more. Many of us sit on different APPGs, and the hon. Gentleman brought up environmental issues and the fact that people’s homes should use modern-day construction methods that give them the cheapness to be able to run a home efficiently. It should not impact on the environment. We should be using what skills we have to make homes both healthier for people and...

Quality in the Built Environment (13 Dec 2017)

Jo Churchill: That is interesting to a point, but there are also quality problems in the housing association and local authority sector. It is an overall raising of standards throughout the industry that we should be seeking. People purchase a home, full of hope, pride and expectation that it has enduring quality and performs to the requisite levels of maintenance, costs and energy efficiency, which the...

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

Jo Churchill: Productivity in the construction industry is a key requirement of building houses. How will the Secretary of State ensure quality in on and offsite builds for the £1.7 billion investment in construction in the industrial strategy?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (11 Dec 2017)

Jo Churchill: Dividing lines of opportunity are now seen much more between metropolitan and rural areas. Will the Minister assure me that the bold creation of apprenticeships and institutes of technology will centre on rural areas as well as towns?

Prison Reform and Safety (7 Dec 2017)

Jo Churchill: Does the hon. Lady agree that that relates to the point made by my hon. Friend the Member for Banbury (Victoria Prentis) about not being able to keep the data? It is well known that health outcomes for those who sleep rough are less good, and we find ourselves with a never-ending cycle of people bouncing between the street and prison, and in and out of the system, with little care and...

Prison Reform and Safety (7 Dec 2017)

Jo Churchill: Does my hon. Friend agree that prison can offer people a second chance to gain access to education and to find the right track? Charities such as Greener Growth, which works in Norfolk prisons in particular, and with which I work in my constituency, help people to understand and connect with the environment, and to learn about food and nutrition, as well as many of the other basics in life...

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