Results 1–20 of 405 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Jim McMahon

Local Government Finance (7 Feb 2018)

Jim McMahon: Don’t forget bins.

Local Government Finance (7 Feb 2018)

Jim McMahon: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. Well, what on earth was all that about? We have been waiting since December to get this detail. We were told that discussions were taking place and that there were journeys over to No. 11 to make sure that we secured money for housing and public services such as adult social care. To see just crumbs off the table being provided is depressing. On my way here, I...

Local Government Finance (7 Feb 2018)

Jim McMahon: I am pleased the hon. Gentleman asks that question. At that time, there was already an in-built deficit in the Budget because of the increase in the national living wage and employers’ national insurance contributions, so even within the £2 billion allocated there was a £1.3 billion in-year deficit, because of the need to make sure that the provider market could be sustained....

Local Government Finance (7 Feb 2018)

Jim McMahon: Those figures are absolutely right. The analysis from Age UK shows that 1.2 million people who would have been entitled to social care in 2010 are no longer receiving social care because of cuts to the eligibility criteria by councils.

Local Government Finance (7 Feb 2018)

Jim McMahon: I agree with that. We are here debating work carried out by people outside this place—local councillors and local government workers—and it is right in this place to thank them for their hard work, their dedication and their grit and determination to make sure that services are provided in the face of severe austerity.

Local Government Finance (7 Feb 2018)

Jim McMahon: I want to make some progress, because I am conscious of the number of people down to speak. We need to ask a number of questions when faced with the settlement. First, does it step up to meet the scale of the challenges facing local public services in England today? Does it meet the challenge of 1.2 million older people who would have been entitled to social care in 2010 who no longer get the...

Local Government Finance (7 Feb 2018)

Jim McMahon: I want to lay out the case, and then there will be a long time for debate—but only if I rush through this to allow time for people to speak. Central Government funding of local services has reduced by 40%—less money when demand is increasing—and we all know that it has not been distributed evenly. The overall reduction has hit local authorities with lower tax bases hardest...

Local Government Finance (7 Feb 2018)

Jim McMahon: I will come to that a little later. [Interruption.] There is absolutely no such thing as “no cost effect” when it comes to not providing vital services for people. We know that because older people are not being looked after the way that they need to be looked after. We know because social care is not being provided in the home. More than 3 million delayed-discharge days have been...

Local Government Finance (7 Feb 2018)

Jim McMahon: The problem with health and social care is that so many reports have been commissioned, but by the time a commission has met, considered the evidence put before it and reached a conclusion that can be accepted across partisan divides, the world has moved on and the challenges have changed. Some of this is not difficult, but any idea that it does not come down to pounds and pence is nonsense....

Local Government Finance (7 Feb 2018)

Jim McMahon: I will give way once more, but then I must move on.

Local Government Finance (7 Feb 2018)

Jim McMahon: Council tax has an important role to play, as have business rates, but it also has significant limitations. I shall explain why a little later. Any idea that the social care and safeguarding crisis—we should talk about safeguarding as much as we talk about social care and the NHS, because it is all-important—that can be addressed through council tax, through a property-based...

Local Government Finance (7 Feb 2018)

Jim McMahon: I need to make progress. I want to touch on what the 1% additional council tax means. When we seek to raise money through council tax—through a property-based tax—that takes account of the property values in an area, but it bears no relation at all to local needs or the cost of delivering services in that area. Therefore, the more pressure that gets added to councils to provide...

Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill: Relief from local non-domestic rates: occupied hereditaments (23 Jan 2018)

Jim McMahon: I congratulate the new Minister on his promotion. I look forward to working with him on matters of common interest such as local government finance, which is a niche subject that does not always attract wide attention, but it is important, and it is important that we see reform. I made that offer to his predecessor, and most of the issues are not partisan at all. They are technocratic but...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (15 Jan 2018)

Jim McMahon: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (15 Jan 2018)

Jim McMahon: I thank the Secretary of State for his belated acceptance speech. The Army recruitment centre in Oldham closed before the recruitment contract was handed over to Capita. Last year, only 7,000 of the 10,000 new entrants needed for the Army were recruited. Will the Department review the closure of those local offices to see whether it has affected the number of new entrants coming through?

Yorkshire Devolution (9 Jan 2018)

Jim McMahon: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Pritchard. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Barnsley Central (Dan Jarvis) on bringing this timely and important debate on English devolution. What this Parliament has not done sufficiently is hear what the public were saying during the EU referendum campaign. We are going through the transactional debate with the European...

Yorkshire Devolution (9 Jan 2018)

Jim McMahon: I will not, because I am conscious of the limited time we have. Members will know from the areas they represent that many of our communities have not got over the 1974 reorganisation that created metropolitan boroughs. They will hark back to the days when their local district council used to exist and their sense of belonging. The one thing that would survive all that reorganisation in...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of provisions of this Act (19 Dec 2017)

Jim McMahon: I believe it comes down to priorities. If the Government were determined to do something about this, having the evidence base would be of great benefit to them. They do not want to do anything about it, so the evidence base is a hindrance because the Opposition can use it to attack the Government about the fact that progress just is not being made. That is the real reason why Government are...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of provisions of this Act (19 Dec 2017)

Jim McMahon: Well, well, well. When it comes to naivety, there is a very fine line; it can often be endearing before it eventually becomes quite offensive. And I did find the speech of the hon. Member for Hitchin and Harpenden (Bim Afolami) offensive. It began in the spirit of naivety. I could see that he was nervous at the beginning of his contribution—quite rightly, it turned out, towards the...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of provisions of this Act (19 Dec 2017)

Jim McMahon: That is a fair point.


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