Results 1–20 of 500 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Chris Elmore

Business of the House (17 Oct 2019)

Chris Elmore: May I press the Leader of the House a little further on the Barclays decision regarding the withdrawal of cash from post offices? I have co-ordinated a letter that has been signed by 124 colleagues from right across the House, asking Barclays representatives to meet me and a delegation so that we can ask them to reverse the decision. Would the Leader of the House ask a Treasury Minister to...

Debate on the Address: Public Services (16 Oct 2019)

Chris Elmore: It is a real pleasure to speak in this rolling debate on the Conservatives’ latest taxpayer-funded party political broadcast. Let us be clear that that is what Monday was about. It was not about bringing our public services back from the brink after nearly a decade of Tory austerity; it was not about, at best, putting police numbers back up to pre-2010 levels; and it was not about investing...

Debate on the Address: Public Services (16 Oct 2019)

Chris Elmore: It is a real pleasure to speak in this rolling debate on the Conservatives’ latest taxpayer-funded party political broadcast. Let us be clear that that is what Monday was about. It was not about bringing our public services back from the brink after nearly a decade of Tory austerity; it was not about, at best, putting police numbers back up to pre-2010 levels; and it was not about investing...

Racism in Football (15 Oct 2019)

Chris Elmore: I thank the Minister for the work that he has done over the past 24 hours and for the work that he will do in the future in tackling the scourge of racism. What we are talking about in one example was people dressed in black shirts making the Nazi salute. These elements of racism are being pushed on social media platforms. In answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Heywood and Middleton (Liz...

Racism in Football (15 Oct 2019)

Chris Elmore: I thank the Minister for the work that he has done over the past 24 hours and for the work that he will do in the future in tackling the scourge of racism. What we are talking about in one example was people dressed in black shirts making the Nazi salute. These elements of racism are being pushed on social media platforms. In answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Heywood and Middleton (Liz...

Withdrawal Agreement: Proposed Changes (7 Oct 2019)

Chris Elmore: Do the Government stand by the December 2017 joint report, in which the UK is committed to the avoidance of “any physical infrastructure or related checks and controls” in Northern Ireland?

Withdrawal Agreement: Proposed Changes (7 Oct 2019)

Chris Elmore: Do the Government stand by the December 2017 joint report, in which the UK is committed to the avoidance of “any physical infrastructure or related checks and controls” in Northern Ireland?

Health Infrastructure Plan (30 Sep 2019)

Chris Elmore: I want to push the Minister on the whole issue of the devolution settlement and the Barnett consequentials. Can he confirm when the Welsh Government will receive this additional capital funding, so that we can make decisions in Wales about where our hospitals need investment? He can be reassured that he does not need to visit any Welsh hospitals.

Access to Pension Credit (24 Jul 2019)

Chris Elmore: I thank all hon. Members who have taken part in the debate today. There seems to be a bit of a Celtic theme coming from across the Scottish and Welsh nations, but I also thank all those colleagues from across the House who represent seats in England. I thank the Minister for his response—it would be churlish of me not to—but it is disappointing, because there is a real need not just to...

Access to Pension Credit (24 Jul 2019)

Chris Elmore: I can see the Minister nodding, and I am sure he would acknowledge that. The reality is that pensioner poverty is increasing. The Government need to do more, not only in advertising; they need a constructive way, through other DWP benefits such as housing benefit, which I mentioned, to try to increase the uptake. They should be talking to Independent Age about how the Government can finally...

Access to Pension Credit (24 Jul 2019)

Chris Elmore: Go on!

Access to Pension Credit (24 Jul 2019)

Chris Elmore: I beg to move, That this House has considered access to pension credit. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Buck. I am grateful that this important issue has been selected for debate before the parliamentary recess, and pleased to see so many hon. Members present from many political parties to discuss this crucial issue. Their presence, along with the large number of...

Access to Pension Credit (24 Jul 2019)

Chris Elmore: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention. My point is that if all our constituents claimed the pension credit they are entitled to, it would cost more than providing free TV licences, so surely a good option would be to get better take-up of pension credit and to continue with free TV licences. The new approach, when packaged in a Government press release, might at first look like a...

Access to Pension Credit (24 Jul 2019)

Chris Elmore: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his intervention, and I completely agree with him that the Government need to do a lot more to encourage pensioners to claim pension credit and make them understand that there is no stigma in their gaining pension credit. However, even in my constituency of Ogmore there is more than £5.1 million that is not being claimed by pensioners, so I completely...

Access to Pension Credit (24 Jul 2019)

Chris Elmore: I do agree with my hon. Friend. Her intervention re-emphasises the point that this issue affects pensioners right across the United Kingdom, and the Government need to deal with it, starting by better advertising what is available and making sure that pensioners are able to access the money that they need and that is rightly theirs.

Access to Pension Credit (24 Jul 2019)

Chris Elmore: I am grateful to the hon. Lady for that intervention. As I will set out later in my speech, the parliamentary service here has been able to have some interaction with constituents from across the UK, and I have some examples that will almost confirm her view that the Department for Work and Pensions is being deliberately unhelpful when it comes to allowing pensioners to claim pension credit....

Access to Pension Credit (24 Jul 2019)

Chris Elmore: I completely agree with my hon. Friend. The point that I will make later in my speech is that there seems to be this assumption that increasing publicity does not necessarily work or that trying to get cross-benefits, for example around housing benefit, would not solve the problem. However, his intervention shows that where Members of Parliament are proactive—arguably, the Government could...

Access to Pension Credit (24 Jul 2019)

Chris Elmore: I completely agree with my hon. Friend. She makes a strong case as to why the Government should do more, because, as I have already said, this issue is clearly affecting every constituency right across the UK. Previous Government attempts to work with older people’s groups and charities to raise awareness of pension credit have made a positive difference in the short term, but they have not...

Female Offender Strategy: One Year On — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (24 Jul 2019)

Chris Elmore: I pay tribute to my hon. Friend’s work in this area, on which she has campaigned over many years. With regard to the location of women’s centres, she will be aware that Wales does not have any women’s centre; it does not have a women’s prison. To be clear, we do not want a women’s prison, but we are in desperate need of a women’s centre, because the closest place that women can go...

Business of the House (18 Jul 2019)

Chris Elmore: I am very grateful, Mr Speaker. Thank you very much. I am quite thrown now. The Leader of the House may be aware that this week the Disability Benefits Consortium has highlighted the devastating impact of welfare changes on disabled people. The report highlights how disabled people have lost benefit payments of an average of around £1,200 each year as a result of Government changes. May we...


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