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Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Access to Education (4 Jul 2018)

Jo Platt: Last month I had the pleasure of visiting a Voluntary Service Overseas project in Malawi that focuses on the promotion of youth engagement in the country. My time was spent with young people from all over the country who were passionate, political and eager to have their voices heard. Will the Minister commit to meet me to discuss that project and how we can support youth voice structures in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (6 Jun 2018)

Jo Platt: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a condition that affects every part of an individual’s life, from their education and employment to their relationships and social life. Through the work of the all-party group on ADHD, which I chair, we know that the current diagnosis and treatment process is not fit for purpose. Data is not collected and there is a vast postcode lottery in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Victims Law (5 Jun 2018)

Jo Platt: What progress is being made on introducing a victims law.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Victims Law (5 Jun 2018)

Jo Platt: Further to the question of my hon. Friend the Member for Rotherham (Sarah Champion), a new victims law would ensure that victims of crime are supported and can seek closure on their ordeal. Most importantly, it may encourage more people to come forward and report crime safely. Why, therefore, three years on from the Government’s manifesto commitment to introduce this important law, are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (23 May 2018)

Jo Platt: Today in my constituency of Leigh, NHS workers are on strike—I am sure that the Prime Minister would like to wish them well. The strike is due to the move of more than 800 staff into a wholly owned subsidiary—a direct result of NHS underfunding. In the wake of Carillion, why is the Prime Minister allowing back-door privatisation, which has little or no public support, instead of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Victims of Domestic Violence (21 May 2018)

Jo Platt: What assessment her Department has made of the effect of the introduction of universal credit on the ability of victims of domestic violence to claim benefits.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Victims of Domestic Violence (21 May 2018)

Jo Platt: I am grateful for the Minister’s response, but the Government have still not committed to assessing the operation of split payments or collecting data. Will they commit to looking at specific areas of new universal credit roll-out, such as Leigh, which has also been highlighted as a hotspot by the local police, to ensure that we are adequately safeguarding victims?

Leaving the Eu: Customs (16 May 2018)

Jo Platt: I am in favour of the Opposition’s motion for a number of reasons. First, seeing the documents would allow us to assess the economic impact that the two options will have. As MPs, we have been promised a vote on the final deal between the EU and the UK, but how can we vote on that deal without the information to inform us of the economic impact it will have? Neither can we wait until we...

ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment (15 May 2018)

Jo Platt: I beg to move, That this House has considered the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. It is a great honour to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Streeter. A few months ago the enormousness of the struggles and barriers that those with attention deficit hyperactive disorder face on a daily basis was brought to my attention by an inspirational woman who approached me in the hope that we could...

ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment (15 May 2018)

Jo Platt: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. He is right that we need more awareness of ADHD. I know that people who suffer with ADHD have called for their own Act—something similar to the Autism Act 2009. In the midst of cuts to school nursing provision, and a school funding and teacher recruitment and retention crisis, the number of school exclusions of pupils with special...

ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment (15 May 2018)

Jo Platt: I thank my hon. Friend, the vice-chair of the all-party parliamentary group for ADHD, for that intervention. He is absolutely right to mention that the lack of data causes a mismatch and a bit of a postcode lottery, which I will address later. At a recent APPG meeting, we heard stories of people waiting years for a diagnosis—years battling without the support or guidance they need,...

ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment (15 May 2018)

Jo Platt: I completely agree. ADHD in the criminal justice system is an area that evidently needs a lot more investigation. The simple fact that an estimated 24% of the prison population are thought to have ADHD is a cause for concern.

ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment (15 May 2018)

Jo Platt: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that intervention. I completely agree that we need to highlight the workforce, but before we do that we need the data to see how many people we need in all workforces. Again, I will come to that point later.

ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment (15 May 2018)

Jo Platt: I completely agree. We have focused on young people in school settings, but that affects adults enormously. I received a message from a constituent, Diane, who felt that she was different at school. Diane’s story speaks to the point, made by the hon. Member for West Dunbartonshire (Martin Docherty-Hughes), that adults are affected too. Diane went under the radar as she was...

ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment (15 May 2018)

Jo Platt: The Green Paper is a step in the right direction, but it does not go nearly far enough to confront the enormous scale of the challenges we face. In the case of ADHD, it is important to remember that the condition is neuro-developmental and not a mental health issue. I have a final ask of the Minister: I invite her to a meeting of the APPG to listen to some of the experiences of people with...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (26 Apr 2018)

Jo Platt: Following local concerns about an animal rescue centre in my constituency of Leigh, I was shocked to learn that in England there are currently no regulations or licensing requirements for pet rescue centres. Will the Government commit to introducing proposals to protect the welfare of animals in rescue centres?

Syria (16 Apr 2018)

Jo Platt: Our response to the atrocity of a chemical weapons attack must be measured and made in the interests of the Syrian people, not just to reassure ourselves that we have taken action. This year, the UN has received only 5% of the $3.5 billion that it needs to assist the humanitarian needs of the Syrian people, so will the Prime Minister now increase the aid that we send to help to alleviate the...

Opposition Day: Police Funding (28 Mar 2018)

Jo Platt: It is an honour to speak in this vital debate and to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Hampstead and Kilburn (Tulip Siddiq). Police forces across the country have borne the brunt of this Government’s austerity cuts over the past eight years, and my constituency is no stranger to the shrinking blue line. Since 2010, Greater Manchester has seen 2,000 fewer police officers on the...

Local Authority Financial Sustainability: NAO Report — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (20 Mar 2018)

Jo Platt: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Weaver Vale (Mike Amesbury) for securing this vital debate. Local authorities across the country are at a tipping point. Eight years of Tory austerity have decimated our local councils, with my local authority of Wigan facing an additional 30% cut to its budget, which will mean £160 million taken out of its budget by 2020. Prior to coming to the...

Local Authority Financial Sustainability: NAO Report — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (20 Mar 2018)

Jo Platt: I completely agree. We could all mention many instances where the reserves have come into play. The scale of cuts faced by councils has meant that many have been forced to eat into the reserves to provide the everyday essential services that we all rely on. That is not only unsustainable, but reckless—we cannot play Catch-22 with the fate of our vital local councils. Doing so has led to...


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