Results 1–20 of 52 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Stephanie Peacock

Rural Crime and Public Services (6 Jun 2018)

Stephanie Peacock: In South Yorkshire, the number of insurance claims for rural crime has increased by 54% in a year, so it is clearly an issue. A number of constituents have come to my surgeries to report thefts of farm equipment and antisocial behaviour. A group of 500 Barnsley residents have come together because they are concerned about nightly antisocial behaviour. This is very much an issue for my...

Public Sector Pay Policy — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (5 Jun 2018)

Stephanie Peacock: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Owen. I congratulate the hon. Member for Glasgow South West (Chris Stephens) on securing this important debate and commend him on his work in championing workers’ rights. It is particularly relevant, as we celebrate 150 years of the Trades Union Congress, to mark the vital work that our trade unions continue to do in fighting for...

Public Sector Pay Policy — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (5 Jun 2018)

Stephanie Peacock: I do agree with the very important point that my hon. Friend makes. My mum worked in the NHS for nearly 40 years and she has seen the impact that the cuts have had on the frontline. It is not only our NHS that is affected. Our local police forces are doing their absolute best with what they have, but numbers have decreased considerably. Right the way through our region and locally in...

Social Justice Commission: Serious Violence Strategy (22 May 2018)

Stephanie Peacock: Does my hon. Friend agree that there is clearly a link between police cuts and violent crime? I represent a seat in south Yorkshire that has seen a 57% increase in violent crime in the last year—one of the highest in the country.

Housing and Access to Legal Aid — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (16 May 2018)

Stephanie Peacock: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this important debate. Does she agree that there has been a serious decline in the number of providers of housing legal aid? In my area of Barnsley there are only two, which is simply insufficient. It leaves those most in need isolated and often without the help they need.

Business of the House (10 May 2018)

Stephanie Peacock: I have met a number of constituents who have been subject to online abuse, including one woman who spoke about resorting to using a food bank on the BBC’s “Question Time” and was hounded online. May we have an urgent debate in Government time about how we tackle the vile practice of online abuse?

Employment and Workers’ Rights Bill (27 Apr 2018)

Stephanie Peacock: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. As a former officer of the GMB trade union, I refer Members to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. It is no secret that our economy and the jobs that people do have changed rapidly over recent years, particularly in my constituency of Barnsley East. Coal once provided jobs for more than 30,000 people, but the...

Employment and Workers’ Rights Bill (27 Apr 2018)

Stephanie Peacock: My hon. Friend is right that these measures are long overdue. She is also right about the intention of clause 5. I would like to share some examples with the House, particularly the case of agency workers in BT call centres, including the one near my constituency in south Yorkshire, and others who take 999 calls. The majority of them are kept on continuous assignments, working for years in...

Fishing: East Anglia: Austerity: Life Expectancy (18 Apr 2018)

Stephanie Peacock: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this important debate. Barnsley, the area I represent, has one of the lowest life expectancies in the country. Does she agree that post-industrial towns such as Barnsley need more funding and resources to tackle the inequality between north and south?

Fly-tipping — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (17 Apr 2018)

Stephanie Peacock: The hon. Gentleman is being very generous with his time. I congratulate him on securing this important debate. Fly-tipping is a real problem for my constituents in Barnsley East. It is not just a financial problem, but one that scars the environment. Does he agree that local authorities should be given more resources? Also, to pick up on a point that he made earlier, does he think that we...

Social Mobility and the Economy — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (28 Mar 2018)

Stephanie Peacock: Working with the local college, Barnsley College, I have a living wage apprentice in my office. My apprentice, Adam, works in my office and then spends some of his time studying. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that it would be good to encourage Members across the House to have political internships and apprenticeships both in Westminster and in the constituency?

Social Mobility and the Economy — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (28 Mar 2018)

Stephanie Peacock: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies, and to follow the right hon. Member for Bexleyheath and Crayford (David Evennett), who made a powerful speech. I congratulate the right hon. Member for Putney (Justine Greening) on securing this important debate on social mobility and the economy. She made a passionate and practical speech. People in my community too often feel...

GKN: Proposed Takeover by Melrose (27 Mar 2018)

Stephanie Peacock: One of the most pressing issues when there are major corporate changes in an employer is pension security, as the Secretary of State just outlined. Can he expand on what assurances have been given? Has he looked at the British Steel scheme, where members transferring to the Pension Protection Fund have been told that if there are processing delays by the Government, they may lose some of...

Uk Passport Contract (26 Mar 2018)

Stephanie Peacock: When the Prime Minister said that we would have a red, white and blue Brexit, we did not think that she was referring to the Tricolour. Why is protecting British jobs not a priority for this Government?

Business of the House (22 Mar 2018)

Stephanie Peacock: Tomorrow, I am going to visit Barnsley College. Many of its students go on to serve our NHS, yet they will now face huge debts if they study nursing. Will the Leader of the House finally answer the question and schedule a vote on the regulations next week, in Government time, before the 40-day limit runs out?

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Tourism (22 Mar 2018)

Stephanie Peacock: Will the Minister explain why lottery funding, which supports tourism, is so unequal? Since 1995, the Secretary of State’s West Suffolk constituency has received more than £22 million, compared with just £13 million in Barnsley East.

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

Stephanie Peacock: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this important debate and echo his thanks to our councillors and local government workers. Does he agree that it is outrageous that my local authority, Barnsley Council, faces cuts of 30% between 2015 and 2020? Such cuts put an unfair burden on local authorities and have a significant impact on local services. It is clear that the Government should...

Universal Credit (13 Mar 2018)

Stephanie Peacock: My hon. Friend may have seen written answers I have received from the Government showing that 10,000 of their own officials still use childcare vouchers, and the same number are signed up to a Ministry of Defence scheme. Does she agree that if Ministers will not protect their own officials, they should at least stand up for our armed forces?

Local Museums — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (7 Mar 2018)

Stephanie Peacock: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that we should pay a huge tribute to the volunteers who keep local museums running, such as the Maurice Dobson Museum and Heritage Centre down the road from where I live, in Darfield near Barnsley? It is a fantastic local resource, and it is thanks to volunteers that it keeps going.

Local Museums — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (7 Mar 2018)

Stephanie Peacock: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way and for securing this important debate. On the issue of local authority-funded museums, does he agree that it is concerning that 39% of them have seen funding cut and 85% have cut their hours? Obviously, that will have a knock-on effect on the wonderful services they provide, such as those provided by the Elsecar Heritage Centre in my...


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