Results 1–20 of 63 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

Shale Gas Exploration: Planning Permission (12 Sep 2018)

Stephanie Peacock: The constituency I represent has a history of coal mining; it once powered a nation. However, the people I represent do not think that fracking is an alternative to a meaningful industrial strategy. Why should my constituents be asked to take a huge leap of faith on behalf of fracking companies?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (10 Sep 2018)

Stephanie Peacock: Before the recess, the Minister promised me in a written answer that the Carillion apprentices would be supported to find new placements and continue to be paid in the meantime, but just days after the House rose, hundreds were laid off. What will she now do to honour her commitment and support all these victims of corporate failure?

Ceramics (Country of Origin Marking): Civil Liability Bill [Lords] (4 Sep 2018)

Stephanie Peacock: Should not the Government make clear what these changes represent—a capitulation to the interests of the insurance industry at the expense of working people?

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Low-Paid Workers (17 Jul 2018)

Stephanie Peacock: Given the Court of Appeal’s decision last Friday, will the Government now urgently bring forward legislation to end the uncertainty and to enshrine the right of all workers on all shifts to the national minimum wage, including for careworkers’ sleep-ins?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (25 Jun 2018)

Stephanie Peacock: Northern College has recently started teaching a pioneering 10-week course to help survivors of modern slavery. Will the Secretary of State join me in paying tribute to the work of Northern College? Will he also meet me to discuss its difficulty in using public funds to fund these vital courses because of current immigration regulations?

Insecure Work and the Gig Economy (20 Jun 2018)

Stephanie Peacock: I begin by thanking you, Mr McCabe, as well as the Minister, the SNP spokesperson and especially the shadow Minister, my hon. Friend the Member for North West Durham (Laura Pidcock)—I believe this is her final debate, so I wish her well in her maternity leave—for their contributions. Most importantly, I thank all hon. Members from across the House. We have seen in all the...

Insecure Work and the Gig Economy (20 Jun 2018)

Stephanie Peacock: I beg to move, That this House has considered insecure work and the gig economy. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr McCabe. I declare an interest as a proud member and former officer of the trade union GMB. I thank GMB for its support, and I refer hon. Members to the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. Today’s debate is predicated on one simple issue: work...

Insecure Work and the Gig Economy (20 Jun 2018)

Stephanie Peacock: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention; I will indeed talk about that. He is right that the problem is not confined to small sections of our economy, but spread throughout. From tourism to retail, hospitality and our public services, the economy is dependent on these jobs. It goes far beyond genuine short-term work, such as meeting seasonal demand over the Christmas rush in retail, or...

Insecure Work and the Gig Economy (20 Jun 2018)

Stephanie Peacock: I totally agree, and I join my hon. Friend in congratulating GMB. He is right: many employees are forced into debt and are unable to pay their bills or buy food, and others are forced to work through physical or mental illness out of fear of losing what employment they have.

Insecure Work and the Gig Economy (20 Jun 2018)

Stephanie Peacock: My hon. Friend makes a very important point. I believe she is referring to research from the GMB trade union, which shows that, across the country, 61% of insecure workers have gone to work while feeling unwell for fear of losing pay, hours or even their job. The same percentage have suffered mental health issues. For their troubles, they are often first out of the door when times are hard,...

Insecure Work and the Gig Economy (20 Jun 2018)

Stephanie Peacock: I join my hon. Friend in condemning that. I am sure the Minister is listening carefully. Those workers are the real face of the gig economy. It is simply not good enough. We urgently need an economy that works for everyone. We need well-paid jobs that offer long-term security and give people the chance not just to get by but to succeed and prosper. We need genuine action that addresses the...

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?


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