Results 1–20 of 39 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Anneliese Dodds

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Anneliese Dodds: I have to leave later this evening to get back to my constituency so that I can have a tooth removed tomorrow morning. I am expecting that to be immensely painful, and in the last few moments I might have had a foretaste of what I will experience tomorrow. The debate has made clearer than ever the tunnel vision of this Government, who are carrying on regardless, ignoring call after call to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Universal Credit: Household Income (28 Nov 2017)

Anneliese Dodds: Even after the Budget’s limited changes to universal credit, it will still make young single-parent families with school-age children £6,000 a year worse off—those are OBR figures. We should remember that without further action to stop that, the Government will push 1 million additional children into poverty. I would like to know what they will do about that.

Public Country-by-Country Reporting (22 Nov 2017)

Anneliese Dodds: Thank you, Mrs Main, for your stewardship of this debate. I welcome the debate, and congratulate the hon. Member for Amber Valley (Nigel Mills) on securing it, and thank him for his considerable work promoting tax transparency, building on his experience professionally before entering this place. Of course, I also want to hail the work of others in promoting public country-by-country...

Public Country-by-Country Reporting (22 Nov 2017)

Anneliese Dodds: I beg your pardon, Mrs Main; I certainly will do. There is lots of evidence already about country-by-country reporting in extractive industries and in banking. Reports from PwC, for example, have shown it to be very successful for companies; it has not been negative for them. We have the examples of SSE, Pearson and others. It has made business sense, and it would make business sense for the...

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Anneliese Dodds: I am grateful to the Minister for his introductory remarks, but I have to say that both they and the resolutions leave four important problems unresolved. Many Members have spoken to those problems today. I will speak as telegraphically as I can about them, and speak to amendments (e) and (f). First, as many colleagues have said, the resolutions fail to ensure that the Government’s...

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Anneliese Dodds: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for her helpful intervention. As she will know, the Labour position is that we want to leave all possibilities open. We think that is an appropriate approach to take. [Interruption.] I see Government Members laughing at that. We are in a negotiation where it is surely absolutely essential that we put Britain’s interest first and that means not taking...

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Anneliese Dodds: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his question, but the problem is that the Government’s stated intention with these motions—they have said it time and time again—[Interruption.] May I finish my point? They have said time and again that these motions are about our future relationship with the EU. I am afraid that they do not see them as part of a negotiation that might...

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Anneliese Dodds: I just have, if the hon. Gentleman doesn’t mind. The Government have stated that the motions are about that future relationship, and so we have to take them at their word, even if we might have been mistaken in doing that on other issues. It has been suggested that, if the Government recover a sense of responsibility and sincerity and genuinely engage us in negotiations, albeit after...

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Anneliese Dodds: I am a new Member and I do not know how appropriate it is to talk about which amendments have been allowed and which have not. Ultimately, we are seeking a more democratic process, but we cannot vote on that, which is unfortunate. My hon. Friend will know, as will other Opposition Members, that, as I stated before, the Labour Front-Bench position is to leave all options on the table. That is...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: EU Protocol on animal sentience (15 Nov 2017)

Anneliese Dodds: I regret the fact that I am rising to speak on this subject, but it is a matter of enormous public concern about which I have received dozens of representations from my constituents. It is an enormous shame that this debate has been delayed to such an extent that we have such a short time to discuss a matter of national importance about which our constituents are so concerned. I want first...

Counter-Daesh Update (7 Nov 2017)

Anneliese Dodds: It is precisely because many of us have, for many months, been working to try to secure Nazanin’s release that we are so upset about the mistake that has been made. I accept that, perhaps inadvertently, we are aware of the impact of her detention on her and her family, and that that is occasioning the extent of our dismay. This is not an attempt at politicisation; it is genuine upset. I...

Finance Bill: Termination Payments Etc: Amounts Chargeable on Employment Income (31 Oct 2017)

Anneliese Dodds: I beg to move amendment 1, page 14, line 15, leave out “different” and insert “higher”. This amendment removes the power for the Treasury to reduce the £30,000 threshold in connection with the taxation of termination payments by regulations.

Finance Bill: Termination Payments Etc: Amounts Chargeable on Employment Income (31 Oct 2017)

Anneliese Dodds: Labour’s amendments on redundancy payments focus: first, on ensuring that there is proper democratic scrutiny of any attempt to reduce the £30,000 threshold for the taxation of termination payments, rather than the power to do so residing merely in regulations; and secondly, on ensuring that injured feelings are included in, rather than removed from, the definition of injury for...

Finance Bill: Termination Payments Etc: Amounts Chargeable on Employment Income (31 Oct 2017)

Anneliese Dodds: If I may finish, I will be more than happy to take an intervention. To use an appropriate analogy on Halloween, I would not have bought a pumpkin last weekend if I expected it to sit on the shelf when I brought it home. I would have bought it because I expected to carve it, albeit not very artistically, for my children. I would not purchase something if I did not think I was going to use it,...

Finance Bill: Termination Payments Etc: Amounts Chargeable on Employment Income (31 Oct 2017)

Anneliese Dodds: The Minister’s point exemplifies exactly what I anticipated might happen. I was just about to say that the second line of defence from the Government, after proclaiming that they would abstain from using the powers that they are so keen to give themselves, is that, in any case, they would have to bring any change to the House for a vote. Indeed, that is what has occurred just now. We...

Finance Bill: Termination Payments Etc: Amounts Chargeable on Employment Income (31 Oct 2017)

Anneliese Dodds: The concern is that this could be part of a piece of a broader movement to erode some rights that have existed for working people in the past.

Finance Bill: Termination Payments Etc: Amounts Chargeable on Employment Income (31 Oct 2017)

Anneliese Dodds: I am grateful to the hon. Lady for her comments, but I must tell her that the consultation on the measure did not reveal widespread evidence of such manipulation of the rules. It was quite clear in that regard. Indeed, when advice was sought about appropriate measures in this area in the future, a range of different views came from stakeholders and consultees about the way forward. She is...

Finance Bill: Termination Payments Etc: Amounts Chargeable on Employment Income (31 Oct 2017)

Anneliese Dodds: If we are talking about payments made for discrimination in the context of a redundancy payment, yes, they are. That is our exact point, which is why we are discussing this matter about injury to feelings. We have had some comments in this House which appear to misunderstand the nature of injury to feelings payments. In some cases, these have been trivialised, almost suggesting that these...

Finance Bill: Termination Payments Etc: Amounts Chargeable on Employment Income (31 Oct 2017)

Anneliese Dodds: Again, I would be very careful to separate out tribunal awards that are made in the context of discrimination at work, which is not what we are talking about, from awards that might be in relation to redundancy, which is what we are focused on. In relation to discrimination generally, there has been a long-running discussion about what the rates should be for different bands. If one looks at...

Social Care: Supported Housing (25 Oct 2017)

Anneliese Dodds: I will endeavour to be brief. First, let me thank my hon. Friend the Member for Dulwich and West Norwood (Helen Hayes) and the Select Committee members for all their work on this issue. It was a qualified relief to hear earlier that the Government have, to some extent, listened to sense and will not be going ahead with their original plans to restrict the funding for supported housing to LHA...


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