Results 1–20 of 37 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Marsha de Cordova

Disability Confident Scheme — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (10 Jan 2018)

Marsha de Cordova: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Rosindell, and I congratulate the hon. Member for Ochil and South Perthshire (Luke Graham) on securing this important debate. He made some valuable points, particularly about engaging and encouraging employers to recruit more disabled people, and about the importance of reducing the disability employment gap. I share his pleasure in the...

Independent Living Fund — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (9 Jan 2018)

Marsha de Cordova: It is not right to say that we are not being truthful because there have been severe cuts to support for disabled people. The introduction of the personal independence payment and the abolition of disability living allowance means that fewer people will receive additional support to help meet the extra costs of living with a disability. The time limiting of contributory employment and support...

Independent Living Fund — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (9 Jan 2018)

Marsha de Cordova: I am really pleased that there will be a cross-ministerial group. Can the Minister confirm that working-age disabled people will also be considered in the Green Paper and in the reform of adult social care?

Independent Living Fund — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (9 Jan 2018)

Marsha de Cordova: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Main. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Wrexham (Ian C. Lucas) on securing this important debate and I thank everybody for their valid contributions and interventions this afternoon. My hon. Friend makes a really good point in that this issue has probably not been discussed. Given it has been nearly two and a half years since...

Independent Living Fund — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (9 Jan 2018)

Marsha de Cordova: My hon. Friend makes a really valid point. She is right. We need to ensure that the voices of disabled people are heard. I can refer back to my own experience here in London in a particular local authority when the campaign on the closure of the independent living fund began. A lot of campaigning took place. It is important that we encourage and empower disabled people to ensure their voices...

Leasehold and Commonhold Reform — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (21 Dec 2017)

Marsha de Cordova: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Bone. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Poplar and Limehouse (Jim Fitzpatrick) and the hon. Member for Worthing West (Sir Peter Bottomley) for their work and leadership on this important issue. Leaseholder reform is often overlooked when it comes to the housing crisis. The reality is that we must view leaseholder reform as part of,...

Leasehold and Commonhold Reform — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (21 Dec 2017)

Marsha de Cordova: My hon. Friend makes a very important point. I agree. It is important that we regulate the new lease models that developers are creating. Shared ownership tenants in the new blocks along the river in my constituency find that the service charges do not seem to match up with the proportion of the housing estate they occupy. We cannot forget leaseholders on council estates. Any so-called...

Enslavement of Black Africans (Libya) — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (18 Dec 2017)

Marsha de Cordova: It is a pleasure to speak under your chairmanship, Mr Walker. I pay tribute to every single individual who has signed the petition. It is also a pleasure to speak in the same debate as my hon. Friends the Members for West Ham (Lyn Brown) and for Wolverhampton South West (Eleanor Smith). The recent news coverage of slavery in Libya and the slow and steady stream of harrowing footage emerging...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Disability Confident Scheme (18 Dec 2017)

Marsha de Cordova: In the recently published “Improving Lives: Helping Workless Families” paper, the Government said that they wanted to work in partnership with employers to help them to draw fully on the talents of disabled people. However, following the Chancellor’s recent comments scapegoating disabled people as being the reason for low productivity, does the Secretary of State agree that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payments (18 Dec 2017)

Marsha de Cordova: Does the Minister agree that Paul Gray’s recommendations in the second independent review of personal independence payments that the routine provision of the assessment report to the claimant would both improve identification of error and incentivise better performance at the assessment stage, and will she fully accept that particular recommendation?

Work Capability Assessments — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Marsha de Cordova: I congratulate the hon. Member for Glasgow East (David Linden) on securing this important debate. He made some very valuable points, particularly about inaccurate decision making leading to a very high success rate at tribunal. I also share his hope that finally the Government will actually take some action following the inquiry that the Work and Pensions Committee are currently carrying...

Work Capability Assessments — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Marsha de Cordova: No, I will not be taking any interventions. There is now a broad consensus that the work capability assessment needs to be reformed. Disabled people, disabled people’s organisations, and charities have been clear that it is a blunt instrument that often gets it wrong and frequently fails to link people to the appropriate support. Labour has made it clear that we will scrap both the work...

Children’s Services — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (12 Dec 2017)

Marsha de Cordova: I, too, congratulate my hon. Friend on securing today’s debate. Does she agree that the last seven years of cuts to children’s services have had a negative impact, leading to the closure of Sure Start centres and more children going into care, and that that impact has fallen disproportionately on poorer children?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Environmental Law (7 Dec 2017)

Marsha de Cordova: What steps he is taking to ensure the full transfer of EU environmental law to the UK after the UK leaves the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Environmental Law (7 Dec 2017)

Marsha de Cordova: I thank the Minister for her response. The Government have boasted that they will leave the environment in a better state than they found it in, so does the Minister agree that we need to enshrine in law not only the equivalent, but even better levels of environmental protections after we leave the EU?

Delegated Legislation (Committees) (6 Dec 2017)

Marsha de Cordova: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Following the Chancellor’s comments today scapegoating disabled people as a reason for low productivity, can you advise me on whether he will be coming to the House to make a statement on this important issue, and an apology?

Work, Health and Disability (30 Nov 2017)

Marsha de Cordova: Let me begin by giving apologies from the shadow Secretary of State, who is unable to be here today. It is welcome that the Government have finally brought this statement before the House. We have waited years since the Work and Health programme was first proposed, with the Green Paper published a year ago and the consultation closing in February. The programme was initially supposed to be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (30 Nov 2017)

Marsha de Cordova: South Western Railway plans to reduce the number of trains going through Queenstown Road station in my constituency from seven trains an hour to just four. Given the increased number of residents and commuters, and given that the station is on one of the busiest lines, will the Secretary of State commit to looking again at this ill-thought-out policy?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Nov 2017)

Marsha de Cordova: This Sunday, 3 December, is the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities. So far, the Government have refused to carry out a cumulative impact assessment of their social security policies on people living with a disability. Will the First Secretary now mark this day by doing the right thing for disabled people and carrying out a full cumulative impact assessment?


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