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

Ruth George: The Chancellor’s Budget speech set out the serious state of our economy, including on the key issue of productivity, as Members on both sides have agreed. Our productivity is now 29% lower than Germany’s. It grew by only 0.2% in 2016 and not at all in 2017. It is serious when the OBR is saying that there are few signs of recovery and that the recent weakness will prove more...

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

Ruth George: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that it is terrible that more than half of small businesses fail in the first five years, largely due to lack of capital investment, as he says? Does he agree that it is time for more radical ideas, as the hon. Member for North West Hampshire (Kit Malthouse) said, and that Labour’s proposal for a business investment bank would help those companies?

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

Ruth George: Does my hon. Friend agree that it is a bit ironic to be asked to take lessons in finances from a Government who have doubled the debt and doubled austerity at the same—[Interruption.]

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Mortgages: Interest Payments (7 Dec 2017)

Ruth George: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he has taken to support people who, in the event of outstanding loans on their property increasing due to the replacement of mortgage interest credits with an interest-bearing loan from April 2018 (a) accrue negative equity in their home, (b) are threatened with re-possession of their home and (c) have their home re-possessed.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (6 Dec 2017)

Ruth George: If she will list her official engagements for Wednesday 6 December.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (6 Dec 2017)

Ruth George: My constituent, Kate, has run a successful nursery for more than 14 years, but after two months on the Government’s funding for three and four-year-olds, she says that she cannot make it work. She is having to sell her home to pay her staff’s redundancy payments. More than 1,000 nurseries have already closed, and 58% say that they cannot continue. If nurseries close, parents...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Ruth George: As someone who has worked for the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers on behalf of low-paid shop workers for nearly 20 years, I have been banging on about universal credit for many a year. It is a pleasure to see so many Members across both sides of the House taking such an interest in the policy. We are not surprised by that, because the policy will affect not just the 7 million...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Ruth George: Absolutely. Childcare is a key issue when families are trying to raise themselves out of poverty, as the hon. Lady rightly says. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has found that 30% of children are now in poverty, and nearly two thirds of those are in working households. Some 8 million adults live in poverty in a household where someone is in work. Universal credit was meant to address the...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Ruth George: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that under the tax credits system, working people could earn up to £5,000 a year more and still keep their working tax credit without losing a penny of it? I very much hope that he advised his constituents of that when they came to him for advice.

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Ruth George: If the Minister is so convinced of all the facts about universal credit that he claims, why does he not release the post-implementation review that the Department was apparently putting together and give us the full details of how universal credit is working, instead of relying on a study of a tiny sample of single people without jobs that was conducted more than two years ago, before the...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Ruth George: When the only impact assessment of universal credit we have seen was published five years ago this month, it committed to a post-implementation review within five years and said: “A comprehensive evaluation programme is being developed for Universal Credit” to inform and evaluate long-term policy. Are we not now trying to get some crumbs of the evidence the Government committed to...

Petition - Chicken Farm, Rushden, Northamptonshire: Universal Credit Sanctions (4 Dec 2017)

Ruth George: Does the Minister believe it is correct that a single parent of a 13-year-old child should have to sign up to a claimant commitment to seek work for 35 hours a week when they have a child to look after in the school holidays?

Petition - Chicken Farm, Rushden, Northamptonshire: Universal Credit Sanctions (4 Dec 2017)

Ruth George: Does my hon. Friend agree that it is particularly worrying that the sanctions regime is to be rolled out to people who are already in work? As he says, they are often in insecure work with varying hours, which will leave them open to benefit sanctions for reasons beyond their control.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Garden Towns (4 Dec 2017)

Ruth George: Does the Secretary of State accept that, when new developments are built, it is not in the interests of householders that they are leasehold estates? Will he reiterate the statement he made in July that the Government will not allow the building of any new leasehold homes, and act for those who are already being unfairly treated?

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Business Improvement Districts (30 Nov 2017)

Ruth George: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the areas in which a feasibility study for a Business Improvement District has been conducted, in each of the last 3 years.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Business Improvement Districts (30 Nov 2017)

Ruth George: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which feasibility studies for a Business Improvement District have been (a) approved and (b) allocated funding in each of the last 3 years.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Business Improvement Districts (30 Nov 2017)

Ruth George: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the funding allocated to each Business Improvement District and the consultant in receipt of that funding.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Business Improvement Districts (30 Nov 2017)

Ruth George: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the (a) result and (b) turnout of businesses of each referendum conducted on proposals for a Business Improvement District in each of the last 3 years.

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Ruth George: After seven years of Conservative-led Government and seven years of austerity, my constituents in rural Derbyshire will tell this House that austerity is not working. Both our hospitals are facing closure. Three nurseries have already closed, and more are saying that they cannot continue. Schools are being squeezed by 5% cuts and saying that they cannot continue and are having to lose...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

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