Results 1–20 of 57 for speaker:Ruth George

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Trading and property allowances (17 Oct 2017)

Ruth George: Obviously, universal credit is being rolled out. That will be a particular detriment to people on very low incomes who are self-employed, because they will be deemed to earn the minimum wage on 35 hours a week throughout the year: around £13,600. If their actual income is below that at the moment, they can receive tax credits and are eligible to apply if they have children and a family....

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Pensions advice (17 Oct 2017)

Ruth George: The hon. Lady makes some valid points, as did my hon. Friend the Member for Bootle. My question is: given that Which? uncovered back in 2015, the fact that the average cost of independent retirement advice on a £100,000 pension pot was £1,863, does she feel that £500 is an appropriate limit for tax relief?

Free Childcare — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Ruth George: I thank all my colleagues who have made such excellent speeches and good points. I simply ask the Minister to revisit the costings and meet providers to learn from them, especially those in outstanding settings employing graduate and fully qualified staff in order to provide the best-quality childcare. Sitting adjourned without Question put ( Standing Order No. 10(11)).

Free Childcare — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Ruth George: Yes, if there is time.

Free Childcare — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Ruth George: I beg to move, That this House has considered the effects of 30 hours free childcare. I am here now, Mr Rosindell—thank you. We are all here because we want all our children to get the best possible start in life and to be as ready for school as they can be, and because we want working parents to know that they can rely on high-quality childcare in a fun, friendly and caring setting...

Free Childcare — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Ruth George: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. A survey of local authorities by the Family and Childcare Trust in February 2017 found that only a third thought that there would be enough childcare for three and four-year-olds using the 30-hour offer, while a third did not know whether there would be a reduction in care quality as a result of the offer’s roll-out. Some 44% of those local...

Free Childcare — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Ruth George: I accept that a study was done in 2015. That was before we knew the outcome of business rate increases and before we had seen the impact on the sector of the national living wage policy and of auto-enrolment. All those things significantly increased the cost of nursery provision and were not known at the time the study was done, so it is erroneous to use those figures for funding projections...

Free Childcare — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Ruth George: In 2015, when those figures were done, they may well have been up to standard, but they do not represent the increase in costs that nurseries have seen in the past two years and certainly will see even more with the increase in auto-enrolment costs and the increase in the national living wage that will be ongoing up until 2020. They figures are utterly at odds with all the evidence that comes...

Free Childcare — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Ruth George: I am afraid I have copies of the emails from the providers in York and Scarborough that were sent during the pilot. They wrote to the Minister about their concerns to do with the pilot that they were participating in, so there seems to be a discrepancy there. In spite of numerous concerns being raised from the pilot areas, national organisations, local authorities and the sector itself, the...

Free Childcare — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Ruth George: Absolutely. I am sorry to have to agree with my hon. Friend. When almost 80% of nurseries have spent time helping families to apply for the 30 hours, and with 14% saying this had taken more than five hours of staff time per week during the summer, it is no wonder that nurseries are struggling. The policy has had a huge impact in my constituency of High Peak. We have seen three nurseries close...

The Arts: Health Effects (11 Oct 2017)

Ruth George: It gives me great pleasure to participate in this debate and to speak about High Peak Community Arts—a fabulous project that has been based in my constituency for more than 20 years, and has helped people with their health and wellbeing throughout that time. It is a real pioneer of outcomes. At the moment, it is funded through five-year lottery funding grants, and it helps people with...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Topical Questions (10 Oct 2017)

Ruth George: All of the local dementia and rehabilitation beds in my rural constituency of High Peak are earmarked for closure. In some cases, patients and their families will have to travel 25 miles across the moors to Chesterfield. Given the importance of staff being able to work with families to support patients to return home, will the Minister agree to look again at such decisions, which make this...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (9 Oct 2017)

Ruth George: While the increase in advance payments is welcome, does the Secretary of State not share my concern that the CAB has said that, on average, claimants have only less than £4 a month to pay back creditors? Therefore, advance payments are simply storing up problems for the future. Will he commit to giving the House a statement on the numbers who are coming into universal credit, the time...

Business of the House (14 Sep 2017)

Ruth George: I am a member of the Work and Pensions Committee, and yesterday we heard from eight organisations that all agreed that the UK is not yet ready for the roll-out of universal credit. As it is due to be rolled out to almost half a million households in the next month, will the Leader of the House please prevail upon her colleague the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to halt or at least...

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Ruth George: I agree with the hon. Gentleman’s comments about the Government seeking to divide public services between those with more men and those with more women. That said, regarding the increase in police pay, an officer in my constituency wrote to me that it was only a 1% increase with a 1% bonus and that they did not get it on their overtime or shift allowances, and that it felt like another...

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Ruth George: As the hon. Gentleman is so concerned about working poverty and children in working households in poverty, what does he think of the Government’s proposals for universal credit, which will cut over £1,500 a year from 2.1 million working households? Debate interrupted.

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