Results 1–20 of 84 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Ruth George

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?

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)

Ruth George: rose—

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

Ruth George: In spite of what he just said, I wonder whether the right hon. and learned Gentleman agrees with the organisation Full Fact, which says that for most of Labour’s last term in office public sector national debt was down, and that it was 36% in 2008-09. Yes, it then went up to 65% in 2009-10, but that was as a result of the global economic crash and the subsequent recession, which...

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

Ruth George: As there is tax relief for R and D, the higher the rate of corporation tax, the greater the incentive for companies to invest in R and D, as the hon. Member for North West Leicestershire (Andrew Bridgen) would do well to learn.

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

Ruth George: Will the Secretary of State give way?

Hydraulic Fracturing: North East Derbyshire — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Ruth George: My constituency also falls under the same local authority. Given that the Minister will ask the local authority to look into all the very valid points raised by the hon. Member for North East Derbyshire (Lee Rowley), if the application is thereby refused by the local authority and is called up before the Secretary of State, will the Secretary of State then give due weighting to exactly the...

Hydraulic Fracturing: North East Derbyshire — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Ruth George: Should the Secretary of State not do so as well?

Hydraulic Fracturing: North East Derbyshire — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Ruth George: As the MP for a constituency that is also in Derbyshire, I accept the valid points that the hon. Gentleman is making. Is it not most regrettable that the Government have passed policy meaning that even if county councils reject an application for fracking, that will almost certainly be overturned under the Government’s guidelines and therefore the views of communities are not being...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Regional Organised Crime Units (20 Nov 2017)

Ruth George: The Minister says that crimes should be referred to the local police force, but my area of Derbyshire has seen 411 fewer police officers in the last eight years, and three police stations in my constituency have closed, in spite of rising crime including knife attacks on Halloween. How does the Minister feel that local police forces will cope with both regional organised crime and local crime?

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Ruth George: I welcome the constructive comments from Members on both sides of the House. I have set up an all-party group to work with all Members, and I would welcome to the group any Member who has concerns, so that we can look seriously at all the problems that have beset universal credit. The six-week wait is just the start. It is just the start of a horrendous time for anyone who is claiming...


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