Results 1–20 of 43 for speaker:Fiona Onasanya

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Victim Support Schemes: Staff (23 Jan 2018)

Fiona Onasanya: What recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of victim support officers.

Warwick District Council: New Offices (10 Jan 2018)

Fiona Onasanya: From what my hon. Friend is saying, it springs to my mind that the council knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. Councils are not meeting the affordable housing tariffs they set for themselves. In my constituency, for the past two years Peterborough City Council has approved proposals that have not met its 30% social and affordable housing tariff. His council has not met its...

Prime Minister: Engagements (10 Jan 2018)

Fiona Onasanya: In a March 2005 interview, the Prime Minister said: “Not getting things done; and seeing people’s lives hurt by government bureaucracy” makes her depressed. In light of that comment, can the Prime Minister tell me whether she considers it reasonable and acceptable for the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to withhold the licence of my constituent, Mr Coleman, for more than...

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Fiona Onasanya: I not only congratulate but commend my hon. Friend the Member for Easington (Grahame Morris) on introducing this important debate. I have heard many voices across the Chamber, but we must recognise the injustice that these women have suffered. It is not a case of simply saying, “We hear the issues that our constituents have raised with us.” We need to listen. The hon. Member for...

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Fiona Onasanya: I agree with my hon. Friend. That is absolutely correct. We need to understand that the state pension is not a welfare benefit. We are not saying, “Sorry, some of you have paid in but we just cannot do what we promised you.” If someone has worked since they were 15 and paid into a system that they believed would pay them back in their time of need, if they have been relying on...

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

Fiona Onasanya: I beg to move, That this House has considered the provision of children’s services by local authorities. It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to debate the provision of children’s services by local authorities. My reason for introducing the debate is that I understand that the pressures facing children’s services are rapidly becoming unsustainable, with the combination...

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

Fiona Onasanya: I agree, but local authorities need to have funds to invest in resources to make prevention a possibility. We cannot keep cutting their funding and expect them to do more with less. I would be more than willing to join a Backbench Business Committee debate, but the issue that I am seeking to highlight is that the funding strategy is failing our local authorities.

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

Fiona Onasanya: I absolutely agree. The fact that we are cutting vital funds to local authorities has a direct impact on the services that can be provided, and those whose families are from an impoverished background are disproportionately affected.

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

Fiona Onasanya: I agree. When we talk about funding for children, we have to look at the whole family, or at the whole child, so to speak. A child is not there in and of themselves—they come from a family. When looking at prevention, we need to look at how the child got into that position in the first place and what steps can be taken to support families, to ensure that they can be the support network...

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

Fiona Onasanya: I agree. My concern, however, is that if we shift the focus solely to either the NHS or education, we are missing something, because preventative services that local authorities provide need to get in early. If funding is not there at the outset, that has a knock-on effect and affects education. Teachers have to be the parent and the teacher—raising the children rather than just...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Fiona Onasanya: On Wednesday 18 October 2017, 80 Members from across the House debated a motion calling for a pause in the roll-out of universal credit. The hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire (Heidi Allen) said that she was touched by the speech made by my right hon. Friend the Member for Birkenhead (Frank Field), but we had an opportunity to pause and fix the system then. We had a chance to say,...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Fiona Onasanya: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention, but I beg to differ. If I had a vehicle that failed its MOT, I would fix it before putting it back on the road. I would not say, “I’ll keep on driving and see what happens.” The motion in October was passed unanimously—by a vote of 299 to 0. None the less, despite that unanimous motion to pause the roll-out so that it...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Fiona Onasanya: I thank the hon. Gentleman but, again, I beg to differ. The roll-out of universal credit started in my constituency on 15 November. The lady who manages my district advised me that the first payments would be received on 27 December, the day after Boxing day. We talk about changes, helping people and this being six benefits in one. We are saying to people, “For a period, there will be...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Fiona Onasanya: What I do recognise is that most of those people’s rents are paid weekly. I pay my mortgage monthly, and I was able to choose the payment date that would suit me on the basis of the receipt of my salary. Fortunately, I could also take advantage of a payment holiday if I got into trouble. That does not work for these people, unless we say to organisations such as utility providers,...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Females (4 Dec 2017)

Fiona Onasanya: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of female prisoners.

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

Fiona Onasanya: I want to pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Bury North (James Frith), who talked about this being an ABC Budget. I also want to mention my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Edgbaston (Preet Kaur Gill), because my constituency has also seen a huge increase in demand for services. In particular, there has been a rise in the number of people who find themselves homeless, and in...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Universal Credit (28 Nov 2017)

Fiona Onasanya: What discussions he has had with Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the potential effect of the roll-out of universal credit on levels of household income?

Written Answers — Department of Health: Medicine: Research (27 Nov 2017)

Fiona Onasanya: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to improve the accessibility and affordability of medicines developed from publicly-funded research.

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Leprosy (21 Nov 2017)

Fiona Onasanya: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, for what reason her Department excluded leprosy from UK funding priorities for the neglected tropical diseases programmes.


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