Results 1–20 of 27 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Fiona Onasanya

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,...

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...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (24 Oct 2017)

Fiona Onasanya: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that this has a tremendous impact on disabled people? We have asked for the roll-out to be paused and rectified instead of continued at a time when the Government know that the system is not working.

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Fiona Onasanya: Does my hon. Friend agree that the stark reality is that members of the public might think that it is par for the course that this sort of thing happens to people who do these jobs? Does he also agree that the Bill will use the full force of the law to show that we unanimously disagree that the people who protect us should have to go through that?

Grenfell Tower (19 Oct 2017)

Fiona Onasanya: The Secretary of State has talked about financial support through financial flexibilities, but I would be grateful if he specifically confirmed, or even agreed, that what he is referring to is a loan and that financial provision needs to increase because budgets have been cut. Charities have raised more than £24 million for the survivors of this horrific tragedy. How do they access that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Civil Aviation (19 Oct 2017)

Fiona Onasanya: What assessment he has made of the potential effect on the aviation sector of the UK leaving the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Civil Aviation (19 Oct 2017)

Fiona Onasanya: In light of that answer, can the Secretary of State give an assurance that the Government will pursue an unchanged operating environment for the aviation sector in the Brexit negotiations with the EU?

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Fiona Onasanya: Delay is not denial. We are asking that the roll-out of universal credit be paused and the system rectified before roll-out. If the roll-out is not paused and the policy continues as is, it will be less universal credit and more universal crisis. In its current state it is hurting, not working, as we have heard from Members on both sides of the House. My constituent Mr Bloy has explained to...

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Fiona Onasanya: Does my hon. Friend agree that because actions speak louder than words, we need to do more now? This has been going on for years, yet we sit back and do nothing, which is the opposite of what we should be doing. Does she agree we should do more now, make a stand, and do all we can to stop this genocide?

Race Disparity Audit (10 Oct 2017)

Fiona Onasanya: I am slightly confused, so will the Government confirm something for me? Lots of information has been provided, but some of the data collated were already in place and the Government have not specifically told us what they are going to do about that data. A couple of problems have been identified, but talking about mentoring schemes is not the sole answer to those problems.


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