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Public Bill Committee: Finance (No. 2) Bill: Research and development expenditure credit (11 Jan 2018)

Laura Pidcock: That disparity in investment does not make sense, because economic growth, employment rates and average earnings are all worse than average in the north-east. I do not see any mechanism to redress that disparity; I wonder whether my hon. Friend does.

Public Bill Committee: Finance (No. 2) Bill: Research and development expenditure credit (11 Jan 2018)

Laura Pidcock: Does my hon. Friend think that the Government have calculated the one percentage point figure on the basis that we are exiting the European Union and on formal calculations about what the net consequence of removal from the EU will be, or is this just an arbitrary figure?

Public Bill Committee: Finance (No. 2) Bill: Research and development expenditure credit (11 Jan 2018)

Laura Pidcock: Even within the European Union, the north-east has suffered grave inequalities when it comes to research and development jobs, of which there are 5,300 compared with 36,000 in the south-east. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the Bill does nothing to get rid of that disparity? The worry is that outside the European Union, it will be further exacerbated.

Public Bill Committee: Finance (No. 2) Bill: Research and development expenditure credit (11 Jan 2018)

Laura Pidcock: Will the Minister explain the severe imbalances in research and development across the country and how he will address them?

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations (8 Jan 2018)

Laura Pidcock: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what qualifications health professionals completing a Personal Independence Payment medical assessment should possess to be able to assess people with a mental health issue.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payment: Mental Illness (8 Jan 2018)

Laura Pidcock: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria his Department applies when assessing claimants with mental health issues for Personal Independence Payments.

Written Answers — Home Office: Visas: Applications (21 Dec 2017)

Laura Pidcock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost to the public purse has been of processing visa applications which were rejected since 2010; and what the amount accruing to the public purse in fees charged to applicants for those visa applications was in that period.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Dec 2017)

Laura Pidcock: We in North West Durham have some of the best schools—

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Dec 2017)

Laura Pidcock: We in North West Durham have some of the very best schools, but whatever the new funding formula, they are dealing with deficits after years of real-terms cuts and feeling the corrosive effect of academisation. On collaboration, school staff are working for longer for less pay. Please, Prime Minister, do not say there is more money in our schools. The fact remains that a significant...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of provisions of this Act (19 Dec 2017)

Laura Pidcock: The hon. Gentleman is celebrating two female Prime Ministers somehow drastically pulling every single woman out of poverty. That is not the answer. We need structural change and the evidence to tell us whether women are equal, not the tokenism of two female leaders. Margaret Thatcher did not do much to pull women in my community out of poverty.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of provisions of this Act (19 Dec 2017)

Laura Pidcock: Absolutely. We are seeing lots of inadequacies in the universal credit system, which completely smash out of the water the idea that work pays under the Conservative Government. Even taking account of housing costs, which I know take a huge slice of wages from people in the south-east, in the north-east we are still £84 a week worse off. The disparities in investment in my constituency...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of provisions of this Act (19 Dec 2017)

Laura Pidcock: It is heartbreaking. Of course we want to keep as many of those brilliant young people in my constituency as possible, with the education they have received being put back into infrastructure and a rich economy, but the long-term employment just is not there. New clause 6 would also address gender inequality, because it is women in my constituency and right across the country who have borne...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of provisions of this Act (19 Dec 2017)

Laura Pidcock: Sorry, but is this a debate or a questions session?

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of provisions of this Act (19 Dec 2017)

Laura Pidcock: In my speech I was talking about precarious work. In debates on universal credit, Government Members talk about it getting people into work faster, but we know that the system is for people who are in work and that they receive a top-up payment because their pay is low. I meet many people in my constituency, including social care workers who do not get paid for their mileage. They are...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of provisions of this Act (19 Dec 2017)

Laura Pidcock: As my hon. Friend the Member for Brent Central (Dawn Butler), Labour's shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, said, new clause 6 would require the Chancellor to carry out and publish a review of the Bill’s effect on equality. In short, it touches on the fundamental difference between the Labour party and this failing Government, whose policies work for only the richest few. New...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payments: Mental Health (18 Dec 2017)

Laura Pidcock: Constituents and support agencies in North West Durham have told me that the assessment to determine entitlement to PIP is too black and white, and is not able truly to capture a person’s day-to-day life with all the nuances that involves, especially when assessing mental health problems. This is leading to traumatic and humiliating experiences, and claims being refused to people who...

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Laura Pidcock: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Easington (Grahame Morris) for securing this debate. My mam is a WASPI woman. As the daughter of a WASPI woman, worse than the so-called burden on my generation or younger generations is seeing my mam not getting what she deserves, and the consequences of that, so I definitely do not see it as a burden. There is an overwhelming case to reach a...

Prison Reform and Safety (7 Dec 2017)

Laura Pidcock: I want to concentrate on just one aspect of the prison system, the workforce. Prison officers are working with people with complex mental health issues and people who have experienced trauma throughout their lives. Prison officers work day in and day out with people who may assault them. They keep watch over people who want to end their life. They are at the forefront of tackling organised...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (7 Dec 2017)

Laura Pidcock: Will the Secretary of State give an assurance that following our withdrawal from the EU, farmers in my constituency will have a clear and accessible route to apply for stewardship and environmental schemes, because at the moment the process is arduous and complex?


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