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Insecure Work and the Gig Economy (20 Jun 2018)

Laura Pidcock: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Barnsley East (Stephanie Peacock) on securing this important debate, and on the thoughtful, passionate contributions made by colleagues today—all but one of them from the Opposition. It seems that the Government’s ruthless whipping ended with the last vote to happen in the Chamber. My hon. Friend eloquently captured the fear and...

Insecure Work and the Gig Economy (20 Jun 2018)

Laura Pidcock: It is absolutely nonsensical that the state should subsidise inordinate profits on the one hand and very poor pay on the other. The reality of modern work for millions of people, particularly in the north and in places such as North West Durham, is short-termism, insecurity, low pay and fear. Fixed-term contracts, enforced self-employment and agency work signal a move towards a more...

Insecure Work and the Gig Economy (20 Jun 2018)

Laura Pidcock: I have very little time; I am sorry. A whole industry has exploded to formalise and professionalise insecurity at work, including through the use and abuse of new technology. It is absolutely right that we view that as the challenge of our generation. How we meet the challenges of technology replacing management structures with apps essentially being the employer is one of the most pressing...

Insecure Work and the Gig Economy (20 Jun 2018)

Laura Pidcock: I am so sorry; I cannot. I have gone over my time already, and I want to ensure that my hon. Friend the Member for Barnsley East manages to sum up. Hon. Members have given the Minister many solutions for zero-hours contracts, such as the Swedish derogation, equal rights for agency workers and, crucially, enforcement —things will not improve without enforcement. It is only with workers...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Mental Illness: Next of Kin (19 Jun 2018)

Laura Pidcock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason age is used as part of the definition of nearest relative under Section 26(3) of the Mental Health Act 1983.

Written Answers — Home Office: Visas: Married People (14 Jun 2018)

Laura Pidcock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason the earnings threshold for the Spouse Visa does not take into account differences in livings costs for different areas in the UK.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Automotive Industry (12 Jun 2018)

Laura Pidcock: Contrary to what the Secretary of State has said, over the past six months nearly 2,000 job losses have been announced in the UK’s automotive sector. This week in the media we have seen speculation about thousands of further redundancies caused by a combination of factors, including worries about possible consequences of a no deal Brexit and the absence of the customs union. May I press...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (6 Jun 2018)

Laura Pidcock: Wolsingham school in my constituency has been forced to suspend its sixth form as the result of years of cuts to post-16 education by this ruthless Government and a national funding formula that discriminates against smaller rural communities and their schools. The Education Secretary has washed his hands of the issue. As a result, young people in my community will face four hours or more in...

UK Automotive Industry: Job Losses — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (22 May 2018)

Laura Pidcock: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Warwick and Leamington (Matt Western) on securing this important debate. He said that “the headwinds are strong and many” for the automotive sector. He went on to point out 16 issues, including business rates; energy costs; the move from older energies to renewables; the UK’s future trading relationship following our withdrawal...

UK Automotive Industry: Job Losses — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (22 May 2018)

Laura Pidcock: That is right. I have outlined previously that perhaps some of the confusion and slowness in the process is due to the fact that an initial set of negotiations has to be carried out with two or three Cabinet members before negotiations with the EU can take place. The SMMT says that “neither option currently being considered by government...would provide the frictionless movement of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (22 May 2018)

Laura Pidcock: Contrary to the out-of-touch outlook presented by the hon. Member for Brigg and Goole (Andrew Percy), Eurostat figures show regional inequality in the UK, measured in output per hour, to be the worst in Europe. There is a massive disparity across England, with households in the south-east, the richest area of the UK, having more than double the wealth of those in the north-east, where my...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (21 May 2018)

Laura Pidcock: Dupuytren’s contracture, or miner’s claw, as it is commonly known, is a progressive condition that causes the fingers gradually to curl up, occasionally requiring amputation. It is a very common disease among former miners, and the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council has made it clear to the DWP that there is a link between the use of percussive tools and miner’s claw. Why...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (16 May 2018)

Laura Pidcock: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what research her Department has undertaken into the universal credit claimant experience.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Immigration: Legal Aid Scheme (16 May 2018)

Laura Pidcock: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the demand for legal aid for immigration cases.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Immigration: Legal Aid Scheme (16 May 2018)

Laura Pidcock: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has made a recent assessment of the effect of changes in funding for legal aid on the level of people's access to advice and assistance on immigration issues; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Officers: Sick Leave (16 May 2018)

Laura Pidcock: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent estimate he has made of the number of prison officers on sick leave due to mental health difficulties.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Mental Health Services: Children and Young People (15 May 2018)

Laura Pidcock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to ensure that children and young people have access to appropriate mental health treatment.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Autism (15 May 2018)

Laura Pidcock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the trends in waiting times for Autism Spectrum Disorder assessments; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payment (15 May 2018)

Laura Pidcock: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress she has made on implementing the changes to the 2017 Personal Independence Payment Regulations advised by the High Court in December 2017.

Grenfell Tower Inquiry — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (14 May 2018)

Laura Pidcock: I thank all the people who signed the petition, which has given us the chance to put our demands to the Government on behalf of the bereaved people of Grenfell Tower and the wider community in Kensington. It is always people outside this place rather than Members themselves that push it to progress. To be honest, like many others Members have said, it should not be this difficult to secure a...


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