Results 1–20 of 44 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Laura Pidcock

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?

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Laura Pidcock: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. I said that members of the Department for Work and Pensions work very, very hard. I did not—

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Laura Pidcock: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Oldham East and Saddleworth (Debbie Abrahams) for securing this debate and pursuing this issue. This is probably going to be the last time I speak in this place on this issue before UC is rolled out in my constituency on 13 December. That is a daunting prospect, not because I have just made things up or because I am scaremongering, but because of...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Laura Pidcock: I will not give way. If you do not acknowledge that power dynamics exist—

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Laura Pidcock: Conservative Members will not acknowledge that power dynamics sometimes prevent the truth from being heard.

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Laura Pidcock: rose—

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Laura Pidcock: I am not going to give way, so Conservative Members should save their energy. Colleagues on the Opposition Benches have conveyed their deep unrest at the system, not to score political points but to try to get the Government to see what we see: people in work and out of work enduring what is essentially an ill-thought-out experiment. It is an experiment built on deeply flawed assumptions...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Laura Pidcock: I am not giving way to Government Members. I have heard enough of their contributions about my community. I have sat here for hours. I want to say my piece and then continue to listen to the rest of the debate. The Select Committee will not have time to analyse the evidence. The announcements that were made by the Chancellor will not take effect until next year, so they mean nothing to the...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Laura Pidcock: For clarity, not one Conservative Member of Parliament has written to the Speaker to speak on behalf of public sector workers on the pay cap. They may not be the enemy, but there is a strong lack of interest in public sector workers.

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Laura Pidcock: I proudly declare my membership of Unite and I want to say well done to all the people who signed the petition to allow us to have this debate. I want the Minister to tell us two things. First, since pay rose by just 4.4% between 2010 and 2016 yet the cost of living rose by 22%, do the Government accept that they have in reality inflicted a real-terms pay cut on public sector workers? I say...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Laura Pidcock: I could not agree more with my hon. Friend. Joining a trade union is the only way that workers will improve their terms and conditions under this Government. The inequality between this place and the rest of the public services has been mentioned. How can it be right that Members awarded themselves a 10% pay rise in 2015 while most public sector workers’ pay was capped at 1%? People...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Laura Pidcock: Absolutely. If our public sector workers worked to rule, this country would come to a standstill—it would collapse. It makes no sense at all to suppress these workers’ wages. As hon. Members have said, people who are skint do not spend in their local economy; they are very cautious with their spending. Public sector workers need an above-inflation pay rise as part of a properly...

State Pension Age: Women (29 Nov 2017)

Laura Pidcock: I thought I would never hear the likes of it, but I have: the idea that the solution is for people to draw down their bus pass; or that, somehow, it is not offensive—I am looking at the hon. Member for Redditch (Rachel Maclean)—to offer a 65-year-old woman an apprenticeship. That is completely out of touch with this nation, and I am offended on behalf of these women. I want to...

State Pension Age: Women (29 Nov 2017)

Laura Pidcock: I am sorry, but there is not time. In our universal credit debate, I heard the argument, which I reject, that the system of monthly payments teaches people lessons. But if we apply the premise from that debate—the one about expectations and notification—the Government have absolutely failed. For these women, who have not had adequate time to prepare, who have had inadequate...

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

Laura Pidcock: As a nation, we have been socialised to think of the economy in abstract terms. It is analysed as a distant entity that needs to be served, slavishly, to keep the big, scary beast from collapse. When we hear the Chancellor tell us that inequality has narrowed, that there are more people in work and that our public services are protected, we could almost believe him. That is, if we did not...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Laura Pidcock: First, I will not take lessons from the other side about how angry we should be on this issue. We are experiencing the suffering in our communities. This debate and all the expressions of concern about this shambolic system lead me to one question: what would it actually take for the Government to pause this roll-out? All the advice services, experts in the field, local authorities, housing...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Laura Pidcock: Absolutely not. We have heard enough from that side. Removing the severe disability premium and the enhanced disability premium is callous and part of a wider agenda of reducing the welfare budget. It will lead to disabled people—I repeat, disabled people—being worse off. Also, direct payments to claimants are creating rent arrears. As of yesterday, according to Karbon Homes in my...

European Economic Area: Uk Membership: Transport in the North (6 Nov 2017)

Laura Pidcock: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Kingston upon Hull North (Diana Johnson) for securing this debate, and not least for the opportunity to be surrounded by so many northerners. The 1980s Thatcherite initiative of bus deregulation and privatisation has been an unmitigated disaster for my constituents in North West Durham. The model introduced competition between private companies because...


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