Results 1–20 of 120 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Alex Burghart

Orkambi and Cystic Fibrosis — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (19 Mar 2018)

Alex Burghart: My hon. Friend is being extremely generous with his time. Is it the case that this treatment might prevent certain conditions from escalating, and so prevent people from having to move on subsequently to more expensive treatments?

Money Laundering (19 Mar 2018)

Alex Burghart: Will the Minister update the House on what is being done to confiscate the assets of those guilty of gross human rights violations?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Children in Need (19 Mar 2018)

Alex Burghart: If he will take steps to improve outcomes for children in need.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Children in Need (19 Mar 2018)

Alex Burghart: I strongly welcome the review that was announced last week. Many of us have been pushing for that for a long time, and I am sure that it will make a difference to the nearly 400,000 children in need in our country. As the Minister goes about the review, will he commit to using the considerable data at his disposal to highlight those areas and children that buck the trend, so that we can learn...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (14 Mar 2018)

Alex Burghart: On the subject of Northern Ireland, does the Prime Minister stand by the commitments made in the joint report of December, and will she confirm that we will accept nothing that will undermine the integrity of the United Kingdom?

Social Workers (13 Mar 2018)

Alex Burghart: I thank you very much, Mr Hollobone, and all hon. Members who have taken part in the debate. One of the resounding messages that we can send out from this place is that we all value highly the work that social workers do. It is an extraordinarily difficult job. When we contemplate the families who are helped by the expertise of this professional body, we have only to imagine what would happen...

Social Workers (13 Mar 2018)

Alex Burghart: I beg to move, That this House has considered the contribution to society of social workers. It is an honour to serve under you, Mr Hollobone, and a real pleasure for me to call this debate in Westminster Hall. I would like to record for Hansard that the room is heaving and that the Public Gallery is packed, with standing room only. Alas, I cannot, because there is an important debate on...

Social Workers (13 Mar 2018)

Alex Burghart: I completely agree; the hon. Gentleman makes his point powerfully. I have come to see social workers as the fifth emergency service, although I got in trouble for saying that many years ago—I got an angry letter from the coastguard—so I have ceased to say that. Social workers are one of our emergency services, but unlike the others, the majority of people never come into contact...

Social Workers (13 Mar 2018)

Alex Burghart: I was grateful to Unison and the British Association of Social Workers for the briefings they sent me in advance of the debate. I understand that the survey reported in the Unison briefing represents some challenges for the profession and its working environment. I will always be found looking to Government to provide more resources for vulnerable people. I would say on behalf of the...

Social Workers (13 Mar 2018)

Alex Burghart: I think for the people in this room, every day is national social worker day. I am sure we celebrate the work they do in our daily lives and in our jobs.

Social Workers (13 Mar 2018)

Alex Burghart: Unbeknown to us, national social worker day is later this week—what we have achieved in the debate already! Most of my remarks will be confined to children’s social work as it is the area that I know best. That is in no way to denigrate the extraordinary work that adult social workers do. Indeed, on Friday I was with some of the adult social workers in Essex, who were absolutely...

Social Workers (13 Mar 2018)

Alex Burghart: Very much so. Part of the work that was pioneered by a number of local authorities and pushed by central Government around 2010 was a multi-agency approach. It is now very common in local authorities to see experienced social workers in an office alongside representatives from the local police force, local mental health services and a range of local agencies, so they can have those...

Social Workers (13 Mar 2018)

Alex Burghart: Indeed. Instead of building a system that could, at its worst extent, be one of professional buck-passing, we have seen the development of collaborative working in the truest sense. Where that has happened, we know that vulnerable children and families are most likely to be getting the support they need. During the course of our work in those days, we came across a number of obstinate...

Social Workers (13 Mar 2018)

Alex Burghart: The Munro review of child protection emphasised very strongly the need for a systems learning model. That means that everyone who is involved in the child protection system and in looking after vulnerable children must be able to voice their concerns and opinions and have a fair hearing. It is only by listening to different people operating in different parts of the system that we can get the...

Social Workers (13 Mar 2018)

Alex Burghart: Absolutely; Edward Timpson was an excellent Children’s Minister. He had a lot of respect in the sector, and rightly so. He came from a family that had first-hand experience of fostering, and he brought a huge wealth of real-life experience to his role. It is good to hear that he was respected on both sides of the House. One of the things brought in at DFE after 2010, as I was saying,...

Social Workers (13 Mar 2018)

Alex Burghart: I certainly see the case that the hon. Gentleman makes. The point I was making, which is not completely dissimilar, is that the troubled families programme brings with it a large budget. I have been pleased to observe over the past few years that the proportion of families on the troubled families programme with a child in need has risen and risen, as more local authorities take that budget...

Universal Credit (13 Mar 2018)

Alex Burghart: I thank the hon. Lady for giving way; she is being extremely generous with her time. The Labour party manifesto committed to extend free school meals to all primary school pupils. This is an additional extension of free school meals to a lot more children who are in secondary school. Will the hon. Lady please tell us how much that would cost and how her party would fund it if it was in power?

Spring Statement (13 Mar 2018)

Alex Burghart: A number of hon. Members have mentioned the next generation. Is it not the case that only this Government’s approach can really deliver true intergenerational fairness, because the alternative is ever-increasing borrowing, which would be put on the shoulders of young people?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (12 Mar 2018)

Alex Burghart: What recent assessment has the Department made of the success of the troubled families programme?

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