Results 1–20 of 400 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Hugh Gaffney

Bus Passes: 1950s-born Women — [Sir Christopher Chope in the Chair] (30 Oct 2019)

Hugh Gaffney: This is a really important issue for WASPI women. All we are asking for on their behalf is a bus pass. It seems to me that there are comments attacking the older generation now. People want to take their free TV licence off them, for example. The WASPI women are suffering financial hardship. These people have worked and paid taxes all their life. They do not ask for a lot, and I fully support...

Child Poverty in Scotland — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (30 Oct 2019)

Hugh Gaffney: I thank everybody who has spoken, including my hon. Friends the Members for East Lothian (Martin Whitfield), for Edinburgh South (Ian Murray) and for Glasgow North East (Mr Sweeney) and the hon. Members for Glasgow South West (Chris Stephens), for North Ayrshire and Arran (Patricia Gibson), for Central Ayrshire (Dr Whitford), for Motherwell and Wishaw (Marion Fellows), for Argyll and Bute...

Child Poverty in Scotland — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (30 Oct 2019)

Hugh Gaffney: I beg to move, That this House has considered child poverty in Scotland. I thank all Members who have taken the time to come to this important debate. We all came into the House seeking to improve the lives of children and young people. That is why some of our most passionate debates are about childcare, education and apprenticeships. We often share the same goal, but perhaps disagree on the...

Child Poverty in Scotland — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (30 Oct 2019)

Hugh Gaffney: That is true. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has estimated that two thirds of children living in poverty are in households where at least one adult is in paid work. Almost 30% of children live in households where three or more children are classed as living in poverty.

Child Poverty in Scotland — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (30 Oct 2019)

Hugh Gaffney: I could not agree more. People used to think they were working to get out of poverty—not so nowadays. The figures highlight the fact that we have a real crisis with child poverty in Scotland. The Resolution Foundation has projected that child poverty across Scotland will likely rise to 30% by the mid-2020s, despite the target to reduce child poverty to 18%.

Child Poverty in Scotland — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (30 Oct 2019)

Hugh Gaffney: We are all here to help the children, whether in Scotland, England, Wales or Northern Ireland. That is what it is all about.

Child Poverty in Scotland — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (30 Oct 2019)

Hugh Gaffney: Yes. I will come on to two-child cap poverty. History shows that we can tackle child poverty in Scotland. The largest falls in the poverty rate recorded in the past 20 years were among pensioners and children. From the late 1990s, child poverty across Scotland fell significantly because of the policy choices made by the Labour Government. The Labour Government redesigned the welfare state...

Child Poverty in Scotland — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (30 Oct 2019)

Hugh Gaffney: I thank the hon. Lady for that staggering fact. How sad is it that, in this day and age, children are dying from poverty before they are 15? If we are to tackle child poverty in Scotland, we must look at whether current policies help us to do so. Since 2010, the Government have implemented a series of welfare reforms, such as universal credit. As we all know from our surgeries and...

Child Poverty in Scotland — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (30 Oct 2019)

Hugh Gaffney: I totally agree. That is a change we can make today. The Government decided to implement a two-child limit policy, despite warnings from this House and charities that it would worsen child poverty in Scotland. What was warned about has come to pass, and almost 4,000 low-income families in Scotland are affected, with a loss of £3,000 per year for each family. We cannot ignore the impact of...

Child Poverty in Scotland — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (30 Oct 2019)

Hugh Gaffney: The Scottish Government should use more of their powers to help children. They have the powers; we are asking them to use them. The Scottish Government’s own figures reveal that there was a 4% increase in the number of children living in temporary accommodation last year. Nearly 7,000 children now live in temporary accommodation in Scotland, and last year, 38 children were made homeless...

Child Poverty in Scotland — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (30 Oct 2019)

Hugh Gaffney: Are those houses social housing? Are those houses council housing? Although the Scottish Government have introduced a £10-per-week child support payment, it will not be fully in place until 2022. My good friend Mark Griffin MSP highlighted that nearly 60,000 children will lose out on the child support payment because initial applications will be restricted to children who are five and under....

Child Poverty in Scotland — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (30 Oct 2019)

Hugh Gaffney: I said at the beginning that we are here to get the right policies. I want the right policies in the Scottish Government. The Government should end the five-week wait that claimants must go through, as the hon. Member for Glasgow South West (Chris Stephens) said, before they receive their initial universal credit payment. I was also concerned to hear that the Secretary of State for Work and...

Leaving the EU: Workers’ Rights (29 Oct 2019)

Hugh Gaffney: The Tory party talks about protecting workers. Thomas Cook: no say and no pay. Asda: sign or resign. Royal Mail: agreements made but not honoured. Where is the intervention from the Tory Government? They will further weaken workers’ rights after Brexit, including on health and safety. Why is there no legal protection for existing workers’ rights in the withdrawal agreement?

The Economy (24 Oct 2019)

Hugh Gaffney: It is a pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Newport West (Ruth Jones). It is a new Session of Parliament, but we are still hearing the same old ideas from the Government. This was not a Queen’s Speech offering a serious programme for government; it was a pre-election stunt by a Prime Minister who promises everything but can deliver nothing. He has no majority, no mandate, and...

Business of the House (22 Oct 2019)

Hugh Gaffney: I am a new pupil, so perhaps Mr Speaker can help me. As we are now back to the Queen’s Speech, which amendments will be selected? What about amendment (b) on the TV licence?

Business of the House (22 Oct 2019)

Hugh Gaffney: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I just want some clarification before the Leader of the House leaves the House. He just said something very important about the Prime Minister’s signature on the letter to the EU. Can you make that point clear?

Preparations for Leaving the European Union (21 Oct 2019)

Hugh Gaffney: Operation Yellowhammer documents previously revealed that a no-deal Brexit would affect food provision, and that those on low incomes in the UK would be most affected. Food banks are increasingly concerned about the impact of a no-deal Brexit on their food supplies, so have the Government issued any guidance or undertaken any preparation with food bank providers to ensure that their...

Prime Minister’s Statement: European Union (Withdrawal) Acts (19 Oct 2019)

Hugh Gaffney: Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. Can you clarify whether the Queen’s Speech amendments—I have one on free TV licences—will still be considered on Monday? Will there be space in the timetable to hear those amendments?

Business of the House (17 Oct 2019)

Hugh Gaffney: This week, the Communication Workers Union made history when it voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action against Royal Mail: 97% voted in favour of strike action on a turnout of 76%, defying the undemocratic Trade Union Act 2016. Will the Leader of the House stand with those postal workers as they fight for their jobs and terms and conditions, and against a proposed sale of...

Petition - University Hospital Monklands (16 Oct 2019)

Hugh Gaffney: I rise to present a petition on behalf of residents of Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill. The petition states: The petition of residents of Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill, Declares that the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport Jeane Freeman’s unilateral executive decision to remove the current site of University Hospital Monklands as an option for the location...


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