Results 1–20 of 23 for speaker:Sarah Jones

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Sarah Jones: My cautionary tale from Croydon is similar to that of my hon. Friend the Member for Bermondsey and Old Southwark (Neil Coyle). People in my constituency were among the first to experience the full service roll-out of UC back in 2015, and the size of Croydon means that our borough has the highest case load in the country. In Croydon, we have seen UC’s problems play out slowly over time,...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Sarah Jones: The hon. Gentleman talks of the transformational impact of universal credit, so will he please comment on the transformation for my constituents? In Croydon, two thirds of families in local authority housing are now in rent arrears and face eviction, compared with less than a third before universal credit was introduced.

Autism Diagnosis — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (13 Sep 2017)

Sarah Jones: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Enfield, Southgate (Bambos Charalambous) on his speech and on calling this important debate. The things that he and others said about diagnosis and data, and the personal stories we have heard, are powerful and make a very good case. When I go knocking on doors in Croydon, it is unusual not to meet somebody who has a child with...

Exiting the European Union: VAT Rates (7 Sep 2017)

Sarah Jones: What discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on changes to VAT rates after the UK leaves the EU.

Exiting the European Union: VAT Rates (7 Sep 2017)

Sarah Jones: Our children go back to school this week, and parents are still paying a fortune for branded school uniforms. Cutting VAT on uniforms for older children would save some £200 million, but this cannot be done under current EU law. My constituents have asked me to ask Ministers to raise this matter whenever the negotiations turn to VAT.

Knife Crime (6 Sep 2017)

Sarah Jones: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, for allowing this debate following a summer in which once again we have seen the devastating impact of knife crime. A month ago tomorrow, 15-year-old Jermaine Groupall was stabbed to death in Croydon. Jermaine was the 15th teenager to die in a knife attack in London this year—15 young lives wasted. These devastating stories are in the news every time we...

Knife Crime (6 Sep 2017)

Sarah Jones: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right, and I will refer later in my remarks to education, which is key. Knife crime is increasing. Comparative data from NHS hospitals show us that there was a 13% increase in admissions for assault by sharp object between 2015 and 2016. The Minister will be aware of the growing concern about county lines operated by urban criminal networks.

Knife Crime (6 Sep 2017)

Sarah Jones: Yes, I agree with the hon. Gentleman that we need to do more. County lines is a new and developing issue that I have learned about in Croydon. Gangs go out as far as Cardiff and down to the south coast from London and other UK cities. They are spreading out, and we need to do more. Police resourcing is absolutely key, but we need to work together even more. Children from Aberdeen to Cardiff...

Knife Crime (6 Sep 2017)

Sarah Jones: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Over the summer, I walked around with the police looking for knives, and I talked to senior police officers and many others about the impact on their work of the cuts to their budgets and to other services. I heard about policeman buying food for children whom they had picked up before taking them home, because those children did not have enough food to...

Knife Crime (6 Sep 2017)

Sarah Jones: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. When I was walking around with the local police looking for knives on a local council estate, I talked to them about the impact of the cuts on their job, and they said the impact was very severe and that they could not do the things they wanted to do. For example, one of the things they do not have the resources to do is to go into schools to normalise the...

Knife Crime (6 Sep 2017)

Sarah Jones: It is something that we need to look at. Teachers are overstretched in many ways: many support staff posts have been cut and teachers have to deal with children with special educational needs without the necessary resources. It is therefore hard to give them extra responsibilities for intervening if they believe a knife has been brought into school. However, we have to take action. The...

Knife Crime (6 Sep 2017)

Sarah Jones: The hon. Gentleman is right. I welcome the steps that the Home Secretary has already taken and I think we could do more. It is abhorrent that young people—children—find it easy to buy knives online or in shops. We should do everything we can to prevent that. The direct intervention in America and in pockets here works and has high levels of success. I have visited projects and met...

Knife Crime (6 Sep 2017)

Sarah Jones: I support the Mayor’s knife crime strategy. I do not think he is in a position to bridge the funding gap in the way that is required both for policing and for interventions in youth services and other services throughout the capital, but I know that he too is lobbying the Government for the funds that we need to tackle the problem. I know that he is doing absolutely everything he can,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (19 Jul 2017)

Sarah Jones: Does the Prime Minister agree that the huge increase in knife crime has tragic consequences for families in constituencies such as mine? What will she do to work with me and other Members on both sides of the House to find solutions to this blight on young lives, including looking again at the budget for policing?

Humanitarian Situation in Mosul: Grenfell Tower Fire Inquiry (12 Jul 2017)

Sarah Jones: I am pleased to be making my maiden speech in such an important debate, and I congratulate my hon. Friends the Members for Barnsley East (Stephanie Peacock), for Lewisham West and Penge (Ellie Reeves) and for Kensington (Emma Dent Coad) on their contributions today. I am deeply proud to have been elected as the first ever woman MP in Croydon. I pay tribute to my predecessor, Gavin Barwell,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (29 Jun 2017)

Sarah Jones: Croydon, with its vibrant Tech City, the redevelopment of Fairfield Halls and its unique street art scene, is fast becoming the new cultural hub of the south-east. Has the Minister lobbied for continued access to, or equivalent funding for, the £1.1 billion Creative Europe programme post-Brexit, which is such an important source of funding for the creative arts?

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Southern: Standards (27 Jun 2017)

Sarah Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the (a) delays and (b) knock-on delays caused to Southern services at peak time due to holding trains to prevent simultaneous arrivals on platforms 15-19 at London Victoria station.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Victoria Station: Overcrowding (27 Jun 2017)

Sarah Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps (a) his Department and (b) Network Rail are taking to ease peak-time overcrowding for Brighton Main Line passengers on platforms 15-19 at London Victoria.

Grenfell Tower Fire/Fire Safety (26 Jun 2017)

Sarah Jones: As someone who previously worked for Shelter, may I thank that organisation and all the other charitable organisations that are working so hard in the constituency to do what they can for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire? What is the Government’s timeline to rehouse all the displaced Grenfell survivors from temporary accommodation into long-term, stable homes in their local community?


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