Results 1–20 of 243 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:David Linden

Male Suicide — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

David Linden: I commend the hon. Gentleman on a very powerful speech. I spoke on this very issue on International Men’s Day. Does he recognise a particular role for men’s sheds, where men can come together to have conversations about mental health? We welcome the work being done in Shettleston Men’s Shed, where people can come together to have exactly those conversations, getting them out...

Work Capability Assessments — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

David Linden: I beg to move, That this House has considered work capability assessments. It is good to see you in the Chair, Ms McDonagh. I am really grateful for the opportunity to raise this issue in Parliament today, as flawed work capability assessments have been a major topic in my case load since my election in June this year. May I start by thanking the many charities, organisations and individuals...

Work Capability Assessments — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

David Linden: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for that intervention, and I will come to that point in a moment. I will talk about the difficulties faced by certain groups, in particular people with mental health conditions or learning disabilities, in navigating the WCA process; the lack of information about outcomes for individuals following fit for work determinations; and concerns about the risk of...

Work Capability Assessments — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

David Linden: I know that the Minister is respected across the House for listening; I am sure she will have heard that point, and I hope the hon. Gentleman gets an answer to it in the wind-ups. Finally, I will touch on the impact of assessments, frequent reassessments and poor decision making on the physical and mental health of claimants. We could easily spend the next hour and a half trading statistics...

Work Capability Assessments — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

David Linden: The hon. Lady makes a good point; I very much agree. The latest quarterly release on appeals of work capability assessments shows that 59% of decisions are overturned at appeal. To be blunt, that means that six in every 10 decisions are wrong. That is incredibly alarming. There is, of course, a wider point about the undertaking of work capability assessments by a private sector provider,...

Work Capability Assessments — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

David Linden: I am grateful to the hon. Lady and will come back to how the assessments are conducted, because that forms a major part of my speech. At this juncture, I want to commend to the House the excellent report by Rethink Mental Illness entitled “It’s broken her”. It was published just last week and makes truly harrowing reading. The report lays bare the full extent of the...

Work Capability Assessments — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

David Linden: My hon. Friend makes a powerful point. I am glad that his office was able to help on that occasion, as mine was in the case of my constituent David Stewart. It is all well and good that as Members of Parliament we can intervene in individual cases, but so many people are affected throughout the entire process that our being able to help on a one-off basis is not good enough.

Work Capability Assessments — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

David Linden: I am grateful for that intervention, which leads me on to the recommendations of the Rethink Mental Illness report. The first is: “A major reform of the PIP assessment and the WCA for ESA is needed. This should result in both assessments reducing the distress caused to people affected by mental illness and that better reflect the realities of living with a condition of this type. Such...

Work Capability Assessments — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

David Linden: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. The quotation from James ends: “I came out of the assessment feeling let down, and not listened to, and later I made two attempts on my life. I’m still waiting for the result of my WCA.” That should certainly sound alarm bells in this House. Closer to home, Michelle Ferns, a member of my constituency casework team, has a profoundly...

Work Capability Assessments — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

David Linden: Yes. The hon. Gentleman’s point is very valid; his constituents are lucky to have such a strong representative. Getting a work capability assessment right is vital. Wrong assessments can mean that people with a learning disability are moved to a benefit such as jobseeker’s allowance, which makes many demands that are often difficult for people with a learning disability to...

Work Capability Assessments — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

David Linden: That is a very good question. I am sure that the hon. Gentleman, my constituency neighbour, will press that point with the Minister. I am grateful to all hon. Members attending the debate. I especially thank the Minister for listening this afternoon; I have a huge amount of respect for her, and I look forward to her winding-up speech for the Government. However, what I want from the...

Prison Reform and Safety: UK Fishing Industry (7 Dec 2017)

David Linden: Does the hon. Gentleman understand that one reason why the SNP is calling for Scotland to remain in the single market and the customs union is precisely so that we do not have prime salmon backed-up at customs checkpoints?

Prison Reform and Safety (7 Dec 2017)

David Linden: Through you, Madam Deputy Speaker, I pay tribute to my hon. Friend, who has run an excellent campaign for Paisley 2021, and I very much hope that he gets the news he is looking for tonight. Will my hon. Friend join me in commending the Scottish Government, and particularly the Justice Secretary, Michael Matheson, for the progressive approach we have seen towards women in the prison system?...

Prison Reform and Safety (7 Dec 2017)

David Linden: Careful now!

Social Care (7 Dec 2017)

David Linden: I thank the Minister for advance sight of the statement. I very much hope that we will not regularly have an Opposition day debate that is followed, months down the line, by the Government deciding to sneak in a statement on a Thursday morning, but this is perhaps a one-off. If we are to have a consultation, we should start to look seriously at some of the challenges that we face with an...


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