Ellie Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for secondary schools in South East London.
Ellie Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for primary schools in South East London.
Ellie Reeves: Despite previous reassurances from Health Ministers, I continue to receive reports from constituents of waiting times for referrals to child and adolescent mental health services in excess of nine months and, with an extremely high threshold for support, many are turned away. The Government spend less than 1% of the NHS budget on children’s mental health. When will the Department stop...
Ellie Reeves: Latest departmental figures show that 6% of rough sleepers in London are aged between 18 and 25 and that more than 120,000 children are living in temporary accommodation in England. Young people are suffering as a result of the Tory housing crisis. Why does the Secretary of State think that the number of homeless children fell under Labour, but has risen under the Tories?
Ellie Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the answer of 12 July 2018 to Question 162133 on Hospices: Children, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for the Children’s Hospice Grant; and if he will make a statement.
Ellie Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average length of time was for telephone callers kept on hold before speaking to a Job Centre Plus adviser in each of the last 12 months for which data is available.
Ellie Reeves: As a former employment rights lawyer specialising in maternity discrimination and flexible working, I have been shocked by some of the outdated practices in this place. While I am grateful to you, Mr Speaker, for relaxing the rules to allow my son to go through the voting Lobby with me, it really is time that we became a modern 21st-century workplace. Given that many Members have recently...
Ellie Reeves: Companies such as Uber and Pimlico Plumbers wrongly categorise their workforces as self-employed in order to deny them basic rights such as holiday pay and even the national minimum wage. I have heard what the Minister has had to say today, but when will the Government finally clamp down on false self-employment and exploitative practices?
Ellie Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of criminal cases where evidence has not been fully disclosed.
Ellie Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the trends in the level of funding for the Children's Hospice Grant; and if he will make a statement.
Ellie Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has made an assessment of the long-term viability of the criminal legal aid system; and if he will make a statement.
Ellie Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has made an assessment of the long-term viability of the police station duty solicitor scheme; and if he will make a statement.
Ellie Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department has taken to ensure the adequacy of the number of lawyers (a) entering and (b) remaining in criminal defence.
Ellie Reeves: Howard League research shows that children aged 16 and 17 who are living in children’s homes are at least 15 times more likely than other children of the same age to be criminalised. What discussions have Ministers had with other Departments about reducing the number of care leavers in our justice system?
Ellie Reeves: The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 was intended to save £450 million a year on legal aid, but last year’s spending was more than £950 million down from 2010 levels. As we find ourselves in an access to justice crisis, what discussions have Treasury Ministers had with the Ministry of Justice about increasing the money available for legal aid as part...
Ellie Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what training is provided to prisoners on the use of social media; and under what programmes such training operates.
Ellie Reeves: Breastfeeding is a protective factor against childhood obesity. Although initial rates are about 75%, fewer than 45% of mothers continue to breastfeed by six to eight weeks. There is no mention of breastfeeding in the childhood obesity plan. With health visiting services being cut, what are the Government doing to promote this important part of a child’s nourishment?
Ellie Reeves: Universal credit will be rolled out in my constituency in July. I already deal with lots of constituents who need help getting the benefits they are entitled to, due to unnecessary barriers put up by the DWP. The reality is that half of claimants are unable to make a claim for universal credit online without assistance. What real assurance can the Secretary of State give my constituents? I...
Ellie Reeves: Several constituents have recently come to me to request help with reconsiderations and appeals of Department for Work and Pensions decisions to stop their benefits. Many of these constituents have trouble filling out the forms because of learning disabilities. When may we have a debate specifically about the accessibility and appropriateness of DWP appeal procedures?
Ellie Reeves: As an employment rights lawyer for many years, I have seen time and again how insecure work can blight people’s lives. Between 2006 and 2016, there was a 49.8% increase in self-employment in London. That increase may not, as some claim, indicate an upsurge in entrepreneurial spirit, but it is a symptom of an ever more insecure workforce. I spent the first part of my career working on...