Ellie Reeves: I was taken to hospital by ambulance last month, having fallen ill. It was a horrible experience, which was made much better by the ambulance staff, who showed such kindness and professionalism to me and my two-year-old son. I got talking to them in the ambulance and they told me that they faced abuse on a daily basis. I told them about this Bill, and they wanted to pass on their thanks to my...
Ellie Reeves: I thank my hon. Friend for securing this important debate. Members might know of an incident that happened in Penge last year, when two of my constituents, Makayah McDermott—a 10-year old boy and aspiring young actor—and his aunt, Rozanne Cooper, were killed when a stolen vehicle was travelling at 55 miles per hour in a residential area just opposite a playpark. That case is...
Ellie Reeves: Over the past six months, 35 motor vehicle thefts and a rise in moped-related crime have been reported in Penge. Yesterday, it was reported that an acid attack occurred in broad daylight. Many of my constituents are becoming increasingly concerned. What exactly is the Department doing to combat such crimes?
Ellie Reeves: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak in this debate. Before entering this place, I was an employment rights lawyer for more than a decade, so this issue is very important to me. I represented dismissed and discriminated against employees for many years, and saw at first hand the devastating effect that the way they had been treated had on their lives. The Bill clearly seeks to narrow...
Ellie Reeves: This is not about big corporates; I am talking about adequately compensating people who have been sacked or discriminated against at work. In my experience, a sacked worker’s priority is to receive a fair settlement, not to avoid tax. It seems to me to be another example of the Government hounding people when they are at their most vulnerable, when instead they should be helping and...
Ellie Reeves: I absolutely agree. The clause will penalise people who have lost their jobs and people who have been discriminated against—
Ellie Reeves: May I deal with the intervention I am currently dealing with first? People who have lost their jobs and been discriminated against often get small amounts of money in the wider scheme of things, but it makes a huge difference to their lives while they are looking for another job, getting back on their feet and getting their confidence back after the treatment they have been through.
Ellie Reeves: Discrimination is relevant to the debate, because the Bill would introduce legislation that would tax injury-to-feeling awards on termination. Discrimination can of course have a devastating effect on a worker’s life and career, yet the Government seem to treat victims of discrimination as a way to top up the Government coffers.
Ellie Reeves: I have already given way several times; I wish to make some progress. Consider the example of a mother who has been discriminated against and dismissed for taking maternity leave. Rather than enjoying her time at home with her baby, she feels stressed and anxious about the future and her capacity to provide for her family.
Ellie Reeves: The hon. Lady is talking about discrimination awards in employment tribunals; I am talking about discrimination awards as part of termination payments. They are two distinct things. As I understand it, the Bill would tax as earnings discrimination awards as part of termination settlements. For example, were someone to settle with their employer rather than go to tribunal, any...
Ellie Reeves: Data for my constituency, Lewisham West and Penge, show that the number of claimants aged 50 or older who are seeking work has increased by 15.5% in the past year. In closing Lewisham jobcentre and migrating to a more internet-based system, how exactly is the Department going to help those with limited access to computers or limited computer literacy, or indeed those who will have...
Ellie Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2017 to Question 7019, if he will make it his policy to record centrally reports of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism and homophobia in prisons.
Ellie Reeves: Will my hon. Friend give way?
Ellie Reeves: In my constituency, NHS staff are having to rely on food banks in order to be able to eat. A constituent, an ambulance technician who transports critically ill children across the country, told me that she does not have nearly enough money to live on. Does my hon. Friend agree that this is a disgrace?
Ellie Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many reports of (a) anti-Semitism, (b) Islamophobia, (c) racism and (d) homophobia by prisoners have been received in the last two years.
Ellie Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether people convicted for hate crimes receive anti-racist or other relevant education as part of their rehabilitation.
Ellie Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what occupational training is available for prisoners; what the criteria are for subscribing to such training; and to what degree any training is oversubscribed.
Ellie Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether there is a national curriculum for prison education.
Ellie Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much has been spent on education services in prisons over the last two years.
Ellie Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 2017 to Question 3452, on prisons: education, what oversight is conducted into induction programmes in prisons; and how those programmes are quality assessed.