Results 1–20 of 22 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Ellie Reeves

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

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...

Dangerous Driving involving Death: Sentencing — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (17 Oct 2017)

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...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Motorcycle and Moped-enabled Crime (16 Oct 2017)

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?

Finance Bill: Termination payments etc: amounts chargeable on employment income (11 Oct 2017)

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...

Finance Bill: Termination payments etc: amounts chargeable on employment income (11 Oct 2017)

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...

Finance Bill: Termination payments etc: amounts chargeable on employment income (11 Oct 2017)

Ellie Reeves: I absolutely agree. The clause will penalise people who have lost their jobs and people who have been discriminated against—

Finance Bill: Termination payments etc: amounts chargeable on employment income (11 Oct 2017)

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.

Finance Bill: Termination payments etc: amounts chargeable on employment income (11 Oct 2017)

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.

Finance Bill: Termination payments etc: amounts chargeable on employment income (11 Oct 2017)

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.

Finance Bill: Termination payments etc: amounts chargeable on employment income (11 Oct 2017)

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...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (9 Oct 2017)

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...

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Ellie Reeves: Will my hon. Friend give way?

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

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?

Free Childcare Entitlement (6 Sep 2017)

Ellie Reeves: How many working parents have been excluded from the entitlement because they cannot guarantee that they will work more than 16 hours a week on the national minimum wage? Does he not recognise that the reality of many working parents in my constituency is that their employers will not guarantee them those hours, so nor can they? That makes it even harder for them to earn and work.

Blacklisting (5 Sep 2017)

Ellie Reeves: As my hon. Friend knows, this is an important issue to me as I represented blacklisted members of the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians in the High Court. Does he agree that no firm involved in historical blacklisting should be given a public contract until it demonstrates regret for its actions by supporting a public inquiry, offering retraining to victims and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Employment Tribunals (5 Sep 2017)

Ellie Reeves: What assessment his Department has made of the reasons for recent trends in the number of employment tribunal cases.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Employment Tribunals (5 Sep 2017)

Ellie Reeves: In the year after employment tribunal fees were introduced, sex discrimination claims fell by 67% and pregnancy discrimination claims by 37%. The Supreme Court made it clear in its recent judgment that fees disproportionately affected women. The Minister has outlined plans to reimburse those who have submitted claims, but what steps will be taken to compensate people who were denied access to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (5 Sep 2017)

Ellie Reeves: Since the election, hundreds of constituents have contacted me about our current animal cruelty laws, which are not fit for purpose. A maximum prison sentence of six months for some of the most appalling crimes, including torturing a dog to death, is completely unacceptable. What steps will the Minister take to ensure that the sentencing guidelines are rigorously reviewed and strengthened?

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Homelessness (17 Jul 2017)

Ellie Reeves: What assessment he has made of trends in the number of homeless people sleeping rough between 2010 and 2016.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Homelessness (17 Jul 2017)

Ellie Reeves: Official figures released by the Minister’s Department continue to show year-on-year increases in the number of rough sleepers since 2010, including a 3% increase in London alone in the past year. Rough sleeping is often linked to mental health issues, so what specific steps will his Department take during this Parliament to address the mental health crisis among rough sleepers?


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