Results 1–20 of 73 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

Forensic Science Regulator Bill: Dulwich Hamlet Football Club (16 Mar 2018)

Ellie Reeves: I thank my hon. Friend for securing this debate. Many of my constituents have contacted me about Dulwich Hamlet and they have all spoken about their love and affinity for the club. As my hon. Friend says, football clubs are often the lynchpin of communities, but they are increasingly threatened by buy-outs, as we have seen in Dulwich. Does she agree that the Government should look into...

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Ellie Reeves: I know of the great work that the Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network has done in our borough. Will my hon. Friend join me in recognising the work of Action for Refugees in Lewisham, which I am sure will be assisted by the provisions of the Bill in helping some of the most vulnerable to be resettled in south London?

Labour Reforms: Qatar (14 Mar 2018)

Ellie Reeves: I visited Qatar on a delegation in 2014, and I was appalled by the workers’ poor living and working conditions. My hon. Friend is helpfully setting out some of the concerns. My understanding is that some things have improved since 2014, but there is still the routine non-payment of wages, and agencies in the sending country give false expectations about salaries and charge exorbitant...

Bills Presented: Vote 100 and International Women’s Day (8 Mar 2018)

Ellie Reeves: I feel immensely privileged to speak in this debate to mark International Women’s Day, 100 years after some women first got the vote. I represent the borough of Lewisham, where, I am proud to say, 100 years after women got the right to be Members of Parliament, we have three female MPs. I am delighted to serve alongside my hon. Friends the Members for Lewisham, Deptford (Vicky...

Mental Health Services: Children and Young People (8 Mar 2018)

Ellie Reeves: The Care Quality Commission’s review found that children were waiting up to 18 months to receive treatment for their mental health conditions. In Lewisham, the Government are cutting the budget for child and adolescent mental health services by 5%. The Green Paper will not help children currently waiting. What will the Government do to address this?

Private Probation Services — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (27 Feb 2018)

Ellie Reeves: I again put on the record my thanks for being able to have this important debate. As my hon. Friend the Member for Darlington (Jenny Chapman) said, this issue does not often get a lot of attention either inside or outside the House, so it is important that so many hon. Members have been in the Chamber to talk about it. We have had a good discussion about the precarious position in which our...

Private Probation Services — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (27 Feb 2018)

Ellie Reeves: I beg to move, That this House has considered private probation services. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms McDonagh. I am delighted to have secured this debate on the role of private probation services in our justice system, an extremely important topic that I have wanted to raise for some time, particularly in the light of the reported failings of community...

Private Probation Services — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (27 Feb 2018)

Ellie Reeves: I agree that there are companies with little accountability, in which good work is not carried out and offenders are not properly managed. Often contact is made by telephone and probation officers do not contact offenders for months on end. I will address those points in more detail later, but I agree that the situation is unacceptable. Probation is turning into a tick-box exercise, but it is...

Private Probation Services — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (27 Feb 2018)

Ellie Reeves: I agree. If offenders are contacted only by telephone, if appointments are missed without any follow-up and if months pass before there is contact from the probation service, the system is not working; it is driven by profit, rather than by the need to rehabilitate and prevent reoffending. That is all too often overlooked. The HMIP report stated that in almost every respect, the quality of...

Private Probation Services — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (27 Feb 2018)

Ellie Reeves: Yes. If the Through the Gate system is not working and if offenders are not resettled in the community with employment, housing and engagement with probation services to get their lives back on track, we know that they are more likely to reoffend. The CRCs are not getting reoffending rates down—they have failed to deliver that. The “Transforming Rehabilitation” programme was...

Private Probation Services — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (27 Feb 2018)

Ellie Reeves: That is absolutely the case. If ex-offenders are released from prison but have no contact, or only very sporadic contact, with the probation services, how can the public be assured that they are being kept safe? The chief inspector has made that point and other people made it when the reforms were going through, but still no action has been taken and these CRCs continue to operate, which puts...

Private Probation Services — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (27 Feb 2018)

Ellie Reeves: I agree with that assessment and there is now a situation where there have been substantial job losses, so that a lot of very experienced probation officers are no longer in post. The system is one where staff are overworked and do not necessarily have the skills and equipment that they need. I will come on to some of the findings of a Unison survey. Unison has 3,500 members working across...

Private Probation Services — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (27 Feb 2018)

Ellie Reeves: I thank the hon. Lady for making that point. After I have said a little bit about staff and morale, I will go on to talk a little bit about the financial bailout of CRCs, because it is really important that we recognise the additional money that has gone into propping up these failing companies. However, I will complete my points about staff morale and then move on to that issue. I want to...

Private Probation Services — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (27 Feb 2018)

Ellie Reeves: I thank my hon. Friend for making that point, and she is absolutely right. If a system is introduced whereby people are paid by results, that turns probation into the tick-box exercise that we have seen. It is not focused on rehabilitation and public protection but on making sure that all the right boxes are ticked, so that the CRC can generate profit. Profit-driven rather than people-driven...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (27 Feb 2018)

Ellie Reeves: Members have already raised the insufficient funding of local authorities by this Government. A recent campaign in Lewisham prevented local children’s and adolescents’ mental health services from being cut, but they are still facing a 5% loss in funding from national Government. When will the Government finally take this seriously and reverse the cuts to children’s mental...

Business of the House (8 Feb 2018)

Ellie Reeves: As the Leader of the House might be aware, there are widespread concerns over the outsourcing of probation services to community rehabilitation companies, many of which are facing financial difficulties. I am aware of one serious case in my constituency where a violent offender was released without a risk assessment by the CRC. May we please have a debate or a statement on the future of...

Women’S Suffrage Centenary (6 Feb 2018)

Ellie Reeves: I welcome the Minister’s statement about encouraging more women into Parliament and I am immensely proud to be here today representing my home seat 100 years after women first got the vote. Does she agree that sitting well beyond 10 pm, as we did numerous times in December, is hardly family friendly and hardly encourages women to enter Parliament? Does she further agree that a lot more...

Health and Social Care: Children and Young People: Mental Health (6 Feb 2018)

Ellie Reeves: The figures show that, on average, children and young people have to visit their GP three times before a referral is made for a specialist mental health assessment. Sometimes, they then have to wait six months for treatment. In Lewisham, the CAMHS budget is being cut, which is likely to result in even longer waiting times for treatment. The right hon. Gentleman said that these waiting times...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Legal Aid (23 Jan 2018)

Ellie Reeves: I have received hundreds of emails from people in my constituency who face eviction, live in overcrowded conditions or rent properties that are in dire need of repair. Does the Minister agree that early legal advice in housing matters needs to be restored urgently, and that it is unacceptable that large parts of the country have no housing legal aid providers at all?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (22 Jan 2018)

Ellie Reeves: Recent statistics published by the Department show that 54,000 households in London are living in temporary accommodation and, as my hon. Friend the Member for Stretford and Urmston (Kate Green) said, 120,000 children are living in temporary accommodation this winter. Often, the standards are some of the worst, and the accommodation houses some of the most vulnerable. What steps will the...

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