Results 101–120 of 505 for speaker:Matt Rodda

Social Security (Up-rating of Benefits) Bill: Clause 1 - Up-rating of state pension and certain other benefits following review in tax year 2021-22 (20 Sep 2021)

Matt Rodda: In conclusion, these are sensible amendments which recognise the risks in the approach being taken by the Government. They offer a way of providing important information to Ministers and they could indeed alert them to potential problems with the Government’s approach. The new clauses also offer important safeguards for pensioners, and I hope the Government will consider them thoroughly....

Social Security (Up-rating of Benefits) Bill (20 Sep 2021)

Matt Rodda: While this Bill seems to be a technical piece of legislation, it raises fundamental questions about this Government and the trust that they enjoy among people across the country. I want to address a number of issues today: the substance of the Bill; how it is part of a pattern of behaviour; the changes we would like to see to protect pensioners; and the context of wider Government policy...

Social Security (Up-rating of Benefits) Bill (20 Sep 2021)

Matt Rodda: I am grateful for the hon. Gentleman’s intervention, as I understood that the Government had frozen the housing allowance. I look forward to discussing that further in this debate. The Government have left it late to do the right thing and end the cut, but it is not too late. There is clearly a strength of feeling on both sides of the House on the universal credit cut and the state pension...

Withdrawal from Afghanistan: Joint Committee (15 Sep 2021)

Matt Rodda: It is a pleasure to follow my right hon. Friend the Member for North Durham (Mr Jones). I start by paying tribute to all those who served in Operation Pitting: the armed forces personnel who served so bravely and the civilians who were also present in country doing such an excellent job in very trying circumstances. I also pay tribute to all those who gave their lives during the whole...

Withdrawal from Afghanistan: Joint Committee (15 Sep 2021)

Matt Rodda: There are 100 people with a connection to my seat in Reading who are still stuck in Afghanistan. My hon. Friend has spoken eloquently about the plight of these people, who urgently need our help. Does she agree that the Government should have taken much earlier action to secure access at land borders to get these people out?

Health and Social Care Levy Bill (14 Sep 2021)

Matt Rodda: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for giving way on that very good point. Does she agree that it is fundamentally unfair for hard-working younger people, who face dramatically increased costs of living and high rental costs, to have to pay more than their landlords, who will not be taxed under the Government’s proposal?

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: Uprating (13 Sep 2021)

Matt Rodda: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department made of the potential merits of assessing underlying levels of wage growth in 2021-22 with the impact of furlough discounted for the purposes of uprating the State Pension prior to the decision to suspend the triple-lock.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: Uprating (13 Sep 2021)

Matt Rodda: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish her Departments’ analysis supporting the decision to disregard average earnings increases when determining the next State Pension uprating for 2022-23.

Work and Pensions: Pensioners Living in Poverty (13 Sep 2021)

Matt Rodda: People across this country work hard and contribute all their lives; they are right to expect the state pension to be there for them when they retire. Given that the Government have failed to pay the state pension on time and have broken three manifesto promises so far, Ministers can surely accept that pensioners and the public cannot simply take them at their word. Ahead of our consideration...

Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Bill (10 Sep 2021)

Matt Rodda: This is an important Bill and I thank the hon. Member for Darlington (Peter Gibson) for his work on it. I also thank Ministers and colleagues on the Opposition Benches who have also inputted into this important legislation. I wish to comment briefly on my hon. Friend’s point about the effect on the taxi industry; these are important key workers who keep our country moving and offer a vital...

Health and Social Care Levy (8 Sep 2021)

Matt Rodda: I am grateful to the hon. Lady for giving way on that excellent point. In my constituency in Reading, many of the same families will be affected; she is wise to point that out, and I reiterate that point. It appears that the same very hard-working groups of people, many of whom are key workers or are with small businesses, are being affected disproportionately by this unfair tax rise. At the...

Health and Social Care Levy (8 Sep 2021)

Matt Rodda: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Afghanistan (18 Aug 2021)

Matt Rodda: It is an honour to follow the hon. Member for Wrexham (Sarah Atherton). I echo her tribute to her four colleagues and, indeed, I will pay my own tribute to armed forces personnel later in my speech. I appreciate that time is brief, so I want to address the key points and raise three issues. First, I thank colleagues across the House for the generous and sensible way in which we have debated...

Afghanistan (18 Aug 2021)

Matt Rodda: I thank the hon. Lady for making that point, and I agree with her concern, which I share deeply. On the benefits of the 20 years of intervention, it is important to recognise—this has been recognised across the House—the significant benefits in Afghanistan of our commitment to that country, and to consider and reflect on that, as well as the huge achievements that were made in that time....

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Merchant Shipping: Pensions (12 Aug 2021)

Matt Rodda: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 24 June 2021 to Question 18565 on the Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund Scheme, if he will make an estimate of the future cost to the public purse in the (a) short-term and (b) long-term in relation to the Natural Environment Research Council and British Antarctic Survey’s role as a...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Merchant Shipping: Pensions (12 Aug 2021)

Matt Rodda: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 24 June 2021 to Question 18566, on Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund Scheme, what estimate he has made of the projected average entitlement for members of the Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund pension scheme through the Natural Environment Research Council and British Antarctic Survey.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Khairi Saadallah (27 Jul 2021)

Matt Rodda: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress the review has made on the handling and supervision of Khairi Saadallah.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus: Vaccination (26 Jul 2021)

Matt Rodda: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much (a) his Department and (b) the NHS has spent on (i) advertising using social media and other forms of information channels and (ii) other public information to encourage people to uptake the covid-19 vaccine to date; and how much has been spent on public information to encourage minority communities to receive that vaccination.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Pensions: Free Zones (22 Jul 2021)

Matt Rodda: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what due diligence assessment was carried out on the pension liabilities of applicant firms as part of the Freeports bidding process.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Pensions: Free Zones (22 Jul 2021)

Matt Rodda: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what ongoing monitoring and evaluation processes he has put in place in respect of the (a) financial sustainability and (b) pensions obligations of firms selected to operate freeports.


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