Results 1–20 of 103 for speaker:Baroness Wilcox of Newport

People with Disabilities Standing for Elected Office - Question (22 Mar 2021)

Baroness Wilcox of Newport: After scrapping the EnAble fund, apparently the Government are considering options for future support for disabled election candidates in connection with the national strategy. But disabled people deserve more than a consideration of options. Does the Minister agree that disabled people seeking elected office need a permanent fund to assist in removing the barriers that they face?

Levelling Up - Statement (18 Mar 2021)

Baroness Wilcox of Newport: My Lords, I draw attention to my entry in the register of interests as a vice-president of the Local Government Association. The levelling-up fund is a UK-wide £4.8 billion fund announced at the spending review, with a view to investing in local infrastructure that has a visible impact on people and their communities. It should drive regeneration in places in need: those facing particular...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Report (4th Day): Amendment 91 (17 Mar 2021)

Baroness Wilcox of Newport: My noble friend Lady Lister said at Second Reading that “the Bill should state explicitly that the statutory guidance must take account of the VAWG strategy. Failure to do so ignores the reality of women’s experiences”.—[ Official Report, 5/1/21; col. 40.] On that day in January, we could not have predicted that the violent reality of women’s experiences would be brought into such...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 67 (15 Mar 2021)

Baroness Wilcox of Newport: My Lords, I make it clear at the outset that, if the noble Baroness, Lady Meacher, divides the House, the Opposition Benches will strongly support her amendment. The amendment calls for the Secretary of State to ensure that the personal data of a victim of domestic abuse in the UK is processed only “for the purpose of that person requesting or receiving support or assistance related to...

Racism - Question (15 Mar 2021)

Baroness Wilcox of Newport: My noble friend Lady Lawrence’s recent report exploring the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus crisis on black, Asian and minority ethnic communities concluded that the virus has both exposed structural racism in the UK and itself fuelled racism. It was not just a random case of above-average infection rates; it was a result of decades of social and economic inequalities and of...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 48 (10 Mar 2021)

Baroness Wilcox of Newport: My Lords, I must begin by applauding the frankness and honesty of the noble Lord, Lord Paddick, in his speech. It is truly humbling to hear him speak so bravely about his own former coercive partner. In bringing this much-needed amendment to the House, the noble Baroness, Lady Morgan, has recognised the changes that have occurred in society since the widespread introduction of mobile phone...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 23 (10 Mar 2021)

Baroness Wilcox of Newport: My Lords, it is important to recognise that domestic abuse does not happen in a neat silo. It is inherently bound up with the wider issues of mental health and substance abuse. We cannot ignore the impact of devastating cuts to our public services through a decade of austerity. The Royal College of Psychiatrists called for the Government to reverse the cuts and enable local authorities to...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 19 (10 Mar 2021)

Baroness Wilcox of Newport: My Lords, the important issue of non-fatal strangulation has been powerfully supported by the noble Baroness, Lady Newlove, throughout the passage of this Bill, and she deserves every plaudit available to her for taking this through. I add my thanks to the Ministers engaged in this matter and echo the comments of my noble friend Lord Blunkett, which emanate from his huge experience in the...

Covid-19: Women - Question (10 Mar 2021)

Baroness Wilcox of Newport: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that (1) women, and (2) groups which represent women, are included in the development of their policies responding to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Covid-19: Women - Question (10 Mar 2021)

Baroness Wilcox of Newport: The Commons report, Unequal Impact? Coronavirus and the Gendered Economic Impact, found that “the Government’s priorities for recovery are heavily gendered in nature.” A report published just this morning by the ONS on the differential impact of the coronavirus pandemic on men and women said: “While more men died from Covid-19, women’s well-being was more negatively affected than...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 12 (8 Mar 2021)

Baroness Wilcox of Newport: My Lords, I have added my name to and speak in support of Amendment 12, which would extend the list of public authorities with a duty to co-operate with the domestic abuse commissioner. Amendment 14 would place a new duty on public authorities that carry out reviews and investigations into deaths in which domestic abuse has been identified as a contributory factor to notify the Secretary of...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 4 (8 Mar 2021)

Baroness Wilcox of Newport: My Lords, I speak in support of this group of amendments. It is humbling to add my name and be among such a campaigning and dynamic group of Peers. The clause as amended would bring the relationship between a disabled person and their carer within the definition of “personally connected” in Section 76 of the Serious Crime Act 2015, in line with the amendments to the definition in Clause 2...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 1 (8 Mar 2021)

Baroness Wilcox of Newport: My Lords, Labour is happy to support this group of amendments but recognises the realities of abuse that different communities face. We must ensure that what is in the Bill works in practice for victims of all backgrounds in the UK. The technical aspects of the amendments have been described powerfully and in detail by other noble Lords. When I came to review them in preparation for today, I...

Women in Elected Office - Question (8 Mar 2021)

Baroness Wilcox of Newport: Last Friday, the WLGA council recognised the outcomes of the cross-party working group on diversity in democracy that I set up as leader, in 2018. The council agreed to encourage all political parties to commit to proactive and co-ordinated activities to improve diversity in local government democracy. It further agreed a declaration by July 2021 from councils in Wales to become diverse...

Wales: Replacement Funding - Question (3 Mar 2021)

Baroness Wilcox of Newport: The Welsh Counsel General’s requests to meet UK Ministers leading the shared prosperity fund have unfortunately been met with silence. Meanwhile, the Welsh Government have engaged with hundreds of key stakeholders, as the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay, just said, on the development of successor arrangements. The framework for regional investment in Wales was published three months ago and it...

Covid-19: Ethnic Minority Disparities - Commons Urgent Question (2 Mar 2021)

Baroness Wilcox of Newport: ONS statistics last week showed that the unemployment rate for ethnic minorities is 9.5%, compared with 4.5% for white people. A key example of a risk factor is socioeconomic deprivation. Research shows that black, Asian and ethnic minority people are more likely to be on zero-hours contracts. One in five people on such contracts is not eligible for statutory sick pay. What plans do the...

Town and Country Planning (Border Facilities and Infrastructure) (EU Exit) (England) Special Development Order 2020 (SI 2020/928) - Motion to Regret (11 Feb 2021)

Baroness Wilcox of Newport: My Lords, I am proud to note my vice-presidency of the LGA and am pleased to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville, who shares with me a long career in local government, as does the Minister. With that background, we will always bring a pragmatic and reasoned approach to any issue. After all, it is local government that gets things done, though after more than a...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 173 (10 Feb 2021)

Baroness Wilcox of Newport: My Lords, I speak to Amendment 173 in the name of my noble friend Lady Gale, who has done so much to support and defend the rights of women during her career in Wales and in the wider United Kingdom. She made many powerful points in her speech, urging an holistic and joined-up approach to this issue, and she remains steadfast in her support for the adoption of the Istanbul convention. I also...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 162 (8 Feb 2021)

Baroness Wilcox of Newport: I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Morgan, for bringing this much-needed amendment to the House and recognising that the changes that have occurred in the past few decades, since the widespread introduction of mobile phone technologies and social media coverage, have irreversibly changed the way in which we communicate. The inherent dangers of the misuse of that communication have become...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 137 (3 Feb 2021)

Baroness Wilcox of Newport: My Lords, the important issue of non-fatal strangulation has been introduced comprehensively and powerfully by the noble Baroness, Lady Newlove. I commend her on her tremendous work in campaigning and lobbying to bring this issue to public attention. We support these vital amendments and our stated preference is Amendment 137 as opposed to the wider Amendment 138. However, both of the...


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