Results 181–200 of 476 for speaker:Ms Liz Lynne

Consequential Amendments Relating to Access to Education (27 Mar 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: I take the hon. Gentleman's argument. As I said, it is an announcement that the Minister has been forced into making. It would have been preferable if we had seen the proposals beforehand so that we could have examined them. I agree with the hon. Gentleman: let us hope that our polling stations will become more accessible, as it will mean that schools are more accessible, because polling...

New clause 6: Small Firms (27 Mar 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: I should like to place on record my support for the new clause. Other people outside are beginning to call the Bill the "Disability Discrimination Justification Bill", and for good reasons. One of those reasons is the exemption for small firms. The Bill has more or less become an exemption charter. It is riddled with caveats, qualifications, exemptions and let-out clauses. The exemption for...

Orders of the Day — Jobseekers Bill: Reduced Payments (23 Mar 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: The Bill widens inequality in society. It will debar some people from receiving benefit, reduce benefit for others, and do nothing to alleviate the poverty trap. In the worst case scenario, it could cause more homelessness, more poverty and more despair. Why have the Government introduced it? It is to save the Treasury money. I am not against that, but it should not be done at the expense of...

Orders of the Day — Jobseekers Bill: Reduced Payments (23 Mar 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: No, because the Labour party has refused to say whether it would reverse the cut from 12 to six months. We debated on Report how disabled people will be disadvantaged. When the 220,000 people have come off incapacity benefit, they will go to the employment exchange or to the Employment Service, which will find it extremely difficult to cope. The Minister did not give a satisfactory reply to...

Orders of the Day — Jobseekers Bill: Reduced Payments (23 Mar 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: I shall be fairly brief. I want to tackle the detail of new clause 6 and obtain clarification about some of its wording. Subsection (1)(a) appears to give wider powers to vary circumstances when benefit could be reduced than are provided for in subsection (3), which is confusing to someone who has just begun to consider the clause in detail. I wish to know what other circumstances the...

Orders of the Day — Jobseekers Bill: Reduced Payments (23 Mar 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: If the hon. Gentleman had been in the House yesterday—it appears that he was not, at least for the majority of the debate—he would have heard my remarks on that subject. I was on the Committee that considered the Disability Discrimination Bill, which was just along the Corridor, and I was unable to attend both Committees. I would not have been allowed to serve on both Committees. However,...

Orders of the Day — Jobseekers Bill: Reduced Payments (23 Mar 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: Is the Minister saying that, if someone refuses the second offer, they are not entitld to benefit and they will be denied it?

Orders of the Day — Jobseekers Bill: Reduced Payments (23 Mar 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: I am grateful to the Minister. Perhaps I may now discuss certificates. Under subsection (3)(b), what will be the procedure for the issue of certificates? Subsection (4) mentions "good cause", and the Minister said that the Employment Service would decide. Would that be in consultation with the careers service?

Orders of the Day — Jobseekers Bill: Reduced Payments (23 Mar 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: That is as a result of the Employment Service and the careers service consulting together. I am grateful for that. Will a young person apply for a certificate before leaving the training service or can they apply retrospectively? Perhaps the Minister would prefer to answer when she replies to the debate, because otherwise she will be bobbing up and down.

Orders of the Day — Jobseekers Bill: Reduced Payments (23 Mar 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: I am sorry to go through the new clause in such detail, but we need clarification of specific issues. I wish to know what constitutes "good cause" in subsection (4). Will it be prescribed in regulations, as it is currently for over 18-year-olds, or will it be included in good cause provisions prescribed under clause 15 of the Bill? Perhaps the Minister would answer that later. What should...

Orders of the Day — Jobseekers Bill: Reduced Payments (23 Mar 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: I understand that, and I am grateful. I wish that the Government would take on board the idea of restoring benefit to all 16 to 17-year-olds, with proper training. Some of the training packages today are very good; some are extremely good, but some are poor. Instead of pushing youngsters into poor training that is often inadequate, with no job at the end of it, I wish that the Government...

Orders of the Day — Jobseekers Bill: Reduced Payments (23 Mar 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: We will be giving a fully costed programme before the general election, as we did before the last general election, when we had a menu with prices, and we will have the same again. The hon. Member for Hertfordshire, North (Mr. Heald) will be able to read it to see how we shall pay for the restoration of benefit to 16 and 17-year-olds.

Clause 23: Employment of Long-Term Unemployed: Deductions by Employers (22 Mar 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: The Minister has not understood, as I said in my speech. We are talking about giving the employer an incentive to employ disabled people, not the other way round—not giving the disabled person the incentive to get into work.

Clause 23: Employment of Long-Term Unemployed: Deductions by Employers (22 Mar 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: I am grateful to the Under-Secretary of State for Social Security, but I am not grateful for the fact that he has not accepted amendment No. 41, especially when the Minister for Social Security and Disabled People said that he would consider it. I was hoping that we would receive a commitment tonight from the Under-Secretary of State further to the statement from the Minister for Social...

Clause 23: Employment of Long-Term Unemployed: Deductions by Employers (22 Mar 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: I beg to move amendment No. 41, in page 18, line 48, after 'allowance', insert ', invalid care allowance or a benefit paid by virtue of his incapacity for work'.'

Clause 23: Employment of Long-Term Unemployed: Deductions by Employers (22 Mar 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: The Bill does a great injustice to disabled people and their carers. The national insurance holiday to employers who take on someone who has been unemployed is welcome, but it does not go far enough. Obviously, I should like a full benefit transfer scheme, but that is a debate for another day. The Bill would exclude those who care for someone, those who claim invalidity care allowance, those...

New clause 5: Loans for Back to Work Expenses (22 Mar 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. I shall not detain the House for long on new clause 5. It is a modest measure which recognises the financial barriers that can hinder unemployed people who are keen to work from taking work once they are offered it. I should prefer grants to be made more available to get people back into work or to help them when they have got back into...

New clause 5: Loans for Back to Work Expenses (22 Mar 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: I am disappointed that the Minister cannot see his way to accepting the new clause. It is a modest measure and would involve little cost for the Government. I believe that unemployed people will be hindered from taking work. Those who want to take work and are offered a job may not be able to meet some of the expenses and may have to turn the offer down. When the Minister talks about the...

Clause 7: The Jobseeker's Agreement (22 Mar 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: Would the Labour party reverse those cuts? I asked that question before, but I did not get a satisfactory reply.

New clause 2: Sick or Disabled Persons (22 Mar 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: I also fear that disabled people will suffer under the new jobseeker's allowance. Other hon. Members have spoken about incapacity benefit, but that will be up and running when the jobseeker's allowance comes in. According to the Government's own figures, some 220,000 people will be debarred from invalidity and incapacity benefit and told that they are fit for work. I am afraid also—and I...


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