Results 101–120 of 476 for speaker:Ms Liz Lynne

Orders of the Day — Social Security (20 Feb 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that a number of genuine asylum seekers will lose out? As Labour Front Benchers have pointed out, many genuine asylum seekers apply in-country, on the same day as they arrive, the next day or perhaps a week later. They are genuine asylum seekers and they will not receive social security benefits. They will be destitute.

Orders of the Day — Social Security (20 Feb 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: rose—

Orders of the Day — Social Security (20 Feb 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: I shall not speak at length on all the orders and regulations, but shall concentrate on a few. Of course, any uprating of social security benefits is welcome, but I am worried about the exceptions—the one-parent benefit and the lone-parent premium. I gather that in the long term the Government may be thinking of merging one-parent benefit into a special rate of child benefit and lone-parent...

Orders of the Day — Social Security (20 Feb 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: I agree that all parents are responsible for their children, but to double the payments for those on subsistence levels as the Government are doing is totally wrong and will force liable parents into even more poverty. The hon. Gentleman is right that every parent should pay for their children, and I do not dispute that. But the Government cannot get away with trying to make liable fathers...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Invalidity Benefits (20 Feb 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: Is the Minister aware that many people are denied incapacity benefit because the medical test is not strictly adhered to? In some cases, instead of being asked to pick up a kettle or saucepan of 1.7 litres, people are being asked to pick up an overcoat, and instead of picking up a tray, they are being asked to pick up a box of tissues. They have lost benefit and only won it back on appeal....

Points of Order (29 Jan 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: I tabled a question to the Deputy Prime Minister, which was accepted on to the Order Paper. I was then told that the question was to be transferred, even though it dealt with Government policy and the sharing of information between Departments. I should be grateful for some guidance on which questions the Deputy Prime Minister answers.

Orders of the Day — Asylum Seekers (23 Jan 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: I am pleased that we have had a chance to debate these regulations. That was due to my hon. Friend the Member for Liverpool, Mossley Hill (Mr. Alton). Without him they would already have been put into practice. I am glad that the proposed changes were examined in detail by the Social Security Advisory Committee, which took evidence from 225 individuals and organisations, from Shelter to the...

Orders of the Day — Asylum Seekers (23 Jan 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: I do not think that the hon. Gentleman can have heard me. I was quoting the report of the Social Security Advisory Committee, which is hardly an anti-Government body—the chairman and members were appointed by the Secretary of State. Does the hon. Gentleman not realise that? But still the Government will not listen—even though that committee's main function is to advise on social security...

Orders of the Day — Asylum Seekers (23 Jan 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: I could not agree more. Disabled people will suffer along with the elderly and children. Many of those children will be taken into care because they have to be under the Children Act 1989. What will be the cost? How much more money will the Government give local councils to help them with the bill for taking those children into care? If they are not taken into care, what will happen to them?...

Orders of the Day — Asylum Seekers (23 Jan 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: It is not likely at all, and nor is it likely in respect of all the other organisations that are playing their part, or the Churches that have warned that there will be destitute families. They are not anti-Government organisations or people out to get the Government. They are genuinely concerned about children and families who will become destitute. Ultimately, it will lead to many unjust...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Child Support Agency (23 Jan 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: Is it not disgraceful that the Child Support Agency takes on average 211 days to process a claim and, of those, only 29 per cent. are right? Is it not also disgraceful that the Child Support Act 1991 is emotionally damaging children brought up in lone-parent families? Is it not time that the Government scrapped the Act and brought in a unified family court system?

Social Security (17 Jan 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: I will concentrate mainly on the jobseeker's regulations because they are the most controversial, but I will speak briefly to other regulations as well. The Employer's Contributions Re-imbursement Regulations are welcome but are likely to get an insufficient number of long-term unemployed back to work. Unfortunately, most long-term unemployed are perceived by employers to be a liability. I...

Social Security (17 Jan 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: I totally agree and share the hon. Lady's deep concern. People who are now denied incapacity or invalidity benefit and who go to a jobcentre to sign on for the jobseeker's allowance may encounter extreme difficulty in completing the necessary form.

Social Security (17 Jan 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: I am grateful to the Minister, but is there a reference to "deliberately" spoiling? I believe that there is not. Unless there is such a reference, the provision could be interpreted to apply to anyone who is unable properly to complete the application form. If the Minister intended the provision to mean deliberately spoiling the application form, surely he should have made that clear. He did not.

Social Security (17 Jan 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: I do not want to delay the House because I know that many hon. Members wish to speak. I do not think that the provision to which the Minister has referred gives a guarantee. I would like to see "deliberately" inserted. I shall move on because time is short. One of my most serious concerns is that the regulations will force claimants into taking low-paid work. Claimants will not be able to...

Social Security (17 Jan 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: Of course some people should do that. I am concerned that individuals will not be able to opt out. That is entirely wrong. We know that individuals could give specific reasons for being unable to take a job at a certain wage level. The regulations will encourage more employers to pay low wages. They know that the unemployed person will be forced to take their jobs whatever the wage. With...

Asylum Seekers (Benefits) (11 Jan 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: Is it right that persecuted people should now become homeless and destitute? A number of genuine asylum seekers who apply in-country have been tortured. Should not they be treated with compassion, and not kicked in the teeth? What assessment has the Secretary of State made of the number of children who will have to be taken into care under the Children Act? What will be the cost of that to...

Orders of the Day — Security Service Bill (10 Jan 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: If the Security Service is granted a warrant, will the local police authority and local police officers on the ground be informed?

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Benefit Reform (12 Dec 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: As the Government and the Front Bench of the Labour party are committed to some sort of workfare, will the Minister tell the House whether he honestly feels that it is acceptable to starve people into submission by withdrawing their benefits? Surely it would be better to create proper jobs and proper training.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (12 Dec 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 12 December. [3600]


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