Results 21–40 of 1887 for speaker:Liz Kendall

Income Tax (Charge) ( 7 Mar 2024)

Liz Kendall: I will not take any lessons from a Government who are overseeing economic inactivity at record levels. The number of people out of work due to sickness is at a record level, resulting in soaring costs for individuals and livelihoods. If I were the Secretary of State, I would put in place a proper plan for reform, not offer half-baked programmes, rehashed and re-announced schemes, and more of...

Income Tax (Charge) ( 7 Mar 2024)

Liz Kendall: The OBR says that there will be 600,000 more people on those benefits, and the total cost will be £33 billion. The Secretary of State tries to deny that the schemes are rehashed. Well, let us look at the reform to fit notes announced in 2023. Back in 2017, what did the Chancellor, then Health Secretary, announce? Reform to fit notes, taking them beyond GPs. The Government recently announced...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment Schemes: Young People (21 Feb 2024)

Liz Kendall: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's spend on the youth offer was in the last financial year.

Work and Pensions: Topical Questions ( 5 Feb 2024)

Liz Kendall: This morning the Office for National Statistics published the long-awaited updated figures from the labour market survey. Can the Secretary of State now confirm that our employment rate is even lower than previously thought, and that there are at least 200,000 more people out of work due to long-term sickness? We thought that the cost of health-related inactivity was an additional £15...

Work and Pensions: Topical Questions ( 5 Feb 2024)

Liz Kendall: The former health Minister Lord Bethell says that he is “gobsmacked” by the figures, and that “the economic hit will be hard”. The Minister would do well to listen to his words. Yesterday, the Education Secretary said that the Government cannot guarantee that their promises will be met on childcare, which parents need in order to work. Today, their Prime Minister admitted that he has...

Work and Pensions: Child Poverty (18 Dec 2023)

Liz Kendall: On Friday, pupils at Shaftesbury Junior School in my constituency gave me the lovely Christmas earrings that I am wearing, which they made themselves using computer-aided design. I am so proud of all their achievements, especially when more than a third of Leicester’s children are growing up in poverty, with all the challenges that brings. As my hon. Friends have said, figures from UNICEF...

Work and Pensions: Child Poverty (18 Dec 2023)

Liz Kendall: The Minister is completely out of touch with the reality facing families in Britain today: 3.8 million people face severe hardship this year, including 1 million children. Quite frankly, that is a shameful figure that has almost trebled since this Government abolished Labour’s Child Poverty Act 2010. Millions of parents are now worried about how they will feed, clothe or keep their children...

Autumn Statement Resolutions - Rates of Tobacco Products Duty (27 Nov 2023)

Liz Kendall: My constituent David has a 30-year-old son with autism and severe obsessive compulsive disorder. David says that despite all the challenges his son faces, he has recently moved into independent living and is working really hard to try to find a job. David’s son has lots of skills, especially in computing and research, but because of his autism and, particularly, his OCD, he needs an...

Autumn Statement Resolutions - Rates of Tobacco Products Duty (27 Nov 2023)

Liz Kendall: I look forward to the Secretary of State’s intervention.

Autumn Statement Resolutions - Rates of Tobacco Products Duty (27 Nov 2023)

Liz Kendall: I do not support a plan that leads to £33 billion more spending at the end of the forecast period and 600,000 more people on sickness and disability benefits because the Government have failed to tackle the root causes of worklessness or to put a proper plan in place. I know that the Secretary of State is desperate to say that people on the Opposition Benches do not support conditions or the...

Building an NHS Fit for the Future (13 Nov 2023)

Liz Kendall: The Office for Budget Responsibility has said that “A sustained rise in health-related inactivity poses a significant risk to fiscal sustainability by reducing the UK’s medium-term economic growth prospects and tax receipts”. Does the Secretary of State disagree with the OBR?

Building an NHS Fit for the Future (13 Nov 2023)

Liz Kendall: It is a real pleasure to close this important debate and to follow my hon. Friends the Members for North Tyneside (Mary Glindon) and for City of Durham (Mary Kelly Foy) who spoke powerfully about the need to take more action to help people quit smoking and not take up smoking in the first place. As a former smoker myself, I wish to goodness that I had never ever taken it up, and I can...

Building an NHS Fit for the Future (13 Nov 2023)

Liz Kendall: I have spoken to many doctors who come to work in the hospitals in my constituency—

Building an NHS Fit for the Future (13 Nov 2023)

Liz Kendall: —and in many other parts of the country, and they want to come, work and support the work that we do. We have looked at all those issues and taken them into account, and made a small-c conservative estimate of the impact that it would have. We are confident that that will provide the resources we need to get the backlog down and get Britain working again. We will overhaul skills with new...

Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (13 Nov 2023)

Liz Kendall: The health of our nation is critical to the health of our economy, but after 13 years of this Government, both are in a dire state. The Secretary of State should know that the number of young people out of work due to long-term sickness has doubled on the Government’s watch, predominantly driven by poor mental health. Labour’s plan will recruit 8,500 more mental health staff, with support...

Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (13 Nov 2023)

Liz Kendall: I would like to make the Secretary of State an offer. If he is serious about getting Britain working, why does he not swallow his pride, do the right thing and adopt Labour’s back to work plan?

Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (13 Nov 2023)

Liz Kendall: I am afraid that the Secretary of State is living in cloud cuckoo land. Record numbers of people are out of work due to long-term sickness. We are the only country in the G7 whose employment rate has not gone back to pre-pandemic levels. It is not just young people but the over-50s. The Office for Budget Responsibility said that the rise poses a serious risk to our prospects for growth and...

Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (13 Nov 2023)

Liz Kendall: Will the Secretary of State have a word with the current occupant of No. 10, and ask him to put as much effort into saving other people’s jobs and livelihoods as he does attempting to save his own neck?

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Department for Work and Pensions: Domestic Visits (18 Sep 2023)

Liz Kendall: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many times (a) the Secretary of State and (b) each Minister in his Department has visited a (i) Government Hub and (ii) ministerial office outside of London in the last 12 months.

Work Capability Assessment Consultation ( 5 Sep 2023)

Liz Kendall: I thank the Secretary of State for early sight of his statement. I know from talking to disabled people in my constituency and across the country that work can bring dignity and self-respect through the choice, control and autonomy from having money in their pocket and making the contribution they want to make in life. Work is the reason for my political party, and supporting working people...


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