Results 181–200 of 570 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Pitkeathley

International Women's Day — Motion to Take Note (7 Mar 2013)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, it is always a huge pleasure to take part in this debate. I, too, am grateful to the Minister. As ever, I am in awe of the amount of experience, passion and expertise which Members of your Lordships' House bring to the subject. This far down the batting order-we have had quite a few sporting metaphors today-it is difficult to think of anything new to say, but I just want to say a...

International Women's Day — Motion to Take Note (7 Mar 2013)

Baroness Pitkeathley: We do a little better than that now, but perhaps not all that much better. Perhaps the image that politics is an inherently sexist arena-recent events may have reinforced that image-is also not welcoming to women. We have also heard that it is hard to give up power. Power largely resides in the hands of men, who understandably want to retain it. Inadequate childcare is certainly a factor. A...

Housing Benefit — Question (4 Mar 2013)

Baroness Pitkeathley: The Minister is concerned about the problems of caring families. Has he considered the issue of a carer who looks, say, after her severely disabled husband? The spare bedroom-the surplus bedroom as he puts it-is necessary to keep all the equipment, such as hoists and so on; and sometimes the carer needs to sleep there to have an adequate night's sleep. What arrangements can be made in that...

Social Care Funding — Statement (11 Feb 2013)

Baroness Pitkeathley: Following the question from the noble Baroness, Lady Jolly, I believe it is the Chinese who say that a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. We have certainly made more than a single step today, on which I congratulate the Government. Two major problems remain, as other noble Lords have said. First, there is not enough money in the system, and secondly, people do not know...

Social Care: Funding — Question (21 Jan 2013)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, following on from that answer, does the Minister accept that uncertainty is the most difficult thing for vulnerable people and their families to cope with? They are uncertain about the level of services that they will have because of problems with local authority budgets and they are absolutely uncertain about what their financial liability will be. Therefore, saying that the...

Taxation: Families — Motion to Take Note (17 Jan 2013)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, I feel privileged to speak in this debate introduced by my noble friend Lady Hollis, who, in a very fine speech, spoke with her customary forensic skill and passion. I am very glad to have the opportunity to focus on those families who have caring responsibilities. I believe that the cumulative impact of the changes to social security, taken together with the cuts in social care...

Carers — Question (14 Jan 2013)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, I remind the House that the figure usually given is £119 billion that is being saved from public funds. Since the census now shows that the number of carers has increased by 11%, no doubt that figure will go up. Since many carers give up paid work to become carers and only 600,000 of them receive the carer's allowance, does the Minister agree that many of them will be building up...

World Sepsis Declaration — Question (19 Dec 2012)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, since sepsis accounts for more deaths than bowel, bladder and breast cancer put together and for one-third of all the expenditure on critical care in the NHS, would the Minister agree that early diagnosis is the key here? I declare an interest as someone who recovered from full-body sepsis, thanks to early diagnosis.

Older People: Their Place and Contribution in Society — Motion to Take Note (14 Dec 2012)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, your Lordships' House has a wonderful record in longevity, as we have heard several times in the debate, but if the temperature in the Chamber drops any lower, I think it will see quite a few more of us off. It is an honour and privilege to speak in this debate and I congratulate the most reverend Primate on his magnificent contribution, on securing the debate, and on the title he...

Charities — Question (12 Dec 2012)

Baroness Pitkeathley: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take steps to encourage giving to the United Kingdom charitable sector in the light of the recent report UK Giving 2012 that reported a drop in donations of 20 per cent in real terms.

Charities — Question (12 Dec 2012)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper and draw attention to my charitable interests as listed in the register.

Charities — Question (12 Dec 2012)

Baroness Pitkeathley: The Minister is right that there is some dispute about the figures, but I wonder whether he is familiar with the latest report by the Charities Aid Foundation that one in six charities think that they will have to close over the next year and that half are already using their reserves because of a fall in donations, cuts in public spending and much increased demand for their services. How do...

Autism — Question (5 Dec 2012)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, last week on Carers Rights Day I spoke to a great many parents who raised the same matter as the noble Baroness, Lady Browning-the transition period for young people with autism. Does the Minister consider that it is a problem that parent carers are not yet referred to in the draft Care and Support Bill, which we are about to start scrutinising? What role does he think local...

Social Care — Motion to Take Note (29 Nov 2012)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, it is a comfort to me that the number of usual suspects swelled gratifyingly for this debate-a sign, perhaps, that we are getting nearer to understanding that this is the pre-eminent social issue of our times, in terms of both the current gap and the need for long-term solutions. We have had a wide-ranging debate and a powerful set of speeches. There is agreement that there is a...

Social Care — Motion to Take Note (29 Nov 2012)

Baroness Pitkeathley: Well, my Lords, here we are again. It is almost exactly a year since I last introduced a debate on social care, and once again I feel like Captain Renault in my favourite film, "Casablanca", rounding up the usual suspects. Noble Lords speaking today are once again those with form on this issue, although I am pleased to say that we have some new recruits to our numbers as well. Last year's...

Mental Health Act — Statement (29 Oct 2012)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords-

Mental Health Act — Statement (29 Oct 2012)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords-

Mental Health Act — Statement (29 Oct 2012)

Baroness Pitkeathley: In further clarification to the response that the noble Earl gave to my noble friend about communication with patients, will he tell the House more about how that communication is to take place, whether there is a timescale for it and whether the communication also will extend to patients' families who will be particularly worried by some of these developments?

Care Services: Elderly People — Question (17 Oct 2012)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, the Minister has pointed out that the employer, the provider, is responsible for the recruitment and training of care workers, and I am sure he will confirm that that applies whether they work in the private, the public or, indeed, the voluntary sector. In view of some of the scandals that there have been involving care workers, does he agree that we need to encourage value-based...

Social Care: Sustainable Funding — Question (17 Jul 2012)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords-

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