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Scotland: Co-ordinated Response to Covid-19: Devolved Administrations (11 Nov 2020)

Jeff Smith: What recent steps his Department has taken to help ensure co-ordination between Scotland and the other nations of the UK in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

Scotland: Co-ordinated Response to Covid-19: Devolved Administrations (11 Nov 2020)

Jeff Smith: What is the Minister’s understanding of the application of the furlough scheme in Scotland and the other nations of the UK, given that Scotland is operating under a different tier system and different lockdown restrictions?

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (10 Nov 2020)

Jeff Smith: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (10 Nov 2020)

Jeff Smith: Any help for business, like the local restrictions support grant, is welcome, however limited, but nightclubs and much of the night-time industries have been required to close since 23 March, with no sign to an end of their problems. So should the grants not be backdated to that date, rather than starting on 1 November?

Prime Minister: Engagements (4 Nov 2020)

Jeff Smith: On Monday, the Prime Minister was asked why people in Greater Manchester were offered less support under tier 3 than is available under the new restrictions, and he said that these were different measures, and so required different support packages, but if your work- place is closed under tier 3 restrictions, you lose your income just as surely as you do if your workplace is closed under the...

Business of the House (22 Oct 2020)

Jeff Smith: No sector has been harder hit by the pandemic than live music, and research this week says that the UK’s live music sector faces the loss of 170,000 jobs, which is nearly two thirds of the workforce. The culture recovery fund helped to some extent, but we did not help the thousands and thousands of freelancers who make up a big part of the industry. Could we have an urgent statement on what...

Transport: Sixth Carbon Budget (22 Oct 2020)

Jeff Smith: What discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on including (a) international aviation and (b) shipping emissions in the sixth carbon budget.

Transport: Sixth Carbon Budget (22 Oct 2020)

Jeff Smith: I am pleased to hear it, but what are the results of those discussions? Aviation accounts for 8% of our UK emissions and international flights for 80% of that, so is it not time that the Government actually acted on the recommendation of the Committee on Climate Change and included those emissions in carbon budgets, so that we can face up to our climate responsibilities?

Additional Covid-19 Restrictions: Fair Economic Support (21 Oct 2020)

Jeff Smith: The Government are fooling nobody. They always try to blame someone else when they walk away from a negotiation, not taking any responsibility for their failure. Greater Manchester’s leaders produced a carefully costed plan to deliver what our region needs to support our businesses and our people, and that was £90 million. When the Government refused, our ask was reduced to £75 million...

Additional Covid-19 Restrictions: Fair Economic Support (21 Oct 2020)

Jeff Smith: I will take a brief intervention, but I will try not to take the extra time, Madam Deputy Speaker.

Additional Covid-19 Restrictions: Fair Economic Support (21 Oct 2020)

Jeff Smith: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. This is about individuals standing up for their area. The Mayor of London is doing so, and the Mayor of Greater Manchester is doing so as well. We keep being told that the Government say the £60 million is still on the table for Greater Manchester, but now it seems to be on the table only for individual councils unless our Mayor will simply accept the...

Covid-19 Update (20 Oct 2020)

Jeff Smith: There is a pattern here, is there not? Whenever the Government cannot agree a deal, it is always somebody else’s fault. In this case, it is Andy Burnham’s fault for simply standing up for what Greater Manchester needs—not what we want; what we need. Maybe I am also overinterpreting the Secretary of State’s comments, but in his answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield South...

Local Clean Air Targets — [Sir Charles Walker in the Chair] (20 Oct 2020)

Jeff Smith: It has been a while since I spoke in a debate with you in the Chair, Sir Charles, and it slipped my mind that since the last time you have been awarded a knighthood, so belated congratulations, and apologies for misaddressing you at the start. We have had a rhetorical tour of the UK in the past hour and a half. I am pleased that hon. Members have been able to speak up for their area. There...

Local Clean Air Targets — [Sir Charles Walker in the Chair] (20 Oct 2020)

Jeff Smith: I beg to move, That this House has considered local clean air targets. It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Mr Walker. I am grateful to have the opportunity to talk about air quality. The issue involves a lot of different aspects, as I think we will hear from a number of contributors, but I want to focus my remarks mostly on traffic emissions. I wanted the debate to coincide with the...

Local Clean Air Targets — [Sir Charles Walker in the Chair] (20 Oct 2020)

Jeff Smith: My hon. Friend anticipates some of the comments I am about to make, and I am grateful to him for making that point—it is really important, as the current crisis has shown. Many of those drivers are self-employed, and whenever I talk to a taxi driver in Manchester, they tell me that the trade is on its knees and that they really need support to get through this crisis, but also longer-term...

Work and Pensions: Benefit Sanctions and Welfare Conditionality: Covid-19 (19 Oct 2020)

Jeff Smith: What assessment she has made of the effectiveness of resuming (a) benefits sanctions and (b) welfare conditionality during increased levels of unemployment as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

Work and Pensions: Benefit Sanctions and Welfare Conditionality: Covid-19 (19 Oct 2020)

Jeff Smith: In Manchester, Withington there are 3,000 more people needing to claim unemployment benefits than this time last year, and unemployment is rising and will get worse at the end of the furlough scheme, so there are not 3,000 jobs for those people to go to. Suspending sanctions and welfare conditionality was the right thing to do in the crisis, but we are still in that crisis. Does the Minister...

Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (19 Oct 2020)

Jeff Smith: My constituent Joseph made a claim for industrial injuries disablement benefit in January. His assessment, along with all the other new assessments, was postponed because of covid, so he is living with the extra costs that come with having an industrial disease, but he does not have the extra benefits he needs. Can the Secretary of State please urgently resume IIDB assessments?

Education: Topical Questions (12 Oct 2020)

Jeff Smith: I was at Chorlton High School in my constituency on Friday, where over a third of pupils have either no or very limited digital access. It is a similar pattern across Greater Manchester. More laptops are fine, but they are no good without decent broadband, so what more can the Government do to guarantee—perhaps with the internet providers—broadband access for pupils who are out of school...

Business of the House (8 Oct 2020)

Jeff Smith: On Clean Air Day, may I raise an issue that the Leader of the House may have seen reported in the media this week, which is research that finds a link between air pollution and the development of Alzheimer’s? It has been some time since we have discussed dementia in the House, and people living with dementia are some of the hardest hit during the pandemic, so can we have a debate in...


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