Results 1–20 of 180 for hackney 06/05/2010..22/09/2017 speaker:Meg Hillier

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (11 Sep 2017)

Meg Hillier: ...because of efficiency savings? That is nearly double what she is offering instead. Does she agree that she is giving with one hand while taking away more with the other? For schools such as those in Hackney to remain excellent, we need decent funding so that they do not have to lose teaching staff.

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Syria (17 Jul 2017)

Meg Hillier: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Syrian families have been resettled in Hackney through the Syrian Resettlement Programme.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Homelessness (17 Jul 2017)

Meg Hillier: ...because they cannot afford a roof over their head. The Secretary of State talks about his ambitious plans, but they do not help people here and now; what is he doing now to make sure that people in Hackney South and Shoreditch, across London and the country can get a roof over their head that is affordable?

Housing Supply — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (13 Jul 2017)

Meg Hillier: I hesitate to repeat myself but, as my hon. Friend just said, the Government are building 40,000 starter homes, and I remind Members that the waiting list for housing in Hackney is 12,000. That is just one London borough. That demonstrates the stark gap between demand and supply.

Housing Supply — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (13 Jul 2017)

Meg Hillier: ...that the situation is the same in York. The right hon. Member for Wokingham (John Redwood) made a point about recycling and right-to-buy receipts. The situation is very difficult in areas such as Hackney. We have a shortage of land to recycle, and land is expensive. Since the ’80s, we have lost 10,000 homes to right to buy, yet the waiting list for social housing now stands at...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (21 Jun 2017)

Meg Hillier: ...issue for this Parliament, and it is notable that the speeches preceding mine have focused almost entirely on it. Before I talk about Brexit, though, I think it is right that I thank the voters of Hackney South and Shoreditch for returning me for the fourth time as a Labour and Co-operative MP. I was returned with 79% of the popular vote—a sign not of my personal popularity, but of...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (21 Jun 2017)

Meg Hillier: I completely agree with the hon. Gentleman. My borough stands to lose 700 council homes through forced sale. The homes sold in Hackney will be so expensive that they will be hard to buy, but housing association homes sold in other parts of the country must also be replaced. Hackney alone has spent £35 million in the past year to house homeless families in temporary accommodation....

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Non-domestic Rates: Hackney (16 Mar 2017)

Meg Hillier: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the revaluation of business rates on businesses in Hackney.

Amendment of the Law (8 Mar 2017)

Meg Hillier: ...is £1.3 billion. Even the 2017 figure, then, is not enough, and it drops off after that. It is an irony that this injection of cash follows a 10% reduction in social care funding since this Government came to power in 2010. The latest survey of local authority directors of social care says that only around a third believe that they can deliver their statutory duties this...

Amendment of the Law (8 Mar 2017)

Meg Hillier: ...Greater Manchester are also having problems. My hon. Friend the Member for Oldham East and Saddleworth (Debbie Abrahams) mentioned Collective Spirit, which is set to be broken up because of educational and financial failings. In Hackney, what has worked is good leadership, good education and committed pupils and parents. The structure of a school is much less important than those things....

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Business Rates Revaluation: Dover (27 Feb 2017)

Meg Hillier: It is not just the Dover district that is having these problems but businesses up and down the country, particularly in London and the south-east. I met small businesses in Hackney—not that far from Dover—on Friday. The reality surely is that the system is bust and that small businesses with a small turnover are being hit with huge and unsustainable bills, so what is the Secretary...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (31 Jan 2017)

Meg Hillier: ...my comments on EU citizens resident in the UK. At the last census in 2011, around 10% of my constituents were born in other EU countries. That was the case for about 27,000 residents across the Borough of Hackney, and the percentage is similar across London as a whole, where 841,000 people were born in other EU countries. If we look at student numbers, we see that 31,000 students from the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Housing Supply (17 Jan 2017)

Meg Hillier: ...privately than owning their own homes. What steps is the Minister considering to encourage private landlords at least to offer longer tenancies for these very many private renters in London and in Hackney South?

Reducing Health Inequality (24 Nov 2016)

Meg Hillier: ...a healthier wider society. Let us take, on the one hand, the land disposals that the Government are undertaking to provide public land to build new homes. My Committee has looked at that a great deal, although I will not divert the House today too much. In my area we have St Leonard’s hospital, the site of a former workhouse in Hackney. When the most recent reorganisation of the NHS...

Reducing Health Inequality (24 Nov 2016)

Meg Hillier: ...as set nationally. The idea that in my constituency affordable would be 80% of private rents is nonsense; it is well out of the range even of people who are well above the minimum wage. Most young people in Hackney share a home, because they could never afford to rent somewhere privately and they certainly cannot get on the housing ladder. It is going to take a generation to solve this...

Chibok Schoolgirls — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (8 Sep 2016)

Meg Hillier: ...up, gathered up and put into education. I spoke to parents of three-year-olds who were keen for them to get an education. Let us not kid ourselves: education is a huge prize in Nigeria. Why do schools in my area do particularly well? We always praise schools in Hackney and we know that lots of things have gone into that, but one factor is that we have a large west African population, who...

Affordable Housing: London — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (14 Jun 2016)

Meg Hillier: ...have to be sold under the current Government proposals. The hon. Member for Torbay (Kevin Foster) has no council housing in his constituency, because it was transferred, so homes will be sold in Hackney to pay for people to buy their homes in Devon potentially, unless the Minister is able to commit now to ensuring that there is at least a ring-fencing of the money from the sale of council...

Affordable Housing: London — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (14 Jun 2016)

Meg Hillier: ...highlight the crisis, and I will touch on the work of the Public Accounts Committee in this area. I have often talked on the record about this issue, but every time I speak, the price of a house in Hackney has gone up. The average property price in Hackney is now £691,969, which is an 85% increase on 2010 prices, when properties cost only £373,000 and a bit. Average wage growth...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (18 May 2016)

Meg Hillier: ...publicity, but we will be watching and we will no doubt look at the issue more closely. Unsurprisingly—it was well heralded—the Queen’s Speech included measures on devolution and directly elected mayors. As a Member for the borough of Hackney in London, I fully recognise that a directly elected mayor can be a very good thing. I pay tribute to my colleague, the Mayor of...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (18 May 2016)

Meg Hillier: ..., and the vision of our mayor, Jules Pipe, we have some of the best schools in the country, and a number that are ranked in the top 1% nationally. When I was selected to run for the seat 12 years ago, I was asked what I thought about university tuition fees. I pointed out that so few pupils in Hackney went to university that it really was a bit of an academic question in my borough. Now we...


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