Results 121–140 of 2672 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Sarah Teather

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill (8 Jan 2013)

Sarah Teather: I will return to that point in a moment, because I want to make another point about public attitudes first. For those of us in this place who care about social justice, long-term changes in public attitudes to poverty should give us other causes of concern, because it will make it more difficult for any politicians who come after us to argue for any option for the poor, because public opinion...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill (8 Jan 2013)

Sarah Teather: The fourth disingenuous point is probably that cutting the incomes of those at the bottom of the income threshold will help boost the economy. All the evidence says that money put into the pockets of those at the bottom of the income spectrum is most likely to be spent. That is precisely why my party argued so hard during negotiations to ensure that we raised the threshold of tax on the...

Mcat: Asylum Support (7 Jan 2013)

Sarah Teather: When she expects to announce the asylum support rates for 2013-14.

Mcat: Asylum Support (7 Jan 2013)

Sarah Teather: The Minister’s Department has not made a decision on the asylum support rates in this financial year. He has therefore frozen the rates by default, without coming to the House to announce that decision. I understand from an announcement made in another place that a review is ongoing, but does he accept that kicking the matter into the long grass for a further year simply will not do?

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Middle East (20 Nov 2012)

Sarah Teather: I visited Gaza in early 2009 with other Members of the House in the weeks following Operation Cast Lead. The evidence of destruction and misery that I saw there was almost indescribable. May I urge the Foreign Secretary not just to warn Israel against a ground invasion but to condemn those plans in the strongest possible terms?

Backbench Business: Air Passenger Duty (1 Nov 2012)

Sarah Teather: I hope that the Minister recognises that his words are extremely disappointing to many of my constituents who travel regularly to the Caribbean—[Interruption.] I have been watching the debate on television. Those constituents will be very concerned about the Minister’s words. Will he reconsider the issue and look at a more granulated banding system that would ensure that those...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Child Care (3 Sep 2012)

Sarah Teather: The Government have extended free early education to 15 hours a week for all three and four-year-olds, and plan to extend this to around 40% of two-year-olds from September 2014. We recognise, nevertheless, that families might face difficulties with child care costs for older children or those beyond the free entitlement. The Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister have asked the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Child Care (3 Sep 2012)

Sarah Teather: This Government are investing more in early years education than any previous Government: £760 million is being invested to extend the free entitlement down to disadvantaged two-year-olds. As I said in answer to the hon. Gentleman’s initial question, we have set up a commission to look at these issues, especially those relating to wrap-around care and holiday care, which we know to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Child Care (3 Sep 2012)

Sarah Teather: I agree that this is a particular issue. My hon. Friend may be aware that today we published the draft provisions for special educational needs, which we hope will go into the Bill next year. We are particularly looking at extending down the support and protection offered for children in the school system so that nought to fives get similar support. She will also be aware that in the specific...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Child Care (3 Sep 2012)

Sarah Teather: I think there is a particular issue to address on the availability of holiday care for many children, not just for disabled children, and the commission is looking at holiday provision. Similarly, we are trying to encourage local authorities to put in place a local offer as part of the draft provisions we published today. That will include making sure that adequate respite care is available,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Child Care (3 Sep 2012)

Sarah Teather: This issue about paying a retainer to child minders is, again, symptomatic of the difficulty some families face in some areas in accessing holiday child care, and it is precisely why the commission is looking at this issue.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Pupil Premium (3 Sep 2012)

Sarah Teather: We will continue to increase funding through the pupil premium for the benefit of disadvantaged pupils so that by 2014-15 it will amount to £2.5 billion, double the £1.25 billion we are providing this year. No decisions have been taken on funding beyond 2014-15, which will be part of our spending review considerations.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Pupil Premium (3 Sep 2012)

Sarah Teather: I understand that this is an issue my hon. Friend feels particularly strongly about. The Government agree that the school funding system needs reform. We have already announced changes for 2013-14 that will make the local funding system simpler and more transparent. We will introduce a fair national funding formula during the next spending period. I understand that that is rather longer than...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Pupil Premium (3 Sep 2012)

Sarah Teather: From this September, schools are required to publish what money they receive through the pupil premium and what they do with it, and to do so online so that councillors, governors and parents can scrutinise what is happening with that money. Similarly, Ofsted is focusing much more on the efforts schools are making with disadvantages students. Of course, we are publishing key stage 2 and 4...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (3 Sep 2012)

Sarah Teather: We have had a lot of responses, but I am afraid that I cannot give the hon. Gentleman the precise number. If he has constituents who wish to make their views known, I would be happy if they were to write to him and he were to write to me. If he does that quickly, I will make sure that I take them into account.

Childminders (6 Jul 2012)

Sarah Teather: I congratulate the hon. Member for Hackney South and Shoreditch (Meg Hillier) on securing this debate, and I appreciate the opportunity to put on record the Government’s admiration for the work done by childminders and their enormous professionalism and contribution to the early years sector. As I was listening to the hon. Lady’s speech, in my mind I was transported back to a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Education for Deaf Children (18 Jun 2012)

Sarah Teather: Our reform of the special educational needs system will make it easier for deaf children and their families to get the full range of support they need across education, health and social care. Through the national scholarship programme, we are supporting teachers and teaching assistants to gain specialist qualifications to support deaf children. We are also working with expert voluntary...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Education for Deaf Children (18 Jun 2012)

Sarah Teather: I am aware of the NDCS report. I understand that the financial difficulties are making it hard for everybody across local and national government, and that all of us are having to make difficult decisions. However, the Government chose deliberately to protect the money for schools from the dedicated schools grant, so there is no excuse for wholesale cuts in this area. We are also supporting...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Special Educational Needs (18 Jun 2012)

Sarah Teather: In a written ministerial statement issued on 15 May, I published our plans to reform the current system for identifying, assessing and supporting children and young people who are disabled or have special educational needs from birth into adulthood, independent living and the world of work. We are testing our plans with 20 pathfinders across 31 local authorities and their primary care trust...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Special Educational Needs (18 Jun 2012)

Sarah Teather: This is a very interesting idea. There are several practical matters to work through, but in principle the Government support this type of innovative thinking. Of course, the key is that any provision is not only about children staying on in school but about preparing them for independent living and ensuring that it is appropriate as young people move into adulthood. Our changes to funding...


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