Results 21–40 of 3500 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 Hollis of Heigham

Pension Schemes Bill [HL] - Report (Continued) (19 Dec 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I hope that my noble friend will pursue this point because, unless the Minister can give a categorical assurance, this is the only way to ensure that the Government take the issue seriously and pursue a remedy that is appropriate to the risk that she has outlined.

Disabled Children: Tax Credit - Question (30 Nov 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, when people have been denied five years of benefit and the Government are willing to backdate that for only six months, who would make that challenge, should HMRC do what is right?

Autumn Statement: Economy - Motion to Take Note (29 Nov 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, the outlook, says the IFS, as has already been quoted, is dreadful, especially for the poorest third of our people, especially women and children. Stagnant wages—0% in real terms between 2017-18—severe benefit cuts, job insecurity, unaffordable rents and rising debt all compound their family poverty. Some 4 million children are already in poverty, even though two-thirds have a...

Children: Local Authority Care - Question (7 Nov 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, does the Minister agree that children who are placed a longish way from home are more likely to run away to get home, and in the process they may be subjected to further abuse given their vulnerability on their travels home?

Pension Schemes Bill [HL] - Second Reading (1 Nov 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, the Bill is focused on master trusts, to which I will not speak. However, the Explanatory Notes open with the statement: “The Bill’s focus is on protecting savers and maintaining confidence in pension savings”, to which I will speak, as did the noble Lord, Lord Naseby. Much recent government policy has been misguided. The bit we got right, after our campaigning, was the single...

Directly Elected Mayors - Question (31 Oct 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, is the Minister aware that the much-vaunted eastern region devolved administration of Norfolk and Suffolk—Cambridgeshire has been spun off—is falling apart because of the requirement of an elected mayor? The main reason for wanting those devolved powers is precisely to strengthen the rural transport connections, as part of East Anglia, for example, is surrounded on three sides...

Housing: Under-occupancy - Question (17 Oct 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, given the harsher council tax support scheme, it is estimated that one in three of those affected is in arrears and debt. Of the people affected by the bedroom tax, two-thirds are estimated to be in arrears and debt. Of UC claimants for housing allowance, it is estimated that more than three-quarters are in arrears and debt. These debts are manufactured by government policy and will...

Devolution: North-east England - Question (12 Oct 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, will the Minister not consider detaching the issue of elected mayors from devolution? As we warned when the Bill was going through, the devolution proposals for Norfolk and Suffolk have fallen through, mainly because a mixture of Tory councils and Labour councils were not willing to go ahead with an elected mayor. As a result, some areas, particularly in Norfolk, which are among the...

High-Cost Credit and Debt Management - Question (10 Oct 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, vulnerable and disadvantaged people want, need and desire credit as much as the rest of us do. The problem is, they cannot afford cheap credit because their credit status is not high enough, and I very much welcome the comments of the most reverend Primate. Will the Minister take back two queries to the DWP? First, given that so many people are spending up to 25% of their income on...

Tax Credits: Concentrix - Statement (14 Sep 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I, like others, am delighted that we are bringing a lot of this back in-house—quite rightly so. We have had the history of G4S, Atos and now Concentrix. First, HMRC must introduce the system that applies to other benefits used by DWP, which is that before a decision to cut benefits is implemented, it is reviewed by a mandatory decision-maker—a more senior officer within the...

Grammar Schools - Private Notice Question (7 Sep 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, like many in your Lordships’ House I went to a grammar school. My two sons went to local comprehensive schools. Does the Minister not accept that for every grammar school there are consequentially three secondary modern schools—in other words, that comprehensive schools become secondary modern schools—so that one child’s social mobility is bought at the expense of the...

Care Leavers: Life Chances - Question (29 Jun 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, in the light of the Laming report, the Howard League report and the Standing Committee for Youth Justice report, which all draw attention to our inappropriate criminalisation of children in care compared to the rest of the world, what steps are the Government, whether the DfE or the MoJ, going to take to address this issue?

Government and Parliament - Motion to Take Note (9 Jun 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, we talk about clauses, SI numbers and pages, but what matters and what the noble Baroness has so far not addressed in her constructive response is whether they are heavy-duty SIs carrying a policy load. Nobody has any objection to a number of SIs that technically adjust things such as the timing of when things will be brought in. What matters is whether they carry policy and...

Government and Parliament - Motion to Take Note (9 Jun 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, first, my apologies for these glasses; my proper ones are somewhere in the Adriatic sea. We, Lords and Commons alike, are increasingly failing the public. The Commons, of course, determines legislation but in the light of Lords scrutiny—with our delegated powers and scrutiny committees, and the time we spend debating Sis—we are better placed to do so. The reason for our failure...

Housing and Planning Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments (10 May 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I was not going to intervene. I certainly do not know what the noble Lord, Lord Kerslake, will do with his amendment. I want to follow up on the wise words of the noble Lord, Lord Cormack, by saying that this is not a wise Bill. Some of us have been in this House for many years and have handled many Bills. The problem is that, in process terms—leaving aside the content—this is...

Housing and Planning Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons (4 May 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: I am grateful to the Minister. I was going to ask my noble friend to ask the Minister to make it clear that the proceeds will still go to the Exchequer. Various contributors, including my noble friends, have said that they now doubt whether the money collected will exceed the costs incurred. I would like the Minister to tell us, in the light of today’s amendment on 15p, what now is the...

Housing and Planning Bill - Third Reading (27 Apr 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: I am left unclear. Is the Minister saying on the record that she accepts the substance of the amendment but wishes to ensure that the drafting of an appropriate form will come back via the other place?

Housing and Planning Bill - Third Reading (27 Apr 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: I am sorry, but I still do not know what the Minister’s answer is.

Housing and Planning Bill - Third Reading (27 Apr 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, the substance of the noble Lord’s speech, based on his very real experience of South Holland, is that he wants the flexibility, once all of his 1,500 houses are sold, to determine himself whether they become starter homes or homes for social rent—that he determines that, not the Government. That is what this amendment is asking for. Therefore, I hope that he will join us in our...

Housing and Planning Bill - Third Reading (27 Apr 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: I wonder whether the noble Lord, Lord Lansley, could help me. He makes the point that the Secretary of State would have no flexibility, but the amendment says: “If a local housing authority so wishes, and that authority can demonstrate, whether by reference to its local housing plan or otherwise, that there is a need in its area for social housing of the kind that it proposes to build”....


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