Results 61–80 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

Children and Social Work Bill [HL] - Second Reading (14 Jun 2016)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, when I first read Part 2 of the Bill, to which I shall confine my remarks, my first reaction was, “You couldn’t make this up”. There are many good things in this Bill, as others have said, but on Part 2 I really have to say to the Government, “You cannot be serious”. I must declare my interests, as I have a very personal involvement in this subject. It goes beyond being a...

Learning Disabilities: Transforming Care - Question (9 Jun 2016)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, does the Minister agree that when such in-patients leave in-patient care, much of the responsibility for looking after them actually lies with their families? As this is Carers Week, would the Minister update the House on the Government’s attitude to this with the revision of the carers’ strategy?

Domestic Abuse: Rural Communities - Question (24 May 2016)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, in his Answer, the Minister mentioned violence. Assiduous followers of “The Archers”, as I confess I am, will know that it escalated into violence only at the very end of the storyline—actually, I do not think we have seen the end yet, by a long way. The issue is coercive control, which by its very nature is subtle and very difficult to identify. Could the Minister expand on...

Care Service Agencies - Question (11 May 2016)

Baroness Pitkeathley: Has the Minister seen today’s report by Carers UK, The State of Caring, which shows that support for family carers, who are often there 24/7, is sadly lacking? The issue with paid carers is one part of that rather unfortunate jigsaw with which we find ourselves in the care market at the moment.

Children: Drugs - Question (11 Apr 2016)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, does the Minister agree that children who live in households where there is much drug use are at risk not only from the drugs but of becoming young carers for their parents, who are addicted? What is the Government’s policy on helping those young carers?

NHS: Hospital Overcrowding — Question (15 Mar 2016)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords—

NHS: Hospital Overcrowding — Question (15 Mar 2016)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, will the Minister agree that there is bound to be overcrowding in hospitals if we have a point of entry without any guaranteed point of exit? Therefore, unless social care is adequately funded and organised, we will always have this problem of overcrowding, particularly where old people are concerned. I would be very glad if he did not refer me to the better care fund as the answer...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (6th Day) (14 Mar 2016)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, I have not been participating in this Bill, but I have presided a few times in my role as Deputy Chairman. I know that the very last thing that your Lordships need is new people coming in and making speeches on it, so I will be very brief in supporting my noble friend Lady Lister’s proposals concerning carers and people with disabilities. I declare my interest as vice-president of...

Women: Representation — Question (8 Mar 2016)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords—

Scotland Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (22 Feb 2016)

Baroness Pitkeathley: As the noble and learned Lord has spoken to the amendment, I think he will have to move it, after which it can be withdrawn.

Scotland Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (22 Feb 2016)

Baroness Pitkeathley: Does the noble and learned Lord, Lord McCluskey, now wish to withdraw his amendment?

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Third Reading (9 Feb 2016)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, when the Minister made this welcome concession about carers on Amendments 1 and 2 on Report—it is indeed fantastic news—I promised no more vituperation, and there will be none. I just have a couple of points on which I would like clarification. To exempt carers in receipt of carer’s allowance from the benefits cap, the Government will need to amend not only the Bill but the...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (25 Jan 2016)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, the purpose of this amendment is to remove carer’s allowance from the list of qualifying benefits for the benefit cap. It would also remove an injustice. While an exemption for households including a disability living allowance or personal independence payment claimant exists, this does not protect all families affected by disability or all carers from the cap. This is due to the...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (25 Jan 2016)

Baroness Pitkeathley: I am always happy to spare the Minister more vituperation, as he pleaded for. I am of course delighted with what he said, with the recognition that the Government have given to the contribution which carers make and to their inability to mitigate the effect of the cap in other ways. Certainly, some carers combine paid work with caring but, as I have said, for many their caring...

National Health Service — Motion to Take Note (14 Jan 2016)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, I am indebted to my noble friend Lord Turnberg not only for securing this debate but for his long-term contribution to health debates and the development of health policy in your Lordships’ House. Like him and many noble Lords speaking today, I am greatly committed to the NHS. In fact, I owe my life to it. No price can ever be put on that, and no acknowledgment is enough. Many...

Four Seasons Group — Question (11 Jan 2016)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, does the Minister agree that Four Seasons, which is the subject of the Question from my noble friend on the Front Bench, is only one of the groups facing financial crisis? It is estimated that by 2020 there will be a funding gap of £3 billion for the residential care sector, and 15 social care groups warned the Chancellor of this before the Autumn Statement. Have the Government any...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (21 Dec 2015)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who have spoken in this short debate. As my noble friend on the Front Bench reminded the House, I have a long history in bringing carers’ issues before Parliament. In the course of that long history, I have learned that however little progress you seem to be making you have to keep going. I will keep going, as we all will, but I ask again that the...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (21 Dec 2015)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, once more we are looking at the problems faced by carers. This amendment would ensure that the full benefits of people on very low incomes who are regularly and substantially engaged in caring rise in line with inflation. As we have heard, Clause 9 proposes that the rates of certain working-age benefits will be frozen for four years at their 2015-16 rate, while Clause 10 makes...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Committee (4th Day) (21 Dec 2015)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, I rise to strongly support the amendment moved by the noble Baroness, Lady Meacher. We have said already that the cap is applied unequally to carers. While I welcome the exemption for households in receipt of PIP or DLA, it means that carers who are considered to be not in the same household as the person they care for will be penalised.

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Committee (4th Day) (21 Dec 2015)

Baroness Pitkeathley: I am grateful to the Minister and will happily truncate and wait with bated breath for his response on Report. Meanwhile I simply support the amendments of the noble Baroness, Lady Meacher.


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