Results 81–100 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

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

Baroness Pitkeathley: Perhaps I might just add to that. I ask the Minister to bear in mind that we have already heard that many carers are working more than 50 hours a week. That is more than any full-time job and we need to keep that in mind when we consider pushing carers into work.

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

Baroness Pitkeathley: I add support to the amendment just spoken to by the noble Baroness, Lady Meacher, to which my name is added. While an exemption for households including a DLA or personal independence payment claimant exists, this does not protect all families affected by disability or all carers from the cap. That is because of the way in which “household” is defined in the benefits system. For the...

National Lottery — Motion to Take Note (17 Dec 2015)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, it is a privilege to speak in the debate of the noble Lord, Lord Holmes, and to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Bottomley, whose role as a midwife to the National Lottery has already been acknowledged. I have several interests to declare. Twenty-one years ago I was the recipient of a large grant from the then National Lottery Charities Board, later the Community Fund, which...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (14 Dec 2015)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, Amendment 64 concerns those people who are kept out of the workforce as a result of their caring role. Every year, 2.1 million people take on an unpaid caring role and nearly 2.1 million people find their caring role comes to an end. While not of all of those whose caring role finishes have given up work to care or may be of working age, a considerable number of them are in that...

Residential Care: Cost Cap — Motion to Take Note (10 Dec 2015)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for the opportunity to debate this important issue and congratulate her on her timing, in a week when so many relevant reports are being published. Your Lordships will know that it has become axiomatic to say that social care is in crisis. The situation faced by care homes is an integral part of that, but I must first acknowledge the improvements in the care...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (9 Dec 2015)

Baroness Pitkeathley: I shall speak to Amendment 55, which was so ably moved by the noble Baroness, Lady Meacher. Earlier today, many hours ago, my noble friend Lady Lister reminded the House that caring for people is part of how society works. Nowhere is that more true than those parents who are looking after a disabled child. So the proposed changes on conditionality for responsible carers, which would see...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (7 Dec 2015)

Baroness Pitkeathley: If the Minister is not in a position tonight to answer those questions, can he give an indication of when he might be?

Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (7 Dec 2015)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, I support these amendments. It is very important to remember that being the parent of a disabled child is not the same as being a parent. It is sometimes very difficult to get that point over. I remember that when we discussed the Children and Families Bill, officials and even Ministers said, “I am a parent and I do not need any extra support”. However, this is not the same as...

Social Care and Support: Funding — Question (19 Oct 2015)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, while I recognise the Minister’s concern about the spending review, does he accept that the lack of proper provision of social care has a very profound effect on the rest of the economy? I offer as evidence a family carer to whom I spoke last week. She is a single mother. She looks after her mother, who has Alzheimer’s, and a son with severe learning difficulties. She has been...

Social Care — Question (15 Oct 2015)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, is the Minister aware that data from the Health & Social Care Information Centre show that without doubt the social care system is not just under pressure, as he has said, but at breaking point? The figures also show that family carers are under increasing pressure and receiving far less support and back-up. In fact, their quality of life and satisfaction with social services have...

Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [HL] — Third Reading (14 Sep 2015)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, mindful of the rules at Third Reading, I will say that I have great sympathy with my noble friend’s amendment but share her concern about the sad accident of timing that has befallen us as far as this Bill is concerned. Like her, I would have felt a lot better if the report of which I have been privileged to be part could have been received, with its recommendations understood, so...

Care: Costs Cap — Question (14 Sep 2015)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, is the Minister aware that for many families, the postponement of the cap on care costs is seen as a betrayal that is adding to their disillusionment about the persistent underfunding of social care? Surely the Government must understand that families who look after people—for example, someone with Alzheimer’s—cannot go on taking these responsibilities if promises are broken...

Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [HL] — Report (20 Jul 2015)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, I want to speak in favour of the insertion of the proposed new clause, and declare an interest as a former chief executive and now vice-president of a campaigning charity, Carers UK. Last week, I gave a lecture on 50 years of the carers’ movement in which I argued that the fact that carers, their needs and their contribution are now so widely recognised is due almost entirely to...

Local Authorities: Public Health Budget — Question (15 Jul 2015)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, with the leave of the House and at the request of my noble friend Lord Beecham, I beg to ask this Question.

Local Authorities: Public Health Budget — Question (15 Jul 2015)

Baroness Pitkeathley: I thank the Minister for that reply. In view of the very strong statements that we have had in recent weeks from the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Health—and indeed from the Minister himself from this Dispatch Box—about the importance of prevention to help the NHS cope with future demand, is it not extraordinarily short-sighted to impose reductions which inevitably will...

Care Sector: Apprenticeships — Question (6 Jul 2015)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My noble friend’s question refers to the care sector. Does the noble Earl agree that the care sector must extend to domiciliary care—care given in people’s own home—where job satisfaction is even lower, what with 15-minute visits and so on? Improving the quality of that care is essential. Does he agree that these apprenticeships should also take domiciliary care workers into account?

Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [HL] — Second Reading (Continued) (10 Jun 2015)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, I declare my interests as president, vice-president, patron and former chief executive of various charities, as co-chair of the All-Party Group on Civil Society and Volunteering, and as someone who has spent the large part of a very long working life working in or with the charitable sector. In those roles, I have been familiar with, connected with and at times frustrated by the...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (5th Day) (3 Jun 2015)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, I want to concentrate on the care agenda and especially on the contribution of the 6.5 million people who are caring for older, sick or disabled loved ones. Your Lordships will be familiar with the figures that I never tire of quoting—that their unpaid care saves the state £119 billion a year and that, without their contribution, health and social care services would completely...

Childcare: Early-years Funding — Question (3 Jun 2015)

Baroness Pitkeathley: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how their proposed plans to increase free early-years childcare will be funded.

Childcare: Early-years Funding — Question (3 Jun 2015)

Baroness Pitkeathley: That is very good news to the House, but is the Minister familiar with the remarks made recently by the chief executive of the Pre-School Learning Alliance? He said: “Just about everybody that you talk to who has an ounce of knowledge about delivering childcare will tell you it is underfunded”. He went on to say that, “the Government … has no idea how much it costs to deliver...


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