Results 1–20 of 300 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 Janke

Water Safety (Curriculum) Bill [HL] - First Reading (14 Jun 2022)

Baroness Janke: My Lords, I draw attention to the declared and recorded interests of my noble friend Lord Storey as a patron of the Royal Life Saving Society UK. The Bill was introduced by Baroness Janke (on behalf of Lord Storey), read a first time and ordered to be printed.

Social Security (Special Rules for End of Life) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (24 May 2022)

Baroness Janke: My Lords, like other Members I welcome the Bill and the changes it introduces. As the noble Baroness said, it is right that we pay tribute to some of the campaigners. The Scrap 6 Months campaign, launched by the motor neurone disease charity and Marie Curie, called for urgent review of the special rules for terminal illness. The campaign identified that more than 100 people a month will die...

Senior Citizens: Means-tested Benefits - Question (23 May 2022)

Baroness Janke: My Lords, what has been done to improve the application process for pension credit and make it simpler and more easily accessible to many pensioners, particularly those on their own and older pensioners who may not have easy and quick internet access?

Social Security System - Question (22 Mar 2022)

Baroness Janke: My Lords, the report provides testimony from claimants that they are not always treated with respect by DWP staff. Will the Government introduce measures to improve the relationship between claimants and the DWP; for example, by providing a single point of contact or caseworker, including people with lived experience in staff training, and ensuring that staff understand the impact of...

Pensions: Triple Lock - Question (16 Mar 2022)

Baroness Janke: My Lords, figures show that one in five pensioners in the UK are living in poverty, while 1.3 million retirees are undernourished and 25,000 die each year due to the cold weather. The Minister spoke about extraordinary changes in economic circumstances. Given these and the massive increase in energy costs, what additional support will the Government be providing for pensioners, who suffer...

Inflation: Families - Question (16 Mar 2022)

Baroness Janke: My Lords, the Minister talks about the importance of getting people into work, yet the maximum reimbursement for childcare has been frozen since 2005. The cost of childcare has doubled since then. Currently, in 99% of local authorities the cap does not cover a full-time place for a child under two, and in 9% of authorities it does not cover even a 25-hour part-time place. What plans do the...

Public Service Pensions and Judicial Offices Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments: Motion on Amendments 1 to 47 (9 Mar 2022)

Baroness Janke: My Lords, I too thank the Minister for his presentation and the noble Lord, Lord Davies, for bringing forward these amendments. I also declare my interest as set out in the register. As my noble friend Lady Kramer said, Amendment 54 is a crude and oppressive attempt to fetter the discretion of local government pension schemes. It was introduced late and with minimum scrutiny. The Government...

Global Warming - Question (3 Mar 2022)

Baroness Janke: My Lords, do the Government plan to take any action to ensure that factually incorrect statements made in your Lordships’ House are corrected, either at the time they are made or subsequently, given that the science behind climate change is incontrovertible?

Eating Disorders - Question (1 Mar 2022)

Baroness Janke: My Lords, there is a need for urgency on this issue. We do not get the impression that the Government are treating this very urgently, but anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. If it is not treated early, it becomes worse, much harder to treat and puts lives at risk. In view of the unprecedented growth in sufferers, what will the Government do to accelerate access to...

State Pension Underpayments and Arrears for Women - Question (21 Feb 2022)

Baroness Janke: My Lords, the Government have explicitly ruled out divorced women from this exercise, yet divorced women’s pensions are really complex and the scope for error is huge. Does the Minister agree with me that to discriminate against divorced women in this way is indefensible? When will the Government act on this, as the Public Accounts Committee recommends, and put an end to such obvious...

Underpayment of Benefits: Compensation - Commons Urgent Question (18 Jan 2022)

Baroness Janke: My Lords, as has already been said, this woman has suffered appallingly through maladministration. The Minister did not really address the point about compensation, which the ombudsman’s report specifically asked the DWP to reconsider. Would she look at that again and perhaps come back to us on it? The report also points out that the DWP has put aside its own guidance in the remedy it is...

State Pension Age - Question (18 Jan 2022)

Baroness Janke: My Lords, around 1.5 million low-paid workers pay a 25% penalty for their pension savings. When will the Government publish the outcome of their call for evidence on pensions tax administration to enable low-paid workers, who are typically women, to receive pensions tax relief on their contributions?

Sick Pay - Question (17 Jan 2022)

Baroness Janke: My Lords, could the noble Baroness tell us her response to the postcode lottery of the test and trace support payment, revealed in the CIPD report, where 75% of Camden applicants received payments but only 23% did so in Liverpool and just 16% in Sandwell? Could she comment on whether she thinks people in hard-pressed poorer areas are being doubly disadvantaged by the Government’s scheme?

Eating Disorders - Question (17 Jan 2022)

Baroness Janke: My Lords, given that many young people with eating disorders find it very difficult to seek help and identify themselves, what specific additional resources have been provided for schools to help and support young people with this actually life- threatening illness?

Energy Prices - Question (12 Jan 2022)

Baroness Janke: My Lords, what is the Government’s response to the predictions of National Energy Action that children will be forced to do homework in cafés, libraries, the homes of friends and relatives and even A&E departments due to rising energy bills at home? What support will the Government provide to prevent further educational disadvantage to children and young people from poorer homes whose...

Universal Credit (Exceptions to the Requirement not to be receiving Education) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 - Motion to Annul (13 Dec 2021)

Baroness Janke: My Lords, we have heard from noble Lords today that a great injustice is about to be perpetrated on young people with disabilities. As we have heard, many young people still in education will be ineligible for universal credit unless they have had a work assessment and been assessed as having limited capability for work “before they started receiving education”. The noble Baroness, Lady...

Public Service Pensions and Judicial Offices Bill [HL] - Third Reading: Motion (6 Dec 2021)

Baroness Janke: My Lords, I too thank the Minister; I thank him for the letter I received today, which answered the question that he referred to, as well as for his leadership and his open and engaging approach. He has ensured that we have had opportunities to be fully briefed on the Bill. As others have said, it is a very complex Bill, wide-ranging in scope, and has implications for millions of citizens,...

Outsourcing: DWP Telephone Services - Question (30 Nov 2021)

Baroness Janke: My Lords, what steps have been taken to end the use of 200 premium-rate phonelines, admitted to by the DWP, when these cause those on the lowest incomes to pay up to 55p per minute for help and advice on claims?

Public Service Pensions and Judicial Offices Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 126 (29 Nov 2021)

Baroness Janke: My Lords, the debate this afternoon has been passionate and enlightening. Here is a quote from Second Reading: “I think that everybody in this House would say that it is important that our senior judges in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court reflect the society that we live in if they are to be respected and seen as part of our current era. At the moment, they do not.”—[Official...

Public Service Pensions and Judicial Offices Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 121 (29 Nov 2021)

Baroness Janke: My Lords, as we have heard today and previously, the implementation of this Bill is likely to be extremely challenging, including, I would say, for scheme members. Millions of public sector workers will be affected by this scheme, and the process will involve unpicking, administering and communicating with members. I believe that members will need a lot of help to understand what is happening...


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