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No Recourse to Public Funds — [Caroline Nokes in the Chair] (8 Oct 2020)

Stephen Timms: We have had an excellent debate. I am grateful to everyone who has contributed to it and to the Minister for listening and for the offers that he has made. The big expansion of no recourse to public funds came in 2012. It was an integral part of the hostile environment, or the “compliant environment” as it is now called, and the families we are talking about are, as others have said,...

No Recourse to Public Funds — [Caroline Nokes in the Chair] (8 Oct 2020)

Stephen Timms: The letter from the Home Office chief statistician dated 3 July, which is on the UK Statistics Authority website, states: “Home Office administrative data only captures information on whether visas are subject to NRPF conditions for in-country extensions.” I have asked how many there are, but received no answer.

No Recourse to Public Funds — [Caroline Nokes in the Chair] (8 Oct 2020)

Stephen Timms: My hon. Friend made a point in passing that I want to highlight. I do not know whether it is well known, but we are talking about a large number of British-born children whose parents cannot claim child benefit for them. I do not think most people know that is the case, but it is.

No Recourse to Public Funds — [Caroline Nokes in the Chair] (8 Oct 2020)

Stephen Timms: I beg to move, That this House has considered No Recourse to Public Funds. I begin by thanking the Backbench Business Committee for facilitating the debate in our first week back in Westminster Hall. It is great to be back, and it is very good to see you in the chair, Ms Nokes. I am very pleased to see the Members who have come to take part in the debate, and I am pleased to see the Minister...

No Recourse to Public Funds — [Caroline Nokes in the Chair] (8 Oct 2020)

Stephen Timms: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Any London MP who has done an advice surgery in the recent past would be very familiar with this issue. Under the “no recourse to public funds” policy, the family I spoke of and thousands of others were getting no help at all. Last Friday I visited the Deptford warehouse of the remarkable charity FareShare, which gathers surplus food from farms and...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Test and Trace Support Payment (8 Oct 2020)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people with No Recourse to Public Funds are eligible to apply for the £500 Test and Trace Support Payment.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Outdoor Education: Coronavirus (8 Oct 2020)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the sustainability of outdoor education facilities affected by covid-19 restrictions; and if he will make a statement.

Pension Schemes Bill [Lords] (7 Oct 2020)

Stephen Timms: As has already been widely said, there is much to welcome in this Bill. Some important changes were made in the other place, and I pay tribute to the work that it did. I also appreciate the efforts that the Minister has made to work with my hon. Friends on the Front Bench, with me and the Work and Pensions Committee, and with others across the House to secure broad support for the measures in...

Pension Schemes Bill [Lords] (7 Oct 2020)

Stephen Timms: I am extremely grateful to the Minister for those points and for the work that he has done, the responsive way that he has looked at the issue over the past couple of months and for the information that he has now provided. I will be very keen to hear from the Pensions Scam Industry Group whether it feels that the proposal that the Minister has now tabled will meet the points that it has been...

Pension Schemes Bill [Lords] (7 Oct 2020)

Stephen Timms: I welcome this measure in the Bill, reflecting changes in the other place. As the Secretary of State said, the intention is to require, in certain circumstances, savers to take advice before they move their pension savings into what might be a scam. I wonder whether she agrees with me that we should go further and allow trustees to prevent a transfer where it looks as though the savings are...

Prime Minister: Engagements (7 Oct 2020)

Stephen Timms: The Government were right to increase universal credit by £20 a week to help families with the extra costs of the pandemic but, at the moment, that increase is due to be removed next April. The Prime Minister has declined today to commit to making it permanent, but will he at least agree with me that it would be unthinkable to cut everyone’s benefit before the pandemic is over?

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (5 Oct 2020)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Welfare Delivery on 25 June 2020 Official Report, column 1455, what progress she has made on implementing the Court of Appeal judgment of 22 June 2020 in the case of Johnson, Woods, Barrett and Stewart v. the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

Written Answers — Home Office: Overseas Students: Assessments (5 Oct 2020)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her oral statement of 19 March 2020, Official Report, column 1168, on Windrush Lessons Learned Review, what progress she has made on looking into the treatment of the overseas students falsely accused of cheating in English language tests; and if she will make a statement.

Written Answers — Home Office: Visas: Foreign Nationals (2 Oct 2020)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, of the applicants granted extensions of leave to remain in 2019, how many in the (a) work, (b) study, (c) family and (d) other groups had the condition No Recourse to Public Funds attached to their leave.

Social Security (Up-rating of Benefits) Bill (1 Oct 2020)

Stephen Timms: I agree with the case that the Secretary of State has made: that the Bill is needed because in all likelihood there will be no growth in earnings this year. In those circumstances, it is right for the Government to take the action needed, as we are doing this afternoon, to increase the state pension and linked benefits, including the standard minimum guarantee in pension credit. Like other...

Social Security (Up-rating of Benefits) Bill (1 Oct 2020)

Stephen Timms: I agree with the case that the Secretary of State has made: that the Bill is needed because in all likelihood there will be no growth in earnings this year. In those circumstances, it is right for the Government to take the action needed, as we are doing this afternoon, to increase the state pension and linked benefits, including the standard minimum guarantee in pension credit. Like other...

Written Answers — Department for Education: GCE A-Level: Assessments (25 Sep 2020)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of using UCAS predicted grades to determine the A-level results for external candidates who were unable to sit their exams in summer 2020; and if he will make a statement.

Occupied Palestinian Territories (24 Sep 2020)

Stephen Timms: It is a good thing that the annexation of the west bank has not gone ahead, but suspending it, with the implication that it will go ahead at some future point, is not enough. It has not been taken off the table, as has been suggested in a couple of contributions to this debate. That threat needs to be lifted. Over the summer, I was contacted by more than 400 constituents who were deeply...

Occupied Palestinian Territories (24 Sep 2020)

Stephen Timms: My hon. Friend is making an excellent speech. Does he agree that the developments he is now describing pose a threat to the feasibility of a two-state solution, because there will not be enough left for a viable state in Palestine to be established?

The Economy (24 Sep 2020)

Stephen Timms: On universal credit, the Chancellor rightly, at the start of the pandemic, suspended the minimum income floor in universal credit to avoid an unnecessary barrier to new self-employment. Given his welcome announcements today, will he extend the duration of that suspension beyond the middle of November, when it is currently due to end?


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