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Windrush Lessons Learned Review (19 Mar 2020)

Stephen Timms: Six years ago, over 30,000 overseas students from Commonwealth countries lost their visas when they were accused by the American firm ETS of cheating in its TOEIC—test of English for international communication—English language test. It has since become clear that many of those accusations, in fact almost certainly most of them, were without foundation. In learning the lessons of...

Coronavirus: Employment Support (19 Mar 2020)

Stephen Timms: I very much agree with the proposals just made by the right hon. Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Sir Iain Duncan Smith). It is particularly important that the advances paid to people claiming universal credit become non-repayable for those affected by the crisis. The Minister mentioned the suspension of the minimum income floor for self-employed people—a welcome announcement made...

Educational Settings (18 Mar 2020)

Stephen Timms: At the moment, every infant school child is entitled to a free school meal. In my constituency, that applies to all junior school pupils as well. Can the Secretary of State confirm that he envisages all those currently entitled to free school meals being able to receive them in the future, irrespective of the income criteria that apply in secondary schools? If a school opts for a voucher...

Statutory Sick Pay and Protection for Workers (18 Mar 2020)

Stephen Timms: The hon. Member for Airdrie and Shotts (Neil Gray) mentioned in passing that the Work and Pensions Committee met this morning. We took evidence from five organisations: the Royal National Institute of Blind People, Mind, Scope, Citizens Advice and the Zacchaeus 2000 Trust representing the Disability Benefits Consortium. The main purpose was to take evidence about disability benefit...

Statutory Sick Pay and Protection for Workers (18 Mar 2020)

Stephen Timms: My hon. Friend makes a couple of very important points. I very much agree with him on the first, but on the second, my understanding is that self-employed people in this position can apply for this new employment and support allowance if they meet the contribution conditions, which, of course, some will not. That is where universal credit needs to be changed. One of those routes is likely to...

Statutory Sick Pay and Protection for Workers (18 Mar 2020)

Stephen Timms: I very much agree with the policy that the Minister is setting out. Will he clarify the intention for reassessments? He will know that Mind and one or two others have suggested that reassessments ought not to go ahead at the moment, partly because it is very difficult for people to get medical evidence in support of their reassessment claim at a time when doctors are very busy with something else.

Economic Update (17 Mar 2020)

Stephen Timms: For somebody who is self-employed, self-isolation will often mean giving up their income. The advice is to claim benefit, but all someone gets with universal credit in the first five weeks, as has been pointed out, is a loan. People are not going to give up their incomes for that. Will the Chancellor replace those advances with non-repayable grants for those who lose their income because of...

Private Rented Sector (17 Mar 2020)

Stephen Timms: I very much agree with the points that my hon. Friend is making. Is not one of the problems the failure to keep the level of rents in track with the local housing allowance, which supports families on low incomes who rent privately? On the latest assessment, after the four-year freeze that we have had, and the tiny inflation rise this year across England, only in 2% of the country can people...

Education (Guidance about Costs of School Uniforms) Bill (13 Mar 2020)

Stephen Timms: I congratulate my hon. Friend on his choice of this issue and the progress he has made with it. Does he agree that it would be very helpful if the guidance that he is arguing for included a cap on the cost of the uniform specified within the guidance?

Income Tax (Charge) (12 Mar 2020)

Stephen Timms: It is a privilege to follow the hon. Member for Warrington South (Andy Carter) and to congratulate him on a warm and confident maiden speech. I welcome his generous tribute to Faisal Rashid, not only for his brief period in the House but his work as mayor and local councillor before that. The hon. Gentleman is right to highlight the potential of Daresbury science park in particular. The...

Income Tax (Charge) (12 Mar 2020)

Stephen Timms: The right hon. Gentleman mentioned 2010. I had a look back at the Red Book from 2010, which warned that if nothing had been done and the previous Government’s policies had carried on, then by 2014-15, we would get debt still rising up to 74.4% of GDP. What actually happened was that in 2014-15, debt carried on rising up to over 80% of GDP. Was the Chancellor not right yesterday to have...

Income Tax (Charge) (12 Mar 2020)

Stephen Timms: The absolute imperative was to eradicate the deficit by 2015. Today, the right hon. Gentleman is boasting that it is down to 2% five years after that.

Income Tax (Charge) (12 Mar 2020)

Stephen Timms: My right hon. Friend is making some powerful points. Does he agree with me that the announcement of the £500 million fund is a recognition, belatedly, by the Government that we do need something to do the job that the social fund, funded by the Government, used to do?

Planning for the Future (12 Mar 2020)

Stephen Timms: The Secretary of State is right to acknowledge the anxiety for leaseholders living in blocks with unsafe cladding. Will he confirm that it is his intention that no leaseholder should have to pay for the replacement of cladding on their block? How long does he think it will take before all the unsafe cladding on residential buildings around the country above 18 metres has been replaced?

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Maternity Services: Foreign Nationals (12 Mar 2020)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of charging for maternity services on the willingness of pregnant women without indefinite leave to remain to access NHS services.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Independent Serious Case Panel (12 Mar 2020)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Independent Serious Case panel; and if she will make a statement.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Local Housing Allowance (12 Mar 2020)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 5 March 2020 to Question 23566 on Local Housing Allowance, if she will publish her Department's equality impact assessment on its decision to uplift local housing allowance by 1.7 per cent.

Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (9 Mar 2020)

Stephen Timms: A major cause of difficulty in transitioning to UC is the five-week delay between applying and being entitled to benefit. The Work and Pensions Committee, at its first meeting last week, chose to make this the subject of its first major inquiry, and I am grateful to the Minister for the conversation we have already had about this. Will he confirm that the Department will do all it can to...

Flybe (5 Mar 2020)

Stephen Timms: The GMB trade union estimates that 1,400 supply chain jobs are at risk, as well as the 2,000 Flybe jobs. I welcome the support that the hon. Lady has mentioned from the Department for Work and Pensions. Will that be extended to supply chain employees, and will lessons be learned from the problems that some former Thomas Cook employees faced at jobcentres after that collapse? The Flybe...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Barts Health NHS Trust: Private Finance Initiative (5 Mar 2020)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to relieve the private finance initiative obligations of Barts Healthcare NHS Trust; and if he will make a statement.

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