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Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Temporary Employment: Hemsworth (24 Feb 2017)

Jon Trickett: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people in Hemsworth constituency (a) work in social care and (b) work in social care and are paid less that the living wage.

Scottish Parliament: Wealth Gap (23 Feb 2017)

Nicola Sturgeon: The Scottish Government is committed to creating a fairer and more equal Scotland, and we are already taking a range of actions to tackle inequalities. Those actions include, of course, the introduction of the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill and encouraging employers to pay the real living wage. Although all categories of household wealth have increased, the main reason why the wealth gap...

Scottish Parliament: Oil and Gas Sector Co-investment (23 Feb 2017)

Richard Leonard: I accept that, but there is no getting away from the fact that much of the decommissioning deconstruction work that is taking place is not being landed in yards in the UK. Securing that work should be a shared goal across the parties. It is beyond doubt that there has been a crash in the industry. It is clear for all to see that the workers in the industry are being asked to pay the price for...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (23 Feb 2017)

Derek Mackay: What hypocrisy from Ross Thomson and the Conservatives. In Aberdeenshire Council, which is led by the SNP, the Conservatives opposed the local rates relief package. In Aberdeen, I cut across party politics to try to engage constructively and proactively with Aberdeen City Council and the local chamber of commerce and to listen, engage and deliver. That is exactly what the Government has done....

Local Government Finance (22 Feb 2017)

Marie Rimmer: I led St Helens Council for many years and was a councillor there for 38 years, so I know a little bit about local government. The council has a fixed grant settlement for four years. It is also subject to the production of an efficiency plan that is accepted by the Department for Communities and Local Government. That would not always be a great task, because it is an efficient...

Lancashire County Council (22 Feb 2017)

Mark Hendrick: First, I congratulate the hon. Member for Morecambe and Lunesdale (David Morris) on securing the debate. I will make a few brief points and then await the Minister’s response. The hon. Gentleman rightly referred to the independent PricewaterhouseCoopers report, which made the point that Lancashire County Council is currently underfunded and has been for many years—we do not have...

Police Grant (22 Feb 2017)

Mark Hendrick: Lancashire has been one of the top-performing police forces in the country for many years, and in some ways it has been a victim of its own success. Despite the improvements in its performance and efficiency, it has been on the receiving end of this Government’s cuts for a number of years. Given that success, however, I pay tribute to County Councillor Clive Grunshaw, our police and...

Council Funding and Social Care — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (22 Feb 2017)

Marcus Jones: I will make progress first. Last year councils spent more than £14 billion on adult social care, including more than £300 million more than they had budgeted for. It is a significant and growing cost pressure, and, despite what some have said today, it is one that the Government are seeking to relieve. We have added to the package that was put in place at the spending review—a...

Scottish Parliament: Motor Neurone Disease (Gordon’s Fightback Campaign) (22 Feb 2017)

Shona Robison: I welcome the opportunity to open this debate on celebrating the life and work of Gordon Aikman and the Gordon’s fightback campaign. I start by offering my and the Parliament’s condolences on their loss to Gordon’s husband, Joe Pike, and his friends and family who are present today. I welcome them to the gallery. I met Gordon on a number of occasions and was always struck by...

Scottish Parliament: Industrial Strategy (22 Feb 2017)

Liam Kerr: I, too, congratulate Colin Beattie on securing the debate. As he said, it is timely and extremely pertinent to the circumstances in which we as a nation find ourselves. As we look towards a Britain outside the European Union, we need to plan for the future and work to build a country in which future generations will have the chance to do better than their parents and grandparents. That is why...

Criminal Finances Bill: Social Security and Pensions (21 Feb 2017)

Eilidh Whiteford: I am glad we are able to debate these orders simultaneously. The Scottish National party will obviously not oppose the social security uprating order, and we certainly welcome the pensions uprating order, but this is an opportunity to put on record, again, our deep concern about the ongoing impact on low-income households of the freeze on working-age benefits. We are particularly concerned...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Rate Resolution (21 Feb 2017)

Derek Mackay: I am privately and publicly pleased that it looks as though the budget is going to be passed this week with the right package of measures to support our country. Today, I ask the Scottish Parliament to agree to a Scottish rate resolution for the tax year 2017-18 that freezes all income tax rates, maintains the higher rate threshold at £43,000, protects those on low and middle incomes and...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (1st Day) (20 Feb 2017)

Lord Howarth of Newport: My Lords, the remain campaign told the people that the decision to remain or to leave was theirs. All of us should respect their democratic decision to leave. If we do not, public disaffection from politics will become a crisis. Those who meditate a second referendum are playing with fire. Besides, the deal will not be a binary constitutional choice appropriate for a referendum but a complex...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits (20 Feb 2017)

Caroline Nokes: We know that work is the best route out of poverty. That is why the Government has introduced welfare reforms – such as those included in the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 to increase work incentives and reduce welfare dependency. These reforms are working. We now have the lowest rate of unemployment in over a decade, and the lowest number of workless households since records...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Living Wage: Enforcement (20 Feb 2017)

Gregory Campbell: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many employers have been convicted of paying staff less than the national living wage since its introduction.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (20 Feb 2017)

Damian Hinds: It is not meaningful to compare against an unchanged tax credits system, but the national living wage, help with childcare and the straightforward taper in universal credit all mean that people can earn more, and a higher income tax allowance means that they can keep more of it.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Inflation (14 Feb 2017)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: Living standards, as measured by real household disposable income per head, grew at their fastest rate in 14 years in 2015. This took living standards to their highest ever level, and they are forecast to have risen further in 2016. From April 2017, the Personal Allowance will rise to £11,500 and the National Living Wage to £7.50 an hour, meaning families will keep more of what...

Written Answers — Department of Health: NHS: Pay (10 Feb 2017)

Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to restructure the most junior Agenda for Change pay bands to (a) pay the living wage and (b) maintain pay differentials.

State Pension: Working-Class Women (9 Feb 2017)

Alison Thewliss: The hon. Lady is absolutely correct. Some women have had opportunities stifled throughout their lives. They were not given the chance to go off and have the careers they wanted. My grandmother was forced to leave school. I have her school report and she was one of the brightest in her class, but her family said she had to go out and work and not stay on at school or go on to further...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Social Enterprise Strategy 2016-26 (9 Feb 2017)

Andy Wightman: I welcome the debate on “Scotland’s Social Enterprise Strategy 2016-26”. I am enjoying it and I hope that the rest of the debate is as stimulating as the speeches that we have heard so far. The strategy is a useful publication, which sets a clear path for social enterprises over the next decade. As the cabinet secretary acknowledged, such enterprises are of growing...

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