Christmas Bonus for Welfare Recipients
EDM #2104, Tabled 25 February 2019 (2017-19 Session)
That this House calls upon the Government to reconsider its decision not to award universal credit recipients a one-off Christmas bonus which is given to the recipients of 19 other welfare payments; considers that the Government should uprate the Christmas bonus payment ahead of December 2019 which remains at a one-off payment of £10 and has never been uprated since its introduction in 1972; and calls on the Government to commit to maintaining the Christmas bonus into the long-term future for all welfare recipients.
National Health Service
EDM #2103, Tabled 25 February 2019 (2017-19 Session)
Prayer-praying that this Statutory Instrument is annulled.
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Amendments Relating to the Provision of Integrated Care Regulations 2019 (S.I., 2019, No. 248), dated 13 February 2019, a copy of which was laid before this House on 13 February 2019, be annulled.
Nationwide youth strikes for climate action
EDM #2102, Tabled 25 February 2019 (2017-19 Session)
That this House notes the voice and real concerns of young people on climate change and the future of the planet and of human-kind; recognises the latest warnings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the need for urgent radical action to minimise the catastrophic impacts of climate change; calls on the Government to increase the 2050 Greenhouse Gas emission reduction target in the Climate Change Act from 80 per cent to 100 per cent; asks the Government to meet representatives of the UK Student Climate Network and consider their demands for the Government to declare a climate emergency, to prioritise the protection of life on Earth, to take active steps to achieve climate justice, to reform the national curriculum to address the ecological crisis as an educational priority, to communicate the severity of the ecological crisis and the need to act now to the general public and to recognise that young people have the biggest stake in our future by incorporating youth views into policy making and by reducing the voting age to 16; congratulates young people on taking a strong stand on this issue; and further calls on the Government to respond to those demands and to present a plan of action to the House by 31 May 2019.
War Disablement Pension in ESA Assessments
EDM #2101, Tabled 25 February 2019 (2017-19 Session)
That this House calls on the Department for Work and Pensions to disregard armed forces compensation payments, including war disablement pension, from Employment Support Allowance (ESA) means-testing; believes that veterans receiving war disablement pension because of physical or mental impairments incurred through service should not be materially disadvantaged in claiming ESA; and highlights the need for Department for Work and Pensions assessors to be clearly instructed not to include armed forces compensation payments such as war disablement pension into account when means-testing veterans for ESA.
Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2019
EDM #2100, Tabled 25 February 2019 (2017-19 Session)
That this House notes that Monday 25 February to Sunday 3 March 2019 is eating disorders awareness week; acknowledges the work done to highlight the condition; is concerned that admissions to hospitals for potentially life-threatening eating disorders has increased dramatically in the last 12 months; expresses concern that admissions to hospital for anorexia and bulimia have doubled since 2010; and commends this year’s theme of Come as You Are, which sends a message to individuals at all stages of body acceptance and eating disorders recovery that their stories are valid.
LGBT History Month 2019
EDM #2096, Tabled 21 February 2019 (2017-19 Session)
That this House recognises February as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month 2019; affirms that this month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans history serves to challenge heterosexist attitudes in society; commemorates the struggle for gay rights and related civil rights through the past decades and celebrates the increasing freedoms and equality afforded to the LGBT community in recent years; welcomes the themes of Peace, Activism and Reconciliation for this year’s celebrations; and further celebrates the progress made to create a culture of acceptance in educational and other institutions in the UK, which allows LGBT people achieve their full potential and contribute fully to society.
Importance of Journalism in the Public Interest
EDM #2091, Tabled 19 February 2019 (2017-19 Session)
That this House celebrates the importance of investigative journalism in the public interest; believes that a free press is critical to the health of democratic society and that freedom of expression is a fundamental human right; is concerned by the arrests of National Union of Journalists members Barry McCaffrey and Trevor Birney; commends their award-winning documentary No Stone Unturned about the Loughinisland massacre of 1994; notes that the journalists have not yet been charged with any offences; and while respecting due process asks the Police Service of Northern Ireland and Durham Constabulary to clarify the basis of their investigation into these two respected journalists and to address concerns about the way in which it has been conducted.
Changes to the Pension Credit System
EDM #2083, Tabled 14 February 2019 (2017-19 Session)
That this House expresses concern with the Government’s plans to change the pension credit system which could lead to an increase in pensioner poverty; is dismayed that the Government has decided that pension credits will from now on, only be available to couples where both partners have reached pension age, rather than the previous system whereby only one partner had to be of retirement age in order to receive credits; recognises the issue of pensioner poverty as being important in our society and something which will become more acute if these changes to pension credits are introduced; and urges the Government to change course, so that citizens will not be as much as £7,000 worse off per annum where couples will be in receipt of £114.81 a week Universal Credit compared with £255.25 per week for a couple receiving pension credit.
EDM #2079, Tabled 13 February 2019 (2017-19 Session)
That this House notes with deep sadness the passing of Gordon Banks OBE; remembers with fondness the greatest save ever in footballing history with the agility he was renowned for; and extends deepest sympathy to the family of Gordon Banksy who was a national treasure and an international legend.
Lower Earning Limit
EDM #2078, Tabled 13 February 2019 (2017-19 Session)
That this House recognises that the Government’s 2017 pledge to remove the Lower Earnings Limit (LEL) would provide a boost for the retirement pots of low-income workers; understands that the Government has given only a vague timescale commitment to lower the threshold in the mid-2020s; believes that low paid workers will be left thousands of pounds worse off due to missed contributions and investment gains should the Government delay this change in policy; acknowledges that more than nine million workers have missed out on auto-enrolment as they do not meet age and earnings eligibility criteria; and calls on the Government to take forward the promised pension reforms and remove the LEL sooner rather than later.
Fuel Poverty Awareness Day 2019
EDM #2076, Tabled 13 February 2019 (2017-19 Session)
That this house notes that Fuel Poverty Awareness Day is on 15 February and commends the work of the National Energy Action charity and Energy Action Scotland in working to end fuel poverty and promote Fuel Poverty Awareness Day; further notes that there is strong cross-party recognition on the need to adequately assist households in fuel poverty, statutory fuel poverty targets and minimum legal standards to improve conditions in the private rented sector; notes, with regret, that 15,000 people across the UK died as a result of cold homes last winter and millions more still live in fuel poverty; notes the findings of the Government’s Committee on Fuel Poverty that investment in housing stock could create sustainable jobs in every region, reduce social exclusion, achieve a successful industrial strategy, deliver major carbon emissions reductions, improve air quality, reduce pressures and health and social care costs, as well as providing real benefits to households who are badly struggling financially; and notes that now is a critical time to act with the upcoming Comprehensive Spending Review and the UK Government revising the Fuel Poverty Strategy which will both take place this year.
Unconditional Asylum for Asia Bibi
EDM #1827, Tabled 13 November 2018 (2017-19 Session)
That this House condemns the threats made to Asia Bibi and her family’s lives following her acquittal by the Supreme Court of Pakistan in a blasphemy trial; recognises that Britain’s commitment to freedom of religious expression, for those of all faiths and none, is one of our most important values; notes that it is essential that there is strong international pressure to ensure the Pakistani Government allows Asia Bibi to leave for a place of safety; and calls on the Government to immediately extend an offer of unconditional asylum to her and her family.
Threats to Asia Bibi and the Supreme Court Justices
EDM #1823, Tabled 12 November 2018 (2017-19 Session)
That this House welcomes the acquittal of Asia Bibi and the steps taken by the Supreme Court of Pakistan; condemns the subsequent threats to her and the Supreme Court Justices’ lives; calls for the strikes, consequential anarchy, and damage to the property of citizens by extremists to immediately cease; expresses concern about the seeming reluctance of the Pakistani Government to address the attempts at mob rule and urges it to enforce the rule of law; and further urges the Pakistani Government to secure Asia Bibi and her family’s safety and the safety of those Supremo Court Justices.
Mineworkers Pension scheme
EDM #235, Tabled 20 July 2017 (2017-19 Session)
That this House believes the Government should enter into open and fair negotiations with the Mineworkers Pension Scheme Trustees; recognises the 50-50 surplus sharing arrangement is grossly disproportionate for the Government guarantee; believes that the scheme should solely operate for the benefit of its members who contributed to the fund and worked in some of the most dangerous conditions to the detriment of their health; notes that successive governments have taken significant dividends in excess of £8 billion from the fund which would have otherwise improved the pensions and quality of life for former mineworkers; and, in view of the sums taken from the fund, calls on the Government to reach a fairer surplus sharing agreement to benefit former mineworkers.