Raising awareness of Endometriosis
EDM #2175, Tabled 12 March 2019 (2017-19 Session)
That this House supports Endometriosis Awareness Month 2019; notes that this is a campaign raising awareness of a condition that affects 1 in 10 women from puberty to menopause yet the cause of which is not yet known; congratulates Endometriosis UK and their supporters for the various activities raising awareness of the condition during March 2019 and beyond; recognises the widely positive impact that including Menstrual Wellbeing in the new Sex and Relationship Curriculum will have; recognises the importance of raising awareness of endometriosis in the House to reduce the alarming diagnosis time of, on average, seven and a half years, for the condition; and urges the Government to help improve awareness, diagnosis and research of endometriosis.
International Dance Day
EDM #2171, Tabled 11 March 2019 (2017-19 Session)
That this House acknowledges International Dance Day on 29 April 2019, celebrating the UK dance sector, which is vibrant and diverse and a flagship UK industry; notes that as well as being a great UK art form, dance has a unique and important role to play in education, health and well being, community cohesion, social mobility and diversity; further notes that dance is at the heart of our UK creative industries, a sector worth over £100 billion and growing at twice the rate of the economy; welcomes the work of One Dance UK, providing valuable support and one strong national voice for the sector; and congratulates all those working in the UK dance sector, from dance artists and choreographers to educators, students, researchers and some of the world’s most renowned companies and theatres.
Foreign and Commonwealth Forces Personnel
EDM #2164, Tabled 11 March 2019 (2017-19 Session)
That this House recognises the enormous contribution made by thousands of Foreign and Commonwealth members of the UK’s Armed Forces; notes that those who have served for at least four years are eligible to apply for indefinite leave to enter or remain in the UK for themselves, their partners and their children; further notes that the fee for such applications has more than doubled in the last four years to £2,389 per person; believes that Armed Forces personnel should not be prevented from settling in the UK or forced into debt by these exorbitant fees; and calls on the Government to waive immigration application fees for members of the Armed Forces and their families.
Funding of State Schools
EDM #2163, Tabled 11 March 2019 (2017-19 Session)
That this House recognises the inadequacy of the funding currently available to all state schools; expresses deep concern over the warning from more than 7,000 head teachers that budget shortages are worsening; commends the call by head teachers for greater funding through the Worth Less? campaign; acknowledges that teachers and parents have to provide and fund basic resources due to a lack of funding from central government; and calls on the Government to restore the per-pupil schools budget to 2015/16 levels in real terms, giving schools £2.5bn in extra funding.
World Book Day 2019
EDM #2162, Tabled 07 March 2019 (2017-19 Session)
That this House recognises 7th March 2019 as World Book Day in the UK and Ireland celebrating authors, illustrators, books and reading; congratulates World Book Day for its 22nd World Book Day being held in 2019; notes that the UK ranks 17th for literacy among 34 OECD countries; further notes that 1 in 8 disadvantaged children in the UK do not own a book; notes that 1 in 5 children in England cannot read well by the age of 11; further recognises the contribution of Mercurial Pictures by premiering their H is for Harry documentary on World Book Day which encourages policymakers, schools, teachers and young people to work together to ensure provisions are in place for early intervention; and pays tribute to the staff and teachers in schools across the nation for their efforts in delivering quality literacy education to young people, equipping them with the skills to reach their full potential.
UN Commission of Inquiry Report on Gaza Protests
EDM #2161, Tabled 07 March 2019 (2017-19 Session)
That this House welcomes the independent UN Commission of Inquiry report on protests in Gaza; notes with the deepest concern its findings that, in its widespread use of force against demonstrators, Israeli security forces committed violations of international law which may constitute war crimes or crimes against humanity; condemns the prevailing impunity for the killing and injuring of medics, journalists, children, and persons who pose no imminent threat of death or serious injury to those around them; further notes with concern the finding that, while the protests were civilian in nature, the de-facto authorities in Gaza encouraged or defended the use of incendiary kites and balloons which caused damage and fear in southern Israel; and calls on the Government to support the Commission’s report at the Human Rights Council and do its part in implementing the report’s recommendations relating to preventing future violations, ensuring accountability, and lifting the blockade and closure of Gaza.
Civil Service Pay
EDM #2160, Tabled 07 March 2019 (2017-19 Session)
That this House notes since 2010 pay increases in the civil service have not kept up with inflation; is aware that since 2010 average salary levels in the civil service have fallen in value, by comparison with inflation, by between 1.1 per cent (consumer price index) and 1.9 per cent (retail price index) per year; further notes that civil service average pay has fallen in comparison, during this period, with the rest of the public sector by between 11.4 per cent (retail price index) and 8.6 percent (consumer price index); is concerned that due to the 1 per cent pay cap, members of the Public and Commercial Services Union average salary has fallen by £2110 per year; is alarmed that funding for 2019 pay increases has been set at 1 per cent and that increases can only be sought by departments in return for staff terms and conditions; notes that there are over 200 sets of delegated pay negotiations in the civil service and that the Public and Commercial Services Union is calling for a return to national pay bargaining to ensure equal and fair pay for their members across the civil service and to address the worsening issue of pay equality and progression; acknowledges the unions intention to ballot members in a dispute over pay; and calls on the Government to urgently address the issue of civil service pay and reward those hard working and dedicated civil servants with a fair and above inflation pay rise.
Universal Credit 53 Week year 2019-20
EDM #2149, Tabled 06 March 2019 (2017-19 Session)
That this House expresses concern that many universal credit claimants will be left without payment for one week’s rent in 2019-20 due to that benefit only being paid for 52 weeks; further notes that this will effect universal credit tenants in social housing approximately every six years who are paid in 12 monthly payments totalling 52 weeks; notes the effect that will have on thousands of tenants who claim universal credit as they will be left with a week’s rent which they will have to make up themselves; notes the Department for Work and Pensions’ survey that found that one third of tenants receiving universal credit payments towards their housing costs are in arrears; expresses concern on the increase in evictions; and calls on the Government to improve the flexibility of universal credit and calculate universal credit housing support payments for tenants to prevent any further increase in rent arrears and the pressure that places on tenants and social landlords.