Debates between Mims Davies and Emma Hardy during the 2019 Parliament

Mon 13th September 2021
3 interactions (182 words)
Mon 17th May 2021
5 interactions (283 words)
Mon 19th October 2020
4 interactions (313 words)
Wed 17th June 2020
4 interactions (213 words)

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Debate between Mims Davies and Emma Hardy
Monday 13th September 2021

(1 month ago)

Commons Chamber

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Department for Work and Pensions
Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies
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I am pleased to share with my hon. Friend and the House the fact that in May, a littler earlier in the year, I launched a key partnership with Google offering free IT training for jobseekers. That opportunity gives 9,000 jobseekers the chance to obtain a Google career certificate, which is a level 3 qualification and recognised by the industry. As of 3 September, our jobcentres have referred more than 3,800 people to that life-changing employment scheme.

Emma Hardy Portrait Emma Hardy (Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle) (Lab)
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Disabled people face huge challenges when changing careers, partly due to the fact that they often wait for three months to be approved for access to work, even before they receive their first payment. Will the Minister meet me, the Hull-based charity Choices and Rights Disability Coalition, and Disability Rights UK to discuss how together we can look at improving access to work?

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies
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I understand that we are working towards 20 days and a transitional programme, but the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work is keen to meet the hon. Lady and ensure that she understands that fully. This is a priority for us.

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Debate between Mims Davies and Emma Hardy
Monday 17th May 2021

(5 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Department for Work and Pensions
Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies
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I thank the hon. Lady for raising the issue of getting young people into work. As we heard from the Secretary of State, approximately 400 young people, on average, have been going into work per day for the past four weeks. I urge her to meet the Rose Hill youth hub, the newly launched DWP youth hub that covers her constituency and has been working with Oxford Jobcentre Plus from April, as well as Aspire, Activate and Oxford City Council. That will give her the insight that she needs about what is happening on the ground. She can also meet the local youth employability work coaches. We are breaking down the data as far as we can, but our priority right now is to get young people into those new roles.

Emma Hardy Portrait Emma Hardy (Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle) (Lab)
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When she plans to publish her Department’s review of the special rules for terminal illness. (900011)

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Emma Hardy Portrait Emma Hardy (Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle) (Lab) [V]
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Youth unemployment is rising and one route out of this is through apprenticeships. One of the problems with apprenticeships can be apprenticeship pay, often described as apprenticeship poverty, where it costs more to attend work than the young apprentices earn. What is the Minister doing across Departments to address that injustice? (900061)

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies
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I thank the hon. Lady for pointing out the great opportunities of apprenticeships. The kickstart scheme can lead to such an opportunity, and we will be explaining to young people the opportunities that exist through our youth hubs. On supporting people, we have our flexible support fund for people to get into work and to thrive in work. Our in-work progression report will be reporting soon and we will look at it closely to see whether it covers any of these matters.

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Debate between Mims Davies and Emma Hardy
Monday 19th October 2020

(12 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Department for Work and Pensions
Emma Hardy Portrait Emma Hardy (Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle) (Lab)
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What recent assessment she has made of trends in the level of employment. [907693]

Mims Davies Portrait The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Mims Davies) [V]
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The latest official statistics show the level of employment at 32.6 million. We recognise that there are difficult times ahead, but our ambitious £30 billion plan for jobs will support people during this next phase of our recovery as we push to build back better and greener. We are working with other Government Departments, external organisations and our local partners to support people into work, to react to changes in local labour markets and to work with our local Jobcentre Plus provision to help communities to thrive.

Emma Hardy Portrait Emma Hardy
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19 Oct 2020, 3:12 p.m.

When one of my constituents, who was working as a cleaner, was recently furloughed, she was recommended to move to universal credit and away from working tax credit. I wrote to the Department on 7 July and again on 7 August. I have just had a reply, on 12 October, telling me that because my constituent earned £666.21 in a month, she was entitled to nothing whatsoever from universal credit. Not only that, but she had to repay the advance loan that she had had at the beginning. This system is failing her, and she is in a desperate situation. When will the Government look at allowing people to return to working tax credit and move away from this unfair system of universal credit?

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies
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I thank the hon. Lady for raising what sounds like a concerning situation for that family. We recognise that we are currently in an unusual and challenging economic period, and I am sure that the Minister for welfare delivery, the Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, my hon. Friend the Member for Colchester (Will Quince), will have taken note of that particular case. I am sure we will be able to look at that once again, and I thank the hon. Lady for raising the matter.

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Debate between Mims Davies and Emma Hardy
Wednesday 17th June 2020

(1 year, 4 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Cabinet Office
Emma Hardy Portrait Emma Hardy (Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle) (Lab)
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What recent assessment the Government have made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on disabled people. [903370]

Mims Davies Portrait The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Mims Davies)
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17 Jun 2020, midnight

The Government are committed to supporting disabled people through the covid-19 outbreak and beyond. We continue to monitor its impact on disabled people and those with a health condition, using existing and new data sources to improve our understanding.

Emma Hardy Portrait Emma Hardy
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17 Jun 2020, midnight

Many people with disabilities and parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities have contacted me, feeling very fearful that they will face abuse for not wearing a face covering on public transport. Labour supports the use of face coverings, but the Government’s messaging needs to be very clear. Will they ensure that their public advertising campaign includes and explains the exemptions and look at supporting local charities that are trying to address that?

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies
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17 Jun 2020, midnight

I thank the hon. Lady for raising this point. We need to recognise that some people with disabilities face particular difficulty when it comes to social distancing and are impacted on by the reaction of others due to their inability to socially distance—I understand, particularly, the situation for young children. I reassure her that the Department for Transport has revised transport guidance for travellers and operators and considers the details needed for disabled travellers. I hope that that reassures her.