Showing items 211 to 240 of 2005
'Substantial minority' of disability claimants failed by system – MPs
09 Feb 2018
The committee, chaired by the Labour MP Frank Field, said it was “so impressed and moved” by the 4,000-plus individual submissions it received after asking for people’s experiences of the system – a record number for a select committee inquiry – that it decided to publish a separate report highlighting them.
700,000 gig economy workers are paid less than the legal minimum—when will the government do something?
09 Feb 2018
700,000 people working in the gig economy over the past year were paid less than the legal minimum because they are labelled “self-employed” by the companies for whom they work. By labelling their workforce in this way, companies are free to offload to individual workers all of the risks and responsibilities usually taken on by employers.
Universal credit all-party report raises fears over workability of system
08 Feb 2018
“They [ministers] have produced no evidence to back up the key, central economic assumption of the biggest reform to our welfare system in 50 years. William Beveridge [the founder of the welfare state] will be rolling in his grave,” the committee chair Frank Field said.
Statement on the Government's response to the Taylor Review of modern employment
07 Feb 2018
The Government has today published its response to the Taylor Review of modern employment. That Review was commissioned by the Prime Minister on the back of Frank's report, Wild West Workplace: self-employment and the gig economy, published in September 2016.
Schools in the poorest areas could lose out under new school funding formula
06 Feb 2018
The Government’s planned cuts to school budgets in the Liverpool City Region are disproportionately concentrated on the poorest areas. This is the major outcome of a review of the latest Government announcement on school funding that purported to protect schools in the poorest areas.
Birkenhead MP Frank Field demands urgent meeting with Marks & Spencer to discuss closure of town centre store
31 Jan 2018
BIRKENHEAD MP Frank Field is demanding an urgent meeting with Marks & Spencer bosses after the retail giant announced plans to close its store in the town centre as part of a restructuring programme.
A million lonely pensioners left to starve in their homes
22 Jan 2018
Frank Field, chairman of the APPG on Hunger, said: “Beneath the radar there are malnourished older people in this country spending two or three months withering away in their own homes, with some entering hospital weighing five and a half stone with an infection, or following a fall, which keeps them there for several torturous days, if not weeks.”
More than 1m UK older people risk 'withering away' from hunger
22 Jan 2018
The all-party parliamentary group on hunger says social isolation caused by bereavement, illness, immobility or confinement - such as through the loss of a driving licence - are the main causes of a largely "hidden" problem of elderly hunger in the UK.
Tackle malnutrition in the elderly to save the NHS and social care £15 billion a year
22 Jan 2018
A cross-party group of MPs and Peers today issues a rallying call to the Government, to look more closely at the problem of malnutrition in the elderly which is set to cost the NHS and social care £15.7 billion a year by 2030.
Statement on the Government's response to school holiday meals and activities legislation
19 Jan 2018
'Today marks the biggest move in over 100 years by a government specifically committing itself to a programme of work to eliminate child hunger. There's much more work to be done now through the government's pilot schemes and research, but a major step has been taken today to end hunger as we have known it in the school holidays and, in so doing, massively to improve the educational prospects of disadvantaged children.'
NI is key to a new deal with the public over NHS
10 Jan 2018
Supported by a cross-party group of MPs, Sir Oliver Letwin and I are attempting to build a lifeboat for the British government. A motion we tabled before Christmas recommended that the immediate financial challenge should be met by raising additional hypothecated funds; and the long-term challenge should be met by reforming both the national insurance contributory base and local precepts along progressive lines to fund a National Health and Social Care Service.
Statement on the Church of England's apology to the relatives of George Bell
15 Dec 2017
'The Church made a major error on George Bell. The same authorities have now publicly said they did. There should therefore be quiet satisfaction and pride that a body so important can publicly correct itself. If only this could be replicated more, we’d be a happier nation.'
Benefits staff filling hampers for universal credit claimants, says Frank Field
06 Dec 2017
Frank Field, the work and pensions select committee chairman, said that the civil servants were “unhappy” about universal credit, the scheme combining six means-tested benefits into a single payment, which has been beset by criticism that it pushes claimants into debt and arrears.
Inquiry into disability benefits 'deluged' by tales of despair
27 Nov 2017
Frank Field, the chair of the work and pensions committee, said it would be usual to receive about 100 responses, but the inquiry had been deluged by people sharing stories about being denied disability benefits or battles to keep their entitlements.