QUESTIONS IN THE HOUSE: LOCAL AUTHORITY FUNDING / FOODBANK USE / ROUGH SLEEPERS/ SAINSBURY’S – ASDA MERGER /  UNIVERSAL CREDIT 

Helen Hayes Labour, Dulwich and West Norwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the announcement on local authority funding, made by the Prime Minister on 3 October 2018, what plans his Department has to allocate additional funding to local authorities for the provision of social housing provision. … Continue reading QUESTIONS IN THE HOUSE: LOCAL AUTHORITY FUNDING / FOODBANK USE / ROUGH SLEEPERS/ SAINSBURY’S – ASDA MERGER /  UNIVERSAL CREDIT 

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QUESTIONS IN THE HOUSE: REOFFENDING / SENTENCING

Ellie Reeves Labour, Lewisham West and Penge: What assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of sentences of less than 12 months in reducing reoffending. David Gauke, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice: As I have said recently, there is persuasive evidence that short custodial sentences do not work in terms of rehabilitation. In … Continue reading QUESTIONS IN THE HOUSE: REOFFENDING / SENTENCING

IN PARLIAMENT: MP ELLIE REEVES SLAMS THE GIG ECONOMY

The 'gig economy'* has come under fire from MP Ellie Reeves during a Westminster Hall debate. The member for Lewisham West and Penge told fellow MPs that as an employment rights lawyer for many years, she had seen time and again how insecure work can blight people’s lives. Between 2006 and 2016, there was a … Continue reading IN PARLIAMENT: MP ELLIE REEVES SLAMS THE GIG ECONOMY

MP ELLIE REEVES QUITS LABOUR’S FRONT BENCH (Please pick your own sub-heading!)

Ellie Reeves  ‏Tweeted: Today I voted for Lords Amendment 51 which would have kept the UK in the EEA (European Economic Area). As the frontbench position was to abstain, I have resigned from my role as a PPS. Please see my resignation letter for my reasons. Ellie Reeves was appointed by Jeremy Corbyn to the role … Continue reading MP ELLIE REEVES QUITS LABOUR’S FRONT BENCH (Please pick your own sub-heading!)

MPs SIGN LETTER CALLING ON PRIME MINISTER TO ACT OVER SAINSBURY’S WAGE CHANGES

All three of the Crystal Palace area's MPs have signed a letter expressing their concern at "unscrupulous contract changes" in the wage structure at Sainsbury's stores. Lewisham West and Penge MP Ellie Reeves Tweeted: Proud to be supporting Siobhain McDonagh  (Lab, Mitcham and Morden) letter calling on the Prime Minister to stand up for Sainsbury's workers … Continue reading MPs SIGN LETTER CALLING ON PRIME MINISTER TO ACT OVER SAINSBURY’S WAGE CHANGES

IN PARLIAMENT: TENANT FEES BILL / SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF LODGERS / REOFFENDING RATES AMONG YOUNG PRISONERS

Public Bill Committee: Tenant Fees Bill: Examination of Witnesses (7 Jun 2018) Helen Hayes Labour, Dulwich and West Norwood I want to revisit the issue of confidence and how protection can be given to tenants to come forward. When the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee conducted pre-legislative scrutiny of the Bill, we had evidence … Continue reading IN PARLIAMENT: TENANT FEES BILL / SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF LODGERS / REOFFENDING RATES AMONG YOUNG PRISONERS

IN PARLIAMENT: “CONSTITUENTS BARRED FROM RE-ENTERING BRITAIN” MPs TELL COMMONS WINDRUSH DEBATE

Helen Hayes Labour, Dulwich and West Norwood 6:06 pm, 2nd May 2018 The Windrush generation are remarkable for their resilience and their grace. Before the Windrush sailed from the Caribbean, many of its passengers had volunteered to serve in the UK armed forces during the second world war, making that extraordinary sacrifice despite the racism … Continue reading IN PARLIAMENT: “CONSTITUENTS BARRED FROM RE-ENTERING BRITAIN” MPs TELL COMMONS WINDRUSH DEBATE

IN PARLIAMENT: UNIVERSAL CREDIT / NATIONAL FUND / HOMELESSNESS REDUCTION ACT – and an MP is thanked for “rant”

UNIVERSAL CREDIT  Ellie Reeves Labour, Lewisham West and Penge: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the universal credit income taper and work allowances on women returning to work after childbirth. Alok Sharma The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions: … Continue reading IN PARLIAMENT: UNIVERSAL CREDIT / NATIONAL FUND / HOMELESSNESS REDUCTION ACT – and an MP is thanked for “rant”

TESSA JOWELL HEARS TRIBUTES FROM STEVE REED AND HELEN HAYES

Former Dulwich MP Tessa Jowell was in the House of Commons to hear tributes from MPs Steve Reed and Helen Hayes. Their tributes came during a backbench debate on cancer treatment opened by Croydon South MP Sarah Jones. Steve Reed told the House: She was one of the Members of Parliament representing the London borough … Continue reading TESSA JOWELL HEARS TRIBUTES FROM STEVE REED AND HELEN HAYES

MPs DIFFERING VIEWS ON ELECTION IDs

Two MPs whose constituencies cover different parts of the borough of Bromley gave differing views on the ID cards residents will need when voting in next week's council elections to the House of Commons. As News From crystal palace has previously reported, voters going to the polls in Bromley will be asked to supply ID … Continue reading MPs DIFFERING VIEWS ON ELECTION IDs