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Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Small Charities: Funding (17 Jan 2018)

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 00:00
Preet Kaur Gill: The Secretary of State may talk up the £4 million Small Charities Challenge Fund, but the truth is that the Government are failing international charities and the people whom they serve. Civil society funding is being squeezed, the programme partnership arrangements and flexible funding have been scrapped, and the right to speak out has been restricted under the draconian Transparency of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Mental Health Assessments: Detention (8 Jan 2018)

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 00:00
Preet Kaur Gill: How many people have been unlawfully detained for more than 24 hours while awaiting a mental health assessment in each of the last three years.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Mental Health Assessments: Detention (8 Jan 2018)

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 00:00
Preet Kaur Gill: Under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, the police have just 24 hours to hold someone with a mental illness. The College of Policing shared with the BBC last December the fact that 264 people were held for longer than this, including a mentally ill child who was held for five days. Is the Home Secretary aware of this report, and what steps have been taken to remedy the situation?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Mental Health Assessments: Detention (8 Jan 2018)

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 00:00
Preet Kaur Gill: How many people have been unlawfully detained for more than 24 hours while awaiting a mental health assessment in each of the last three years.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Mental Health Assessments: Detention (8 Jan 2018)

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 00:00
Preet Kaur Gill: Under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, the police have just 24 hours to hold someone with a mental illness. The College of Policing shared with the BBC last December the fact that 264 people were held for longer than this, including a mentally ill child who was held for five days. Is the Home Secretary aware of this report, and what steps have been taken to remedy the situation?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Alignment (20 Dec 2017)

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 00:00
Preet Kaur Gill: What assessment he has made of the potential economic benefits to Northern Ireland of maintaining full alignment with the rules of the customs union and single market after the UK leaves the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Alignment (20 Dec 2017)

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 00:00
Preet Kaur Gill: If, at the end of this process, Northern Ireland remains aligned with the single market and customs union while the rest of the UK is not, what impact do the Government believe that will have on the Northern Irish economy?

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (12 Dec 2017)

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 00:00
Preet Kaur Gill: Given the time that has passed since the promise of an energy price cap, will the Secretary of State confirm that he remains committed to implementing the cap for 17 million households, and will he outline the process by which the Conservative party is expected to introduce it?

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 17:21
Preet Kaur Gill: The King’s Fund, the Nuffield Trust and the Health Foundation estimate that the annual funding gap for social care will now reach £2.5 billion by 2019-20. That will have a crippling effect on the provision of social care, a sector that is already under severe strain and in desperate need of relief, but the Budget offered it nothing whatever. The condemnation from social care...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: EU Protocol on animal sentience (15 Nov 2017)

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 21:45
Preet Kaur Gill: The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill is intended to bring existing EU legislation into UK law. As we do so, we must ensure that the fundamental rights of children are not diluted. With our exit from the EU, the UK plans no longer to be party to the EU charter of fundamental rights, so it will not automatically benefit from the protections of children’s rights that exist within the EU...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Interpretation of retained EU law during transitional period (14 Nov 2017)

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 21:45
Preet Kaur Gill: Many of my constituents and the businesses in my constituency have raised the importance of a transitional period. The UK transition will inevitably bring with it changes to the way in which goods and services are traded between the UK and the EU, and, although businesses on both sides are beginning to anticipate and plan for change, the scope and nature of the changes are as yet unclear. The...

Social Care (25 Oct 2017)

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 15:33
Preet Kaur Gill: We have heard that the Local Government Association has estimated that adult social care faces a £2.3 billion funding gap by 2020, and the reasons for that are wide-ranging. They include a growing population requesting adult social care support, cuts to local authority budgets in recent years and increases in costs to providers, including the national living wage and costs relating to...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 18:01
Preet Kaur Gill: As universal credit is a single credit combining several benefits, the accuracy and timeliness of payments is even more crucial than for the legacy benefits. Benefit errors have been common for some time, as my constituent Veronica and many others know too well, and they can have disastrous consequences. Even before universal credit, people needed help from a food bank mainly because of...

Race Disparity Audit (10 Oct 2017)

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 13:30
Preet Kaur Gill: What other reports on race have been incorporated into the race audit data? Why have Sikhs, who are recognised as a separate ethnic group in legislation, been excluded from the audit? Will he put that right by ensuring that Sikhs are not further discriminated against and that the 2021 census will include a Sikh ethnic tick box?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Unmet Social Care Needs (10 Oct 2017)

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 00:00
Preet Kaur Gill: What estimate he has made of the number of people living with unmet social care needs.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Unmet Social Care Needs (10 Oct 2017)

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 00:00
Preet Kaur Gill: Age UK estimates that nearly 1.2 million older people have unmet care needs. After the Government dropped their disastrous dementia tax policy during the general election, all they can offer people is yet another consultation. In the words of the hon. Member for Totnes (Dr Wollaston), the Chair of the Health Committee, is it not time the Government just got “on with it”?