Work and Pensions Report on Benefit Sanctions

As some of you will know, I sit on the Work and Pensions Select Committee, this Committee examines the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Work and Pensions. On the 24th March, we published our fifth report on benefit sanctions policy.

Benefit sanctions involve the suspension of benefit payments for a set period,…

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Northern Ireland Select Committee Reports

I serve on the Northern Ireland Select Committee, which has produced two reports during March. These are:

On-the-Runs Following the  John Downey trial where it was revealed that following the Good Friday agreement, suspected IRA criminals were issued ‘comfort letters’ to encourage them to return to the UK. We have been looking…

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In Parliament – March

Education Questions – Monday 2nd March

Nigel Mills MP: On that subject, does the Secretary of State agree that improving the links with local businesses and schools is key? Will she therefore welcome the interest that David Nieper Ltd has shown in sponsoring Alfreton Grange arts college?

Secretary of State for Education, Nicky…

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In Parliament – January

Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill – Friday 27th January

Nigel Mills MP: Is my right hon. Friend aware of the data which suggest that almost twice as much will be raised from companies moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland than from those moving into Northern Ireland from overseas? If that is the…

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Pensions Reform

Pension reform has been a cornerstone achievement of this Government. We’ve seen the introduction of a new single-tier state pension which will guarantee everyone will receive at least £144 per week if they retire in 2016 or afterwards. This Government is also introducing reforms to the private sector pension system that provides…

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Disability Living Allowance for Under 16s

On Monday 3rd November, I asked the Minister of State for the Department for Work and Pensions, Mark Harper about Disability Living Allowance claims for under-16s. I welcome the progress made reducing delays on Personal Independence Payment claims, but I am concerned about the delays experienced by those applying for…

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International Development Bill

On Monday 3rd November, I voted against the money resolution required to progress the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill.

As some of my constituents may be aware from when I have written about this previously, Michael Moore MP, a Liberal Democrat, has tabled a Private Member’s Bill to enshrine in…

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In Parliament – November

In addition to my contributions to Parliament below, in November I made contributions to the Taxation of Pensions Bill Committee and the Pension Schemes Bill Committee. You can read about the Bills and my contribution to them by clicking on the corresponding links.

Work and Pensions Question on Personal Independence Payments – Monday 3rd…

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