Wirral MP closes important Queen’s Speech debate in Parliament
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23 Jan 2020
Greenwood, MP for Wirral West, has this week delivered the closing statement
for the Opposition in a House of Commons debate on the Queen’s Speech.
Speech was delivered just before Christmas and set out the government’s plans
for the current Parliament. For over a week, the House of Commons had been
debating various aspects of government policy including health and social care,
education and local government, and the environment.
Greenwood, who is the Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, was
speaking on the economy and jobs, raising in particular the importance of
ending in-work poverty, tackling insecurity in work and addressing underpayment
of the National Living Wage.
speech, Margaret Greenwood also called for all primary school children to be
provided with free school meals, a £10 an hour minimum wage for all workers
aged 16 and over, and the abolition the two-child limit in Universal Credit.
after the debate, Margaret Greenwood said:
week, a major new study highlighted that the wealthiest people in the UK can
expect to live around nine years longer in good health than the poorer people
in our society. That is a stark indication of the deep-rooted inequality in our
decade has seen a sharp rise in the number of people in low-paid, insecure work
which is damaging people’s lives. It leaves children going hungry, puts stress
on families and leaves many unable to meet basic household bills.
government proposes to increase the National Living Wage, it will fall far
short of a genuine living wage, as set by the Living Wage Foundation. The
government has even missed its target of £9 an hour by 2020, set by George
Osborne back in 2015, let alone Labour’s goal of £10 an hour for all workers
aged 16 and over.
wages still remain lower in real terms than they were in 2008.
“Low pay and
insecure work create real problems for people and for society.
stability in their lives so that they can know how they are going to pay their
bills and feed their families.
government must take action to address the very real problems that working