Author Archive for Baroness Quin

Referendum in Scotland

Baroness Quin

Living in Northumberland not far from Scotland I am more and more concerned about the consequences of an independent Scotland and know too that fears and concerns are shared by many people on both sides of the border. The big worries have already featured in the debates.  Will there be a different currency North of…

Bedroom Tax

Baroness Quin

The government has made a number of changes to benefits and the welfare system recently but the change that gives me the greatest cause for concern by far is the “under-occupancy charge”, more commonly known as the “bedroom tax”. This tax came into force in April this year and according to the National Housing Federation…

MPs workloads

Baroness Quin

Several articles and comments have appeared recently about how much time MPs are spending away from Westminster and the importance of ensuring a full Parliamentary timetable to deal properly with government legislation.  It has also been claimed that the current government, because of disagreements within the coalition, is finding it difficult to agree new legislation…

Scotland and the rest of us

Baroness Quin

Today concern about the potential break-up of Britain –  in light of  the planned referendum on independence for Scotland – will be raised in a debate in the House of Lords.  This is a subject about which I care deeply and while I accept that the people of Scotland certainly have a right to vote…