Articles by Kate Green
Kate Green is shadow minister for disabled people. She is member of parliament for Stretford and Urmston and a former chief executive of the Child Poverty Action Group. She also served as a magistrate for 16 years

Working people must not pay the price

Kate Green MP  |  12 September 2017

The answer to Britain’s low pay crisis is not more years of austerity and uncertainty, but a pay rise for those struggling to make ends meet, writes Kate Green MP A report from the Child Poverty Action Group last month showed that working parents are finding it harder to meet basic living costs. Meanwhile, the …

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Remembering Srebrenica

Kate Green MP  |  5 July 2017

Twenty-two years on, the lesson from the massacre at Srebrenica is that hatred creep up on us in stages – and at each stage we have the opportunity to stop it, writes Kate Green MP Next week, on 11 July, we commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the terrible massacre that took place at Srebrenica. I …

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Probation reorganisation: wholesale, high-risk, evidence-free

Kate Green MP  |  13 January 2015

This afternoon I will introduce a debate in Westminster Hall to challenge ministers on their Transforming Rehabilitation programme. In June last year the government abolished the probation service we have had for over 100 years. Probation trusts around the country have been replaced by 21 privately owned community rehabilitation companies and a diminished National Probation …

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The Welfare State We’re In

Kate Green MP  |  17 December 2012

I can think of no good reason why the publishers of The Welfare State We’re In see the need for this new edition. Virtually no recent data has been added to the analysis: the author cites few examples of the performance of the welfare state from after 2003. Selective reporting of anecdote is presented as …

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Legislating for living standards

Kate Green MP  |  20 August 2012

Food banks shame us all – it’s time to hold the government to account. In austerity Britain, children are going to bed hungry and families are facing the distress and humiliation of queuing for emergency food parcels. The coalition government says ‘we’re all in this together’. But children should not be ‘in this’ at all. …

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Celebrating our record

Kate Green MP  |  12 June 2012

This week’s Households Below Average Income figures, which are due to be published on Thursday, are important because they will show the degree of success achieved in meeting the target to halve child poverty by 2010, on the way to Tony Blair’s ambitious aim of ending child poverty within a generation. We don’t expect the …

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Everywoman Safe Everywhere

Kate Green MP  |  8 March 2012

This week, to mark International Women’s Day, Labour’s commission on women’s safety, Everywoman Safe Everywhere, is publishing its first report. I’ve been proud to serve as a member of the commission, alongside Vera Baird QC, who’s chaired it so ably, and my brilliant parliamentary colleague, Stella Creasy. I first became aware that women were becoming …

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Make ends meet

Kate Green MP  |  7 November 2011

The government’s efforts to show how women-friendly it is would be almost laughable – if they didn’t reveal a profound indifference to the real impact its policies are having on women’s lives. Struggling to make ends meet, worries about unemployment, cuts to help with childcare, loss of public services, and an attack on the value …

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Combating disability hate crime

Kate Green MP  |  31 October 2011

I know I’m not famous among Progress readers for my tough attitude to sentencing in the criminal justice system. But this week I’m proud to be proposing an amendment to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders bill to increase the minimum mandatory life sentence for those convicted of murder where the crime was …

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Don’t drop child poverty target

Kate Green MP  |  24 October 2011

Last week’s analysis from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, suggesting a 700,000 increase in child poverty by 2020, was depressing, but unsurprising. The long-tail effects of the government’s austerity measures, and the winnowing both of the value of, and entitlements to, benefits make such an outcome pretty well inevitable. But I certainly cannot agree with …

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