Frank Field MP
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JUN
I was really pleased last week to meet with a guide dog owner who had travelled down to Parliament from Birkenhead. Over 100 guide dog owners from across the country came to Westminster to talk to their MPs about the discrimination they face each day as they go about their lives. On the back of my conversation with our Birkenhead resident, I am supporting the charity Guide Dogs’ “Access All Areas” campaign to ensure guide dog owners can carry out everyday activities, such as
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JUN
The Work and Pensions Committee, which I chair, recently published an interim report on the communication of the new state pension. We recommended in the report that the cohort of women born in the 1950s, who did not receive adequate notice of the increase in their state pension age, should be given the right to draw their pension early but at a reduced rate. We made this proposal in the context of severe government spending constraint, in the hope that it may ameliorate some of the worst
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JUN
During the General Election I was stopped by a constituent who lived on Dacre Hill. He was angry at the condition of his home – and many others on the estate – and how the damp had affected his son’s health. I visited along with the three Rock Ferry councillors and was appalled. Likewise, at our regular constituency meetings at the Town Hall, a group of residents from Crossways angrily presented the case for urgent action. Their estate had been allowed to run down as Magenta
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APR
The voluntary groups helping to feed Birkenhead’s hungry report that delays in the processing and payment of new benefit claims are a key driver of food bank use. Indeed, the national data show there are some appalling delays in the processing of new benefit claims which expose hundreds of thousands of people to hardship. I found this week from parliamentary answers that, nationally, 154,309 people between March 2015 and February 2016 waited more than 10 days for their Jobseeker’s
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APR
Arrowe Park raised the white flag last week. The hospital held up its hands and acknowledged that its A&E department was bursting at the seams. It simply could not cope with any more patients. Such an admission of trouble has been coming. The proportion of patients waiting more than four hours in A&E increased from 6.4% in December 2011 to 9.1% a year later. Upwards of 15% of patients waited more than four hours in December of both 2014 and 2015. Help has not been forthcoming from the
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