Frank Field MP
Your MP for Birkenhead
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Might I please take this opportunity to wish Birkenhead residents a Happy Christmas, and to make a seasonal wish for our town’s children? One of the most urgent problems to have presented itself over the past year is that of children arriving at school hungry each day. I was appalled to learn earlier in the year that, in some of our schools, as many as one in four children begin lessons on an empty stomach. Some teachers have responded to this urgent need by paying from their own...
Another stunning meeting of Feeding Birkenhead took place last week, focusing on three main topics. First, it was reported that over 250 children attended Feeding Birkenhead’s school holiday meal and fun sessions in the October half term. Our town’s schools are now looking at ways of being able to contribute to this provision, which would represent another national breakthrough. Second, and following on from Feeding Birkenhead’s recent submission to Wirral Council, we...
Feeding Birkenhead this week extended its pioneering Food Bank Plus service to the end of 2018. The service involves a trained advisor from Involve Northwest being present at the food bank each week to help put right the problems that have led people to be hungry. The problems range from rent arrears and chronic debt, to delays and stoppages in Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment & Support Allowance, Universal Credit and tax credits. Food Bank Plus has helped hundreds of...
A sizeable number of Wirral residents write to me each week to share their views on the treatment of animals, and to campaign for advances in animal welfare. I have been pleased over successive parliaments to support their campaigns by taking them up with ministers and supporting House of Commons Motions pushing for more adequate levels of protection. The treatment meted out to some animals in the name of experimentation or profit is diabolical. One local resident, Carrina Rowe,...
Despite the Herculean efforts of frontline NHS staff, residents are reporting a worryingly sharp decline in the quality of care being administered by our local health services. Things already look worse than last year and we’ve not even reached the winter pinch points. In August, 1,095 people waited more than four hours in A&E; up by 308 on the same month last year. Similarly, in July, 14% of patients waited a week or more for an appointment with a GP or Practice Nurse; up...
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