Frank Field MP
Your MP for Birkenhead
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An update, and an appeal, from Feeding Birkenhead

7
Dec

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 looked at a number of options for adding an extra layer of protection to prevent poorer households’ Council Tax arrears spiralling out of control.

One of those is a text messaging service that the Council is considering introducing next year, so that unopened letters need not inevitably lead to financial disaster.

Likewise we are looking to pilot through local housing associations a service whereby residents are helped to set up an early repayment plan, before debts become unmanageable.

A third topic discussed was the difficulties some families face when they need to replace electrical goods or furniture. We have a wonderful branch of St Vincent de Paul in Wirral that tries to help such families, but it is reliant on donations to maintain this service.

Might I therefore appeal please, on behalf of Feeding Birkenhead, for residents wishing to donate certain items of furniture, or electrical goods, that they no longer need and are still functional, to get in touch with Rose Mullarkey on 07905952798?

Similarly, it is likely that some household goods could be repaired at minimal cost, thereby saving families the expense of having to replace them. This could make all the difference between those families being able to afford food, or not.

So might I appeal also for anyone who has the skills to repair electrical goods or furniture, and who would be willing to volunteer these skills for families in crisis, to contact me?

My next surgery takes place at 5pm on Friday 9th December at Birkenhead Town Hall.

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