Frank Field MP
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Article - Published in The Guardian - 31 March 2016
Rising cost of basic ceremonies and lack of state support risks ‘return to miserable pauper’s funerals’, says Frank Field
Article - Published in The Independent - 31 March 2016
Frank Field, the Labour MP for Birkenhead and chair of the work and pensions committee, said: "The Government has made a welcome commitment to help more people with disabilities into a position where they can find and then keep a job. If it can successfully be seen through, this commitment could signal a major stride towards achieving full employment in our country. “The really important part now is to back-up this commitment with a series of reforms that are tailored to each person’s own skills and ambitions, as well as those conditions that currently limit their ability to work, so that each person can follow a feasible journey into work. We hope the evidence we receive will enable us to help the Government in its search for such a reform package."
Article - Published in Wirral Globe - 30 March 2016
Wirral Globe
A major commitment has been secured from a national cash machine network to protect Birkenhead residents from being "ripped off" when they take out money from an ATM.
Article - Published in Newsweek - 29 March 2016
Might now be the time for a new secretary of state to pause and reexamine the whole plan for Universal Credit?
Article - Published in Evening Standard - 22 March 2016
Evening Standard
After Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation the Chancellor risks being unable to get any more welfare cuts through MPs
Article - Published in Child Poverty Action Group - 18 March 2016
Food bank
We will all have woken up this morning knowing there are children in this country who went to bed last night on an empty stomach. We also know that a large number of those children will have taken that hunger with them to school. This is the most crushing finding from a recent report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger, examining the extent, causes and changing dynamics of hunger among families in the UK. With the reliance on food banks on the increase, the Group’s Chair, Frank Field, and the report’s author, Andrew Forsey, summarise the evidence received and present some potential solutions.
Article - Published in The Guardian - 15 March 2016
The call for building on the green belt and rent caps was backed by Labour MP Frank Field, chair of the Commons work and pensions committee, which recently set up an inquiry into intergenerational fairness.
Article - Published in The Guardian - 14 March 2016
Frank Field MP said the work and pensions select committee, which he chairs, may want to raise the issue in a future inquiry. Field told the Guardian that he had grave concerns about the PIP system, after constituents told him they were being awarded zero points, then having the decision overturned on appeal.
Article - Published in The Observer - 13 March 2016
Frank Field, Labour chair of the Commons work and pensions select committee, backed calls for a rethink: “Desirable as it is to increase higher-rate tax thresholds, it is a secondary issue when there are so many legitimate demands from lower-paid workers who are still waiting to experience the benefits of the recovery. Any spare money should go to local authorities to help them set up services to minimise the impact of welfare cuts because of the move to universal credit.”
Article - Published in Wirral Globe - 10 March 2016
Wirral Globe
Around four million households on pre-payment meters will see their power bills slashed and providers will have to share customer data to allow rivals to offer them better deals under proposals announced by the energy watchdog. The announcement was made just days after Liverpool City Region Child Poverty and Life Chances Commission - chaired by Birkenhead MP Frank Field - put energy companies in the dock for making Merseyside the nation’s "rip-off capital" when it comes to charging for gas and electricity.
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