Frank Field MP
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Press Release - 05 November 2015
Commons Chamber
The muddle the Chancellor is in results from his starting point of aiming simply to save £4.4 billion. The inability of the Chancellor to get his tax credit cuts through the House of Lords allows him to ask a different question: ‘How do I transform the role of tax credits from one that was a general subsidy to low wages to one that will become a benefit to poorer children, underpinned by a National Living Wage strategy?
Press Release - 02 November 2015
Commons Chamber
The Liverpool City Region Child Poverty and Life Chances Commission has discovered disturbing differences between boroughs over the past year in the number of families with children who are registered as homeless.
Press Release - 29 October 2015
Commons Chamber
The message stems from a debate and vote on a motion tabled by Frank Field MP, and backed by a cross-party group of MPs, which called on the Government to think again before implementing the tax credit changes announced in July. The motion was carried through the Commons this afternoon with no opposition.
Press Release - 26 October 2015
Food bank
Frank asked the Council earlier this year whether it might combat child hunger in the borough by using its Housing Benefit records to register all eligible children for free school meals.
Press Release - 22 October 2015
Food bank
Frank welcomes the Government's trial of the "yellow card" warning system and the reassessment of what constitutes hardship.
Press Release - 21 October 2015
Food bank
Feeding Birkenhead was set up in December 2014 by food banks, churches and voluntary groups to implement at a local level the recommendations made by a cross-party group of MPs and Peers, which Frank co-chaired with the Bishop of Truro, in their Feeding Britain report.
Press Release - 20 October 2015
Commons Chamber
The debate will focus on a House motion calling on the Government to mitigate the impact of its tax credit changes, due to come into effect in April 2016, on the lowest paid workers.
Press Release - 15 October 2015
Commons Chamber
The Lords have applied another turn of the screw on the credibility of the Government’s planned tax credit cuts. Their concerns are shared by Members on all sides of the House of Commons, in that George Osborne simply won’t come clean about the impact of these cuts in April on Britain’s lowest paid workers. He’s trying to bamboozle his way out of a corner by saying ‘8 out of 10 working households’ will be better off overall by 2017-18. But it is doubtful that any of the tax credit claimants affected by these cuts will be among this group. Might he now publish a proper reckoning of the impact of these cuts on the nation’s strivers, before the Lords debate this matter further?
Press Release - 15 October 2015
Commons Chamber
Two issues are at stake here. Labour lost heavily in 2015 because it appeared fiscally irresponsible. Signing up to the Charter matters little one way or the other. But it does signify a change in heart by Labour to move towards a balanced budget. That was John McDonnell’s original position and he was right. He has, however, given into pressure from the Scottish Labour Party that unless Labour in Westminster made a token stand against the Charter, Labour’s hopes in Scotland would be further dashed. But here comes the other crucial finding from the election. Labour lost heavily because it appeared that the Scottish Labour dog wagged the English tail. Let the Scottish Labour Party fight its own battles. We need an English Labour Party to fend off further erosions of our electoral base south of the border.
Press Release - 15 October 2015
Commons Chamber
‘Here’s another example of the Commons full of sound and fury, missing the main issue. Grammar schools will help some working-class boys and girls achieve more than they would have otherwise. But we know that life chances are determined before children come into school. If only those engaging blows over this grammar school decision could be similarly engaged in developing foundation years policies we would stand a chance of countering the clear disadvantages poor children face as they reach school. These class based differences in abilities are not narrowed by school – if anything they grow.’
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