There are currently 5.4 million unpaid family carers in England. There are 9,344 just in Wirral South and 5,983 of those carers living in the constituency are over the age of 50.
Looking after an elderly or disabled family member and providing essential support to them can mean that perhaps the person doing the caring is not getting the right support that they might need.
Since becoming an MP I have spoken to carers who are looking after a loved one and attending to their needs. I have seen that this can have an impact on the health of the carers themselves.
With an ageing population and our family lives changing it is important that those in government acknowledge this issue and act.
That’s why I am pleased that Labour’s Shadow Minister for Care and Older People has pledged measures to help support our unpaid carers who may not always recognise themselves as being a carer.
These measures include for example placing a duty on the NHS to identify family carers, and giving carers new rights to ask for an annual health check – allowing problems to be identified earlier and prevent costs escalating.
It makes economic sense to identify the needs of carers as they are at risk of becoming ill or being forced to give up work, but most importantly it is right that people who do such an important job are not pushed to breaking point.
I want to see improved conditions for all carers including those who are unpaid. Over the last five years I have spoken to constituents who work in care and visited places in Wirral South where care is provided to get an insight into the challenges they face. Care needs to be high on the agenda and Labour recognises this as evidenced by the appointment of a Shadow Minister specifically to address these issues and propose solutions.
By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News
There are currently 5.4 million unpaid family carers in England. There are 9,344 just in Wirral South and 5,983 of those carers living in the constituency are over the age...
Ed Miliband recently highlighted the shocking news that almost one million people have gone missing from voting rolls in the last year, and many thousands of those are young people.
This is a consequence of the Government’s hasty introduction of individual voter registration without the safeguards proposed in the original legislation.
The change will mainly affect people who are new on the register and those who have moved house in the last 12 months.
Last year I visited schools in my constituency to talk about the importance of registering to vote given the changes in the registration process.
The young people at the schools I visited were very engaged and I was impressed with their enthusiasm and knowledge.
With the General Election only a matter of months away it is important politicians focus on all issues including those affecting young people.
Ed Miliband has already pledged the vote for 16-year- olds. I think this a positive and progressive step towards engaging young people with political issues and in the voting process.
I know many young people in Wirral South who are politically active and volunteer on my campaign. It is great to see this level of involvement but we need to do more to engage more young people, starting with getting them on the Electoral Register.
Ed has written to all university vice-chancellors, local authority leaders and the Electoral Commission urging them to take action to prevent the disenfranchisement of one million voters, and Labour have launched a consultation which will run from January 16 to February 16 for young people to get involved with. For more information you can visit http://shapeyourfuture.today
By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News
Ed Miliband recently highlighted the shocking news that almost one million people have gone missing from voting rolls in the last year, and many thousands of those are young people....
This week I’d like encourage small shops across South Wirral to participate in a national competition to find the UK’s best small shop.
Small shops are vital to our communities and the economy. Because of this, my Labour colleague Simon Danczuk who is the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group, is calling for small business’s across the country to put themselves forward for this accolade.
I know that there are many successful shops in South Wirral that are worthy of recognition and I was very proud when Wirral Butchers Edge and Son based in New Ferry won a national award for best local retailer.
The success of Edge and Son helps to create a prosperous food hub in New Ferry alongside the New Ferry Farmers Market. This shows how small business can benefit our local areas and how important our small shops are.
Of course this is just one example of many small shops across South Wirral that benefit our areas and play integral roles in our communities.
I would really like to showcase the local businesses in my constituency so I hope that small shops enter the competition. The winners will be honoured at a presentation in the House of Commons on February 25.
The Best Small Shop will be selected based on a number of criteria including innovation within the business, engagement with the community and entrepreneurial activities.
The deadline for entries is the January 30 and if you want more information about the competition and the process for submitting an application you can visit www.bestsmallshops.uk . Applications are to be submitted through this website.
I’d like to send my good luck to all those who apply
Written by Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News
This week I’d like encourage small shops across South Wirral to participate in a national competition to find the UK’s best small shop. Small shops are vital to our communities...