Alison McGovern MP

Wirral South

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Alison has joined a group of 30 other MPs to urge the government to delay the rollout of universal credit in a letter to the Guardian newspaper.

The letter from the MPs appeared in the Guardian newspaper earlier this month. A copy of the letter appears below.

We are concerned about the Department for Work and Pensions’ proposed rollout of universal credit (UC) in our constituencies during November and December. There is a real worry that the introduction of UC at this time will cause extreme hardship for many people in vulnerable situations, exacerbated by the financial burdens of the festive period. We understand that the proposed changes were designed to make the social security system simpler, more reactive to individuals’ issues and more efficient. However, evidence from other parts of the country where UC has been introduced already, shows that it is far from the efficient system trailed. In many cases, recipients have had to wait seven weeks for payment of the benefits. This puts an incredible strain on individuals and we have seen in other areas an increased use of food parcels during this period. There are also issues around the removal of the severe disability premium, which leaves many disabled people in a precarious position. In addition, although there is a provision for crisis loans, the mandatory paying back of £150 in three lump sums of £50 adds a further strain on individuals who are already in a difficult financial situation. Overall, the rigid nature of this approach can exacerbate the debt of those in receipt of UC.

The current timetable will cause our residents severe hardship over the months which are most financially difficult. We urge David Gauke, secretary of state for work and pensions, to instruct his department not to roll this system out in November and December, but look to a date later in 2018.

Alison joins group of MPs to urge the government to delay the rollout of universal credit

Alison has joined a group of 30 other MPs to urge the government to delay the rollout of universal credit in a letter to the Guardian newspaper. The letter from...

You will be aware that in 2011, your predecessor made changes to the state pension entitlement for a group of women born in the 1950s. The IFS have recently estimated that this means an average household income of women aged 60-62 is £32 per week lower as a result.

Women born in the 1950s began their working life at a time when gender discrimination was legal, married women were routinely turfed out of the work force, and when maternity rights were non-existent. These women have now been punished again, just as they have reached retirement age. This is not just a question of material deprivation. The short notice given in 2011 represents a breach of trust in the government, and an injustice to women who have fought for fairness all their lives.

This breach of trust is problematic for two reasons.

First the public will lose trust in pensions if such changes, done at short notice, are allowed to stand. But secondly, there is the problem of fairness to those who have worked hard to change

women's place in British society. Women of my generation have stood a platform built by women in the 1950s. We owe them a debt of gratitude, and it is because of that debt I write to you now.

I am asking you to consider establishing a non-partisan commission investigating how this injustice can be remedied. Millions of women are affected, all with unique circumstances. They have been treated from both a financial and administrative point of view. A substantial consideration of the facts is required, leading to policy proposals on how to remedy the injustice caused by the 2011 changes.

Your Autumn Budget would be the perfect opportunity to announce such a commission. It could then report in the spring, in time for consultation on the proposals ahead of next year’s budget.

I would be grateful for your consideration and reply on these points.

With kindest regards

Alison McGovern MP 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Letter to the Chancellor calling for WASPI justice

You will be aware that in 2011, your predecessor made changes to the state pension entitlement for a group of women born in the 1950s. The IFS have recently estimated...

Port Sunlight River Park set for celebration event marking three years since opening to public

The Friends of Port Sunlight River Park are looking forward to the park’s third anniversary celebrations on 13 August.

This year the group is teaming up with Wirral-based charity Autism Together, which manages the day-to-day running of the park, for the annual event. 

Speaking of the anniversary Alison McGovern MP who officially opened the park in 2014 said: “It’s been almost three years since the park was opened to the public and since then the park has developed into a beautiful community space with activities and events for everyone. It’s great to see Autism Together joining with the Friends of Port Sunlight River Park for this event. Since the park opened it has had strong and beneficial links with Autism Together so this is a chance to also celebrate that relationship. Every year volunteers work hard to put on this event for the good of the community and it’s always a nice and fun day out.”

She added: “It’s an exciting time for the park with plans for a Visitor Centre now in progress which all visitors to the park will benefit from.”

The event runs from 12-4 in the afternoon and there will be a range of stalls and things to do for all the family including autism friendly activities.

Speaking about the activities on offer Park Ranger Anne Litherland said: “After the successful Bioblitz in May, we are delighted that Record, Cheshire Wildlife Recording group, will join us together with RSPB to help visitors learn about and identify birds and other animals in the park. There will also be the opportunity to get up close to Birds of Prey with Rockcliffe Raptors and entertainment will be provided again by the Autism Together band, the Beethovens.”

 

 

Port Sunlight River Park set to hold anniversary party

Port Sunlight River Park set for celebration event marking three years since opening to public The Friends of Port Sunlight River Park are looking forward to the park’s third anniversary...


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