Alison McGovern MP

Member of Parliament for Wirral South

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On December 6, the UK held its second Small Business Saturday. This annual opportunity to celebrate and support small firms, like the number of excellent small businesses we have locally, in Heswall, New Ferry and throughout.

It was a huge success, and this year the results were even more impressive – organisations and individuals got involved all over the country, generating over £500m in extra revenue for small businesses in one day.

Local independent businesses play a vital role in our communities as well as our economy. They provide jobs, increase choice for shoppers, and are essential to the character of any town. We need to recognise their importance and continue to make use of them if we want our high streets to flourish. So it was great to see the public make a special effort to support local shops here in Wirral on Small Business Saturday.

And there’s more good news for shoppers as well as local businesses: Wirral Council has cut the cost of car parking, throughout December. All Council-operated car parks are will be ‘Free After Three’, meaning customers can do their Christmas shopping locally without being charged for parking later in the day. This will give residents a chance to pick up some last minute gifts, ideas and forgotten dinner essentials that make Christmas that are part of the season’s festivities.

I’m delighted that Wirral Council is encouraging people to make greater use of our local shops in this way. Affordable access to town centres is important for people trying to save money this Christmas, and small businesses will continue to benefit from the increased footfall.

I hope everyone will make the most of the parking discount over the Christmas period, build on the success of Small Business Saturday and carry its positive effects into the New Year.

Finally, may I wish you, your families and loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News 

Wirral Council help to support our local businesses this festive period with "Free after Three" parking scheme

On December 6, the UK held its second Small Business Saturday. This annual opportunity to celebrate and support small firms, like the number of excellent small businesses we have locally,...

Last week the Chancellor George Osborne delivered his last Autumn Statement before the election.

I know from my regular sessions speaking to my constituents on the phone and on their doorstep that whilst George Osborne talks of 'recovery', any recovery is for the wealthy few and not the many. Living standards continue to be squeezed and people continue to feel that they are no better off.  

The Conservatives promised living standards would rise, but while millionaires have got a huge tax cut working people are now £1,600 a year worse off.

And as we heard last Wednesday, it gets worse. Not only has the government failed to make people in Wirral better off, they have also failed to balance the books. 

The Tories promised to eliminate the deficit by 2015 but with less money coming in because of their wrong economic decisions, they've broken their promise.

Because the Chancellor has failed to deliver rising living standards he has now borrowed £219 billion more than he planned in this Parliament. 

This is because there is a fundamental link between the living standards of everyday working people such as those in Wirral and Britain’s ability to deal with the deficit.  People are not working all the hours they'd want to, which means income to the Treasury is lower too.

Because wages aren't rising and too many are stuck in low-paid jobs, the tax revenues we need to get the deficit down aren't coming in.

Labour want to balance the books in a fair way and for everybody to benefit from growth.  Labour’s plan will raise the minimum wage, expand free childcare for working parents, scrap the bedroom tax and cut business rates for small firms.

 We will balance the books in a fairer way, starting by reversing the Tories’ £3 billion a year tax cut for the top one per cent of earners.

By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News 

Labour will balance the books in a fairer way

Last week the Chancellor George Osborne delivered his last Autumn Statement before the election. I know from my regular sessions speaking to my constituents on the phone and on their...

Responding to today's Autumn Statement Alison McGovern MP for Wirral South said: “The Tories have broken their promise to balance the books by 2015, with the next Labour Government set to inherit a large deficit as a result. The Chancellor isn't helping the many in our country who have had a very tough four years.

There is a fundamental link between the living standards of everyday working people and our ability to deal with the deficit and we want to build an economic recovery that works for everybody in a fair way and not in a way that benefits those just at the top.

We have set out a plan to deliver stronger growth and more good jobs paying decent wages. We will make work pay and tackle insecurity by raising the minimum wage, banning exploitative zero-hours contracts and expanding free childcare for working parents.”

 

Alison McGovern MP comments on the Autumn Statement

Responding to today's Autumn Statement Alison McGovern MP for Wirral South said: “The Tories have broken their promise to balance the books by 2015, with the next Labour Government set...

Local pubs are an important part of our communities. This is the reason that I decided to hold my Summer Pub Tour in Wirral South's fine local establishments.

I visited many local pubs in my constituency to chat to my constituents and to support our local pubs as I know what an important and traditional community meeting point they are.

It is concerning however that 27 pubs close every week and also 57% of landlords who are tied to large pub companies (pubcos) earn less than £10,000 a year.

This is why I was relieved to see the government defeated recently in the House of Commons over something that the Labour Party have been calling for to get a fairer deal for landlords.

That something is a statutory code with teeth on pub companies that would put an end to the unfair treatment tenants have received from the large pub companies.

Labours plans have won support from a broad coalition of campaigners including the Campaign For Real Ale (Camra) the Federation of Small Businesses, trade unions and the cross-party BIS Select Committee.

Government Ministers must now act on implementing a proper statutory code which would allow a free of tie option to protect local pubs.

It would allow publicans to buy their beers on the open market whenever a new contract is negotiated.

We achieved this by backing a new cross-party clause to the Small Business Bill despite the government opposing it.

I believe this change is the best way of ensuring that large pub companies offer fair terms to their licensees and to finally address the scandal of so many valued community pubs shutting.

By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News

Labour act on achieving a fairer deal for pub landlords

Local pubs are an important part of our communities. This is the reason that I decided to hold my Summer Pub Tour in Wirral South's fine local establishments. I visited...

There is an important event this week that celebrates the work of support staff in schools. I hope you'd agree with me that our schools wouldn't function without hard work from all their staff, so it's important to take the chance to say thanks.

Stars in Our Schools takes place this Friday 28th November and it is day to celebrate the work of school support staff and the positive role they play in everyday school life. Support staff includes caterers, administration staff and teaching assistants to name just a few.

A survey being compiled by Unison found that of the responses received so far only 48% of support staff felt valued as part of a school team although a higher percentage said that they loved their job. If you are a school support staff worker in my constituency and would like to get in touch and share your own experience then please do so.

The campaign to celebrate their work is led by Unison and I support this campaign that focuses on the value of the work that they do. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank support staff in Wirral who work hard to help children learn, keep children safe and healthy and make sure school’s run smoothly but are often hidden behind the scenes in our schools.

They do really significant jobs and it is important that they don’t get overlooked or underappreciated. Helping children learn and looking after their daily needs is I am sure every parent would agree a crucial job.

The idea to hold a celebration of the work that support staff do is a great idea and I’d like to congratulate Unison on this concept and I hope it will draw attention to their hard work and dedication.

If you want to find out more about the campaign or get involved then you can do so at www.starsinourschools.uk

By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News 

Showing my support for Stars in Our Schools

There is an important event this week that celebrates the work of support staff in schools. I hope you'd agree with me that our schools wouldn't function without hard work...

Every Friday, I always work in Wirral, meeting constituents and dealing with important local issues. But this week - as a special exception - I will be in London to support Labour MP Clive Efford’s Private Members Bill which will ensure that NHS patients are always put first.

This is important to my constituents who have contacted me asking me to back this Bill. If passed the Bill will restore real democratic accountability for the NHS, scrap the new competition framework and make sure NHS patients are always put first.

I recently used this column as an opportunity to talk about some of Labour’s NHS pledges that will really focus on patient care if we are elected to form a government. Under the Tory-led Coalition the NHS is under threat from a government that is putting privatisation before patient care. 

The NHS has never been more vulnerable than under the present government. The Tories wasted £3 billion on an unnecessary and damaging top-down NHS reorganisation. We are in a time when people are really concerned about the NHS and this is why I am very pleased to be able to assure my constituent’s that Clive Efford’s Bill will have my full support.

The National Health Service (amended duties and powers) Bill seeks to amend the Tories 2012 Health and Social Care Act to stop the increasing privatisation of our NHS.

The new rules allow hospitals to earn up to 49 per cent of their income from private patients, which risks pushing NHS patients to the back of the queue.

The NHS is one of our greatest achievements and our most important institution and the Labour Party want patient care at the heart of it.

By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News 

I'm backing Bill that would put NHS patients first

Every Friday, I always work in Wirral, meeting constituents and dealing with important local issues. But this week - as a special exception - I will be in London to...

Responding to the figures released today Alison McGovern MP for Wirral South said:

I welcome a reduction in unemployment but the conditions faced by people in work is still a worry for me. Work should pay and I continue to campaign for an end to exploitation with regards to zero hour contracts. Wages are also a real concern with people being £1,600 worse off under David Cameron.

Adding: The Labour Party have pledged an increase in the National Minimum Wage to £8 an hour by the end of the next parliament and have also pledged a series of policies to improve people’s standard of living including a freeze on gas and electricity bills until 2017 and reforming the energy market. We have also committed to helping working parents with 25 hours of free childcare for three and four year olds. Our set of promises will address the financial problems because we understand the real issues that will help make work pay. 

Alison McGovern MP responds to today's unemployment figures

Responding to the figures released today Alison McGovern MP for Wirral South said: I welcome a reduction in unemployment but the conditions faced by people in work is still a...

Over the last couple of weeks I have been visiting local secondary schools to talk to students about the importance of registering to vote and the changes to how we register to vote.

There is now a new system for registering to vote called Individual Electoral Registration which means that every individual is now responsible for registering themselves as opposed to registering to vote as a household with the head of the household registering everybody at the address.

This is a significant change to the way people apply to be on the electoral register.

Transitional arrangements have been made to allow data matching against records held by the Department for Work and Pensions to automatically confirm electors on the register during the transition to Individual Electoral Registration in 2014 /15.

There will also be changes to the information that you need to provide to register under the new system including your National Insurance Number and Date of Birth to ensure security.

Postal voters who are matched with the Department for Work and Pensions database will automatically keep their postal vote. If existing postal voters are not matched, they will be sent an ‘invitation to register’ letter and will need to re-register for an absent vote.

With a General election not too far away it is important to raise awareness of these changes and also to make young people aware of the importance of registering to vote and of participating in the democratic process.

People who have moved home since the current electoral register was compiled in 2013 and who are not matched with the database at the Department for Work and Pensions may need to take extra steps to ensure they are included in the new electoral register.  

Students who have or are about to turn 18 and who may have moved address due to attending university or college should also take steps to ensure their inclusion in the new register. 

It is important that people of all ages are able to exercise their democratic right and with only half of 18-24 year olds being registered to vote we must do everything we can to ensure levels are improved for next year’s General Election and beyond.

You can now register to vote online at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or for more information you can visit my website at www.alisonmcgovern.org.uk/voter_registration

 

Making young people aware of changes to voting registration

Over the last couple of weeks I have been visiting local secondary schools to talk to students about the importance of registering to vote and the changes to how we...

Alison McGovern MP has this week taken up a new position on Labour’s frontbench as shadow minister for children and families, moving from her previous role in the international development team.

Speaking about her new role, Alison said: “We will never build an economic recovery that works for everyone without tackling the issue of childcare. The soaring cost of childcare has hit families’ pockets hard and prevents many parents – overwhelmingly women – from taking up employment. Securing high quality, affordable childcare for everyone who wants it will be a key part of Labour’s offer to Britain next year: we have already set out radical plans for 25 hours of free childcare for three and four year olds and expanding wrap-around care for school age children. I’m passionate, too, about improving the conditions for childcare workers and how we improve training and standards across the sector.

“Having worked in the international development team on policies that will deliver improved education and care for children across the world, I’m looking forward to being part of the team tasked with delivering that in Britain.”

 

Wirral South MP Alison McGovern appointed Shadow Minister for Children and Families

Alison McGovern MP has this week taken up a new position on Labour’s frontbench as shadow minister for children and families, moving from her previous role in the international development...

I have previously spoken out on the importance of devolution to deliver prosperity around all parts of the country.

We need better representation of all regions of the UK in order to understand the needs of different areas. Wirral’s economic future is different to Northumbria and Kent. We face some similar challenges, but many that are different, and we need the power to act on them. This is why devolution will be at the heart of the next Labour government.

This needs to happen so that economic growth is spread fairly and is not enjoyed only by a privileged few.

We have a radical plan for devolved powers and Ed Miliband has announced that Labour’s Manifesto will commit the next Government to make changes.

We will give city and county regions more power over their public transport networks so they are able to set the right bus routes and have fairer prices, as well as integrate their transport services to help working people and businesses succeed in their areas. This will give regions new powers to regulate their bus services as those in London.

We will pass an English Devolution Act to reverse a century of centralisation. This will transfer £30 billion-worth of funding over five years, and build on the achievements of the last government in devolving power away from Westminster to Scotland and Wales.

We know there is a strong desire for devolution of power to Merseyside by people living across our city region. But I don’t just want it for ourselves, I want to see all parts of our country succeed. Labour want to build a fairer society with nobody left behind and we want everyone to feel the benefit of growth.

That is why our plan for spreading power and prosperity across England’s city and county regions is so important at a time when people are struggling in towns and cities all across the UK.

 

By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News 

Devolution needed to spread economic prosperity

I have previously spoken out on the importance of devolution to deliver prosperity around all parts of the country. We need better representation of all regions of the UK in...

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