Unfortunately for George Osborne, there is an inescapable truth that he has failed the tests he set for himself in June 2010. He has failed to deal with the deficit, he lost our credit rating, and debt is barely falling, and he’s added £200billion to our nation’s debt. Despite the most severe cuts to Wirral seen in generations, he has failed in the objective he set himself.
George Osborne sounded triumphalist when he was delivering his budget speech with claims that people are better off, but I know families living on the Wirral will find such claims hard to understand.
Wirral Council has had to respond to the deep cuts imposed on their budget so when George Osborne makes overblown claims about a northern powerhouse, he doesn’t mention the cuts he has inflicted across the North West of England on local authorities.
Instead, Labour will close the budget gap in the right way. We will make the right investments – on infrastructure and education – that protect our country’s future.
And we will help parents by increasing free childcare for three and four-year-olds from 15 to 25 hours. We’ll also increase the minimum wage, cut tuition fees, end the bedroom tax and end the exploitation of zero-hours contracts.
And given that the NHS is something that matters so much to my constituents, I was surprised not to hear plans for the NHS in this year’s budget.
Labour have already pledged investment to save and transform our NHS. We will invest in a £2.5 billion a year Time to Care Fund which will pay for 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs and a guarantee of cancer tests in one week.
By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News
Unfortunately for George Osborne, there is an inescapable truth that he has failed the tests he set for himself in June 2010. He has failed to deal with the deficit,...
Responding to the report Wirral South MP Alison McGovern said:
“Improving rail and road links between the northern cities is vitally important to secure sustainable economic growth and prosperity, but sadly an unfunded wishlist without any firm timescales published just weeks before an election isn't going to cut it. Labour has ambitious plans to deliver the devolution of power and resources to all northern councils so that real improvements to our transport networks can get underway swiftly – from the Tories we just get half-baked promises of jam tomorrow.
Connecting the big cities better is important, but that doesn't excuse the complete absence of ambition for improving the Wirral’s transport links in this plan. We’ve had five years of warm words from this government about improving services and getting electric trains on the Wrexham-Bidston line through Heswall, but with nothing to show for it – and it doesn’t so much as warrant a mention in this strategy. Wirral deserves better than this airbrushing.”
Alison McGovern responds to the Northern Powerhouse report on a transport strategy for the north of England
Responding to the report Wirral South MP Alison McGovern said: “Improving rail and road links between the northern cities is vitally important to secure sustainable economic growth and prosperity, but...
Alison McGovern MP has hit out at chancellor George Osborne's budget as failing to address the needs of households in Merseyside, while threatening still faster and deeper cuts to local hospitals, schools, social care and councils.
Responding to the chancellor's speech, Alison said: "In the Commons today, George Osborne sounded triumphalist, which I don't think will please Wirral families. On average, they are more than £1,100 a year worse off than when this government came to power, they have seen services in the local area hit by cuts three times higher than the south east and huge growth in zero-hour contracts and low pay. This simply isn't the budget that people need.
Given the huge pressures that our local NHS is under, after the worst winter for the health service in more than a decade, local people will have been astonished that in an hour-long speech, George Osborne didn't mention the NHS once - nothing on the extra resources needed to increase the number of nurses, GPs and doctors and getting waiting times under control, just a promise of still faster, deeper cuts to social care placing still greater pressures on the NHS. Nothing on protecting education funding; nothing on making childcare more affordable."People in Wirral need a Labour government and a Labour budget, that will provide the funding the NHS needs through a mansion tax, will give the parents of three and four year olds twenty-five hours free childcare, protect schools funding, increase the minimum wage, cut tuition fees, end the bedroom tax and end the exploitation of zero-hours contracts.
Alison McGovern MP has hit out at chancellor George Osborne's budget as failing to address the needs of households in Merseyside, while threatening still faster and deeper cuts to local...
Last Saturday Ed Miliband launched Labour’s election pledge card which lays out our priorities for the country and the promises that we are making to the electorate as we approach the general election.
He was speaking at a pre-election rally of more than 1,500 party members and supporters in Birmingham about our promises and how they are all based on one fundamental belief that Britain only succeeds if working families succeed.
I had the pleasure this week to visit St John Plessington and address an audience of sixth form students to talk about these pledges and what the Labour party can offer them. It was good to hear about the issues that matter to them as young people about to embark on their own careers.
Topics that were raised included tuition fees, apprenticeships, youth employment and mental health. All of these things can impact on young people and I enjoyed being given the opportunity to engage with them about my views but also to listen to theirs.
I was also asked by one student about zero hour contracts and our pledge to scrap exploitative zero contracts is one that appears on our pledge card as part of our plan to achieve higher living standards for working families.
Other pledges that we have made include building a country where the next generation can do better than the last by supporting students with a reduction in tuition fees to £6,000 and guaranteeing an apprenticeship for every school leaver who gets the basic grades.
Employment opportunities and education were obviously something I was asked a lot about at the event and the young people were really engaged with how policy in these areas would impact on them. I’d like to thank them for their well-researched questions.
By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News
Thanks to St John Plessington sixth form students for engaging political question and answer session
Last Saturday Ed Miliband launched Labour’s election pledge card which lays out our priorities for the country and the promises that we are making to the electorate as we approach...
Recently I had the pleasure of meeting with the School Council from Poulton Lancelyn Primary School, and helped them to raise their Green Flag they had been awarded for the environmental good work the school had done, including energy saving sensors in the classrooms that the children told me occasionally led to impromptu disco sessions when they hadn't moved round enough.
After we had raised the flag, we went inside, and sat down and discussed over juice and cakes a range of issues, including the environment, philosophy and the difference between my job and what happens in the school council. As a member of the council told me: “No offence, but Prime Ministers questions is a bit rubbish”. Out of the mouths of babes, as they say.
We talked about why they thought it was rubbish, and they told me that in their council meetings, the school charter means they have to listen quietly when another member is talking and respect each other’s comments and opinions, and treat each other with respect and dignity. I was told that if I behaved the way MPs did in their council, I would be told off. All the shouting, and name calling is something that just isn't ok.
I often hear that the way politicians behave is worse than schoolchildren during PMQ’s, and recent television coverage and these schoolchildren’s comments only prove that point. I have often said that we need to change the way politics works, because people feel that they have little or no say in what happens, and to see their elected representatives acting like this can only make them feel more detached.
My pub tour last summer was one step toward reaching out to the community, and reminding people that generally we are just local residents, with similar concerns about the local community that they have.
And it’s this local pride that drives me on in my work, to make the place my family and friends call home better.
By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News
Recently I had the pleasure of meeting with the School Council from Poulton Lancelyn Primary School, and helped them to raise their Green Flag they had been awarded for the...
Wirral South MP Alison McGovern joins in with Royal Mail delivery round in her constituency
Alison McGovern MP arrived at the Royal Mail New Ferry Delivery Office to see staff preparing for their delivery rounds before putting on her Royal Mail visibility jacket and joining experienced postman Lee Broom on his morning round last Friday.
The purpose of the visit was to gain an insight in to the challenges of delivering mail to every house and business in Alison’s constituency over six days a week.
Speaking about her visit Alison said: “Postmen and women are a really important part of our communities. I spent the morning helping to deliver mail in New Ferry where thankfully the weather was quite good. With the modern postbag changing I know that Royal Mail need to keep up with these changes and are transforming its operation to respond to the changes that modern life has brought to the organisation. More parcels are being delivered and fewer letters than ever before. I got a real feel for the work staff do during my visit.
Adding: Shadowing staff is the best way to gain an insight into their job and I found this a really useful way of finding out what Royal Mail staff do on a daily basis. They go out in all weathers to deliver our parcels and letters and provide a really important service. I thank them for all the work that they do.”
Wirral South MP Alison McGovern joins in with Royal Mail delivery round in her constituency Alison McGovern MP arrived at the Royal Mail New Ferry Delivery Office to see staff...
Eastham Village is a beautiful and historically important part of our borough. So I share my constituent’s concerns about plans that have been put forward by Hydrodec Group to build an oil re-refinery near to the site of the QE2 Dock.
Whilst I understand from Wirral Council that there is no submitted planning application at this time, I am monitoring what happens to this site.
I am worried that such a development could risk the natural beauty of the area. Though Eastham has always had its industrial parts too - both historically and currently - such new sites should not be built without regard to the extensive use our community gets from the country park, and the needs of local residents.
This part of the Mersey is unique. It has special views and natural features that should not be put at risk. It is important for our local visitor economy, and for the health and wellbeing of people in the south of Wirral.
I would encourage constituents to continue to contact me about their concerns and I will keep in contact with those who get in touch with me.
If you are concerned you can phone my office on 0151 645 6590, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to me at 99 New Chester Road, New Ferry, Wirral CH62 4RA.
By Alison McGovern for Wirral News
Eastham Village is a beautiful and historically important part of our borough. So I share my constituent’s concerns about plans that have been put forward by Hydrodec Group to build...
On Monday I had the pleasure of visiting Ganneys Meadow Early Years Centre which is based in the Woodchurch area of Wirral.
The visit was part of my 25 hours tour: 25 stops across the country to understand the importance of Labour’s commitment to increase free childcare for three and four year olds with working parents from 15 to 25 hours per week. Ganneys Meadow is stop number 16. I have been speaking to early year’s professionals in various parts of the country to understand the challenges parents and families face, and those who work with them to give every child the very best start in life.
I was accompanied on my visit by Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary candidate for Wirral West Margaret Greenwood and we were given a tour by the Head Teacher and the Family Services Manager of the excellent facilities provided by the centre on site. It’s good to know we have such expertise, right here on the Wirral.
Teachers who work with children during their earliest years are incredibly knowledgeable about how children learn and develop during those crucial first years, be it in the development of speech, physical skills or gaining confidence to do things for themselves. And we know that early education can make a significant difference once children get to school.
We will fund our 25 hours pledge by increasing the bank levy. This increase in tax that large banks pay will help families up and down the country. It will benefit nearly half a million three and four year olds and their families and help parents overcome the barriers to getting back to work or working more hours.
Child care costs are soaring under the current government. We will only succeed as a country if Britain’s families also succeed. This is why I am passionate about helping parents with child care costs through our 25 hours pledge, and will keep fighting to make Wirral a better place to grow up.
By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News
On Monday I had the pleasure of visiting Ganneys Meadow Early Years Centre which is based in the Woodchurch area of Wirral. The visit was part of my 25 hours...
A report published by the Family and Childcare Trust shows that the cost of childcare has soared by 33 per cent nationally under David Cameron, with families spending £1,533 more this year than they did in 2010, while wages have remained largely static.
Labour Party analysis shows that in some parts of the country the cost of childcare has rocketed by as much as 53 per cent over the Parliament.
Also Labour's own research has found that in Wirral's neighbouring city Liverpool the cost of part-time childcare with a childminder for a child aged 2 and over is now £122.25 a week – a rise of more than two thirds since 2010.
Commenting on the findings Alison McGovern MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Childcare and Children, said: These figures lay bare the extent of David Cameron’s failure – he is badly letting down working families. Since 2010 the failing Tory plan has seen the costs of childcare soar. On top of this, there are over 40,000 fewer childcare places and wages are down £1,600 a year on average.
Adding:"Labour gets that Britain only succeeds when working families succeed. Our plan offers a better future for families struggling against the soaring cost and lack of availability of childcare, extending free childcare for working parents of three and four year olds from 15 to 25 hours, guaranteeing access to childcare for parents with primary age children through their local school, and delivering at least 50,000 more childcare places by doubling the number available at Sure Start centres.”
Alison McGovern MP responds to research findings that show how childcare costs have soared under David Cameron
A report published by the Family and Childcare Trust shows that the cost of childcare has soared by 33 per cent nationally under David Cameron, with families spending £1,533 more...
I am very pleased that Wirral Council have measures in the current budget that would reduce the cost of car parking in Heswall. Our shopping high streets are a vital part of our communities and local small businesses need to be supported.
I have been speaking to Heswall business owners as they shared their views on car parking charges with me and I have met with them to discuss their concerns on how the charges were impacting on their businesses.
The cuts imposed on Wirral Council from central government have been unfair and have meant that the local authority has had to make difficult decisions. An example of just how unfair the cuts have been is the fact that Wirral has lost £152 per head in funding whilst the Conservative controlled North Dorset Council lost just £2 per head.
Wirral’s Labour-controlled council is facing deep cuts and serious pressures on its financial budget from central government but has demonstrated that it has listened to the concerns expressed by local business owners and have acted on them.
The reduced charges which are part of a 12-month trial period are fairer for both shoppers and business owners. The reductions are great news for areas across the borough.
Wirral Council did reintroduce a temporary “free after three” scheme during the Christmas period to support local businesses over the festive period, but it’s positive news that there is now a more permanent measure in the budget.
The local authority has demonstrated that even when its budget has been slashed so significantly that it is supporting communities and listening to people to make the right decisions for Wirral.
By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News
I am very pleased that Wirral Council have measures in the current budget that would reduce the cost of car parking in Heswall. Our shopping high streets are a vital...