Alison McGovern MP

Member of Parliament for Wirral South

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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...

When I talk to my constituents about the major issues that concern them the NHS comes up time and time again. And quite rightly so. The NHS is going backwards under the Tories. The concern for our NHS is a reflection of how valued it is and how much people rely on its services.

The Labour Party are the party to stand up for the NHS and to demonstrate this we have recently announced NHS pledges including a commitment to raise an extra £2.5 billion a year for the NHS through a Mansion Tax on the highest-value properties over £2million, tackling tax avoidance and a new levy on tobacco companies. Something that David Cameron has failed to deliver a promise on when challenged by Ed Miliband recently.

This money will create a NHS with time to care with 8,000 more doctors, 20,000 more nurses, 5,000 more home care workers and 3,000 more midwives.

Another important commitment that we have made is that because we do not feel that NHS patients should wait for more than a week for cancer tests and results we will ensure that by 2020 that this is the case and that the wait is no longer than this time period. The cancer test guarantee will be made possible by £750 million of new investment over five years, raised through a new levy on tobacco firms.

Labour want to make sure that our NHS can meet the challenges of the modern world. We have also promised that people will have access to a GP appointment within 48 hours, or on the same day for those who need it. As well as these pledges I also strongly endorse Labour’s vision for whole person care which would encompass a person’s mental health, physical health and social care so that all the needs of the person are being met in a single service.

I believe in the core values that our health service was built upon and whilst we have challenges to meet within the NHS I can promise that Labour will focus on putting right and rescuing the NHS where the Government has failed it.

By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News 

The NHS will be a major priority for a Labour government

When I talk to my constituents about the major issues that concern them the NHS comes up time and time again. And quite rightly so. The NHS is going backwards...

Last week, I appeared on the Daily Politics show to talk about why I am pleased Labour have announced plans for football fan representation at the most senior level at their football clubs.

We wouldn't have football clubs at all without the dedicated supporters who turn up at matches and offer their loyal support. As the saying goes, football without fans is nothing.

It therefore makes logical sense to me that they be given more power and more say in the clubs that they support. We have seen in Wirral the excellent work of the Tranmere Rovers Supporters Trust, for example. So it’s right that we offer properly constituted fans’ trusts more chance to be heard in the running of the game by appointing some of the directors, and getting a chance to buy up to a 10 per cent stake.

It is no big secret that I am a lifelong proud Liverpool FC supporter and I know that the club you support is part of your identity. You can’t just switch allegiances, as you would with any other business. I’m sure Evertonians, and fans of all clubs, would agree!

It is easy to think that football clubs in terms of big businesses nowadays with money and power but it is important that the connection between the clubs core supporters is not lost.

I personally believe that football fans deserve to have more of this power than they currently do and that they have the capabilities and knowledge to take on such roles and have more of a say in the main issues facing their team.

Labour’s plans would allow for accredited supporters’ trusts to appoint and remove up to a quarter and not less than two of a football club’s board of directors and to purchase up to 10 per cent of the shares when a club changes ownership, if they so wish.

The plans would give the fans more powers in terms of accountability. I believe these proposals are a positive step in transferring some power back to fans who have previously perhaps felt at times left behind in the direction of their club. This is something I have been wanting to see for a long time.

By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News

I welcome Labour's plans to hand more power to football fans

Last week, I appeared on the Daily Politics show to talk about why I am pleased Labour have announced plans for football fan representation at the most senior level at...

I’d like to thank those who turned up to the Lady Lever Art Gallery on Friday night to discuss how we take our new Port Sunlight River Park forward.

There was a great turn out and the meeting was very productive with some very useful questions being asked.

We will now aim to establish a committee and continue to meet to develop the park to address some of the issues already raised.

At the meeting I talked about the importance of community involvement and of forming a committee of willing people who can form a group to represent the park.

I know that local people really do care about its development and that there has been good use made of the park since it opened. We are still in a relatively new phase and that is why we now need a group of people to help move it forward.

It was lovely to see support in the form of offers to volunteer with the day to day running of the park and people putting themselves forward for a role on the committee. I will be organising a meeting for committee members shortly.

The community spirit around the park will be very important as we progress.

Remember if you couldn’t attend the meeting but you are still interested in a role in the park to contact my office on 0151 645 6590 or email alison.mcgovern.mp@parliament.uk

 

By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News 

Thanks to those who made Port Sunlight River Park Friends Group meeting a success

I’d like to thank those who turned up to the Lady Lever Art Gallery on Friday night to discuss how we take our new Port Sunlight River Park forward. There...

Having supported Wirral Council in the introduction of the Ethical Care Charter - an agreement on reforming care for the better - I recently called in on Wirral’s Director of Adult Social Services to see how the changes are going.

The Ethical Care Charter sets out recommended standards of care for vulnerable people living in their own home, which will not only make life better for those being cared for but also seeks to end the all-too-frequent exploitation of those who are employed to provide care. Wirral is one of the first councils in the country to adopt the charter.

I was also invited to visit the council’s Independent Review Team based in New Ferry and the Wirral South Locality Team based in Eastham. At both locations I met hard working staff who are committed to ensuring those receiving care get the best possible service. Their dedication and expertise has been a credit to our borough.

There have been significant changes, including using fewer contracted care providers to improve standards with those the council does work with.

And also, we no longer ask people to put up with 15 minute calls. After all, it’s hard to see how good care can be given in just a quarter of an hour.

In signing up to the Ethical Care Charter principles, Wirral have demonstrated how a vision for better health care can be achieved.

An integrated health and social care system has the potential, through better support in the community, to meet the challenges of an ageing population and the requirements of increasing number of people with long-term conditions by preventing people’s needs escalating.

It also has the potential to save spending millions of pounds keeping people where they don’t want to be, in more expensive hospital and residential care, instead of living healthy independent lives in their own homes.

Put into action correctly an integrated system has the potential to be not only self-financing but will provide the opportunity to deliver health and care services that start from the point of meeting the needs of patients and their families rather than what is most convenient for the service provider.

By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News

Pleasing to see how Ethical Care Charter has improved care locally

Having supported Wirral Council in the introduction of the Ethical Care Charter - an agreement on reforming care for the better - I recently called in on Wirral’s Director of...

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