Alison McGovern MP

Member of Parliament for Wirral South

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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 

Labour pledge new measures to support unpaid family carers

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

Young people must have their political voice heard

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 

Award opportunity for small shops in Wirral South

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...

2015 will be an important year for us all as we are now in the year of the next General Election and this week Ed Miliband delivered his first speech of the year, here in the North West.

Rather than the old-fashioned ways of politics - expensive billboard adverts for example - I know from my conversations in Wirral that the best way to listen to residents is to get out and speak to people directly.  With help from local volunteers, I've spoken to thousands of my constituents, and I'm sure that's the right way to represent people.

This is the only way politics can work properly to understand the changes our country needs. For example, in Wirral we need to make sure that work really pays, that we see a rising minimum wage and where possible living wages. This affects many of my constituents who work in care, a sector that has seen low wages dominate for too long. 

I've also heard lots of concern recently about our NHS, and the need to protect our walk-in centre in Eastham, as well as making sure people can get timely GP appointments. 

In the up and coming months I will continue to knock on my constituents' doors all around South Wirral. I'm always pleased by how many people have views and thoughts to share, and no subject is ever off the agenda. We won't always agree as a community - that's only right in a democracy. But the way to change politics for the better is to talk to one another, and to use everyone's contribution to find the right way ahead. 

By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News 

The best way to politically engage with my constituents is by knocking on their doors

2015 will be an important year for us all as we are now in the year of the next General Election and this week Ed Miliband delivered his first speech...

I’d like to send everybody in Wirral my best wishes for the festive season and for the year to come.

The General Election on May 7 means that 2015 will be a significant year. It will also present an opportunity to change Wirral and the rest of our country.

Serious cuts have hit us hard, and we have seen significant problems with our local NHS as the re-organisation here caused disruption. We need to put a stop to this.

I know that we can make Britain fairer with the policies that Ed Miliband has pledged and this year is our chance to have the opportunity to change our country for the better.

We will scrap the bedroom tax which I have seen first-hand from my constituents unfairly punishes vulnerable and disabled people since its introduction.

Labour have been calling on the government for this to be scrapped including in a recent debate in the House of Commons in December but unfortunately they wouldn’t listen and we didn’t win the vote.

We will also force energy companies to freeze gas and electricity prices until 2017, raise the minimum wage, ban exploitative zero hour contracts, support working parents with 25 hours of free childcare for three and four year olds and reverse the Tories £3 billion tax cut for millionaires.

We will deal with the deficit but we will do it fairly and in a way that addresses people’s everyday living standards.

In 2015 we have the chance to build a country that stands up for the many and not just the few if Labour are elected to form a government.

Looking back over the last year it was fantastic to open the Port Sunlight River Park in my constituency and this was a definite highlight for me from the last year.

I look forward to the next year continuing to serve as your MP both locally and nationally.

By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News 

New Year presents opportunity to change Britain for the better

I’d like to send everybody in Wirral my best wishes for the festive season and for the year to come. The General Election on May 7 means that 2015 will...

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...

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