Alison McGovern MP

Wirral South

Love Wirral

This week I wanted to encourage you to take a look at the Love Wirral grants on offer from Wirral council. Grants from £20 to £500 are available for projects that will improve the local environment.

For example, to tidy up a play area, plant trees, flowers & baskets, look after public space or grow a public garden, all of these small things could make a big difference to the towns and villages in Wirral. Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. So it’s right that Wirral council has a straightforward way to help our community groups get things done.

If you’re part of a group that’s got a good idea to help Wirral, you can apply online now until 6 December 2013 at www.wirral.gov.uk. Alternatively, ring my office on 645 6590 and we’ll help you navigate the system.

Also affecting us in Wirral are the energy price rises, that show clearer than ever why Labour’s price freeze is needed.

Even former Tory Prime Minister John Major recently became the latest voice to recognise what we all know: people are fed up of being left out of pocket because of the Government’s failure to stand up to the energy companies. Energy Bills are already up by an average £300 since David Cameron took office and yet his answer to the price rise is to tell people to put a jumper on. That was what my mum used to say when I was a kid, but I think the Prime Minister could really be doing more!

At the heart of this problem is an energy market in Britain that isn’t working for ordinary families and businesses. Labour’s energy freeze will save the typical Wirral family £120 per year, with other 150,000 Wirral households making savings. 2.4 million businesses across the UK will also benefit, with an average business saving £1,800. And we want long-term reforms, plus a regulator with real teeth to take on these companies.

 

By Alison McGovern for the Wirral News 

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