Carillion Pension Scheme

As Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary I have recently written to both the Government and The Pensions Regulator (TPR) to ask why a funding shortfall at Carillion’s pension scheme was allowed to widen before the construction group’s collapse. My letters (which you can read below) ask a series of

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MP reacts to Oldham foodbank statistics 

From 1st January to 31st December 2017, 7,078 three day emergency food supplies were provided to local people in crisis by Oldham Foodbank, compared to 5,554 during the same period in 2016. Of this number, 2,425 went to children.  The dedication shown by the volunteers

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Debbie: help us defend free school meals

I am backing calls by The Children’s Society for the Government to rethink their plans around free school meals under Universal Credit. Currently, as Universal Credit is rolled out, all children who live in a household receiving this new benefit will receive a free school meal. 

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New Year’s Message

A happy new year to everyone in Oldham and Saddleworth!  I hope, like me, you were lucky enough to spend some time with family and friends over the Christmas holidays and had a chance to relax a little as we say goodbye to 2017. And what a year 2017 was! In political terms the highlight

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New Year’s rail fare increase

I have been campaigning at Greenfield Station today, against a 32% rise in rail fares since the Conservatives came to power in 2010. This morning commuters faced the steepest hike in 5 yrs – up to 3.6%. Lobbying for fairer trans-Pennine train fares is one of my top ten constituency

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