Supporting Carers Week 2013

To celebrate the launch of Carers Week, 10-16 June 2013, I recently met with actress Lynda Bellingham in Parliament, to recognise the contribution that carers in Oldham make on a daily basis. Carers Week is an opportunity to celebrate the 6.5 million carers across the UK and raise awareness of

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Finance Bill Debate

Last week I spoke during the Committee Stage of the Finance Bill, which puts into effect the Government’s Budget 2013 proposals, focussing particularly on the effect of the Chancellor’s changes to people in Oldham East and Saddleworth in terms of living standards, fuel poverty,

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Biggest Ever Increase in UK Foodbank Use

Trussell Trust foodbanks have seen the biggest rise in numbers given emergency food since the charity began in 2000. Almost 350,000 people have received at least three days emergency food from Trussell Trust foodbanks during the last 12 months, nearly 100,000 more than anticipated and close to

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200,000 More Children in Poverty

The Government’s own Work and Pensions Minister, Esther McVey MP has stated that the Government’s decision to cap a wide range of welfare benefits to 1%, will see 200,000 more children in poverty by 2015-16.  She said: ‘We estimate that the uprating measures in 2013-14, 2014-15 and

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Dementia Debate

Last Thursday I participated in a Backbench Business Committee debate in the Commons on dementia; sharing the experiencess I have had of helping care for my mother who had Alzheimer’s.  The debate was incredibly moving and highlighted the real challenges people with dementia face as well

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Safeguarding Children

In a recent Back-Bench Debate on safeguarding children.   Does my hon. Friend agree that multidisciplinary and multi-agency teams, such as Operation Messenger in my constituency, have a key role to play in identifying children and young people at risk from, for example, sexual exploitation?

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