Frank Field MP
Your MP for Birkenhead
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We now know that almost half a million workers cannot afford to feed themselves and their families from week to week. Based on what working households in Birkenhead have reported to me, there are four key areas that need to be addressed. First, we need a review of the regulations on zero-hours contracts. I’ve written to the business minister asking him to consider encouraging or, if necessary, requiring employers to offer their workers fixed-hours contracts. As things stand,
Council Tax emerged from last week’s Feeding Birkenhead meeting as a most pressing issue. It was reported at the meeting that some residents on low incomes are struggling either to keep up with their monthly payments, or to access sources of help that might prevent arrears spiralling out of control. Although rent and utilities often take priority over food, food itself tends to be prioritised over Council Tax bills. The end result, all too typically, is a visit from the...
I recently visited the BHS in Liverpool to speak with the shop workers whose jobs have been put at risk by the company’s collapse. They were a model of courtesy and professionalism. So upbeat and helpful, even though they knew their days at BHS were numbered. Across the country, 11,000 mainly low-paid BHS workers are in the same boat. Their pensions are, as things stand, heading into a lifeboat of their own. If the 22,000 current and future members of the BHS Pension Fund do enter this...
The Government is currently considering my proposal to dedicate the proceeds from the sugary drinks levy to a national programme of free school meals and fun activities for children during the holidays. But that will be at least a year or two down the line. So immediate action remains vital to prevent hard-up families in our town going without food. And, once again, Feeding Birkenhead’s school holiday projects are doing their bit to shore up our town’s defences against...
Amongst all the headlines over the past few weeks, it would be very easy to miss the beginnings of a new political consensus in this country. But look closely at what our new Prime Minister, Theresa May, has pledged on excessive corporate pay, for example, and it becomes clear that politicians are beginning to unite around the need to tackle the gross inequalities in wealth, hope, and opportunity that were laid bare by the results of the EU referendum. I witness these inequalities...
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