Frank Field MP
Your MP for Birkenhead
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I will begin with some really good news, if I may, on the back of last week’s column. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) poured scorn last Thursday on the energy companies who levy rip-off charges on mainly poorer households on prepayment meters. The CMA’s main remedy is to place an overall cap on what the energy companies can charge prepayment customers. The cap is likely to apply from next year until 2020. It will save every such household £90, on...
The Liverpool City Region Child Poverty and Life Chances Commission, which I chair, this week put energy companies in the dock for making Merseyside the nation’s rip-off capital when it comes to charging for gas and electricity. The commission highlighted from the most recent official data that prepayment meters are more heavily relied upon in Merseyside than in anywhere else in Great Britain, with 23% of electricity customers and 21% of gas customers reliant on this payment...
Barely a month has passed since I raised grave concerns about tenants’ treatment at the hands of their landlord. Sadly I write this week with similar reports from tenants living adjacent to Birkenhead Town Hall. Councillor Jean Stapleton, Councillor Phil Davies and I met with a group of Pierhead Housing tenants last Friday. From what they told us, the tenants have been dealt a rough hand by their landlord. We were told how the tenants had had to put up with inadequate heating, a poor...
Two years have passed since a dozen local residents fell victim to a conman who had managed to infiltrate Universal Jobmatch, the website set up by the Government to help people look for work. Since then, thankfully, the Government has tightened up the security on the website. I’ve not received any further reports of fraudulent activity. But there are still too many dodgy vacancies being posted on the website. Over the past couple of weeks, in particular, Birkenhead...
Last week I wrote to Wirral Council asking for urgent action to repair Birkenhead’s broken street lighting. A number of residents had written to me to say they had been left in the dark due to the lights on their street being out of action. Their concerns centred on the apparent lack of urgency shown by the council’s Streetscene department to address each fault once it has been reported. I encountered similar delays once I raised the incidents on residents’ behalf. One...
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