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Human trafficking and the lack of checks on road transport
24 Oct 2019
After completing our review of the Modern Slavery Act, which the government asked us to undertake, Maria Miller MP, Baroness Butler-Sloss and I have gone on to conduct an inquiry into trafficking for sexual exploitation. As part of our evidence-gathering sessions, we heard from representatives from immigration enforcement and Border Force teams. What they told us was shocking and leads me to believe that our country risks cases like the awful tragedy of the lorry found in Essex being far from unique
Watchdog to investigate suicide monitoring of benefit claimants after ministers refuse to publish data
23 Oct 2019
The National Audit Office (NAO) said it would call on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to reveal what information it held on the issue, after ministers refused to provide Frank Field MP with figures on the number of people in the welfare system who had taken their own lives.
Review of Sorry We Missed You
06 Oct 2019
Sorry We Missed You is so remarkable. Even though I’ve been exposed to the horrors it depicts, most recently through a series of reports I co-wrote with Andrew Forsey on the gig economy, I found the film deeply shocking and moving. For the many people who’ve never come across these abuses – who don’t realise what is going on in this cruel, exposed underbelly of the labour market – I can’t imagine how they’re going to react. Ken Loach is the great champion of taking us out of our shells and forcing us to ask, of the conveniences we enjoy: “Who is actually paying for this?”
Birkenhead’s MP seeks significant investment in redevelopment and jobs programmes
21 Aug 2019
Frank Field MP has written to the new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities, and Local Government with a proposal which would see Birkenhead draw down significant investment from the Government’s Stronger Towns Fund.
Birkenhead’s MP champions new scheme to help parents whose baby is born premature or sick
07 Aug 2019
When a group of Birkenhead residents raised this matter with him, Frank asked the Government to consider extending statutory leave and pay for parents whose baby is admitted to neonatal care by every week their baby stays in hospital. At the time, the Government declined to do so. However, it has now launched a consultation on the scheme with a view to implementing it.
500 homes to be built at Wirral Waters as contracts finally exchanged
04 Aug 2019
Birkenhead MP Frank Field said: “We are now promised not only 500 homes on brownfield land, in this initial stage, but also large numbers of jobs and apprenticeships and, hopefully, the prospect of many more homes being built in and around that site in the future.”
Frank Field calls on Government to support Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant after Brexit threat
30 Jul 2019
BIRKENHEAD MP Frank Field is calling on the Government to provide "every bit of support necessary" to Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant after bosses warned it would pull production of cars if Brexit makes it unprofitable.
Call for written evidence submissions: inquiry into trafficking for sexual exploitation in England and Wales
25 Jul 2019
I recently completed chairing a Government-commissioned review, along with Maria Miller MP and Baroness Butler-Sloss, into the effectiveness of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We looked at the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, transparency in supply chains, independent child trafficking advocates, the legal application of the Act. You can read our reports on www.independentmsareview.co.uk. We did not have an opportunity, however, to look at trafficking for sexual exploitation, so we are undertaking an inquiry into this issue now.
Universal Credit should ‘come with a health warning’ - MPs push for claimant compensation
24 Jul 2019
UNIVERSAL CREDIT needs to “come with a health warning”, Frank Field MP has said. The Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee made the comment as the committee's latest report on the welfare reform was published.
Feeding Birkenhead, Supporting Wirral publishes Summer Holiday timetable of meals and activities for children
16 Jul 2019
During last year’s Summer Holiday, the Feeding Birkenhead, Supporting Wirral network served 10,000 meals and laid on a range of enriching activities for 888 children across the town. This year’s programme is even bigger and is likely to help even more children.
Other Britain: Frank Field and Heidi Allen on the shocking extent of hunger, homelessness and insecurity in 2019
11 Jul 2019
Austerity has undermined a century’s work to protect the most vulnerable in our society. The next prime minister must adopt a programme of urgent reform to tackle this destitution, write Frank Field and Heidi Allen