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School uniforms are costing struggling parents £300 each - now MPs will debate the scandal in Parliament
09 Oct 2018
MP Frank Field, who chairs the Commons Work and Pensions Committee and leads tonight’s debate, will press schools Minister Nick Gibb to urge the Treasury to exempt all school uniform from VAT.
End 'rip-off' of soaring school uniform costs to boost social mobility, Frank Field urges ministers
08 Oct 2018
School uniforms should be made VAT-free to bring down their "rip-off" prices and boost social mobility, ministers will be urged this week. Frank Field, the independent MP, said ministers should end the school uniform “rip- off” and lift VAT from 13-14 year olds to 18 year olds for school clothes would help social mobility and poorer families.
Build on Home-Start to give kids a chance
04 Oct 2018
By building on the Home-Start model with a programme that protects parents’ mental health, strengthens the bonds with their child, and fosters a first-class home learning environment, the country would give itself a fighting chance of preventing children born into disadvantaged homes becoming poor adults.
Care workers cut short visits to elderly as workload soars
01 Oct 2018
The report, by MP Frank Field and his assistant Andrew Forsey, paints a stark picture of a workforce where low wages, zero-hours contracts and disillusion are rife. Field, MP for Birkenhead, said it was “a scandal” that workers performing a key role in the lives of Britain’s growing elderly population were so poorly paid, hard-pressed and badly treated.
Labour can offer disadvantaged children a surer start in life
27 Sep 2018
While Labour’s commitment of vast new sums towards preschool interventions is welcome, much more thought needs to be given to how they can be used most effectively to equalise children’s life chances. Much of the inequality that now exists between the life chances of children from relatively wealthy families and others from poorer backgrounds is accounted for by what happens at home – mainly in respect of the style of parenting and the home learning environment.
Birkenhead's House of Fraser store SAVED from closure
24 Sep 2018
The town's MP Frank Field told the Globe: "This news will give a tremendous boost to Birkenhead. "Six weeks ago, I wrote to Mike Ashley with an urgent plea to safeguard the future of our House of Fraser and the jobs of the store’s staff. "Thanks to the positive discussions that have taken place since then with the store’s landlord, this cornerstone of our town centre is being given a chance to flourish once again."
'Uber has been put on notice' - statement on the report of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing
24 Sep 2018
The House of Commons debate, in which the previous Minister announced the creation of this Group, centred on the pay, working conditions and living standards of taxi and private hire drivers. This report addresses each of those important points.
Frank Field petitions Welby on Wonga debt
21 Sep 2018
This month, the chairman of the Commons Work and Pensions Committee, Frank Field MP, wrote to the Archbishop of Canterbury, asking him to consider creating a consortium to buy up the loans. It is understood that the Commissioners were due to meet this week at Lambeth Palace to discuss the idea.
Bedroom Tax costing Merseyside households £14 million a year
20 Sep 2018
‘The Bedroom Tax snatches money back from social tenants who can’t move to smaller accommodation – often none is available. It is netting the Treasury around £1 million a year from poorer people in Birkenhead alone. Nearly three quarters of the households in Birkenhead who are penalised contain at least one person who is disabled.'
03 Sep 2018
My plan was to sell dear, with the whole of a working-class family clubbing together to acquire an asset and, crucially, for councils to use all those monies to rebuild and repair stock. The Wilson and Callaghan governments undertook reviews of this idea but civil servants thought the plan unworkable.
'These are the people Labour was set up to defend': MP Frank Field launches a crusade to help victims of Wonga
02 Sep 2018
The MP, a lifelong anti-poverty campaigner, appealed to rich philanthropists to step in and assist hard-up individuals ordered to repay loans in full, even though the payday lender has gone bust.
Universal Credit is aiding domestic abuse – the government must fix the system now
01 Aug 2018
This is not the 1940s. Universal Credit unknowingly turns its back on decades of reform, which has tried to give carers of children, usually women, an income in their own right from the social security system.
School holiday hunger cash a 'great first step'
27 Jul 2018
Frank Field MP, who last year sponsored a private member's bill to require local councils to provide free meals and activities for children during school holidays, said the fund represented "the single biggest national effort in decades specifically to improve poorer children's access to meals and activities during the holidays".