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Pressure grows to make universal credit helpline free of charge
12 Oct 2017
The chair of the Commons work and pensions committee, Frank Field MP, called for the universal credit helpline to be moved to an 0800 number. “The country will be flabbergasted that people without any money at all should be expected to pay for a call to try and gain some help,” he said. The government needed to “iron out difficulties with telephone costs before they blast the poor to bits”.
Universal Credit: Government Refuses To ‘Guarantee’ That No Family Will Go Hungry Over Christmas
09 Oct 2017
Coming under fire from both Labour and Tory MPs in the Commons, David Gauke was challenged by former minister Frank Field to promise that no claimant would be left without cash over the festive period - but he failed to do so.
Parents urged to access vital funding to help children become ‘school ready’
09 Oct 2017
Life chances commission finds that a third of childcare settings in the Liverpool City Region are missing out on vital funding of up to £300 per week for disadvantaged children. Commission announces three moves to counter low take-up
Sky-high cost of academy school uniforms 'pushing Wirral families into financial hardship'
04 Oct 2017
Frank Field has written to education secretary Justine Greening to investigate and take steps to protect those on low-incomes. But he is unimpressed with her response and will be tabling questions to parliament.
'Name and shame' campaign to be launched in battle against yobs in Birkenhead
02 Oct 2017
We had a really good meeting last Friday, at which a number of key Birkenhead councillors relayed to senior police officers how deserted decent citizens feel when they see nothing being done about their reports of crime and antisocial behaviour.
Statement on helping more people with severe disabilities into work
26 Sep 2017
The Work and Pensions Select Committee is likely to examine a whole series of options to help people with severe disabilities achieve their ambition of gaining, and keeping a job. My preference is for the national living wage to remain sacrosanct, but for employers and the state to combine their efforts into a generous support package.
Birkenhead’s MP laments dangerous gamble with poorer children’s life chances following reduction in NHS Health Visitors
21 Sep 2017
A dangerous gamble has been taken with poorer children’s life chances, according to Frank Field MP, following the first reduction since 2011 in the number of NHS Health Visitors in the North West of England.
Sports Direct challenged by MPs over claims it underpays couriers
15 Sep 2017
Frank Field, Labour MP and chair of the Commons work and pensions select committee, said he had written to Mike Ashley, the billionaire Sports Direct founder, to demand answers following concerns raised by a whistleblower at delivery company Hermes.
Birkenhead MP Frank Field takes a swipe at 'toe-rags dragging our town through the gutter'
30 Aug 2017
In his latest column for the Globe, campaigning Birkenhead MP Frank Field says householders are now despairing at the authorities' inability to curb anti-social behaviour, and he is calling a 'summit' meeting with the borough's police chief
High-profile Tories back Labour bill on free meals in school holidays
30 Aug 2017
The veteran Labour MP Frank Field, who is chair of the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on hunger, will present the bill on the first day back from summer recess. It would place a legal duty on local authorities to ensure the provision of free meals and activities.
MPs probe university sector’s £12.6bn pensions deficit
23 Aug 2017
Frank Field, who chairs the House of Commons work and pensions committee, has written to ministers, the Pensions Regulator and the trustees of the Universities Superannuation Scheme seeking answers to why the fund’s finances had deteriorated so sharply.