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The need for high-speed rail from Liverpool to Hull, and up to Newcastle
18 Apr 2019
Simon Jenkins hits the bullseye. HS2 would merely have the effect of turning Birmingham into a London suburb. We need a major investment programme in high-speed rail that runs from Liverpool to Hull, and up to Newcastle. This programme must also link up all of the cities and smaller towns in between so that people can access decent-paying jobs without having to up sticks and move away from home. Both for the sake of justice, as well as on economic grounds, such a programme should take precedence over HS2.
Taxpayers need to know how welfare budget is spent
14 Apr 2019
A paradox. Elections can be decided by the amount of taxpayers’ money each political party believes should be spent by the state. Yet the total sum of taxpayers’ hard-earned cash going to each of the major government programmes, and particularly the largest — the welfare budget encompassing health, social care, social security, education, and housing — has long been unclear to most of the country. Equally strange is how little attention has been given to what those programmes cost. As Andrew Forsey and I argue in our book Not for Patching, the government should set up a strategic welfare review to examine the outcomes taxpayers ought to expect from those sums.
Children set to benefit from one hundred sessions providing meals and activities in the Spring Holiday
27 Mar 2019
Having delivered similar programmes during each school holiday since 2015, Feeding Birkenhead, Supporting Wirral is investing nearly £2,000 in one hundred sessions to ensure as many children as possible can benefit from free or low-cost meals and activities over the next two weeks.
MPs to launch inquiry into ‘survival sex’ by benefit claimants
19 Mar 2019
Frank Field MP, the chair of the committee, said: “We have heard sufficient evidence, and are sufficiently worried, to launch this inquiry to begin to establish what lies behind the shocking reports of people being forced to exchange sex to meet survival needs.”
Brexit fantasies that left us staring into the abyss
14 Mar 2019
The idea that, at this late stage, the UK should crash out of the EU without a deal is absurd. Large numbers of firms and jobs in manufacturing would disappear. The prospect of no deal has been kept on the negotiating table for two years, to give our negotiators some leverage, but any last-ditch attempts at seriously pursuing this destructive fantasy must be stopped. I voted last night to take no deal off the table.
MPs urge government to end benefits freeze early to stop ‘destitution’
04 Mar 2019
In a letter to Amber Rudd, independent MP Frank Field, who chairs the committee, said the Joseph Rowntree Foundation had estimated that ending the freeze a year early would lift 200,000 people out of poverty and see 13.7 million people on benefits receive an average of £270 more.
Frank Field urges Government to help families hit hardest by benefit cuts first
27 Feb 2019
Frank Field, the Independent MP who chairs the Work and Pensions Committee, said "enough is enough" when it came to cuts to those on benefits and advised the Government to take action next month when delivering the Spring Statement.
Frank Field calls on Deliveroo to offer hourly rate pay to delivery riders in Birkenhead
22 Feb 2019
A WIRRAL MP is calling on Deliveroo to guarantee an hourly rate pay for its delivery drivers ahead of the company's launch in Birkenhead next month. The town's MP Frank Field has written to Will Shu, chief executive of the food delivery company, asking him to offer employees the rate on a trial basis when the service hits the town in March.
Birkenhead's MP calls two public meetings on local bus services
15 Feb 2019
The two public meetings will take place on Saturday 23rd February and are open to all residents. The first meeting will begin at 9.45am and is being held at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Noctorum. The second meeting will begin at 10.45am and is being held at The Little Centre, Beechwood.
Justice for Hermes couriers
04 Feb 2019
In September 2016, Frank published a report on Hermes couriers’ pay and conditions. Following the report’s publication, Frank gained a commitment from the GMB union to pursue an Employment Tribunal claim on behalf of Hermes couriers. The claim was successful and led to the negotiation of a new 'self-employed plus' contract being announced today.