Barbara Keeley

MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR WORSLEY AND ECCLES SOUTH

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Barbara met Emma Billington and Louise Fields from Irlam to congratulate them on receiving an award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare for work at their ‘Dogs4Rescue’ sanctuary.

An event was held in Parliament by the International Fund for Animal Welfare to make awards to people from across the country who have made a significant contribution to improving animal welfare.

Emma and Louise founded the not for profit organisation ‘Dogs4Rescue’ in 2013. The organisation fosters and rehomes street dogs which have been abused.

Barbara said:

I would like to congratulate Emma and Louise on receiving this award in recognition of the work they have undertaken to improve the welfare of dogs in the UK and abroad. It is great that Emma and Louise got this nationwide recognition for their work.

The award recognises that Dogs4Rescue is making a positive change to the lives of many animals. Getting an award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare should help ensure that Dogs4Rescue gets the recognition it deserves for its work on animal welfare.”

Emma said:

"Dogs4Rescue provides a cage free environment for abused dogs before they are settled into new homes around Salford and Manchester. Rehoming these dogs is a team effort, all the staff at the sanctuary and our partner charities abroad work incredibly hard to provide the dogs with the care and support they need.

I am really proud of this award as it recognises the hard work that everyone has put in to improve the lives of dogs across many different countries."

Barbara congratulates Emma Billington and Louise Fields on winning animal welfare award

  Barbara met Emma Billington and Louise Fields from Irlam to congratulate them on receiving an award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare for work at their ‘Dogs4Rescue’ sanctuary....

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Barbara has paid tribute to her constituent Alan Henning in the House of Commons. She also asked the Prime Minister to support an application for a national honour to be made posthumously to Alan in recognition of the noble sacrifice he made in travelling to deliver aid to children in need in Syria.

Writing to 10 Downing Street, Barbara outlined a suggestion to nominate Alan Henning for a national honour, such as the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery. She also asked the Prime Minister to look at ways to help support Barbara Henning and the two children, Adam and Lucy.

Barbara raised the issue in Prime Ministers Questions. David Cameron agreed that Alan Henning was a hero and said he would to look carefully into Barbara’s suggestions.

Barbara Keeley said:

“Alan Henning was brutally murdered by the self-styled Islamic State. In Eccles we have lost a local hero who ignored his own safety to take aid to children in need in Syria.”

“People from across the country have told me they believe Alan Henning’s noble sacrifice should be recognised by a national honour and by support for his widow and children.

“I have asked the Prime Minister if he supports those ideas and what can be done to progress them. I hope that the Prime Minister will support an application to award Alan Henning a national honour so that Alan’s compassion and bravery can be acknowledged across the country.”

 

Barbara asks the Prime Minister to support a national honour for Alan Henning

Barbara has paid tribute to her constituent Alan Henning in the House of Commons. She also asked the Prime Minister to support an application for a national honour to be...

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Barbara has successfully introduced a Bill into the House of Commons which aims to exempt unpaid family carers and those needing overnight care from the Bedroom Tax.

Figures from the Department of Work and Pensions show that at least 60,000 carers are affected by the Bedroom Tax. This figure only includes those people in receipt of a Carers Allowance or those with an underlying entitlement to Carer’s Allowance. Other carers who work part-time are also affected by Bedroom Tax.

The Government’s policy objectives for the Bedroom Tax make it illogical as well as unfair when applied to carers. One of the objectives was to “improve work-incentives for working-age claimants”, meaning that people could move into work or try to work more hours to pay the Bedroom Tax. However, many unpaid family carers have had to cut back their hours or give up work to enable them to care.

The Bill is now listed for Second Reading on 21st November, alongside other Private Members Bills.

Barbara said:

“The failure to exempt carers from the Bedroom Tax shows the Coalition Government’s complete disregard for fairness.

"The 60,000 carers affected include many of those with the heaviest caring workload. They are already caring for 35 hours a week or more and to expect them to work extra hours to pay the Bedroom Tax is completely unrealistic.

"Many carers have had to give up well-paid jobs to care for their loved ones and expecting them to find the cash to pay the Bedroom Tax as well is an insult to these hardworking family carers. The Bedroom Tax puts an additional financial burden on carers and does not take into account why the health and care needs of the person cared for may result in the need for an additional bedroom.

"My Bill is a simple, common-sense measure to protect carers from the impact of this unfair policy. We owe it to carers to remove this financial burden, which should never have been imposed on them.”

Barbara introduces a Bill to exempt carers from the Bedroom Tax

Barbara has successfully introduced a Bill into the House of Commons which aims to exempt unpaid family carers and those needing overnight care from the Bedroom Tax. Figures from the...


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