Barbara Keeley

MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR WORSLEY AND ECCLES SOUTH

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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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Barbara presented Mr Lawrence Manning from Walkden with a Veterans Badge for his service in the Armed Forces during the Second World War.

HM Armed Forces Veterans Badges were introduced in 2004 to recognise the service of those who have served in the armed forces and the Badge can be worn on civilian attire.

Barbara said:

“It was a privilege to present Mr Manning with his Veterans Badge and to talk to him about his service.

“This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, and the 75th anniversary of the start of the Second World War.

“Britain owes all servicemen and women a debt of gratitude for their service in the armed forces to keep our country safe and secure. The Veterans Badge is one way in which we thank former service men and women for their service and for the contribution they have made to our country.”

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Barbara presented Mr Lawrence Manning from Walkden with a Veterans Badge for his service in the Armed Forces during the Second World War. HM Armed Forces Veterans Badges were introduced...


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