Barbara has become the chair of a newly-launched cross-party Parliamentary group which aims to support women born in the 1950s who have been badly affected by increases to the State Pension Age.
In 2011 the Conservative-led Government accelerated planned changes to the State Pension Age for women, increasing it for a second time for women who were born after 6th April 1950. Some of the women affected have seen their pension age increase from 60 to 66 years. Many of the women affected received either no notification of the change or very late notification. This left little time to put alternative plans in place causing the women uncertainty, worry and financial hardship.
Figures from the House of Commons Library show that around 8,000 women in Salford, 98,000 in Greater Manchester and 284,000 in the North West region will be affected by the changes in State Pension Age.
The new All-Party Parliamentary Group for WASPI has been set up to support the Women Against State Pension Age Inequality (WASPI) campaign which works on these issues. The Parliamentary Group aims to raise the profile of the issues that women affected are now experiencing as a result of the changes in State Pension Age. MPs will use the Group as a forum to hold the Government to account on these issues, and to offer support for the WASPI campaign.
“Thousands of women born in the 1950s have been treated very badly with these changes. The women affected are being forced to bear the burden of the increase to State Pension Age without any help or support from the Government.”
“A number of constituents affected in Worsley and Eccles South have told me that the Government’s failure to communicate the changes, provide adequate notice or offer any transitional support has led to them suffering real financial hardship.”
“There is now widespread support among MPs for measures to help the 1950s-born women to secure justice. On the first day, over 120 MPs from all parties joined the new All-Party Parliamentary Group for WASPI. We aim to hold the government to account and find the best outcome we can for the women affected by these major changes to the State Pension Age.”
“I will work with MPs from all parties so that we can find a way to help the 1950s-born women get the support they deserve.”
Barbara has become the chair of a newly-launched cross-party Parliamentary group which aims to support women born in the 1950s who have been badly affected by increases to the State...
Barbara has called on the Government to take action to improve the support available for people living with dementia and their unpaid family carers.
Speaking at a debate in Parliament, Barbara highlighted the fact that families of people living with dementia are reporting challenges in finding the services and expertise to provide the care and support needed. She said that this was making it more difficult for carers to accept practical help or take essential ‘respite’ breaks. Barbara wants the Government needs to act to improve the support available.
“Dementia is one of the greatest care challenges facing our country. It is a deeply distressing condition. In Worsley and Eccles South it is estimated that almost 1,200 people are living with dementia. It is essential that we work toward finding the cure but equal emphasis must be placed on the care provided to people with dementia and the support given to their families and carers."
“A recent survey of carers of people with Dementia found that only 2% believed that all hospital staff understood the specific needs of people with dementia. Paid care workers have also raised concerns that their low pay leads to short care visits which mean that they are unable to provide people living with dementia with dignified care. We must ensure that people with dementia receive the highest standards of care wherever they are, whether that is in hospital, in a care home, or at home.”
“I hope that Government Ministers will listen and take the action that is needed to improve the help and support that is available for people living with dementia, and their family carers.”
Barbara has called on the Government to take action to improve the support available for people living with dementia and their unpaid family carers. Speaking at a debate in Parliament,...
Barbara has welcomed the fact that her work on highlighting traffic congestion issues has now pushed Greater Manchester transport bosses to try to find measures to ease traffic congestion in Salford.
Barbara had called on senior officials from Salford Council, Transport for Greater Manchester, Highways England and Urban Vision to take urgent action to alleviate the regular traffic chaos locally. Transport bosses are now coming up with a list of ideas in response to Barbara’s campaign to ease pressure on local traffic hotspots.
Traffic on roads in Salford has increased by 3.6% in the year to December 2015, more than the 1.1% average across Greater Manchester. Following the lack of any suitable solutions being put forward by the senior transport officials, Barbara asked local people for their ideas on how to tackle the problems. Barbara’s survey revealed that 96% of people who had responded had seen their journey time increase in recent months.
Barbara took the survey responses to Greater Manchester transport bosses and called for solutions be looked at again. Following Barbara’s recent meetings with Transport for Greater Manchester and a second City Council Traffic Summit, transport officials are now working on a number of short to medium-term measures to try to ease congestion at some of the major traffic hotspots in Salford.
“I am delighted that transport officials have listened to the concerns raised by me and local residents. Action to ease the intolerable levels of traffic congestion is long overdue. Traffic congestion across Salford is making people’s lives a misery, and without immediate action these problems will only get worse.
“I receive many complaints about the levels of traffic congestion locally. There are concerns not just about the long delays people have when travelling to work but also reports from parents struggling to drop-off and collect children from school, missed hospital appointments, businesses unable to open on time in the morning and employees fearing they will lose their jobs as a result of the delays due to traffic congestion. I felt it was important that transport officials heard these stories and understood the impact the congestion was having on the lives of local people.
“I called on transport officials to do whatever was possible to help improve the lives of people who find themselves stuck each day in this traffic nightmare. I hope that these short to medium-term measures being examined will be able to ease the traffic congestion in the coming months.”
Barbara has welcomed the fact that her work on highlighting traffic congestion issues has now pushed Greater Manchester transport bosses to try to find measures to ease traffic congestion in...