Barbara Keeley

MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR WORSLEY AND ECCLES SOUTH

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Barbara has backed a Government consultation on plans for a National Memorial of remembrance for those killed in terrorist attacks overseas.

Following the terrorist attacks in Tunisia last year, the Prime Minister announced that funding would be made available for a Memorial dedicated to all UK nationals who have been killed in terrorist atrocities overseas.

Barbara wrote to the Prime Minister to ask for national recognition of the sacrifice of Alan Henning, who was brutally murdered by Daesh (ISIL) in 2014. The National Memorial for people killed by terrorists overseas is the Government’s preferred recognition.

The online consultation for the National Memorial was launched on 22nd January 2016. It will gather the views of those who have been affected, whether personally or through someone they know, on how they think the National Memorial should be developed. This includes views on where the memorial will be located.

Barbara said:

“I am pleased to hear that the Government has announced plans to install a site of remembrance for all UK nationals who have been killed by terrorists and in terrorist atrocities overseas. This consultation will allow those who have been affected by terrorism to have their say on how they think the National Memorial should be developed.

“Many families of the victims of terrorism do not have a place where they can grieve. It is appropriate that we have a national memorial for those killed by terrorism abroad. Our local hero, Alan Henning, is one those victims and his sacrifice must never be forgotten. I encourage anyone who knew Alan to have their say.

“The National Memorial will be an enduring physical memorial where families and other people suffering a loss through terrorism will be able to grieve and remember the person they lost.

“The consultation is open to everyone and closes at midday on Friday 4 March. If you would like to have your say on plans for a National Memorial, you can do so here.”

Barbara backs consultation on a National Memorial for victims of terrorist attacks overseas

Barbara has backed a Government consultation on plans for a National Memorial of remembrance for those killed in terrorist attacks overseas. Following the terrorist attacks in Tunisia last year, the...

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Barbara supports the shopworker’s union USDAW in its campaign to keep Sunday Special. She is asking for local people to say what they think about the Government’s sudden plan to change Sunday trading.

A Government Minister made a surprise announcement of a plan to change Sunday Trading rules in a debate on the Enterprise Bill this week.

USDAW says that shopworkers are very concerned about Government plans to devolve Sunday trading hours to councils and the effects that this will have on family life, local shops and the community.

They feel that the change could lead to large shops opening for longer, even though they are already trading for up to 150 out of 168 hours a week, so shopworkers will have even less time to spend with their families. The change may not help small stores, who are already allowed to open whenever they like, and USDAW feel it may put some of them out of business.

Barbara said:

“I am asking constituents in Worsley and Eccles South to let me know what they think about a possible change to Sunday opening hours. The Government announced the plans for change suddenly, saying they will make an amendment to the Enterprise Bill as it passes through Parliament. MPs will have to vote on this soon.”

“Just before the election the Prime Minister wrote to the ‘Keep Sunday Special Campaign’ saying ‘I can assure you that we have no current plans to relax the Sunday trading laws.” There was also no mention of changes to Sunday Trading in the Conservative manifesto at the General Election.

“I believe that the current system provides a reasonable balance. Retailers can trade, customers can shop, staff can work; but Sunday remains a special day, different to other days, and shopworkers can spend some time with their family. I am interested to hear what my constituents in Worsley and Eccles South think about the idea of changing this.

"Any constituents who would like to share their views can do so here."

Barbara asks constituents what they think about plans to change Sunday Trading

Barbara supports the shopworker’s union USDAW in its campaign to keep Sunday Special. She is asking for local people to say what they think about the Government’s sudden plan to...

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Barbara is backing a Citizens Advice campaign aimed at helping people in Salford to save money and to manage their money.

Citizens Advice is inviting local people to try out five tips to help them keep on top of their bills and save money.
The advice is to:

  • Build your budget - List your regular income and spending to help stay on top of your money and save for unexpected costs or the future . You can use the Citizens Advice online Budgeting Tool.
  • Drill those bills - Check with your energy provider that you are on the best deal. Ask your local Citizens Advice if they are running Energy Best Deal group advice sessions or use Citizens Advice’s price comparison tool for help cutting your energy bills.
  • Control your credit - If you have debts, keep a list of them and compare it with your monthly budget. If you think you will struggle to pay some of them, ask your local Citizens Advice for help negotiating with your creditors.
  • Plan your pension - If you are able to, you should top up your State Pension with your own pension to make sure you’ll have enough money to see you through retirement. Pension Wise offers free, impartial guidance if you are over 50 and on a defined contribution scheme.
  • Seek advice - Citizens Advice offers free, impartial advice on money management and other issues. However, for more complex issues like buying a house or considering investments, you may wish to consider paying to speak to an Independent Financial Adviser. Organisations like the Personal Finance Society can help you get in touch with Independent Financial Advisers.

Barbara said:

“In Salford, Citizens Advice provides essential help and support to local people on financial issues. They offer real help to people who are struggling financially. Now they are offering valuable tips including how to budget and how to shop around to get the best deals from energy suppliers.

“Understanding how to work out a budget, save money on bills or learning how to use online and mobile banking can all help people to keep on top of their bills and avoid unaffordable debt. 

“I would encourage anyone in Worsley and Eccles South who needs help with their finances or who wants to improve the way they manage they money to contact their local Citizens Advice. The details for local offices for people in Salford can be found here.”

Barbara backs CAB campaign to help people manage their money better

Barbara is backing a Citizens Advice campaign aimed at helping people in Salford to save money and to manage their money. Citizens Advice is inviting local people to try out...


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