Barbara Keeley

MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR WORSLEY AND ECCLES SOUTH

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Barbara has called on the Conservative Government to take action to improve the support available for carers.

Speaking at a debate during Carers Week Barbara criticised the Government for failing to address key issues for carers. She said that inadequate support for them and the people they care for was damaging quality of life for carers. She argued that Ministers must do more to recognise the importance of carers and to put in place policies to address their needs.

Barbara highlighted the fact that many carers continue to suffer financial hardship due to their caring responsibilities and that too many carers are left to cope alone with little or no support. She also criticised the Government’s lack of action to address the chronic underfunding of social care. Locally, Salford City Council has had to make cuts of £15 million to adult social care since 2010 as a result of Conservative Government cuts to council budgets.

Barbara said:

“Carers Week is a good opportunity to remind the Government of the challenges faced by country’s 6.5 million carers. It also provides us with an opportunity to recognise the contribution that carers make to society, and to highlight the challenges they face. In Worsley and Eccles South we have almost 11,000 carers who play a vital role in supporting our health and care system. I believe that carers need and deserve so much more respect and support than they are currently given.

“During Carers Week I attended a parliamentary event where I met carers who talked to me about their concerns and experiences. I was saddened to hear that three in four carers do not feel their caring role is understood or valued by their local community.

“I feel angry that the Conservative Government is failing to act to support carers. I will continue to put pressure on the Government to provide the help and support that carers in Worsley and Eccles South, and across the country, need and deserve.”

Barbara calls on Government to do more to build carer friendly communities

Barbara has called on the Conservative Government to take action to improve the support available for carers. Speaking at a debate during Carers Week Barbara criticised the Government for failing...

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Barbara and Rebecca Long-Bailey MP are calling on Salford servicemen and women who served in the armed forces to come forward to see whether they are eligible to claim a Veteran’s Badge.

Anyone who has served in any of the UK armed forces is eligible for a Veterans Badge. The commemorative badge is presented in recognition of service and can be worn on civilian attire.

The Salford MPs will be presenting a number of the Veterans Badges at an Armed Forces Day event taking place during the Winton Festival on Saturday 25th June at Winton Park. 

To check eligibility and to apply for a Veterans’ Badge please contact either Barbara Keeley MP’s office on 0161 799 4159 or Rebecca Long-Bailey MP’s office on 0161 425 3738.

Both MPs are only able to issue the badges to veterans who live in their constituencies. Postcodes can be checked via the following link:

http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/

Barbara said:

“It is a real honour to present Veterans Badges to our brave servicemen and women in Salford. 

“Britain owes our veterans a debt of gratitude for their service. The Veterans Badge is a good way to recognise the contribution that their service made to our country and to offer thanks for their efforts.

“I hope that local veterans do come forward and apply for a badge and I look forward to meeting them during the presentation on 25th June at Winton Festival.”

Rebecca Long-Bailey MP said:

"I want our Salford veterans to realise how proud and indebted we all are for their service in those dark days of war, and the conflicts that have happened since, and I fervently believe that this small badge really is a token of esteem from a grateful nation.

“I am privileged to be able to present their Veterans Badges at what will be an occasion for celebration and gratitude and I look forward to the presentation.”

Salford MPs urge local veterans to come forward to claim Veteran’s Badge

Barbara and Rebecca Long-Bailey MP are calling on Salford servicemen and women who served in the armed forces to come forward to see whether they are eligible to claim a...

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Barbara has called on the Conservative Government to take action to improve the care and support services available to children and young people with life-limiting conditions.

Speaking at a debate in Westminster, Barbara said that Conservative Government cuts were making it harder to provide the palliative care and support services that children and their families need. The Charity ‘Together for Short Lives’ found that Clinical Commissioning Groups contribute just 10% on average to the cost of the care that children receive in hospices compared to an average of around 30% towards care for adults in hospices.

Local authorities are required to provide short breaks for disabled children. However, Barbara raised the fact that 6 out 10 local authorities have had to cut the funding for short breaks by 15% between 2011 and 2015 due to cuts in core Government funding. She called on Conservative Ministers to act to make sure that seriously-ill or disabled children and their family carers can access short breaks.

Barbara said:

“Many hospices, hospitals, social care providers and charities are providing excellent care and support for children with life-limiting conditions and their families. But it is clear that more needs to be done to develop a sustainable funding system that can provide a fully integrated service for families at all stages of their child’s illness.

“In Salford, the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity supports 9 families whose children have a terminal or life-threatening illness. Charities like the Rainbow Trust provide an essential service to families outside a hospice setting and yet only receive 3% of the funding needed for those services from statutory authorities. The Government must recognise the value of community palliative care and how this can work alongside hospice care to provide families with the support they need from the very moment a diagnosis is made.

“I am calling for more to be done in future to ensure that every family and child living with a life-limiting condition can access the support they need, when they need it.”

Barbara says Government must do more to improve care for children with life-limiting conditions

Barbara has called on the Conservative Government to take action to improve the care and support services available to children and young people with life-limiting conditions. Speaking at a debate...


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