Barbara has called on the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to take action to help critically ill 70 year old constituent, Malcolm Munroe, who has been in hospital in Dubai since suffering a stroke in December 2013.
As a result of his illness and hospitalisation Mr Munroe’s Dubai-based business went into liquidation. In 2014, a court case was brought against Mr Munroe over debts owed to creditors and he was sentenced to three years imprisonment in Dubai. In 2014 Barbara wrote to the then Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, to raise Mr Munroe’s case and to ask for action.
Mr Munroe’s family say that he would be unable to serve his prison sentence, as he can only just move his head, is fed through a tube and is permanently connected to an oxygen tank
Mr Munroe recently turned 70 and is still critically ill and receiving treatment at a hospital in Dubai. Due to the risk of arrest by association, Mr Munroe’s wife and sons have not been able to visit him in hospital in Dubai for the last three years.
Barbara has again taken up the case with the current Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, and has asked him to review the case as a matter of urgency.
“This case is very worrying. My constituent, Mr Munroe, is critically ill having suffered a major stroke in Dubai. He is 70 years old and as a result of his illness is now very frail. He remains alone in a Dubai Hospital, as his family have been prevented from visiting him.
“My constituent’s family want him to be able to return home for the continued medical treatment he needs and to re-join his wife and sons in the UK”.
“I have written to the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, to raise Mr Munroe’s case as a matter of urgency. I have asked him to take all action available to him through diplomatic channels to urge the UAE to grant clemency to Mr Munroe.”
“I hope that the Foreign Secretary can take action so that Mr Munroe can be treated back in Salford with his family by his side.”
Barbara calls on Foreign Secretary to take urgent action to help critically ill constituent stranded in Dubai
Barbara has called on the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to take action to help critically ill 70 year old constituent, Malcolm Munroe, who has been in hospital in Dubai since...
Barbara has called on the Government to confirm whether or not a special deal was done for Surrey County Council, which may have led to the local authority calling off a Referendum for a 15 per cent increase in council tax to pay for social care at the last minute.
During Prime Minister’s Questions it was suggested that the Leader of Surrey County Council may have been communicating with officials at the Department for Communities and Local Government who had been working on a solution that would avoid the need for the referendum.
Barbara has called on Government Ministers to say whether or not a deal had been offered to Surrey which resulted in the authority calling off the referendum and she asked whether the same deal would be offered to all local authorities, not just the Tory-run authorities, to help solve the social care funding crisis.
Commenting on the revelations at Prime Minister’s Questions on social care funding and Surrey Council’s plans for a Referendum, Barbara said:
“Salford City Council has seen brutal cuts of over 40% to our budgets since 2010. The Tory Government has forced the council into both a squeeze on adult social care budgets and increases in council tax to pay for social care. Salford is set to lose a further £2.3million from social care in the next year, due to the way that the Government is clawing back money for social care from the new homes bonus.
“Surrey County Council is one of only a few authorities in the country to have been able to increase its social care spending, as cuts there have been 28% rather than over 40% for Salford. Last year the Government made an extra funding settlement of £300 million, of which 83% went to Tory authorities. Doing any sort of deal which just favours Tory authorities is clearly not acceptable.
“Tory Ministers must come clean now and answer questions as to just what they said or promised to Surrey County Council to get them to call off the Referendum on raising council tax by 15% to pay for adult social care. Any deals to help social care funding have to be offered to all councils.”
Barbara has called on the Government to confirm whether or not a special deal was done for Surrey County Council, which may have led to the local authority calling off...
Barbara is supporting the work of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness which was recently launched in Parliament.
Jo Cox was determined to do what she could to tackle the loneliness crisis. In just over a year as an MP Jo had gathered detailed evidence about isolation in a number of different vulnerable groups. Through her work she met older people who had not spoken to another person in weeks, children in schools who felt alone despite having hundreds of online friends, and new parents who suddenly found themselves without their social connections at work. In January 2016, Jo formed a cross-party commission of organisations, campaigners and individuals to look at ways to tackle the issue.
Following Jo’s tragic death last June, the work of the Commission is now being taken forward in her memory. Working with 13 charities including Age UK and Action for Children, the Commission aims to shine a spotlight on the different aspects of loneliness and to look at positive ways to tackle the issues.
Barbara joined Jo’s parents, her sister and MPs from all parties at the launch in Parliament. Barbara is giving her backing to the work of the Commission and pledged to continue the work Jo started locally in Salford.
“Tackling loneliness is a key issue. 1 in 5 people say they are always or often lonely, but almost two thirds say they feel uncomfortable admitting to it. It is an issue that affects people of all ages and yet too often it can go undetected as many people suffer in silence.
“I want to continue the work of the Commission on this important issue locally by looking at how loneliness is affecting people in Salford and at finding ways we can tackle the problem.”
Barbara is supporting the work of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness which was recently launched in Parliament. Jo Cox was determined to do what she could to tackle the...
Barbara has expressed serious concerns following an investigation by the Health Service Journal and Disability United which reveals that NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups are drawing up new restrictions governing care for older people and people with disabilities.
Worrying information, uncovered by the campaign group Disability United through a series of Freedom of Information requests, reveals that a number of Clinical Commissioning Groups plan not to fund care at home but to move patients into care homes on the basis of lower cost. Information obtained reveals that thirty-seven NHS clinical commissioning groups in England are introducing rules about paying for continuing care at home that could see up to 13,000 people moved into care homes rather than being cared for at home.
Nineteen CCGs, including Trafford CCG, said they may not fund care in a person’s own home if the cost is more than 10% above an alternative such as a care home placement. Trafford CCG’s “Choice and Equity” policy states that the CCG will be prepared to support a package of care which keeps an individual in their own home “provided the anticipated cost of providing care is not 10% more than the anticipated cost of a care package delivered in an alternative appropriate location such as a care home.”
National charities like Age UK, Independent Age and Marie Curie have expressed fears about the policies, which they say could force thousands of people to leave their homes or deny them the choice to return home after a hospital stay.
Barbara has spoken out against the proposals and said that it was critical that any decision about the future care of a patient be based on needs rather than on cost cutting.
“It is deeply worrying that thousands of older people or people with disabilities could be forced to move into care homes against their will just because that is a cheaper option than living at home with care provision. Evicting older people from their homes due to decisions about the cost of their care is unacceptable.
“The Government’s failure to fund our health and social care services properly is leading to overstretched budgets. Rising demand for care means that Clinical Commissioning Groups are having to provide more care with constrained budgets. It seems that a number of CCGs are choosing to reduce costs by restricting choice by not funding care at home. This action will hit vulnerable and disabled people the hardest. It could also deny choice to people at the end of life.
“Health Ministers should be acting to address these challenges on the costs of care. I am calling on the Government to act to ensure that the NHS and social care has the funding it needs.”
Barbara has expressed serious concerns following an investigation by the Health Service Journal and Disability United which reveals that NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups are drawing up new restrictions governing care...
I have responded to Salford Council’s Draft Local Plan consultation. Read my response here.
As with my response to the Draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework consultation, I have objected to draft proposals to develop Green Belt land in Worsley and Eccles South. I have raised concerns about the impact that largescale development could have on the already intolerable levels of traffic congestion on local roads, on air quality and the strain that these developments could have on local services like GP practices.
I have responded to Salford Council’s Draft Local Plan consultation. Read my response here. As with my response to the Draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework consultation, I have objected to draft...
Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Candidate for Greater Manchester Mayor, has responded to the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework consultation. Read the response here.
How to have your say
There is still time to have your say. The deadline for responses is Monday 16th January. You can find out more about the proposals and have your say here.
Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Candidate for Greater Manchester Mayor, has responded to the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework consultation. Read the response here.How to have your say There is still time...
Barbara has said that the Tory Government’s recent proposals to improve children’s mental health services are inadequate without the resources needed for the improvements. They will not deal with the “Burning Injustice” of mental health treatment delays and shortages.
Barbara was speaking in a Westminster debate on supporting children’s mental health in schools. Instead of their recent proposals, Barbara said that Government should fund a counsellor in every school, ring-fence the extra cash earmarked for children’s mental health services and make Personal Social Health and Economic (PSHE) education a required subject in schools.
Commenting on Theresa May’s recent speech on Mental Health services for children and young people, Barbara said:
“Although it is welcome that Theresa May has spent time talking about mental health issues and treatment, the Government’s latest proposals for improvements are inadequate. They will not deal properly with the “burning injustice” faced by children and young people with mental ill health.”
“The Government’s proposals are for teacher training in secondary schools, a Green Paper and yet another Review of services. Instead of this, I am suggesting that the Government invest properly in children’s mental health services by ring-fencing additional cash for children’s mental health services, funding a counsellor in every school and by bringing in statutory PSHE education.
“The Government’s proposals do nothing to improve waiting times for treatment for children and young people in Greater Manchester and put pressure on schools to take on extra work on mental health at a time when they are cutting school budgets."
Barbara says Tory Government proposals on Children’s Mental Health do not deal with the “Burning Injustice” of mental health treatment
Barbara has said that the Tory Government’s recent proposals to improve children’s mental health services are inadequate without the resources needed for the improvements. They will not deal with the...
I have responded to the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework Consultation. Read my response here.
In my response I have objected to draft proposals to remove land in Worsley and Eccles South from the Green Belt for housing and industrial development. I have also raised concerns about traffic congestion, poor air quality and the strain that these large scale developments could have on our local services.
How to have your say
You can find out more about the proposals and have your say here.
Comments must be submitted no later than Monday 16th January.
I have responded to the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework Consultation. Read my response here. In my response I have objected to draft proposals to remove land in Worsley and Eccles...
Barbara was one of a cross party group of MPs who took part in the recording of a single initiated by parliamentary rock band MP4 as a tribute to the late MP Jo Cox.
Under the name Friends of Jo Cox featuring MP4, Steve Harley, Ricky Wilson, KT Tunstall and David Gray the cover of the Rolling Stones song You Can’t Always Get What you Want is available to download here.
Sales from the song will raise money for the launch of the Jo Cox Foundation, which was established after Jo’s tragic death in June.
“I wanted to take part in the recording of the single to pay tribute to Jo Cox and to help honour her memory.
“Jo was a lovely person. She was a hard-working and dedicated MP who was very popular and well-respected both in her constituency and in Parliament.
“I hope that people from across Greater Manchester will download the single and help us to raise money for the Jo Cox Foundation.”
Barbara joins Friends of Jo Cox to record cover of Rolling Stones classic You Can’t Always Get What You Want in honour of Jo Cox MP
Barbara was one of a cross party group of MPs who took part in the recording of a single initiated by parliamentary rock band MP4 as a tribute to the...
Barbara has criticised Government Ministers for dumping the Social Care funding crisis onto local councils, through their announcement that councils will be able to increase council tax to pay for social care.
In a statement to Parliament, the Local Government Secretary announced plans to allow local councils to increase the social care precept to pay for social care. It can increase from 2% to 3% from April 2017 and a further 3% the year after. A 3% increase to the average Band D property bill of £1,530 would be £46 next year – and a rise of more than £90 in 2018-19, compared with this year.
Barbara criticised the announcement, saying that funding from the social care precept was a short-term sticking plaster that would not resolve the care funding crisis. She said that Ministers were forcing local councils to deal with a funding crisis caused by Government cuts. Barbara commented that the move would also widen inequality between richer and more deprived areas and would leave thousands of people without the care they need.
“Social care is in crisis. It is a crisis created by this Tory Government, due to £5 billion being cut from adult social care budgets since 2010. The Government’s failure to deal with the crisis means that our social care system is now at breaking point in many areas.
“Once again the Government expects councils to cope with the increasing financial burden of social care. In the short term what was needed was funding to stabilise the care sector but they failed to find this. The Government also needs to develop a sustainable, long-term solution to deal with the Care crisis, but they have so far failed that too. Ministers are simply passing the buck and placing even more financial pressure on councils in Greater Manchester and their council tax payers.
“This is a critical time for our fragile care system. The fact that there is no extra funding for care in the winter months will also mean more vulnerable people could be left without the care they need.”
Barbara has criticised Government Ministers for dumping the Social Care funding crisis onto local councils, through their announcement that councils will be able to increase council tax to pay for...