Barbara Keeley MP

LABOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR WORSLEY AND ECCLES SOUTH

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On the day of the Royal Bank of Scotland Annual General Meeting (Wednesday 30th May 2018), Barbara Keeley MP is calling on the bank to halt its plans to close branches in Worsley and Eccles South.

On 1st May, Royal Bank of Scotland took the decision to close 162 branches across the country.  The North West is disproportionately affected with 64 of these being in the region.  Two of the branches set for closure serve people living in Worsley and Eccles South (Walkden and Eccles branches).

Barbara Keeley, Member of Parliament for Worsley and Eccles South, said:

“I am calling on RBS to halt their planned closures and enter into meaningful consultation again with Unite.  The planned closures are a serious concern for RBS staff and for the communities they serve. Older and vulnerable people rely on high-street banks, and profit must not be put before these needs.”

“Labour have pledged to tighten up the law to ensure that banks continue to provide an essential public service for local businesses and for the people who use them.”

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has said:

“High street bank closures have become an epidemic in the last few years, blighting our town centres, and hurting particularly elderly and more vulnerable customers whilst making healthy profits. It’s time our banks recognise instead that they are a utility providing an essential public service.

“Only Labour will put in place the legal obligations needed to bring banks into line and stand up for our high streets, communities and small businesses.”

Full list of planned closures here

Barbara calls for Royal Bank of Scotland to halt planned branch closures

On the day of the Royal Bank of Scotland Annual General Meeting (Wednesday 30th May 2018), Barbara Keeley MP is calling on the bank to halt its plans to close...

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Barbara is calling on the Government to do more to provide better mental health treatment to children in the North West of England. Barbara spoke out in Westminster today about failings in NHS mental health services for children and young people.

Asking an Urgent Question about the Care Quality Commission’s report on a review of children and young people’s mental health services, Barbara pointed to evidence of services actively putting up barriers to treatment, resulting in children and young people having to reach crisis point before being able to get access to the right treatment.

Setting these barriers means that children and young people are treated only when their condition becomes more serious. The Care Quality Commission’s report said that the barriers are even prompting GPs to tell children to “pretend things are worse than they are”, to increase their chances of being accepted into specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Further, new figures from the Royal College of Psychiatrists show that the North West of England has just 7.92 NHS Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists per 100,000 children. This places the North West below the national average of 8.29 NHS Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists per 100,000. Worryingly, in the August 2017 intake, 86% of the training vacancies for child and adolescent psychiatry were unfilled in the North West.

Barbara understands that if more Child and Adolescent mental health psychiatrists are not recruited then it will not be possible for the NHS to improve on waiting times for assessment. She believes that the Government needs to recognise this shortfall and provide more support for mental health services in the North West.


Barbara said:

It is disturbing to know that children and young people in the North West are not able to get access to the mental health treatment they need, as I want them to be able to get the best possible treatment when they need it.

It is also worrying we have fewer Child and Adult Psychiatrists per head than the average across the country. It is of even greater concern that more than 8 in 10 training vacancies for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the North West went unfilled last August.

I am supporting the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ recommendation to add NHS Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists to the National Shortage Occupation List. We cannot allow children in the North West to go without the mental health care that they need simply because there is not the workforce to deliver it.”

Barbara calls on the Government to provide better mental health services for children in the North West

Barbara is calling on the Government to do more to provide better mental health treatment to children in the North West of England. Barbara spoke out in Westminster today about...

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The news from the fire in the house in Jackson Street, Walkden was heartbreaking. The loss of three children in the fire was a tragic loss for their family and friends.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family, their friends and the local community.

Below is the latest update from GM Police on this incident and information about a Vigil to be held at St Mary’s Park on Saturday.

I hope anyone with information who can help the police will contact them on the number below.

Information from GM Police

The sad and tragic news of the events in the early hours of the 11th December 2017 at Jackson Street, Walkden has touched the hearts and minds of the local community of Walkden and Little Hulton.

Salford Police and the partner agencies are devastated by the events and are thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the victims.

It is tragic news that three victims have been confirmed as deceased.  Details of their identity will be released in due course.  Two of the victims remain in a critical condition at hospital.

We are aware that the media have published the names of those who they believe are the victims and suspects.  However, you will appreciate that it is important that the release of the identity of those involved is done through the correct and proper procedure.  A further update with this regards is anticipated within the next 24 hours.

We can confirm that Greater Manchester Police have now arrested six suspects in relation to the incident.  The investigation is continuing at a pace.  Further updates will be released in due course.

Whilst this is believed to be a targeted incident there will be dedicated patrols in the area to offer reassurance to the local community.

The local Communities have started a ‘crowd funding’ page – under the heading of ‘For the family of the Walkden fire’.  Attached is the link.  https://www.gofundme.com/for-the-family-of-the-walkden-fire

 St John’s Church, Algernon Road, Walkden have opened a book of condolences.  They have also opened their doors to the community in order to bring them together at this tragic and sad time.  The church will be open again tomorrow 13th December 2017 @ 12:00 – 14:30 hours.

Carole Gallagher is the church warden and can be contacted on 0161 799 2797.

Information on Facebook suggests that there will be a vigil held at St Mary’s Park, Walkden on Saturday 16thDecember 2017 at approx. 18:00 hours.  Details of the organiser are not known at this stage.

As always we would ask that anyone with information regarding this incident contact the police directly or via the Crime Stoppers number 0800 555111.

 

Update on the heart breaking news of the Walkden Fire

The news from the fire in the house in Jackson Street, Walkden was heartbreaking. The loss of three children in the fire was a tragic loss for their family and...


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