Barbara Keeley

LABOUR CANDIDATE FOR WORSLEY AND ECCLES SOUTH

Barbara's Salford Advertiser Columns

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In less than six weeks, voters in Salford are faced with a choice. The recent Budget of the Conservative-led Government has made clear that choosing Conservatives will mean even deeper cuts to public spending for the next three years than we have seen over the last five years.

Barbara's Salford Advertiser Column 26th March 2015

In less than six weeks, voters in Salford are faced with a choice. The recent Budget of the Conservative-led Government has made clear that choosing Conservatives will mean even deeper... Read more

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It is clear that many working people and families in Worsley and Eccles South are really struggling due to low pay and a high cost of living. Many people tell me that they are working hard but finding it impossible to make ends meet.

Barbara's Salford Advertiser Column 5th March 2015

It is clear that many working people and families in Worsley and Eccles South are really struggling due to low pay and a high cost of living. Many people tell... Read more

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Many people in Salford have told me that they are becoming worried by the threat of privatisation of the NHS.  For 66 years, the NHS has served us well with services delivered free at the point of need.

Barbara's Salford Advertiser Column 12th February 2015

Many people in Salford have told me that they are becoming worried by the threat of privatisation of the NHS.  For 66 years, the NHS has served us well with... Read more

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The current crisis in NHS Accident and Emergency units makes clear just how close our vital health services can come to failing, even when dedicated staff work long hours to try to cope with demand.

Barbara's Salford Advertiser Column 22nd January 2015

The current crisis in NHS Accident and Emergency units makes clear just how close our vital health services can come to failing, even when dedicated staff work long hours to... Read more

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As the New Year starts we are only four months away from a General Election. As the political parties prepare their manifestoes it is clear that voters will be faced with a real choice.

Barbara's Salford Advertiser Column 2nd January 2015

As the New Year starts we are only four months away from a General Election. As the political parties prepare their manifestoes it is clear that voters will be faced... Read more

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We recently had a debate in Parliament about a Labour Bill aimed at stopping the privatisation of the National Health Service. This Bill is needed to deal with the most damaging effects of the Conservative-led Government's reforms to the NHS, which are causing services to be privatised.

Barbara's Salford Advertiser Column 1st December 2014

We recently had a debate in Parliament about a Labour Bill aimed at stopping the privatisation of the National Health Service. This Bill is needed to deal with the most... Read more

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Ten young carers from Salford aged between 7 and 12 years old have launched a film they made on issues caused by caring. The film is titled "How young is young?" and was made in partnership with The Lowry.   People may be astonished to learn that children as young as this take on caring responsibilities for a parent or a sibling. Their tasks may include cooking, shopping and ensuring that medication is taken. In some cases, the young carer may help with personal care, such as with washing or using the toilet. Such caring tasks have been taken on in Salford by children as young as four years old.

Barbara's Salford Advertiser Column 7th November 2014

Ten young carers from Salford aged between 7 and 12 years old have launched a film they made on issues caused by caring. The film is titled "How young is... Read more

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People in Salford are rightly angry at the gridlock and chaos caused by roadworks on the East Lancashire Road and other routes into Manchester. Works on the A57 at Peel Green and Barton Lane can only add to this gridlock. We are also facing three years of roadworks on the M60 locally.

Barbara's Salford Advertiser Column, 23rd October 2014

People in Salford are rightly angry at the gridlock and chaos caused by roadworks on the East Lancashire Road and other routes into Manchester. Works on the A57 at Peel... Read more

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As an MP in Salford I am grateful that our local hospital, Salford Royal, is one of the best and safest hospitals in the country. I know that Salford Royal has achieved this through working hard to improve safety and quality for patients. The hospital has a strong commitment to ensure that nurse to patient staffing ratios are at safe levels.

In my work on the Commons Health Select Committee I am concerned that other hospitals are not required to adopt the safe staffing levels used by Salford Royal. I have raised this issue repeatedly with Conservative Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, but he never agrees with me about this important issue.

Although we have safer staffing levels at Salford Royal, I know that we also need more staff in other parts of the NHS and in social care. A survey of patients in Salford has shown that a third of the patients replying had to wait a few days to get a GP appointment and one in seven Salford patients had to wait a week or more. In my view, longer waits to see a GP or in A & E departments are a sign of an NHS under pressure.

Constituents have also told me about care staff working locally who have too little time allocated to devote to the people in their care. I been told of a single care worker being sent out when two were needed to care safely. I have also been told of patients in nursing homes not being properly changed or helped to eat by care staff rushing to manage their workload.

As Labour leader, Ed Miliband, said at the Labour Party Conference we need to create an NHS with the time to care. Labour will do this through funding 5,000 more homecare workers and 3,000 more midwives, 8,000 more GPs and 20,000 more nurses in our NHS nationally.

I look forward to people in Salford being more confident that, when they need to see a GP or be cared for at home, doctors, nurses or care staff will have the time to care.

Barbara's Salford Advertiser Column, 2nd October 2014

As an MP in Salford I am grateful that our local hospital, Salford Royal, is one of the best and safest hospitals in the country. I know that Salford Royal...

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Many people in Worsley and Eccles South wrote to me recently to support a Private Members Bill in Parliament which sets out to reform the Bedroom Tax imposed by the Conservative-led Government. With my support and that of other Labour MPs, Conservative opposition was overcome and the Bill was voted through for further scrutiny.

It is good that the Bill sets out to reform the Bedroom Tax but it does not go as far as abolishing it, which Labour has pledged to do if we win the election in 2015. In my view, abolition is the best option as the Bedroom Tax has brought misery and debt to thousands of people in Salford.

1,700 households in Worsley and Eccles South were hit by the Bedroom Tax initially and the number still affected is around 1,400. We know that around two-thirds of those affected by the tax are people with a disability and nationally 60,000 carers are hit by the tax.

The Bedroom Tax policy is failing because there are too few smaller homes to allow all those people affected by the Bedroom Tax to downsize. There have been tragic cases where people struggling with debt from the Bedroom Tax have committed suicide and I know it causes real worry to many people in Salford.

In many cases, a couple might need an additional bedroom so that the partner who is a carer can get much-needed sleep. The Bedroom Tax is based on the rigid enforcement of rules which say a couple are only entitled to one bedroom despite the existence of medical conditions which make it difficult or impossible to share a room.

Unpaid family carers give so much already by providing the care and support on which many family members rely. It shocks me to think that this uncaring Conservative-led Government is penalising 60,000 carers by making them pay the Bedroom Tax.

Carers deserve our support.  I am going to bring in my own Bill in October to exempt them from paying the Bedroom Tax if an additional bedroom is needed for a family member who is a carer.

Barbara's Salford Advertiser Column, 11th September 2014

Many people in Worsley and Eccles South wrote to me recently to support a Private Members Bill in Parliament which sets out to reform the Bedroom Tax imposed by the...

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