Speaking in the #WASPI debate in the Chamber, I wanted to give a voice to the 7,000 women in the Colne Valley constituency who are affected by the Government’s changes. I told the Minister “Don’t ignore the voices of we 1950’s women, because we are not going away, pay us what we are due!”
I’ve sent a letter to Alok Sharma, Housing Minister, following the launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group’s (APPCOG) report ‘Carbon Monoxide Alarms: Tenants Safe and Secure in their Homes’ that my friend Barry Sheerman chairs.
The report recommends that landlords must provide a CO alarm in properties containing any fuel burning appliance, as opposed to just solid fuel appliances. It is important to make sure that homes are as safe as possible.
Today we took evidence from students about value for money in higher education. Polly, who studies at Nottingham Trent University, told me that without her maintenance grant, she would not be able to keep a roof over her son’s head whilst she is studying.
After raising some of the issues reported with the Wakefield City Academy Trust before its collapse, I asked the Schools Commissioners and the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System whether they believed that Ofsted has the expertise and the capacity to inspect multi-academy trusts.
I am proud to stand with other members of the APPG on State Pension Inequality, who have secured funding from GMB Union and Usdaw Union to allow us to undertake an online consultation regarding the issues surrounding 1950s women’s pensions.
This week in the Education Select Committee meeting with the Schools Commissioners, I raised the shocking reports that some schools within the Wakefield City Academy Trust had money purposefully siphoned off.
This included one school, which reportedly had £200,000, which had been raised by volunteers, stripped away by the Trust before its collapse.
It is important to ensure that those involved in Multi-Academy Trusts are subject to meaningful oversight and accountability to make sure that schools and children do not have to suffer.