Welcome to the latest edition of Denton and Reddish Weekly News. I hope you've had a fantastic week.
Scroll down to the Community Board for a bumper selection of events to keep you busy this weekend! Of course we still need to remain safe and vigilant as restrictions are eased, but it's great to see community events returning after such a tough year and a half.
** Gwynne welcomes extra support for Kinship Carers
Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has welcomed the announcement of additional funding for schemes to provide advice and support for kinship carers. The funding package includes:
* £1 million to increase the number of local kinship carers support groups
* Increased funding for Family Rights Group’s ([link removed]) free specialist legal and practice advice line
The announcement follows proposals made last year by the Parliamentary Taskforce on Kinship Care, which highlighted the importance of specialist legal and practice advice to help families understand their rights and options when dealing with children’s services and the courts, and also the value of kinship carer peer support groups
There are more than 180,000 children across the UK raised in kinship care – by relatives, including grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers or sisters or family friends who step in to raise children who cannot safely live with their parents.
Gwynne, who is Chair of the All-party parliamentary group on Kinship Care said:
“Research shows the many benefits to children, who cannot safely live with their parents, of being raised by loving family or friends. But becoming a kinship carer is a lifechanging step for families and it can be difficult to get the right information and support for the child and the carers.
One of the biggest challenges can be understanding how children’s services and the family court works and what your rights and options are as a prospective kinship carer. Yet what support the child and carers are entitled to largely depends upon getting the right information and legal advice from the outset. Family Rights Group’s specialist Advice Service is a really helpful resource for families to get free independent legal and practical advice on how to navigate these situations.
Many carers told the Parliamentary Taskforce that where they had a local kinship carer support group, the practical and emotional support from people in similar situations was really beneficial too. We’re pleased the Government have responded to our call for more funding for support groups and we hope this new investment will ensure that more kinship carers can access a support group in their area.
This is important progress and we’re pleased the Government are beginning to give kinship care the recognition and support it needs. The announcement has been made alongside the publication of the Government’s Adoption Strategy – we now need to see the same level of focus given to a Kinship Care Strategy.”
** Gwynne welcomes Labour's new deal for working people
Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has thrown his support behind Labour’s new deal for working people, which was unveiled on Monday.
Labour’s new deal aims to make ‘Britain the best place to work’ by creating the next generation of high-skilled jobs, investing in new industries by providing start-up loans for over 100,000 new businesses across the UK, and protecting family incomes by opposing the Conservatives’ cut to universal credit.
There are currently more than 3.6 million people in insecure work, and in-work poverty is at a record high. As well as this, ONS figures show that average real-terms household income in the last 10 years has remained stagnant or reduced.
Labour’s new deal for working people includes:
* Security at work: Better and fairer workplaces by giving workers full rights from day one on the job; outlawing fire and rehire; a new right to work flexibly; and strengthening trade unions.
* Quality jobs: Use government contracts to support British businesses so we buy, make and sell more in Britain; a strong industrial strategy that delivers investment in green jobs including building electric cars.
* Fairer Economy: A fair and level playing field on tax between multinational and local businesses; tackle harassment and discrimination at work so everyone can get on.
* Opportunity for all: A jobs-promise for young people with a guarantee of quality education, training or employment; create tens of thousands of apprenticeships by ending the Treasury raid of the apprenticeship levy.
* Work that pays: Make sure that work pays enough to bring up a family with a real living wage of at least £10 an hour for all; more workers covered by collectively agreed deals which boost pay.
Commenting on the plan, Andrew Gwynne said:
“Over the last 11 years, this Government has failed to sufficiently invest in jobs and the economy, and the statistics around poverty and insecure work speak for themselves.
The Government likes to talk about levelling up, but Labour actually has a plan to do it. I’m excited by this new deal. It will help to tackle the extreme inequality that has become all too commonplace in this country, and create a post-pandemic future that is fairer, more secure and one in which everyone is given the opportunity to succeed.
Here in Greater Manchester we have seen first-hand the devastating impact the pandemic has had on lives and livelihoods. With this plan, we would finally see some proper investment in our communities.”
** Gwynne hopes Team GB Olympic success will leave residents #InspiredToTry swimming
Following a storming performance from Team GB swimmers in the Tokyo Olympics, MP for Denton and Reddish Andrew Gwynne is hoping the unprecedented success has inspired local residents to take advantage of their own local facilities.
Team GB have had an incredibly successful first week in the Tokyo Olympics. Adam Peaty became the first British swimmer to defend an Olympic title after winning gold in the men’s 100m breaststroke. Peaty’s success was then followed by a stunning victory in the men’s synchronised 10m platform dive for Tom Daley and his partner Matty Lee. Team GB also came 1st and 2nd in the 200m individual freestlyle, and Tom Dean made history when he became the first British male swimmer to claim two golds at the same Olympics in 113 years after Team GB also won the 200m freestyle relay.
Gwynne is now encouraging local residents across Denton and Reddish #InspiredToTry swimming to find their nearest clubs using Swim England’s club finding tool at discover.swimming.org/ ([link removed]) .
The #InspiredToTry swimming campaign is being organised by Swim England and the Amateur Swimming Society.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“It’s been a delight to watch Team GB’s incredible swimming performances over the last week. Adam Peaty, Tom Daley, Matty Lee, Tom Dean, Duncan Scott and the whole Team GB swimming squad have done us proud and been such an inspiration.
We are fortunate across Greater Manchester to have a number of great clubs, and I hope the success of our athletes will motivate residents to try swimming, para swimming, diving, water polo, open water swimming or artistic swimming. There really is something for everyone, and even if you don’t become the next Olympic champion, taking up swimming is great for your mental and physical health.”
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Andrew in the Constituency
Barbecue 🍗 and Brass Bands 🎺
I had such an enjoyable afternoon last Sunday…
Firstly a BIG thank you to Fi and Steve Mayer ([link removed]) for inviting me to their summer barbecue at Harrogate Road Allotments in North Reddish. It’s always a great event (and even better in the sunshine ☀️ ).
And then I was off to the other end of the constituency, to the Memorial Gardens in Audenshaw, for the Brass Band Concert organised by Cllr Oliver Ryan ([link removed]) and Team Audenshaw ([link removed]) . It’s brilliant to see so many people out enjoying the St John’s Band from Droylsden… oh and ice cream 🍦 and cake 🧁
Andrew in Parliament
Parliament is currently in recess and will return on the 6th of September. There was, however, still a couple of parliamentary developments this week!👇
HOME AFFAIRS SELECT COMMITTEE VISITS DOVER
On Tuesday the Home Affairs Select Committee visited Dover to see the Joint Command Centre monitoring small boat crossings.
The Home Office gave us a full briefing about the migration issues, the criminal gangs involved and the work being done with France to try and smash the business model. We also learnt about the differences between how the French approach the issue, and how the UK authorities do.
We then visited Tug Haven, at the Port of Dover, where the UK Border Force brings people in, and we viewed the Border Force operations there along with the reception area.
Then we went over to the Kent Intake Unit, where people are assessed, information gathered, biometrics taken, and then moved on to temporary accommodation.
Our last visit was to Napier Barracks, one of those accommodation centres where asylum seekers are sent to pending a decision on their case. Napier hit the headlines last year for having a major COVID outbreak because of the close living quarters.
It was a pretty full-on visit, and certainly interesting. There’s a lot to take in and think about too.
I’m not sure the system is working. There’s too many delays and logjams. And ultimately, now we aren’t part of the EU Dublin III agreement, and with only two return agreements (with India and Albania) the major problem is we don’t have the ability to easily return either failed applicants or applicants who’ve travelled through a safe country prior to the UK for their application to be determined there.
After Summer Recess, the Committee will be finalising our report to Parliament. Watch this space!
Leader of the House writes letter to DWP following parliamentary questions 🐝
As APPG co-chairs, Peter Aldous and I raised the Ombudsman’s report into the 1950s-born women’s state pension issue last Thursday with the Leader of the House of Commons.
Whilst Jacob Rees-Mogg’s initial reply wasn’t great (and missed the point about maladministration completely), he has written to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions highlighting the points we both raised.
It will be very interesting to see what (if anything) comes back from Thérèse Coffey, and I’ll keep you updated once received.
Andrew in the media
** 1950s-born women have finally been vindicated - my monthly article for The Correspondent
📰 READ: In this month's Correspondent ([link removed]) I have written about the vindication of what 1950s women have been saying for decades, namely that there was maladministration on the part of the DWP over successive Governments in communication about changes to women’s State Pensions, and what it means for the future. 🐝
A tribute to Professor Kailash Chand OBE
I was so heartbroken to hear of the death of my good friend Kailash Chand. A Tameside GP, an NHS campaigner, a socialist and a friend.
Kailash worked as a GP in Tameside for 25 years and was the first Asian to become honorary vice-president of the council of the British Medical Association, which represents more than 150,000 doctors in the UK. Throughout his career he campaigned tirelessly against the privatisation of the NHS.
Kailash was an exceptional GP and cared for countless people in the local community over the years. We were so lucky to have him.
I will miss him tremendously but know that his legacy and work will live on.
My thoughts and prayers are with Aseem and his family during this incredibly difficult time.
Rest in peace Kailash and may light perpetual shine upon you.
⬆️ Raising funds for Prostate Cancer UK ⬆️
Local author Leanne Brown has started writing a fantastic series of books to promote, help and raise awareness for mental health in children. Leanne wants to bring these books to schools, parents and organisations to help promote mental health in children.
You can find out more, including how to buy the books, on her website. ([link removed])
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