From Andrew Gwynne MP <[email protected]>
Subject Denton & Reddish Weekly Newsletter
Date August 13, 2021 10:45 AM
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** Dear Constituent,
A very warm welcome to this week's Denton and Reddish Weekly News.

This week saw A-Level, GCSE, T Level and BTEC students receiving results across Denton and Reddish. We had some fantastic results so a massive well done to students, staff, parents and guardians who managed to get through such a tough academic year.
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** Gwynne backs bill to stop fire and rehire

Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is supporting Labour MP Barry Gardiner’s Private Member’s Bill to outlaw fire and rehire.

Fire and rehire is a practise in which employers dismiss or threaten to fire staff, in order to force them to sign up to new contracts with worse pay and conditions. Over the course of the pandemic there were a number of high profile disputes over fire and rehire, with massive companies including Tesco, Sainsburys and British Gas all facing controversy for use of the tactics.

A report published by the Trades Union Congress in January 2021 estimated that 9% of workers had been told to re-apply for jobs on worse terms since March 2020, with higher rates among young and BME workers.

Barry Gardiner’s Bill has so far been supported by over 100 MPs from across party lines, 20 trade unions, the Institute of Employment Rights, and the TUC.

A Private Member’s Bill is a mechanism by which individual MPs can initiate their own legislation without Government support. To put forward a Private Member’s Bill an MP has to be successful in a randomly allocated ballot at the start of the parliamentary term.

Andrew Gwynne said:

“Fire and rehire is an absolutely disgraceful business practise that forces workers into accepting poor pay and employment conditions. It cannot be allowed to continue.

That’s why I’m pleased to be supporting this Bill introduced by my colleague Barry Gardiner. We must introduce robust legislation so that workers are properly protected against this dreadful practise.

I hope to see more MPs from across the house supporting this legislation. All parliamentarians need to work together to support workers and put a stop to fire and rehire once and for all.”

To find out more about fire and rehire and the campaign to stop it, click here ([link removed]) .

** Gwynne backs Age UK campaign to save free prescriptions for 60-65 year olds


Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has called on the Government to save free prescriptions for 60–65-year-olds after a consultation to scrap it was announced.

The campaign to save free prescriptions is being organised by Age UK, who describe the proposed change as a ‘bitter pill to swallow for millions in this age group’. The Government is proposing to increase the age that someone can get their prescriptions from 60 to 66.

Age UK has called the proposals ‘unfair’ because prescriptions are free for everyone in Scotland and Wales, and states that it is ‘deeply concerned’ about the possibility of 60-65 year olds ignoring symptoms for fear they may be unable to afford long term symptom relief.

Age UK and Gwynne are now calling on those opposed to the policy to respond to the Department for Health and Social Care’s consultation on the issue.

Andrew Gwynne, who is also chair of the APPG on State Pension Inequality for Women said:

“This is an ill-thought out and self-defeating policy, and I’m very worried about the cost that will be passed on to those in the 60-65 year old age group. It penalises those who need multiple medicines and could take an extra £600 from people in their run-up to retirement.

I hope the Government pays attention to these concerns and reflects upon what would be a potentially devastating change for those on modest to low incomes.

I would urge those who are concerned about this proposed policy to respond the Department for Health and Social Care’s consultation on this issue.”

To respond to the consultation and to get involved with the campaign click here ([link removed]) .

** Gwynne asks residents for their views in local crime survey

Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is today asking residents to give their views on local crime in Labour’s Crime Survey.

Recent statistics show that crime and anti-social behaviour has risen by over 50% in the last year, and over recent years the Government has cut police numbers to their lowest in a generation. Gwynne is backing Labour’s recently announced crime plan which would see additional funding for PCSO’s and Police Officers, as well as a fund to enable councils to pay for enforcement and additional CCTV. Additionally, the Party has also outlined a robust strategy to tackle violence against women and girls.

The local crime survey asks residents a series of questions about their local experience of crime and anti-social behaviour, and aims to isolate the key areas where work needs to be done to make communities safer. Those wishing to take part in the survey can do so by clicking here ([link removed]) .

Gwynne, encouraging residents to take part in the survey, said:

“Over the last year we have seen anti-social behaviour skyrocket, alongside the slashing of police funding and the closing of youth and community clubs which often provide a great outlet for young people to feel engaged and part of a community.

That’s why I want to hear about residents’ experience of crime and anti-social behaviour in their local community, and what their key priorities are. I want local people to have a voice in how their own areas are policed, and I think this survey is a great way of doing that. Nothing is more important to me than making sure constituents feel safe and secure in their own communities, and Labour is the only party serious about doing something to achieve that.

So I would urge anyone who is interested to fill out this survey and give their views. Doing so will not only help me understand key issues in the local area, but also help me fight for proper action and funding on a national level from the Government.”

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Friends of the Tame Valley secure additional funding 🌱

We received some incredible news last week that Friends of the Tame Valley ([link removed]) has been granted £3000 in funding from the Greater Manchester High Sheriff's Police Fund. This additional funding will go towards much-needed footpath restoration on Jet Amber Fields, and some sign post repairs.

FoTV was only founded in February of this year, and has since gone from strength to strength. We've received donations from groups including Action Together, Bradley Park Community Trust and the Duchy of Lancaster. With this latest donation the group will have raised over £12,000, which has gone straight into transforming and protecting the Tame Valley.

I'm so proud to be a part of this group and the incredible work that it does. Well done to everyone involved with FoTV and a massive thank you to the Greater Manchester High Sheriff's Police Fund!

The next FoTV event is taking place on August the 22nd at 10:30am. We'll be meeting at Bailey Bridge, Jet Amber Fields and will be doing some more Balsam Bashing ([link removed]) . Balsam Bashing is great for the local environment and fun for all the family, so do join us if you can!
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Parliament is currently in recess and will return on the 6th of September. 🗓️
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** Celebrating our brilliant Tameside students - my weekly article for the Tameside Reporter

📰 READ: In this week's Tameside Reporter I have written about the incredible results achieved by students across Tameside, the difficulty they have faced over the last year, and why they should be so proud of the hard work they've put in. To read the full article click here ([link removed]) .
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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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