Many constituents have contacted me with concerns about the proposed roll-out for Universal Credit in Wallasey on the 15th November. Last week I met with the Citizens Advice and the Wirral Food Bank who outlined the impact they believe it’s going to have on new and existing claimants. It was good to hear about the work they did and the support services they offer, in spite of Government cuts, and heartening to hear about the 120 volunteers they have offering advice and support to Wallasey residents.
Labour has called on the Government to halt the proposed roll-out of Universal Credit ahead of Christmas as it takes a minimum of six weeks for payments to be made, often leaving people with no money for food, electricity or heating – and that’s without the added financial pressures that inevitably come with Christmas. This will cause households to go into debt and extreme poverty with Councils and Housing Associations predicting a surge in families being evicted over the festive period.
Here in Wirral, Labour are supporting a Christmas Hamper scheme to help the most vulnerable during this period. We're specifically looking for non-perishable food, small gift sets, toiletries and Christmas treats. You can donate at my Liscard constituency office.
Many constituents have contacted me with concerns about the proposed roll-out for Universal Credit in Wallasey on the 15th November. Last week I met with the Citizens Advice and the...
On Thursday I had the pleasure of visiting Victoria Pharmacy in New Brighton, to see the work that Ian Cubbin and his team are doing to help take the strain off the NHS locally.
Community pharmacies provide a vital role in the NHS often acting as the first line of defence. It is estimated that roughly 80% of patient contact with the NHS is done at community pharmacies like Victoria Pharmacy in New Brighton. This is something that is only set to increase, as continued under-funding of our NHS by the Conservative Government means we are facing the worst winter crisis for a generation.
Increased waiting times for GP appointments, overstretched A&E and the closure of Eastham Walk-In Centre has led to a perfect storm for patients on Wirral. It’s good to see community pharmacies taking proactive measures to help support our NHS by offering services such as medication consultations and flu-jabs.
I will continue to speak up for Wallasey on this issue and hold the government to account. It is important that we continue to fight the proposed STP for Wirral, which could see Arrowe Park closed and the A&E moved to Ellesmere Port – you can sign my petition here: http://www.angelaeagle.co.uk/save_wirral_nhs
Finally, as Ian says in the video below, we too can do our bit to help support the NHS and relieve some of the pressure by making sure we get a flu jab. You may be eligible for a free flu jab, you can find out by contacting your local pharmacist.