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MP Marks Wellbeing Week

Oldham East and Saddleworth MP Debbie Abrahams marked World Wellbeing Week this week by calling for people’s wellbeing to be a key objective of Government, and not just economic growth. The theme of 2023’s world wellbeing week is anxiety. Before being elected as the MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, Ms Abrahams was a public health consultant focusing on health inequalities and Chair of […]

Labour Will Get People Back Into Work

Data released by the House of Commons Library shows there were 770 people aged 18-24 claiming unemployment support in March 2023, across the Oldham East and Saddleworth constituency, that is 9% of the local population, almost double the UK rate of 4.8%. Across all age groups there were 4,295 actual claimants across the constituency in […]

Government Benefit Cap Pushes 700 Local Children into ‘Deeper Poverty’

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, has highlighted new data – obtained by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) – which reveals that 700 children in her constituency live in households that are adversely affected by the Government’s benefit cap. Debbie said: “This data, obtained via a freedom of information request by CPAG, reveals that […]

Oldham MP Calls for the Government to ‘Guarantee Our Essentials’

Oldham East and Saddleworth MP, Debbie Abrahams is calling on the Government to reform the Universal Credit system to ensure that everyone can afford essentials during the cost of living crisis. The MP, who is a member of the work and pensions select committee, said: “Losing your job, needing to care for a sick family […]

My Letter to the Chancellor

Dear Chancellor, I am writing to you regarding the forthcoming Autumn Statement. As our new Chancellor, you made a commitment to compassion in your fiscal decision-making. As co-Chair of the APPG for Compassionate Politics and Chair of the APPG on Dementia, I would like you to consider disabled people, including those living with dementia, in […]

Debbie Abrahams on Compassionate Conservatism – Independent Comment Piece

Everyone, it seems, is talking about it. In recent weeks the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, his Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, and Ministers including Michael Gove, have all mentioned the need for “compassion” in politics and an era of “compassionate Conservatism”. As Co-Chair of the All-Party Group for Compassionate Politics, this is, of course, something I welcome. […]

The Government has Again Refused to Back Energy Sector Windfall Tax

Conservative MPs who failed to back Labour’s calls for a windfall tax on oil and gas producers’ profits as inflation hits a 40 year high at 9% should be ashamed of themselves. Labour has called on the government to introduce a windfall tax 250 times since the start of the year, and there is widespread […]

Where is the Levelling-up?

Unemployment for 18-24 year olds is still ‘double the national average’ in Oldham East and Saddleworth – where’s the levelling up? Data released by the House of Commons Library shows there were 810 people aged 18-24 claiming unemployment support in April 2022, across the Oldham East and Saddleworth constituency, that is 9.4% of the local […]

More Support is Needed for Children Living in Poverty

I am calling on the government to provide access to social security support for parents with children who are legally settled in the UK after five years. Currently families with ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’ (NRPF) but who are entitled to settle in the UK are relying on charity to feed and house their children […]

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