Debbie: help us defend free school meals

I am backing calls by The Children’s Society for the Government to rethink their plans around free school meals under Universal Credit. Currently, as Universal Credit is rolled out, all children who live in a household receiving this new benefit will receive a free school meal.  However, under current proposals set out in a consultation by […]

Debbie: Over 7,000 children in Oldham could go hungry over the summer holidays

I am shocked by unacceptable new figures that suggest over 7,000 children across Oldham who are eligible for, and claiming, free school meals are at risk of going hungry during the summer holidays.  There are 7,423 children in the Oldham borough who will no longer receive the free school meal they were eligible for during […]

Children and Families Act: SEND Provision’ Review

My colleague, Sharon Hodgson MP, Shadow Minister for Children and Families, has launched a review into the support available for children with SEND. This review comes after Sharon has held meetings with various charities, campaign groups and organisations from the SEND sector who have raised concerns with weaknesses and shortcomings in the implementation of the Children […]

Visit to St Chad’s Primary School for World Book Day

  Due to the snow day on 4th March 2016, St Chad’s Primary School was closed like many other schools across the Borough. This meant that I couldn’t visit the children and read to them for World Book Day which took place on 3rd March 2016. So last Friday, I finally got to visit the […]

Budget 2016; A Chancellor who breaks his own rules

Yesterday’s Budget has highlighted the Government’s economic failures with growth revised down once again and a Chancellor who is breaking his own fiscal rules. Thanks to George Osborne borrowing in 2015 was £74bn more than he had promised. As a result of this we’re now in debt to the tune of £1600bn, that’s over 80% of […]

Oldham Fairness Commission conference

Thanks to the over 100 people who joined us at Mahdlo for the Oldham Fairness Commission (OFC) conference. People from across the Borough came together as the OFC commissioners discussed their draft plans to tackle inequalities and build a ‪Fairer Oldham. There were some great questions and discussions as people put across their thoughts and […]

Holocaust Memorial Day 2016

I commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) once again with the Saddleworth Peace Group in Uppermill last Sunday. This year we were joined by the Mayor and Mayoress of Oldham, Cllr Ateeque Ur-Rehman and Cllr Yasmin Toor, as well as Youth Mayor, Saskia Edwards. Every year we mark the horrors of the Holocaust and the Nazi’s […]

Why Kevin Sinfield is backing the Oldham Fairness Commission

I’m delighted that Oldhamer and 2015 BBC Sports Personality of the Year runner up, Kevin Sinfield is backing the Oldham Fairness Commission (OFC). See why Kevin is backing the Fairness Commission by watching the video below. The OFC will host its conference at Mahdlo at 10am on 29th January. It’s open to the public and […]

Take part in building a Fairer Oldham

I am delighted the Oldham Fairness Commission (OFC) will host its conference at Mahdlo at 10am on 29th January, which will be open to the public. At the conference, local Commissioners will commit to the OFC recommendations and discuss their draft actions plans to tackle inequalities and build a fairer Oldham. As everyone is welcome, […]

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