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 […]

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 […]

Statement on Child Sexual Exploitation

The findings from the recent independent review of Operation Augusta are shocking. The review revealed what happens when statutory agencies don’t listen and take action on Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). Historical CSE cases in Manchester going back to the early 2000s were examined, finding fundamental flaws in how multiple agencies operated, including their cultural attitudes […]

Elimination of Homelessness Bill

I have sponsored an Early Day Motion on homelessness which you can read in full here. It is absolutely unacceptable that since 2010, we have seen a 77% increase in the number of homeless families in temporary accommodation in England to 84,740 since 2010. This includes 126,020 children, with a further 82,000 children sofa surfing […]

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