Frank Field MP
Your MP for Birkenhead
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Despite the Herculean efforts of frontline NHS staff, residents are reporting a worryingly sharp decline in the quality of care being administered by our local health services. Things already look worse than last year and we’ve not even reached the winter pinch points. In August, 1,095 people waited more than four hours in A&E; up by 308 on the same month last year. Similarly, in July, 14% of patients waited a week or more for an appointment with a GP or Practice Nurse; up...
Who would have thought that Unequal Britain could be embodied in one single building? It soon will be. A new block of flats being built in London will have two separate entrances – one for ordinary people and another for the mega-rich. Residents living in the block’s affordable flats will even be required to use a separate lift to those with ‘premier’ flats. That separate lift will also grant the ‘premier’ residents access to a private swimming pool,...
Feeding Birkenhead last week submitted to Wirral Council a proposal for the country’s first anti-hunger Council Tax system. The build-up of Council Tax arrears seems over an extended period of time to soften up the ability of some of our town’s most vulnerable households to cope with a financial emergency. Feeding Birkenhead has found that a frequent dilemma facing such households is whether to pay their Council Tax, or to feed and clothe their children. Some, of course, can...
A worryingly large number of families in Birkenhead have sought my help in recent years having had their budgets wrecked by a sudden problem with their tax credit or Child Benefit claim. Those families have often had to rely on food banks as a direct result of the time taken to transfer from one type of tax credit claim to another, as well as the loss of birth certificates when new Child Benefit claims are being processed. I have therefore been campaigning for HMRC to put right...
I write with sadness this week to convey news of the imminent closure of the Tranmere Community Project. As the Project wishes to express its gratitude to those many members of the community who have supported its work over the years, I have shared below a thank you note: “As the Project closes its doors on the October 31 this year we would like to thank you for allowing us to work alongside you over the past 25 years. “When we began we talked blithely of giving...
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