Frank Field MP
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APR
Arrowe Park raised the white flag last week. The hospital held up its hands and acknowledged that its A&E department was bursting at the seams. It simply could not cope with any more patients. Such an admission of trouble has been coming. The proportion of patients waiting more than four hours in A&E increased from 6.4% in December 2011 to 9.1% a year later. Upwards of 15% of patients waited more than four hours in December of both 2014 and 2015. Help has not been forthcoming from the
31
MAR
Might I take this opportunity to hope Birkenhead’s residents enjoyed a Happy Easter? Easter this year brought two hugely exciting pieces of news for the town’s children. Many parents might have used the break to buy their children new school clothing to accommodate the warmer weather. Such clothing of course can often come at a hefty cost. But, over the next month, help is at hand. The Oxton Gateway community project helps to deliver Wirral’s free school uniforms service...
23
MAR
The campaign against Britain’s rip-off merchants is gathering pace. Last week the markets regulator announced that households on pre-payment meters could gain a £90 cut in their energy bills as early as next year, and then right the way through to 2020. This week I can report that LINK, the national cash machine network, has made a major commitment to protect Birkenhead’s residents from being ripped off when they take out money from a cash machine. My campaign against...
16
MAR
I will begin with some really good news, if I may, on the back of last week’s column. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) poured scorn last Thursday on the energy companies who levy rip-off charges on mainly poorer households on prepayment meters. The CMA’s main remedy is to place an overall cap on what the energy companies can charge prepayment customers. The cap is likely to apply from next year until 2020. It will save every such household £90, on...
9
MAR
The Liverpool City Region Child Poverty and Life Chances Commission, which I chair, this week put energy companies in the dock for making Merseyside the nation’s rip-off capital when it comes to charging for gas and electricity. The commission highlighted from the most recent official data that prepayment meters are more heavily relied upon in Merseyside than in anywhere else in Great Britain, with 23% of electricity customers and 21% of gas customers reliant on this payment...
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