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Two local heroes were thanked by Ed Miliband MP in Parliament last night (Wednesday14 January) trecognise the contribution they make to our local community.

Frankie Wales who runs the Redcar Boxing Club and the Redcar Development Trust which gets hard-to-reach young people into work was thanked by Ed Miliband for his tireless hard work and the impact he made on the lives of young people. 
 
Geraldine Williams - head coach of Grangetown Netball Team was also hailed a 'local hero' for her work building up a top division netball team in a deprived area through more than thirty years voluntary service. 
 
They were taken to meet Ed Miliband and Shadow Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport Harriet Harman by Redcar's Labour Parliamentary Candidate Anna Turley. 
 
Anna said:
"I was so proud to take Frankie and Gel down to Parliament. Ed was really impressed with the work they both did locally and listened to their views on the importance that sport and teamwork played in transforming young people's lives." 

Frankie said : 
"It was great to meet Ed - he was really interested in our project and keen to come and visit."

Gel said:
"It was good to have the chance to talk to Ed and tell him about our experiences. Clubs like ours give young people so many different skills and can really boost self esteem for young women."

Redcar local heroes recognised in Parliament

Two local heroes were thanked by Ed Miliband MP in Parliament last night (Wednesday14 January) to recognise the contribution they make to our local community.

Anna Turley, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Redcar today (Wednesday 14 January) welcomed Labour’s announcement of help for families caring for elderly and disabled relatives.

Liz Kendall MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Care and Older People, today set out plans which will improve the support given to nearly 70,000 unpaid family carers across the Tees Valley, if Labour wins the General Election in May.

 

The package of measures includes:

  • A new duty on the NHS to identify family carers, so they can get the right help and support, and a new right for carers to ask for an annual health check – allowing problems to be identified earlier and prevent costs escalating
  • A single point of contact with care services for families caring for people with the greatest needs, so they don’t have to battle different parts of the system
  • Ensuring the funding currently identified for carers’ breaks is properly ring-fenced, to make sure all the money goes to family carers
  • Consulting with employers, trade unions and carers organisations on how to improve flexible working for family carers, which could include measures such as a new period of ‘adjustment leave’ to help families cope with a short-term crisis
  • Recognising the transport costs facing family carers, by including family carers in the groups who can be eligible for hospital car parking concessions
  • Abolishing the bedroom tax – which hits 60,000 carers and penalises them for the extra facilities they need

 

Anna Turley said:
“Carers are the unsung heroes of our society and they are forgotten about too often. Unfair measures such as the bedroom tax have placed huge strain on many local disabled people and their carers, making daily life a real strain. I am pleased that Labour is bringing forward these proposals which will improve the quality of life for 10,000 carers in Redcar alone. These are practical measures that will make a real difference to many.” 

 Anna Turley has also pledged to introduce a Carers’ Forum if she’s elected as Redcar’s MP to inform her work and highlight issues facing unpaid carers.

 Liz Kendall MP said:
“Family life is changing and more and more of us are looking after elderly or disabled relatives. This can often be a real struggle and many families feel pushed to breaking point.

“Too often carers have to battle all the different services to try and get the support they need. One in three family carers who are in paid work have to give up their job or reduce their hours because they can’t get the right help to care or flexible working hours.

“Most unpaid carers don’t have enough time to pay attention to their own health, and many don’t come forward for help or get any breaks. Often people don’t even see themselves as being a carer – they’re just a son, daughter, husband, wife or partner trying to look after the person they love.

 “It’s not right that people who do so much get so little in return. We need to improve support for families, and Labour’s package of measures will make a real and practical difference to their lives.”

Anna welcomes Labour pledge of new support for Teesside’s carers

Anna Turley, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Redcar today (Wednesday 14 January) welcomed Labour’s announcement of help for families caring for elderly and disabled relatives.

Three Labour Parliamentary Candidates from across the region today wrote to Business Secretary Vince Cable demanding to know why the Government continues to block action on equal pay.

On the 16th December MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of measures for pay transparency that would see big companies (with over 250 staff) publish their gender pay gap. However the Government has so-far refused to implement it.

The measure is supported by leading employers including PwC who are one of just 5 companies known to voluntarily publish the information.

Tories and Lib Dems will next have an opportunity to support pay transparency on February 27th when the Government have another chance to support the proposal.

Anna Turley, Labour’s Candidate in Redcar said:
“Today we have written to the Business Secretary Vince Cable calling on him to support Equal Pay and get on with implementing pay transparency. If his Liberal Democrat and Tory Government refuses to implement it a Labour Government will.”

 Lee Sherriff, Labour’s candidate in Carlisle, said:
“Across Carlisle women and their families will be wondering why this Government won't take action on equal pay. As a working mum I know how hard it is to support a family by yourself – working women deserve the same wage as men".

Louise Baldock, Labour’s Candidate in Stockton South said:
“Women across Britain are still earning on average 81p for every pound a man earns, leaving themselves and their families poorer. Pay transparency will encourage action on the pay gap which will make a big difference to women on Teesside.”

Labour Candidates demand action from Business Secretary on Equal Pay

Three Labour Parliamentary Candidates from across the region today wrote to Business Secretary Vince Cable demanding to know why the Government continues to block action on equal pay.

Tom Blenkinsop (Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland), Anna Turley (Labour candidate for Redcar) and Louise Baldock (Labour candidate for Stockton South) have today (7th January 2015) branded new figures revealing almost 1,300 fewer young people starting apprenticeships as “shameful”.

Across Teesside constituencies (Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, Redcar, Stockton North and Stockton South) Secondary School Apprenticeships (SSA) starts were 8040 in 2012-13. This has now dramatically fallen by 1290 to 6750 in 2013-14.

Responding to these figures Tom Blenkinsop said:
“Despite claims by the Coalition Government we are seeing the numbers of apprenticeships falling These new figures show a worrying drop in apprenticeship starts for young people across Teesside. To grow the number of high-skilled, better-paid jobs we need more apprenticeship opportunities – particularly for our young people. It is shameful that under this Government the opportunity for a brighter future for our young people is fading away.”

Anna Turley added:
“Across Redcar we have seen a massive decrease of over 20% in young people starting apprenticeships. Lib Dem and Tory ministers should be embarrassed by their clear failure to provide opportunities for our young people, who will make up the next generation of workers.

“One of the first acts of a Labour Government would be a drive to transform technical and vocational education ensuring all apprenticeships are at Level 3 or above – the equivalent of A-levels - and aimed at young people. We particularly need to rebuild careers advice services, which have been decimate by this Government.

“When high-skilled, better paid jobs are available it is only right that local young people are in a position, with the appropriate skills, to be able to apply for them. Under this Government, this is shamefully not the case.”

Louise Baldock said:
“Despite the Conservatives trying to persuade us that things are improving hugely across Teesside, local people are not fools. We know how tough it is for our young people to find a job or get a start. 250 fewer apprenticeships in Stockton South means 250 youngsters with lost opportunities. 

“Condemning young people to the scrap heap is very wrong. Helping put this right is one of my top priorities.”

Declining apprenticeship figures branded “shameful” by local Labour Party

Tom Blenkinsop (Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland), Anna Turley (Labour candidate for Redcar) and Louise Baldock (Labour candidate for Stockton South) have today (7th January 2015) branded...

Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Redcar, Anna Turley, met with SITA, the company building the new Energy from Waste plant on Wilton 11, just before Christmas having been contacted by a number of constituents about the current lack of opportunities in the construction of the site for local workers.

Anna invited the Council officer leading on local employment to the meeting and secured agreement from all partners for a Jobs Fair in February to ensure that local workers get the opportunity to apply for the remaining jobs in the construction and also the permanent maintenance of the site.

The Jobs Fair will be led by Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council and all 18 sub-contractors at the site will participate, along with the unions Unite and GMB. It will most likely take place in the new Civic Heart in Redcar.

Anna said:
“I was shocked to hear that such a major investment in our area that could provide so many jobs to local construction workers is using a large number of overseas companies. We have a fantastic, highly skilled local workforce on Teesside and we urgently need jobs in this area. SITA should look first to them before going elsewhere. And if salaries and terms and conditions on site do not meet National Standards, this must be challenged.

“While I am fiercely proud of Wilton International and want to encourage investors from across the globe, I want to make sure the benefits and opportunities are felt by local people.

“That’s why I am really pleased to have got all the major players to agree to a jobs fair in February with Sita, Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, GMB and Unite Unions and other local employment agencies all involved.

“It is important that lessons are learnt from this and that the next time there is permission granted for a new development of this scale, that the employers, unions and the council make sure that local people get to benefit from opportunities like this on their doorstep.

“There are still ongoing issues on this site for me about ensuring nationally agreed terms and conditions are not undercut, which is why I was really pleased that Labour made announcements recently that if we win the election next year we will make it illegal for companies to undercut local wages by relying on cheap foreign labour.

“The Jobs Fair will not be an end in itself, but we have a real chance here to have a constructive way forward to get people into those jobs on site now and to prevent this being a lost opportunity on our doorstep.”

Anna secures jobs fair for Wilton 11 opportunities

Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Redcar, Anna Turley, met with SITA, the company building the new Energy from Waste plant on Wilton 11, just before Christmas having been contacted by a...


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