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Jeff calls for more support for 16-19 schools and colleges

Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith has called for an increase in the support offered to students aged 16 to 19.   Funding allocated specifically for 16 to 19 has been frozen in...

Jeff Smith MP poses in pink at Westminster to support Breast Cancer Now’s vital research
 
Jeff Smith, MP for Manchester Withington, has dressed in pink to lend his support to Breast Cancer Now’s flagship fundraiser, wear it pink, which will see thousands of people across the UK adding a splash of pink to their outfits on Friday 20 October and raise vital funds for breast cancer research.
 
Jeff is encouraging his constituents in Manchester Withington to join him, and sign up to take part in the UK’s biggest pink fundraiser. The event, which takes place during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is in its 16th year and has raised over £30 million to date for Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving research.
 
Jeff, joined by fellow parliamentarians in Westminster, showed his support for the thousands of women and men affected by breast cancer each year, encouraging people across the UK to take part on wear it pink day.
 
Anyone can take part in wear it pink, which brings together schools, workplaces and communities. All you need to do is wear something pink, or hold a pink event at home, work or school, and make a donation to Breast Cancer Now. Whatever you do, you’re helping the charity achieve its aim that, if we all act now, by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live.
 
Jeff Smith MP said:
 
“Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. One in eight women will face it in their lifetime, and every year around 11,500 women and 80 men lose their lives to the disease. This is why I’m urging everyone in Manchester Withington to take part in wear it pink on Friday 20 October. It’s a fun and easy way to support Breast Cancer Now’s vital research, and help stop breast cancer taking the lives of those we love.”

More information is available here: http://wearitpink.org/17
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Jeff highlights 'wear it pink' campaign to raise awareness of vital breast cancer reaserch

Jeff Smith MP poses in pink at Westminster to support Breast Cancer Now’s vital research   Jeff Smith, MP for Manchester Withington, has dressed in pink to lend his support to...

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123 MPs of different parties have signed a letter to David Gauke, Secretary of State for Work & Pensions, to call on him to delay the planned roll out of Universal Credit (UC) to 55 new areas next month.
 
The MPs pointed out how the complicated system of claiming is already struggling to cope with just 5 new areas a month having been rolled out earlier this year.  Almost a quarter of initial UC payments are paid more than 6 weeks after registration, pushing recipients into poverty and the hands of short-term loan companies.
 
The MPs also pointed out that less than 40% of claimants register successfully with the government’s compulsory online portal, and that the phone ‘helpline’ is simply an automatic message, directing claimants to the website, so they can’t find out what is happening with their claim.
 
Citizens Advice has already called on the government to delay the programme in light of the evidence from the people they help, of whom over half had to borrow money whilst waiting for their first Universal Credit payment.
 
Councils and Landlords’ organisations have also called for the roll-out to be delayed as over half of recipients of Universal Credit are in rent arrears.  Many tenants are in danger of eviction and some landlords now refuse tenants who are on Universal Credit, making housing problems worse.
 
Jeff said - “The rollout for claiming Universal Credit has caused real problems, with some families left waiting 12 weeks or more for their first payment. 
 
Our constituents are being pushed into the hands of payday loan companies with the risk of spiralling debt that is impossible to pay off with Universal Credit payments alone.
 
This letter, signed by over 120 MPs from different parties, is a clear message to David Gauke that he should delay the expansion of Universal Credit until we can be certain that the system works properly and our constituents will receive their payments on time.”

Jeff joins 122 MPs in urgent call to delay October roll-out of Universal Credit

123 MPs of different parties have signed a letter to David Gauke, Secretary of State for Work & Pensions, to call on him to delay the planned roll out of...

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Jeff visited Project 394 in Withington this week.  Run by Riverside Housing Trust, it has accommodation for up to 19 people who are currently sleeping rough.  The scheme aims to move residents to permanent accommodation within 4 weeks. They provide an allocation of a Support Worker and referrals to other services and agencies if needed.  
 
Riverside Housing co-ordinate the No Second Night Out (NSNO) Programme in Manchester The aim of NSNO is to offer people that are sleeping rough for the first time an immediate alternative; to stop the need to engage in another night of rough sleeping.
 
They also support the Big Change Manchester campaign, which asks residents to support donations to get rough sleepers into housing, providing long term solutions to homelessness, rather than street giving.
 
Riverside are key partners in Manchester's Homeless Strategy and Jeff commented following his visit:
 
"It was really interesting to visit Project 394 in Withington and hear the excellent work being done by Riverside Housing Group and others to tackle rough sleeping"

Jeff visits emergency accommodation for rough sleepers in Withington

Jeff visited Project 394 in Withington this week.  Run by Riverside Housing Trust, it has accommodation for up to 19 people who are currently sleeping rough.  The scheme aims to...

Jeff Smith, MP for Manchester Withington has questioned the government on funding for the recent pay award for the Police, and on the wider issue of Police resources.  Jeff raised the issue of forces funding a pay rise from their already stretched budgets during a debate in Parliament on the 14th September, asking the policing minister

 "The Minister says that we should look at the evidence. The evidence is that Greater Manchester police has lost 2,000 staff—officers—since 2010 as a result of Government cuts, and the strain is showing right across south Manchester. How can she claim that these unfunded rises are affordable for police forces such as Greater Manchester police when they are already desperately short of funds?"

 Jeff says;

 “Under the Tories and Lib Dems, Greater Manchester Police have lost a quarter of their officers since 2010.  In Greater Manchester, the police have been forced to cut £180 million from the budget at a time when demand for their services is rising.  Local residents contact me regularly about crime in Burnage, Didsbury and Chorlton. At the election in June, Labour pledged to hire 10,000 more police officers to ensure that forces across the country have the resources they need to protect the public. The Police are desperately short of funds, resources and officers and the strain really shows across our area.  Labour will do all we can to stand up for more resources for GM Police to enable them to serve and protect our local communities in South Manchester”

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Jeff raises issue of police funding and resources in South Manchester with Minister

Jeff Smith, MP for Manchester Withington has questioned the government on funding for the recent pay award for the Police, and on the wider issue of Police resources.  Jeff raised the issue...

In a new scheme aimed at supporting people living with dementia or autism, gas distribution company Cadent will fit lockable cooker valves at no extra cost.

Lockable cooker valves are small valves that can be fitted to or near a hob or cooker within the home which can help isolate gas supplies. Cadent provides sets of keys for the customer and/or their carer who can then turn off the gas or appliance off.

Jeff said: “The installation of lockable cooker valves can support those living with dementia or autism to live independent lives safely.  It seems like a simple change to make, but these valves can have a huge impact.”

To find out how to get a lockable cooker valve installed, visit Cadent’s website here - www.cadentgas.com/lcv. 

Lockable cooker valves available for customers living with dementia or autism

In a new scheme aimed at supporting people living with dementia or autism, gas distribution company Cadent will fit lockable cooker valves at no extra cost. Lockable cooker valves are...

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Didsbury Good Neighbours (DGN) are raising funds for a volunteer befriending service for older people in the community.

The service will put on weekly activities to combat loneliness and isolation felt by many older people.  To raise money, they will be taking part in the Manchester 100km Cycle Ride on September 3rd. DGN are asking people to either donate to the riders or join the race itself.

Jeff said: “This will be an invaluable service for older people in our community and I hope as many people contribute as possible. 

100km in a day is no mean feat so I wish the riders all the best for September!”

All the details about the ride, and how to donate, can be found on their website - https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/onourbikes4dgn

Didsbury Good Neighbours get on their bikes to raise funds for befriending service

Didsbury Good Neighbours (DGN) are raising funds for a volunteer befriending service for older people in the community. The service will put on weekly activities to combat loneliness and isolation...

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Applications for year 7 places in September 2018 are now open.

The deadline for applying online in 31 October and offers will be made on March 1 2018. 

Jeff said: “Applying for secondary school places can seem daunting but the process is much easier than you might expect. 

It’s important to get your application in early as applications received before the deadline will be processed first.”

All the details about how to apply can be found on the Manchester City Council website here.

Applications open for secondary school places for children starting in September 2018

Applications for year 7 places in September 2018 are now open. The deadline for applying online in 31 October and offers will be made on March 1 2018.  Jeff said:...

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Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith has urged local charities and community groups to consider applying for a share of over £4 million of funding raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Both charities and community groups are eligible to apply for the grants of between £500 and £20,000.  Applications for the latest round of funding are now open and will close on the 28th August.

The funding will be allocated through one of three Trusts, which support different categories of projects:

  • People’s Postcode Trust seeks applications for projects that focus on the prevention of poverty, promotion of human rights, equal rights and conflict resolution for some of society’s most vulnerable groups.
  • Postcode Local Trust supports wildlife, sustainability, play areas and green spaces.
  • Postcode Community Trust focuses on grass-roots sports, arts, recreation and healthy living programmes. 

Over 400 projects were awarded with grants in the last funding round. With previously funded projects ranging from sports clubs, to mental health groups, to wildlife conservation charities, this is a fantastic opportunity for groups to access funding to make a difference in the local community.

Jeff said: “For charities and organisations working from a tight budget, this money could make a huge difference.  It could mean taking on new staff, improving the office space or offering a new service that wasn’t possible before.

It takes just a few minutes to notify the Postcode Lottery of your interest, I hope as many local groups as possible get involved.”

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: More than £4 million injected into grass roots projects across Great Britain will have a tremendous impact in local communities.

Between the three Trusts, a very wide range of causes are supported, so I’d urge groups to have a look at the websites to see where their project fits – no matter how big or small – and get applying.”

Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have so far raised more than £221.2 million to date for over 3,000 good causes across Great Britain and internationally. 

For more information on how to apply for funding, please visit the Trusts’ websites:

www.postcodetrust.org.uk

www.postcodelocaltrust.org.uk

www.postcodecommunitytrust.org.uk

Jeff urges local charities and groups to apply for funding

Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith has urged local charities and community groups to consider applying for a share of over £4 million of funding raised by players of People’s Postcode...

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Last weekend Jeff visited Didsbury Library as part of the Summer Reading Challenge.

The Summer Reading Challenge is the UK’s biggest annual reading promotion for children aged 4-11.  The Challenge combines free access to books with fun, creative activities in libraries during the summer holidays.

Throughout the Challenge, library staff and young volunteers support the children, helping them to discover new authors and illustrators and to explore a wide range of different types of books and ways of reading.  The Challenge is a key element of the Read Manchester programme which aims to boost literacy across the city and encourage reading for pleasure.

To support the Challenge, there are over 200 free activities on offer in 22 libraries.  All of these activities are designed to attract children and families into Library venues, and by joining the Challenge, create life-long library users.

Jeff said: “It was great to meet Zara and the other volunteers that are making the Summer Reading Challenge happen.

From scrapbooking to handling live animals with rangers from Zoolab, there’s so much to do across the city so I’m encouraging as many young people to get involved with the Read Manchester programme.”

To find out more about the Read Manchester program, you can visit their website here.

Jeff visits Didsbury Library to support the Summer Reading Challenge

Last weekend Jeff visited Didsbury Library as part of the Summer Reading Challenge. The Summer Reading Challenge is the UK’s biggest annual reading promotion for children aged 4-11.  The Challenge...

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