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Jeff Smith MP has thanked staff and volunteers at Manchester Citizens Advice Bureau for providing constituents with the advice and support they need to solve their problems.

At an event in parliament on Tuesday 16 June 2015, Jeff Smith met people from across the Citizens Advice service; he also heard about the invaluable insight local Citizens Advice have about problems experienced by their constituents.

Manchester Citizens Advice Bureau provides free confidential and impartial advice to people across Manchester both face to face and over the telephone.  There is also a national website providing advice online, over email and via a web chat from www.citizensadvice.org.uk

Common issues reported to the local Citizens Advice include queries about benefits, debt problems, employment and housing.  Nationally the Citizens Advice service helps 2.5 million people a year with 6.2 million issues.  

Evidence from the charity shows Citizens Advice helps to solve two in three people’s problems.  Where problems can’t be fully resolved Citizens Advice will work with relevant local and national organisations to help sort out systemic issues.

Jeff Smith said:

“Manchester Citizens Advice does a great job in helping people solve their problems, and developing the skills and confidence people need to help themselves.  As your local member of Parliament, I’m keen to work closely with Citizens Advice to make sure people get access to the help they need and tackle any local issues together.  

“Volunteers are the bedrock of the Citizens Advice service. I’d like to thank the people in south Manchester who give up their own time to help others and recognise their contribution to our local community.”

Citizens Advice Chief Executive Gillian Guy said:

“The right advice and support can transform lives. Local Citizens Advice solve the problems for two in three of our clients, and empower people to develop the skills and confidence they need to help themselves.

“It’s really important that people are able to access free and impartial advice as and when they need it, whether face to face, over the phone or online.  We’re pleased to work with MPs to help them solve their constituents’ problems and address local and national issues.”

 

Jeff Smith celebrates work of Citizens Advice in South Manchester

Jeff Smith MP has thanked staff and volunteers at Manchester Citizens Advice Bureau for providing constituents with the advice and support they need to solve their problems. At an event...

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Jeff Smith MP for Manchester Withington, has welcomed the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, to Parliament.

Sheikh Hasina’s political career has spanned over four decades, during which she has been both Prime Minister and opposition leader. This is her second spell as Bangladesh Prime Minister following the Awami League Party’s victory in the December 2008 elections.

Sheikh Hasina is considered one of the world’s most important women, ranking 47th on Forbes magazine’s list of the most powerful women in the world and received the UNESCO Peace Tree award for her commitment to women’s empowerment and girl’s education in 2014.

This is her first visit to the British Parliament since her niece, Tulip Siddiq, was elected as the Member of Parliament for Hampstead and Kilburn in May. She talked to MPs about issues in Bangladesh, and issues affecting the Bengali community in the UK.

Jeff Smith Meets Prime Minister of Bangladesh

  Jeff Smith MP for Manchester Withington, has welcomed the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, to Parliament. Sheikh Hasina’s political career has spanned over four decades, during which she...

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Jeff Smith has helped to celebrate South Manchester Credit Union passing a landmark £10 million in loans to its members.

Jeff joined Delisha – who received the loan which took the credit union past its £10 million mark – and  Jeff Seneviratne from the South Manchester Credit Union (pictured) to celebrate this achievement.

Credit unions are financial co-operatives owned and controlled by their members. Each credit union has a common bond which determines who can become a member of the credit union. The common bond may be for people living or working in the same area, people working for the same employer or people who belong to the same association, such as a church or trade union.

Jeff Smith said: “I was delighted to join Jeff and Delisha to celebrate South Manchester Credit Union’s achievement of lending over 10 million to its members. Credit Unions provide a way of savings ethically and provide a crucial alternative to payday lenders and legal loan sharks”.

Membership of South Manchester Credit Union is open to people who live or work in the Common Bond, which is the wards of Barlow Moor, Burnage, Chorlton, Didsbury, Fallowfield, Levenshulme, Old Moat, Rusholme, Whalley Range and Withington.

South Manchester Credit Union have an office at 187 Fog Lane, Burnage, M20 6FJ which is open five days a week and operate seven community branches across South Manchester. More information about joining the South Manchester Credit Union can be found at:http://smcreditunion.co.uk/joining/

Jeff Smith Joins Credit Union Celebrations

Jeff Smith has helped to celebrate South Manchester Credit Union passing a landmark £10 million in loans to its members. Jeff joined Delisha – who received the loan which took...

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Earlier this week I gave my maiden speech in the House of Commons where I spoke about Withington being the diverse, thriving, vibrant cultural heart of our city and about my hopes to work hard to represent south Manchester; to fight for progressive causes; and to create a better country—not one where we balance the books at the expense of the most vulnerable, but one where we build a more equal, more tolerant, more compassionate society.

You can watch the speech at: http://goo.gl/DXXMzM or you can read the transcript here: http://tinyurl.com/pnuvg8p

 

Jeff Smith Gives Maiden Speech

Earlier this week I gave my maiden speech in the House of Commons where I spoke about Withington being the diverse, thriving, vibrant cultural heart of our city and about...

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