Jeff Smith

Standing up for Manchester Withington

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"The Government are hiding the truth about Brexit" - Jeff's question to David Davis

 

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Cyril Flint Befrienders launch "30 days of Kindness"

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Jeff attended a parliamentary event bringing together people with living with mental health problems from Manchester, representatives from Manchester Mind, and other parliamentarians to discuss mental health services.
 
The event - ‘Mental Health: Raising the Bar’ - was organised by national mental health charity Mind with the aim of promoting conversations between people with mental health problems, local Minds responsible for providing services and policymakers.
 
Jeff said: “I was glad to attend this important event to hear from people affected by poor mental health. Around 1 in 4 people in south Manchester will experience a mental health problem in any given year, but unfortunately I regularly hear from many constituents who tell me they’re not getting the support they need.
 
This Government must recognise that while warm words on mental health are welcome, spending on mental health services is falling. 
 
This has to change so that everyone gets the information, advice and treatment they need and deserve, when they need it.”
 
Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, said: “Mental health problems can affect anyone, no matter what their background. All main political parties have recognised the scale of the problem, but after decades of neglect and underfunding there’s still a great deal of unmet need.
 
“We are really pleased that Jeff took the time to listen to people’s first-hand experiences as well as find out more about some of the work our local Minds do to support people.”

Jeff meets local people with mental health problems and pledges to ‘raise the bar’ for mental health in south Manchester

Jeff attended a parliamentary event bringing together people with living with mental health problems from Manchester, representatives from Manchester Mind, and other parliamentarians to discuss mental health services.   The...

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Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith has urged those in south Manchester who are at risk of getting flu to get their free vaccine jab before winter sets in as it emerged that 82,000 people missed out on protection last year across Manchester.
Flu vaccination rates continue to climb across the country, but remain lower than ideal in many areas.
 
Jeff’s call comes as the Chief Medical Officer warned last week that flu and complications associated with it cause 8,000 deaths on average a year in England - around 6,000 of which are people with existing heart and lung conditions.
 
Official figures show that just under 2.9m bed days were lost to flu and pneumonia last year in English hospitals, up almost 280,000 from the previous year – an 11% increase.
 
In the Manchester area last year:
·       23,402 older people missed out on their jab, and among over-65s with long-term condition which make them more vulnerable to the effects of flu, just 50% were vaccinated.
·       Thousands of young children (2-4 year olds) also didn’t get the vaccine, including 602 who were classed as being at greater risk.
·       555 pregnant women with long-term conditions also didn’t get protected.
 
Jeff said: “Getting the flu can be bad enough for even the fittest of us, but for older people and those with long-term conditions in particular it can cause serious health problems.
 
“Getting the flu jab is free and easy, and offers the best chance of avoiding the flu that we have.
I’d therefore urge all those eligible to speak to your GP or local pharmacist and get your vaccination booked in before the cold weather sets in.”
 
NHS England’s National Medical Director for Acute Care, Professor Keith Willett, said: “Hospitals and GPs are preparing intensively for this winter, and we would remind people of the importance of having a flu vaccination.
 
There are 21 million people eligible this year, but last year eight million people missed out and that is something we can all definitely change.”
 
More information on eligibility for the flu jab, and other tips on staying well this winter, can be found at www.nhs.uk/staywell

Jeff urges constituents to stay well this winter by getting the free flu jab

Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith has urged those in south Manchester who are at risk of getting flu to get their free vaccine jab before winter sets in as it...

This Saturday Parrs Wood Environmental Centre plays host to a feast of all things apple-related! Details ↓

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"Apple Day" this Saturday!

This Saturday Parrs Wood Environmental Centre plays host to a feast of all things apple-related! Details ↓

This week Jeff joined 120 MPs in urging David Davis to publish secret papers on the effects of Brexit on jobs and living standards.

Jeff said: "If the Government is so confident that they will make a success of Brexit, what are they so afraid of?"

See the text of the full letter below 

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Jeff calls on David Davis to publish secret Brexit Impact Studies

This week Jeff joined 120 MPs in urging David Davis to publish secret papers on the effects of Brexit on jobs and living standards. Jeff said: "If the Government is...

Cuts to addiction treatment budgets are short-sighted & will cost our NHS more in the long-term.

Jeff's question to Jeremy Hunt’s team 

Jeff calls on Government to reverse cuts to addiction treatment budget

Cuts to addiction treatment budgets are short-sighted & will cost our NHS more in the long-term. Jeff's question to Jeremy Hunt’s team ↓

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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