Nic Dakin MP

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motability_wheelchair_car.jpgThe Government’s own projections show that over half a million fewer people will qualify for the Motability scheme by 2018  and Motability have confirmed that nearly 100 disabled people are losing their vehicles every week after being assessed for the new personal independence payments.

A recent survey by the MS Society of over 1,700 people with multiple sclerosis who claim disability benefits found almost half relied on the scheme which allows those receiving disability benefits to lease an adapted car, powered wheelchair or scooter using their weekly payment.

Of these 13% said they would be unable to continue working if they lost this support. A further 18% said losing access to their vehicle would mean their partner would have to give up or reduce hours of work to assist them.

Tightening of the eligibility criteria means people with MS are starting to lose this vital support. Under the new system if someone can walk over 20m, even with walking aids, they will no longer qualify. Previously this was 50m.

This is yet another example of how the welfare system just does not make sense for people with MS. While some people with MS simply cannot work, many people want to stay in work as long as possible, but they need support.

This highly inappropriate assessment criteria needs to be changed or people with MS, and their families, will be forced out of the workplace.

We know the Government will be looking to make further savings, but the benefits that people with disabilities rely on to work, see their families and live independently must be protected. People with MS have to be able to rely on support, without the constant fear of having it taken away.

Cuts to Motability for MS sufferers

The Government’s own projections show that over half a million fewer people will qualify for the Motability scheme by 2018  and Motability have confirmed that nearly 100 disabled people are...

Register_to_vote.jpgDid you know that Local Councils could fine you £80 for not registering to vote?

The Tories’ cynical and rushed changes to voter registration could mean that in a few weeks up to a million people will fall off the electoral register. We can’t sit by and watch a million people lose the right to vote – but we can continue to take action now and in the future to make sure that everyone who wants to vote in next year’s elections can. That’s why Labour have launched our Missing Millions Campaign.

These numbers will dictate how the new constituencies look after the boundary review the Tories want to use this to increase Tories areas and further reduce Labour seats we can’t let them get away with it. 
Being registered also improves your credit rating when applying for mortgages and loans.

It takes 3 minutes to register online: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Register to Vote

Did you know that Local Councils could fine you £80 for not registering to vote? The Tories’ cynical and rushed changes to voter registration could mean that in a few weeks...

Nic_Dakin_MP_(2).jpgI have recently been given a hands-on first aid lesson in Westminster, as public support grows for the teaching of lifesaving skills to be made compulsory in schools. 

The event was part of the Every Child a Lifesaver campaign – an initiative launched by St John Ambulance, the British Heart Foundation, and the British Red Cross to gain backing for the Emergency First Aid Education Bill. 

A Bill, tabled by Teresa Pearce MP, will require secondary schools to give young people the skills and confidence to deal with a range of medical emergencies including cardiac arrests, heart attacks, choking, bleeding, asthma attacks, and seizures. Importantly, emergency first aid education ensures that pupils know to seek help and support when needed, including from the emergency services. The Bill also recognises the emotional needs of people that step in to help in a medical emergency - it prepares young people to deal with situations where their interventions may not have saved a life.

Every Child a Lifesaver

I have recently been given a hands-on first aid lesson in Westminster, as public support grows for the teaching of lifesaving skills to be made compulsory in schools.  The event...

Doctors.pngThe Tories handling of the junior doctor contract dispute is now a real threat to the recruitment and retention of NHS staff. The new contract must be safe for patient and fair for junior doctors. I am concerned that the current proposals remove the safeguards that penalise hospitals who routinely force junior doctors to work in excess of their contracted hours and cut pay for those doctors currently work evenings and weekends, putting the delivery of a 7-day NHS at risk. 

Junior Doctors

The Tories handling of the junior doctor contract dispute is now a real threat to the recruitment and retention of NHS staff. The new contract must be safe for patient...

Jezza.jpgThanks to everyone at Ashby Market for the great response and support given to steelworkers gathering signatures for the #‎StandUpForSteelpetition. Your support is really important and valuable. And thanks to the workforce and management at Tata today for making Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Business Secretary, Angela Eagle so welcome. They really appreciated the opportunity to visit the Plate Mill and speak to workers on the front line. They will redouble their efforts to support Steel MPs like myself and get the Government to take the necessary actions to support UK Steel.

Jeremy Corbyn and Angela Eagle visit TATA

Thanks to everyone at Ashby Market for the great response and support given to steelworkers gathering signatures for the #‎StandUpForSteelpetition. Your support is really important and valuable. And thanks to the...

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