I very much welcome the announcement by Tata Steel Uk that it has signed the definitive documentation for a Regulated Apportionment Arrangement (RAA) with the British Steel Pension Scheme Trustees.
Listening to what people have been saying locally I share their frustration about the lack of information regarding these likely changes over recent months. Only on Monday I was at a meeting on the steelworks where workers' concerns and uncertainty about what was going on was very clear. For over a year people have worried about their security in retirement. I hope that this announcement will begin to bring this uncertainty to an end.
I'm sure all pension scheme members will look out for the information that will shortly come from the Trustees of the detail of what this means to their pension and what their choices are.
As with all this sort of information it is often difficult to get your head round it. It will be important to read the information that comes out carefully in order to make a well informed choice, taking professional advice if necessary.
My understanding is that there will be meetings organised around the country for BSPS members to find out more about what this means to them and ask questions.
A website www.bspensions.com/choose has been set up by those responsible to update BSPS members and respond to questions.
I will be taking a very close interest on behalf of my constituents to see that this is managed in their very best interests. As with all things, however, the devil is in the detail and I am keen to hear from people about how these proposals will affect them. I am concerned that TATA and the Government deliver on their responsibilities and that BSPS members don’t lose out.
I very much welcome the announcement by Tata Steel Uk that it has signed the definitive documentation for a Regulated Apportionment Arrangement (RAA) with the British Steel Pension Scheme Trustees....
Social care is in crisis, and it is decisions made in Downing Street that have brought us to this point. Theresa May must stop turning a blind eye to the problems in social care and address the funding crisis urgently.
Since 2010 local authorities’ social care budgets have been cut by £4.6 billion and 400,000 fewer people are now receiving publicly funded social care. In North Lincolnshire we have seen our council budget cut by 40% per cent, which has meant vulnerable people in our community not getting the care and support they need.
Labour has warned time and again of the growing crisis in social care. The competing pressures of an ageing population and chronic underfunding cannot go on. Theresa May must act now to make sure that councils like North Lincolnshire have the money to provide quality social care for all those who need it.
Social care is in crisis, and it is decisions made in Downing Street that have brought us to this point. Theresa May must stop turning a blind eye to the...
I've been learning more about the fantastic work of Songbooks And Glory.
They are a social project based in Scunthorpe who aim of providing free musical teaching and musical instruments to disadvantaged children globally. Recently they held a very successful event at the Lincoln Imp where they raised £248.
They are now aiming to bring about their most ambitious project as they are hoping to give the opportunity of a lifetime to a few young people to spend a few months touring Europe, learning about varying styles of European music and playing their own brand of music at various European venues.
I wish them every success and am told they are accepting donations via Crowdfunder: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/songbooks-and-glory-young-peoples-european-tour
I've been learning more about the fantastic work of Songbooks And Glory. They are a social project based in Scunthorpe who aim of providing free musical teaching and musical instruments to...
Unless they change course, five more years of a Tory Government will deliver five more years of failure to fix our broken bus industry.
At the current rate, the threat of five more years of a Tory Government will see:
Fares rise to 59% more than 2010.
Falling operating costs and rising revenue caused by higher fares leading to growing profit for private bus companies. Operating profit will grow by £3.5 billion over the next parliament, rising to £5,156 million more than 2010.
A reduction of nearly 5000 bus routes between 2010 and 2022.
Higher fares and cuts to bus routes will see bus passenger numbers fall by 13 per cent compared to 2010, with the number of elderly and disabled passengers using local bus services in England falling by nearly 20 per cent.
Labour has a plan to fix our broken bus industry which includes:
Extending the powers to re-regulate local bus services to the local council if it wants them – not just to those combined authorities with an elected mayor
Overturning the government’s ban on municipal bus companies, so that the council will have the power to establish a community bus company
Commenting on Labour research demonstrating the impact that 5 more years of Conservative government on local bus services, Nic Dakin MP said:
“The Tories policy of deregulating bus services has been a total failure: in Yorkshire and the Humber we have seen fares rise as patronage has plummeted.
“In Yorkshire and the Humber bus passenger journeys have fallen by 28 million since 2010.”
“Labour will give London-style powers to regulate buses to passengers, so that bus services can be ran in the interests of passengers. There are too many areas in our area where pensioners have a bus pass but no bus.”
“For too long the bus industry has been allowed to put profit before passengers. A Labour Government will change that.”
Unless they change course, five more years of a Tory Government will deliver five more years of failure to fix our broken bus industry. At the current rate, the threat...
3383 children will go hungry in North Lincolnshire over the summer holidays as they will not be able to access the free school meal they were entitled to during term time.
Across Yorkshire and the Humber there will be a total of 129,940 children going hungry without their free school meal, and a total of 300,000 children growing up in poverty will be at risk of going hungry over the summer.
New Trussell Trust data shows increasing reliance on food banks during the summer, with 47% of food parcels that went to children going to primary school aged children.
Across Yorkshire and the Humber hundreds of thousands of children are at risk of going hungry over the holidays.
The worst affected will be the 129,940 children who will no longer receive the free school meal they were eligible for during term time. There are 3383 of these children in our area, who will go hungry because their families don’t have the money to make ends meet.
There will be a total of 300,000 children at risk of going hungry this summer across the region, as they are growing up in poverty and their families may not have the money they need to make sure the children are fed.
Real wages are falling in real terms as inflation rises, which will leave more children at risk of going hungry.
Commenting on these numbers Scunthorpe Labour MP Nic Dakin said:
“It is unacceptable that so many children are at risk of going hungry in our community.
“Child poverty is at a seven year high, and wages are falling, leaving working families worse off.
“Every child deserves to be well fed every day, and Labour will introduce a Real Living Wage of £10 an hour to ensure that every family is able to make ends meet.”
3383 children will go hungry in North Lincolnshire over the summer holidays as they will not be able to access the free school meal they were entitled to during term...