Rosie Cooper MP today supported National Adoption Week and its campaign for people across Gloucestershire to #SupportAdoption.
The week is a national event, focussing on family finding for some of our most vulnerable children in the UK. It is also a chance to demystify and clarify the adoption process, reflect the challenges of adoptive parenting, share individual stories and showcase best practice. Nationwide supporters have been sharing their adoption stories and detailing how their lives have been affected on Facebook and Twitter.
Melissa Forbes-Murison, Manager of Adoption Match, said;
“Day in day out, using the Adoption Register for England, we make links for children seeking a permanent loving family with prospective adopters. The Adoption Register is the only statutory register of children and families awaiting adoptive placement. All councils and voluntary agencies are required to use the register. Since 2004 we have found families for 3356 children who may otherwise have never been found a permanent family. The Adoption Register has been used to aid family finding for nearly 20,000 children.
Rosie Cooper MP for West Lancashire said;
“National Adoption Week should remind all of us of the importance of finding families for some of our most vulnerable children in my constituency and across Lancashire. Local council social workers, voluntary adoption agencies and the statutory Adoption Register supporting them day in, day out, are doing everything possible to family find for vulnerable children.
"The Government has rightly made supporting adoption a priority. I am glad that all that can be done, is being done, to make sure local councils can place children with prospective adopters as quickly as practicable.”
Rosie Cooper MP today supported National Adoption Week and its campaign for people across Gloucestershire to #SupportAdoption.The week is a national event, focussing on family finding for some of our...
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is wondering why West Lancashire health chiefs have been silent on explaining how they will deliver integrated health services locally, especially as they plan to privatise urgent care services.
MP Rosie wrote to Dr John Caine, chair of West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), at the beginning of September, asking him to explain the CCG’s stated strategy to deliver more integrated care.
Despite calls to West Lancashire CCG the MP is still awaiting Dr Caine’s explanation.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“Since West Lancashire CCG announced they were going to privatise local health services, I have been writing to them asking various questions about how this will benefit residents and improve health services.
“Time and time again I’ve been told West Lancashire is committed to integrated care services. Then they tell me to read their strategy, which will explain it all.
“I have done.
“Simply saying over and over, as the strategy does, that they plan to integrate services doesn’t mean it automatically happens.
“I’m seeking answers from Dr Caine and his colleagues about what this actually means in practice and the specific actions the CCG will take.
“At this crucial time for the future of West Lancashire health services the silence is telling.
“West Lancashire CCG have made commitments to local residents on their health services. They now need to provide some answers.
“Hiding behind business jargon in a strategy document isn’t accountability.”
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is wondering why West Lancashire health chiefs have been silent on explaining how they will deliver integrated health services locally, especially as they plan to...
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is seeking action from Education Ministers to protect the state of the art 3G floodlit 11-a-side football pitch on the former Glenburn Sports College site.
Following the school's closure in July 2016 ownership of the site has passed to the Department for Education. Several parties in Skelmersdale have expressed an interest in taking over the facilities and/or even relocating the pitch rather than allow the £650,000 investment in the pitch to fall into disrepair.
MP Rosie has tabled a series of Parliamentary Questions seeking clarification on the site ownership and the process for interested parties to discuss with the Department for Education retaining the sports pitch for continued community use.
Previously local school’s and football teams have used the all-weather sports pitch for games and training throughout the year. With Glenburn Sports College now closed, Skelmersdale faces losing another community sports facility unless an agreement can be reached to save the pitch.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“It would be scandalous if this state of the art sports pitch in the heart of the town was left to go to wrack and ruin.
“I have been contacted by several local parties with a significant interest in protecting these high quality facilities for the benefit of the town.
“Prior to the closure of Glenburn Sports College, I was very concerned about the future of these sports facilities and raised this with both Lancashire County Council and West Lancashire Borough Council. I was assured that all options for retaining the sports facilities were being discussed and would be explored.
“I am committed to ensuring every opportunity is given to protecting this pitch. Skelmersdale has already lost its sports centre whilst other sports facilities in the town are in desperate need of investment.
“We need to get the Department of Education, as the site owner, round the table with the various parties to explore the possibility for saving this sports pitch and I will be working to see this happens.”
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is seeking action from Education Ministers to protect the state of the art 3G floodlit 11-a-side football pitch on the former Glenburn Sports College site....