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West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has called for the availability of Jobcentre Plus support for Universal Credit claimants over the Christmas period.

Backing the Early Day Motion (EDM) 636 titled, “Availability of Jobcentre Plus services for Universal Credit claimants” tabled by Frank Field MP, MP Rosie calls on the Government to take steps to ensure people are able to seek immediate assistance from Jobcentre Plus at any time over the Christmas and New Year period, if the need arises.

Universal Credit is being rolled out in West Lancashire this month and Rosie is eager to ensure that all claimants are receiving adequate support, advice and guidance during what could be a very stressful and emotional time.

Rosie Cooper MP said:
“Regrettably, the Conservatives are ploughing ahead with their Universal Credit rollout plans despite repeated warnings of the damage it can cause to people, families and communities.

“As the full rollout hits, I’m calling on the Government to provide access to the necessary support, advice and guidance that is so badly needed, particularly as we enter the Christmas period and thousands of people are affected by the changes.

“Limited availability of Jobcentre Plus services over Christmas and New Year puts the welfare of claimants at risk and could diminish their ability to afford food, heating and lighting.”

Rosie has already written to the Minister asking for a halt to the rollout, met with the local Jobcentre Manager Amanda Jakeman and continues to campaign against the full rollout.

Universal Credit replaces and merges existing benefits including; Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; Income-related Employment & Support AllowanceIncome SupportWorking Tax CreditChild Tax Credit and Housing Benefit.

Any constituent who is concerned or struggling with Universal Credit is encouraged to contact Rosie Cooper MP on rosie@rosiecooper.net or 01695 570094.

Early day motion 636
AVAILABILITY OF JOBCENTRE PLUS SERVICES FOR UNIVERSAL CREDIT CLAIMANTS
Session: 2017-19
Date tabled: 04.12.2017
Primary sponsor: Field, Frank

That this House notes the limited availability of Jobcentre Plus offices and telephone lines over the Christmas and New Year period; notes also the increased likelihood of people who have recently made a new claim for universal credit needing to seek help from Jobcentre Plus within that period; believes that the limited availability of Jobcentre Plus services within that period puts the welfare of those people at risk and could diminish their ability to afford food, heating and lighting; and calls on the Government to take steps to ensure people are able to seek immediate assistance from Jobcentre Plus at any time within that period, if the need arises.

Rosie Cooper MP calls for Jobcentre support for Universal Credit claimants over Christmas

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has called for the availability of Jobcentre Plus support for Universal Credit claimants over the Christmas period.Backing the Early Day Motion (EDM) 636 titled, “Availability...

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is calling on West Lancashire Borough Council and St Modwen to give Skelmersdale residents a Christmas present – news of the new town centre.

MP Rosie has supported a new town centre for Skelmersdale since in 2005 ‘Skemersdale Vision’ was launched.

Throughout the ups and downs of the project, Rosie has always campaigned for and supported the scheme, even opposing the Tesco Kirkby development, resisted the Council wanting to pause the contract and then the delays caused by the Judicial Reviews from the Concourse.

Residents can’t understand why, now the legal obstacles have been overcome, there are no announcements from the Council and St Modwen and feel that despite the Council giving St Modwen exclusive rights for fifteen years to develop the town centre in 2007, there is nothing to show for it. 

Astonishingly, Skelmersdale is yet to see its first digger kickstarting the new development, which is due to bring fresh retail opportunities and a night time economy to the town, while St Modwen announce plans to start work in nearby areas including Kirkby but not in Skelmersdale.

Rosie Cooper MP has written to the West Lancashire Borough Council Chief Executive Kim Webber asking why the delay and when plans to begin the work will be announced.

Rosie is pleased that the Council has reaffirmed its commitment to delivering the town centre regeneration, but is disappointed that they have yet to give any timescale whatsoever.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“It is imperative we get a move on especially as in recent weeks, Skelmersdale has seen the announcement of the Natwest branch closure, GE Oil & Gas potentially set to make up to 90 redundancies and solicitors Scott Rees moving 200 jobs to Newton-le-Willows.

“What I’m seeking is a date when the work on the new town centre will begin, that is the least that Skelmersdale residents deserve after ten years of waiting or an immediate full disclosure of what the problems are? Is it financial viability or commercial interests?

“The lack of a full explanation puts serious question marks over whether we will see the Council and St Modwen proceed with the town centre regeneration at all, which would be a disastrous scenario for Skelmersdale and West Lancashire.

“If St Modwen can’t deliver a scheme, after 10 years, it’s time for them to go!”

Rosie Cooper MP says Skelmersdale needs news of its Town Centre for Christmas

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is calling on West Lancashire Borough Council and St Modwen to give Skelmersdale residents a Christmas present – news of the new town centre.MP Rosie has...

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