Rosie Cooper MP

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06/11/08 MP Rosie quizzed by Skelmersdale pensioners

SKELMERSDALE pensioners had the chance to quiz local MP, Rosie Cooper, on a range of issues when she recently attended a Skelmersdale Senior Citizens’ Association meeting at the Ecumenical Centre.

Rosie Cooper MP with members of Skelmersdale Senior Citizens’ Association following their meeting at the Ecumenical Centre

Harry Bartley, chairman of Association, said: “We are grateful to Rosie for coming along to meet with our members to answer their questions. It was a thoroughly enjoyable meeting. There are a number of issues and challenges, especially fuel bills with winter approaching, which are a real concern to pensioners.

“Rosie was very open and honest in answering the questions. She was able to give our members some advice and guidance on their own specific issues; as well as talking about the big issues such as free travel for pensioners, pension credit and winter fuel payments.

Rosie said: “It was an absolute pleasure to have the opportunity to meet the members of the Skelmersdale Senior Citizens’ Association. They were certainly a well-informed group and it was fun meeting. We talked about very local issues such as bus services but also matters that affect pensioners across the country.

“Listening to the experiences of the association’s members highlighted the need to improve the availability of bus services that meet their needs more effectively; I was also able to explain the Government’s proposals for investing additional monies into the winter fuel payments to give pensioners additional support as fuel bills increase.”

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