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Commenting on the announcement of a general election on 8 June 2017, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has said: 

“Today’s announcement reflects Theresa May’s focus on her own internal party problems rather than what is in the best interests of communities like West Lancashire.

“Every day I am dealing with residents and their families who are living with the cost of the Conservative government’s failures.  An NHS in crisis, school funding cuts, a broken social care system unable to support the elderly and vulnerable.

“It is clear that Conservative priorities are not West Lancashire’s priorities.

“Having had the honour and privilege to serve the people of West Lancashire for 12 years, I will continue to stand on my record of delivery and fighting for the best deal for West Lancashire and its residents.”

Rosie Cooper MP statement on general election announcement

Commenting on the announcement of a general election on 8 June 2017, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has said: “Today’s announcement reflects Theresa May’s focus on her own internal party problems...

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is delighted Skelmersdale United Football Club have secured an agreement that will see the club playing football next season.

Commenting on the club’s announcement, MP Rosie said:

“Like the club’s fans I am delighted that Skelmersdale United F.C.’s immediate future has been secured and they will still be playing football next season.

“It is clear from the messages I have received from the club’s fans and Skelmersdale residents that the football club means a great deal to individuals and to the wider community.

“Throughout the week I have been in constant contact with the football club and have been in contact with representatives of the grounds landlord and with Evo-Stik League officials.

“I have seen the statement from the landlord of the current ground at Stormy Corner but I think there needs be greater clarity on what his intentions are with the ground and for Skelmersdale United Football Club.

“The priority now is finding a long-term solution for the football club about where they will be playing in the years ahead as the club can’t be left facing these threats to their very existence at the end of every season.”

Rosie Cooper MP delighted Skelmersdale United Immediate Future Secured

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is delighted Skelmersdale United Football Club have secured an agreement that will see the club playing football next season. Commenting on the club’s announcement, MP...

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Plans to save the state of the art 3G football pitches on the former Glenburn Sports College site have taken a positive step forward that could see school pupils and the wider community using the pitches once again.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper joined Jo Whitfield of Delph Side Community Primary School, Kevin Davidson of SHARES, sports coach Jack England and Councillor Terry Aldridge for an onsite inspection of the facilities to assess their current condition having not been maintained since the closure of Glenburn Sports College.

This follows Delph Side Community Primary School’s meeting with Lancashire County Council officers during which they were informed that ‘from an estates point of view we are happy for you to have the equipment.’ This breakthrough keeps hopes alive that the football pitches in the heart of the town can be saved for the benefit of the community.

Initially Lancashire County Council and Delph Side Primary had received conflict advice on whether the football pitches could be relocated preventing any progress.

Now the way has been cleared for Delph Side Primary and partners, including SHARES, to pursue the planning permission required to relocate the facilities and equipment. It will also allow for the appropriate work to establish what works will be required to move the facility across the Delph Side school’s grounds in Tanhouse.

MP Rosie will be working with the school on securing the funding necessary to prepare the new site for the transfer of the 3G pitches and equipment, such as fencing, floodlights and goalposts.

Speaking after the site visit MP Rosie Cooper said:
“The possibility the football pitches could be saved for the local community is great news. Though there is still a considerable amount of work required to make this a reality.

“Delph Side Primary have been proactive in their pursuit of saving these facilities. The hard work hard of Jo and her colleagues has paid off.

“During our pitch inspection we discussed the importance of securing funding to save the facility. I am committed to working with Delph Side and SHARES to secure the monies needed to make this relocation happen.

“We all share the same commitment and determination to protect the 3G football pitches as Skelmersdale has already lost too many of its sports facilities.

Jo Whitfield, business manager at Delph Side Community Primary School said:
“Being able to keep such state of the art sports facilities within our community here in the centre of Skelmersdale would be a massive boost to local school pupils and the whole community.

“There has been a considerable amount of work just to get to this point where Lancashire County Council have been willing to even consider the relocation of the football pitches.

“We now want to move quickly with securing planning permission, establishing the practicalities of moving the equipment and what it will cost to do so.

“This is our one real opportunity to have fantastic, high-quality multi-use sports facilities available to local schools for years to come.

“It is great to have the support of our MP Rosie Cooper, Councillor Aldridge and our partners, such SHARES, in working with us to save these much-needed sports facilities for Skelmersdale.”

Kevin Davidson, chief executive of SHARES, commented:
“There is no question keeping these sports facilities so they are once again available to the people of the town and located in central Skelmersdale will be transformational.

“SHARES are committed to doing everything we can to support Delph Side on this project that is about more than football pitches. It is about the health and wellbeing of individuals, encouraging them to be active.

“There is great social and community benefits that can be achieved through people participating in sports activity, in bringing people together, in a town that has already lost vital local sports facilities."

If anyone would like to support the development of this project, be it professionals with experience in this area, members of the local business community or Skelmersdale and Up Holland residents, your support would be welcomed. Alternatively, if there are groups that would like to access the facility in the future please call us now. Speak to either Jo Whitfield at Delph Side Community School (01695 721881) or Kevin Davidson at SHARES Lancashire (01695 729897).

Glenburn’s 3G football facilities undergo pitch inspection

Plans to save the state of the art 3G football pitches on the former Glenburn Sports College site have taken a positive step forward that could see school pupils and...

Rosie Cooper MP has reacted with utter derision at the staggering incompetence of NHS Improvement in their handling of the Liverpool community health services contract, which has now seen them walk away from their original decision.

On 7 February 2017, NHS Improvement announced there would be a ‘temporary pause’ in the transfer of Liverpool community health services to the preferred bidder, Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, after it became publicly known that the Trust received a ‘requires improvement’ rating in their Care Quality Commission inspection, despite NHS Improvement and Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group being fully aware of this before they made their original decision.

Today (Thursday 30 March 2017) NHS Improvement have announced that the planned transfer of services to Bridgewater Community Healthcare will now not go ahead.

Instead, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust have been appointed to provide interim management with the hospital’s chief executive, Louise Shepherd, and chairman, David Henshaw, taking on those roles at Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust from 1 May 2017.

Alder Hey Hospital will be working in partnership with Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust to deliver these community health services across the city. There has been no consultation by NHS Improvement with patients, staff, or other health partners or any open process being followed in changing their original decision and abandoning the original transaction process.

At the time of the “temporary pause” announcement, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper ‘cautiously welcomed’ the decision. Responding to the outcome of the NHS Improvement assurance review process, she said:

“NHS Improvement have today confirmed they were wrong to appoint Bridgewater Community Healthcare to run the Liverpool community health services contract in the first place.

“It is by NHS Improvement’s own hand that we now have the evidence that Bridgewater Community Healthcare were not up to the job of delivering this contract safely within the finance available and that NHS Improvement made the wrong decision.

“I think it also proves that NHS Improvement are not up to the job either.

“In the end I was right to be cautious about this pause and what it would mean for the patients and staff of Liverpool community health services.

“Health bosses appear to have pulled an Easter rabbit from the hat with this decision. So much for transparency, it seems that NHS management now just makes it up as it goes along. There appear to be no rules in this smash and grab raid!

“All that has happened is NHS Improvement have tried to rectify one horrendously bad decision only to make another equally bad decision.

“I have absolutely no confidence in NHS Improvement's ability to put patients’ interests first and last, when it comes to health services.

“Patients and staff of Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust need certainty, stability and assurances that the harm caused by past failings will not be repeated.

“During the pause neither NHS Improvement nor Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group have addressed the significant underfunding of the Liverpool community health services contract.

“The current budget is £81.6 million; this is after the current executive team at Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust have already delivered £15 million in savings.

“After two years this contract figure will be reduced to £77 million, a further cut of £4.6 million, on top of which much more will be required to be done in the community for much less money. I understand that Liverpool CCG's Finance Director openly talks of a future financial gap of £13million on community services. This feels like the staff will be returning to the nightmare they thought they had escaped.

“The acute trusts, who are already running their own deficits, are going to take on an under-funded community service, together with Liverpool City Council’s efforts to add their cash-strapped social care services to the mix, while there also efforts to try to merge the Royal Liverpool and Aintree hospitals.

“This pause has not tackled a single one of the issues that could bring this crashing down. All they’ve done is changed the names of the players in their game.

“I have no trust or belief, on this performance, that NHS Improvement or Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group are capable of resolving this mess.

“There needed to be a long-term solution. Instead we got the exact opposite.

“When I spoke to NHS Improvement they were unable to say how long Alder Hey hospital will be providing this interim arrangement.

“When I asked about the next steps in this process they had no answers. Why? They are still working them out was the response.

“Apparently there is going to be a Partnership Board set-up to oversee the long-term solution. Once again they had no answers as to who would be sitting on this board, except themselves. It is clear that once Alder Hey have taken children's services, community health services will be integrated and run by the merged acute trust.

“NHS Improvement and Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group began the process to secure a new provider for community health services in the summer of 2015. Over 18 months on and we are still no closer to a meaningful solution and one that puts patients and staff first.

“Every day we hear about acute hospital trusts being under incredible financial pressures and their daily struggle to actually cope with the number of patients coming through their doors.

“NHS Improvement’s answer is to, at a stroke, without a proper plan, to add to these pressures by adding community health services to this unstable mix from a trust that between 2010 and 2014 was harming its patients and staff and is only now recovering.

“All we have from today’s announcement is the overwhelming certainty that NHS Improvement should be renamed NHS Incompetent.

“For the patients and staff of Liverpool community health services, all they can do now is hope and pray that at some undisclosed, indeterminate point in the future their needs and interests are put ahead of what is in the interests of health bosses in Liverpool and in London.”

NHS Improvement more like NHS Incompetent after Liverpool community health shambles says Rosie Cooper MP

Rosie Cooper MP has reacted with utter derision at the staggering incompetence of NHS Improvement in their handling of the Liverpool community health services contract, which has now seen them...

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Leading global hygiene company SCA has started work on a £12 million investment programme at a paper mill in Skelmersdale that will create around 40 new jobs.

The company expects its Tawd Mill in Paddock Road will be operational by the end of the year, and make SCA the biggest manufacturer in the UK of what is known as TAD or through-air-dried tissue paper.

Originally opened in 1999, the Tawd Mill was mothballed in 2008 but kept in perfect operating condition until additional manufacturing capacity was required. The investment follows increased customer demand for soft, high-quality TAD tissue.

Each year, thousands of tons of paper on giant ‘mother reels’ will leave the mill for other SCA sites across the UK – where tissue is converted into some of the UK’s best-known household brands such as Velvet, Plenty and Cushelle.

SCA’s existing Skelmersdale site on Pimbo Road, has 334 employees and is one of the largest sites in Europe for the production of the company’s ‘Away-from-Home’ range – that includes Tork folding hand towels used in hospitals, hotels and motorway service areas.

Following news of the investment, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said: “It is less than two years since I officially opened a new multi-million pound production line at SCA’s Skelmersdale converting mill.

“For them to make another investment of this size on their second site in the town is fantastic news, and speaks volumes for Skelmersdale’s ability to attract major global companies.

“The company operates in a fiercely competitive marketplace, and their commitment to the town is most welcome. I also saw for myself today that the Tawd site is designed with future expansion in mind and hope that this is not the last of the good news!”

SCA’s site manager Barry Clarkson added: “At the moment there is a national shortfall of high-quality through-air-dried tissue, and much of the raw material used in the UK is imported.

“Tawd Mill in Skelmersdale is central to our plans to increase our market share, and making a major increase in our TAD tissue production will give us a competitive edge in a very crowded sector.”

Multi-million pound investment for Skelmersdale

Leading global hygiene company SCA has started work on a £12 million investment programme at a paper mill in Skelmersdale that will create around 40 new jobs. The company expects...

Responding to the news that Skelmersdale United's future is under threat as they face having no ground, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:

"I was extremely shocked and disappointed to learn that Skelmersdale United F.C's future hangs in the balance over being unable to reach agreement on renewing its lease at Stormy Corner.

"Having been to matches at the club and from the messages I am receiving from constituents, it is evident how much this football club means to its supporters. Many people have volunteered their time over many years to keep the club running. There is no doubt if the club had to close the gates it would be a massive blow for so many people and the community of Skelmersdale of which it has been a part since 1882.

"I have spoken to the Club Chairman and have sought to make contact with the landlord of the ground in an attempt to find a positive resolution that will see Skelmersdale United F.C. still playing non-league football next season.

"I am also in contact with Evo-Stik League, the F.A. and am raising the issue with ministers at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport as I explore all avenues to help Skelmersdale United's survival."

Rosie Cooper MP statement on the threat to the future of Skelmersdale United Football Club

Responding to the news that Skelmersdale United's future is under threat as they face having no ground, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said: "I was extremely shocked and disappointed to...

“In the aftermath of yesterday’s terror attack my thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their lives and their families who will mourn their loss to such a senseless act of evil.

“I will never forget the ultimate sacrifice of PC Keith Palmer and his incredible act of bravery in tackling the terrorist attacker.

“My thoughts are also with the group of 13 Edge Hill University students and their lecturer who I’d been meeting with in Parliament just a short time before the attack took place. They had been on a Parliamentary tour before we met up for a chat on various political issues and my work as the MP for West Lancashire.

“Just before 2.30pm I left the group and headed off to attend a Westminster Hall debate. Little did any of us know what they would be walking into. I was deeply shocked and saddened to learn that four of the students had been injured. I have been in regular contact with Edge Hill University following the attack.

“I was in the Commons chamber throughout the hours that Parliament was in lockdown. Along with the updates from the Leader of the House, we were following events via social media and news sites on our phones or tablets.

“During this lockdown initial uncertainty and worry gave way to a strong and determined resolve within the Chamber not to take a step backwards in the face of such terror attacks. It is right that the House of Commons continued its Parliamentary business today as a demonstration of that desire to not give in to terrorism.

“An attack on Parliament is an attack on the very essence of our democratic society. We cannot allow these acts of terror to create divisions and hatred as this is the aim of such terrorists. We have to defend and protect our values of freedom and democracy.

“After 40 years of public service I can say that Wednesday 22 March 2017 will be a day I will never forget!”

Rosie Cooper MP statement on Parliament terror attack on 22 March 2017

“In the aftermath of yesterday’s terror attack my thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their lives and their families who will mourn their loss to such a senseless...

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is fighting to protect the 313 bus service serving the Ashurst area of Skelmersdale as Arriva North West have given notice to terminate the service.

MP Rosie Cooper has contacted the Leader of Lancashire County Council calling for a replacement service to be secured to ensure that the residents of Ashurst are not left disconnected and isolated. At present the 313 is the only local bus route that serves the estates around Ashurst. Passengers use this service to travel to the bus station at the Concourse Shopping Centre to connect with other services to travel across Skelmersdale, into Ormskirk or into Liverpool.

Rosie Cooper MP said:
"It is a horrendous situation in the 21st century that an ever growing number of residents have no access or very limited access to public transport services.

"The loss of the 313 service in Ashurst will be a massive blow for many residents. It is the only service that serves the estates around Ashurst and operates as a half hourly service. For many residents they will use this service to connect with other bus services to get to work or to school or travel to the town centre shops.

"I have spoken to Arriva North West but they are proceeding with their decision to terminate this service.

"I have called on Lancashire County Council as the transport authority to act to protect this service by finding a new operator.

"Losing another bus service would be yet another devastating blow to public transport provision here in West Lancashire."

Rosie Cooper MP fighting to save 313 bus service

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is fighting to protect the 313 bus service serving the Ashurst area of Skelmersdale as Arriva North West have given notice to terminate the service....

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Rosie Cooper MP called on Theresa May today (Wednesday 22 March 2017) to investigate pay increases of up to 80% at NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) as they embark on funding cuts to frontline health services and NHS staff receive a below inflation 1% pay increase.

A freedom of information request to Liverpool CCG from Commons health select committee member, Rosie Cooper, revealed members of the governing body received bumper pay rises mainly in 2014/15.

Notable increases include a 15% increase for the chief officer from £135,000 – £140,000 (2013/14) rising to £155,000 - £160,000 (2014/15). She also received £1,500 in expenses in 2014/15.

At the same time the chief finance officer received an inflation-busting 16% salary increase, taking his pay from £125,000 -£130,000 rising by at least £20,000 to £145,000 - £150,000. In 2014/15 he also had £600 in expenses according to published accounts.

However, these rises don’t compare to the 50% increase for the CCG Chair with a whopping £50,000 pay rise from his £100,000 – £105,000 salary in 2013/14 rocketing to £150,000 - £155,000 the next year.

For his Deputy Chair, a 42.85% salary increase taking their salary from £70,000 - £75,000 to £100,000 plus one year later.

In light of this information MP Rosie Cooper called on the Prime Minister to investigate the lack of governance and accountability that allows clinical commissioning groups to pay this level of salary and to only have two non -executive directors instead of the usual five.

In response the Prime Minister confirmed that NHS England would now be investigating the remuneration of members of the governing body of Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group.

Speaking after her challenge to Theresa May at Prime Minister’s Questions, Rosie Cooper MP said:

“The tremendous pressures on frontline NHS services to meet demand is not a secret.

“Whilst the CCG were handing out these scandalous pay rises to reward themselves, the CCG stood by and allowed grotesque failings to occur at Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust in which patients and staff were harmed by the culture of bullying and horrific management failures.

“The actions of Liverpool CCG reveal the extent to which, in this new health system, nobody is really holding CCG’s to account. They are a law unto themselves. It is clear in Liverpool they can do as they please and believe they do not answer to anyone.

“I believe there are serious questions that needed to be asked of, and answered by, the CCG in relation to the size of their pay increases, the number of people receiving these astronomical increases and how they justify the current salary levels especially at a time when community health services have seen £4.6 million cut from current funding, when frontline services are being cut and NHS staff are handed a 1% salary increase.

“There are now plans to merge Liverpool CCG with neighbouring South Sefton CCG and Southport and Formby CCG. Can you imagine the salaries they’d hand themselves from commissioning health services across three communities as well as the lack of proper governance in choosing the chief executive officer?

“All I am asking is for this situation to be reviewed and for there to be real public accountability.”

Rosie Cooper MP calls on PM to investigate health bosses pay day bonanza

Rosie Cooper MP called on Theresa May today (Wednesday 22 March 2017) to investigate pay increases of up to 80% at NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) as they embark...

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Responding to the Skelmersdale town centre update statement, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:

“I am delighted the partners have provided an update on the Skelmersdale redevelopment project.

“It is clear to me though that residents won’t be assured the town centre scheme will be delivered until the diggers are finally on site.

“I’m encouraged that the partners are indicating they are wanting to get a move on to make this project happen as the end of the original 15 year contract gets ever closer.

“Along with Skelmersdale residents, I am looking forward to further meaningful updates from the partners on their progress.”

Rosie Cooper MP statement on Skelmersdale Town Centre project update

Responding to the Skelmersdale town centre update statement, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said: “I am delighted the partners have provided an update on the Skelmersdale redevelopment project. “It is...

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