Sunday, 11 December 2016

Accrington Victoria Walk in Centre is changing

The Walk in Centre at Accrington Victoria which provides a free GP service from 8am to 9pm to people who cannot get a GP appointment with their doctor.

The reply I have received from the CCG is at the foot.

I have long opposed the closure of this and had numerous conversations with the CCG over the last few years expressing my feelings. Notably three;

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Please support the CWU ongoing Post Office campaign by writing to Theresa May

The CWU has launched a campaign to save the Post Office. Our members working in the Post Office have already taken 2 days industrial action, as a result the government has now launched a consultation into the future of the Post Office Network.

As part of the campaign we need thousands of postcards to be signed across the UK. Our target is to have 500,000 postcards signed by 12th December. Stand up for local Post Office workers and send this card to Margot James, Minister for small business, consumers and corporate responsibility.

Backing the campaign to help shoppers get problems with faulty goods solved

I am backing National Consumer Week, a campaign to help people use their consumer rights to get problems with faulty goods like TVs, laptops and mobile phones resolved.

Research from Citizens Advice has revealed that two thirds of people had a problem with faulty electrical goods in the last two years.

However, 1 in 4 people were turned away by retailers when they tried to get a refund, a replacement item or get their item repaired, despite it being the retailer’s responsibility to help.

The research also showed that persistence paid off, with 61% of people who were initially turned away going on to get some form of solution.

NHS want feedback: learning disability and/or autistic spectrum disorder (ASD).

NHS England is consulting for a period of 12 weeks starting today, December 1st , on how low and medium secure services for people with a learning disability and/or autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) should be provided across the North West. For further details and to take part in the consultation please see : .

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Supporting the Dying to Work Campaign

Time to secure employment rights for terminally ill workers who can suffer discrimination as they face the battle against their deteriorating illness.

Read Jacci's story at:

Cheap booze leading to ill health

Dear Mr Jones, I am writing to draw your attention to the problems associated with cheap, high strength alcohol products such as white cider, and to ask for your support as we call on the Government to take action to protect our most vulnerable communities in next year’s spring Budget.

We have produced a short video, which we hope will be of interest, summarising the scale of the problem, and laying out the policy solutions.

Also attached a recent report from the Alcohol Health Alliance, which revealed the shockingly low prices of many drinks. Incredibly, large bottles of strong white cider, containing as much alcohol as 22 shots of vodka, were found on sale for as little as £3.49. Such products are drunk almost exclusively by underage and dependent drinkers and have a devastating impact, with over a million hospitalisations and 23,000 deaths each year in England due to alcohol.

The system of taxation on alcohol, branded “a mess” by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, currently contributes to this problem. The structure of cider duty in particular perversely incentivises the production of stronger alcohol, supporting the high strength cider market. Furthermore, successive real term cuts in alcohol duties since 2012 will cost the Treasury a total of £2.9 billion in the five years to 2018.

Stop discrimination against disabled people #AccessAllAreas Bill

I visited a Guide Dogs event in Parliament on 16th November to show his support for taxi and minicab drivers receiving disability equality training when getting their licence. A Private Member’s Bill that sought to introduce such training was debated on 18th November but was not voted on due to a lack of time.

Lifestyle Mag launched for Hyndburn


Business and council officials have welcomed the launch of a brand new glossy magazine for Accrington.

Councillor Clare Cleary and Tracy Leeming, Marketing Manager of Oswaldtwistle Shopping Mills, are supporting the publication which is produced by Scott Dawson Advertising.

Accrington's LIFE:STYLE Magazine, as a pilot scheme, will be distributed throughout the borough and published twice a year.