Universal Credit is turning into the real nightmare before Christmas for too many families.

LATE LAST night – following the Brexit vote – I spoke in the Commons on the failures surrounding the roll-out of Universal Credit (UC), as well as its indiscriminate sanctions.

It was encouraging to see the Government listen to the concerns of the majority, including their own MPs in last week’s budget. Some much needed tweaking was finally carried out that will make some difference to claimants currently at the mercy of UC. But it has come too late for many who have already borne the brunt of its failure to provide basic support.

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Jeremy Hunt apologises for the death of Layla from Lime Side

YESTERDAY, along with my colleague Kerry McCarthy MP, I attended a meeting between Jeremy Hunt – the Secretary of State for Health – and the family of Layla Rose Ermenekli from Limeside in Oldham. The meeting was called to discuss the Government’s failure to provide Meningitis vaccine to all children.

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Congratulations to Limehurst Primary School

Early this week I was proud to welcome one of our local schools at the British Council in London. Limehurst Primary School in Oldham West & Royton has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

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Budget 2017: backtracking on 7 years of Tory damage, but missing the path to repairing our public services

DURING HIS budget speech today the Chancellor called the Tories the Government of the future. There were certainly a lot of superficial giveaways designed to make us feel good and massage the chronic problems our country faces, but they failed even to boost the energy of backbench Tories.

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