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Lucy Powell MP has been elected as the Chair of the new All Party Parliamentary Group for Greater Manchester.

 

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Greater Manchester (APPG) will bring together MPs and Peers from across the main political parties to help maximise future investment and growth for the benefit of everyone in the region.  It will work closely with the incoming Metro Mayor, who will be elected on 4th May, and key leaders in the region’s businesses, local government and voluntary sector.

 

The first meeting today will discuss the economic and social challenges that face Greater Manchester. The Group will hear from Stephen Clarke, Social and Policy Analyst at the Resolution Foundation; Andrew Carter, incoming Chief Executive of Centre for Cities and Professor Ruth Lupton, Head of the Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit, University of Manchester.

 

In a recent report, the Resolution Foundation warned about the stark inequalities within Greater Manchester.  Their analysis shows a mammoth 20 percentage point gap between the highest and lowest employment levels in the region. This is the widest gap of any city in the UK. Resolution Foundation data also shows that while Manchester and Salford have seen employment growth of around six per-cent over the last five years, employment has increased by just one per-cent in Bury, and has actually fallen in Rochdale over the same period.

Greater Manchester’s jobs divide is felt most keenly by disadvantaged groups – a BAME person is 50 per cent more likely to be in work if they live in Trafford, compared to Manchester – highlighting that serious living standards challenges remain even in the City centre[i].

Lucy Powell, Labour MP for Manchester Central and Chair of the Greater Manchester APPG said “This is an exciting time for Greater Manchester with the metro-mayor elections and further powers devolved to Greater Manchester to tackle some of the stark challenges our city-region faces. Many residents won’t be aware of the mayoral elections just a month or so away yet they are a chance for Greater Manchester to This cross-Party group will bring together key players from across the region to work together for the good of local residents, exploring some of the key issues our conurbation faces.”

 

In addition to Lucy Powell MP, the officers of the Group are: Vice-chairs David Nuttall MP, for Bury North, Ivan Lewis, MP for Bury South and Baroness Morris of Bolton, Lord Goddard of Stockport; Secretary Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Stalybridge and Hyde and Yasmin Qureshi, MP for Bolton South East.



[i] http://www.resolutionfoundation.org/media/press-releases/tackling-living-standards-divide-across-greater-manchester-must-be-top-priority-for-new-metro-mayor/

Lucy to Chair Cross-Party Greater Manchester MPs Group in Parliament

Lucy Powell MP has been elected as the Chair of the new All Party Parliamentary Group for Greater Manchester.   The All Party Parliamentary Group for Greater Manchester (APPG) will...

 

First published in The Guardian and LabourList: 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/19/help-poorer-pupils-selection-social-mobility-education-brexit-grammar-schools

http://labourlist.org/2017/03/lucy-powell-in-cross-bench-push-against-mays-grammar-schools-plans/

 

Lucy Powell has joined with the former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg and former Tory education minister Nicky Morgan to urge the prime minister against her plans to create new grammar schools.

The trio warn against “narrowly defined” social mobility, “too focused on helping a tiny few reach the top” and not on improving the skills needed for the jobs of tomorrow.

In an article in the Guardian, Lucy Powell, Nick Clegg and Nicky Morgan said this:

“As politicians from three different parties, we sparred across the despatch box but now we’re coming together to build a cross-party consensus, focused on looking at the evidence of what works, to tackle inequality in education and boost social mobility.”

“All the evidence is clear that grammar schools damage social mobility. While they can boost attainment for the already gifted, they do nothing for the majority of children who do not attend them. Indeed, in highly selective areas children not in grammars do worse than their peers in non-selective areas.”

"Having the brightest children in comprehensive schools helps raise standards for all, increasing aspiration and intellectual capital in a school. This isn’t a zero-sum game. As Sir Michael Wilshaw has said, he delivered an excellent education for his pupils through the comprehensive system precisely because the school was mixed ability."

"Those championing selection as the silver bullet for tackling social mobility, or as the panacea for creating good new school places, are misguided."

"In a time when resources are so limited and many other educational reforms are still in their infancy or yet to be proved – from university technical colleges and new T-levels to the expansion of free childcare and hundreds of new free schools – now is not the time for more division or political ideology in education."

"Times have moved on. Expanding selection isn’t part of the answer to tackling social mobility."

“The most effective strategies are already identified. They start with high-quality services in the early years. Despite important initiatives such as free childcare for disadvantaged two-year-olds, more than a third of children from poorer families start school behind their peers, with communication a key area of concern”

“Our economy and country is changing fast. We must rise to the challenge with a new national mission to boost education and social mobility for all. That’s why we are putting aside what we disagree on, to come together and to build a cross-party consensus in favour of what works for our children – not what sounds good to politicians.”

 

On this we can all agree. Selection is bad for our schools

  First published in The Guardian and LabourList:  https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/19/help-poorer-pupils-selection-social-mobility-education-brexit-grammar-schools http://labourlist.org/2017/03/lucy-powell-in-cross-bench-push-against-mays-grammar-schools-plans/   Lucy Powell has joined with the former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg and former Tory education minister Nicky Morgan...

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Grammar Schools debate

Intro – pleased to speak, first opportunity since resigning as Shadow Education etc.  While I led opposition almost a year ago to government plans to open the so-called new annexe of a grammar school in Kent, I can’t quite believe that in 2016 Britain we are seriously contemplating a return to selection at 11 given all the progress we have made in education over the last 20 years.

Lucy's speech in today's Grammar Schools debate

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hiknjio.pngLucy is delighted to have been elected as the new chair of the APPG on Nursery Schools earlier this month. This appointment comes at a crucial time, as social mobility campaigners have warned that nursery schools are facing extinction as a result of government changes to early years funding.

Nursery schools are the highest performing part of our education system, with 99 percent of them rated as outstanding or good by Ofsted. According to Pen Green Centre for Children and the Families, 1 in 4 nursery schools which responded to a call for evidence on the impact of early years funding changes on their budgets warned that their future viability is under threat.

The damage that could be done to nursery schools would also disproportionately affect poorer communities, as 65 percent of nursery schools are located in the 30 percent most deprived areas in England.  There are two nursery schools in Lucy’s constituency – Martenscroft Nursery School in Hulme and Collyhurst Nursery School. 

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Hulme_bridge.jpgI welcome the news that the government has confirmed it will not be renewing its contract for Concentrix to administer tax credits on behalf of HMRC. Since taking over the contract Concentrix have made a string of mistakes and their reign of terror has resulted in a number of my constituents having their Working Tax Credits stopped incorrectly.

The Government had awarded Concentrix with a £75million contract in May last year in an attempt to save £1billion in incorrect or fraudulent tax credit payments but there have been widespread reports of failings on their part which they have been incredibly slow to put right.  I have found Concentrix to be slow in processing complaints and my constituents have found it extremely difficult to communicate with them. 

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LHulme_bridge.jpgucy has today written to members in Manchester Central following recent events in the party.

Below is a copy of her letter:

 I wanted to write to you following the difficult and unprecedented events in the Labour Party this week and explain my position.

The first thing to say is that we all, whatever our views, agree that both the timing and the scale of this week’s events have not been good and have caused damage to us as a Party and let the Tories off the hook. But we are now where we are and the important issue is how we move forward.

Until Sunday, I was a committed and energetic member of Jeremy’s Shadow Cabinet. When Jeremy was elected I fully supported him. I have served as his Shadow Education Secretary since September with rigour and determination, working closely with Jeremy and supporters from across our party to oppose the Government’s terrible education policies- making them abandon forced academisation of our schools and highlighting the teacher shortage crisis they have created amongst other issues.  Throughout this time I regularly took to the airwaves in defence and support of Jeremy and his leadership.

Events in the Labour Party this week

Lucy has today written to members in Manchester Central following recent events in the party. Below is a copy of her letter:  I wanted to write to you following the difficult and unprecedented... Read more

Lucy was pleased to support Labour In for Britain with colleagues in Parliament this week.

Lucy said:

So many jobs in the North West and across the country depend on being part of the single market and a member of the EU. We benefit immeasurably from being part of Europe. Greater Manchester’s growing economy needs the trade, security and jobs which come from remaining in Europe. We can’t afford to put that at risk.

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Lucy joins colleagues in support of Labour In for Britain

Lucy was pleased to support Labour In for Britain with colleagues in Parliament this week. Lucy said: So many jobs in the North West and across the country depend on...

CLAYTON_(14).jpgTo celebrate the opening of the new look Clayton Post Office, Lucy ‘cut the ribbon’ at an opening ceremony last week, where she met with Postmaster Imran Arif and had a look round the new site.

Lucy said:

I welcomed the news that Clayton Post Office was to be modernised and am delighted to be here today to congratulate Imran on all of his hard work and to formally declare the new look branch open.

The Post Office is vital to our community and I'm sure the new improved office and great local service will be warmly welcomed by all people.

The new post office is located at 627 Ashton New Road, Manchester M11 4RX, and is open from 8:30am - 5:30pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 5:30pm on Saturday. 

Lucy opens Clayton's new Post Office

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As offers for secondary school places go out in the post today, parents of 10- and 11-year-olds will be bracing themselves. They will
be hoping they will not be like one of the 84,000 families that did not get their preferred choice secondary school last year – a figure that could well rise again this year given forecasts are starting to show the growth in pupil numbers is now hitting the secondary phase. All in all, projections suggest there will be more than 300,000 additional secondary school pupils in the system by 2020, whilst one in six secondary schools are already full or over capacity. Parents in some parts of the country already experiencing pressure on places, such as in London and the South East, will be feeling this acutely. In some local areas up to half of secondary schools currently have more pupils than they have space for.

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Lamin_and_John__Canada_St_05_02_2016.pngToday Lucy visited Canada Street for the first time since veterans and their families moved into their new homes. The street in Newton Heath was transformed last year by DIY SOS, as part of a huge renovation project to create new homes for veterans, and Lucy visited the site in September while the work was underway.

The project was supported by Manchester City Council, Haig Housing and veterans’ charity, Walking with the Wounded, and today Lucy was able to see the completed homes and meet with the families who’ve moved into them.

Lucy visits Canada Street Veterans' Village

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