Gareth Snell MP

Labour and Co-operative MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central

News from Stoke on Trent Central

I've signed Early Day Motion 1449 on the Justice Committee's report on Probation Reform. It's clear from the report that the government's decision to privatise parts of the probation system which had been an award-winning service has created what can now only be described as a mess.

The government should now begin the work of bringing the service back into the public sector and reversing the damage it has caused.

You can find the details of the EDM by following this link: https://www.parliament.uk/edm/2017-19/1449

Alternatively, you can read the text of the EDM below: 
"That this House welcomes the recent Justice Committee report on the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms; notes the Committee remains unconvinced that these reforms can ever deliver an effective or viable probation service; expresses concern that staff morale is at an all-time low, according to the report, with the Committee chair describing the probation system as a mess; believes that part-privatising the award-winning probation service in 2015, with a focus on payment by results, was a risky and expensive mistake; and calls on the Government to consult with staff unions including Napo and Unison on how to bring the whole probation service back into the public sector."

EDM 1449: Justice Committee Probation Reform Report

I've signed Early Day Motion 1449 on the Justice Committee's report on Probation Reform. It's clear from the report that the government's decision to privatise parts of the probation system...

The chaos that had engulfed the government today further puts British manufacturers at risk.

It's just one week until the crucial third reading of the Customs Bill and Trade Bill.

Both need amending to ensure #RobustRemedies for manufacturers.

The government must act to protect the interests of British industry and jobs.

Robust Remedies

The chaos that had engulfed the government today further puts British manufacturers at risk. It's just one week until the crucial third reading of the Customs Bill and Trade Bill....

"The unpredictability of life means that at any time anyone can become a patient, whether in a life-threatening manner or having cactus spines removed from your foot.

Yet at no stage does the doctor or nurse ask you for a credit card or about your ability to pay.

There is no credit check, no awkward explanation about why you missed a couple of payments or any instant payment to make.

On July 5th we marked 70 years since our NHS started to treat people based on their need rather than their ability to pay.

In Britain we are proud of our nation’s collective decision – in the ashes of war and sacrifice – to create a system of care from cradle to grave".

I've written an article on NHS funding for my personally speaking column in the Sentinel. You can read it by clicking this link.

Personally Speaking: 'We Must Find Cure for Underfunding of NHS'

"The unpredictability of life means that at any time anyone can become a patient, whether in a life-threatening manner or having cactus spines removed from your foot. Yet at no...

I've signed Early Day Motion 1440, which supports the government's plans to place a £2 limit on Fixed Odds Betting Machines, while calling on the government to implement the reduced stake immediate rather than waiting until 2020.

Gambling addiction is a social problem that must be addressed, and in their current form Fixed Odds Betting Machines are a social blight. By reducing the amount that can be gambled, the opportunity for gambling companies to take advantage of some of the must vulnerable people in society is significantly reduced.

Fixed Odds Betting Machines have the highest number of problem gamblers of any form of gambling, with each individual machine taking an average of £53,000 from gamblers a year. I'm glad the government is taking the steps to tackle this social ill and I hope they offer a positive response to our call to implement the reduced stake immediately.

You can read the EDM on the Parliament website by following this link: https://www.parliament.uk/edm/2017-19/1440

Alternatively, you can read the text below:

"That this House welcomes the Government's decision to cut the stake on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals to £2; acknowledges that a £2 stake is now supported by parties across this House; notes that a reduced stake will greatly improve the lives of problem and at-risk gamblers, as well as their families and wider communities; further notes with concern that each day £5 million is lost on such machines; notes with equal concern that the stake is not due to be reduced until April 2020; and calls on the Government to implement this new reduced stake of £2 immediately, to prevent any further gambling related harm or possible loss of life."

Fixed Odds Betting Machines

I've signed Early Day Motion 1440, which supports the government's plans to place a £2 limit on Fixed Odds Betting Machines, while calling on the government to implement the reduced...

Since young people do the same work as their older colleagues, it is ridiculous that they should be paid less for the same work. It is an outrage that over 500,000 young workers suffer from this wage discrimination. The bills of young workers are not 46% lower - their wages should not be either.

Therefore, I will be voting for my colleague Holly Lynch MP's Living Wage bill in parliament today, so that young workers can finally get the same pay for the same work.

 

Living Wage Bill for Young Workers

Since young people do the same work as their older colleagues, it is ridiculous that they should be paid less for the same work. It is an outrage that over...

UPDATE: Second reading now to happen on October 26th!

Fighting to bring back democracy into the NHS.

So today *could* be the day that my local health scrutiny bill to bring back democracy into the NHS could get it's second reading in Parliament. I'm number six on the order paper so there is a chance that because of time constraints I could miss out.

A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Bill and all the incredible local health campaigners who have helped inspire its creation. The NHS will continue to live on for as long as people are willing to fight for it and we're fortunate in the Potteries to have some incredible campaigners.

My Local Health Scrutiny Bill - Update

UPDATE: Second reading now to happen on October 26th! Fighting to bring back democracy into the NHS. So today *could* be the day that my local health scrutiny bill to...

Yesterday was about celebrating the 70th Birthday of our NHS. Thanking our incredible NHS staff and our trade union movement for their important role in its success.

Later today I'll be putting forward a bill in the House of Commons to bring democracy back into the NHS.

Watch my video on facebook by following this link: https://www.facebook.com/garethforstoke/videos/2112107179070032/

Yesterday's NHS 70th Birthday Celebrations

Yesterday was about celebrating the 70th Birthday of our NHS. Thanking our incredible NHS staff and our trade union movement for their important role in its success. Later today I'll...

Today we have been celebrating the 70th Birthday of our beloved NHS. I spent this morning outside the Royal Stoke University Hospital thanking staff for their incredible work, and that of the Trade Unions UNISON and the GMB for all that they do to ensure our NHS delivers such a first class service. There was even free ice-cream!

Celebrating the 70th Birthday of the NHS

Today we have been celebrating the 70th Birthday of our beloved NHS. I spent this morning outside the Royal Stoke University Hospital thanking staff for their incredible work, and that...

Happy 70th Birthday to the National Health Service.

Since its creation the NHS has transformed the health of our nation based on need rather than ability to pay. The NHS faces many challenges, many of them due to the fact some governments (including the current one) have over its 70 years failed to provide it and its staff with the resources it needs.

But today on its birthday, I want to thank you to all those who have played a part in making the NHS the jewell in the crown of our public services and remains the envy of many other countries around the world.

Happy 70th Birthday to the NHS

Happy 70th Birthday to the National Health Service. Since its creation the NHS has transformed the health of our nation based on need rather than ability to pay. The NHS...

This morning I took part in the Westminster Hall Debate about Speech, language and communication support for children. I wanted to speak for several important reasons. Firstly, to highlight the incredible work of organisations such as Stoke Speaks Out, secondly to highlight the challenges we face as a designated ‘opportunity area’ and to appeal to the government to put in place a sustainable and realistic funding scheme in place to support this work.

Stoke Speaks Out, led by Janet Cooper is an organisation that uses a multi-disciplinary early intervention approach to identify speech and language impediments in children at an early age. Recognising the importance of speech and communication skills in preparedness for school, Stoke Speaks Out have been responsible for a significant improvement (from 35% in 2016 to 54% in 2017) in the number of children starting school with the communication skills they need.

Stoke Speaks Out are also responsible for the distribution of thousands of books across the city and have worked with reading charities such as Beanstalk who train volunteers to go into schools to read with children to improve their performance and confidence. There is no doubt that the work being done by such groups are improving the life chances of our local children, but also changing attitudes to learning and reading. Stoke-on-Trent is a designed opportunity area by government with a three-year funding program led by Professor Liz Barnes and Dr Carol Shanahan to tackle the fact that too many of our children particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, are not doing well enough.

However, just like the limited funding that we receive as an opportunity area, groups such as Stoke Speaks Out also face significant funding pressures as income streams are limited. This means successful groups, with a proven track record of success are having to continually reshape their service and bid for new funding instead of expanding the reach of the work they are doing. I finished my speech with an appeal to the government to look at sustainable funding in this area to give groups such as Stoke Speaks Out the opportunity to reach as many children as possible. To help those children and families maximise their potential and give them the best chance in life.

Speech, Language, and Communications Support for Children

This morning I took part in the Westminster Hall Debate about Speech, language and communication support for children. I wanted to speak for several important reasons. Firstly, to highlight the...

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