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 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...

Paying charges of up to £3 to access your own money is simply unacceptable. The threat to the LINK ATM system across the UK is deeply troubling and will have a significant effect on the finances of those without a nearby free cash machine. That's why I'm supporting efforts for the regulator to step in and stop this happening before the network is significantly reduced.

Threat to LINK ATM System

Paying charges of up to £3 to access your own money is simply unacceptable. The threat to the LINK ATM system across the UK is deeply troubling and will have...

This morning I have joined many of my parliamentary colleagues in signing the Global Justice Now pledge detailed below. I'm here to represent my constituents in the most difficult of times and help with complex situations and I want them to have the confidence that they can see me without fear.

"As a member of parliament, I pledge to represent and advocate for all people living in my constituency as equal members of the local community, regardless of their immigration status. My constituency and surgery are safe places and I welcome all my constituents to seek representation free from fear of immigration enforcement. I will not report on anyone who seeks my advice to the Home Office for immigration enforcement and will ensure my office correctly handles sensitive personal information to prevent this from happening.”

Mps not Border Guards

This morning I have joined many of my parliamentary colleagues in signing the Global Justice Now pledge detailed below. I'm here to represent my constituents in the most difficult of...

This Friday is the inaugural Harriet Slater lecture with Baroness Taylor as the guest speaker. There are still some free tickets left for what should prove to be a fantastic evening. If you would like to attend simply click on the event below and follow the link to secure your place.

Harriet Slater served as a Councillor on Stoke-on-Trent City Council from 1933 until 1965 and as the Labour & Co-operative Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent North after she successfully fought a by-election in 1953. Prior to her by-election, Harriet was a national organiser for the Co-operative Party.

During her thirteen years representing our City in Westminster, Harriet became the first woman to serve as Government whip. Harriet broke through a glass ceiling which, today, seems unimaginable but at the time, her appointment as a whip was ground breaking in politics.

To celebrate her, we are launching the ‘Harriet Slater Memorial Lectures’. This series of lectures will be entirely delivered by woman who have made significant contribution to the world of politics, current affairs, business and the labour movement.

First Harriet Slater Memorial Lecture - Final Notice

This Friday is the inaugural Harriet Slater lecture with Baroness Taylor as the guest speaker. There are still some free tickets left for what should prove to be a fantastic...

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