Lisa Nandy expresses outrage in the House of Commons at Con/Dem Cuts to come to Wigan

Lisa Nandy expresses outrage in the House of Commons at Con/Dem Cuts to come to Wigan

In her second appearance in the House of Commons, new MP for Wigan, Lisa Nandy contributed to a debate on poverty and raised the issue of cuts that are to be brought to Wigan by the Conservative/Lib Dem coalition.

Cuts announced this week by the Department for Communities and Local Government amount to a staggering £2.92m in Wigan alone. Of this, by far the biggest cut will be to education, which comes to just short of £2m and is a clear reflection of the new Government’s attitude to education and social mobility in one of the UK’s most deprived constituencies.

Lisa made a strong case for preserving the SureStart centres in Wigan – Beech Hill and Ince – as this has been a major concern raised by many of her constituents. She also drew the House’s attention to the axing of the Future Jobs Fund and other measures which are likely to cripple the constituency:

“By taking away a scheme that guarantees a real and lasting paid job for young people who would otherwise not have one, we store up trouble for future generations. If we are not careful, we will leave a legacy every bit as devastating for future generations as the one that continues to blight so many children’s lives now. We must not repeat the legacy that was created in the 1980s and 1990s. I urge the Minister to think again.”

You can read the full speech from the debate by clicking here.

June 22, 2010 By : Category: News Tags:, , ,
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