Lisa tells NSPCC conference “We should do more to support the social work profession”

The Wigan MP told an NSPCC conference in London on Friday (19 April) that while she welcomes the government’s reforms of child protection, more action was needed to support social workers.

She revealed that Labour is considering various ways of boosting children’s social work although firm proposals and details about how they would be funded were not yet in place.

“I welcome the thrust of Eileen Munro’s reforms on social work but we should do more to support the profession,” Nandy said.

“The chief social worker post will do much to boost the profession, particularly given that so often when crises hit, it is the social worker that is attacked.

“But pay and conditions are really important.

“International studies show that working conditions in teaching and social work are the most important factors in boosting the status of the professions and bringing more good people into them”.

Nandy added that more needs to be done to support social workers once they are in post.

“The real challenge is not about attracting good quality people, but how you keep those people in social work,” she said.

“Turnover is a huge problem and burnout is a serious issue. Six out of 10 social workers consider their caseloads to be unmanageable.”

Nandy also hinted that a Labour government would widen the entry criteria for a proposed new programme for attracting top-level candidates to the profession.

She said that while she supports the proposed Frontline programme – a graduate fast-track scheme similar to Teach First – she fears it could miss potentially outstanding candidates.

“Many of the best social workers come from a background of needing the help of a social worker themselves, and might not have gone to the top universities,” she added.

“It is really important that you don’t exclude good-quality people because of that.”

This article first appeared in Children and Young People Now


April 23, 2013 By : Category : News 0 Comment

Lisa flags up concerns about Cup Final

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy has written to the FA to raise concerns about the arrangements for the forthcoming FA Cup Final.

In a letter to the FA’s Chairman David Bernstein Lisa said:

“Numerous Latics supporters have contacted me to express their dismay at the late kick off time of 5.15pm. This is likely to cause inconvenience and disruption, and may prove to be prohibitively expensive if fans are forced to stay in London overnight.

“Many Latics supporters will be heading to Wembley for the first time, and may well have difficulty getting home after the final whistle. In addition both of the teams are from the North West which may exacerbate the pressure on public transport.”

The MP said: “I have asked the FA why this decision was taken and what thought was given to the impact of the timing on the thousands of football fans who were looking forward to the game but may now be put off from attending. I have also sought assurances that arrangements will be put in place to ensure supporters who cannot afford to stay in London overnight or do not wish to, are able to get home after the match.”

Follow the story in the Wigan Evening Post Nandy blasts FA for late kick off time in cup final

April 17, 2013 By : Category : News 0 Comment

Lisa Backs Wigan A&E Campaign

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy sent the following message of support to the Save Wigan Accident & Emergency campaign ahead of their meeting on 6th April.

Dear Comrade

I am deeply sorry not to be able to join you all at the rally today.

I believe Wigan has a lot to be proud of in its hospital and A&E service.

But in just a few years of this Coalition we have seen devastating cuts to the NHS and attempts to introduce unprecedented competition and private involvement into the health service.

It is vital that those of us who believe in good, local services, run in the interests of Wigan’s residents, stand up and say so.

This Government cannot be trusted with the NHS.

In London recently the Coalition tried to close down a high quality, much needed A&E – a decision taken on the basis of cost, not care.

We cannot allow that to happen here.

Health services across Greater Manchester are under review and now is the time for the people of Wigan to make their voices heard.

If you value your local hospital, and its A&E service, stand together and make the Government listen.

I am proud to support your campaign.

Lisa Nandy
Labour MP for Wigan

April 11, 2013 By : Category : News 0 Comment

Horse & Cart

Lisa was interviewed on video by soon to be users of Wigan Youth Zone and one question she had to answer was ‘how did you get about when you were young? Lisa replied Horse & Cart, and then promptly declared herself to be ‘feeling old.’  

The soon to open facility will be state-of-the art. With every interest and hobby pretty much catered for, Wigan Youth Zone is very much seen as the hub which will help thousands of Wigan’s young people develop both academically and in sports too.

Outside are 3G sports pitches while inside are top quality gyms – with Olympic quality equipment, as well as a sports hall and combat sports room.

As well as the sporting facilities, whether it is music, career advice or simply a place to relax, it’s hoped that children from within Wigan borough will flock down after school.

The turnstiles will roll for the first time soon, with membership costing just £5 for the year with each session priced at only 50p

April 5, 2013 By : Category : News 0 Comment

Save Standish Greenbelt

The Government appointed Planning Inspector has rejected the views of Wigan Council and ordered that 1000 new homes should be built in Standish. This is against the wishes of many local residents who wish to see new homes built in the Borough but are deeply dismayed that the plan takes no account of the pressures on roads in Standish or the value of greenbelt land to people across Wigan.

During the public consultation I met with and discussed these concerns with senior Council leaders and urged local people to make their views known to the Government appointed Planning Inspector. I am deeply disappointed he has ignored the wishes of local people and the Council.

Please sign the petition below to Save Standish Greenbelt and urge the Planning Inspector to think again.


March 25, 2013 By : Category : News 0 Comment


GOVERNMENT proposals that could see Wigan’s Fire and Rescue Service privatised have been fiercely criticised by local MP Lisa Nandy.

It was revealed last month that Fire Minister Brandon Lewis had unsuccessfully sought support for the proposals from the House of Commons’ Regulatory Reform Committee.

Now Wigan MP Lisa Nandy is opposing the Government’s plan after Mr Lewis refused to drop the idea.

Lisa said: “Our fire services have already faced irresponsible cuts which have left them in a precarious position when it comes to saving lives and helping people to feel safe when they sleep at night.

“This proposal is surely a step too far, even for this Government. The very idea of privatising one of our emergency services is horrifying. Current Government plans will mean the loss of more than 5,000 firefighters and 1,000 support staff by 2015.

“I will oppose this Government’s plans at every opportunity. I simply will not accept private profit being put before public safety when it comes to Wigan’s fire and rescue services.”

March 21, 2013 By : Category : News 0 Comment

Lisa calls on Coalition Government to Stop Squeezing Family Incomes

Local Wigan MP Lisa Nandy has joined forces with Usdaw, the shop workers union, to call on the Coalition Government to stop squeezing family incomes by continuing to cut the help they get through tax credits and other benefits.

Just days before the Budget, at a time when many hard working families are already concerned about how difficult it is to manage their finances, Usdaw has arranged to take some of their members, who are being hit the hardest by the Government’s shake up of the welfare state to Parliament, to meet MPs.

John Hannett, General Secretary of Usdaw said, “Since coming to power the Coalition Government’s austerity measures have already taken hundreds of pounds out of the pockets of hard working families.

”Our members tell us, that despite working hard, it is getting more and more difficult to pay the bills, put food on the table and clothe their children”

“We are concerned that things are only going to get worse – as the Government’s flawed bedroom tax comes into force and further changes to tax credits later this year, hit almost 3 million families who will lose on average – £137 each month.”

“This week’s Budget is the Government’s chance to prove that it cares about children and families. It is time for this Government to do a U turn – stop cutting family incomes and start to support hard working families.”

Lisa said: “Usdaw has an important job to do – speaking up for their members. More than one in every four children are already growing up in poverty and of those children 62%, has at least one person in their home who is employed.”

Families in Wigan and around the country are getting squeezed tighter and tighter – it’s time for the Coalition Government to stop cutting and start listening to hard pressed families.”

March 19, 2013 By : Category : News 0 Comment

Lisa slams Government over senseless ‘bedroom tax’ on foster parents of more than one child

Wigan MP and Shadow Children’s Minister Lisa Nandy has criticised the Government for continuing to subject foster parents who care for more than one foster child to the ‘bedroom tax’, after seemingly performing a ‘u-turn’ on the unpopular policy last week.

On Tuesday last week Lisa tabled a new clause to the Children and Families Bill as Shadow Children’s Minister to highlight the negative impact the ‘bedroom tax’ will have on foster carers, as well as prospective adopters and grandparents who are special guardians.

Under the ‘bedroom tax’ policy, any social housing tenant who has a “spare” room, including rooms planned for adopted and foster children, will have to pay an extra £14 a week on average or move out of their home, a move Lisa fears will deter many people from becoming foster parents.

On Wednesday last week the Work and Pensions Secretary announced foster carers would be exempt from the ‘bedroom tax’ but with a catch – the exemption will only apply to foster parents of one child. This will increase the risk that children in foster care will be split up and means the thousands of children waiting for a foster home may have to wait even longer.

Lisa Nandy MP said:

“Earlier this week the Government said foster children would be spared the bedroom tax but now it turns out there’s a catch. Only foster parents who care for one child will be exempt, and everyone else will be penalised for caring for more children. This will be devastating for children who want to live with their siblings and shows a blatant disregard for all the children still waiting for a foster home.”


March 18, 2013 By : Category : News 0 Comment


Local MP Lisa Nandy has condemned the government for actively increasing health inequalities after new figures revealed that many deprived areas will receive far less funding for public health programmes than more affluent areas – despite higher levels of deprivation and lower life expectancy.

Wigan is set to receive £59 in public health grant per person. Meanwhile in affluent Kensington and Chelsea – where life expectancy for men and women is much higher – the grant is £130 per person.

The money comes from the Department of Health and is for local councils to promote healthy living and prevent illness. Despite the gains made in the last decade, there is still much more to do on public health: smoking kills 80,000 people a year, alcohol over 6,500 and around one in four adults are obese. What’s more, the evidence is clear that public health problems are closely linked to poverty. It’s known, for example, that deprived children are nearly twice as likely to be obese as the least deprived.

Local MP Lisa Nandy is calling on the health secretary Jeremy Hunt to look again at the allocations and abide by his Department’s own aim of reducing inequalities in life expectancy between areas.

Lisa said: “People in Wigan will find it hard to believe that Kensington and Chelsea, home to some of the richest people in the country, is due to get £130 per person compared to £59 in Wigan.

“The evidence is clear that public health problems are closely linked to poverty, but these latest figures show that Ministers have refused to listen to the evidence and have channelled funding to councils with wealthy and healthy populations at the expense of areas like ours.

“If the government is serious about reducing health inequalities rather than making them worse, Ministers must change tack and give Wigan a fair deal on public health funding.”

March 11, 2013 By : Category : News 0 Comment

Welfare reform shambles exposed

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy reveals 1,748 people will be hit by the Bedroom Tax in Wigan.

Lisa today revealed National Housing Federation figures which show 1,748 families will be hit by the government’s ‘Bedroom Tax’, losing on average £728 per year.

The Bedroom Tax will hit 660,000 households nationally, two thirds of them home to someone with a disability, at exactly the same time as the Government gives a massive £100,000 tax cut to 13,000 millionaires.

Lisa said: “David Cameron’s Bedroom Tax will hammer families in Wigan who are already struggling to make ends meet. It could actually end up costing taxpayers a fortune by forcing people into higher private rented properties, and stacking up the cost of evictions.

“Two thirds of the households hit are home to someone with a disability. Families who have soldiers serving abroad or who are fostering children will be penalised. Yet at the same time millionaires are getting a massive tax cut. How can that be right?”

March 6, 2013 By : Category : News 0 Comment