Loughton says child protection a ‘declining priority’ at Department for Education

Lisa Nandy MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Children and Young People, commenting on former children’s minister Tim Loughton’s comments that child protection is a ‘declining priority’ at the Department for Education, said:

“Just a few days after the police and NSPCC report into Jimmy Savile, a former minister has lifted the lid on David Cameron and Michael Gove’s education department, warning that they are failing to make child protection a high enough priority. That is an incredibly serious issue.

“Experts are warning that the Government is in danger of undermining the guidance on child protection. After their failure to hold a single overarching inquiry into abuse allegations, ministers must get a grip and focus on this issue – these warnings must not go unheeded.”


January 16, 2013 By : Category : News 0 Comment

HMV Goes Into Administration

The news that HMV has gone into administration, putting 4000 jobs at risk, is ‘really worrying news’ according to Wigan’s MP.

Lisa Nandy said: “this is a really worrying time for HMV staff in Wigan. I know that discussions are ongoing and I hope that a deal can be struck to keep shops open and protect jobs.

“The retail sector is having a tough New Year with the recent collapse of Jessops, and now HMV. It’s clear that we need a new economic plan to stimulate growth.

“The Government should be creating new jobs and boosting the incomes of the lowest paid so that people start spending again and our high streets can recover.”

January 15, 2013 By : Category : News 0 Comment

Local MP Lisa urges Wiganer’s to pack peace of mind when booking overseas trips this January

MP Lisa is urging Wigan residents to pack peace of mind when purchasing their holidays this year, by making sure they book an ATOL-protected trip.

The ATOL scheme is there to protect people against the risk of their travel company going bust: ensuring they can continue their holiday and return home safely if the company collapses whilst they are away; or providing refunds if they’re yet to travel. And with over two million ATOL-protected air holidays expected to be sold in the UK during January – the scheme will give holidaymakers in Wigan and across the country peace of mind that their hard earned holiday will not be lost.

During 2012, Parliament agreed two key changes to the scheme to widen protection and help people understand when they are protected. Holidays known by the industry as ‘Flight-Plus’ are now included in the scheme, as well as traditional package holidays. A ‘Flight-Plus’ booking is one that includes a flight plus accommodation and/or car hire, so long as these separate parts of the holiday are booked with the same company and within a day of each other.

The second change agreed by Parliament in 2012 saw the introduction of the ATOL certificate; offering consumers greater clarity on how their holiday is protected. Anyone who books an ATOL-protected trip will now receive an ATOL certificate from their travel company as soon as they make any payment. The certificate tells them what is protected, who is protecting it and what to do if something goes wrong.

Lisa said: Families and individuals booking holidays at this time should ensure they are protected against sudden changes that could affect their tour operators ability to fulfil their agreement ATOL protection ensures families and individuals will not be left stranded abroad or left with no holiday at all.

Anyone wishing to book an ATOL-protected air holiday can check if a company provides protection by looking for the ATOL logo on their promotional material, or searching the company’s name at More information about what’s covered by the scheme and how the ATOL certificate works is also available from this site.

Lisa is also advising people booking trips not covered by the ATOL scheme such as those without flights or holidays booked directly with airlines, to seek alternative methods of protection such as insurance or paying with their credit card.


1. includes FAQs, information on how to check if a company is ATOL protected and an explanation of the ATOL Certificate.

2.   For general media enquiries about the Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing (ATOL) scheme, please contact the Civil Aviation Authority press office on 020 7453 6030


January 11, 2013 By : Category : News 0 Comment


This week, just over halfway between the last general election in 2010 and the next general election expected in 2015, David Cameron and Nick Clegg have reprised their Downing Street Rose Garden moment and reaffirmed their coalition vows. But no amount of re-launching can obscure the reality of the impact of their time in office. No doubt we’ll have more smiles and claims of success but people in Wigan won’t be fooled. They know that this is a Government that promised change but which has made things worse, not better.

That David Cameron and Nick Clegg are keen to re-launch is predictable. In recent weeks this Government has revealed itself as hopelessly out of touch with the concerns of hard-working people in places such as Wigan. But their problem isn’t their media strategy – it’s their failed policies and a re-launch isn’t the answer. At the Autumn Statement George Osborne tried to claim he was making scroungers and benefits cheats pay the price for cutting the welfare bill, but that quickly unravelled when it became clear that his changes are actually going to hit thousands of families and people who are already in work.

This shambolic Government has failed to help hard-working people who are struggling to make ends meet. They have failed on growth and jobs; the cost of living is soaring, with prices going up faster than wages; the economy went in to double dip recession on their watch; and the benefits bill is set to soar by £13.6 billion higher than forecast. All of this means that they are having to borrow more than they planned to pay for their own failure while hard working families pick up the bill.

And their failure extends far beyond the economy. They have pushed through a massive, wasteful upheaval of the NHS whilst almost 7,000 nurses have been axed and more people wait longer in A&E; 15,000 police are set to go by the next election despite their promises to protect the frontline; house building starts have fallen; and Sure Start Centres are closing. This is the price we are all paying for Tory failure.

People in Wigan don’t want re-launches, they want a government that will bring us together to overcome the challenges we face. The truth is that all David Cameron and Nick Clegg can offer is division and more of the same. They simply cannot be the change we so desperately need.

January 11, 2013 By : Category : News 0 Comment

The Chancellor’s austerity plan is a miserable failure for Wigan’s families, says local MP

Changes to tax credits and child benefit, announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, will contribute to some working families being £3,000 worse off a year by 2015, Lisa Nandy MP warned today.

The Government’s own figures revealed that:

·the Coalition’s austerity measures have hit the poorest 30% almost three times as hard as the richest 30% ·60% of the recent, real-terms cuts to benefits and tax credits will affect people who are in work

·81 per cent of the tax, tax credit, and benefit changes in the Autumn Statement will come from women

·The Chancellor has been forced to borrow £212 billion more than he planned because he has failed to get the economy moving.

Lisa said: ‘It’s now official. Families with children, women and people on low and middle incomes are paying the highest price for the Chancellor’s disastrous economic strategy.

‘This Chancellor’s stealth cuts have made the biggest squeeze in living standards since the 1920s even longer and deeper, especially for those with children. A small cut to fuel duty and a rise in the personal allowance does not compensate for the swingeing cuts to child benefit and tax credits that many Wigan families rely on.

‘Meanwhile women have been hit three times as hard as men, by a Cabinet that has three times as many men as women.

‘While pay continues to fall in real terms, this Chancellor is planning to take thousands of pounds away from working families. This will squeeze household finances further still, making it difficult to pay the bills and stop people spending money locally to help our economy grow.

‘This austerity plan is a miserable failure.’

December 10, 2012 By : Category : News 0 Comment


Labour’s MP for Wigan, is calling on the Chancellor to cancel the government’s new year 3p per litre petrol tax rise that will hit local people hard when it comes into force on 1st January 2013.

Lisa Nandy slammed the Conservative-led Government for being out of touch with local people and the rising cost of living caused by the government’s failing economic policies.

As well as helping people on low and middle incomes, stopping the petrol tax rise would also help businesses and the flatlining economy.

Lisa said: “At a time when the cost of living is rising, our recovery is fragile and this out of touch government is giving 8,000 millionaires an average tax cut of over £107,000, it cannot be right to hit middle and low income families and small businesses with another tax rise.

“The price of petrol is now more than £1.36 a litre, a massive rise of 15p since the Tories came to power. People in Wigan are really feeling the squeeze from the government’s VAT rise – which has added 3p to the price of a litre of petrol – and deep cuts to things like tax credits. So delaying January’s fuel duty rise, at least until April, would provide some much-needed financial relief.

“It’s really disappointing that Tory and Lib Dem MPs voted in the House of Commons against our plan to stop the new year fuel duty hike. But I will keep urging the government to change their minds and not hit local families and businesses so hard at this very difficult time for our economy.”

Lisa is calling on the government to pay for this move by clamping down on identified tax avoidance loopholes. For example, there is a growing problem with some employment agencies forcing workers to become employees of an umbrella company. They then falsely inflate the worker’s travel and food expense claims, reducing tax and national insurance, and pocket the avoided tax as profits.

HM Revenue and Customs has forecast that these schemes cost the exchequer £650m a year but more recent estimates have put it as high as £1 billion a year. Delaying the fuel duty rise until April 2013 would cost around £350m.

December 5, 2012 By : Category : News 0 Comment


New research reveals that around 18% households in Wigan could be entitled to help with their energy costs and local MP Lisa is encouraging people to call a free helpline to find out about the assistance available. Nationally, more than one in ten UK households are eligible for help.

The Home Heat Helpline (0800 33 66 99) is a free, impartial and confidential service that connects people and families on low incomes and those in poor health with support which is worth an average of £160. The help available includes grants for insulation, new boilers, discount and rebate schemes.

Lisa said: “Many people don’t realise what support is available. Anyone in Wigan who is concerned about staying warm should call the Home Heat Helpline and seek advice. I would also ask people to look out for neighbours, friends or relatives who may be in difficulty and make sure that they are aware of the Home Heat Helpline.”

People can call the Home Heat Helpline and speak to one of the friendly advisers who will provide advice on reducing energy bills. You can also access the service online by visiting where a new Energy Checker will help to show if you are entitled to help.

Christine McGourty from the Home Heat Helpline also advises people to think about what they can do around the home to reduce their energy consumption: “As the weather gets colder and households turn on their heating, now is the ideal time to remind people that lots of help is available to keep warm, and that the Home Heat Helpline is there to assist them. We’re urging anyone on a low income, older people, families with young children and those with long-term health conditions to call the Home Heat Helpline to claim the free help they are entitled to in reducing their bills.”

There are also some other simple steps people can take in reducing their energy. For example:

· turning your thermostat down by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10 per cent and save you around £100 a year.

· turn radiators down in rooms which you only use occasionally.

· switch your lights off when you’re not using them.

· turn appliances like TVs and phone chargers off at the wall rather than leaving them on standby when they’re not being used.

· replace normal light bulbs with energy efficient ones.

· regularly defrost your freezer to make sure it’s operating at full efficiency.

· draw curtains over windows at night to provide insulation for the room.

· move furniture away from radiators and heaters to allow heat to circulate around the room.

For more information contact the Home Heat Helpline: 0800 33 66 99 or

December 3, 2012 By : Category : News 0 Comment

Lisa calls for plan to build 7,300 homes in Northwest

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy, is calling on the government to back a plan to build thousands of new affordable homes to boost the economy and create thousands of new jobs.

Labour says the government should use the £3 billion expected to be raised from the forthcoming auction of the 4G mobile phone spectrum to:

  •  fund the building of 100,000 new affordable homes across the country including 7,300 in the Northwest
  • and back people aspiring to own their own homes by introducing a two-year stamp-duty holiday for first time buyers purchasing properties worth up to £250,000.

Lisa said: “With our economy flat-lining over the last year and unemployment in Wigan too high, we need urgent action to kick-start the economy and create desperately needed new jobs.

“The government should use the funds raised from the 4G auction to put something back into the economy, build thousands of much-needed affordable homes and help first-time buyers. It would also help create thousands of new jobs and apprenticeships in the construction industry and the supply chain too.

“Around 7,300 new affordable homes – to buy and to rent – could be built in the Northwest with Labour’s plan. The National Housing Federation says this could create up to 11,100 jobs in construction and 44,400 in the wider supply chain.

“It has been backed by the Confederation of British Industry and it’s time this Conservative-led government stopped being so complacent about the state of the economy and backed it too.”

November 24, 2012 By : Category : News 0 Comment

Local MP Lisa backs GO 20 campaign for safer walking and cycling in Road Safety Week

Wigan MP Lisa is backing a national campaign launched this week appealing to drivers and authorities to GO 20, to bring about a 2012 legacy of safe walking and cycling for everyone.

Brake, the road safety charity, alongside a GO 20 coalition, is appealing to drivers to slow down to 20mph around homes, schools and shops. The coalition is also calling for 20mph limits to become the norm across built-up areas, so children and adults can walk and cycle for their health and enjoyment, and for cheap and sustainable travel, without being or feeling endangered.

The GO 20 campaign is being launched at the start of the UK’s annual Road Safety Week 19-25 November 201), coordinated by Brake. Lisa is joining thousands of community groups, schools and organisations across the UK getting involved to promote road safety and call for safer streets.

Every day in the UK, 19 adults and seven children are mowed down and killed or seriously hurt when on foot or bike. In 2011 pedestrian and cyclist deaths and serious injuries saw a significant increase.

The GO 20 coalition (Brake, Living Streets, Sustrans, Campaign to Protect Rural England, the National Heart Forum and 20’s Plenty for Us) is highlighting that slower speeds in towns, cities and villages can help deliver a post-2012 legacy of active communities, and prevent devastating pedestrian and cyclist casualties.

Many authorities are already recognising the benefits of slower speeds by implementing 20 limits across towns and cities. GO 20 calls for: more authorities to do this; the government to work towards 20mph limits being the norm in communities; and drivers to pledge to GO 20 around homes, schools and shops, even where the current default limit of 30mph remains.

Lisa said: “I want my constituency to be as healthy, happy, and friendly as possible for everyone who lives here, and slowing down to 20mph around schools, shops, and homes will help us to achieve that. It will also help us to prevent devastating casualties on our roads, which cause terrible suffering to the families affected. That’s why I’m getting behind the GO 20 campaign and showing my support for Road Safety Week. My constituents deserve as many opportunities as possible to get active outside, and to not be endangered while they’re on foot and bicycle. I am pleased to work alongside Brake to make that a reality.”

November 22, 2012 By : Category : News 0 Comment

Lisa champions energy efficiency awareness in the home

Wigan’s Lisa today promised to support the national “Hole in the Roof” campaign by pledging to make an energy efficiency change in their home.

“Hole in the Roof” is an innovative campaign designed to raise the awareness of energy efficiency and encourages people to take action by giving them practical advice on the best ways to reduce their heating costs.

The advice on the website is tailored to be both practical and affordable. It also highlights what savings can be made from various technologies and measures, all simply explained on an interactive website.

With energy prices on the increase, the campaign highlights many basic improvements that can be made in the home, such as fitting draft excluders, insulation or boosting performance of radiators.

“Hole in the Roof” is supported by leading environmentalist, Tony Juniper; BBC’s DIY SOS Charlie Luxton; financial expert, Jasmine Birtles and the Director-General of Saga, Dr Ros Altmann.

Lisa said:  “I am supporting the Hole in the Roof campaign and pledge to make a change in my home because I know it will reduce my heating bills and also reduce greenhouse gas emissions too. In doing so, I hope to encourage my constituents to look at ways the “Hole in the Roof” campaign can help them save money this winter.”

“The campaign website is a great way to access straightforward information in a fun and interactive way.The cartoon-style website has a two dimensional house where consumers can click on various parts of a home to see what improvements are possible and practical. It will also provide advice from experts on the financial and environmental benefits. The ‘Pledge a Change’ is open to everyone who wants to take action and it is very simple to do. You need to visit the website.”

Mr Roger Webb, Director of the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council, said: “It is great news that Lisa has backed this campaign. As a leader within their community Lisa is setting an example that hopefully others will follow. Championing practical advice to reduce energy bills this winter is exactly the sort of political leadership people look for as the cold weather sets in.”

November 21, 2012 By : Category : News 0 Comment