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Lisa Nandy marks Equal Pay Day with call for action

New analysis of official figures by Labour shows women in Wigan are being paid 82p for every pound a man earns.

The revelation comes as Equal Pay Day – the day that women across the UK effectively start working for free due to the gender pay gap – comes three days earlier this year because the pay gap is back on the rise under this Government. That means women will work for free for the next 57 days.

A Labour Government will ask big companies with over 250 staff in Wigan to publish their average hourly pay gap each year to expose whether men and women are being paid differently for doing the same work, and whether too few women occupy senior positions.

Lisa Nandy, Labour’s MP for Wigan, said:

“These shocking figures show the full extent of the gap in pay between men and women in Wigan. In David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s Britain, not only do women get paid less than men, but things are getting worse. Only Labour will require companies to publish the hourly wage pay gap of their employees so that together we can take the steps to deliver equal pay for women and men across the country.”

Gloria De Piero MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities:

“Women are working an extra three days for free this year because the pay gap is back on the rise. Women shouldn’t have to wait another 50 years for Equal Pay which is why Labour will be calling a vote in Parliament to get big companies to publish their pay gap. If this Government doesn’t act, a Labour Government will.”

November 4, 2014 By : Category : News Tags:, , , , , , ,
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Lisa Nandy helps launch year two of Team Latics School Sports

Pupils from Our Lady’s Primary School in Aspull had a special guest in a PE lesson delivered by Latics coaches, when Wigan MP Lisa Nandy visited the school to find out more about the Schools Sports programme that has been organised by Wigan Athletic Community Trust.

Thanks to funding from the Premier League, the Community Trust is able to offer up to 70 primary schools a year in Wigan the chance to receive 25 hours of free football and sports coaching.

During her visit, Lisa joined in with Year 6 pupils in a PE session focusing on agility, balance and co-ordination.

Lisa said: ‘It’s fantastic to see first-hand how much Wigan Athletic give back to the community. Many of the children here see Latics as their heroes and it was clear how much they love these lessons. With such passionate and inspirational coaches, many more of our young people will go on to be fit and active for years to come. I wish every football club in the country was as proactive as ours.’

The Premier League have invested £10.5million across 67 Premier League and Football League Clubs to help schools deliver more and better PE lessons in primary schools over the next three years.

In addition to offering schools free coaching, Wigan Athletic Community Trust also support schools with organising after-school sports clubs, termly football competitions and teacher training.

Our Lady’s Head Teacher, Mr John Rushton, said: ‘Latics have been coming to the school for a few years now and they’ve really got to know the children – the relationship between them is brilliant and the standard of coaching is exceptional.

‘The children absolutely love sport already, but the name Wigan Athletic gives that extra cache and really captures the children’s interest and attention.’

For more information about the Team Latics Schools Sports programme please contact Gareth Nolan, Schools Sports co-ordinator, on 01942 488 530 or email

October 14, 2014 By : Category : News Tags:, , , , , ,
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Lisa Nandy issues call for volunteers at the British Heart Foundation

Lisa Nandy MP visited the British Heart Foundation (BHF) shop in Wigan to learn more about what the BHF is doing in the local community.  Every penny of profit raised in the BHF shop funds vital, life-saving research into heart disease.

The BHF shop is always looking for volunteers or donations and Lisa urged people in Wigan to pop in to see the shop for themselves.

The Wigan MP said: “It was great to meet the dedicated members of staff and volunteers that work at the Wigan BHF shop. The BHF is such a fantastic cause and the work they do is vital in the fight against heart disease.

“I’d urge locals to have a root around and donate any unwanted items to the shop or give the gift of time by volunteering.”

June Wrench Area Manager for the Wigan shop said: “We’re really grateful to Lisa for coming in and meeting the team. We’re always looking for stock donations, which are absolutely essential to the success of the charity, and play a vital part in fighting coronary heart disease – the UK’s single biggest killer.

“We’re also always looking for more volunteers, so even if you can only spare an hour, pop in to find out more information.”

Wigan’s BHF shop is always looking for unwanted items such as clothes, shoes, accessories, books, DVDs etc. 100% of the profits raised from donations helps the BHF  fight against heart disease and fund life-saving research. The shop offers a free collection service, call 0800 915 3000 for more information.

October 13, 2014 By : Category : News Tags:, , , , , , ,
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