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On Fuel Poverty Awareness Day (Friday 23rd February), Kate expressed her concern that thousands of households in her community live in fuel poverty.

Statistics from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fuel Poverty and Energy Efficiency show that, in the constituency of Stretford and Urmston, 4,784 households live in fuel poverty.

In England, a household is considered to be in fuel poverty if the home has higher than typical energy costs (for instance because of poor energy efficiency) and, were they to spend that amount on energy, they’d live in poverty.

Last year there were 55 excess winter deaths in Stretford and Urmston. The charity National Energy Action (NEA) estimates almost a third of these were attributed to cold homes.

Across the North West 65 per cent of houses are at the lowest standards of energy efficiency and fuel poor households in the region typically need to pay £352 more than their more affluent neighbours to sustain a warm home.

England is now the only UK nation without a government funded energy efficiency programme.  

The NEA also found that people who rent their homes from a private landlord tend to be in deeper fuel poverty, with an average fuel poverty gap of £410, compared with £175 for those in local authority housing.

This, in addition to the high costs of rent in Trafford leaves many local families in poverty.

Commenting on the statistics, Kate said “It’s shocking that more than four thousand households round here can’t afford to heat their homes.

“People are trying their best to make ends meet but it’s so difficult when people are living in energy inefficient homes that are difficult and expensive to heat. We can’t go on like this.

“The next Labour government will insulate four million homes as an infrastructure priority and introduce an emergency price cap to ensure the average bill remains below £1,000 per year while we transition to a fairer system for bill payers.”

Thousands of local households living in fuel poverty is “shocking”, says Kate

On Fuel Poverty Awareness Day (Friday 23rd February), Kate expressed her concern that thousands of households in her community live in fuel poverty.

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Kate has heard from older constituents and their carers in Trafford about their own personal experiences of social care, and how they feel a sustainable care system could be built.

The event, organised by Age UK and Age UK Trafford, comes ahead of the government’s plans to publish a green paper on care and support for older people by summer 2018. It is part of the charity’s work to ensure that the voices of older people are heard as the Government prepares to set out its plans.

Kate said: “Carers in my constituency do an amazing job looking after friends or family members. But the carers I met at Age UK Trafford told me they want better information, more coordination of services, and a fair system of funding for anyone who needs care. It’s wrong that the system doesn’t give them the support they deserve, when they give so much. I’ll be proud to speak up for them in parliament.”

Ann Marie Jones, Chief Executive of Age UK Trafford said: “We are grateful to Kate Green MP for attending the event at Age UK Trafford and listening to our focus group of carers about their experiences of social care in Trafford. They very much welcomed the opportunity to influence the future of social care with Kate’s support”

Caroline Abrahams, Age UK’s Charity Director said about the event: “It’s always incredibly valuable hearing directly from older people about the social care challenges they face and equally their thoughts about solutions.

“We look forward to continuing to work with Government to ensure that older people’s views and experiences really do inform new social care policy.

“Not only is this the right thing to do in principle, it also makes it much more likely the proposals the Government ultimately produces for strengthening social care make a real difference.”

 

Kate hears from older constituents about their experiences of being on the frontline of care

Kate has heard from older constituents and their carers in Trafford about their own personal experiences of social care, and how they feel a sustainable care system could be built....

NHS_70_Logo.jpgKate is calling for nominees to enter a special awards programme being organised to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS.

The NHS70 Parliamentary Awards is part of a range of activities being organised by NHS England and NHS Improvement to celebrate the achievements of the NHS and those who work for and with it.

Kate is searching for outstanding nominees who have innovated, impressed and made a real difference to how the health and care system provides care for patients.

There are ten categories, including a Lifetime Achievement award to honour those who have devoted their lives or careers to making the NHS better, both for patients and those who work within it.

Kate said: “The NHS is one of the nation’s most loved institutions, and I’m so proud that Trafford General was its birthplace.

“It’s therefore really fitting that we take the opportunity of the NHS 70th birthday celebrations to recognise and thank the extraordinary people who are there to support and care for us, day in, day out.

“I know of so many examples of excellent care and practice benefiting local people, and I would urge those working with and for health and care organisations in Stretford and Urmston to tell me about someone, or a team, that they think deserves national recognition.”

Kate is calling for potential nominations in the following categories:

  • The Excellence in Cancer Care Award: an individual or team which is going above and beyond to improve outcomes and experience for patients living with and beyond cancer.
  • The Excellence in Mental Health Care Award: an individual or team which has developed new and effective services to help people living with mental health problems in the community.
  • The Excellence in Urgent and Emergency Care Award: an individual or team which has made improvements to how the NHS treats people in life or death situations.
  • The Excellence in Primary Care Award: a primary care practitioner or team which is working with patients to help them stay healthy in their own homes.
  • The Person-Centred Care Champion Award: an individual or team which has gone furthest towards bringing together services to ensure patients with long-term and multiple conditions get the right care in the right place for them.
  • The Future NHS Award: an individual or team that has successfully trialled and embedded innovative change(s) to empower and improve care for patients.
  • The Healthier Communities Award: an individual or team which has brought different groups together to improve public health in their areas.
  • The Care and Compassion Award: any nurse, midwife or care staff member of any discipline and in any setting who has used their skills to ensure that patients experience care and compassion.
  • The Patient and Public Involvement Award: to celebrate volunteers who help shape and deliver better services in their area.
  • The Lifetime Achievement Award: for an individual who has worked within a health or care setting for 40 years or more who has left a lasting legacy.

The deadline to submit nominations is Monday 5 March at 5pm. Nominations should be sent to kate.green.mp@parliament.uk using forms which can be found here and here.

Kate will choose one nomination per relevant category; these will then be entered into the competition to be judged by senior local and regional NHS experts to find a regional champion in each category, to be announced on 21 May.

These regional champions will then be judged by a high-level panel, with the winners announced at a special awards ceremony in Parliament on 4 July – the day before the NHS’s 70th birthday.

Further information on the Parliamentary Awards, including how to nominate and the criteria for each category, is available at www.nhs70awards.co.uk.

Kate seeks local ‘Health and Care Heroes’ for awards marking 70th birthday of the NHS

Kate is calling for nominees to enter a special awards programme being organised to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS.


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