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westminster_hall.jpgAlison challenged the Minister for Disabled People, Mark Harper MP, yesterday on the difficulties many of her constituents who suffer from Muscular Dystrophy (MD) are experiencing with their Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments.

 Muscular Dystrophy is a condition which causes muscles to deteriorate and become weak. There are over 60 forms of MD, effecting 70,000 people in the UK.

Alison took the opportunity to question the Minister about her concerns during a Westminster Hall debate on Tuesday. She highlighted how numerous constituents have submitted their PIP forms, only for them to find out months later that their forms had been lost and that there was a clear issue of understaffing throughout the PIP system. Another key issue was the long distances many people have to travel for their assessment, with one constituent having to travel all the way to Portsmouth.

Speaking in the debate Alison said: “I fully understand the need to ensure that only those entitled to support receive it, and most of my constituents accept that principle. However, the process is still failing too many disabled people.

“The Government clearly underestimated the size and complexity of the problem, and the contract was let without care being taken to ensure that the company carrying out the assessments actually had people with the right skill and understanding to deal with some very rare conditions and vulnerable people.”

You can read the whole of Alison’s speech here at http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmhansrd/cm141125/halltext/141125h0001.htm#14112544000249

Alison challenges Minister over PIP assessments for MD sufferers

Alison challenged the Minister for Disabled People, Mark Harper MP, yesterday on the difficulties many of her constituents who suffer from Muscular Dystrophy (MD) are experiencing with their Personal Independence...

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Alison was delighted that so many residents and volunteers turned up in Barne Barton for a mass litter pick on Saturday.

She decided to organise the session following an earlier street surgery in the area in which the issue of litter was mentioned by a number of local residents.

Alison said: "I felt we could try and do something about it and invited all the housing associations, local residents and tenants groups to join me in a litter pick.

"It was great to see so many young people turn out and although the litter problem was less obvious than before, we still managed to fill a great number of bags and organised the removal of some dumped furniture, a fridge and other bulky items.

"I want to thank Sanctuary Housing and Devon & Cornwall Housing Association who came along to help and support the litter pick with coffee and cakes.

"Plymouth City Council also backed the residents' efforts and supplied bags and pickers. The biggest thank you goes out to all the local residents who turned out and got involved with a real community effort."

Residents turn out for succesful litter pick

Alison was delighted that so many residents and volunteers turned up in Barne Barton for a mass litter pick on Saturday.

beer-tap.jpgAlison is delighted that today, thanks to the Labour Party, an amendment making pubs free to buy beer from anywhere, not just the large chain that owns the premises, has been passed.

Currently many pubs are tied into strict contracts with the large Pub Companies, known as PubCo's, and are forced to buy their beer from that company at often high rates. The new clause, voted through by Labour and over 30 Government MP's, will give licensees the option of going 'free of tie' - so that they can buy their beers on the open market - whenever they negotiate a new contract with their PubCo.

Every week 27 pubs are forced to close their doors. Empty pubs are found across the country and often end up being filled with betting shops or supermarkets. Labour recognise that pubs are often at the heart of a community and therefore Alison was delighted that the Government was defeated on this vote and that pubs will now have the chance to buy their beer on the open market.

Labour win Commons vote to help struggling pubs

Alison is delighted that today, thanks to the Labour Party, an amendment making pubs free to buy beer from anywhere, not just the large chain that owns the premises, has been...


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