This is my record of achievement in Ashton-Under-Lyne.
14 March 2017 - A CASH boost of £366,00 has been given to Holy Trinity Church in the St Peter's ward of Ashton-under-Lyne.
The award, by the Big Lottery Fund, aims to help isolated local women, including those from minority ethnic communities.
The three-year programme will help provide new skills to local women and build their self-esteem.
Organisers hope it will create a stronger, more cohesive community and encourage local people to become more active in tackling community problems.
Three new jobs will be created and there are hopes that a new community centre will also be developed for local people.
The aim is for local people to gain the new skills, training and confidence they will need to be able to manage the Centre in the future.
Local MP Angela Rayner said she was delighted that Holy Trinity had been given the money to help strengthen the local community.
She said: "St Peter's is one of the most deprived areas in my constituency and this investment will help make a real difference.
"It will reach out to local women, especially those from ethnic minorities and help give them the skills they need to play a more active role in the local community, which can only be a good thing."
Hartshead Residents March – 5 February 2017
Building against green belt around Lily Lanes
17 February 2017 - Ashton MP Angela Rayner has forced a supermarket to fit child restraints to all its shopping trolleys after a campaign by a local mum.
Mother of three Jodie Shawcross was shocked when her toddler Stanley stood up in the trolley while she was shopping with him at her local Aldi store in Ashton-under-Lyne.
She said: “There were no restraints to keep him sat down and he could have fallen out head-first if I had taken my eye off him. I was really shocked.”
Jodie, of St Albans Avenue, wrote to Aldi asking for safety straps to be made available. But the company refused her plea, so she started an online campaign on Facebook and a petition at Change.org.
She was contacted by dozens of other worried mums whose children had fallen from the trolleys, some sustaining head injuries.
Jodie, aged 33, said: “Quite a number had fallen out, a couple had banged their heads and had to go to hospital for check-ups. It was lucky that none had been seriously injured.
“I was very disappointed by Aldi’s response when I wrote to them. They said their trolleys conformed with all safety legislation and quite rudely brushed me off. They just weren’t interested in doing anything, even though all the other supermarkets have safety straps for their trolleys.
"I started the campaign because I didn’t want it to happen to any other mums and their children, but it was hard going and I was beginning to give up. Angela Rayner was my last port of call.”
The MP took up Jodie’s campaign and has now won a promise from the company that safety straps will be fitted on all their shopping trolleys at their stores all over the country within months.
Angela said: “I was surprised that Aldi didn’t listen seriously to Jodie because she was genuinely concerned for the safety of children in their stores. Asking for safety straps on trolleys was a very reasonable request.
“But I am very relieved that they have now had a re-think and have finally said ‘yes’. It shows what us mums can achieve!”
Jodie added: “It means children will be a lot safer now and I am very grateful to Angela for all her support - I know she cares a lot about children. She has done a great job.”
15 August 2016 – Save Ashton’s Royal Mail Delivery Office
LOCAL MPs Angela Rayner (Ashton-under-Lyne) and Jonathan Reynolds (Stalybridge and Hyde) have today launched a campaign to save the Royal Mail Delivery Office in Ashton from closure.
The MPs have also started an online petition against the closure plan which can be found here Save Ashton's Royal Mail Delivery Office
They believe closure will result in a worse service for local people, who will be forced to travel up to 12 miles to Oldham for their post.
The MPs are now demanding a face-to-face meeting with Royal Mail bosses to force them to ditch the plan.
The campaign is being backed by Tameside Council and the Communications Workers Union whose 84 members of staff would be forced to move to Oldham.
Plans are already underway for a public petition, street stalls and a demonstration of support outside the closure threatened office in Fleet Street.
Angela Rayner MP said: "Closure would mean a much worse service for local people who would be forced to travel even further to collect or post their mail. "
Jonathan Reynolds added: "We are going to fight this all the way."
14 April 2016 COSTS for childcare in Tameside have soared by more than £700 a year since 2010.
Parents in the borough are now spending £702 more for part-time childcare each year than they did in 2010, an increase of 12 per cent in six years.
That works out at £126 for 25 hours of childcare every week, while wages have lagged behind.
A recent survey found that a third of parents struggle with the cost of childcare.
But he tax-free childcare promise by the Tories will be delayed for a SECOND TIME.
That means one in three families who were promised free childcare by the Tories at the last election are now set to miss out because of their broken promises.
Angela Rayner, MP for Ashton-under-Lyne, said: “As a working mum and speaking to other mums, dads and grandparents in my constituency I know how hard it is to find and afford childcare.
"All we have seen from this Government is failure after failure on childcare. Soaring costs and broken promises are badly letting down families up and down the country who continue to struggle with the cost of living.
“These figures are yet more evidence that the Tories are just not serious in putting working people first.
"The Tories pre-election promises on free childcare have failed to match reality and it is children, parents and our economy that are now paying the price.”
31 March 2016 - ANGELA Rayner MP has called for a council re-think on plans to increase car parking charges in Ashton town centre.
She fears local shops will be hit if fees go up, along with voluntary groups who are based in the town centre.
Under the proposals Tameside Council wants to introduce a ‘Cashless Mobile Telephone Parking System’ where people will pay for on-street parking using their mobile phones.
Pricing would be set at £1 for up to half an hour, £2 for up to 1 hour and £5 for over one hour on streets throughout the town centre.
But Angela has written to council chiefs calling for them to reconsider the scheme.
She said:"Local shops are already struggling and a hike in charges like this will only hit trade even further, by putting off people coming into the town centre.
"The fear of the local retail, voluntary and service sector is that the good work done by the council on reduced car parking charges could now all be undone.
"I hope the current proposals are reconsidered to help protect and grow our town centre in line with the council's ambitions to build a thriving hub for local people."
Angela has already delivered a 1500 name petition to Tameside Council on behalf of its organisers, the Church of the Nazarene in Stamford Street, where more than 300 local householders use the facility every week.
The Revd Carl McCann said: "We believe that the current system of 1 hour free parking, supplemented by low cost additional car parks, adequately meets the needs of the town. People can come into the town to shop, run errands, attend meetings and community events, volunteer, work… and find suitable parking at a reasonable cost.
"The public, the voluntary sector and businesses stand united in opposition to these proposals and we hope that our voice will be heard.
"We recognise the difficult financial circumstances within which our council is trying to operate but believe that this idea will not be financially beneficial but will be to the detriment of Tameside."
Keep Ashton Pool Open -26 March 2016
Tameside council chiefs have voted to keep open the pools - and are now investigating a major programme of refurbishment for the Active Ashton facility.
The move is a victory for 'people power' after a spirited campaign by local people, which was backed by Angela Rayner, MP.
She said:"This is a great result for all the people who came together to save Ashton pools.
"It shows what can be achieved when people come together and make their voices heard, loud and clear.
"The pools are extremely popular and well-used locally, especially by people and their families living in St Peter's ward which is one of the most deprived in the borough.
"Now, after this positive decision, we will be looking to see further investment and modernisation to make the pools even better."
Angela had met with Tameside Council leader Kieran Quinn to make the case for the pools to remain open.
17 February 2016 Angela condemns private nursing home after shock inspector's report
ANGELA Rayner MP has today condemned a private care home after a damning report branded it “unsafe, uncaring and inadequate”.
Mrs Rayner said she had been shocked and appalled at the report by the Care Quality Commission which rated Darnton House Nursing Home in Ashton-under-Lyne ‘inadequate’ in every single category of service.
On the company website, the owners London and Manchester Healthcare Ltd, say: “Darnton House is designed to create an atmosphere of home, warmth and care; and whilst it functions as an exceptionally well-run nursing home with room for 96 guests, it does so in the context of surroundings which have the look and feel, décor and layout of an exceptionally comfortable and well-appointed five-star hotel.”
But inspectors, who carried out an unannounced visit in November, found nine separate breaches of the Health and Social Care Act 2008, including:
- No registered manager
- The service was not safe – people were being put at risk
- People did not receive the care they needed, with no up to date staff training
- The service was not always caring and had an institutional approach
The report says there had been "a significant number of concerns" about care in the service which amounted to “neglect”.
Medicines had not been given to residents for two days, others had the wrong dosage, one resident had fallen out of bed, another resident, who was breathless, was left with an empty inhaler, and there was also "unexplained bruising".
No-one is now being admitted to the home until the service is improved.
The inspection had been prompted by complaints from relatives, Tameside Council, ‘health service provision’ and staff. The top floor of the 3-storey building was being used to help 18 former hospital patients from Tameside General back into the community, in a joint project between the company and Tameside Hospital Foundation Trust.
The report found: “People’s health needs were not accurately assessed and risks such as poor nutrition were not always recognised. People’s care was not planned or delivered consistently. In some cases, this put people at risk…records regarding care delivery were not checked to ensure accuracy…leaving people at risk”
Mrs Rayner, Labour MP for Ashton-under-Lyne, said: “This place sounds more like Damnation House than Darnton House.
"It is utterly shocking to find such appalling standards in a glossy new building which opened less than 12 months ago. The website makes it look like Paradise, but the reality seems to be a lot different. Instead of five stars, it has got no stars from investigators.
“I can only congratulate the CQC for their uncompromising report, for placing Darnton House in special measures and insisting on improvements. What they found behind all the glossy photographs and purple prose, is dreadfully upsetting and worrying.
"I am still very concerned about the care being given to the 36 residents who are currently still living in this home.
“I am also concerned about the company’s relationship with the Tameside Hospital Trust and their joint provision of care for people leaving hospital and hoping to go back to their own homes in the community. This is a crucial area of care and questions now need to be answered about what was going on at Darnton House.”
The CQC full report can be found at http://www.cqc.org.uk/directory/1-1901482097.
The Company's website is http://lmhealthcare.co.uk/
12 February 2016 - GREATER Manchester's Chamber of Commerce is backing Angela Rayner's campaign for a full Living Wage.
The Chamber's Head of Research and Policy, Christian Spence told a conference in Tameside that there were 60,000 companies across Greater Manchester which already paid the full Living Wage of £8.25 an hour.
He told the conference: "The economics of the Living Wage stack up for the private sector. If you pay your staff properly you get greater output, productivity and staff retention. The benefits are clear."
He said that 91 per cent of the Chamber's members supported backing the full Living Wage and it was the first Chamber in the country to become officially accredited.
The conference, held at Dukinfield Town Hall and organised by Ashton-under-Lyne Labour MP Angela Rayner, was attended by representatives from Tameside Council, IKEA, New Charter, Ashton Pioneer Homes, the Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign, Communities and Voluntary Action Tameside and other organisations.
They heard how Chancellor George Osborne's National Living Wage would pay only £7.20 an hour when it was introduced in April and took no account of the cost of living.
Angela said: "Businesses have told us that the full Living Wage of £8.25 an hour has saved them money, lowered staff turnover and lowered sickness and absence.
"Osborne's living wage will short change millions of people, particularly those under 25 years of age who will not be covered by it, even though they have the same living costs as everyone else."
She added: "When we work together, both the public and private sectors, we can genuinely change people's lives for the better."
19 January 2016 - Angela steps up campaign for proper Living Wage in Ashton
THE campaign for a full Living Wage for workers in Ashton-under-Lyne is being stepped up by local MP, Angela Rayner.
She has organised a special conference for local businesses, following a successful round-table discussion last year.
Angela and Tameside Council leader Kieran Quinn are jointly hosting the conference at Dukinfield Town Hall, in King Street (SK16 4LA) on Friday, 12 February, between 10.00am-12 noon
The conference will host open discussions about both the difficulties and benefits for business of implementing the Living Wage of £8.25 an hour in Tameside.
Angela said: "Its important that local politicians and local businesses can develop a stronger understanding of implementing the Living Wage and build a more effective relationship to help grow the local economy and develop our workforce."
Representatives of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and local businesses who have already implemented the Living Wage, will be amongst the people involved.
Also attending will be senior representatives of Tameside Council to talk about the help the local authority can provide to businesses, as well as representatives from New Charter, IKEA, Ashton Pioneer Homes, MIND, CVAT and local trade unions.
The Living Wage of £8.25 has resulted in a pay rise for thousands of the lowest-paid workers across Greater Manchester. It is a voluntary rate that is set annually by the Living Wage Foundation and is separate from the Government’s “National Living Wage” of £7.20 an hour which is due to be implemented this April
4 January 2016 - RAIL commuters in Ashton-under-Lyne will now pay 24 per cent more for their train fares under the Tories, because of another year of fare hikes.
The new fare increases came into effect on Saturday (2nd January 2016).
Figures released by Labour show that the cost of an annual season ticket from Ashton to Huddersfield has risen by £412 or 24 per cent since 2010.
A season ticket now costs local people more than £2,000.
Local Labour MP Angela Rayner slammed the Tory government for hammering passengers and commuters.
She said: “Rail passengers in Ashton-under-Lyne have been hit yet again by eye-‐watering train fare rises.
"Fares have rocketed by 24 per cent under the Tories, yet most people’s pay packets have not grown by anything like that.
“For many people in Ashton, travelling by train is not a luxury, it’s how they get to work or college every day.
"A season ticket to Huddersfield now costs £2,072 - a massive increase under David Cameron and George Osborne.
“Labour wants to bring the railways back into public ownership and control, so they can be run for passengers not profit."
•Fares data for 2010 has been taken from the Avantix Traveller (National Fares Manual) database. Fares data for 2016 is taken from the National Rail season ticket calculator: http://ojp.nationalrail.co.uk/service/seasonticket/search
3 December 2015 -Small Business Saturday backed by Angela
Ashton-under-Lyne MP Angela Rayner will join Tameside's Mayor to support small businesses this Saturday.
Local businesses will be the focus of attention this Saturday as Angela joins Tameside Mayor, Councillor Vincent Ricci and local councillors on a town centre tour.
They will be visiting a homeware store, furniture supplier, jewellers, Goth shop and a lingerie stall to celebrate Small Business Saturday.
On the way they will meet festive characters, including No Eyed Theatre Reindeer, who will be handing out free goodie bags to shoppers.
They will be backing local businesses and encouraging people to shop locally at the event, which is sponsored by the Ladysmith Shopping Centre.
11am, Saturday December 5th, meeting at Family Statue, Fletcher Square, Ashton-under-Lyne - Angela Rayner MP and Tameside Mayor Cllr Vincent Ricci join Cllr Bill Fairfoull, Chair of the Ashton Town Team on a tour of local businesses to celebrate Small Business Saturday
Angela said: “Ashton is a big draw for people, with a wide range of unique shops. As Christmas approaches it’s the ideal place to get something extra special as a gift.
“It’s great to meet local businesses like this to show our support for buying local.”
9 November 2015 - LOCAL businesses have backed MP Angela Rayner's campaign for a full Living Wage for workers in Ashton-under-Lyne.
They congratulated IKEA for introducing from April the full Living Wage of £8.25 an hour for all 280 employees at their store in Ashton.
Store manager Martyn Allan told local businesses: "We think that the government's living wage of £7.20 is a good step, but it doesn't go far enough.
"Instead we are paying the Living Wage Foundation's £8.25 an hour, because it will make more of a difference to our staff in Ashton.
"It is part of a comprehensive reward package for our staff, which includes increased pensions, free meals and Christmas presents as well as talking to them about the hours they want to work. There's no point in someone being on just 16 hours a week and getting £8.25 an hour."
He added: "We believe the full Living Wage is part of our company's values and will be good for business in the long term."
Tameside council leader, Keiran Quinn praised IKEA for giving a strong lead to businesses in the borough.
He said: "This is a major step forward and the council will do everything we can to help other businesses in Tameside to follow suit."
Angela Rayner brought together a variety of local companies at the store to celebrate Living Wage Week and to discuss the way forward for the campaign.
She said: "This has been a really positive meeting and I hope that from today, we can work together to build the Living Wage campaign in Ashton-under-Lyne.
"We know that putting more money in the pockets of working people is good for the local economy and increases the well-being of workers, as well as boosting staff retention and cutting absenteeism and sickness. "
Tom Skinner, from the Greater Manchester Living Wage campaign, added: "This is the start of something really exciting. Our role is to get people talking about the Living Wage and putting it into practise.
"There is a strong business case for employers like IKEA to sign up up to this voluntary measure. The more low paid workers have money in their pockets to spend in the local economy, the better for growth. "