July 17, 2019

Backing calls for urgent reform of the welfare system

Yesterday, I attended the launch event in Parliament for the report ‘Has welfare became unfair?- the impact of changes on disabled people”. Funded by the Three Guinea’s Trust and commissioned by the Disability Benefit Consortium (DBC), which represent 80 national disability organisations, the research found that changes to the welfare system over the past ten years have left disabled people …

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October 31, 2018

The Pensions Dashboard

Lots of people have spoken to me about how worried they are about the “Pensions Dashboard”. This scheme was meant to be a Government run website that would let you access all of your pension data in one place. Before Parliament went into recess the Department for Work and Pensions Minister Esther McVey gave her statement on the future of …

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March 6, 2018

UCU Strike Action: My Exchange of Correspondence with Cardiff University Vice Chancellor Prof. Colin Riordan

As more and more University Vice Chancellors depart from Universities UK’s plan to slash University staff pensions which is at the heart of the dispute, I have been in correspondence with Cardiff University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Colin Riordan about his position.  I have published the exchange below and it’s very encouraging to read that the Vice Chancellor is responding positively …

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February 28, 2018

Solidarity with Striking University Staff

Pensions aren’t the most exciting topic of conversation, but ensuring we have financial security after retirement is becoming more and more important as we live for longer. Representing a university constituency with tens of thousands of students and university staff naturally means I have taken a very keen interest in the current pensions dispute between the University and College Union …

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March 13, 2017

WASPI Mass Lobby of Parliament

On Wednesday 8 March 2017, I again showed my support for a mass lobby of Parliament organised by the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign. UNISON were supporting the lobby and my Labour colleague and friend Carolyn Harris, MP for Swansea East who is Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on WASPI, arranged for WASPI campaigners from Wales to meet and hear from their MPs. …

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October 13, 2016

Presentation of WASPI Petition in the House of Commons

On 11 October I presented a petition in the House of Commons on behalf of Cardiff Central constituents during which petitions were presented from 199 other constituencies across the UK. The 200 petitions called on the Government to provide fair transitional arrangements for 1950s-born women who are being hit by changes to the state pension age. The UK-wide petition was …

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September 14, 2016

WASPI National Day of Action – Cardiff September 16th

Women from Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) are organising a march to deliver a letter on the issue to Alun Cairns MP, Secretary of State for Wales, at the Wales Office, 1 Caspian Point, Caspian Way, Cardiff CF10 4DQ. Women will be meeting at 12 noon on Friday 16th September outside the front of the Senedd (the National Assembly …

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May 26, 2016

Steel Industry Pensions – My Question to the Business Minister

The vital steel industry in the UK is under threat following proposals by Tata steel, owners of several major plants here in Wales, to close plants in Port Talbot and elsewhere if a buyer cannot be found for the businesses. Steel plants are the lifeblood of the communities where they are based, providing employment not just for steel workers but …

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