Michael Dugher MP

Working hard for Barnsley East

2014

Gordon's_fightback.jpgMichael has met with Gordan Aikman, a sufferer Motor Neurone Disease who is courageously campaigning to raise awareness and help find a cure.

Motor Neurone Disease is a rare, progressive and debilitating disease that attacks the brain and spinal column for which there is currently no cure. Gordon

Aikman who was recently diagnosed with the disease at the young age of 29, has set out to raise awareness and help find a cure.

Michael meets with Motor Neurone Disease campaigner

Michael has met with Gordan Aikman, a sufferer Motor Neurone Disease who is courageously campaigning to raise awareness and help find a cure. Motor Neurone Disease is a rare, progressive... Read more

As reported by the Barnsley News and Sport, Michael is urging secondary schools in the area to register their interest in a national ballot of pupils, Make your Mark.

The Make your Mark nationwide ballot runs from 12th August - 10th October 2014 and determines what issues are debated by the Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) in the House of Commons on the 14 November. From the issues debated, the MYPs then choose their national campaigns for the coming year.

Last year over 470,000 young people took part in the Make Your Mark national ballot and 8,399 young people in Barnsley Local Authority took part, the fifth highest turnout of all local authorities. This year, Michael Dugher is urging more schools to get involved.

Local MP urges schools to help pupils to ‘make their mark’

As reported by the Barnsley News and Sport, Michael is urging secondary schools in the area to register their interest in a national ballot of pupils, Make your Mark. The... Read more

As reported by the Guardian, Michael responded to an urgent question in the House of Commons on the issue of industrial action yesterday.

Michael made it clear that what is needed is a negotiated settlement. Instead we have had nothing but a Government that is sabre rattling, union bashing and playing politics.

You can watch the statement in full by clicking here. Or you can read by clicking here.

Michael responds to the Minister on industrial action

As reported by the Guardian, Michael responded to an urgent question in the House of Commons on the issue of industrial action yesterday. Michael made it clear that what is needed...

As reported in Today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has welcomed an Inquiry into stubbornly high numbers of young women not in employment, further education or training (NEET) in Barnsley.

The Inquiry, set-up by the Young Women’s Trust, follows figures released by the organisation that show nationally there are around 408,000 young women that are NEET.

Based on estimations from the Young Women’s Trust, in Barnsley East alone there are around 16 per cent of the population who are NEET, with 56 per cent of these being young women. The investigation will gather evidence over the next month or so and the final findings will be reported in early 2015, with interim findings published in September.

It also aims to examine ways in which responses to unacceptably high numbers of young women who are NEET.

MP welcomes Inquiry into young women NEETs

As reported in Today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has welcomed an Inquiry into stubbornly high numbers of young women not in employment, further education or training (NEET) in Barnsley. The Inquiry,... Read more

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael visited Birdwell Primary School last Friday as part of the Send my Friend to School campaign. The campaign is run by the Global Education Campaign and aims to raise awareness of the 57 million children worldwide who do not have access to a proper education. 

Year 5 children from the school shared some of the work with Michael before asking him questions about his role as an MP and his views on global education. 

They presented Michael with a paper chain of children, representing the solidarity of children across the world, and asked him to support their campaign in his parliamentary role. 

Michael visits Birdwell School as part of global education campaign

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael visited Birdwell Primary School last Friday as part of the Send my Friend to School campaign. The campaign is run by the Global... Read more

New analysis of ONS (Office for National Statistics) figures has revealed that women in Yorkshire still earn on average just 80 pence for every pound earned by men.

Since 2010 the pay gap has closed by just 0.1% and shockingly, last year, for the first time since 2008 the pay gap didn’t just stagnate, it rose.

A third of working women are now in low-wage jobs, and nationally a record six million women are working part-time where hourly pay is on average a third less than they could expect in a full-time job. Additionally some three-quarters of a million women are now on zero-hour contracts. 

In Government Labour made steady progress to close the pay gap – reducing it by 7.7 per cent and closing it almost entirely for women in their twenties and thirties working full time. The Labour Party has pledged to make achieving equal pay a priority and has urged greater pay transparency so women can see if they are being paid less than their male colleagues.

Women in Barnsley miss out as shock new figures reveal how the gender pay gap has grown

New analysis of ONS (Office for National Statistics) figures has revealed that women in Yorkshire still earn on average just 80 pence for every pound earned by men. Since 2010... Read more

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has welcomed the news that funding for Brass Bands England has been increased by 126 per cent to £142,000.

Michael is currently Vice-Chair of the Brass Bands APPG and has been campaining for better funding for brass bands for some time. The group met with the Minister to discuss this issue last year and are set to meet with Alan Davey CEO of Arts Council England, next week to discuss further how best to maximise funding and support for brass bands.

Brass band funding more than doubled

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has welcomed the news that funding for Brass Bands England has been increased by 126 per cent to £142,000. Michael is currently Vice-Chair... Read more

AFDcadet.jpgMichael joined Dan Jarvis MP at Barnsley Pals Centinary Square on Saturday in a service to celebrate the work and dedication of our servicemen and women. 

The service, which was led by the Mayor of Barnsley, Councillor Tim Shepherd, was attended by veterans and cadets from all services.

Michael then met with cadets young leaders from across South Yorkshire at a display in Barnsley Town Centre. 

(The photo above shows Michael with Petty Officer Adam Vamplew).

 

Michael joins in Armed Forces Day celebrations

Michael joined Dan Jarvis MP at Barnsley Pals Centinary Square on Saturday in a service to celebrate the work and dedication of our servicemen and women.  The service, which was...

friendtoschool.jpgMichael visited Birdwell Primary School on Friday as part of the “Send my Friend to School” campaign. Children at the school shared some of their work with Michael on the need for every child globally to have access to an education. 

They presented Michael with a paper chain of children to represent the solidarity of children all across the world and Michael pledged to support their campaign in Parliament. 

More information about the Send my Friend to School campaign can be found here.

Michael supports global education campaign

Michael visited Birdwell Primary School on Friday as part of the “Send my Friend to School” campaign. Children at the school shared some of their work with Michael on the...

Michael joined former miners and members of the National Union of Mineworkers on a march through Barnsley Town Centre to mark the 30th anniversary of the miners’ strike.

The procession then went to the miners’ hall at the NUM HQ, where speeches were heard from NUM president Nicky Wilson, as well as those who lived through the strike, including a representative from the Women Against Pit Closures campaign. 

Michael takes part in miners’ strike 30th anniversary rally

Michael joined former miners and members of the National Union of Mineworkers on a march through Barnsley Town Centre to mark the 30th anniversary of the miners’ strike. The procession...

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle today and the Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has said that a new report by Sheffield Hallam University - ‘The State of the Coalfields’  - should be a wake-up call for Ministers. 

The report, which was commissioned by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, was launched this week by Sheffield Hallam University’s Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research.  It provides in depth analysis of the concerning state of our coalfield communities.

New report on coalfield areas should act as a wake-up call for ministers

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle today and the Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has said that a new report by Sheffield Hallam University - ‘The State of the Coalfields’  - should be... Read more

As reported in the South Yorkshire Times, Michael has written to the Home Secretary, Theresa May, and has called on her to offer compensation to those who have had to pay more for their passport through no fault of their own.

After the delays and problems at the Passport Office over the last few weeks, Michael has called on Theresa May to refund people who applied in good time but were forced to pay extra to get their new passport in time for their holiday.

Commenting, Michael said:

“Over the last few weeks, more and more people in Barnsley have got in touch to tell me about the problem they’ve been facing trying to get their passports renewed. 

“It’s about time Ministers apologised for this mess and refund the upgrade fees anyone has had to pay just to get their passports on time.”

Michael writes to the Home Secretary over chaos at Passport office

As reported in the South Yorkshire Times, Michael has written to the Home Secretary, Theresa May, and has called on her to offer compensation to those who have had to pay...

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle, Barnsley News and Sport and the South Yorkshire Times, Michael has voted against the Government’s proposed changes to taxi and private hire law, warning that they could put passengers in Barnsleyat risk.

The reforms were included in the Government’s Deregulation Bill, which was debated in Parliament this week. 

Michael warns new taxi and minicab laws could put passengers in Barnsley at risk

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle, Barnsley News and Sport and the South Yorkshire Times, Michael has voted against the Government’s proposed changes to taxi and private hire law, warning that they could... Read more

Michael asked a question from the dispatch box today during Cabinet Office Questions. Michael asked:

An excellent report published last week by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam university on the state of the coalfields confirmed that the most deprived areas of the country have the lowest concentration of voluntary sector organisations. 

On top of that, we know that local authorities in those same areas are suffering disproportionate cuts—a double whammy for the poorest parts of the country. 

Why are the Government not doing enough specifically to help the voluntary sector in the poorest parts of the country?

Click here to watch the exchange on BBC Parliament (scroll to 22:39).

 

Cabinet Office Questions – 25 June 2014

Michael asked a question from the dispatch box today during Cabinet Office Questions. Michael asked: An excellent report published last week by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research...

Michael has written a blog for PoliticsHome today about how David Cameron refused to act despite being warned about Andy Coulson time and time again.   

You can read the blog post here: “Unanswered questions on Coulson”

PoliticsHome blog: David Cameron was warned about Coulson but repeatedly chose to look the other way

Michael has written a blog for PoliticsHome today about how David Cameron refused to act despite being warned about Andy Coulson time and time again.    You can read the blog post...

Michael was on BBC Radio Sheffield with Howard Pressman yesterday, appealing for information to aid the police investigation into the suspected arson attack on the ASOS warehouse last Friday. He was also on Hallam FM, Radio Yorkshire and Dearne FM.

You can listen to his interview with the BBC by clicking here and scrolling to 48:56, you can listen to his Radio Yorkshire interview by clicking here.

BBC Radio Sheffield: ASOS fire

Michael was on BBC Radio Sheffield with Howard Pressman yesterday, appealing for information to aid the police investigation into the suspected arson attack on the ASOS warehouse last Friday. He...

As reported by We Are Barnsley and the Barnsley News and Sport, commenting on the news of the fire at ASOS’ distribution warehouse in his constituency in Barnsley over the weekend, Michael said:

"The police are currently treating the fire at ASOS as arson. It is difficult to say too much whilst there is an ongoing police investigation, but if this is the case, those responsible must be dealt with severely. They must be caught and face the full consequences of their actions. I appeal to the public to help South Yorkshire Police catch the perpetrators.

ASOS arsonists must be caught and dealt with severely

As reported by We Are Barnsley and the Barnsley News and Sport, commenting on the news of the fire at ASOS’ distribution warehouse in his constituency in Barnsley over the weekend, Michael said:... Read more

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle and the Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has voted today for the introduction of tough new sentences for knife crime offences. The proposed changes, introduced by the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, will impose a mandatory minimum custodial sentence on those convicted of a second knife possession offence. For those aged 18 and over, the sentence will be 6 months, for those aged 16-18 it is a 4 month detention training order. However, the new laws will allow for judicial discretion.

Michael votes to introduce tougher sentences for knife crime offences

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle and the Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has voted today for the introduction of tough new sentences for knife crime offences. The proposed changes, introduced... Read more

BIADS_shortlisted_-_Page_4_all_editions.jpgAs reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle by We Are Barnsley and theSouth Yorkshire Times local dementia charity, BIADS, has been shortlisted for the 2014 Bevan Prize for Health and Wellbeing after being nominated by Michael, who is Patron of the charity.

The Bevan Prize recognises and celebrates individuals and organisations who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of health and wellbeing in the UK and embody the founding principles of the NHS. BIADS charity is one of four organisations to be shortlisted out of over 40 nominations from across the country.

BIADS shortlisted for national award

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle by We Are Barnsley and theSouth Yorkshire Times local dementia charity, BIADS, has been shortlisted for the 2014 Bevan Prize for Health and Wellbeing after being nominated... Read more

Today saw the launch of ‘The State of the Coalfields’, a new report from Sheffield Hallam University’s Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. You can read a copy of the report in full by clickinghere.

The report was commissioned by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and provides an in depth analysis of the current concerning state of Great Britain’s coalfield communities.

With progress having been made under the previous Labour Government, key indicators on health, deprivation, unemployment and job density, show that the majority of the coalfields continue to fall well behind other areas, especially the South.

Michael welcomes new report from Sheffield Hallam University’s Centre for Regional economic and Social Research

Today saw the launch of ‘The State of the Coalfields’, a new report from Sheffield Hallam University’s Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. You can read a copy of... Read more

With Live in Barnsley set to take the town by storm this Saturday, Michael has written a column for the Barnsley Independent about the success of the festival.

You can read the piece in full by clicking here.

Dugher's column: 'Put town on music map'

With Live in Barnsley set to take the town by storm this Saturday, Michael has written a column for the Barnsley Independent about the success of the festival. You can...

Michael was on BBC Sheffield Drivetime on Monday and the Breakfast show today, discussing the Justice for the Coalfields campaign and the need for an investigation into what really happened at the Battle of Orgreave.

You can listen to the Drivetime interview by clickinghere and scrolling to 1:41:40 and the Breakfast show by clicking here and scrolling to 1:20:55.

 

BBC Sheffield: Justice for the Coalfields

Michael was on BBC Sheffield Drivetime on Monday and the Breakfast show today, discussing the Justice for the Coalfields campaign and the need for an investigation into what really happened...

As reported by the South Yorkshire Times and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has said there is ‘no room for complacency' as figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that long-term youth unemployment in Barnsley Local Authority and long-term unemployment in Barnsley East remain higher than they were at the election in 2010.

Latest unemployment figures show 'no room for complacency'

As reported by the South Yorkshire Times and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has said there is ‘no room for complacency' as figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that... Read more

Michael was on BBC Radio Sheffield and Dearne FM yesterday discussing the concerning increase in the number of people experiencing passport delays. More and more people are contacting Michael's office by the day and these delays are causing people great distress, many of whom are very concerned that they could miss their family holiday.

You can listen to Michael on BBC Radio Sheffield by clicking here and scrolling to 1:24:15

BBC Radio Sheffield and Dearne FM: Passport delays

Michael was on BBC Radio Sheffield and Dearne FM yesterday discussing the concerning increase in the number of people experiencing passport delays. More and more people are contacting Michael's office...

Following the Home Secretary's inadequate and evasive performance in the House of Commons yesterday, Michael has called for the publication of Sir Jeremy Heywood's review into the row between the Education Secretary and Home Secretary.

You can read about this further by clicking here.

Michael calls on Jeremy Heywood to publish review of May and Gove row

Following the Home Secretary's inadequate and evasive performance in the House of Commons yesterday, Michael has called for the publication of Sir Jeremy Heywood's review into the row between the...

Michael has written a blog about how we need to act to tackle child poverty, following the release of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission's report that said the absolute child poverty goal was “simply unattainable”. And Save the Children's report, , ‘A Fair Start for Every Child’, which worryingly concluded that by 2020 there could be as many as five million children living in poverty in the UK.

You can read the blog in full by clicking here.

We need to act now to tackle child poverty

Michael has written a blog about how we need to act to tackle child poverty, following the release of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission's report that said the...

Ladywood_Primary_-_2014_2.jpgMichael met with children from Ladywood Primary School in Parliament today. The children visited the Palace of Westminster as part of a school trip to learn more about the work of Parliament and MPs.

After a tour, the children met with Michael and were able to ask him questions about what it's like being an MP and working in Parliament.

Michael meets with pupils of Ladywood Primary in Parliament

Michael met with children from Ladywood Primary School in Parliament today. The children visited the Palace of Westminster as part of a school trip to learn more about the work...

Carers_week_2014.jpgMichael has pledged his support to carers across Barnsley as part of the national awareness campaign Carers Week, which begins today.

One in eight adults are carers, but the very nature of caring - of being there for a loved one facing ill health or disability - means too often people don’t identify themselves as carers and, therefore, miss out on support.

Michael supports carers in Barnsley during Carers Week

Michael has pledged his support to carers across Barnsley as part of the national awareness campaign Carers Week, which begins today. One in eight adults are carers, but the very... Read more

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, the Barnsley News and Sport and the Sheffield Star, Michael has given his full support to Barnsley Council after they voted in favour of young people aged 16 and 17 being entitled to vote.

Barnsley Council granted chair of Barnsley Youth Council, Thomas Yems, permission to address the meeting as councillors supported the motion:

‘This Council believes that: 16 and 17 year olds are knowledgeable and passionate about the world in which they live and are as capable of engaging in the democratic system as any other citizen; Lowering the voting age to 16, combined with strong citizenship education, would empower young people to better engage in society and influence decisions that will define their future.’

Michael backs Barnsley Council's call for votes at 16

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, the Barnsley News and Sport and the Sheffield Star, Michael has given his full support to Barnsley Council after they voted in favour of young people aged... Read more

As reported by We Are Barnsley and the Barnsley News and Sport, following the news that Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been told to take urgent action and seek external help to recover its finances and keep them stable, Michael has issued the following statement:

"Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust must take all action necessary to rectify the position they are in. The Trust’s commitment to a two-year Turnaround Plan, their willingness to work closely with Monitor and to act upon their advice is welcome.  The welfare of patients is paramount. It is also of the utmost importance that the Trust and its leaders learn the tough lessons needed so something like this is never allowed to happen again". 

Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust ‘must take all action necessary’

As reported by We Are Barnsley and the Barnsley News and Sport, following the news that Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been told to take urgent action and seek external help to...

Michael has written to the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood, demanding an investigation in to whether government communications are inappropriately using Conservative Party messages.

The Labour Party has compiled evidence of how 'long-term plan' and 'long-term economic plan' have become interchangeable as official government and Conservative Party messages.

The Government's communications plan for 2014-15 announced that the Government's budget for external communications activities has increased to just under £290 million.

It is essential to ensure that public funds are not being spent on party political campaigns a year out from an election when the Government is increasing spending on communications.

Michael calls for investigation into possible abuse of government communications

Michael has written to the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood, demanding an investigation in to whether government communications are inappropriately using Conservative Party messages. The Labour Party has compiled evidence... Read more

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael joined a delegation alongside Dan Jarvis MP and a number of Barnsley Council's leaders.

During the visit the delegation delegation were able to apy their respects to the Barnsley Pals and laid a wreath at the official memorial to the Barnsley Pals at Serre.

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Delegation pay their respects to the Barnsley Pals

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael joined a delegation alongside Dan Jarvis MP and a number of Barnsley Council's leaders. During the visit the delegation delegation were able to...

With less than half the number of new homes we need being built and a staggering 42 per cent increase in the number of working people claiming of housing benefit in Barnsley, Michael has written a column for the Barnsley Independent about the need to mind the gap when it comes to what David Cameron says is happening and the reality.

You can read the column in full by clicking here.

Dugher's column: Welfare tough talk - 'mind the gap'

With less than half the number of new homes we need being built and a staggering 42 per cent increase in the number of working people claiming of housing benefit...

As reported by the Barnsley News and Sport, the Queen’s Speech was the last chance for David Cameron and Nick Clegg to provide the answers to the problems of hardworking people across the country.  But they have failed yet again.

We needed a change of direction for Britain with a legislative programme equal to the scale of the challenge our country faces.  But instead, the Government just offered more of the same.  Many of the measures had already been announced or were simply watered down versions of things Labour has already called for.

Today’s Queen’s Speech was the last act of a zombie government

As reported by the Barnsley News and Sport, the Queen’s Speech was the last chance for David Cameron and Nick Clegg to provide the answers to the problems of hardworking people... Read more

As reported by the Sheffield Star and the Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has condemned HM Passport Office following a number of cases in which constituents’ passport applications have failed to be processed within the three weeks it should take.

Michael has been contacted eight times in the past three weeks by constituents who have yet to receive their new passports within three weeks, the length of time that HM Passport Office’s own website states it should take to process a passport application once received.

In order to uncover the true extent of the problems at HM Passport Office, he has submitted an FOI request to find out how many passport applications have failed to be processed within three weeks in the last three months; and how many passport applications they are currently processing that were received over three weeks ago.

Michael criticises HM Passport Office after delays cause constituents distress

As reported by the Sheffield Star and the Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has condemned HM Passport Office following a number of cases in which constituents’ passport applications have failed to be processed... Read more

In advance of the Queen's speech, Michael has written a blog for PoliticsHome about how there is a huge gap between what the Government promises and what it accomplishes.

You can read the piece in full by clicking here.

PoliticsHome blog: David Cameron has failed to deliver on previous promises

In advance of the Queen's speech, Michael has written a blog for PoliticsHome about how there is a huge gap between what the Government promises and what it accomplishes. You...

David Cameron said he could be trusted with the NHS but all we got was broken promises. Following the announcement that Labour will make sure people can get an appointment with their doctor within 48 hours, Michael has written a column for the South Yorkshire Times.

You can read Michael's column in full by clicking here.

South Yorkshire Times: 'We need urgent action to save the NHS before it’s too late'

David Cameron said he could be trusted with the NHS but all we got was broken promises. Following the announcement that Labour will make sure people can get an appointment...

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, We Are Barnsley and theBarnsley News and Sport, Michael has backed a new guarantee for patients to get an appointment with a GP within 48 hours or on the same day if they need to be seen quickly, as part of plans to improve services for patients and ease pressure on local hospitals.

The plans hope to ease the pressure across the NHS by reducing the number of patients going to A&E departments and could save millions of pounds.

GP surgeries across the country will be given an extra £100 million a year to achieve this massive improvement in standards - enough to pay for an additional three million GP appointments every year.

Michael backs plans to guarantee patients a GP appointment within 48 hours

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, We Are Barnsley and theBarnsley News and Sport, Michael has backed a new guarantee for patients to get an appointment with a GP within 48 hours... Read more

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, We Are Barnsley and the Barnsley News and Sport, new research from the House of Commons Library has revealed the impact of the cost-of-living crisis with figures showing a staggering 42 per cent increase in working people claiming of housing benefit in Barnsley, compared with 2010.

In England a shocking 400,000 (60 per cent) more working people are claiming housing benefit costing the taxpayer an estimated extra £4.8bn over the course of this Parliament.

Michael has put the huge increase in people who are in work who need to claim housing benefit down to a failure to make work pay, tackle the cost-of-living crisis and build the new homes we need.

Figures show a worrying increase in working people claiming housing benefit

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, We Are Barnsley and the Barnsley News and Sport, new research from the House of Commons Library has revealed the impact of the cost-of-living crisis with figures... Read more

As reported by the South Yorkshire Times, Michael has raised concerns over the number of people struggling to cope with the cost-of-living crisis. Recent research has shown that almost half (46 per cent) of those in the Yorkshire and Humberside region ‘often’ or ‘sometimes’ struggle to make it to payday.

The research was carried out by R3, the association of business recovery professionals, and found that the most commonly cited cause of struggles to payday are the rising cost of food, the rising cost of household energy bills, the rising cost of transport, making credit card payments and rent payments.

Michael raises concerns over number of people who struggle to make it to payday

As reported by the South Yorkshire Times, Michael has raised concerns over the number of people struggling to cope with the cost-of-living crisis. Recent research has shown that almost half (46... Read more

As reported by the Barnsley News and Sport and We Are Barnsley, Michael has called for the introduction of new legal rights for employees on zero hours contracts, including the right:

  • To demand a fixed hours contract when they have worked regular hours over six months with the same employer
  • To receive a fixed hours contract automatically when they have worked regular hours over a year - unless they decide to opt out
  • To be protected from employers forcing them to be available at all hours, insisting they cannot work for anyone else, or cancelling shifts at short notice without compensation.

Analysis from the Office of National Statistics shows that there has been a three-fold increase in the number of workers on zero-hours contracts since 2010, from 168,000 to 583,000. Other reports estimate that up to one million people could be on zero hours contracts.

Michael calls for action to tackle the exploitative abuse of zero hours contracts

As reported by the Barnsley News and Sport and We Are Barnsley, Michael has called for the introduction of new legal rights for employees on zero hours contracts, including the right: To demand... Read more

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, South Yorkshire Times and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael and Dan Jarvis MP are part of delegation that has travelled to France to pay their respects to the Barnsley Pals.

To mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, the Barnsley delegation, who have paidfor the visit at their own expense with no cost to tax taxpayers, has set out on a two day tour of the former battlefields sites on the Western Front. They visited Serre, the village where the Barnsley Pals fought on 1st July 1916 on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, tragically suffering 545 casualties.

 

Other members of the delegation include: Cllr Sir Steve Houghton CBE, Barnsley Council Leader; Cllr Jim Andrews, BMBC Deputy Leader; Cllr Joe Haywood, BMBC’s Armed Forces Champion; Cllr David Leech; Cllr Robin Franklin, BMBC Cabinet support member; Cllr Sharon Howard, BMBC Cabinet Spokesperson without Portfolio; and Cllr Tim Shepherd, Mayor Elect of Barnsley.

You can read more about the Barnsley Pals in an article Michael has previously written for the Yorkshire Post by clicking here.

Commenting, Michael said:

"I'm looking forward to paying my respects to the Barnsley Pals.

“People in Barnsley are rightly immensely proud of our Armed Forces. It is a huge privilege to have the opportunity to commemorate the bravery, service and sacrifice of so many men from Barnsley."

Dan Jarvis, who is also leading on the First World War commemorations for the Labour Party, said:
 
"The First World War changed Britain forever and I know there's huge interest across Barnsley in the impact the conflict had on our town.

"In this important year of remembrance, it will be a special experience to walk the battlefields where so many soldiers from Barnsley fought and died 100 years ago.

"It's right that we pay tribute to those soldiers who didn't return home, and I'm working to ensure we see fitting commemorations taking place across the country later this year."

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Barnsley leaders pay respects to Barnsley Pals on World War One centenary

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, South Yorkshire Times and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael and Dan Jarvis MP are part of delegation that has travelled to France to pay their...

Following the local elections on Thursday, Michael appeared on BBC Vote 2014, the Today Programme and BBC 5 Live Drive and Breakfast to discuss the results and how Labour has made progress in key seats across the country on Saturday.

You can watch Michael on BBC Vote 2014 by clickinghere and scrolling to 15:50, listen to BBC 5 Live Breakfast by clicking here and scrolling to 1:41:40 and on BBC 5 Live Drive here at 16:30. You can listen to Michael on the Today Programme by clicking here and scrolling to 1:10:00.

Today Programme and BBC 5 Live

Following the local elections on Thursday, Michael appeared on BBC Vote 2014, the Today Programme and BBC 5 Live Drive and Breakfast to discuss the results and how Labour has...

As reported by the Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has called for plans to strengthen the national minimum wage to make sure that people in Barnsley who do a hard day’s work are rewarded for doing so.

This follows recent figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) that show wages in Barnsley East have fallen since 2010. The value of the national minimum wage has also declined by 5% over the same period.‎

In September last year Alan Buckle, former‎ Deputy Chairman at KPMG, was asked to investigate how to strengthen the minimum wage.

The report, published on 19 May, argues for a new framework to ensure that the minimum wage rises faster over the next five years than it has in the recent past, as part of a national mission to tackle low pay and build a new economy with more high skill, high paid jobs.

The report recommends that the next Labour Government should set the Low Pay Commission a five-year target to increase the minimum wage to a more stretching proportion of median earnings.

Michael supports a stronger minimum wage

As reported by the Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has called for plans to strengthen the national minimum wage to make sure that people in Barnsley who do a hard day’s... Read more

As reported by the Barnsley News and Sport, figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that there are nearly twice as many people in Barnsley East who have been unemployed for twelve months or more than in 2010. In Barnsley Local Authority the number of young people who have been out of work for the same time period has increased by a quarter.

Michael welcomed the fall in overall unemployment but raised serious concerns that long-term unemployment and long-term youth unemployment remains a problem. And that too many jobs are low paid, part-time and zero hours.

Concerns that young people and the long-term unemployed are being left behind

As reported by the Barnsley News and Sport, figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that there are nearly twice as many people in Barnsley East who have... Read more

Michael and Feargal Sharkey attended the Live in Barnsley media launch on Friday 16 May at the Digital Media Centre. The festival will be held on Saturday 21 June across a dozen venues in town.

Live in Barnsley announced the line-up for this year's festival which can be seen in fulle here. And details of this year's official festival t-shirt, click here for further information.

The event offered bands playing at the festival the unique opportunity to gain question Feargal Sharkey and gain invaluable advice. The local media were then able to interview Feargal and ask him about his role as patron with the festival. 

Feargal Sharkey and Michael Dugher attend the Live in Barnsley media launch

Michael and Feargal Sharkey attended the Live in Barnsley media launch on Friday 16 May at the Digital Media Centre. The festival will be held on Saturday 21 June across...

As reported by the Guardian, the Tories received £3 million over in donations over the three months from city financers who have bought private dinners with David Cameron.

Commenting on the news, Michael said the conservatives were:

"increasingly bankrolled by a small number of millionaire bankers and dinner donors … half of the many millions rolling in to Tory coffers during the last quarter came from a wealthy elite who have exclusive access to the top table. These are the same millionaires who have been given a tax cut by the same Tory government which is failing to address the cost-of-living crisis facing families."

You can read the article in full by clicking here.

Guardian: 'Labour alleges 'cash-for-access'

As reported by the Guardian, the Tories received £3 million over in donations over the three months from city financers who have bought private dinners with David Cameron. Commenting on...

Childcare_guarantee.jpgAs reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, South Yorkshire Times and the Barnsley News and Sport, children and families in Barnsley could benefit from new measures Michael has called for to help ease the cost of living crisis.

Childcare is one of the most expensive costs for working parents in Barnsley, with families in Yorkshire paying up to 13 per cent more for childcare since 2010.

For some families paying for childcare can be as much as having a second mortgage and childcare costs can be a major barrier to getting into work and making ends meet.  At the same time, childcare places have fallen by 5,619 across the Yorkshire and Humberside and ministers have cut support to help make childcare affordable through tax credits for 6,700 families in the region.

Michael backs childcare guarantee

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, South Yorkshire Times and the Barnsley News and Sport, children and families in Barnsley could benefit from new measures Michael has called for to help ease... Read more

MD__DJ_and_FS_at_Barnsley_College.jpgMichael and Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis were joined by Feargal Sharkey today on a tour of Barnsley College.

They were met by Dianne Murray, the Assistant Principle of the College who showed them around their excellent music department and studio.

Whilst there they met with a group of students who took this fantastic opportunity to ask questions and learn from a highly successful artist who is able to offer invaluable advice.

 

Michael, Dan and Feargal Sharkey shown around Barnsley College

Michael and Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis were joined by Feargal Sharkey today on a tour of Barnsley College. They were met by Dianne Murray, the Assistant Principle of the...

As reported in the South Yorkshire TimesSheffield Star and Barnsley News and Sport, one of the biggest causes of the cost of living crisis in our country is the price of renting or buying a home. That’s why Michael has backed plans for a better deal for those renting their homes privately and to build 200,000 more homes a year by the end of the next Parliament so that more families can fulfil their dream of home ownership.

For the 12,856 people are living in privately rented homes in Barnsley rents are now on average £384 more each year than in 2010. With tenants facing rip-off fees from lettings agents and insecure tenancies, Michael has called for big changes in the system to make it fairer for renters.

Michael calls for a fairer deal for renters

As reported in the South Yorkshire Times, Sheffield Star and Barnsley News and Sport, one of the biggest causes of the cost of living crisis in our country is the price of renting or... Read more

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