Photo: Ann Coffey with the Year 4 election winners in front of their UK Parliament display at Our Lady’s Primary School, Old Chapel St, Stockport SK3 9HX
Stockport MP Ann Coffey visited Our Lady’s Catholic Primary school in Edgeley as part of UK Parliament Week 2017 (13 – 19th November). This year over 900 primary schools throughout the country took part in UK Parliament Week, which is now in its seventh year.
The reform of the benefit system in our country is long overdue, and the introduction of Universal Credit was planned to simplify a complex system and guarantee that work pays and having a job is better than a life on benefits.
However, instead of improving things, the government has created a system which is not fit for purpose. Universal Credit, which merges six benefits and tax credits into one, is supposed to be flexible, making it easier for people to move into a job, cope with periods of insecure employment and ensure in-work payments for low-income families.
I was surprised to learn recently that there are no definite figures on how many armed forces veterans live in Stockport. The national census, which happens every ten years, does not collect information on the Armed Forces community – information which could help us improve support for our armed forces, both serving and retired.
I met some of these men and women when I visited the Stockport Veterans Breakfast Club earlier this year. They have served our country in conflicts including Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.