It was a pleasure to attend the Mold Great Get Together today. This fantastic day was made possible because of the hard work of Mold Town Council, Mold Co-Op and Mold Library. It took place on Daniel Owen Square and saw a great turnout for an excellent cause.
The Great Get Together is inspired by Jo Cox, who was killed on 16 June 2016.
Jo’s family and friends came up with the initiative and more than one hundred organisations are now supporting the event.
This weekend is inspired by Jo Cox, but I know that people have taken part for many different reasons.
The Home Office have started to announce the process through which EU nationals will be able to apply for settled status following Brexit.
I have been long concerned that the Government doesn’t have the plans in place to give EU nationals – people who are our neighbours, friends and colleagues – the right to reside in the UK when we leave the EU.
There are a number of constituents who have contacted me where they find themselves in the situation where their partner is currently working in another EU nation and don’t know if they will fall within the 5 year residency test the Government is putting in place – but they may have only been away on work for a month.
I wanted to stress that the Government take this into account with their processes to ensure that families are not split up.
We were one of the first areas to see Universal Credit (UC) introduced. I have received hundreds of cases since then of people not getting the social security payments they are due.
This week the independent National Audit Office published a damning report stating how UC is failing and should not be rolled out any further until the flaws are sorted.
I have been telling the Government this for months. At today’s statement I pressed once again for more action to be taken to help people who live in rural areas get access to their payments. It is all well and good the Government saying that people should just pop into the local job centre but that is easier said than done if you live in the more rural parts of Flintshire.
Yesterday (19 June 2018) I hosted the launch of new Flintshire based charity The National Military Working Dog Memorial. This charity has been established by members of the Armed Forces and relatives of those who have worked with military working dogs – under the leadership of John Ward and Emma Ward from Brynford Pet Cemetery – to build the first national memorial in Brynford.
The charity needs to raise £150,000 to build the mausoleum and this launch event brought together key stakeholders, parliamentarians and Armed Forces personnel to secure the funding.
The event was hosted by me and saw MPs and Peers from around the UK come and pledge their support. Key guests included the Chairman of the Commons Defence Select Committee, the Shadow Welsh Secretary and Shadow Defence Secretary. Read more “Launch of new Flintshire based charity in Parliament”