Ian Lucas MP

Member of Parliament for Wrexham

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I’ve worked with local groups to draft a reply to a Government consultation about helping people with disabilities find work.

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I also spoke about the way the system is causing problems for Wrexham people in a debate in Parliament yesterday – you can see my question here: https://goo.gl/jiuq1o

One thing which was very clear in the submissions from local organisations when we worked on our response to the Green Paper was a feeling that the current system just isn’t working.

The feeling was that the current, target-driven culture for assessing people with disabilities works against the very people it should be helping.

That is very clear to me in cases I see in Wrexham, where people are raising problems with the current system week in, week out. That system has to change, and I will continue working with local people to change it.

A system failing Wrexham people

    I’ve worked with local groups to draft a reply to a Government consultation about helping people with disabilities find work.  

I’ve been pushing the Government to invest in better facilities for our courts and will make the case to Ministers again at a meeting coming up soon.

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The Government do not seem to want to invest in facilities in Wrexham – their unwillingness to invest in our Magistrates’ court is yet another example of how they are short changing the town.

When I asked them about the issue in 2014, they said they were considering their options. When I asked the same question three years later, the answer was the same. There have already been critical reports about custody provision in Wrexham, and the Government has chosen to do nothing for three years.

The most action Ministers have taken is to commission a design – which they now say they are considering. We do not need another three years of inaction and inadequate services in Wrexham because Ministers don't care.

It is simply not good enough, and I will tell Ministers that face-to-face when I meet them next.

Our courts need investment

I’ve been pushing the Government to invest in better facilities for our courts and will make the case to Ministers again at a meeting coming up soon.

I was pleased to hear Wrexham Council finally voted to give formal backing to the Growth Track 360 plans this week.

 

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The plans are a series of proposals for an interlinked transport system across North Wales and North West England, something I have been working on hard in Parliament.

The more voices that speak out from North Wales the better, so I am glad that the council has voted to give these plans their formal support at last.

One of the keys to making the case to Ministers in the Department of Transport and the Wales Office is showing we have a broad range of support from across North Wales – from business groups, transport organisations and local authorities.

That is why the council’s decision today is so welcome.

 I’ve previously met with Government Ministers, including the then Chancellor, with North East Wales councillors – if any councillors from Wrexham want to come down to speak to Ministers, I’m more than willing to help set something up.

I’ll continue making the case to Ministers in the Commons chamber, and reminding them that this project won’t just need their warm words – but also their financial support.

Speaking up for our transport links

I was pleased to hear Wrexham Council finally voted to give formal backing to the Growth Track 360 plans this week.  


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