Ian Lucas MP

Member of Parliament for Wrexham

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I have met with parents of children with disabilities at an advice session with local charity Dynamic.

The session was so I could hear parents’ concerns and offer advice about recent changes to the support the Government offers such as the Personal Independence Payment (PIP.)

 

The changes being forced through are causing real problems for vulnerable families, especially those with children who have autism. These parents help look after children who need intense support and care and we should be helping them, not withdrawing the help we give.

 

Parents told me how, when they came to be assessed under the PIP system, assumptions were made about their children which were, quite simply, wrong. The assessors do not have the right skills and the conditions these children have – some of which are life-long – were dismissed or misunderstood.

 

That message comes through repeatedly in the cases I am dealing with in my office, and I have raised specific concerns with Ministers in Parliament as a result. So far, those concerns are being dismissed by the Government – but we will continue fighting to make them think again. I am very grateful to parents for providing me with information to use in persuading the Government to change the system.

 

My office is here to help with cases like this – if you think we can help you, get in touch.

PIP help and advice

I have met with parents of children with disabilities at an advice session with local charity Dynamic.

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I know a lot of people are concerned about Dee Valley Water and I raised those concerns in Parliament this week.

Working alongside Susan Elan Jones, the MP for Clwyd South, I also brought the Shadow Secretary of State Jo Stevens to North Wales to meet with unions and staff at the Dee Valley Headquarters.

 

I will continue to push the Government on their response to this takeover, and will ask Ministers to answer local people’s questions in a Parliamentary debate as soon as possible.

 

Since these proposals first came to public attention, there has been real concern among people about what they will mean for our local water company.

A takeover by a large company like Severn Trent, headquartered outside Wales, will have a major impact on our area and on Welsh jobs and services.

 

A petition has been set up on the issue which you can sign here: https://www.change.org/p/welsh-parliament-save-our-local-water-company

 

If you have any concerns about the proposals you think I can help with, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.

Standing up for Dee Valley Water

I know a lot of people are concerned about Dee Valley Water and I raised those concerns in Parliament this week.

This year's Autumn Statement was a missed opportunity for the Government to show its support for North Wales.

The Statement, set out in the House of Commons this afternoon, made no commitments to projects in North Wales.

 

The Chancellor spoke warmly of his backing a deal for North Wales in the Chamber, but the fine detail suggests he is still considering its options – and makes no pledge to back detailed proposals when they are brought forward.

 

It is disappointing we are still left with warm words but no commitment to our region from the Government. There has been a lot of good work done by people across North Wales building the case for investment and we will continue to press the Government to provide concrete support.

The Autumn Statement is a Missed Opportunity

This year's Autumn Statement was a missed opportunity for the Government to show its support for North Wales.


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