Jessica Morden

Labour MP for Newport East

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In Parliament this week I raised concerns about proposed UK Government changes to community transport.

The UK Government is currently consulting on a change to legislation which would mean organisations that deliver community transport as their main occupation may need to deliver their services under a commercial operator’s licence in future. It is also suggested that some drivers would also need to obtain a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence.

At Welsh Questions this week I said “Community transport operators in Wales have many valuable functions, including helping isolated people get to the shops, doctors, friends and family. They will be very, very hard hit by government changes which will mean extra licensing and certification. The Community Transport Association say this could affect 95% of operators in Wales, so what will the Minister do with the Department for Transport to help them listen and make changes?”

The UK’s community transport permit system was established to enable vital services to meet the needs that bus companies can’t always meet. The excellent Grass Routes service which operates in Monmouthshire in the east of my constituency is a great example of this.

There are big questions about who will actually benefit from the changes the UK Government are suggesting, when this could pile enormous costs on not-for-profit organisations, putting many at risk. It’s important that the UK Government focuses on how it gets this right so that these vital services can continue to deliver for our communities.

Figures from the Community Transport Association Wales show that 140,000 individuals and 3,500 groups are registered to use community transport in Wales. These services deliver approximately 2 million passenger journeys per year, travelling 6 million miles. The sector is predominantly volunteer-led, with nearly 2,000 volunteers giving their time freely to ensure services can be delivered. This contribution is worth £1.5m to the Welsh economy.

 

Criticism of proposed changes to Community Transport

In Parliament this week I raised concerns about proposed UK Government changes to community transport. The UK Government is currently consulting on a change to legislation which would mean organisations...

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Wonderful sunny afternoon well spent at the Llanvaches Picnic in the Park this weekend.

Thanks for inviting me!

Llanvaches Picnic in the Park

Wonderful sunny afternoon well spent at the Llanvaches Picnic in the Park this weekend. Thanks for inviting me!

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Thank you the Welsh National Opera for a wonderful performance of 'Rhondda Rips It Up' last night - bringing the amazing contribution of Newport East’s Lady Rhondda to a wider audience. Da Iawn.

Lady Rhondda Opera at the Riverfront

Thank you the Welsh National Opera for a wonderful performance of 'Rhondda Rips It Up' last night - bringing the amazing contribution of Newport East’s Lady Rhondda to a wider... Read more

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Today in Parliament I called on Environment Secretary Michael Gove to bring forward action on a plastic deposit return scheme.

In March the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) announced it was consulting on introducing a deposit return scheme to increase recycling rates and slash the amount of waste polluting land and seas around Britain. The UK Government estimates that British consumers go through an estimated 13 billion plastic drinks bottles a year, but more than three billion are incinerated, sent to landfill or left to pollute our streets, countryside and marine environment.

In Defra questions this morning, I asked if the Environment Secretary would be making representations to the Treasury to fund the introduction of a deposit return scheme. I said: “Tomorrow a team from AB InBev brewery in Magor and Keep Wales Tidy will be out again cleaning up the shores of the Severn Estuary, which highlights the very urgent action that’s needed to protect our environment from the devastating impact of plastic pollution. Can the Minister confirm whether he’s got Treasury backing for a deposit return scheme, and when will we see some action?”

Michael Gove responded by confirming that he had held talks with the Treasury on the issue, and had also had collaborative discussions with the Welsh and Scottish Governments on a deposit return scheme.

Push for action on plastic deposit return scheme

Today in Parliament I called on Environment Secretary Michael Gove to bring forward action on a plastic deposit return scheme. In March the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs...

I am deeply disappointed at the unjustified decision by the US to apply tariffs to EU steel and aluminium imports.

The US, EU and UK are close allies and have always promoted values of open and fair trade across the world.

Our steel and aluminium industries are hugely important to the UK, but they also contribute to US industry including in defence projects which bolster US national security.

The EU and UK should be permanently exempted from tariffs and we will continue to work together to protect and safeguard our workers and industries.

Steel tariffs

I am deeply disappointed at the unjustified decision by the US to apply tariffs to EU steel and aluminium imports. The US, EU and UK are close allies and have...

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It was good to meet with pupils and teachers at Caldicot School last week to learn more about their ongoing support for local food banks. 

My thanks to Caldicot Food Bank for organising the visit, and for all they do in the community. 

To find out more about their work, visit https://www.facebook.com/Caldicot-Food-Bank-184255561731993/

Caldicot School supporting local food banks

It was good to meet with pupils and teachers at Caldicot School last week to learn more about their ongoing support for local food banks.  My thanks to Caldicot Food...

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I enjoyed meeting with representatives from Scouts Cymru in Parliament today to learn more about their Skills For Life initiative.

ScoutsCymru supports over 300 Scout Groups across Wales, and helps them to provide a life-changing adventure to almost 14,000 young people, backed by a team of over 5,000 volunteer leaders and trustees on a weekly basis.

You can find out more about 'Skills For Life' here: http://scouts.org.uk/news/2018/05/announcing-our-new-strategy-skills-for-life

Scouts Cymru in Parliament

I enjoyed meeting with representatives from Scouts Cymru in Parliament today to learn more about their Skills For Life initiative. ScoutsCymru supports over 300 Scout Groups across Wales, and helps...

Capture.JPGPlease find below a report of my work, as your Member of Parliament, in April and May. Please do get in touch if you have a case you wish me to raise or would like to let me know your views. Surgery dates are listed on my website www.jessicamorden.com and my contact details are listed below.  For updates on my work please follow me on twitter @jessicamordenmp or facebook.

April and May Parliamentary Report

Please find below a report of my work, as your Member of Parliament, in April and May. Please do get in touch if you have a case you wish me to raise... Read more

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I’ve called on the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to review and speed up the process for initial Universal Credit claims.

In a question to the Minister of State for Employment, I highlighted the difficulties that claimants without photo ID face in waiting for an initial appointment with an advisor at the job centre. I said “Constituents who can’t afford a driving licence or a passport cannot do the initial online verification of their Universal Credit claim, meaning they have to wait up to 2 weeks in order to be seen for a personal appointment. This is driving people to loan sharks in some cases. Will the Minister look into this?”

I have heard local examples of claimants who are unable to complete online verification for Universal Credit claims having to wait a minimum of 10 days for a face to face appointment with an advisor. This is driving some residents into debt as they cannot even apply for an advance payment, let alone the benefit they are entitled to. I’d like to see the Government review the system to ensure that claimants can apply for an advance at the initial contact stage, which would go some way to reducing the threat of debts

Universal Credit issues

I’ve called on the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to review and speed up the process for initial Universal Credit claims. In a question to the Minister of State...

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It was great to host Magor's AB InBev's reception in Parliament this week to highlight their low & no alcohol beer range and sustainability goals. Thanks to Business Minister Andrew Griffiths for attending.

Magor Brewery, which employs over 400 people, has produced over three million tonnes of Budweiser Prohibition since the alcohol-free beer’s launch last October.
 

AB InBev in Parliament

It was great to host Magor's AB InBev's reception in Parliament this week to highlight their low & no alcohol beer range and sustainability goals. Thanks to Business Minister Andrew...

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