Mary Creagh

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My article in this week’s Wakefield Express

I recently visited Durkar Devils JFC in Newmillerdam to see the excellent progress that has been made with the development of new football pitches.

Last December I presented club officials Matthew Thompson and Simon Gibson with a £99,568 cheque on behalf of the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. The improvement works will enable Durkar Devils JFC to grow from 11 to 24 teams over the next five years, which will include the development of an Under-6 team and the creation of a girls’ section. The new grounds will be ready to host their first matches by April 2016.

Last Saturday I organised a coffee morning at Ossett Town Hall, where local residents raised various concerns with me. A number of issues were discussed, including littering, parking, and the visibility of police officers. I also spoke privately to people who were badly affected by the Bedroom Tax. I will keep the people who attended updated on progress.

The Government will be announcing its Emergency Budget on 8 July, and I am deeply concerned about further proposed cuts. David Cameron and George Osborne still haven’t come clean on where cuts will fall, but it is clear that low-paid families in Wakefield are in the firing line.

New figures from the House of Commons show that almost two-thirds of families with children in Wakefield could be hit by the Tories’ tax credit cuts. Wakefield has one of the highest proportions of families claiming tax credits in the country, seven per cent above the national average. Three quarters of families in Wakefield claiming tax credits are in work.

I am worried about the number of people in work who are falling into poverty. Figures released last week revealed a depressing lack of progress on child poverty levels, which is blighting lives and hindering social mobility.

This week is Catch the Bus Week, a national celebration of the benefits of taking the bus. Buses are the lifelines of our city. They reduce congestion, enable people to get to work, drive economic growth and help communities prosper. I celebrated the launch in Wakefield on one of Arriva’s new Sapphire vehicles, which have been introduced on the 110 commuter route to Leeds. These buses are equipped with comfy seats, plug sockets and wi-fi, and will significantly enhance the journey for passengers.

Please contact my constituency office on 386124 or if you would like to find out more about any of these stories, or if you would like to receive my regular newsletter.

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