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robotics.jpgSefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson has joined local manufacturers to gather views on boosting skills, training and cutting edge business. 

 

The Labour MP, who is also the Shadow Business Minister, visited top robotics firm CNC Robotics, in Aintree. Touring the factory floor, Bill Esterson MP said,

 

"We have an outstanding local network of innovative, high-tech small businesses right here in Sefton and just round the corner from where I live. CNC is a great example of this, building robots for international car manufacturers, aerospace and even the Olympic Games. CNC and companies like them hold some of the keys to securing the high-skill, high-wage economy,

jobs and prosperity which we all need. I would like to thank the management at CNC Robotics for inviting me to visit and wish them well as they develop the business.

 

"We have a problem here in the UK. We have weak productivity, and we the only developed country where since 2010, living standards for people in work have fallen while the economy has grown. The answer lies in an industrial strategy that focuses on what firms like CNC need: investment in skills, and support for high-tech research and development. Supporting smaller, innovative companies properly would mean a more prosperous local economy. It would open up exciting, well-paid career paths for young people. 

 

"These companies are held back because the government does not invest enough in research & development. It does not support industry-standard apprenticeships. The UK's 5.4 million smaller businesses face real problems over access to finance, and access to skills. 

 

"This is about securing a high-skill, high-wage economy in which businesses and the workforce prosper. To achieve this we need industry-standard apprenticeships, and better access to those apprenticeship schemes for smaller businesses. Labour has already committed to boosting research and development investment to 3% of GDP, and the government must commit to this now. 

 

"There is a huge opportunity on the horizon for Sefton this year. With the first-ever elected Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, we can pursue an industrial strategy of our own. Labour candidate Steve Rotheram is already planning major reforms around apprenticeships and cutting-edge technology, and I am delighted to work alongside him to make it a reality."

 

 

In the picture with Bill Esterson MP, Jason Barker, Chris Edwards and Madina Baker CNC Robotics Ltd

 

 

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 Sefton Central MP, Bill Esterson said that Woodlands Hospice deserve the gratitude of everyone in Sefton and Liverpool for the support they give to people who are terminally ill and their families.

 Mr Esterson met Woodlands Chief Executive, Rose Milnes and trustee Barry Bartlett to discuss the work of the hospice.

 Mrs Milnes explained that many younger people are now being cared for at Woodlands. She also told Bill Esterson that older people are coming to the hospice in crisis more often than in previous years as a result of cuts in social care by the government.

 Bill Esterson MP said, “Woodlands Hospice staff all work extremely hard. They look after people at the end of their lives. I was really impressed by what Rose Milnes told me about the latest work being done by her team. As more younger people, sadly need hospice care, more children need support. Rose told me about an 11 year old and the support that the hospice is able to give through counselling. And thanks to MacMillan, Woodlands has been able to recruit a family support worker to help. Rose also told me about the important of support for carers. When my mum was nearing the end of her life, my dad cared for her and I know from the experience in my family, just how tough it can be for carers.

 “But there have also been new challenges for Woodlands. This is the result of having so many more people aged 41-64, who need hospice care. This is one result of less support being available from social services because younger people would like to go from hospice but it has become harder for their wishes to be granted because the care cannot be put in place. Conversely, older people, ie those 65 and older are coming to Woodlands hospice in far greater crisis than in previous years and stays by elderly people are in contrast shorter than they used to be. Again, this is because of less support from social services. To be quite clear, staff in social services are doing what they can, but the Conservatives have cut £4.6 billion from social services and what is happening at Woodlands, just like the increase in numbers at A&E, is a direct result of the cuts made by the government.

 

“Overall, the average length of stay has increased from 14-16 days to 18 days, which puts additional pressure onto the staff and leaves fewer places available for new patients.”

 Rose Milnes asked a simple question. She said, “Why are we seeing people at end of life in crisis, rather than earlier so we can do more to smooth the way for them and their families?”

 Bill Esterson MP said, “I thought Rose asked the right question. She and her team want to make end of life as comforting for those who are terminally ill and for their families. When this is becoming harder, it is very distressing for families and those nearing end of life. It is very worrying that so many people are unable to receive the care they really want at home. Of course it is a tribute to the wonderful staff and volunteers at Woodlands that hospice care is available. But until recently, care was also available at home. The cuts in social care are causing a real problem including for end of life care and people need to understand the consequences of what is happening as a result of decisions taken by this government.”

 “I know that Rose Milnes and her team will continue to do all they can to look after people but they need our help. So while I will press the government about what is happening to people in our community and their families, everyone here can help. I would therefore encourage you to support Woodlands Hospice at their shop in Maghull or by giving donations to the hospice directly.”

 You can donate to Woodlands Hospice online https://www.woodlandshospice.org/donate-online

Bill Esterson MP is pictured with Woodlands Hospice, Chief Executive, Rose Milnes and Trustee Barry Bartlett

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School_funding.jpegSefton Central MP Bill Esterson has slammed the Government for cuts to
school budgets and called on Education Ministers to think again.

Bill Esterson MP said, "Proposed changes to funding by the Government
will lead to reductions in school budgets. This follows a number of
years in which there have been no increases in funding, and after
schools have already had to pay extra in pension and national
insurance contributions.

"Primary and Secondary schools in Formby, Maghull, Crosby, Aintree, Melling and Lydiate rank among the very best in the country. I am therefore united with parents, teachers and pupils in wanting to maintain and exceed this proud record. And so it is devastating for schools in Sefton that they face some of the biggest
cuts in funding from this government.

After meeting with Headteachers of Primary Schools in Sefton Central, Bill
Esterson MP, has demanded the Government take note not just of the
damage the cuts will do in undermining school achievements that have
taken years of hard work, but also warned that the effect of these
cuts will be totally self-defeating.

 Bill Esterson said, “As a result of the cuts , a typical single form
entry primary school in my constituency faces a cut of £75,000 or more
out of a total budget of £800,000, equivalent to the loss of 4 support
staff. For larger primary schools and for secondary schools, the cuts
are far higher and the numbers of staff affected far greater. This
loss of staff will have a significant impact on children.

"Head teachers have told me that support staff are essential in
ensuring teachers are as effective as possible. Having teaching
assistants also means that children who have additional needs are
supported, without other children's education being affected. Hard
working teaching assistants
also compare extremely well with the option of children having to be
in much more expensive alternative provision or special schools.

"The proposed cuts in my constituency are bad for schools and for
children. They are a false economy both because they add to the
overall cost of education and also because of the negative impact on
our economy. I have therefore written to Justine Greening, the
Secretary of State for Education to make plain the impact and I hope
they will reconsider their proposals and reverse these cuts so that
children, staff and parents across Sefton can continue to deliver
excellent results.”

Bill Esterson MP is pictured being presented with letters from parents
and from staff and governors at St Nicholas Church of England Primary
in Crosby.

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