Jim Cunningham MP

Labour Member of Parliament for Coventry South

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December_2013_021.jpegCoventry South’s Member of Parliament has asked the Government to reconsider its proposal to sell student debt to the private sector. In a move that effectively privatises the student loans system, Jim Cunningham MP has questioned the proposed deal saying it puts tax payers and students at risk.

Jim Cunningham MP, who has two Universities in his constituency said;

“This is a surprising move from the Government. The last time they sold off some student debt, they later admitted it was bad for the taxpayer. Why would they want to do that again?

I think students have a right to know the terms of the loan they take out with the Government when they go to university will always remain the same throughout the period of the loan. Opening up the system to the private market removes some of the certainty we should be providing to our young people.

I’ve written to the Government to express my concern about this issue as well as tabling an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons which is picking up support from other Members of Parliament.” 

Jim Cunningham MP questions student loan sell off

Coventry South’s Member of Parliament has asked the Government to reconsider its proposal to sell student debt to the private sector. In a move that effectively privatises the student loans...

EndChildPoverty.jpgUnder the Tories the UK is set for the biggest increase in child poverty in a generation. 3.9 million children currently live in poverty. That is 28% of children or 9 in a classroom of 30.

In Coventry South there are 6,349 children living in poverty. That represents 30% of all the children living in the constituency.

In 1999, Labour set an ambitious target to halve child poverty by 2010, and to eliminate child poverty by 2020.

In 2015, the Tories scrapped children poverty targets, brought in by the last Labour government, meaning they have no legal duty to tackle the number of children in poverty.

Jarvis MP is putting forward a private members bill to establish a target for the reduction of child poverty in the United Kingdom.

 The bill will require the government to set a child poverty target and a strategy for meeting it.

 Jim Cunningham, the Member of Parliament for Coventry South said:

“No child in Britain should have to grow up in poverty. For those children who do, poverty represents a real barrier to them reaching their potential. 

 “In Coventry South there are 6,349 children living in poverty.

“They are more likely to fall behind in school, less likely to secure a job, and more likely to suffer from illness.

“In Government, Labour made a positive difference for so many. By 2010 over one million children had been lifted out of poverty. As an MP I saw the real change that this made for so many children and families in Coventry South.

“Yet as a result of Conservative government policy all this good work is being undone. The UK is set for the biggest increase in child poverty in a generation.

 “This is unacceptable. We need to give every child the opportunity of the best start in life.

 “Dan Jarvis’s Child Poverty Bill is about putting children first.

 “Through establishing a target to reduce child poverty, we are making a clear statement that can drive change across government”

Jim Cunningham MP slams child poverty figures

Under the Tories the UK is set for the biggest increase in child poverty in a generation. 3.9 million children currently live in poverty. That is 28% of children or...

Opening_Cambridge_Weight_Centre.jpgJim Cunningham MP was happy to cut the ribbon and officially open the Cambridge Weight Plan Centre in Cannon Park Coventry on Saturday 30th January. Providing bespoke one to one support, the Cambridge Weight Plan has already helped many Coventry residents to lose weight and make positive changes to their diet and overall lifestyle. Focusing on nutritional advice, the Cambridge Weight Plan, aims to not only help people lose weight in the short term but also help them to maintain that weight loss in the long term.

This is a particularly pressing concern in Coventry, as over 56% of the local adult population are overweight or obese. Furthermore the effects of poor diet and the health problems caused by it, add to the strain put on our local services. Across the UK problems caused by, and related to, Obesity have been estimated to cost the NHS over £4 billion pounds annually. In Coventry reducing unhealthy behaviours is a top health priority.

Jim hopes that the new Cambridge Weight Plan Centre can play a vital role not only in helping individual Coventry residents to lose weight but also to assist the work done by the NHS.

Cambridge Weight Plan Consultant Natalie Haley said, “I am delighted to have helped many people in Coventry change their lives in this positive way, and I look forward to helping many more.”

Jim Cunningham MP said “I have been very impressed with the work done by Cambridge Weight Plan consultants like Natalie here in Coventry. Their work has helped individuals lose weight and, crucially, keep that weight off. As with other parts of the country, obesity is a significant problem here in Coventry. Hopefully this new center will not only give local people a healthier future but will help to secure the health of our local NHS”.

Local MP Welcomes Opening of Cambridge Weight Plan Centre

Jim Cunningham MP was happy to cut the ribbon and officially open the Cambridge Weight Plan Centre in Cannon Park Coventry on Saturday 30th January. Providing bespoke one to one...

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Coventry South’s voice in Parliament, Jim Cunningham has taken the fight for fairer local government funding directly to Parliament.

Jim pressed Local Government Minister, Marcus Jones to come clean on local government funding as Council’s continue to feel the pain of having to reduce services as the Government cuts its funding.

Jim told the Minister that,

“Central Government are saving money as a result of shifting the resources on to local government through the abolition of grants. Equally, he is asking local government to raise certain sums of money themselves, and we will surely reach a point where local government cannot sustain that.”

Speaking after the debate, Jim said,

“In Coventry the Council has seen its funding cut by £507 per head, the schools budget is £568 lower per pupil and the police has seen its funding cut by 23%.

“It’s a real outrage that Government Ministers claim to be investing billions in local government when the reality is that they are reducing the core funding needed to provide the services we all rely on. Conservative cuts have consequences and that can be seen across the country and here in Coventry.

“When a service is reduced in our city the blame lies firmly at the door of this Conservative Government. They claim to provide billions more in funding but the reality is, they give with one hand and then take twice as much with the other.”

Coventry MP asks Government to come clean on local Government cuts

Coventry South’s voice in Parliament, Jim Cunningham has taken the fight for fairer local government funding directly to Parliament. Jim pressed Local Government Minister, Marcus Jones to come clean on...

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MP for Coventry South, Jim Cunningham, has congratulated a local weight management Consultant for her work in successfully helping many Coventry residents lose weight and live healthier, happier lives.

Local Cambridge Weight Plan Consultant, Natalie Haley, met with Mr Cunningham to outline the benefits of Cambridge Weight Plan for overweight and obese people across Coventry. Cambridge Weight Plan is a weight management programme comprised of several steps, including weight loss, weight stabilisation and long-term weight maintenance. Thanks largely to the one-to-one support provided by Consultants like Natalie, many local people have been able to not only lose weight but maintain that weight loss. This is a particularly important achievement for Coventry, as over 56% of the local adult population are overweight or obese – more than one in two of us.

Jim Cunningham MP said:

“I was very impressed with Natalie’s work here in Coventry to help individuals lose weight and, crucially, keep that weight off. As with other parts of the country, obesity is a significant problem here in Coventry: Natalie’s efforts will not only give local people a healthier future but will help to secure the health of our local NHS. Her accomplishments are clear in the many people she has helped, both to lose weight and maintain a stable, healthy weight. I applaud Natalie’s success, which has and will continue to do much for the health of the local population across Coventry.”

Natalie Haley said

“Obesity is a complex, difficult illness with many underlying causes and it can have a terrible effect on those who suffer from it, as well as their families. As a Cambridge Consultant, I help people to better understand why they have gained weight – which is rarely down to overeating alone. I give crucial support to people to help them develop healthier diets and exercise more. This means they are less likely to return to the bad habits that caused their weight gain in first place and this, in turn, helps them live happier, healthier lives. I am delighted to have helped many people in Coventry change their lives in this positive way, and I look forward to helping many more.”

Local MP praises local weight loss consultant helping to tackle a key public health issue

MP for Coventry South, Jim Cunningham, has congratulated a local weight management Consultant for her work in successfully helping many Coventry residents lose weight and live healthier, happier lives. Local...

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The whole of the West Midlands is set to benefit if Coventry wins the competition to be the UK’s next City of Culture, according to local Coventry MP, Jim Cunningham.

Jim joined fellow West Midlands MPs in Parliament to show his support for his home city of Coventry this week, following the official launch of the competition by Culture Minister Matt Hancock in Hull.

Commenting on the competition, Jim Cunningham MP said:

“Coventry is a city that has reinvented itself on many occasions over the centuries and now stands as a modern, diverse city.

“Coventry and our wider region have so much to offer in terms of culture and this title would be a win for the whole of the region.

“It would bring millions to the local economy and help to put the West Midlands well and truly on the map. That’s why I’m backing the bid and urge everyone else to do the same.

The DCMS set out the process for bidding for UK City of Culture in 2021 earlier this month but Coventry has been preparing to bid for more than a year.

David Burbidge, the chair of the City of Culture Trust, said: “Coventry has moved people by car, by jet plane and bicycle over the years and continues to do so through culture. We have learned much about what the city has to offer during the past 12 months but also the many issues we believe City of Culture can help to tackle.

“Winning would bring so many benefits to the city and the West Midlands. Places like Glasgow, Manchester, Hull and Liverpool have shown how perceptions of the north can be changed. The time is right for the Midlands to stand up and deliver.

“We are inspired by Hull which has kicked off its year so dramatically and so positively, attracting 340,000 visitors to its first event

“And for Coventry, which once stood as the capital of England, this is a great chance to take centre stage once again.”

Coventry City Council, The University of Warwick, and Coventry University are Principal Partners of the bid and are providing significant support. The Ricoh Arena is Bid Sponsor while Jaguar Land Rover, Friargate, Coventry Building Society, the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, Birmingham Airport, Pertemps and CEF (City Electrical Factors) are all Bid Development Sponsors.

For more information please go to: www.coventry2021.co.uk

 

Coventry South MP backs Coventry City of Culture Bid

The whole of the West Midlands is set to benefit if Coventry wins the competition to be the UK’s next City of Culture, according to local Coventry MP, Jim Cunningham....

I've co-signed a letter to the Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills. Read the letter in full here:

19th January 2017

Dear Robert

We are writing to you following the adjournment debate on Adult Education and the Future of Night Schools on Friday 13th January. We firmly believe that education does not end at 18 and as such we are pleased that the House had an opportunity to debate adult education. However, we are writing to gain further clarification on a number of issues.

Firstly, the Government’s Post-16 Skills Plan – a 60 page document – dedicates only a couple of short, insubstantial paragraphs to adult education that fail to set out a new approach, new investment or new ideas. The Plan includes a promise to “say more about” the Government’s “approach to lifetime learning for adults” at some point in 2016.

However, no further such approach or strategy has been forthcoming, and during your response on Friday 13th January you failed to confirm whether such an approach or strategy would be published and indeed when we can expect it to be published. As the Government Office for Science has warned, lifelong learning is an “urgent issue for public policy in the UK” – so when can we expect the Government’s strategy for adult education to be published?

We call on you to come up with a national strategy that works across departments in recognition of the huge range of beneficial outcomes that adult education has for individuals, our economy and society in general – not least in terms of employability and helping people return to work, but also in terms of tackling mental ill health and social exclusion.

Secondly, we recognise that the adult education budget has been frozen in cash terms, yet this will mean a cut in real terms and comes on the back of 40% cuts to the adult skills budget between 2010 and 2015 as well as 57% cuts in spending on the non-apprenticeships aspects of this budget. The number of adult learners fell by 10.8% in just a single year between 2014 and 2015, and the number of adults achieving Level 4 awards of above has fallen to just 3,900 – a staggering 75% fall in just two years.

You will be aware of the gaping skills gap that is holding back our economy. Skills shortages already account for a quarter of all job openings and the situation is about to get a lot worse if we leave the Single Market and businesses can no longer employ skilled workers from other European Union countries to plug their skills gaps.

Moreover, if 2016 taught us anything it is that we can no longer afford to ignore the people and communities who feel “left behind” – the parts of our country where many people feel trapped in low-income jobs with little prospect for change. We call on you to invest in adult education so that working class people can get the skills they need to access the growth sectors in our economy and to ensure that the proceeds of economic growth are felt across all parts of the country, particularly in communities outside of London and the South East.

When education and skills provision does not keep up with a changing economy and jobs market then inequality is exacerbated and it is those at the bottom who lose out most. We believe that all adults must have access to flexible, affordable and accessible education and training that will equip them for the modern jobs market and takes into account other commitments adults have as employees, parents and carers.

We look forward to hearing from you regarding the Government’s strategy for lifelong learning and plans for investing in our adult education system.

Yours sincerely

 

 

Rt Hon David Lammy MP

 

 

 

 

 

Angela Rayner MP, Shadow Education Secretary

Gordon Marsden MP, Shadow Further Education and Skills Minister

Chi Onwurah MP, Chair, All Party Parliamentary Group for Adult Education

 

 

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Co-signed letter on adult eduction

I've co-signed a letter to the Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills. Read the letter in full here: 19th January 2017 Dear Robert We are writing to you following...

Jim Cunningham MP is recruiting for two new members of staff to join his team. Further information on the two roles can be found below:

Job description: Communications Officer

 

Closing Date: 12 noon 13 January 2017

Job Title: Communications Officer (hours negotiable)

Working For: Jim Cunningham MP

Location: Coventry

Salary: In line with IPSA payscales

 

Job Details

Jim Cunningham MP, Member of Parliament for Coventry South, is looking for a Communications Officer to join his busy constituency office. The role will involve handiling policy casework, liasing with local media and groups as well as providing brfieings and undertaking some research on local issues.

Job Description

Analyse patterns of enquiries and produce reports

Attending surgeries and other meetings as appropriate

Dealing with standard queries from members of the public

Draft responses to constituents

Establish a social media presence in the constituency and publicise surgeries etc.

Follow up on social media queries and comments

Gathering relevant information to assist with resolving cases

Log all cases; monitor progress and ensure all identified actions are taken

Preparing media briefings

Pro-active and re-active communications with all media

Publicise the Member’s parliamentary duties on FB and Twitter

Retain records and information confidentially and in line with the Data Protection Act

 

Personal Specification

Disciplined self-starter with the ability to work unsupervised and to manage and prioritise a challenging workload

Awareness and understanding of current political issues

Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Understands the role and needs of an MP’s office

 

Desirable but not essential:

A full UK driving license and access to a vehicle

Previous experience of working in Parliament or a political environment.

 

Please note that some flexibility is required in this role as hours and days worked may sometimes vary depending on workloads.

 

The closing date may be brought forward should a suitable applicant be found prior to 13th January.

 

The current closing date is 13th January at 12noon

 

Upon appointment you will be required to comply with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard, undertaken by the Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO). See Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO) page for further info. MPs generally pay staff in accordance with IPSA guidelines.

 

 

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews will be arranged upon application and should take place within a week of applying. The successful candidate should be able to start in early February but this may be negotiable.

Application Details

Please send a CV and covering letter by email FAO Adam Farrell to  jim.cunningham.mp@parliament.uk. In the subject line please include “Application: FIRST NAME, SECOND NAME”.

 

Candidates will be notified via email as to whether they have been shortlisted for interview or not. Due to the high volume of expected applications, we regret we shall only be able to provide feedback to those unsuccessful candidates who have been shortlisted.

 

Job description: Parliamentary Assistant

 

Closing Date: 12 noon 13 January 2017

Job Title: Parliamentary Assistant

Working For: Jim Cunningham MP

Location: London

Salary: In line with IPSA payscales

Job Details

Jim Cunningham MP, Member of Parliament for Coventry South, is looking for a Parliamentary Assistant to support his work in Parliament. The successful applicant must be able to work to tight deadlines and manage a challenging workload, both independently and working closely with the constituency office.

Job Description

Analyse, evaluate and interpret data to ensure the Member is accurately informed on key issues;

Providing research briefings for Parliamentary debates and key policy issues

Drafting Parliamentary questions and correspondence

Supporting Mr Cunningham in his Parliamentary duties, including with bills, Early Day

Motions, and speeches

Provide generalist admin support;

Managing and monitoring all communications to the Westminster Office

Maintaining a strong link between Westminster and the Constituency Office

Undertaking specific policy casework as appropriate

 

Personal Specification

Disciplined self-starter with the ability to work unsupervised and to manage and prioritise a challenging workload

Awareness and understanding of current political issues

Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Understands the role and needs of an MP’s office

Desirable but not essential:

Previous experience of working in Parliament or a political environment.

 

Please note that some flexibility is required in this role as hours and days worked may sometimes vary depending on Parliamentary business.

 

The closing date may be brought forward should a suitable applicant be found prior to 13th January.

 

The current closing date is 13th January at 12noon

 

Upon appointment you will be required to comply with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard, undertaken by the Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO). See Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO) page for further info. MPs generally pay staff in accordance with IPSA guidelines.

 

 

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews will be arranged upon application and should take place within a week of applying. The successful candidate should be able to start in early February but this may be negotiable.

Application Details

Please send a CV and covering letter by email FAO Eleanor Connolly a jim.cunningham.mp@parliament.uk. In the subject line please include “Application: FIRST NAME, SECOND NAME”.

 

Candidates will be notified via email as to whether they have been shortlisted for interview or not. Due to the high volume of expected applications, we regret we shall only be able to provide feedback to those unsuccessful candidates who have been shortlisted.

Job Vacancies

Jim Cunningham MP is recruiting for two new members of staff to join his team. Further information on the two roles can be found below: Job description: Communications Officer  ...

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Coventry South MP, Jim Cunningham has raised his concerns about the lack of funding being provided for shelters and refuges for women.

The Coventry South Member of Parliament told the House of Common;

“Not enough resources are being invested in shelters and refuges for women. More importantly, another by-product of domestic violence is that it affects not only a child’s character but a child’s education. If I were… at school, I would be more worried about what was happening to my mother than about my lessons.”

Speaking after the debate in Parliament, Jim said;

“It is really important that funding is provided to women’s refuges. No one can begin to imagine the suffering these women go through and it would not be right for me to suggest I can even begin to understand but what I do know is that without the refugees and shelters, many would not be supported through a very difficult period in their lives.

“I have visited the Coventry Rape and Sexual Assault Centre on a number of occasions and have seen first-hand the vital support they provide to vulnerable women in need of assistance. We must ensure these facilities are properly funded.”

The City Council in Coventry provides over £350,000 in funding for CRASAC over a 2-year period and the Labour Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands granted CRASAC £100,000 earlier this year.

Jim concluded;

“This is a step in the right direction but the Government now need to match this ambition and ensure women’s refuges are provided with a stable stream of funding to continue the vital work they are doing in Coventry and across the country.”

Jim raises issue of Domestic Violence in Parliament

Coventry South MP, Jim Cunningham has raised his concerns about the lack of funding being provided for shelters and refuges for women. The Coventry South Member of Parliament told the...

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Coventry South MP, Jim Cunningham has hit out at the plans announced for health services in Coventry and Warwickshire.

The Sustainability Transformation Plan seeks to reduce health spending by over £270 million between now and 2020 but Jim Cunningham MP has said these are a way to make cuts through the back door.

Jim Cunningham said,

“These STP’s are a terrible way to design the future of health services. They are being produced in secret and then when the document is actually published it seems to be written in some sort of code that no one can understand. It’s a pretty shambolic way to try and change health services because those that rely on them, the general public, have been shut out of discussions.

Although the plan is difficult to understand and very vague on some areas, it is very clear to me that three issues stand out, there isn’t enough money, there is no evidence provided that these plans will save money and there is no democratic legitimacy to force through these plans. The Government promised to protect our health service. The evidence on the ground here in Coventry shows you that this promise is being broken.

I am meeting with Professor Andy Hardy in January as well as medical professionals from across the City to discuss these plans and to explain the concerns I have for future of health services here in Coventry. I’ve also written to the Coventry and Rugby CCG to request a meeting with them to discuss these plans.

We need an open and honest debate about the future health needs in our city. We need to work towards a health service that focuses on social care as well as health care and we need a plan that also recognises the often forgotten about, mental health needs of our communities. This plan seems to be a top down, secret attempt to cut services through the back door and not one that addresses the huge health issues facing our communities over the years and decades to come.”

STP PLAN LABELLED A SHAMBLES BY COVENTRY MP

Coventry South MP, Jim Cunningham has hit out at the plans announced for health services in Coventry and Warwickshire. The Sustainability Transformation Plan seeks to reduce health spending by over...

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