Stephanie Backs Breast Cancer Fundraising Event

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle on 25th May, Stephanie met with leading charity Breast Cancer Care recently to support the launch of Afternoon Tea, the charity’s annual summer fundraising campaign. Following the Parliamentary meeting on 15th May, Stephanie is encouraging her constituents to join in to support those affected by breast cancer. The event raised awareness of Afternoon Tea, where people are encouraged to get together with friends, family or colleagues in July to raise vital funds for the UK’s leading breast cancer support charity. All of the money raised at Afternoon Teas up and down the country will enable Breast Cancer Care to continue to be there to provide free care, support and information to those affected by breast cancer. Stephanie commented: “Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK today with 62,000 women and men diagnosed each year. “That’s why I’m supporting Breast Cancer Care’s Afternoon Tea fundraising campaign, so that the charity can continue to provide its vital support services, to those who need them, for free. “I’d like to encourage as many people as possible across Barnsley to sign up on the Breast Cancer Care website and take part in the fundraiser this summer.”

Working with Local Dementia Groups

21st May marks Dementia Action week; Dementia Action Week is run by the Alzheimer’s Society, and aims to raise awareness and bring about positive change for those living with dementia and their carers. Stephanie recently became a patron of Barnsley Independent Alzheimer's and Dementia Support, and also visited local Butterflies Dementia Support group. You can read more about Stephanie's work on dementia here.

Column: The Great Gift Aid Robbery

As featured in the Barnsley Chronicle on 25th May, Stephanie's recent column focused on the 'great gift aid robbery'. She wrote about private fundraising platforms use a loophole to charge a fees on taxpayer donations, taking money intended for good causes and lining their own pockets.. You can read her full comments here.  

Stephanie Supports 'Afternoon Tea' Fundraising

As reported in the Barnsley News and Sport on 22nd May, Stephanie met with leading charity Breast Cancer Care recently to support the launch of Afternoon Tea, the charity’s annual summer fund-raising campaign. Following the Parliamentary meeting on 15th May, Stephanie is encouraging her constituents to join in to support those affected by breast cancer. The event raised awareness of Afternoon Tea, where people are encouraged to get together with friends, family or colleagues in July to raise vital funds for the UK’s leading breast cancer support charity. All of the money raised at Afternoon Teas up and down the country will enable Breast Cancer Care to continue to be there to provide free care, support and information to those affected by breast cancer. Said Stephanie: “Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK today with 62,000 women and men diagnosed each year. “That’s why I’m supporting Breast Cancer Care’s Afternoon Tea fund-raising campaign, so that the charity can continue to provide its vital support services, to those who need them, for free. “I’d like to encourage as many people as possible across Barnsley to sign up on the Breast Cancer Care website and take part in the fund-raiser this summer.”

Stephanie Reveals Education Secretary yet to Visit South Yorkshire

As reported in the Barnsley Gazette on 11th May, has forced the Government to admit the Education Secretary has not visited a nursery, school, or college in South Yorkshire. The revelation came in response to a parliamentary question submitted by the local Barnsley MP. In their response, the Government admitted their Education Secretary Damian Hinds MP has failed to make a single visit to South Yorkshire. Appointed at the turn of the year, the Minister in charge of the country’s education system has made a solitary trip to the whole of Yorkshire – to visit a nursery in Bedale. Barnsley East’s Stephanie Peacock – a former teacher who even before her election brought Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary to visit Barnsley’s schools – claimed following the admission it’s no surprise the Government is out-of-touch with the problems facing schools in Barnsley and South Yorkshire. Said Stephanie: “Our schools are facing unprecedented pressure with budgets slashed, resources cut, and teachers leaving the profession in droves. “Yet how would the Education Secretary have any idea how this is affecting schools here in Barnsley when he has failed to make a single visit to the region? “The Minister is welcome to come and see the damage his Government’s appalling obsession with austerity is doing to Barnsley’s schools, but given his record I won’t hold my breath. “This is just another example of an out-of-touch Tory Government ignoring people here in Barnsley.”  

Apprenticeships Supplement

AS featured in the Barnsley Chronicle's Education Supplement on 11th May, Stephanie wrote about apprenticeships. She discussed the need for high-quality apprenticeships in tackling an increasing skills shortage across the UK, and her employment of a local living-wage apprentice in her constituency office. You can read her full comments here.   

Column: Austerity and Life Expectancy

As featured in the Barnsley Chronicle on 11th May, Stephanie's recent column focused on her the growing evidence linking austerity with the UK flat-lining - and in some cases decreasing - life expectancy levels. You can read her full comments here.

Column: Private Members Bill on rights for agency workers

As featured in the Barnsley Chronicle on 27th April, Stephanie's recent column focused on her Private Members Bill. She wrote about how her Bill would expand the rights of agency workers and end exploitative working practices. You can read her full comments here.

Stephanie helps force Government to concede vote on nursing bursaries

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle on 27th April, Stephanie has helped to force the Government to concede a vote on nursing bursaries.Ministers had already abolished the NHS Bursary, which provided support for most undergraduate nursing courses, and are now attempting to abolish bursaries for postgraduate, part time and dental students. The Government was attempting to pass this change through a 'statutory instrument', a parliamentary procedure which does not allow a debate or vote.However, under pressure from Stephanie and her Labour colleagues, the Government has been forced to concede that a binding vote will take place.Commenting, Stephanie said:'The NHS is short of nurses, and there are many students in Barnsley and across Yorkshire who would love a career in nursing but face huge debts to get qualified. They would be absolutely astonished to hear that their MP could have been refused a meaningful vote on such an important issue.'The Tories are attacking our public services and now they threatened to undermine our democracy to do it.'It's good news that they have withdrawn the regulations but I will be fighting every step of the way until we get this on to the floor of the Commons, and make ministers face the facts.'

Stephanie to attend Workers Memorial Day event

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle on 27th April, Stephanie will be attending the International Workers' Memorial Day event outside Barnsley Town Hall on 28th April at 12:15pm.This event commemorates workers who have sadly died or suffered serious accidents at work over the last year.