May 2014

Rob raises the alarm after new figures show people in Stoke-on-Trent are amongst the most at-risk of losing their homes in the country

PEOPLE in Stoke-on-Trent are amongst the most at-risk of losing their homes in the country, according to figures highlighted by Rob.

One in 78 city households were hit by repossession claims in 2013-14, the fourth highest rate among West Midlands councils and the 52nd highest of the 325 local authorities in the country.

'Fantastic' rehabilitation scheme for persistent offenders may by jeopardised by Government privatisation plans, says Rob

ROB has heaped praise on a revolutionary rehabilitation scheme for persistent offenders - but voiced concern that its future may be threatened by the Government’s privatisation plans.

The MP, who is a former Shadow Justice Minister, applauded Longton Integrated Offender Management (180) (IOM) scheme after visiting its Longton Police Station base, in Sutherland Road, and an innovative project in Fenton.

One in six boys born in Stoke-on-Trent will not live to reach retirement age, according to figures highlighted by Rob

ONE in six boys born in Stoke-on-Trent will not live to reach retirement age, according to shocking figures highlighted by Rob.

The MP said estimates by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed 17 per cent of newborns would not survive to the age of 65.

The rate is the 11th highest in England and the 23rd highest in the UK.

Rob: It's vital to vote to let powers-that-be know what you value

Ann Maguire was only 61 when she was stolen from her family, friends and those she worked with.

The humanities teacher had been due to retire this September after more than 40 years’ dedicated service.  She had gone to Corpus Christi Catholic College, in Leeds, on April 28, her day off.

Families struggling with debt need better support and protection, says Rob, as a new report reveals the devastating impact of financial hardship on children

FAMILIES mired in debt need better support and protection, says Rob, as a new report exposes the shocking impact of financial hardship on children.

His call comes as The Debt Trap, a new analysis by The Children’s Society and StepChange Debt Charity, shows problem debt is putting stress on relationships, damaging young people and trapping families in a downward spiral of borrowing.

He shoots. He scores! Rob on target during parliamentary event promoting benefits of basketball to disadvantaged young people

ROB showed he was on the ball during a parliamentary event promoting the benefits of basketball to young people from deprived communities.

The MP hit the target four out of five times when he joined two stars from the Great Britain team to shoot hoops on Speaker’s Green.

Rob urges people in the Potteries to apply for grants of up to £10,000 to fund community projects about the First World War

ROB is encouraging people in Stoke-on-Trent to apply for grants of up to £10,000 to fund community projects about the First World War.

The MP hopes they will tap Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) support for initiatives designed to deepen understanding of the conflict.

His call comes as the UK prepares to mark the centenary of its entry into ‘The Great War’, which lasted from 1914 until 1918.