Jim Cunningham MP

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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