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Senior caseworker (maternity cover) vacancy

Michael is looking to recruit a Senior Caseworker to cover a staff member’s maternity leave for a fixed term six month contract starting on 1 November 2016. You can see the full job description here and apply by emailing an application to michael.dugher.mp@parliament.uk.

Michael has called for a moratorium on fracking in Barnsley. You can see his Yorkshire Post piece here and his letter to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change here.

Labour is calling on the Government to act urgently to save our steel industry, after Tata Steel announced that it would sell its UK plants. Labour has a four point plan to #SaveOurSteel, which you can see here.

Everyone should pay their fair share of tax, yet Google will pay just £130 million to cover a period of over a decade – despite making around £1bn in UK profits in 2014 alone. Labour is calling on the Government to come clean and publish its tax deal with Google. Sign the petition here.

Michael has called on the Government to stop planned cuts to community pharmacies which are vital for public health and save the NHS money. You can sign the petition here.

David Cameron is on a power grab, with new laws taking power from the people. Join Labour's campaign and sign your name against the Tory power grab here.

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 If you live in the Barnsley East constituency - find out here - I can provide information, advice and support for constituents on a wide range of issues. The fastest way I can help you is for you to call my Barnsley office on 01226 743 483 or email me on michael.dugher.mp@parliament.uk.  

But if you need to see me to talk about your case, I am also very happy to meet with constituents and I hold weekly surgeries by appointment. Please call or email my office to discuss your issue and arrange an appointment.


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Michael visits students during Reds in the Community’s National Citizen Service (NCS) week at Barnsley FC

22 July 2016

Michael visited Reds in the Community’s National Citizen Service week at Barnsley FC on Friday, where he met with some of the local students who participate in the NCS programme.

The students had been working on Barnsley FC’s ‘New Heritage’ project, which has been launched to mark the Club’s 130-year anniversary next year. This project received £74,900 in funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and aims to showcase the club’s history as well as the influence the Club has had on people in Barnsley, all through a series of displays in the East stand. Throughout the project different groups will be invited to work on the displays.

On this visit Michael heard first-hand from students what participating in the NCS had taught them. As part of the programme, students learn vital interviewing skills for the future and have the opportunity to build their confidence through a range of activities.

Michael was very impressed with the work Reds in the Community had done together with the students, and looks forward to seeing the ‘New Heritage’ project progress further in the coming weeks and months.


Michael opens Garganey Trust’s new two-storey hide at Broomhill Flash

22 July 2016

Michael was happy to officially open the Garganey Trust’s new two-storey hide at Broomhill Flash on Friday. The Garganey Trust, which does valuable work conserving natural heritage locally, has worked for over four years to make the new hide a reality.

After years of fundraising, work on the building started in autumn 2015 and was completed in spring 2016.

The hide is opened and closed every day by a group of dedicated volunteers, allowing visitors to enjoy the hide from dawn to dusk. The hide offers a fantastic view of the Broomhill Flash.

Michael would like to thank the Garganey Trust, chairman Jeff Lunn and volunteers and supporters for the incredible work they have done. He would also like to thank Cllr Dorothy Coates from Darfield for joining him at the opening ceremony.



People left ‘high and dry’ by Tates Travel

22 July 2016

In his regular column for the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has written about his opposition to local bus cuts and his support for regulated bus services.

When Tates Travel collapsed with just 24 hours’ notice earlier this year, my postbag was rightly full of bus passengers complaining they had potentially been left high and dry. People were understandably frustrated and angry.

But there might be more bad news to come for all those people who rely on our local bus services. Because the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) is now consulting on major changes to Barnsley’s buses.

You can read Michael’s full column on cuts to local bus services and his support for regulated bus services here.


Michael backs Barnsley Council's local plan and urges residents to have their say

20 July 2016

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has backed Barnsley Council’s local plan and called on residents in Barnsley to submit their views to Barnsley Council’s local plan consultation, which is currently open to the public.

Last week news emerged that the Council has decided to extend the deadline of the consultation by two weeks, now giving residents until Friday 19 August to express their opinion on the Council’s proposals. The local plan that is currently up for consultation provides a plan for the borough through to 2033.

The plan is set to deliver at least 20,900 homes before 2034, including almost 6000 in Michael’s constituency of Barnsley East. It also aims to create 33,000 new jobs by 2033. The current consultation is the last of a series of consultations the Council has scheduled for the local plan.

The Council hopes to submit the plan to the Secretary of State for Communities & local Government in autumn this year, and to adopt the proposals in 2017.

Commenting, Michael said:

"Barnsley Council should be congratulated for having such positive and ambitious plans for the future of the Borough, even in the face of hostile cuts from central government.

"It is crucial that local residents have their say on the plans that will affect neighbourhoods across Barnsley over the coming decades. I welcome the Council’s decision to extend the deadline for the consultation, which will allow more people to make their voice heard”.


MP congratulates Barnsley Ladies’ Rugby team on national award nomination

14 July 2016

As reported by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has congratulated the Barnsley Ladies’ Rugby team on being shortlisted for the National Rugby Award for Female Rugby Team of the Year.

This prestigious award celebrates amateur female rugby teams that excel on or off the field. Last season, Barnsley Rugby Union Football Club (RUFC)’s Ladies’ team finished first in the league, and was promoted to the Women’s NC North 1 league.

The team is set to play their first game in the new league on 11 September against Ormskirk. The winners of the National Rugby Awards will be announced on 1 September at Twickenham Stadium.

Commenting, Michael said:

“This is a brilliant achievement from the Barnsley RUFC’s Ladies’ team. Following their great work last season, this recognition in the prestigious National Rugby Awards is very well deserved. I look forward to seeing the team take up their place in the NC North 1 league in September.”


Michael welcomes safeguarding of children’s heart services in Yorkshire

8 July 2016

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, the South Yorkshire Times, Sheffield Telegraph, the Yorkshire Evening Post and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has welcomed news that Leeds General Infirmary will retain its Children’s Heart Unit as part of an NHS review into cardiology services. The review found that services at Leeds would meet new standards for children’s heart services and its future would be safeguarded.

Michael, who is a Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Heart Disease, has campaigned with the Leeds Save Our Surgery campaign to retain these vital services in Leeds, which mean that children with complex heart conditions in Barnsley and the surrounding areas are able to access a dedicated unit within travelling distance.

Michael supported the group’s successful legal battle to overturn an earlier decision to close the Leeds unit, which resulted in that plan being declared “unfair and unlawful” at the High Court.

The British Heart Foundation were involved in the review process following this decision, helping to guide it to ensure that the service gives users a great patient experience across England, including access and support for families, who often have to be away from home during a child’s surgery.

Commenting, Michael said:

“It is welcome news for my constituents and all of Yorkshire that the future of Children’s Heart Services in Leeds has been safeguarded.

“When these vital services were under threat of closure, I campaigned hard with patients and families in Barnsley who were potentially facing longer trips to and from hospital which risked undermining the quality of care.

“It is right that services should continue at the excellent facility at Leeds General Infirmary and credit must be given to everyone who campaigned to 'Save Our Surgery'. It's vital now that children across England can access the best possible heart services and care wherever they live.”


'Serre service was wonderful'

8 July 2016

In his regular column for the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has written about his visit to Serre in France to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and to pay tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of the Barnsley Pals.

The memorial to the Barnsley Pals at Serre now includes a special new plinth which was unveiled last week and will provide an improved and fitting monument to those who fought and died.

The sheer scale of what happened is still shocking: there were 57,000 British casualties on the first day – more than 19,000 of whom were killed. The battles raged for four and a half months in which more than a million men would be wounded and killed.

But what struck Michael last week was all those personal stories and connections behind the statistics. Many present last week talked about their own relatives who had also fought on the Western Front.

You can read Michael's column in full here.


Michael urges Council to make full use of new fly-tipping powers

7 July 2016

As reported by Barnsley News and Sport, the Sheffield Star and the South Yorkshire Times, Michael has urged Barnsley Council to use new enforcement powers against the borough’s fly-tipping problem after new rules came into force this May.

Michael is concerned that fly-tipping is a growing problem across the borough. Over the last five years, recorded incidents of fly-tipping in Barnsley have soared from 1654 in 2010-2011 to 3057 in 2014-2015 – meaning fly-tipping has nearly doubled, compared with a rise of only 10 per cent nationally.

However, under new rules that came into force in May, Barnsley Council will now be able to issue fixed-penalty notices to punish perpetrators for small-scale fly-tipping. These notices range between £150 and £400.

Before the change came into effect, Councils like Barnsley were forced to enforce fly-tipping rules through prosecution, a costly and time consuming procedure. The change in legislation means that Barnsley Council can issue more fines and raise more money from them. Michael is urging the Council to make full use of the new enforcement powers to combat fly-tipping across the Borough.

Commenting, Michael said:

“Fly-tipping is an appalling and growing problem in Barnsley, including in our constituency. Fly-tipping is not only an eyesore, spoiling our green spaces, but it can also cause real harm to public health and pose serious dangers to people and wild life in the Borough.

“I know how seriously Barnsley Council takes this issue and I am confident they will do everything in their power to combat fly-tipping in our Borough.

“With the new rules in place, the Council now has another weapon in its armoury to tackle fly-tipping. Fixed penalty notices should be a strong deterrent and I hope they are used to punish offenders. I would also urge residents to report people”.


Michael backs new state-of-the-art Worsbrough Dale pharmacy

6 July 2016

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has backed local businessman Steve Lo’s ambitious plan for a new state-of-the-art pharmacy in Worsbrough Dale.

Mr Lo, who is from Hoyland Common, owns pharmacies across Yorkshire, including two pharmacies in Mr Dugher’s constituency. He is now working to move his pharmacy in Worsbrough Dale, closer to the Worsbrough LIFT centre, in order to provide better access for patients, and is currently in the process of obtaining planning permission.

In addition to the relocation of the Lo’s Pharmacy branch in Worsbrough Dale leading to better access for patients, customers would also benefit from the new pharmacy’s purpose-built facilities, all designed with patients’ needs in mind.

Michael has been campaigning against the Government’s plans to cut £170 million from the community pharmacy budget, which could see up to 3,000 local chemists – a quarter of all those in the country – forced to close. This would result in more patients visiting already overstretched A&E departments and GP services.

Commenting, Michael said:

“Steve Lo and his staff do an incredible job providing brilliant services and improving public health for local communities in Barnsley East. Relocating the Worsbrough Dale branch would be good for patients, good for staff and good for Worsbrough.

“It is also a great example of the positive work community pharmacies do, which is why the Government should drop its plan to make budget cuts that will see thousands of local chemists forced to close.”

Mr Lo commented:

“By moving our pharmacy in Worsbrough closer to the surgery, we will be able to provide better access to our services for patients. The purpose built, modern pharmacy is designed so we can continue our first class service to the people of Worsbrough and beyond.”


Michael attends Somme commemorations in Serre

2 July 2016

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael was in Serre on Friday 1 July to remember the Barnsley Pals on the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. He attended the unveiling of a new memorial plinth to the Barnsley Pals together with the leader of the Council Sir Steve Houghton, the Mayor of Barnsley Linda Burgess and many others.

Commenting, Michael said:

"It was a real privilege to attend the unveiling of the memorial to the Barnsley Pals in Serre, together with my wife and children.

“The first day of the Battle of the Somme is officially the worst day in British military history. Amongst the tens of thousands of casualties on that first, terrible day were hundreds of Barnsley Pals. These were all volunteers - men of all ages from every part of Barnsley. They may have been ordinary working class lads, but their bravery and sacrifice was truly extraordinary.

"We go to Serre to remember them and remember what they did for our country. It's important to honour what they did and we all have a duty to teach our children about what happened".


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