25th November 2013

David Mowat MP meets Area Manager from leading Armed Forces charity

The Royal British Legion has thanked David Mowat, MP for Warrington South, for taking the time to meet the new Legion Area Manager, Gillian McKinnon.

The Legion is the leading provider of welfare for the Armed Forces community and last week local MP Mr Mowat attended an event in the Houses of Parliament dedicated to showcasing the Legion's work in the Warrington area. Mr Mowat used the opportunity to discuss with Ms McKinnon the changing face of Armed Forces welfare provision in the local community. The event also presented a chance for him to hear more about the Legion's work in developing Community Covenants locally.

Gillian McKinnon, the Legion's Area Manager, said, "It was great to see David; we really appreciated him making the time to drop in. Many people don't realise that we spend £1.6 million every week in direct welfare support for the Serving and ex-Service community and their families, so we were delighted to make him aware of the range of services we provide".

David Mowat MP said, "I was really pleased to meet Gillian. She made it clear that the Legion's work does not stop on 11th November. Providing assistance for members and former members of the Armed Forces who have been injured, or who need help in other ways, as well as their families, is a 365-day-a-year job. It is vital that we as a nation honour the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces, and I'm proud to support the work of The Royal British Legion."

The Royal British Legion provides care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces, past and present, and their families. As the nation's leading Armed Forces charity, the Legion spends £84 million a year on vital welfare work, providing social, emotional and financial care and support to serving and ex-Service people and their families. Approximately 9 million people in the UK are eligible for the Legion's support and we are proud to serve those in need, today and for the rest of their lives.

13th November 2013

Home Secretary visits the Peace Centre

The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace today (13th November 2013) welcomed the Right Honourable Theresa May MP to a working lunch.  The Foundation presented its vital work to prevent violent conflict and support victims and those affected by terrorism.

Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for the Home Department, commonly known as the Home Secretary, holds one of the four great offices of state.  As well as being responsible for the internal affairs of England and Wales, the Home Secretary is accountable for matters of national security and the Security Service MI5.

The visit was organised by local MP David Mowat as part of his on-going support for the work carried out at the Peace Centre.  Founders, Colin and Wendy Parry greeted Mrs. May and toured the building before hosting a lunch at which the Foundation team presented their work and sought Government endorsement and support.

Nick Taylor, Chief Executive said: "We are very grateful to David Mowat for arranging this visit and for the Home Secretary taking time out of her schedule to visit us.

"Our work to prevent, resolve and respond to violent conflict is vital to creating the conditions for a secure, safe and peaceful society.  What we do is unique and challenging and needs continued support from Government.

"As an independent charity, we hold a distinctive ability to influence change by supporting victims, survivors and those affected by terrorism and in countering violent conflict. "

Warrington South MP, David Mowat said: "I was delighted to be able to welcome the Home Secretary to Warrington to show her the positive contribution the town is making to tackle radicalisation.

"What Colin & Wendy Parry have done at the Foundation is superb and I always enjoy showcasing it to my ministerial colleagues."

The Foundation formed after the IRA Warrington bombing 20-years ago is undertaking a series of meetings with politicians to seek on-going support for its work.

5th November 2013

Mowat Welcomes charging cap to protect savers  

Hundreds of workers in Warrington are set to benefit after the Government signalled an intention to cap the annual amount that pension providers can charge for workers in auto-enrolment schemes.

The announcement is a personal victory for Warrington South MP David Mowat, who has raised the issue in Parliament on several occasions and called for a cap in a pamphlet entitled "40 Ideas from the 40".

Under Government legislation, companies will now be required to offer their employees the opportunity to save for retirement, meaning many workers will be entitled to a pension for the first time in their lives.

However, Mr Mowat warned that automatically enrolling workers into existing schemes with high charges could rob many employees of their chance of a decent retirement.

Commenting, David Mowat said:

"Last week's announcement is excellent news for hardworking families and savers in Warrington. It is something I have personally lobbied for and I am pleased to see the Government adopting it

"As a nation, we are not saving enough for our retirement. Auto-enrolment will help, but without a cap on charges, many people could see their hard-earned savings being siphoned off by millionaire fund managers.

"The Pension industry is a market that is failing savers. Today's announcement won't solve that problem entirely, but it does at least offer ordinary people basic protection."

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