Thousands in Pompey set to lose under government pension changes


Over a million people in the South East will lose out by £10,000 each under Government’s plans for state pension age change.

New analysis by the House of Commons Library has revealed that 7.6 million people will lose out by nearly £10,000 each under the government’s plans to bring forward changes to the state pension age. 1,066,000 people will lose out in the South East.

The change will affect all men and women currently between the age of 39 and 47, who will be forced to work a year longer before they can access their state pension entitlement.

In Portsmouth South, 11,700 people will be affected by the government’s announcement.

Stephen Morgan, MP for Portsmouth South, said:

The fact that, after decades of hard work, our parents, grandparents and partners will be denied the dignified and supportive retirement they so richly deserve is disgraceful.

 Millions of people who will lose out under these changes have paid into the system for so long. Many will have already saved and planned for their well-earned retirement. That the government has now chosen to move the goalposts and force our elderly citizens to work well past the healthy life expectancy is frankly shameful.

 Yet again this government has shown that it doesn’t care about working people. When cuts are made, it is always hard-working families who are expected to carry the burden.”

The government’s announcement of their plans to bring forward changes to the state pension age last Thursday came more than two months after their legal deadline, 7 May 2017, evading debate on the issue leading up to the General Election.

The announcement is being heavily criticised, as it followed evidence from the renowned expert on life expectancy, Professor Sir Michael Marmot, who just days before had described how a century-long rise in life expectancy was “pretty close to having ground to a halt.” Professor Marmot pointed to 2010 as the turning point, when the government began its austerity programme.

Just over a week ago, the government’s own advisory body, Public Health England, had published data showing significant disparities in Healthy Life Expectancy. For example, it showed how on average a man living in Nottingham would be only be expected to live in good health until the age of 57, a full eleven years earlier than the Government’s newly timetabled state pension age increase to 68.

A Director of Public Health England described how the average pensioner will now have to deal with a “toxic cocktail” of ill health throughout their whole retirement, and for some years before.

Debbie Abrahams MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said:

“This is a disgraceful and unjustified attack on the state pension by this government, who are asking millions of people to work longer to pay for their failing austerity plans.

 Labour want to take a measured approach, leaving the state pension age at 66 while we review the evidence emerging around life expectancy and healthy life expectancy, considering how we can best protect those doing demanding jobs and the contributions they have already made.”

Campaigning for better tower block safety.

Claire UdyClaire Udy, party member from Charles Dickens ward was out in Buckland this afternoon talking to residents about local issues and gathering signatures on our petition calling on Portsmouth City Council to install sprinklers in its high rise tower blocks.

The local fire service describe sprinklers like having a “firefighter in every room” and told us that there have been no fatalities resulting from a fire in this country where sprinklers have been installed.

We’ll be working with residents and community groups over the coming weeks to put pressure on the council to follow the lead of other local authorities and commit to having sprinkler systems installed ASAP.

Stephen joins armed forces scheme

FullSizeRender-25 (1)Portsmouth South’s new Member of Parliament, Stephen Morgan, has joined the Parliamentary Armed Forces scheme.

The programme gives MPs and peers direct experience of the British armed forces and aims to improve the quality of the debate on military issues in Parliament.

MPs complete 15 days of service in order to graduate with a requirement to complete a range of activities including shadowing frontline personnel, visits to bases and key sites and meetings undertaken during parliamentary recess.

Stephen Morgan MP said:

“Every day our armed forces commit heroic acts of bravery in our name. They do so to defend our national security and interests.

At a time when our forces are being asked to do more overseas in a radically and fast-changing security landscape, in my view it has never been more important for Parliamentarians to understand the challenges they face”.

MPs are given the choice of which service to join for the programme, Army, RAF or Navy. First year participants are granted the honorary rank of Army Major, RAF Squadron Leader or Royal Navy Lt Commander depending on which branch of the armed forces they choose to join.

In light of Portsmouth being home to the Royal Navy, Stephen has signed up to this vital service, starting the scheme this week with a briefing at the Ministry of Defence and collection of standard issue uniform for MPs from the Wellington Barracks, Westminster.

Stephen added:

“Whilst coming from a family background in the armed forces – my grandfather left Southsea on D-Day on his seventeenth birthday as part of Operation Overlord – I haven’t had first-hand experience of working in the armed forces.

I want to speak with authenticity in the House on issues affecting our armed forces. This direct experience will allow me to ensure informed debate and decisions in Parliament and be a strong voice for our armed voices in Portsmouth up in Westminster.

I relish this opportunity as another way to champion the views of those who work so hard day in, day out to defend our nation

Residents right to ask questions on proposed sea defences

southsea-seafrontPortsmouth’s Conservatives have gone on the attack after local people have asked questions about the proposed sea defences planned for Southsea seafront.

A well-attended exhibition over the last few days has been hosted at Portsmouth Cathedral and led by members of the local community. This provided an opportunity for local people to have their say and share ideas on appropriate flood defences to provide Portsmouth with an attractive, popular and sustainable seafront destination after years of neglect.

As a result residents have been contacting their local MP and other community leaders, with their concerns about the council’s current lack of communication about plans for new sea defences.

Stephen Morgan MP wrote to the council’s Chief Executive to ascertain the facts about the proposed actions for new sea defences in Southsea requesting a full briefing, and shared initial resident concerns with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

George Fielding, community activist in Southsea, said:

“Residents have told Portsmouth Labour they want to see a world-beating seafront, and I agree.

I’m pleased as a result of the community’s actions and Portsmouth Labour’s pressure on the city council and Government, we’ll will now finally be given a chance to have our say in such significant developments for our great city.

 This is a victory for people power in Portsmouth”.

Stephen Morgan MP, added:

“I have always said I will be Portsmouth’s voice in Westminster, not Westminster’s voice in Portsmouth. I was elected to stand up for the people – not the powerful – in our city and that’s what I will always do.

Residents across Portsmouth have shared with me their concerns about the Southsea sea defences. It is important that these plans are got right. This is absolutely necessary work but it is vital the community is engaged and supporting these plans”.




policeResponding to the crime statistics released today which revealed the largest rise in recorded crime in a decade, including an 18% jump in violent crime, Portsmouth South’s Member of Parliament, Stephen Morgan has warned that police officer cuts were “leaving our communities exposed”.
The overall figures released show that police numbers have fallen for the seventh consecutive year despite the promises made to protect both frontline policing and the budget in real terms.

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£10Portsmouth South’s Member of Parliament Stephen Morgan joined the Bank of England’s Chief Cashier, Victoria Cleland, in Parliament on 19 July to find out more about the new £10 note featuring the world-renowned author Jane Austen.

Stephen Morgan tested the new tactile feature on the £10 note which helps blind and vision impaired users identify their value – a first for Bank of England banknotes. The tactile feature is a series of raised dots in the top left-hand corner and has been developed in conjunction with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). This is in addition to the elements already incorporated in Bank of England banknotes for vision impaired people; the tiered sizing, bold numerals, raised print and differing colour palettes. Read the rest of this entry »

It is time to lift the cap.

FullSizeRender-24Public sector workers’ real wages in 2017 are down thousands of pounds a year compared to 2010, the TUC has found, and Stephen Morgan MP is calling the government to act.

 A TUC report states that prison officers, paramedics and NHS dieticians are all down over £3,800 a year. Firefighters are down nearly £2,900, while nuclear engineers and teachers are down approximately £2,500.

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