Angela responds to the sale of Speciality Steels to Liberty House Group
Angela Smith MP, whose constituency covers TATA Stocksbridge has today welcomed the news that Tata have finally clarified the future of its South Yorkshire based Speciality Steels business.
This follows months of unnecessary stress and concern as workers were left in the dark about their future.
Today she was informed that Liberty House Group are set to acquire the business which produces a range of high value steel products for use around the world and supports around 800 jobs at its Stocksbridge plant, with many more in Rotherham, the supply chain and local economies.
Alongside Community Union, she has spent the last year campaigning to save the business, after Tata announced in March that it planned to sell its UK assets.
Commenting on the news, Angela, said;
“After almost a year of uncertainty and delay from Tata, the news that Speciality Steels is to be sold will be welcome news for the thousands of steelworkers whose jobs depend on the success of the business.
“Steel MPs and Trade Unions have spent months campaigning to save these jobs and today’s news is a credit to everyone who has worked so hard to ensure the business has a viable future.
“The number one priority must now be ensuring Liberty have a proper plan to protect jobs and provide the long term investment necessary to grow the business.
Crucial to this plan will be ensuring that the businesses loyal workforce have a pension plan that provides dignity and security in retirement.
“There is no doubt this is a positive step for the UK steel industry; however there still remains huge challenges ahead for the industry.
For example the government still needs to deal with the issues of energy costs, business rates, and procurement rules continue to put British businesses at a disadvantage.
The Steel group of MPS will continue to campaign for a solution to these issues and will work with government and steel producers to secure a long term future for this vital industry.”
Concerns over the future of Birch Avenue Nursing Home
Angela has today written to the Sheffield Clinical Care Group over concerns she has about the future of specialist services at the home.
This comes after she was made aware that staff had been informed by the Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust that it is pulling out of the contract it has with South Yorkshire Housing Association to provide specialist nursing services at the home.
SHSC has stated that it is struggling to cover the costs of the service because of the extra staff it has had to supply because of previous concerns expressed over the level care at the home. These cost are having to be funded by SHSC because they are not included in the present contract.
They have asked both the CCG and SYHA to help fund the gap, however, Angela understands the CCG is unwilling to do so because of funding constraints.
Commenting Angela, said
These developments at Birch Avenue are deeply concerning for both residents and relatives. Many of the residents at the home suffer advanced Dementia and Alzheimer’s and need high levels of care.
I have written to the CCG and demanded a meeting with senior representatives to seek assurances that they will not only ensure the service continues but that it will continue to provide adequate levels of care. I will also be raising the matter with Ministers. This is another example of a care system that is just not working. Ministers need to act quickly to get to grips with the issues being faced by the NHS and local authorities who provide these services for older people and they must do it before some of our most vulnerable love ones suffer the consequences of their failures.”
Winners of Angela's Xmas Card Competition
Local school children collect prizes in local MPs Christmas Card Competition
This Saturday (3rd December) saw Angela Smith MP give out prizes to the winners of her annual Christmas card competition.
The competition run in conjunction with local primary schools provides Angela with her official Christmas card and the chance for the lucky winners to have their picture on the card.
Commenting on competition, Angela said;
“I would like to thank all those children who took part in last year’s competition and also all the schools who allowed the children to take part. A special thank you must also go out to all the companies who donated the money which made it all possible”
The winning cards have now gone out to almost 2000 people, both within the constituency and further afield, including the leaders of all 3 main political parties.
Well done to everyone who took part!”
The winners of the competition received gifts donated by local sponsors