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VACANCY: Parliamentary Assistant (London)

Working for: Marion Fellows MP (Motherwell & Wishaw) 

Location: London

Salary: £27,000 – £33,000 

Job Details 

Key Responsibilities: 

– Analysing and interpreting data to ensure the Member is informed on key issues. – Assisting in writing external communications for the MP 

– Undertaking research  

– Attending and participating in meetings as required 

– Notetaking and compilation of briefing packs 

– General administration 

(This list is not exhaustive) 

The successful applicant will be self motivated, able to communicate with a wide range of  stakeholders and have the ability to work effectively within a small team. They must have  effective written communication skills and be able to adapt their communication style to suit different tasks and audiences. They must be able to analyse, evaluate and interpret  data and communicate results effectively. The successful applicant must also have  knowledge of current affairs and the political environment across the UK and Scotland. They  must also be competent using Microsoft Office Software.

Experience of speech writing and an understanding of Parliamentary procedures would be  desirable. 

If appointed you will be required to comply with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard,  undertaken by the Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO). See Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO) page for further info. Salary will be in accordance with IPSA guidelines

Consideration will be given to candidates who wish to work part-time or term-time. If you  are selected for interview please inform the panel of the days/hours you are available to  work. 

Closing Date: 30 December 2020 

Application Details 

Please send a CV and covering letter to marion.fellows.mp@parliament.uk A full job description is available on request 

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews will take place week beginning 12 January 2021. Start date to be agreed.

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PM COVID STATEMENT

Scotland is facing Thatcher levels of unemployment and hardship again. The furlough scheme must be extended and the £20 top up to Universal Credit must be made permanent and extended to older welfare payments.

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2,500 LOCAL PENSIONERS MISSING OUT ON PENSION CREDIT

Figures from Independent Age have revealed that 2,481 pensioners in the Motherwell and Wishaw constituency are not claiming the Pension Credit they are entitled to.

More than 2,481 households in Motherwell and Wishaw who are entitled to Pension Credit do not receive the benefit, which is designed to keep the least well-off pensioners out of poverty. Currently, just six in ten (61%) people who are entitled to this payment are receiving it – leaving many forced to choose between heating and eating.

Independent Age also say that delivering Pension Credit to those who are entitled can save the NHS and social care systems £8.6m each year. Whereas maximising Pension Credit payments in Motherwell and Wishaw would cost only £4.7m.

People aged 75+ who are claiming Pension Credit can also claim a free TV license.

SNP MP for Motherwell and Wishaw, Marion Fellows, is calling for pensioners to check if they are eligible and is backing Independent Age’s call for the UK Government to put in place an action plan to increase Pension Credit uptake.

Commenting, Mrs Fellows MP said:

“I’m deeply concerned about the high number of older people in Motherwell and Wishaw who are not receiving the Pension Credit they’re entitled to. I’m backing Independent Age’s call for the UK Government to urgently put in place an action plan to turn this situation around.

“The knock-on effects on the NHS and care systems are costing taxpayers £8.6 million in Motherwell and Wishaw alone. If we can look after our older people by putting more money in their pockets and keeping them out of hospital and care, then we should absolutely do that.

“A take-up rate of only 61% for an entitlement designed to keep older people out of poverty is indefensible – and this rate has stayed stagnant for a decade. Without this money, many people are prevented from living with dignity and having a social, well-connected later life.

“The Government’s action plan needs to include a fresh look at roles and responsibilities relating to Pension Credit, putting a stop to blaming older people for this problem.”

You can claim Pension Credit online; calling 0800 99 1234 (textphone: 0800 169 0133).

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2014: 6 YEARS ON

I’m proud to have played my part in Yes Motherwell & Wishaw in 2014. We worked with anyone who strived for an independent Scotland. Some of our brightest stars on that campaign are no longer with us and we stand on their shoulders today. We won in Motherwell and Wishaw then. We will win again and take Scotland with us to independence.

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POST OFFICE ANNOUNCE 150 JOB LOSSES

Post Office job losses show that it is at crisis point and that the UK Government is putting yet another valued public service on a pathway to privatisation via managed decline. The UK Government must commit to increasing the subsidy to the Post Office in the upcoming spending review.

So many communities and groups rely on the Post Office’s services – especially the elderly. As banks leave high street, Post Offices play a crucial role in the access to cash.

Post Offices have been especially essential during the Covid pandemic providing services and support locally. The UK Government cannot allow the Post Office network to decline further and deprive communities of these services.

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TORY POWER GRAB

Last night, I voted against the Tories’ power grab on the Scottish Parliament. Yet, the Internal Market Bill was passed despite Scottish MPs and the Scottish Parliament rejecting it.

All of the Scottish Tory MPs, including Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross, voted to undermine Scotland’s will and control over devolved policy areas. They have been spineless and have failed to stand up for Scotland.

This is an attack of devolution and a danger to our NHS and other public services; Scottish food and environmental standards; and democracy.

By breaking the devolution settlement and international law, the Tories have shown they cannot be trusted. It is clearer than ever that the only way to properly protect Scotland’s interests is to take our place as an independent country.

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MP URGES PEOPLE TO DOWNLOAD NEW SCOTTISH COVID TRACING APP

Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, has urged local people to download and use the Scottish Government’s new tracing app ‘Protect Scotland’ to halt the rise of Covid cases.

The free app was launched today (10/09/2020) and was downloaded by more than 100,000 people through the Google and Apple app stores by the afternoon.

The app will complement the proven person-to-person approach of Test and Protect and supports the easing of restrictions by building a memory of other devices a user came into close proximity with which can be used to notify users in the event of close contact with someone who tests positive.

The app will be anonymous as users will not have to enter any personal information. The locations of users will also not be monitored.

Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:

“Protect Scotland will be an invaluable tool to halt a rise in Covid cases in Lanarkshire and across Scotland. For the sake of protecting yourself and the lives of others, I urge everyone who is able to download the app to use it to its full extent.

“Recent outbreaks of covid have been concerning. Everyone has a part to play in fighting it. If we don’t want to take a step backwards and have further restrictions imposed, then people must follow the guidance and, I hope, use the app.

“This is not a replacement for the Test and Protect programme which is essential. But it is an added layer of armour which can be used to protect people, their families and communities.”

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UK GOV MUST “SET DATE IN STONE” FOR POST OFFICE HORIZON SCANDAL REVIEW

SNP MP Marion Fellows has today called on the UK Government to “set a date in stone” for the review into the Post Office Horizon scandal after the Post Office Ltd CEO told sub-Postmasters that the review may be delayed.

In a written answer to Mrs Fellows on 14 July, Minister Paul Scully MP confirmed that the Chair of the review would be appointed so that they can start the inquiry by September at the latest.

However, in a recent message to sub-Postmasters, Post Office CEO Nick Read said that “the chair of the inquiry will be announced later in the autumn”.

Flaws in the Post Office’s IT system saw sub-Postmasters blamed for accounting errors which led to bankruptcies, jail sentences, and suicide.

On 26 February at PMQs, Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreed to a public inquiry but later u-turned. He instead announced a review which will not be judge-led as called for by the SNP.

Commenting, SNP MP Marion Fellows, Chair of the Post Office All Party Parliamentary Group, said:

“Sub-Postmasters have been fighting long and hard for justice and for the public review into Horizon software. The UK Government cannot delay justice any longer. They must set a date in stone for the Chair to be appointed and the review to begin.

“This is yet more disappointment for sub-Postmasters. The Prime Minister u-turned on his commitment for a public inquiry opting instead for a review. Yet even these watered-down plans may be stalling.

“This has wrecked lives and damaged livelihoods for decades. Ministers cannot carry on waiting and hoping it becomes old news.”

“Sub-Postmasters have been providing essential, frontline services in communities in Scotland and across the UK prior to and during the Covid pandemic. But they are being treated with contempt.

“The Post Office network has reached crisis point due to a multitude of issues. If the UK Government is serious about supporting sub-Postmasters, the Post Office network, and the communities they serve, then they must take the Post Office crisis seriously.”

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PROGRAMME FOR GOVERNMENT 2020/21

The Scottish Government has announced its Programme for Government. These are not normal times, this is not a normal Programme for Government. We must take the necessary steps to rebuild an economy that is stronger, fairer and more sustainable.

We have an opportunity, not simply to go back to how things were, but to address many of the deep seated challenges our country faces. The Programme for Government 2020-21 is based on the Scottish Government’s determination to recover from this virus and deliver a fairer, greener and more prosperous Scotland for everyone.

📱 Launch of Protect Scotland – a proximity contact tracing app to support the test and protect programme.

👶 Incorporate the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scots Law.

🏡 £10m Tenants’ Hardship Fund for renters.

👩‍💼 National Transition Training Fund to provide support for up to 10,000 people facing redundancy and unemployment.

👨‍💻 Scottish Youth Guarantee to ensure every young person has the opportunity of work, education, or training.

👵 Independent Review of adult social care.

👧 Open applications for the new Scottish Child Payment in November 2020, with the first payments made from the end of February 2021.

🚲 £500m for active travel infrastructure.

👨‍🏫 £135 million additional investment to ensure young people catch-up on any lost education, with funding to recruit 1400 additional teachers and 200 support staff.