Wavertree ward coffee afternoon

Thank you to everyone who came to my latest coffee afternoon at The Cricketers social club in Liverpool Wavertree ward, including our three ward councillors Clare McIntrye, Angela Coleman and Dave Cummings, and our two local police and community support officers.

Once again, there were serious concerns about the impact Brexit is likely to have not just on the ward, but on big local employers like Jaguar Land Rover. People were frustrated that the Tory government was failing to get the issue sorted out and I shared the case for the final say over any deal to be put back to the people.

I pointed out that in 2016, a study by the University of East Anglia found that 64 per cent of the people in Liverpool Wavertree voted to remain in the EU. The most recent analysis shows that 72.5 per cent of constituents in Liverpool Wavertree now support remaining in the European Union, with 74 per cent of people wanting a People’s Vote.

Residents in Wavertree want to see investment in our dilapidated rail services and there were calls Northern Rail to be stripped of its franchise after months of delays and cancellations that were impacting on people’s ability to get to work.

People were understandably worried about cuts to police and youth services and rising levels of knife and gun crime and anti-social behaviour. The police and I encouraged people to report every single incident by dialling 101 or online by clicking here. Every report helps the police build up intelligence and knowledge of where best to deploy resources.

Serious concerns continue to be raised about the changes to the benefits system, including the introduction of Universal Credit. Liverpool City Council is working hard to support people, including making hardship payments. If you are concerned, you can contact specialists by clicking here.

I am working with our councillors to support them in representing constituents’ views on planning issues across the constituency and nationally, I am continuing to press the government to give local areas more flexible planning powers.

I hold regular surgeries if you want to speak to me about community issues in your area or have other issues you want to raise. Please book an appointment by telephoning 0151 228 1628 or emailing luciana.berger.mp@parliament.uk.