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On Tuesday 10 May, Kate Osamor MP spoke in a debate on the impact of universal credit on children and families.
According to figures from Child Poverty Action Group, reductions in work allowance under Universal Credit introduced in April 2016 will result in a working single parent in rental accommodation will lose £554 per year, and a working single parent who owns their home will lost £2,628 per year.
Speaking on the subject, Kate says:
“This was an important debate for my constituency of Edmonton where it is estimated that by 2020-21 approximately 19,000 people will be on universal credit.
I sought to focus my debate contribution on the failings of the universal credit system for working parents, in particular working single parents – the vast majority of whom are women.
The changes to Universal Credit are another example of how women are paying the price for the government’s austerity measures. Following George Osborne’s latest Budget announcement, it is calculated that 86% of savings through tax and benefit changes have come from women’s pockets.
I ended my speech by asking the Minister two questions:
Firstly, will the government would review the impact of work allowance reductions on working families particularly working single families?
And secondly if the government will agree to annually review the decision to freeze most key children’s benefits for four years?
I will continue to monitor this issue and use my voice in parliament to represent the people of Edmonton”.

Press Release: Kate Osamor MP speaks in a backbench debate on the effect of universal credit on children and families.

On Tuesday 10 May, Kate Osamor MP spoke in a debate on the impact of universal credit on children and families. According to figures from Child Poverty Action Group, reductions...

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This session of Parliament has now finished. The Queen will open the new session on Wednesday 18th May. It has been a privilege to serve the people of Edmonton over the past year. I have made 61 spoken contributions - and here they all are:  

https://hansard.parliament.uk/search/MemberContributions?memberId=4515&type=Spoken

State Opening of Parliament

This session of Parliament has now finished. The Queen will open the new session on Wednesday 18th May. It has been a privilege to serve the people of Edmonton over...

Closing Date:

19 May 2016

Job Title:

Constituency Based Caseworker

Working For:

Kate Osamor MP, Member of Parliament for Edmonton

Location:

London

Salary:

Salary in accordance with IPSA guidelines.

Job Details

Kate Osamor MP is looking for an experienced individual to work in her busy Constituency Office on a full time basis. The Caseworker will be part of the Constituency and Parliamentary team reporting directly to the Office Manager.

The role centres on providing information, advice and support to constituents on a variety of issues,  liaising with Government agencies, the local authority, the voluntary sector and others to help resolve matters on behalf of constituents.

You will be expected along with other members of the team to provide Kate with summary information on case work, trends and outstanding issues and, within reason, to provide reciprocal cover for other team members.

Job Description

• Meeting with, and handling correspondence from, constituents providing advice and support on a variety of issues (e.g. housing, immigration, benets)

• Drafting letters and emails and liaising with appropriate agencies

• Progressing own caseload, under office manager supervision, ensuring cases are dealt with in a sensitive, confidential, professional and timely manner with accurate records  kept, in adherence to the principles of the Data Protection Act.

• Attending surgeries and other meetings (including training) to assist the Member in dealing with constituents’ issues.

• Maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of relevant legislation/guidelines, as appropriate

• Producing brieng and other summary material on constituency work for the MP

Person Specification

• Previous experience of handling casework, either in an MP’s Office, the Civil Service, or a third sector organisation 

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills

• Confidence in interacting with people at all levels and in a variety of circumstances.

• Ability to prioritise a demanding workload to meet deadlines

• Ability to deal with issues in a confidential manner

• Ability to work effectively in a small team

• Competent use of IT, including full proficiency in Microsoft Office, Outlook and the internet

• Experience of a casework management system or similar database.

• Experience of working and dealing with the general public.

• Awareness and understanding of current political issues.

Closing Date: 

19 May 2016

Interview/Start Dates: TBC

Interviews will be held in the Constituency office in Edmonton, with a desired start date as soon as possible.

Application Details

Applicants should send a copy of their CV plus a one-page covering letter to Elizabeth.dudley@parliament.uk

Please ensure your email is titled: Caseworker Vacancy

Please note that if you have not received a response by 23 May 2016, your application has not been successful.

Upon appointment 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, £19,000-£29,224, in accordance with IPSA guidelines.

Caseworker advert

Closing Date: 19 May 2016 Job Title: Constituency Based Caseworker Working For: Kate Osamor MP, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Location: London Salary: Salary in accordance with IPSA guidelines. Job...

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