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Walsall South
August 2011
VALERIE PRESENTS BILL FOR ADOPTION RIGHTS
Valerie introduced the Adoption (Leave, Pay and Allowance Arrangements) Bil to Parliament
under the Ten Minute Rule procedure. Valerie identified 3 areas where there are inequalities
between the statutory entitlements for adoptive parents and the entitlements for parents whose
children were born to them: the eligibility for adoption leave; the different rates for the first 6
weeks of statutory maternity pay and statutory adoption pay; and maternity al owance, which is
available to self-employed mothers but not to self-employed adopters.

Valerie said: "I am bringing in this Bil because more needs to be done to support people who
do so much for society by adopting children who do not have families of their own. It cannot be
right that the people who come forward to give children a family life and offer them a stable and
secure environment are not currently entitled to the same support as other parents."

The Bill is listed for second reading on 20th January 2012.
To Contact Valerie:
Email: valerie.vaz.mp@parliament.uk


Westminster Office: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA Constituency Office: 114a Lichfield Street, Walsall. WS1 1SZ
Telephone: 020 7219 7176

Telephone: 01922 635835
HEALTH SELECT
VALERIE OPENS WALSALL SAMARITANS AWARENESS DAY
COMMITTEE
Valerie opened the Walsall Samaritans Awareness Day at
The Health Select Com-
the New Art Gal ery, and unveiled the artwork, A Cal for
mittee, of which Valerie is
Help, donated free of charge by local artist Lynn Hughes.
a member, published its

report into Complaints
Valerie said: "It is a privilege to open the Samaritans
and Litigation. They found
Awareness Day. The event is an excellent way for Walsall
that the current com-
Samaritans to make more people aware of their vital work
plaints system is not
offering emotional support to people in need."
effective, and called for

an overhaul of the role of
Walsall Samaritans was set up in 1969 and is staffed and
the Health Service Om-
managed entirely by volunteers and paid for by dona-
budsman. Valerie said:
tions. For each of the last three years Walsall Samaritans

have seen an increase in contacts. In 2010, 18,900 con-
"The Government need to
tacts were made with the branch.
be clear about how com-
Valerie with Andrew Lockley and Lyn Hughes

plaints will be handled. It
Valerie said: "It is important to recognise the commitment
is important that informa-
of the volunteers and to raise awareness of the Samaritans vital service which provides confiden-
tion gathered during com-
tial, 24-hour emotional support, available to everyone, every day of the year."
plaints procedures is
properly reported and
VALERIE FIGHTS AGAINST PHONE MAST
PUBLIC DISORDER
analysed, in order to The phone mast recently erected at the junction of Bea-
avoid systematic weak-
Parliament was recalled on
con Road and Waverley Avenue in Pheasey, will be
nesses
being
over-
the 11th August due to the
removed. The mast was put up despite Walsall Council
looked."
recent rioting in London and
refusing Vodafone planning permission. Residents

around England. Despite riot-
raised their concerns with Valerie.
The Committee recog-
ing and looting in parts of the

nised that the number of
West Midlands, Walsall Town
Valeries suggestion to the Council of obtaining a sec-
general NHS complaints
Centre was secure thanks to
ond legal opinion on the position led to the issuing of an
has gone up, and that
the police and local authority.
enforcement notice. The notice would require the re-
action should be taken to

moval of the mast within 3 months of the service of the
resolve this. More than
Valerie said: "I want to thank
notice.
100,000 complaints were
the police and the local au-

made in 2009/2010, a
thority for working together
The Council have also met with Vodafone to look at
13.4% increase on the
protect the Town Centre."
other sites.
previous year.

Surgeries
Valerie holds regular surgeries. To arrange an appointment, please cal the Constituency Office on 01922 635835
For further information, please visit: http://www.valerievazmp.co.uk

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