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Bradford – Bradford MP, David Ward has today signed up to Cifas’ Fraud Manifesto, asking for the next government to act on three simple measures which will help cut fraud in Bradford, helping to reduce the cost of car insurance premiums.

Commenting David Ward said:

“This is an important campaign and I am glad to support it. Fraud affects everyone in Bradford in some way – either as direct victims, or through higher premiums whether that’s car insurance or things like house insurance. Last year alone there were 19,751 cases of fraud in Yorkshire and the Humber costing over £68m, according to Cifas’ own figures.

“My reports into the high cost of car insurance in Bradford show that the high fraud figures pushes up the cost of premiums for everyone. All too often, fraud is considered to be a hidden victimless crime, but this is simply not the case. When your bank or insurer absorbs the cost of fraud it leads to higher fees or premiums for everyone.

David Ward MP
David Ward MP

“To tackle fraud, we first need to understand its scale. That’s why I’m calling for the independent Annual Fraud Indicator to be re-established, which will make the scale of the threat clear.

“Second, we need to change the behaviour of people and businesses and ensure that they are savvier to frauds and fraudsters across the board in order to better help themselves. That’s why I’m backing the call for a cross-sector awareness campaign to help people at all stages of their lives to stay safe and make them aware that everyone becomes a victim of fraud.

“Finally, I want to see the punishment fit the crime. I am calling on the Government to review the sentencing guidelines for fraud to ensure that fraudsters are punished appropriately for their crimes. If a fraudster swindles a grandmother out of her pension, I want to see a punishment that reflects the very real trauma and heartache that devious act would cause.

“I am very happy to support this campaign and help cut the cost of fraud to the UK.”

The Cabinet Office estimates that the cost of fraud to the public sector is between £31billion and £56billion every year. The true cost to charities and the private sector is unknown.

Cifas’ Fraud Manifesto has three clear asks of the government:

  • That a national measure of fraud loss is created. Government needs to work with industry, charities and other interested parties to understand the scale of the loss. Until it is understood, we will not be able to tackle it.
  • For a government to lead on a co-ordinated education and awareness campaign on fraud, resourced jointly by Government and industry. People of all ages need to be savvier to frauds and fraudsters across the board in order to better help themselves.
  • A comprehensive review of the sentencing guidelines for fraud. The public must have faith that when crimes are prosecuted, fraudsters are punished appropriately. And criminals need to know that whether they defraud a multi-national company of millions, or swindle a widower’s pension, that they will face a tough sentence which reflects the impact of their crimes.

Cifas reports that in the last year alone, its member organisations reported 19,751 cases of fraud in Yorkshire and the Humber costing over £68m.

Simon Dukes, Chief Executive of Cifas, said:

“One thing is clear – incidents of fraud are on the rise. The internet makes it easier and cheaper for fraudsters to try their luck and they are doing so at a greater pace and on an industrial scale.

“We are never going to arrest our way out of fraud. So we need to understand the scale of the threat we are facing in order to change behaviours and protect ourselves.  And when we have evidence on the worst cases, citizens need to have confidence that fraudsters are being pursued with the full force of the law and that the punishment fits the crime.”

At Prime Minister’s Question Time, Bradford MP David Ward, questioned the Prime Minster about politicians behaviour at PMQs and whether this was damaging people’s perception of Parliament.

David Ward MP was selected out of the weekly ballot to pose a question to the Prime Minister, at the weekly Prime Minister Question Time (PMQs).

comp2_376779cMr Ward met with students from Bradford College on Tuesday 3rd March who told the Bradford East MP that they were less than impressed by the conduct of David Cameron and Ed Miliband shouting at each other in a room filled with adults behaving in a manner that would not be tolerated in any classroom or work environment.

Mr Ward asked the Prime Minister:

“Does the Prime Minister believe his own behaviour, and that of the Leader of the Opposition within Prime Ministers Questions, either enhances or damages the image of the Houses of Parliament and indeed Politicians in the eyes of members of the public”

Responding, the Prime Minister, Rt Hon David Cameron said:

“What I would say to the honourable gentleman is that it is inevitably a robust exchange there are always ways I’m sure which we can improve Prime Ministers Questions but I would say it does have an important

David Ward MP
David Ward MP

function which is it does make sure that we have accountable Government in our country where people can ask the Prime Minister anything they want.

Commenting, David Ward Said:

“Most people in the real world, outside of the Westminster bubble, think that Prime Ministers Questions is pathetic and is the manifestation of all the things which are wrong with politics at the moment.

“People in Bradford see politicians evading simple and often important questions, being loud, boisterous and frankly just looking like a bunch of out of control public school children. No wonder people get apathetic about voting when they see how this lot carry on.

“The behaviour of most politicians at Prime Ministers Questions is inexcusable and we need the system to change if real scrutiny of the Prime Minister and his Government is to take place and bring back some form of integrity to questioning the Prime Minister.”

 

Bradford MP, David Ward MP has today published details of his Private Members Bill in Parliament calling for off road vehicles to be registered to assist the Police with dealing with anti-social behaviour across Bradford.

David published the text of the Off-Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill 2014-15 in Parliament today which will make provision for the establishment of a compulsory registration scheme at the point of sale for all off-road motorcycles and quad bikes.

The use of off road vehicles like Quad and Dirt Bikes on our roads is illegal but there is a particular problem in Bradford where these vehicles are used on roads and estates in order to speed, making a large amount of noise and generally causing a large amount of anti-social behaviour. 15% of all anti-social behaviour calls to West Yorkshire Police relate to the use of Off-Road Vehicles.

David’s Bill will ensure that when Off Road Vehicles are sold, they will have to be registered. The legislation is not retrospective so it will take time for all vehicles to be registered whether new or resold 2nd hand but before long a comprehensive register of off road vehicles would be in place.

David Ward with the Quad Squad
David Ward with the Quad Squad

This means that the Police will be able to access records on a vehicles make and model which will better allow them to identity the perpetrators and take enforcement action. David has met with colleagues from West Yorkshire Police on many occasions to discuss his ideas and they welcome David’s Bill as an effective method in helping the Police track those taking part in anti-social behaviour in Bradford and across the country.

The 2nd Reading of David’s Bill will be on Friday 27th February and ensures that those found to be possession of vehicles that should be registered face a fine of £1,000 and where necessary confiscation of the offending vehicle.

Talking about the Bill, Bradford MP David Ward said:

“The use of off road vehicles in an anti-social manner has proved to be a real problem across Bradford and that’s why we need to ensure that the Police have all the necessary powers available to them to take effective action.

“The registration of dirt bikes and quad bikes after the point of sale would greatly enhance the ability of the Police to identify and prosecute those people using these vehicles in a dangerous and anti-social manner.

“West Yorkshire Police tell me that the registration of off-road vehicles would be significant step in helping to tackle crime, reduce antisocial behaviour and improving road safety in Bradford.”

 

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Bradford MP, David Ward has today agreed to become an ‘Arthritis Champion’, supporting Arthritis Research UK in their efforts to find a cure for arthritis while calling for policy change to prevent its onset and transform the lives of people that have musculoskeletal conditions.

arthritis-mainMusculoskeletal conditions include osteoarthritis, back pain and osteoporosis. People with these conditions often experience a great deal of pain and a loss of mobility. Over 10 million people in the UK have a musculoskeletal condition.

By agreeing to become an Arthritis Champion, David Ward has pledged to:

  • Campaign to make musculoskeletal conditions a public health priority
  • Fight to ensure that people with arthritis get high-quality care at the time that they need it
  • Champion the UK’s leadership role in medical research.

Speaking about the manifesto, David Ward MP said:

David Ward MP
David Ward MP

“I am delighted to become an Arthritis Champion. Musculoskeletal conditions affect a huge number of people and are a significant cause of disability in the UK. These are painful conditions which can have a massive impact on every aspect of people’s lives which is why we have been campaigning against the callous social care cuts in Bradford.

“We need to see change that creates the best possible policy environment in which to prevent and cure these conditions. We also need an urgent transformation of the services available to those that are living with these conditions now.”

Dr Liam O’Toole, chief executive officer of Arthritis Research UK, said:

“I’m delighted that David Ward has become an Arthritis Champion as we need his help to champion the needs of people with arthritis both nationally and locally in Bradford.

“Our Arthritis Research UK manifesto sets out an exciting vision for the future of musculoskeletal conditions. We are calling for policy changes to support the prevention, transformation and cure of musculoskeletal conditions. There is much that can be done: but we can’t do it alone. We need to work in partnership to put the needs of people with arthritis on the political agenda and transform the lives of people living with arthritis.”

You can learn more about Arthritis Research UK by going to their website at http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/

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