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Local MP Wins Campaign

Monday September 23 2013

MP John Healey MP John Healey

AN MP has won his battle to stop the government from using rip-off rate phone lines after an 18-month campaign.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) decided in the Commons last Tuesday that they would bring in 0345 numbers where they currently have 0845.

This will make calls free or considerably cheaper than the previous rate which was anything up to 41p a minute.

Mr Healey has campaigned against the use of 0845 numbers by government departments and GPs.

"The government has promised an end to high-cost lines that rip off the most vulnerable and poorest in our country," he said. "Now no one will pay more than if they were calling a local landline.

"This is a victory for all those who are put off from seeking the help they need and are entitled to because they can’t afford to spend a big chunk of their tight budget making the call.

PAC chair Margaret Hodge said it was 'shocking' that people had to call 0845 numbers to access crisis loans, victim support and bereavement services.

She said: "Well done to John Healey in winning this campaign. It's a brilliant example of what a campaigning MP can do through Parliament to get real change which will make a big difference to the everyday costs for millions of ordinary people."

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Reply Posted by T on Friday September 20 2013 at 14:32
Well done John!

Reply Posted by WTF on Monday September 23 2013 at 17:05
Well done John!

Reply Posted by LV on Monday September 23 2013 at 19:53
Well done John!! It makes a very big change to hear good news from the Councillor's campaigns! It's great that something like this has come of their hard work!

It's just a shame that some will see this as a 'wow, they've actually done something useful' situation. But forget them, this is brilliant!!

Reply Posted by Andy on Sunday September 29 2013 at 21:45
He deserves a knighthood or even mbe obe he done more for us than dickie bird and parky put together