In Theresa May’s keynote speech to Tory conference yesterday, she said that not enough attention has been paid to affordable housing. She’s correct, and I raised this issue in the House last month.
However the Prime Minister’s proposal to build a miniscule 5,000 affordable houses per year is not the answer. Councils will still be unable to borrow money to build houses, and the 1.2 million households on waiting lists will still be in unsuitable homes.
Since 2010 homelessness has risen by over 50%, housebuilding is at it’s lowest since the 1920s, and rents are rising faster than incomes.
The Tories must act to solve this problem, and not just rely on platitudes to avoid real action.
As you know, the WASPI campaign is something I support; I was only made aware that my pension age had changed when I read it in a newspaper!
The campaign supports equalisation of the pension age, but not the way these changes were introduced. Many retirement plans have been shattered with devastating consequences.
Several constituents have asked me to publicise this petition, which aims to make fair transitional state pension arrangements for 1950’s women, and I am more than happy to do so.
Please will you sign the petition, and share this post so that more people are aware of the situation. The Government must act to make this right.
What a week! While the Tories spent theirs speaking empty words to empty rooms, we have been reaching millions of people the length and breadth of the country with our message of hope. Take a look ↓
Several people have recently contacted me regarding pledges that The Royal British Legion have asked the Government to make as part of their manifesto.
As your MP I have written to the Defence Secretary to make clear that our service personnel should be supported fully, and that implementation of such basic things as appropriate healthcare for veterans, housing support, and ensuring proper communication, should be taken seriously.
The Armed Forces community have my full support, and I fully agree with The Royal British Legion and the constituents who have contacted me on this matter.
As ever, I will share the Government’s response with you.
Supporting Clem’s Garden in Lindley – A project to combat loneliness and isolation. To get involved, email email@example.com
Fantastic to attend the Mayor of Kirklees Christine Iredale’s Civic Service on Sunday in Golcar. A day to recognise her service as Mayor of Kirklees over the last municipal year.
I had a wonderful time at Labour Conference this week in Brighton. Labour are a government in waiting, and we will change Britain for the better!
Such an inspirational event, bristling with enthusiasm and democracy, it was great to meet so many inspiring people.
I met with Jo and Beccy from the National Deaf Children’s Society to discuss how we can support deaf children to overcome barriers in education.
Also enjoyed a chat with The Children’s Society about supporting Colne Valley children. The UK is the sixth richest country in the world and yet 4 million children live in poverty. I am committed to tackling this as your MP.