Delighted to visit Golcar library at the weekend and officially open their new garden.
The Library has been a great community hub at Town End for many decades. It’s lovely to see it not only survive the cuts to library services in recent years, but continue to grow and provide new services – in no small part due to the amazing volunteers who give their time over to retain this important part of Golcar’s village centre.
As you’ll know if you’ve been to a library in recent years: they provide a lot more than just books for lending. Offering computer access and guidance, help to start a business, ancestry sessions, coffee mornings and Lego club – our local libraries have something for everyone.
Golcar library also helps to alleviate social isolation among older members of our community, and of course provides wonderful opportunities for children to expand their horizons and learn to love reading.
Their Facebook page is here, give it a like and make sure to pop into the library the next time you pass. Continued community support is invaluable.
Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt MP “unable at present” to visit HRI and refuses to meet campaigners in Westminster.
The Health Secretary has responded to a letter, sent by Colne Valley’s MP Thelma Walker inviting him to visit the HRI to meet staff and campaigners prior to making a decision about the potential downgrading of Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
Thelma Walker invited Mr Hunt to visit the HRI after the Joint Health Scrutiny Committee of Kirklees and Calderdale Councils voted to refer the decision about the downgrading to the Health Secretary. You can read that letter in full here – Letter – Jeremy Hunt invitation to visit HRI.
Thelma has now received a response from the Department of Health. This email said that Mr Hunt was currently touring hospitals across the country but could not guarantee when or indeed if, he would visit. The letter went on to say that “due to his already hectic diary commitments” he would not be able to meet with constituents in Westminster.
Speaking after receiving the emailed letter, Thelma Walker said “I am disappointed that the Health Secretary does not appear to care about the people of the Colne and Holme Valleys or Huddersfield.
The plans were referred to him, because the JHSC decided it was an inappropriate decision made by the Trust and CCG’s to downgrade our hospital. Mr Hunt will be unable to make a full and proper assessment of why Huddersfield Royal Infirmary is a vital lifeline for our communities. Nor will he be able to understand the unique geography of the area.”
Thelma added, “This is a blatant disregard for local communities needs and wishes. It shows he is not concerned about the safety of our families, and once again we see a Minister in this Government who refuses to leave their desk in Westminster to actually engage with local people.
This isn’t the last Mr Hunt will hear from me or my constituents, and I will do everything in my power to try and secure a meeting with Mr Hunt and local people.”
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.
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