I spoke in the Social Care debate, about how the chronic underfunding of local authorities means that they are struggling to cope to fund Social Care. Kirklees Council needs an additional £12m a year to fully fund the service. The Minister was unable to tell me, or our Councillors, where that money should come from.
On Thursday, I urge you to vote Labour in the local elections to make sure that the most vulnerable in our society are protected.
In the chamber on Wednesday, I raised the statistic that 80% of secondary schools in my constituency have seen a rise of class sizes between 2014-17. Every secondary school has had to cut staff during that time. These two issues are intrinsically linked.
This Government is letting our children down. We need a Labour government which will fully fund our education system.
When elderly people fall they often end up in hospital. If adult social care had better early intervention practices, the number of people admitted to hospital and falling and being admitted to hospital could be reduced.
Central government is letting these things happen by failing to adequately fund local authorities, which can also result in additional pressures on the NHS.
In the debate on the e-petition ‘The privatisation of NHS services’, which 556 people in the Colne Valley constituency have signed, I raised my concerns about creeping privatisation, which is undermining the hard work of staff and the quality of care being provided.
We need to put people before profit in our health care system.
The Education Committee’s inquiry into school and college funding was launched this week, to examine the current situation and consider whether a longer-term vision needs to be taken for education funding in England.
If you would like to follow the inquiry, or make a written submission to the Committee, follow this link: https://bit.ly/2K07cs9