[06/09/2021 | No comment]

Last week I met with residents from a block of flats that has been built using materials that are no longer deemed safe following the Grenfell Tower fire.

These residents have seen their home insurance costs increase by as much as 700%, and that they have had to pay for an advanced fire alarm system, leaving people at their capacity and close to bankruptcy. They have said they have tried to have the unsafe materials replaced but the government support isn’t enough, and the work is unaffordable.

This is unacceptable. These people own flats that they thought were safe but now, by no fault of their own, are having to pay huge sums of money. I will therefore be writing to Robert Jenrick, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to raise this matter again.

[25/06/2021 | No comment]

On Wednesday I attended a meeting set up by Year 4 pupils at Braunstone Frith Primary School with local councillors, school governors and representatives from the city council to discuss the problems of traffic around the school.

The pupils did a fantastic presentation which made some very important points, and had some clear asks.

I will do everything I can to ensure road safety outside schools is a top priority, and that the voices of the pupils at Braunstone Frith are heard.

[17/05/2021 | No comment]

In recent weeks I have met with the local neighbourhood police commanders who cover Leicester West to discuss local priorities and challenges, as well as the changing patterns seen by policing during lockdown.

This was a fantastic opportunity to get to know the two commanders who both started in their roles in the last few months, and I look forward to working with them closely in the future.

[15/02/2021 | No comment]
I appeared on Peston to discuss the latest announcements from the Government. In particular, the Government have recently announced an additional £3.5bn to remove cladding from high rise buildings over 18m tall, following the disaster at Grenfell in 2017.
This has been sold as an ‘exceptional intervention’ by the Housing Secretary – but in reality, this simply isn’t good enough. Since campaigners started calling for dangerous cladding to be removed from buildings, the Government have said 17 times that leaseholders would not have to pay a penny towards the removal – but they broke this promise.
Anyone living in buildings under 18m tall with dangerous cladding are being asked to pay towards its removal.
Robert Jenrick is out of touch with most people’s lives – the Government must revisit these proposals and make sure leaseholders are not left out of pocket.

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