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Liz at DBC event

I recently attended an event in Parliament hosted by the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC), an organisation which represents 80 national disability organisations.

At this event, the DBC launched a report which shows that disabled people have been hit four times harder than non-disabled people by benefit cuts over the last ten years. They have lost on average £1200 each year because of changes to the welfare system, compared to £300 for people without a disability.

It is absolutely appalling that disabled people are losing out on vital support because of a system that is meant to help them deal with the additional costs of having a disability. That’s why I am supporting the recommendations from the DBC for urgent reform, which you can read about here.

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Liz Speaking at RF

On July 11th I spoke at a Resolution Foundation event on tackling the crisis in social care alongside the Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb and the Conservative MP Damian Green.

I argued that we must set out a bold and positive vision for social care which promotes wellbeing and connections with the wider community, which meets the needs of adults with disabilities as well as older people, and which supports unpaid family carers alongside the paid care workforce. We need a cross party consensus on how to fund this vision so that it lasts for the long term. This must be fair across the generations as well as across different income groups.

You can read more – and watch the whole event – here.

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On 9th July I voted to legalise same sex marriage and extend abortion rights in Northern Ireland if the Stormont Assembly has not been reconvened before October 21st. I was delighted that both amendments to the Northern Ireland (executive formation) Bill, tabled by my Labour colleagues Conor McGinn MP and Stella Creasy MP, passed by such a large majority. This is a fantastic victory for everyone who has campaigned for so long to champion equality and ensure people in Northern Ireland can enjoy the same rights as everyone else in the UK. You can read the debate in the House of Commons here.

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Space Park Leicester

I am delighted that the University of Leicester’s new Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology and Earth Observation Research centre (METEOR) has received nearly £14m in funding from Research England. This will bring in a further £50m for space and earth observation research from other investors.

METEOR will be a key party of Space Leicester – a new world leading research and innovation centre that will revolutionise how satellites are designed and produced, as well as how data is obtained and used to solve real world problems.

Space Park Leicester is due to open in late 2020 and in the long run, aims to bring 3000 new high quality jobs to our city. You can read more about our Space Park here.

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