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[07/07/2022 | No comment]

I’m pleased Boris Johnson has finally resigned. It’s the right decision for my constituents and the rest of the country.

But the truth is he should have gone a long time ago. His lies, broken promises and lack of basic decency and integrity have damaged Britain at home and abroad.
 
Whilst the Tories rip themselves apart and inflict chaos on the country, my constituents face a cost of living crisis.
 
People can’t pay their bills, rent or mortgages or afford the weekly shop. They can’t get a passport or driving licence, let alone an operation or an appointment to see their GP. And the Tories are scrabbling around like rats in a sack trying to save their own necks rather than sorting all these problems out. That’s before we even look at the bigger challenges Britain faces like climate change and global threats like that from Russia.
 
The Tories have been in government for 12 long years. They are all culpable for the mess we face.

As Keir Starmer has rightly said, changing one person at the top of the Tory party isn’t anywhere near enough. We need a change of government and a fresh start for Britain.

Read more in the Leicester Mercury.

[21/06/2022 | No comment]

An incredible example of the work that Leicester City in the Community’s fantastic team are doing in Leicester West, using the power of football to help children to be active, grow in confidence and develop essential life skills.

William, who attends Alderman Richard Hallam Primary School in the constituency, explains how the Premier League Primary Stars programme has helped him.  been nominated as a Premier League Primary Superstars programme has helped him:

Last month William recently had the opportunity to play in the Premier League Primary Stars Tournament Finals held at Vicarage Road last month, scoring a goal on a Premier League pitch. He’s now been nominated as a Premier League Primary Stars Superstar – go William! 

 

[06/06/2022 | No comment]

 

Today marks the start of Carers Week. Carers Week is an annual campaign ran by Carers UK to raise awareness of the work done by the more than 6.5 million unpaid carers in the UK who care for a loved one with an illness, disability or other support need.   

Without unpaid carers, our social care system would collapse. Liz has long argued that transforming support for carers must be at the heart of any plan for social care reform. Yet the Government’s plans to “fix the crisis in social care”, by hiking people’s national insurance contributions during a cost of living crisis, will do nothing to support the millions of carers who are seeing their own health and finances suffer because of their caring responsibilities. You can see Liz’s response to the Government’s social care proposals here  

Last year, Liz marked Carers Week by working with local services in Leicester to better identify and support unpaid carers in the city. She wrote about this work in the Leicester Mercury.  

This year, Carers Week is focused on making caring visible, valued and supported.  More details are available here, and if you want to get involved in the activities organised by the Leicestershire and Rutland Carers Centre, please follow this link to find out more information.  

If you are currently looking after a loved one, even just for a few hours a week, help is out there to support you –  visit Help and advice on caring – Carers UK or contact The Carers Centre at 0116 2510999 or enquiries {at} thecarerscentre.org(.)uk

[01/06/2022 | No comment]

 

The cost of living crisis is hitting households across Leicester, making people face up to impossible decisions about whether to heat their home or eat.

Support from national government has been wholly inadequate, but Leicester’s Labour controlled city council is still doing everything it can to help to people in need.   

Over this electoral term, Leicester City Council (LCC) have committed almost £90m to reduce council tax and living costs in Leicester – entirely at their own discretion, during a period of severe cuts to their revenue budgets. 

LCC have also just launched the Better Off Leicester tool which helps people claim the benefits and support they are entitled to. It also gives information on childcare, budgeting and debt issues, and finding and applying for local jobs. For more details, go to leicester.gov.uk/betteroff

These measures are part of a package of support which also includes:

  • Ensuring the money given to LCC as a fuel rebate for council tax band A-D homes gets to everyone who qualifies 
  • Making sure the Household Support Fund reaches those with the most need by sharing it out based on referrals from professionals such as social workers, school staff and neighbourhood housing officers.  
  • Providing funding to foodbanks in the city 
  • Giving each low income pensioner who receives pension credit a £100 voucher, redeemable at their local post office to cover off fuel and/or heating costs 
  • Supporting, where possible, struggling families and individuals with food costs and utility bills; the purchase of white goods and the cost of a school uniforms 
  • Delivering a Holiday Activities and Food Programme for children in Leicester who receive free school meals-Family Information | Holiday activities and food programme (leicester.gov.uk)

More information on other support available from Leicester City Council can be found at www.leicester.gov.uk/benefits

Nationally, Labour has forced the Conservative Government to U-turn on a windfall tax on offshore oil and gas producers. This is something that Labour has been demanding for five months. Every day of Conservative dithering and delay in this time added £53 million to household bills. When it comes to the big issues facing our country, the position is now clear: Labour leads. They follow. 

While Labour welcomes a windfall tax, there is much more that needs to be done as Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, Rachel Reeves, argued in her response to the announcement which you can read here. 

A Labour Government would address the underlying weaknesses in our economy, so that we can stop this spiral of inflation, lift wages and provide greater security for families and for our country. 

Locally, LCC will continue to provide as much support as possible to people struggling with the cost of living crisis.  

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