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[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

[27/01/2022 | No comment]
Today is Holocaust Memorial Day where we remember the six million Jewish men, woman and children murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi persecution of other groups and in all subsequent genocides.
 
Students from Fullhurst Community College in Braunstone have written poems to remember the atrocities that were committed throughout the Holocaust – you can listen to them in this video.
 
Find the full list of events happening to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day in Leicester on their website.
 
Photo from January 2020.
 
[14/01/2022 | No comment]

 

This week Liz voted, via her proxy, to call on the Government to support businesses that are facing huge challenges this year. The Government abstained on the vote.

Soaring energy bills, a difficult Christmas trading period and crippling inflation have put British business under pressure. Labour’s fully costed plan will help consumers and businesses weather this crisis, and get the economy firing on all cylinders. Labour would:

  • create a £600 million contingency fund to support struggling firms
  • freeze business rates this year, saving the average small shop or factory £4,000
  • scrap and replace business rates with a fairer system fit for the 21st century, ensuring online giants and bricks and mortar shops are on a level playing field

The Government has refused to support these measures, but it is British firms that will pay the price.

You can see what Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Jonathan Reynolds MP, said during the debate in the clip above.  You read more about yesterday’s debate and Labour’s plans for business here.

[12/01/2022 | No comment]

 

Yesterday Liz voted, via her proxy, for Labour’s proposals to cut VAT on home energy bills that are set to soar over the coming months. The Government voted against these proposals.  

There is a global gas price crisis, but 10 years of the Conservative’s failed energy policy- including a failure to invest in nuclear power, insulate homes or regulate the energy market- has left the UK exposed.

Labour are proposing a package of measures to reduce the expected energy price rise in the months ahead, including a VAT cut on home energy bills- saving most households around £200 or more. This would be fully funded by a windfall tax on North Sea Oil and Gas Providers who have profited from rising prices. You can read more about Labour’s proposals here. 

By voting against these proposals, the Government voted against keeping energy bills low. Instead of providing working families with security, they are abandoning them. You can back Labour’s plans to reduce energy bills by signing this petition  

 

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