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[29/11/2021 | No comment]

Today is the 30th Anniversary of The Carers Centre – Leicestershire and Rutland.

For thirty years they’ve supported unpaid family carers in looking after their loved ones, offering them advice and company through what can be an incredibly difficult time.

I’ve written to Kirsteen McVeigh, CEO of The Carers Centre, offering my congratulations on reaching this milestone.

 

[25/11/2021 | No comment]

Today, I spoke to the National Children and Adult Services Conference alongside our Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Kate Green MP.

This event brings together Directors of Children’s and Adult Social Services from councils across England, to discuss common issues and hear from experts in this area.

Ahead of the Government’s White Paper on Adult Social Care – which we’re expecting to be published in the next few weeks – I set out Labour’s key ‘tests’ that we will be holding their plans against.

I want to see the Government present a plan that:

  • Ensures all older and disabled people get the right support when and where they need it;
  • Enshrines the principle of ‘home-first’;
  • Puts disabled people at the heart of their reforms;
  • Transforms support for England’s 11 million unpaid family carers;
  • Delivers a New Deal for Care Workers;

And, fundamentally, allows older and disabled people to live an equal life to everybody else.

Unless the White Paper delivers this, I fear it will end up gathering dust alongside the many other White and Green papers we have seen before.

Read the full speech here.

[24/11/2021 | No comment]

My partner and I are delighted to announce that we will be having a baby in the new year through surrogacy. It has been a really difficult time getting here, so we feel unbelievably lucky and happier than we ever imagined. We will be eternally grateful to our surrogate for making this possible.

I’ll be taking leave from work to make the most of this precious time with the newest member of our family, but I want to reassure my constituents that my office will remain fully open throughout, and my whole team will continue to provide the very best help and support to local residents.

Read the full story in the Leicester Mercury.

[22/11/2021 | No comment]

I spoke to BBC Radio Leicester about the real concerns that Labour have with the Government’s proposals on care costs.

At a time when we have terrible frontline staff shortages, that family carers are being pushed to breaking point, and that disabled people can’t get the help they need to live an independent life, the Prime Minister is protecting the homes of the wealthy.

Why should ordinary people have to pay more, so the wealthy don’t have to sell their homes?

Listen to my comments today above.

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