[20/09/2019 | No comment]

I was so proud recently to have presented certificates of thanks to all the volunteers and community groups who helped make Leicester’s summer Holiday Food programme a huge success.  

Despite not receiving any money from Government to support the project we delivered 32,000 meals ensuring nearly 2,000 children didn’t go hungry over the summer holidays. 

We shouldn’t need a project like this, but with over 40 per cent of children in Leicester now growing up in poverty this project is absolutely essential. My absolute thanks go to everyone who helped make this a success.

[15/07/2019 | No comment]

Today I visited New Parks Adventure Playground on the first day of our brilliant holiday hunger scheme.

Despite not receiving any Government funding this year to boost our fantastic project and reach even more children, we are determined to ensure that no child goes hungry over the summer holidays.

The holidays can be a real struggle for many families, especially those where children receive free school meals. That’s why it’s fantastic to see so many community organisations and volunteers from across the city coming together to ensure every child has access to a healthy lunch over the holidays.




[04/07/2019 | No comment]

Liz and Save the Children

One of the biggest challenges facing low income parents is the cost of childcare.  This is an issue I have campaigned on ever since I was Director of the Maternity Alliance charity, before I became an MP.

I’m very concerned that under Universal Credit, parents are required to pay their childcare costs up front before being reimbursed up to a month later. A full-time childcare place can cost up to £1,000 a month – money low income parents just do not have. This means many parents face a cycle of debt or being blocked from work altogether.

That’s why I’m backing Save the Children’s campaign for parents on UC to get their childcare costs paid up front. I recently attended an event in Parliament to hear from low-income parents directly about their experiences. You can read more here and here.

[28/06/2019 | No comment]

I have recently co-signed a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer asking the Government to remove VAT from all sunscreen products that carry a Sun Protection Factor of 30 or more and a UVA rating of four or five stars.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK and there are at least 100,000 new cases diagnosed each year. The British Skin Foundation make it clear that UV exposure is the main preventable cause of skin caner and severe sunburn, especially in childhood, can significantly increase the risk of developing skin cancer later in life.

We know that many people do not apply enough sunscreen and that the cost of buying sunscreen for the whole family can be extremely high. Therefore by cutting the VAT on sunscreen we make it more affordable for people and we can hopefully persuade more people to use sunscreen, cut cancer rates and save lives.

You can read the full letter here.

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