I recently visited Liberty House in Braunstone Frith, which provides supported living for teenage mothers. I heard about how the support young mums receive – such as advice on work and training, plus help with essential life skills like cooking, cleaning and budgeting – was giving them the confidence to turn their lives round.
The Government is cutting the Early Intervention Grant, which funds services like Liberty House, by a third. This won’t help the families I met, and will end up costing taxpayers more if young mums are stuck on benefit and not in work. I’m determined to stand up to the Government’s plans and I am also speaking to the city council to see what we can do to protect vital services like these in future.