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[13/02/2018 | No comment]

In my latest Leicester Mercury column I write about how the winter crisis has shown our NHS and social care services desperately need an immediate injection of cash, and a long-term plan for the future. But Innovative work done by the Braunstone Blues shows what can be done to keep people safe and healthy, while reducing the demand on 999. 

Read the column here 

[05/02/2018 | No comment]

 

On Sunday I was delighted to take part in the unveiling of  the Alice Hawkins statue in Leicester. 

Alice lived most of her life here in Leicester where she worked as a shoe machinist and fought for equal rights for women. As part of the suffragette movement she was imprisoned five times campaigning for women to have the vote. 

During the event I heard all about her life, her work and her strong belief in equality. 

It reminds me more than ever just how far we still have to go to have liberty and equality for women in this country. It was a very special day and I am honoured to have been a part of it.

[05/02/2018 | No comment]

On Friday I joined local carers at Age UK’s Listening Event in Leicester. This event is one of a series they are running across the country to listen to the experiences of older people and their carers. 

All the experiences and feedback from the carers will be brought together and form part of the Age UK’s Green Paper on Social Care.

In Leicester today a group of carers told AGE UK the three biggest issues are: the need to listen to older people; give more support for stretched family carers who may work as well as being full-time carers; and the need for additional ring-fenced funding. 

 

[29/01/2018 | No comment]

On Friday I brought together organisations from across Leicester to discuss how we are preparing for the introduction of Universal Credit. 

With over 17,000 local people, possibly more, affected when Universal Credit is rolled out here in June, it is important we are doing all we can to support them.  The problems that have been experienced in other parts of the country have not yet been resolved, and while I am calling on the Government to halt the rollout of Universal Credit, we must also have plans in place to support people. 

Delays in payments have left families experiencing real hardships when moving to Universal Credit and some even facing the threat of eviction. 

I am grateful to all the organisations that came along to the meeting and over the coming months we will continue to work together and support the people of Leicester West. 

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