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[31/01/2019 | No comment]

I was pleased to welcome Heidi Allen and Frank Field to Leicester recently to hear from residents, charities and organisations about the impacts of Universal Credit here in Leicester West. 

As trustees of Feeding Britain, Heidi and Frank are travelling the country to listen to people who have been affected and learn more about what can be done to support vulnerable families and I was delighted that Leicester was the first stop on their tour. 

During their time in Leicester they visited E2’s foodbank and heard from local residents who are struggling to make ends meet, including one lady who is struggling to survive on her pension and support her son who recently suffered a stroke and is being told he is fit enough to take a job over 40 miles away!  During their visit I chaired a meeting of the Feeding Leicester group who shared their experiences of how they are supporting vulnerable families from across the city. 

[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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