It was gammon steaks followed by strawberries & ice cream on the menu at the Manor House on my most recent visit to their lunch club. A group of fantastic volunteers, including Sue Tebbutt, Susan Meadows, Michele Boyle and Arthur Manager are always sure to cook up a real treat. Even local PCSO, Maggie Hill, found it difficult to resist the smell of the delicious food.
All are welcome to the lunch club, which takes place every Tuesday at 12:30pm. Just call the centre beforehand for more information on 0116 222 1021
My nationwide survey of local councils shows that 5,500 fewer people are getting home adaptations like handrails, ramps and stairlifts compared to 2010 – that’s a cut of 12%. These adaptations are a lifeline for older and disabled people, helping them to stay living independently at home and preventing painful falls and fractures.
Fewer home adaptations, alongside the lack of other services in the community, means increasing numbers of frail, elderly people are ending up in A&E and getting stuck in hospital when they don’t need to be there. This causes huge distress for them and their families and it’s a false economy because taxpayers end up paying extra for more expensive hospital care.
This is just one example of the way in which services are going backwards under the Tories, despite their promises. I’ve given a major speech setting out their failure, Labour’s plan for putting it right – and the choice that we all face in health and social care at next year’s General Election.
I’m campaigning for more affordable housing in Leicester West – including building more rented social housing – and help for homeowners through the recession.
As Labour’s Shadow Minister for Care and Older People I’m campaigning for better services and support for older people, carers and their families, and a sustainable system for funding social care in future.
I’m working to help your family by pressing for faster progress in local schools, more improvements in our NHS, and continued investment in children’s early years.
Helping businesses and making sure people have got the skills and training they need to work and earn a decent living is a top priority in Leicester West.