On Friday 29 January, I went to Glebelands Primary School to support their refugee awareness day. Mrs Sinhal, who teaches at the school, recently launched ‘Leicester Schools Welcome Refugees’, a project which aims to teach children about what its like to be a child refugee.
The school has already donated welcome packs with essential items for distribution by the Red Cross. On Friday, the children brought in teddy bears and I was overwhelmed by the number of teddies that had been donated, each of them with their own touching message. I think this is a fantastic initiative and would encourage as many local schools as possible to get involved.
You can read more about my visit here.
I recently visited Bethany Court, an amazing supported housing scheme which helps get mums who have suffered from domestic violence and other problems get back on track. The scheme supports 12 mums and their children, providing one to one support, including on how to manage their budgets, find work and build up their confidence.
I met with some of the mums at Bethany Court – all of whom praised the project and their staff for their fantastic help and support.
On Wednesday 25 November the Chancellor delivered his Autumn Statement, setting out the state of the economy and the Government’s spending plans.
The Tories have failed on their own targets on the economy. They have broken their promise to get rid of the deficit by 2015, borrowing is now £200 billion higher than planned in 2010 and national debt has increased to 80.5% of GDP.
The Chancellor has also been forced into reversing his damaging cuts to tax credits. Tax credits help make work pay but the Tories planned cuts would have lead to more than 3 million families losing £1,300 a year on average, pushing 200,000 more children into poverty. My Labour colleagues in the House of Lords successfully delayed the cuts, and I voted against them in the House of Commons. You can read more about why Labour opposed these cuts here.
I will continue to stand up for working families across Leicester to ensure they are properly supported.
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