I recently popped in on their Christmas Party to join in with the festive fun and dancing. I have to say, it was difficult to keep up, despite the fact that many of the dancers were in their 70s and beyond.
I recently popped in on a fabulous Christmas Party at the Oak Centre on Benbow Rise. Around 70 children aged 8-11 attended the event, which was organised by volunteers and supported by B-Connected and Resnet. Festive games, a disco and lots of treats were on offer. It was great fun and I especially enjoyed meeting the very enthusiastic dancing Santa. Events like this really help to bring the local community together and they get my full support.
David Cameron’s single biggest promise when he became Prime Minister was to balance the books by 2015. But we now know he has failed, as the Chancellor confirmed when delivered his final autumn statement of this Parliament.
The Government is borrowing £219 billion more than they originally planned, and borrowing is forecast to go up again this year and next. The Office for Budget Responsibility says the main cause of this increased borrowing, despite the economy returning to growth, is the low tax take. At the same time, many people still aren’t feeling the benefits of growth as their wages continue to stagnate.
We’re not going to succeed in getting the deficit down or in improving people’s living standards without a proper long-term plan to support good quality jobs alongside tough decisions on public spending and fair taxes. You can read more on Labour’s response to the Autumn Statement here.
On Monday 1st December, I appeared on BBC’s Newsnight to discuss some of the challenges faced by our NHS. You can watch the programme here.
People are really struggling to get an appointment with their GP and too many older people are ending up in hospital when they could have received better treatment at home or in the community. I made the case for an extra investment in the NHS to help tackle these issues, but said this must be tied to reform to improve services for patients and to provide better value for the tax payer.