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[02/06/2017 | No comment]

Today I joined campaigners from Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) for their “day of action” in Leicester city centre.

Hundreds of thousands of women have had their retirement plans scuppered by changes to the state pension age brought in by the Conservative and Liberal Democrat Coalition Government. Despite a huge campaign and the brilliant work of the WASPI campaign, the Conservatives have refused to budge.

If I am re-elected on June 8th I pledge to continue supporting WASPI and to work in Parliament to find a solution for the women affected.

[29/05/2017 | No comment]

Almost 9,000 pensioners in Leicester West will lose their winter fuel payments worth up to £300 a year under the Tory “triple whammy” on the elderly. I will stand up for local pensioners every step of the way.

  • Tories have broken their promise to protect pensions
  • Tory dementia tax will make even more people pay for their care
  • Tories will cut winter fuel payments

Read coverage in the Leicester Mercury here.

[12/04/2017 | No comment]

I recently met with residents at Quadrant House – a complex of flats with extra support to help older people stay living independently. The residents told me they are very concerned that their support is being reduced due to staff cuts, that there are difficulties getting in and out due to problems with the gates, and that the building isn’t being properly maintained.

I am going to take this issue up with Riverside Housing as a matter of urgency, to find a proper solution and ensure the residents get the support they need and deserve.

[12/04/2017 | No comment]

 

On Tuesday 11th April 2017 I was honoured to judge an Easter Bonnet competition organised by a befriending scheme for older people in Braunstone, which is run by the charity ‘b-inspired’ and the Braunstone Blues emergency services team.

B-inspired recruits local people to become volunteer befrienders for isolated or lonely older people, helping them get involved in social activities and trips out, to access local services or just spend time talking.

The older people I met told me about the huge difference the befrienders have made to their lives. I will continue to do everything I can to support the brilliant work done by b-inspired and the Braunstone Blues to help vulnerable residents in Braunstone.

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