On Friday 28th October I spoke in favour of the Homelessness Reduction Bill. This aims to tackle the growing problem of homelessness by requiring local councils to assist people earlier and to offer them more support.
I agree with the principle of the bill that prevention is better than cure, but I am very concerned that the Government’s huge cuts to local council budgets could put these efforts at risk. I also argued that any changes must be part of a much wider strategy to deal with the appalling lack of housing in this country, especially the need for more affordable and social housing. You can read my speech here or watch it here.
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- A strong economic foundation: Balance the books and cut the deficit every year while securing the future of the NHS. None of our manifesto commitments require additional borrowing.
- Higher living standards for working families: Freeze energy bills until 2017 and give the regulator the power to cut bills this winter, ban exploitative zero-hours contracts, raise the minimum wage to £8 and provide 25 hours free childcare a week.
- An NHS with the time to care: 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 more GPs. We will join up services from home to hospital, guaranteeing GP appointments within 48 hours and cancer tests within one week.
- Controls on immigration: People who come here won’t be able to claim benefits for at least two years and we will introduce fair rules making it illegal for employers to undercut wages by exploiting workers.
- A country where the next generation can do better than the last: Tuition fees reduced to £6,000, an apprenticeship for every school leaver who gets the basic grades, and smaller class sizes for 5, 6 & 7 year-olds.
I recently held a well-attended public event with the City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, to give local residents from in and around the Woodgate area a say over proposals to develop Leicester’s Waterside.
People voiced their frustration at having to live with old industrial buildings that have been left vacant and derelict, especially around the A50. These blight neighbourhoods, encourage crime and antisocial behaviour and form a bad impression for people visiting the city.
When I was first elected, my office was on Frog Island, so I know the area very well. I’ve campaigned hard for the investment needed ever since and am pleased that the City Mayor has now made it a top priority, earmarking £26.5 million to kick start development.”