Big Green Conversation
The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) from the 31 October through to the 12 November. The climate talks will bring together heads of state, climate experts and campaigners to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change. These will be the most important talks about climate action for a generation. It’s vital we all reach an ambitious agreement.
I want to hear from constituents about your views and priorities about how to address climate change.
I also want you to share with me what small changes you are making to help address the climate crisis, because small changes can make a big difference. Share your pledges with me here.
Stop the Cut
Shock new figures show a staggering 513,414 people will be hit by the cut to Universal Credit in Yorkshire, including almost 50,000 in Sheffield alone. Double the figure from March 2020, as the economic damage of the pandemic is revealed.
For many families, the extra £20 a week will be the difference between whether they can put food on the table and heat their homes this winter.
It is shameful that some of the very people who were on the frontline during this pandemic, low-paid nurses, police officers, teaching assistants, are now set to be plunged into hardship.
Please show your support against the Governments unjust decision to cut Universal Credit by signing my petition. If the reduction does go ahead, as the Government plans, it will cost six million families an estimated £1,000 a year and support for those out of work will be left at its lowest level in decades.
I cannot and will not stand back and allow it to go ahead without a fight.
Better Buses App
More than 100,000 people across Sheffield don’t own a car and many more rely on our bus network to get them to work, leisure and appointments.
I have launched an app for residents and passengers so you can log issues with the bus network. The information gathered will be used to challenge the bus operators and to work with Mayor of the Sheffield City Region to demand improvements.
Via the Better Buses app passengers can provide their feedback about specific services, how often they’re delayed or cancelled, the condition of bus stops and issues they experience with their journey such as hate crime or abuse.
To report issues with your bus services visit: betterbuses.LouiseHaigh.org.uk/ and download the app onto your phone so you can report issues in real-time and on the go.
Community safety in your area
Over the past few months many of you have been contacting me about anti-social behaviour in your neighbourhoods and communities, including the use of illegal off-road bikes, groups causing intimidation and noise pollution.
It’s a real frustration to see these problems getting worse again. After several years hard work, we had started to get on top if it, but clearly insufficient youth provision and our policing resources still being stretched, this is having an effect.
That’s why, this summer I will be out in the community speaking to you about your views of safety in your community, what you think the priorities should be and how they should be tackled.
Have your say today and help me to make our communities safer for all.
Clamping Down on Unfair Parking Tickets
I’ve launched a campaign against rip-off private car park vendors after hearing from several local people who have wrongly received steep parking fines.
The Government needs to take action to properly regulate the industry but, in the meantime, I’ll be doing what I can locally to put pressure on these rip-off merchants.
Local people can help me to name and shame the worst offenders by completing my short survey.
We’re Still Viable
I’ve launched a campaign to support local businesses that have been badly hit by the pandemic, lockdown, and local restrictions.
Rishi Sunak says that he is not prepared to support unviable businesses, but many businesses are only unviable because they’re still not legally allowed to operate normally.
Of course pubs, beauty salons, cafes, restaurants and other businesses will struggle when they can’t open at full capacity. But these businesses are still viable in the long-term – they just need a helping hand to get through the current crisis.
My ‘We’re Still Viable’ campaign is calling on the government to provide targeted, urgent support to businesses that have been particularly badly hit by the pandemic and lockdown. Please sign our petition to back local businesses and tell the government to act now: louisehaigh.org.uk/stillviable
Fighting for Better Social Care
I was a founding member of the new All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Care and used my position on the APPG to push for much-needed change of the social care system.
During the coronavirus pandemic, I have continued to highlight failures in the system and fight for improvements. I called on the government to provide social care staff with the PPE, testing, and guidance they needed to keep themselves and others safe.
I will continue to push for massive reform of this totally failing sector to ensure that carers, and those they care for, get the support they need.
Defending Survivors of Abuse
It’s been a long road since I met with the amazing Rotherham survivor, Sammy Woodhouse, and we started campaigning for reform to the family courts, which have been allowed to perpetuate abuse against victims for too long.
The government has now announced they are bringing in major reforms which will help protect abuse victims and ensure children’s needs are put first.
I’m so proud to have worked alongside these women and to have played a part in delivering real change. I’ll continue to campaign on this issue to ensure that all survivors of abuse get the protection that they need.
More Funding for SEND Children
I’ve been speaking to parents, schools, and local authorities about the lack of provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). I’ve been working locally and in Parliament to make sure that children with SEND and their families get all the support they need. Find out more.
Free Travel for Young Carers
I have been campaigning for Sheffield’s 7,000 young carers to receive free bus travel, in order to allow them to access school, work, socialisation and their caring responsibilities without extra financial pressure. They give a lot to look after their loved ones, and it’s only right they receive something in return. Find out more.