Whilst Boris Johnson continues to dominate the headlines through his scandalous behaviour and attempts to evade scrutiny, the weakness of Rishi Sunak in simply signing off his disgraceful resignation honours list should be front and centre. Johnson’s honours list was made up primarily of people who had resigned over the Partygate scandal or who had defended the indefensible. The excuses are pathetic, not least because neither of the last two Labour PMs had any such list but the Tories continue to pack the Lords with their cronies and acolytes.
After 13 years of Tory governments, people are sick of this never-ending Tory soap opera that is being played out at our expense. Enough is enough, it’s time to turn the page with a fresh start for the country with a Labour government focused on the people’s priorities of tackling the cost-of-living crisis and building a better future for all.
BBC local radio cuts
I joined fellow Yorkshire and Humber MPs and wrote to the BBC about the gutting of local radio. Listeners will lose some of their favourite presenters and local stories that many of them rely on.
This is damaging to local radio as well as local democracy and I’ve called on the BBC to think again.
Leaked documents show that delays to HS2 announced by the government earlier this year, which were claimed to help balance the books, is going to cost taxpayers hundreds of millions extra.
Their plan will hit jobs, harm growth and cost even more than originally planned – it’s little wonder that Tory Ministers did not want to come clean about this.
13 years of Tory chaos and mismanagement is holding the country back.
Inflation and mortgage rises
With inflation remaining high and interest rates increasing, this is a very worrying time for many people across the country.
Labour has a plan to shield those most impacted by this crisis with a windfall tax on the record profits of energy companies to freeze bills and lower inflation.
It’s clear that the Government do not have a plan to help homeowners. Borrowers should be able to switch to interest-only payments for a temporary period to ease the crisis. Some banks and lenders are doing this, but this needs to be enforced across the board.
A Labour government would ease the Tory mortgage penalty, and offer practical help now, demanding that banks offer products that reduce the impact of the surge in interest rates and ensure that any request for help does not impact on people’s credit rating.
Mental health waiting lists
The country faces a mental health crisis and since the Tories came to power in 2010, one-in-four mental health beds have been cut across the country and waiting times for treatment have soared.
Across South Yorkshire’s Integrated Care Board, there were more than 10,000 children on the waiting list in December and more than 39,000 adults.
A Labour government will ensure a preventative approach to mental health, opening mental health hubs for children and young people locally.
I want to hear from residents who live in Council housing, or a property managed by a social housing provider to find out what issues you’re facing with waiting for repairs, or anti-social behaviour, environmental or other issues you might face on a daily basis.
I will raise awareness of the condition that people are being forced to live in to encourage the Council, and housing providers to start putting residents first and focus on repairs.
Special Educational Needs and Disability assessment survey
I’ve had a great response to my SEND survey so far, but I want to hear from as many parents and carers and professionals as possible.
If you haven’t yet shared your experience of getting SEND support for your young people, then please do this today. I want to hear from everyone to help share best practice and knowledge of how to navigate a complex system
Domestic gas and oil
Labour is fully opposed to new domestic oil and gas developments in the North Sea.
I recognise the need to continue to use existing oil and gas wells over the coming years and manage them sustainably but drilling for more in the North Sea would seriously undermine our efforts to tackle climate change and would have no impact on bills for many years.
A Labour government will show the leadership needed in this climate emergency, invest in renewables and insulate 19m homes to bring bills down for good.
Royal mail postal problems
This month I have been contacted by residents who have had serious problems with their post. Many have not received a postal delivery for days and in some cases weeks. This was isolated to Meersbrook but now I believe that other areas across S8 have also been affected.
I have written to Royal Mail and the Secretary of State for Business and Trade to ask why there has been a sharp increase in undelivered post and what action they are taking to resolve this issue.
If you have been affected by this, please get in touch with me via: Louise@LouiseHaigh.org.uk
It’s great to see that after being out of action for a few weeks the new zip wire in Greenhill Park is back up and running, and just in time for the sunny weather.
I have been working with the Council to ensure that this was reinstated for use for all children in the area.
I have once again met with management from Sanctuary Housing as part of our ongoing work to tackle the issues on the Errington estate in Arbourthorne.
I and fellow Councillor Nabeela Mowlana pressed them to urgently address housing repairs, remove graffiti and fix communal doors and lighting.
Some of these have been actioned, but I will continue to press Sanctuary until all actions have been completed and residents can once again feel safe in their homes.