After years of campaigning, it was great to see the Government make an announcement on its plans to tackle rogue providers of exempt accommodation. Whilst the announcement signifies progress, we need the Government to bring forward draft proposals now. The Government stated it would take action, “when parliamentary time allows” . But it is the Government that controls the Parliamentary timetable, so when they act is entirely down to them.
That is why I have called on the Government to include legislation in the forthcoming Queen’s Speech and urgent timescale for implementation of these measures, to ensure these are not just more warm words that do nothing for our communities. This is a testament to the hard work of many people in Birmingham and I’d like to thank everyone for their campaigning. We still have a huge amount of work to do.
Citizen’s Advice shared their latest research, which revealed that nearly 1 in 6 people in Ladywood are unable to pay their energy bills without cutting back on essential spending – such as the food shop. These figures highlight the astronomical price rises that are squeezing our communities, just as the Conservatives bring in a hike in National Insurance at the worst possible time.
Before the Ukraine crisis, inflation was already spiralling, and Conservative choices have left us exposed to a cost of living crisis. The Government must halt its deeply unfair National Insurance rise that will hit working people and business. It is also time for the Government to look again at Labour’s proposal for a one-off windfall tax on oil and gas producers, which would cut household energy bills by £600.
It was fantastic to hold another advice surgery for constituents in Ladywood this week. If there is anything I can help with, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me on firstname.lastname@example.org.