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Remembrance

This weekend saw a large number of Remembrance services across our community and country. I was proud to participate in services at City Hall, on West Lane and Old Jamaica Road, on Borough High Street and at the Imperial war Museum.

It was good to see such significant crowds attending each event. It is important we acknowledge the impact of war and the toll wars have taken on our area and beyond, for service personnel and civilians alike and in historic and current conflicts. Southwark has strong ties to our armed forces and I was proud to represent my own family as well as our whole local community in laying wreaths.

 

Remembrance

Remembrance This weekend saw a large number of Remembrance services across our community and country. I was proud to participate in services at City Hall, on West Lane and Old...

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I am delighted to have recently become the first ever patron of the North Southwark Environment Trust (NSET). 

NSET is a local charity that derives its funding from a co-operative model of housing and commercial rents and re-invests in Southwark projects improving the environment and involving local people. The charity works across north Southwark in partnership with a wide range of local organisations, from tenants' groups and community festivals, from Pasley Park to Bede House. 

I was very pleased to be asked to become the first ever patron after years of working with the charity as a councillor and as MP since 2015. I am proud of its history contribution to improving the public realm and supporting many successful local events, including the Rotherhithe Festival, and community spaces, like outside the Brunel Museum. 

NSET plays an important role in promoting community inclusion and is always looking for new and innovative community projects to sponsor. Please see the application form online here: http://www.nset.org.uk/applications.php is you'd like NSET to support your local project! 

1st ever patron of North Southwark Environment Trust

  I am delighted to have recently become the first ever patron of the North Southwark Environment Trust (NSET).  NSET is a local charity that derives its funding from a co-operative model of...

Universal Credit universally discredited 

Today the Smith Institute launched their report on the impact Universal Credit (UC) in Southwark and Croydon in partnership with the Peabody housing association.

The report was clear in its findings: Universal Credit has dramatically increased rent arrears and debts within local authorities and other housing providers. This is something Southwark Council has stated for some time, as a trial area for the flagship but failing Government policy. Over 4,000 Southwark council tenants now claim UC and their arrears account for an astonishing £5.3 million. 

The scale of the problem is vast when compared with Housing Benefit: the average council tenant on Housing Benefit in Southwark is £8 in credit; the average person on UC is in arrears of £1,178 but the Government are choosing to ignore the scale of the issue, despite its equally horrendous impact on foodbank use and in-work poverty. My Guardian article on the wider issues can be read here.

The Government last week had an opportunity to pause and address the problems within Universal Credit. On the Work & Pensions Select Committee I pushed the Minister on the flaws within this system. One of my questions can be watched here and my speech in the Commons debate on UC can be viewed here.

Sadly, the Government chose to push ahead despite the damage they are causing locally and nationally. Tory MPs abstained on the UC vote, refusing to support the flagship welfare policy (only introduced with Lib Dem support in the Coalition, sadly including my predecessor Simon Hughes).

The Select Committee is looking again at UC this week and I will continue to highlight the horrific issues within the system until the Government is forced to face reality. 

 

Universal Credit universally discredited

Universal Credit universally discredited  Today the Smith Institute launched their report on the impact Universal Credit (UC) in Southwark and Croydon in partnership with the Peabody housing association. The report was clear in...

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