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09 July 2018
Here’s a lovely story from one of my younger constituents who recently got in touch. Bella is 9 years old and wants to help tackle homelessness. I put her in touch with Help Bristol’s Homeless, a social enterprise which has a housing-first policy in order to deal with the complex reasons people end up on the streets. If you’re inspired by her then please give Help Bristol’s Homeless a donation here - https://helpbristolshomeless.co.uk/donate/
Today we celebrate the 70th birthday of our National Health Service. Britain’s universal healthcare system was founded on the three principles: that it would meet the needs of everyone, remain free at the point of delivery, and be based on clinical need, not ability to pay. It became active on Monday the 5th of July 1948.
I've just signed the following pledge, which makes clear that my constituency surgeries are a safe place for all constituents, regardless of their immigration status. "As a member of parliament, I pledge to represent and advocate for all people living in my constituency as equal members of the local community, regardless of their immigration status. My constituency and surgery are safe places and I welcome all my constituents to seek representation free from fear of immigration enforcement. I will not report on anyone who seeks my advice to the Home Office for immigration enforcement and will ensure my office correctly handles sensitive personal information to prevent this from happening.”
The decisions on Monday to give the go ahead for a third runway at Heathrow and to scrap the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project dealt a double blow to our green economy and climate commitments.
Last week, I attended a 38 Degrees event to hear the case for a small tax rise for our NHS. As we celebrate its 70th anniversary, I know lots of my constituents are concerned about the chronic underfunding of our health service, which is putting patient safety at risk and taking an incredible toll on the morale of our hard working doctors and nurses. A recent survey by YouGov and 38 Degrees found that 66% of the public would be willing to pay an extra 1% on income tax to pay for the health service. The Prime Minister should give the NHS the sustainable funding plan it needs, and go further than the 3.4% rise recently announced, which falls short of the increase called for by health think tanks, NHS providers and doctors.
I was pleased to be a sponsoring member for the recent Westminster Hall debate on ME treatment and research and to speak in the debate, which was well attended by MPs from across political parties.
On Monday, the Department of Work and Pensions announced that people who get the highest rates of Personal Independence Payments (PIP), such as people with long-term or lifelong conditions, won't have to attend annual reviews. This is welcome news for those on the highest level of PIP, as they will now avoid needless and stressful reassessments. On behalf of those claimants who do not qualify for the highest rates, I will continue to lobby the DWP to make the disability benefit system fit for purpose, so that everyone is treated fairly and with respect.

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@LilliWednesday With splurge guns?
Good to catch up with ?@vivacampaigns? today, with @reecepfrancis and Oliver. https://t.co/2GzbXmedjv
The sun has returned today for @BristolPride and @vivacampaigns https://t.co/QlLGxlxZlB Why not do a bit of both?
Take Me to the River - Talking Heads (as many others have said); Different Drum - Lemonheads (still the best versio… https://t.co/qQIQ9Caaks

The week ahead

Week beginning 9th of July

This week in Parliament there will be debates on a range of issues including an Opposition debate on the rollout of Universal Credit; votes on The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths Bill (which amongst other things will be extending civil partnerships to heterosexual couples); and a debate on the lessons learned following the collapse of Carilion. There will be oral questions to the Defence, Justice, Scottish, Environment Food and Rural Affairs Departments, as well as to the Prime Minister.

During this week’s Environmental Audit Committee session, Kerry will be questioning the Secretary of State for Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove. She will also be chairing a session of the Committee as part of its inquiry into Hand Car Washes, and attending another session on the Arctic. Kerry will be attending an event on drug policy reform, Channel 4’s event on how to improve social mobility in the media, and a round table on children and modern slavery hosted by APPGs on Street Children and Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery. Kerry will also be visiting a Coca Cola factory, and going to 2Sisters food group with the Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee,

Back in Bristol, Kerry will be a guest speaker at the City Leadership programme, will be visiting businesses in east Bristol to discuss Brexit, as well as attending Bristol’s Pride on Saturday.

If you would like to contact Kerry or her office you can call during weekdays on 0117 939 9901 (between 10am and 1pm) or email at kerry.mccarthy.mp@parliament.uk.


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