Last week the Department for Transport published its Invitation to Tender (ITT) for the South Eastern Rail Franchise. Rail operators are being invited to bid to take over the franchise in April 2019 when Southeastern’s contract runs out.
Last week the Department for Transport published its Invitation to Tender (ITT) for the South Eastern Rail Franchise. Rail operators are being invited to bid to take over the franchise... Read more
Once again, this year I decided to spend Saturday visiting a range of local businesses as part of Small Business Saturday. It was a great chance to chat to local business owners, get my hair and nails done, buy some Christmas gifts and visit a new local bar.
Now in its fifth year, Small Business Saturday aims to highlight and celebrate small businesses and recognise the important contributions they make to the local economy, in bringing jobs, growth and innovation. Buying goods from local businesses is a fantastic alternative to buying from the usual large supermarkets and a great way to support these business owners.
I began the day by getting my nails done at Deeplex Hair Salon in Deptford, then grabbing a coffee from London Velo for a caffeine kick before browsing the busy Deptford High Street. Afterwards, I headed down to Brockley for a haircut from the lovely team at Aqua Hair Salon. I then went on to purchase some unique gifts from the Ladywell Christmas Market, Honeybourne’s, and the ‘Crafternoon’ at PLACE – of course stopping for another coffee at the Good Hope Café! I finished the day with a drink from Suttons Radio, a fantastic new bar in Lewisham. Overall, the day was a great success and I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet with many local business owners.
Amidst the uncertainty of Brexit, it’s great to see so many local businesses working hard and caring about the area’s prosperity - and doing so with Christmas spirit! I’m proud that the number of businesses in Lewisham Deptford continues to grow at a faster rate than the UK average, providing an increasing number of jobs and a range of amenities and services for local people. Currently there are around 3,900 businesses in the constituency with fewer than 10 employees, that’s 95% of all businesses. A further 4% of businesses have 10-49 businesses, higher than the UK average.
If you live in the local area, why not pop into a small business and see what they have to offer? As always, I hope to continue to support many more local businesses.
Once again, this year I decided to spend Saturday visiting a range of local businesses as part of Small Business Saturday. It was a great chance to chat to local...
Every Friday the South London Press invites an MP from south of the river to write a column based on a subject of their choosing. It was my turn this week and I wrote about my reaction to the budget and what it means for people in the run up to Christmas.
In the run up to Christmas I often find my mind turning to charity. Our voluntary sector in Lewisham Deptford is brilliant, with some amazing individuals and organisations working tirelessly to make a real difference to their local community. I recently attended the Mayor of Lewisham’s Awards for Voluntary Contribution where nearly one hundred Lewisham residents were commended for the volunteering they do locally, working for little or no recognition and often on top of full-time work or other commitments.
The charities ranged from those working with young people to those providing benefits advice, caring for the elderly and providing mental health support and assistance to homeless people. It seemed especially apt to be attending this event so soon after the Chancellor’s November 22nd Budget announcement, in which too many of these areas were ignored, cut or underfunded yet again by a Government that keeps showing us just how out of touch with reality it is.
The Government has left the NHS drastically underfunded yet again, producing less than half of the £4 billion that NHS England has said it will need to look after patients properly next year. We are facing a social care crisis, with £6 billion cut since the Tories came to power. Yet the Chancellor failed to mention social care once in last week’s Budget. Mental health services have also been cut across the country, leaving charities to fill the gaps.
Since the roll out of Universal Credit, claimants have been waiting up to six weeks for their first payment, leaving many in mental distress, struggling to afford food for weeks and often at threat of eviction. Food bank use has increased in areas where Universal Credit is being rolled out, yet the Government ignores the evidence and has again refused to pause the roll out of Universal Credit until these problems are fixed.
After seven years of austerity, too many areas that were previously seen as statutory services are now left to the goodwill of individuals and charities to provide in their local areas. Councils across the UK are being pushed dangerously close to bankruptcy, as they delve into their reserves in attempts to fund frontline services. In Lewisham, we can be proud of our thriving voluntary sector and the fantastic individuals that give up their time to help others in need. But as a society, we should be outraged at a Government that fails to provide the basic services needed by the most vulnerable in our communities.
Every Friday the South London Press invites an MP from south of the river to write a column based on a subject of their choosing. It was my turn this...
Along with the Labour councillors for New Cross ward, I recently responded to the consultation on the closure of the Waldron Health Centre, the walk-in health centre in New Cross. I am firmly opposed to the decision, which would reduce access to primary healthcare in one of the most deprived areas of our borough (and London). Because the health centre is a walk-in, the closure would particularly impact homeless people and undocumented migrants.
Along with the Labour councillors for New Cross ward, I recently responded to the consultation on the closure of the Waldron Health Centre, the walk-in health centre in New Cross.... Read more
We’re looking for someone to join our constituency office team in Deptford full-time. The successful candidate will be a fast learner who is comfortable working independently in a busy and demanding environment.
The closing date for applications is Friday 15th September (5.00pm).
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If you have any questions, please email the office or call us on 020 8469 4638.
We’re looking for someone to join our constituency office team in Deptford full-time. The successful candidate will be a fast learner who is comfortable working independently in a busy and...