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Henry Smith MP: supporting England and Soccer Aid

In his article this week, Crawley MP Henry Smith talks about UNICEF, and how Soccer Aid helps it to support children in some of the poorest parts of the world.

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When England’s World Cup campaign begins in just over a week’s time, the eyes of the world will be on one of Crawley’s own in the England dug-out.

My best wishes to Gareth Southgate – who grew up in our town, attended Pound Hill Junior and Hazelwick Schools, and married at Worth Church – and his team. Come on England!

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Before the tournament starts, the biennial Soccer Aid game takes place on Sunday (10th June) at Old Trafford, where a team of England celebrities and football legends take on a side from the Rest of the World. This is all in aid of UNICEF, who supply vaccines reaching 40 per cent of the world’s children, deliver 80 per cent of the world’s life-saving food, and have provided cleaner water and sanitation for families in more than 107 countries.

Over the last 12 years, £24 million has been raised through Soccer Aid to help UNICEF support children in some of the poorest parts of the world. Assistance has included 13.8 million people with improved drinking water and 11.3 million getting better sanitation.

Donations to UNICEF as part of this year’s Soccer Aid will be matched by the UK Government (up to the value of £5 million) to support UNICEF’s work for children in Swaziland and Lesotho.

In Parliament I continue to call for greater transparency in the international aid system, and recently questioned the International Development Secretary in the House of Commons over the action of the UK Government to ensure that other countries pay their fair share towards international development.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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Henry Smith MP: Making sure tips go to the right place

In his article this week Crawley MP Henry Smith welcomes changes to how tips are handled.

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With Crawley’s thriving service industry, the Prime Minister’s recent announcement of plans to stop employers making deductions from workers’ tips will make a difference to many in our town.

When leaving a tip after good service at a restaurant, we expect that all the extra money will go to those who provided that good experience. The reality is sometimes different, with some restaurant chains taking up to 10 per cent of staff tips.

Government proposals in this area will see a pay boost for workers and provide a more honest arrangement for the consumers who leave tips.

This is an issue highlighted earlier in the year by Unite the Union, who previously condemned the last Labour government over its lack of action on the subject.

While ministers previously announced plans to tackle exploitative practices by banning or restricting employers taking tips that are given to staff and making a voluntary code of practice for employers legally binding, this week’s announcement goes further and will protect workers from employers taking deductions from their tips.

Such measures will provide a fairer deal for staff, and give confidence to customers who will know where their money is going.

Henry Smith MP

Crawley Constituency

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