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‘People deserve to be treated with respect’ says Crawley’s Labour candidate as pensioner pledge revealed



Labour has set out its offer to pensioners in more detail with a new ‘Pensioners Pledge Card’, after they say the Tories chose to ignore the biggest issue affecting older people in their manifesto; the social care crisis.

Labour have seven policies on the new pledge card. The party says the policies will “restore dignity and support” for older people living in Britain.

Labour’s ‘Pensioners Pledge Card’ includes plans to:

  1. Introduce free personal care and invest £10.8 billion in social care provision.
  2. Keep the free bus pass for older people.
  3. Restore the 3,000 bus routes cut under the Tories and give back regulatory powers to Crawley Borough Council.
  4. Stop the Tories taking free TV licences from the up to 4280 households with someone over-75 in Crawley.
  5. Pay-outs of up to £31,000 for the 5,500 women in Crawley who lost out unfairly when the Tories changed the state pension age without fair notice.
  6. Invest in Warm Homes for All with insulation for every home – and in the process create nearly 750 unionised construction jobs and supply chain jobs for the next generation in Crawley.
  7. End the injustice of the state skimming 50% off the mineworkers’ pensions schemes.

Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Council and Labour’s candidate in Crawley, said,

“People who have dedicated so many years to their families and communities deserve to be treated with respect. But years of Tory and Lib Dem cuts have robbed so many pensioners of their dignity.

“Look at what’s happened to our country in the last few years: more pensioners in poverty and more children too. This is a rich country – we can do better than this.

“Labour will deliver real change for pensioners, supporting them to live the comfortable lives they deserve.”

John McDonnell, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, said:

“Labour’s new pledge card sets out our offer to restore dignity and proper support for older people after being abandoned by the Conservatives.

“Older people have had their pensions threatened under the Tories and nearly four million women born in the 1950s had their pensions robbed.

“The scandalous state of the care system is perhaps the biggest crisis facing our country. Labour will build a new National Care Service with free care for those who need it at the heart.”

Henry Smith

Henry Smith MP: Roll-out of vaccine is a feat our country can be proud of



The roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine is a feat which our country can be proud of. I am grateful for the dedication of NHS staff and all the workers and volunteers involved in protecting our nation at this time.

At locations throughout Sussex, including at Crawley Hospital, people are receiving Covid vaccines as part of our fightback against the virus.

There are now more than 1,000 GP services and over 250 hospital sites now offering vaccinations in England.

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is the lead provider for the vaccination programme locally and they are looking for people to play their part in the vaccine roll-out.

The NHS are calling for potential vaccinators and volunteers to help protect millions of people from Covid, and want people who are able to work as flexibly as possible, including at evenings and weekends. I am grateful to everyone who has signed up already with more opportunities still available.

If you would like to help or are interested in finding out more, please click here for information from the Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, and click here if you are interested in other volunteering opportunities as part of the NHS Volunteer Responder scheme.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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