Connect with us

Politics

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

Published

on

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: Victory in Europe Day 75 years on

Published

on

At 11am on Friday, 8th May, our nation will fall silent for two minutes, to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day and in honour of all those who gave their lives for our freedom.

As the Royal British Legion have said, there is no right or wrong way to take part in the silence. Some people may choose to stand at the window or step outside the front door, and I encourage all in Crawley to spend this time to think of the events which took place three quarters of a century ago.

Alongside a host of television and radio broadcasts, the Royal British Legion have also developed a VE Day learning pack which is designed for seven to 14 year olds, with first-hand accounts from the Second World War generation, interviews with veterans and a variety of activities to help families explore and commemorate VE Day together.

I am grateful to Crawley Borough Council and West Sussex County Council for their work to ensure this important anniversary can be marked remotely given the current COVID-19 pandemic social distancing restrictions. This will include posting items on social media from the Crawley Library archives, as well as a range of resources available online from the West Sussex Record Office.

My thanks as well to St John’s Church, whose celebration service will also take place remotely on Friday.

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the general election where I was first elected to Parliament. It is not lost on me that were it not for the bravery of those who defeated the threat to our freedom in the Second World War, we would not have a functioning democracy and a free country today.

When the clock strikes 11am on Friday my thoughts will be of the individuals from the UK and right across the free world who stood up for our way of life, including the service of those from what would soon become the New Town of Crawley.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

Continue Reading

Trending