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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: Kickstarting the recovery



As the challenges of COVID-19 continue to be addressed, the scale of the response across the nation needs to have long-lasting effects.

The Kickstart scheme launches this week to widen job opportunities for young people and I urge employers in Crawley to sign up.

Participating firms will be able to offer young people between 16 and 24 years of age who are claiming Universal Credit a six-month work placement that is fully funded by the Government.

The scheme will see Government pay all of the young persons’ age-relevant National Minimum Wage, National Insurance and pension contributions for 25 hours a week, which the employer can top up if they chose to.

Companies will also be paid £1,500 for each young person they take on as part of the initiative, to support training or other associated costs.

Kickstart is a vital part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs and I hope local employers will participate.

Young people are more likely to have been furloughed than the population as a whole, and we cannot allow them to be left behind as a result of the pandemic.

Creating jobs and helping young people develop the skills to access them is essential. Interested employers can find out more information via:

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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