30 young people in Poplar & Limehouse to be stripped of housing benefit

Over 30 young people in Poplar & Limehouse will be affected by the Conservative government’s decision to strip 18-21 year olds of housing benefit, research by the House of Commons library commissioned by the Liberal Democrats has shown.

In total 18,000 young people across the country expected to be affected. The Liberal Democrats have committed to reverse the cuts, which came into force at the beginning of this month.

Poplar & Limehouse, as part of Tower Hamlets, is already suffering from high levels of homelessness, with official figures showing there were 11 rough sleepers in 2016. Charities have warned that stripping 18-21 year-olds of housing benefits could push more young people onto the streets while research has shown it is likely to cost taxpayers more than it saves.

Liberal Democrat Elaine Bagshaw commented:

"The heartless decision to strip under-21s of housing benefit risks pushing more young people in Poplar & Limehouse onto the streets.

“Vulnerable youngsters with nowhere else to turn are being abandoned by this Conservative government. This nasty and counterproductive policy should be overturned immediately.

“Younger generations have the most to lose from the increasingly divisive policies and hard Brexit agenda being pursued by this Conservative government.

“This election is a chance to change the direction of our country. The Liberal Democrats will restore housing benefit for 18-21 year olds and prevent a destructive hard Brexit robbing young people of their futures."

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Council pays out thousands for pothole damage

Our local council in Tower Hamlets has spent £7052.75 compensating motorists for damage caused by potholes since 2012, figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats have revealed.

Nationally a total of £12 million have been paid out over the last four years, with an average payment per person of £650.

The figures were uncovered by Freedom of Information requests to 500 councils by the Liberal Democrats.

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson Elaine Bagshaw said:

"This is a lose-lose situation for everyone, whether they are motorists, councils or taxpayers.

“People already have to fork out so much to drive a car, the least they should expect is that their vehicle doesn't get ruined by a bumpy road.

“Thousands of pounds are now being spent on pay-outs that could have been invested instead in fixing our roads.

"This is a symptom of the short-termist approach being taken to infrastructure investment.

"Roads should be fixed quickly so this compensation does not have to be paid out in the first place.”

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Fighting to protect civilians in Aleppo

This evening, Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake raised an urgent intervention 

during the Emergency Debate on International action to protect civilians in Aleppo and Syria. The international community’s reaction has been lamentable, and this parliament’s own reaction feeble.

Watch Tom's intervention here  http://bit.ly/2htoQqm

Shockwaves from this will be felt for decades. The Government must now again consider air aid drops, and even drops for areas other than Aleppo. The Government must also think about hitting the Russians where they will feel it: their pockets. The Maginitsky Amendment to the Criminal Law Bill will stop the UK becoming a safe haven for the profits of human rights abusers, and the Government must accept it.

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Anti-Bullying Week - Get Involved!

This week schools, colleges, parents, carers, children and young adults unite to say a big ‘NO’ to bullying.

Of course, it’s important to tackle bullying all year round! But this week is a special chance to draw everyone’s attention to bullying. So we can take individual and collective efforts to make sure children have safe places where they can thrive.

The Anti-Bullying Alliance’s website is where you can find, activities, check sheets and ways to support our community and strengthen it against bullying.

This year Anti-Bullying Week is particularly focused on ‘Power For Good’. Helping children understand how powerful they are and encouraging us all to use our ‘Power For Good’.

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My Values

Courage, Innovation and Partnership.

They are the principles that define my character. Each as important as the next, they are the core values that shape my life and guide my politics.

Courage

Courage means doing the right thing, not the easy thing. We’ve all had to make choices in our lives, choices that have shaped who we are and how we see the world. We have to decide how to balance the demands of work and family. How to afford the increasing London house prices. And how we participate in our community. Life is about these choices and responding with courage reveals our integrity.

As a regulator, I spent six years making difficult decisions and holding the banks to account. Faced with the peril of payday lenders, it took courage to stand up and protect the victims of their exploitation. Fighting for consumer rights was never going to be the easy thing to do — but it was the right thing to do. Our community needs a candidate who has the courage to make these decisions and the skills to do so effectively.

Innovation

I believe that when the status quo isn’t working for local people — it should be challenged. That’s why I value innovation. We can’t simply look backwards in the hope that the problems of this century can be met by the solutions of the last.

Conventional thinking says our community will just accept things how they’ve always been — but conventional thinking is wrong. I have no doubt that our community can overcome the tired politics of an era gone by, to meet the demands of today. Through innovation, we can fight the worn ideas of yesterday.

Partnership

Pollution, employment, and crime pay little attention to the lines on a map. That’s why we should partner with our neighbouring boroughs to address the common problems shared by us all. Only by working together can we tackle London’s obstacles with scale and support.

The past few years have been a failure of Labour and Conservative leadership, not a failure of the City & East community. Just think of what we could have done if we were united and worked together. That’s why this campaign can’t only be about me — it must be about us.

If you think, like I think, that it’s time to build truly affordable homes — then I’ll work with you. If you worry, like I worry, about our borough’s increasing knife crime — then I’ll work with you. And if you know, like I know, that every child deserves the best start they can at learning and life — then I’ll work with you.

Our future can be better and brighter. A future with a new definition of affordable housing so that everyone can call somewhere home.  A future where the streets at night are free from intimidation. A future where every child gets the support they need to reach their potential.

You have a choice. You can accept things as they are, or you can vote for change. Together we can build a better future. Vote for that future on May 5th. Vote Elaine Bagshaw for our City and East and Caroline Pidgeon and the Liberal Democrats for London.

 

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