Autumn Statement

Archive for December, 2013

Autumn Statement

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013


More disappointment from this Government

Last week the Chancellor announced the Autumn Statement which is an update on what the Government will spend its money on. Once again the Government has failed to get to grips with the problems people are facing in the Borough. I have strongly lobbied the Chancellor to provide money to extend the Barking-Gospel Oak London Overground line to Barking Riverside and I am extremely disappointed that once again the needs of Barking and Dagenham have been neglected at the expense of other areas. Without these vital transport links we are unlikely to see much needed homes built in the borough. It is essential for homes and jobs that the Overground is extended. I will continue to lobby the Government and TFL until we have the transport links we need.


Wake up and smell the coffee

These are tough times. People are struggling to keep up with the rising cost of food and energy bills.  So they are rightly furious when they see rich companies and individuals cheating the system to get out of paying their fair share of tax.  I used the Autumn statement to question the Government on their failure to crack down on tax avoidance. Last year the Prime Minister promised to clampdown on big companies avoiding tax and the Chancellor promised he would collect over £3 billions of pounds from Swiss bank accounts.  Yet so far they have only collected £440 million. This is an issue I am passionate about and I will keep pushing until the Government creates a tax system where everyone pays their fair share.


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Maternity Services in the Borough

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

My campaign to improve maternity services continues. This week I asked the Government just how much money the local health trust, which includes Queen’s hospital, was paying out in maternity compensation claims.

The average amount of money they are paying out per claim has skyrocketed by over £75,000 in 4 years. Last year the trust paid out £1,682,220 and the number of claims has jumped from 9 in 2008-09 to 78 last year.

These figures reflect just what a terrible mess maternity services have been in over the last few years. Although reports have highlighted that maternity services in the borough are improving I am unsure how permanent these changes are. I will continue to monitor the services in the borough to make sure all mothers and their babies get the high quality care they deserve.