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Last week Twickenham Labour Party campaigners went to London to meet Labour MPs and Unite members protesting against the Conservative Government's introduction of Universal Credit.

The series of local and regional demonstrations was organised to draw attention to the proposals, which threaten thousands of people with possible cuts to their income and risk of eviction. Universal Credit is a new system combining six benefits into one universal benefit. Many claimants are people in work, whose take home pay is so low, it is below the poverty level.

Twickenham Labour Party's Disability and Social Care Officer, Steven Mayers said: 

"We are very concerned that this Government is still trying to rush through Universal Credit. We know that the system is broken and the Government need to stop and fix it before they continue to roll it out.

 It is a complicated system and delays could mean claimants are at risk of destitution over Christmas."

"To make matters worse the helpline system the Government set up will only be fully operational for two out of 10 days over the holiday. Which means people in need won't get help. Already 2 out of 5 people entitled to Universal credit are in rent arrears, and at risk of losing their homes."

TWICKENHAM LABOUR PARTY CAMPAIGNERS PROTEST AT INTRODUCTION OF UNIVERSAL CREDIT SYSTEM

Last week Twickenham Labour Party campaigners went to London to meet Labour MPs and Unite members protesting against the Conservative Government's introduction of Universal Credit. The series of local and...

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Recent DCLG data shows that Richmond is the worst performing London borough in terms of providing affordable housing. In the five years between 2012 and 2017 Richmond delivered 310 units (a category that includes social rent, affordable rent, intermediate and low cost). This is drastically below what is needed. In the Mayor's draft London Plan, published today, it looks clear that the Mayor is going to increase pressure on those Boroughs with such poor records, and increase housing targets significantly in reaction to the housing crisis.

Labour Councillor Jennifer Churchill said: “Richmond is bottom of the class when it comes to housing, and what’s worse, the Conservative administration doesn’t even care. The Tories have no intention of meeting their responsibilities in this area. They say they can’t find sites, but that is simply not true. In reality, when sites come up - like Twickenham Station - plans go through with no affordable provision because of a lack of political will, and a lack of political ability.

“It is highly welcome that Sadiq Khan, in the new London Plan, is going to increase the pressure on failing councils such as Richmond. Not before time.”

Labour Calling Time on Richmond Housing Failure

  Recent DCLG data shows that Richmond is the worst performing London borough in terms of providing affordable housing. In the five years between 2012 and 2017 Richmond delivered 310...

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Over thirty Heathfield campaigners and parents braved the Winter  weather to protest at the failure of Richmond Council to  listen to Resident's concerns.

 Heathfield Campaign team member Jan Kilsby said:

 “We are very concerned ,there has been no consultation with residents, there has been no impact consultation and only 20% of our children in  will be able to study at the school. There are no assurances that Heathfield children will have any priority rights for the school places"

 "Heathfield is always the forgotten part of the Borough. The proposed site for the school is on Metropolitan open land, which was meant to be protected green space."

 Heathfield Campaign team member Ranjeev Walia commented:

 “Heathfield residents are frustrated by the Turing House School plans that are being driven through without proper consultation by the Tory council. They are particularly concerned that the proposals will lead to more traffic congestion and pollution, which will contribute to rising asthma levels.

 Heathfield Campaign team member Sergio Cortes Allsopp said the Labour Party would keep fighting the Tory plans.

 “These proposals affect the whole of the Borough’s children. Under Conservative school policies anybody can propose opening a free school, even when they have no site available, we do need more school places across the Borough, but we believe, after talking to residents, the proposed site in Heathfield is not the right location.”

DEMONSTRATION AT COUNCIL MEETING OVER TURING HOUSE SCHOOL PLANS

Over thirty Heathfield campaigners and parents braved the Winter  weather to protest at the failure of Richmond Council to  listen to Resident's concerns.  Heathfield Campaign team member Jan Kilsby said:  “We are...

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