Sally Keeble with #NorthantsLobby in London
Sally Keeble with #NorthantsLobby in London


Please sign and share the petition below to save the Hope Centre for homeless people in Northampton.

It’s a fantastic place that provides services for homeless people in the town. It was forced out of its former premises in Ash Street. After a strong community campaign, I got a funding agreement for the new Oasis House in the town centre.  It was to provide a secure home for Hope.

But now Hope is being evicted. Midland Heart, the housing association which owns the building, has told the Hope Centre it has a year to get out. This, the housing association says, is in the interests of improving services for homeless people. The Tory-controlled Northampton Borough Council is collaborating with the Council over this.

It’s a complete disgrace and a betrayal of the promises given. It lets down homeless people and makes a mockery of the Prime Minister’s so-called commitment to tackle homelessness.

Here’s the link to the petition.

The picture below shows Jeremy Corbyn MP during his visit to the Hope Centre last year.

Jeremy Corbyn MP at the Hope Centre in Northampton
Jeremy Corbyn MP at the Hope Centre in Northampton


She calls for Government action on the benefit in the forthcoming budget

Sally is to launch a campaign on Universal Credit to help protect people from a cut in income when the benefit rolls out in Northampton next month.

It comes as she warned people in Northampton face a double whammy of benefit changes and huge council spending cuts. And she said that the Tory Government must put more money into Universal Credit in the forthcoming budget to make sure families in Northampton don’t lose out over Christmas.

Even Government Minister Esther McVey MP – pictured below – has warned that some people will be worse off under Universal Credit.  She is in charge of the new benefit which is a flagship Tory government programme.

Sally says: “People who have to sign up to Universal Credit now won’t be protected against loss of income. Among those who are likely to find themselves worse off are families with two people earning, and also people who do agency working and work extra hours in the run-up to Christmas.

“Already people are having a tough time, and this is likely to get very much worse around Christmas with the impact of cuts and Universal Credit roll-out.

“Agencies in Northampton are doing their level best to help people – but their funds have been cut by Northamptonshire County Council.

“The Government must – at the very least –  put more money into the budget at the end of this month to make sure that Northampton families don’t lose out over Christmas. Labour is committed to scrapping the benefit which has been hugely expensive and bureaucratic to introduce, is running well behind time, and unfair on many families.”

Details of the campaign, which includes information and advice surgeries and streetstalls, will be posted on this page.

Tory Minister Esther McVey warns some people will be worth of on Universal Credit
Tory Minister Esther McVey warns some people will be worth of on Universal Credit



    Lots of people have said how angry – or fearful – they are about the cuts and changes to our local services in Northamptonshire. The bankruptcy of our council, the scale of the cuts, have hit lots of people hard.

    I organised for people from across the county to go to London to demand that our MPs take action to get a better deal for Northampton. We demanded that our Tory MPs should make sure the Tory government supports local people. So far our MPs have stood by while the Tory Government has slashed our services and is now forcing us to pay £30 million to scrap our councils. A double whammy for local tax payers.

    You can read more about the Northants lobby of Parliament here

    If you live in Northampton North I want to hear your views on what's happening to our local councils and services

    Our county council is the first in the country to go bankrupt. It's the result of years of mismanagement by local Tories and austerity from national Tories. The result is they've overspent by £70 million and have to make huge cuts to our services. Including services for the most vulnerable - children, disabled people and the frail elderly. Now the Tories locally and national have decided all the seven councils should be scrapped - and replaced by two unitary one-stop councils. That will cost an extra £30 million and disrupt our services. For Northampton it means we'll lose our right to run our own affairs. Please take this quick survey to let Sally know your views on the crisis in Northamptonshire's services and councils.
    • There's a £70 million bill for overspending at Northants County Council. Plus another £30 for the council reorganisation ordered by the Government. Use the drop-down menu to have your say on who should pay the bill.
    • There's a rolling programme of cuts this year because of the overspend, the cost of reorganisation, and the continuing failure by the council to manage its budget. Use the drop down menu to set out your views
    • The cuts and reorganisation threaten the future of our public treasures - like our country parks and historic buildings. Use the drop down menu to say what should happen to them.
    • Central Government has said that our local councils can put up the council tax to pay for the £30 million reorganisation bill. Use the drop down menu to say if you would be prepared to pay more council tax just to scrap our local councils and create new ones?

    Sally Keeble and the Labour Party may use the information you provide to assess local views. Where you have opted in, we may also contact you about campaigns, events and opportunities to get involved through the communication channels you have chosen, and by using the electoral register and data we hold which we are entitled to use to further our objectives as a political party. You can opt out of communications or manage your preferences at any time. To find out how to do this and for more information about how we use personal data, please see:

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