SIGN THE PETITION TO SAVE THE HOPE CENTRE
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.
SALLY TO LAUNCH CAMPAIGN ON UNIVERSAL CREDIT
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.
HERE’S SOME OF MY WORK FOR LOCAL PEOPLE
NORTHANTS PEOPLE DEMAND ACTION FROM OUR MPS!
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