TACKLING CHILD POVERTY MUST BE A ‘LEVELLING UP’ PRIORITY

If the Government is serious about rebalancing our economy and ensuring ‘levelling up’ is more than an election slogan, tackling child poverty must be a priority In the classic BBC drama series Our Friends in the North, Christopher Ecclestone’s character Nicky Hutchinson, as an impatient young firebrand, argues “Tomorrow is too late”. With over a … Continue reading TACKLING CHILD POVERTY MUST BE A ‘LEVELLING UP’ PRIORITY

NEWCASTLE NORTH MP CALLS FOR A CHILDCARE SYSTEM THAT SUPPORT FAMILIES AND ECONOMY

Catherine McKinnell, Member of Parliament for Newcastle North, has renewed calls for the Government to review and invest in childcare as the “vital infrastructure it clearly is” as part of a debate in the House of Commons. Last year, Catherine led a debate in Westminster on childcare funding and affordability (Link to debate) and has … Continue reading NEWCASTLE NORTH MP CALLS FOR A CHILDCARE SYSTEM THAT SUPPORT FAMILIES AND ECONOMY

Government adopts Labour’s energy windfall tax

It’s good to see the Government has finally decided to adopt Labour’s proposal to impose a windfall tax on the profits of energy companies, after months of refusals. With the money raised, all households will now receive a £400 reduction in their energy bills in the Autumn. The previous £200 loan scheme has been scrapped. … Continue reading Government adopts Labour’s energy windfall tax

Sue Gray report on Downing Street Parties

Today the Prime Minister made it abundantly clear, yet again, that he has no shame whatsoever. He told MPs and the country the lockdown-busting partying in Number 10 was everybody’s fault but his – despite already being fined by the police. Sue Gray’s report, published today, rightly criticised the serious failures of leadership and judgment … Continue reading Sue Gray report on Downing Street Parties

Today’s inflation figures show people simply can’t afford the Conservatives

Inflation figures releases today, 18 May 2022, reveal that inflation has risen to 9%, the highest in 40 years, as households across Newcastle North face a cost of living crisis. Responding to the figures, Catherine McKinnell, Member of Parliament for Newcastle North, stated: “Today’s inflation figures show the cost of living crisis is getting worse, … Continue reading Today’s inflation figures show people simply can’t afford the Conservatives