My Diary Week Ending 3rd September 2017
I was delighted to champion the Starts at Home campaign that celebrates the role that supported housing continues to play in transforming people’s lives. I met with Creative Support who work with vulnerable people so that they can move into supported housing and on to independent living. I heard many stories of the successes they are having with people in our area. I met Julie and Ben both of whose lives were in a bit of a pickle before they experienced supported housing. Now their lives are turned round and they really appreciated it.
Appropriately I also met with Home Group who provide are the landlord for much of the supported housing we have locally and work with Creative Support to ensure that tenants are properly supported. The accommodation I saw was excellent and the tenants, just like Julie and Ben, felt that supported housing had been essential in truing their lives round. So this is something we should celebrate and maintain.
Unfortunately the Conservative Government’s proposed changes to Local Housing Allowance put all this good work at risk. So one of my priorities as I go back to Parliament is to do all I can do to ensure that plans are adjusted appropriately to protect the good work that supported housing does in turning people’s lives round for the better.
It was also great to be able to pop along to Church Square and join the many health and wellbeing partners who had come together to talk about the work they do locally to make us all healthier. Healthwatch had done a good job of organising this and it was good to chat to them about what issues people are raising of concern at the moment. Top of the list apparently is access to an NHS dentist. Something else to get my teeth into!!!