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Today in Prime Minister’s Questions I called on Theresa May to help Sheffield schools struggling with rising costs.

Last week I raised the funding crisis for Sheffield schools with the Education Secretary. He told me that he understood the cost pressures facing schools and that he would work with them to help them to bear down on costs.

When I met with a group of Sheffield primary and secondary head teachers on Friday they told me that their schools were reaching a tipping point and it would make a big difference if the Government fully funded the teachers’ pay increase, the increase in national insurance and pension contributions – which will otherwise lead to more cuts.

So in PMQs I suggested that the Government listen to Sheffield headteachers and provide this funding to help end the crisis in our schools.

You can watch my full exchange with the Prime Minister (including my thanks for her agreeing to meet with a group of young carers today, which was the subject of my last PMQ) here.

My challenge to the Prime Minister on school funding

Today in Prime Minister’s Questions I called on Theresa May to help Sheffield schools struggling with rising costs.

My May newsletter covers my work over the last month including on Sheffield schools, Gaza, Universal Credit, Brexit and more.

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Keeping in touch - May 2018

My May newsletter covers my work over the last month including on Sheffield schools, Gaza, Universal Credit, Brexit and more.

When in February I won the weekly draw to ask a Prime Minister’s Question, I used it to tell Theresa May about young carers and ask if she would meet a group from Sheffield. This week I’m delighted to finally be bringing them to meet her and share their ideas about how the Government can support them. I met them last week to prepare for the meeting and they’ve got some great proposals.

Surprisingly, and completely by luck, I’ve also been selected for Prime Minister’s Questions again on Wednesday. PMQs are like buses – after waiting over a year for the last one, I’ve now had two in three months! I’ll be raising something different, but haven’t decided what to ask yet – there’s lots of constituents’ concerns in the mix.

Also in Parliament this week, I’ll be meeting with Business Minister Andrew Griffiths to discuss my proposals to improve pay slip transparency in the social care sector to help ensure compliance with the National Minimum Wage and end illegal underpayment; something I’ve been working on for a long time.

On Tuesday I’ll be hosting a Universities UK reception to raise awareness of their Go International: Stand Out campaign which is about encouraging students to study, work and volunteer abroad; and attending a briefing from the LSE about Brexit and security.

Parliament rises for the Spring Bank Holiday recess on Thursday and I’ll be heading back to Sheffield where I’ll be talking to a representative from the Sheffield Working Women’s Opportunities Project (SWWOP) and going to the monthly meeting of my constituency Labour Party. On Friday I’ll be meeting with the PCS union to discuss pay for Home Office security staff at their Sheffield offices and holding one of my regular surgeries.

During next week’s recess, I’ll be visiting the European Parliament in Strasbourg for meetings in my role as Shadow Brexit Minister. My ‘Start the Week’ column will be back the following week.

Taking young carers to meet the Prime Minister, international study, post-Brexit security and care workers’ pay – some of my week ahead

When in February I won the weekly draw to ask a Prime Minister’s Question, I used it to tell Theresa May about young carers and ask if she would meet...


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