The main focus this week will be Wednesday’s Budget and I’ll be watching to see whether the Chancellor meets the urgent need for further Covid support for which I’ve been calling. I’m hoping to respond to the Budget in a debate on Thursday and will be pressing for the investment we need in the NHS and its staff, as well as the pay increases that key workers deserve.
The campaign against gambling harm also features strongly in my week. On Thursday I’ve arranged a meeting between Jo Stevens, the Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the charity Gambling with Lives which was set up by constituents after the suicide of their son to discuss the review of the Gambling Act. Then at the weekend I’ll be walking 10,000 steps as part of the Big Step, a campaign to end gambling sponsorship of football clubs.
Before that I’ll be joining a meeting with Health Secretary Matt Hancock on vaccination and the Brazil variant, attending the Gaps in Support All-Party Parliamentary Group to discuss the future of self-employment, attending a briefing by the Britain-Palestine All-Party Parliamentary Group on vaccines and deepening inequalities in the occupied Palestinian territories, and meeting with Detention Action to discuss the campaign to end indefinite detention on which I’ve been working for several years.
In local meetings, I’m catching up with the Director of Public Health and the Council Chief Executive to discuss the position with Covid-19, meeting the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable, and joining an event with climate campaigners to discuss action to tackle the climate emergency in the run up to the COP26 talks.