This is Carers Week and I’m backing the campaign for funding for carers’ breaks and support, which have been hit during the pandemic, as well as highlighting the huge contribution of unpaid carers – something I did while speaking recently in Parliament on the absence of Johnson’s promised plan for social care in the Queen’s Speech (see here).
Today I’m meeting with Council Officers today to discuss their bid for the so-called ‘Levelling Up Fund’, hearing from Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary on the Government’s appallingly inadequate school catch-up plans, and casting my vote to maintain the international aid budget. I’ll also be looking at the initial Boundary Commission proposals which will be published tomorrow and which will have a significant impact on Sheffield Central.
For the second time in three months I’ll be joining the Big Step this week in a campaign calling for broadcasters to suspend all gambling advertising during their coverage of Euro 2020, as part of the work of the charity Gambling with Lives, with which I’m meeting Monzo, the first bank in the UK to launch a card based gambling transaction block, tomorrow.
Also this week I’ll be questioning the International Trade Secretary, joining a meeting of the Labour Movement for Europe Executive, participating in a hearing of the UK Trade and Business Commission. Locally, I’ll be hearing from constituents at a lobby day for Palestine organised by Friends of al-Aqsa, talking with residents about building standards, catching up with the Chair and CEO of Sheffield Children’s Hospital, meeting Citizens Advice and catching up with local Councillors.