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John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary and Barbara Keeley, Shadow Care Minister, were in Nottinghamshire yesterday to visit one of the flagship Nottinghamshire Extra Care Housing Facilities.

 

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Accompanied by Alan Rhodes, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council and Councillor Muriel Weisz, Chair of Adult Social Care and Health Committees, John and Barbara were shown around the facilities at St Andrew’s House in Mapperley Nottinghamshire.  

With 32 flats, on-site care staff and a range of facilities including dining room, hairdressing facilities a garden and a conservatory, building Extra Care Housing facilities was a pledge in Labour’s 2013 election campaign and they have recently announced that they have delivered on this pledge.  

During the visit they met with a local resident in their apartment, toured the site and joined residents for lunch before meeting with employees from the centre.   

Speaking after the visit, Alan Rhodes, Labour’s Leader on Nottinghamshire County Council said: “I was delighted to welcome John Healey to Nottinghamshire to visit one of our Extra Care Housing facilities.  

“We made a pledge in 2013 that we would build Extra Care Housing facilities for our residents and I am delighted to announce that we have delivered on this pledge. 

 “Our flagship Extra Care Housing not only helps us tackle the housing shortages across the county, but also enables them to live independent lives, yet have the support and facilities on hand if they should need it. Our partnerships are essential in enabling us to do this and I am delighted that between us we are continuing to support the residents of Nottinghamshire.” 

John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Housing said: “The facilities here at St Andrew’s House and the other Extra Care Housing facilities across Nottinghamshire, are a great example of how Labour Councils across the country are working with local providers to help tackle the country’s housing crisis. 

“As well as dealing with a housing shortage, there are fantastic benefits for Nottinghamshire’s elderly people who chose to live at one of these fantastic Extra Care Housing facilities including the reassurance of on-site care staff, enabling residents to continue to live independently. 

 “I was delighted to have been invited along yesterday to see the site and meet with some of the residents and I praise Labour controlled Nottinghamshire County Council for their pledge ahead of this year’s elections to continue to build more Extra Care Housing in each of the county’s districts.”

Shadow Housing Secretary and Shadow Care Minister visit flagship Nottinghamshire Care Housing

John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary and Barbara Keeley, Shadow Care Minister, were in Nottinghamshire yesterday to visit one of the flagship Nottinghamshire Extra Care Housing Facilities.  

Commenting on the Government’s half a billion pound planned investment in schools this Budget, Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, said:

"Over half a million children are stuck in oversized classes because this Government has failed to ensure there are enough school places. Free schools are still being opened in areas where they are not needed and where there is no demand for them. This is now throwing more good money after bad. It will do nothing to address the shortage of available school places.

"The Tories are breaking their manifesto promise to protect per pupil spending, and this Budget was a missed opportunity for them to right this wrong. Schools are still facing £3 billion cuts and children all across the country are paying the price for Tory failure.”

This is throwing more good money after bad and will do nothing to address shortage of available school places - Angela Rayner

Commenting on the Government’s half a billion pound planned investment in schools this Budget, Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, said:

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, is coordinating EU-wide efforts by socialist parties to protect the rights of UK citizens living in the EU and EU citizens living in the UK. 

Today, Jeremy has written to leaders of seven European socialist parties, allied to Labour and in government, to lobby, at every level of the EU, for the rights of British citizens abroad and to reaffirm Labour's commitment to the rights of EU residents in the UK.

 

The letters follow discussions Jeremy Corbyn initiated at a Party of European Socialists conference that Labour hosted in London last week.

 

With the British government likely to trigger Article 50 in the coming weeks and negotiations around Britain’s future relationship with the EU about to begin, millions of people across the EU are uncertain and fearful about what the future holds for them. 

 

In the letters, he appeals to the "common voice" of socialist parties across Europe to help guarantee the rights of "around 3 million EU Citizens, living, working and contributing greatly in our societies" and "an estimated 1.5 million British people living in different parts of the European mainland."

 

Theresa May has resisted Labour calls for the government to act unilaterally to guarantee the rights of EU citizens in the UK. It currently looks likely to take the issue of rights for EU migrants in the UK and British migrants in the EU into what could be a difficult and unpredictable period of negotiations.

 

Jeremy Corbyn states this is the reason he is writing "as a friend and sister party colleague" asking "for you and your government to work formally with other socialist colleagues in the EU council and insist that the current rights of both EU and British citizens are guaranteed and insist this decision is the first to be made once Article 50 is triggered."

 

"As socialist parties, we all agree that we must work together to make sure the basic values we share are fully represented in a final agreement between Britain and the EU. Therefore I see no better way to start by making this issue a key priority for us in the coming months, we cannot allow our citizens, our neighbours and our friends be subject to further uncertainty or be used as a bargaining chip."

 

"We as socialists must stand up for the rights of everybody and I am confident this can be done through the Brexit process and beyond, if we stay true to our beliefs and work together."

Jeremy Corbyn works with European socialist parties in government to lobby for rights of British people in EU and EU citizens in the UK

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, is coordinating EU-wide efforts by socialist parties to protect the rights of UK citizens living in the EU and EU citizens living in...

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