This week, the Prime Minister and his cabinet have announced further
relaxation of Covid social measures from 19 July. I want to see our economy
open and to get back to normal. But it must be controlled, not chaotic.
Covid cases have risen by 71% nationally, the highest level since early
February with hospital admissions creeping up. And it’s clear why. Cases
are surging because the Government let the Delta variant in. Removing all
protections in one go will send infections rising – it’s reckless.
With higher infection rates, we’ll likely see new variants emerging,
greater pressure on the NHS, more people will get long Covid, and test and
trace will be ineffective. We need a controlled approach that that keeps in
place measures that push down infections, like mandatory face masks on
public transport – which we know protect people, reduce the spread of the
virus, and don’t harm the economy.
We all want restrictions to be lifted, we all want our economy open again.
Time and time again the PM has made the wrong calls, yet again the Tories
are chasing headlines with another reckless, irresponsible approach to the
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CANCEL THE CUT TO UNIVERSAL CREDIT
Earlier this week Quinton’s Councillor, Kate Booth, and I invited
Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, Cllr Waseem
Zaffar, to come to the constituency and take a look in person at the state
of our roads.
This has been a growing issue that many constituents have contacted me
about and I have continued to challenge the council on this. It isn’t
right or fair that residents should have to put up with the disrepair of
our roads or the number of potholes that inevitably add to the costs that
car owners must pay to maintain their vehicles.
Now, the council has announced that it is investing £100 million into
maintaining and resurfacing roads. I invited Cllr Zaffar to Quinton to show
him how vital it is that this funding is spent on roads like Ridgeacre
Road, Firsby Road, Gorsey Road and many others across the constituency.
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MAKING OUR ROADS SAFER
This week saw Kim Leadbeater win a fantastic victory in the Batley Earlier
this year, we submitted a petition to Birmingham City Council, calling on
the council to introduce a one-way system along Nursery Road in Harborne to
ease congestion, stop cars from mounting the pavement and make the road
safer for the community.
Today, I invited Cllr Waseem Zaffar, cabinet member for transport, to come
to Nursery Road and meet with me and Cllr Jayne Francis, ward councillor
for Harborne. Along with highways engineers and residents, we took a walk
around the immediate area, to show Cllr Zaffar and the council officers how
early morning traffic is affecting residents.
It is a dangerous situation which urgently needs to be addressed. It’s a
route where parents are taking their children to school and people are
trying to drive to work. As a narrow road, cars are mounting pavements to
avoid oncoming traffic including emergency vehicles and HGVs.
I was pleased to see the council listening to us and the progress being
made in today’s meeting. As the situation progresses, I will continue to
keep residents updated.
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COMMUNITY FUNDING STREAMS
Throughout the pandemic, it's our local groups that have been the heartbeat
of our communities. If you work for or volunteer with a community group and
need support with funding there is help available.
One of these is the Tesco Community Grants. They are now open for
applications from local charities. Every three months community groups and
charities across the UK will be able to apply for a grant of up to £1,500
from the total pot of £2m for each period. The final projects that receive
grants have traditionally been chosen through customer voting in-store and
this will be re-instated from July 12th.
For more information about what funding support is available for community
groups, please email me [email protected] or for information on
the Tesco Community Grants, please follow the link below.
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FOOTBALL'S COMING HOME
Euro 2020 has been fantastic. It’s filled our country with pride and has
brought us all together. Regardless of what happens on Sunday, England
players have shown the very best of our country. I’m looking forward to
watching, supporting them in the final, and hopefully see football coming