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CF_pmqs101018.JPGLabour MP for Don Valley, Caroline Flint, challenged the Prime Minister Theresa May on the Government’s Universal Credit programme at Prime Minister’s Questions.

Said Flint to the Prime Minister: “Does the Prime Minister agree with her Work and Pensions Secretary that half of lone parents and around two thirds of working age couples with children under Universal Credit will lose the equivalent of £2400 a year?”

Flint continued: “And if we are to believe the Prime Minister’s promise to end austerity, will she promise today to reverse the £3 billion worth of cuts that are built into the Universal Credit rollout?”

The Prime Minister replied that the managed migration – moving people over from existing benefits to the newer Universal Credit – would start next year, initially on a small scale basis. She then confirmed that claimants moving over to Universal Credit will not see their benefits protected.

Speaking after Prime Minister’s Questions, Ms Flint said: “This is a problem of the Government’s making.  Universal Credit should make life simpler for low income families.  It doesn’t.  The cuts built into it, along with delays, mean that in places like Doncaster, rent arrears are rising and people are getting into debt. Theresa May can claim that austerity is over, but for these families it is anything but.”

Doncaster Council has reported that 20% of rent arrears are accounted for by Universal Credit; and eight out of ten with rent arrears found they increased after moving onto Universal Credit.

The Government is now removing the funded support provided by local councils for Universal Credit claimants and placing this role solely with Citizens’ Advice.  Doncaster MBC has supported 1,750 local citizens with claims since 2016. 

Said Flint: “It is vital that Doncaster Citizen’s Advice has the resources and organisation to cope with the huge numbers who will need their help and support.”

See the full exchange HERE.

Flint challenges May on Universal Credit cuts

Labour MP for Don Valley, Caroline Flint, challenged the Prime Minister Theresa May on the Government’s Universal Credit programme at Prime Minister’s Questions. Said Flint to the Prime Minister: “Does...

CF_Rossington_Brownies.jpgThis week Caroline Flint visited Rossington Brownies to talk to them about women in politics and the centenary of women getting the vote.

Caroline shared with the Brownies her story of being the 201st woman to be elected as an MP, the history of the suffragette movement and told the girls that they have super powers.

Speaking afterwards, Caroline said: “I was really delighted to hear of the aspirations the Brownies had about their careers. The girls wanted to be vets, chefs, footballers and scientists – one girl said she wanted to cure cancer. Many of these professions are typically dominated by men, so I was pleased to see that they had not let this get in the way of their dreams”.

brownies_in_a_circle.jpgBrownie Leader “Snowy Owl” Tracey Wormald, said: “The girls engaged with the topic of women in politics and were happy to ask Caroline questions about her job. This is the second time Caroline has visited our unit and both times the girls have enjoyed it.”

Rossington Brownies, meet every Monday evening in term time, 6.15-7.40pm, at the Rosary Hall, Foljambe Crescent, Rossington, DN11 0LH

To find out more about the Brownies go to: https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/

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Caroline and Rossington brownies show their support for votes for women.
Caroline joins the Brownies activities.

 

Flint tells Brownies "Girls have Super Powers"

This week Caroline Flint visited Rossington Brownies to talk to them about women in politics and the centenary of women getting the vote. Caroline shared with the Brownies her story...

Caroline Flint, MP for Don Valley, backed the cross-party campaign for opt-out organ donation, speaking in Parliament on Wednesday to back crucial new legislation.

Said Caroline, speaking afterwards: “This historic change to the law will mean that people still have a choice about organ donation. Opting out will be simple and easy.

“However, we must all answer the question: “If one of us, or one of our loved ones, were in need of an organ transplant, would we want to have it available to us?” I think we would unanimously say yes.

“That’s why it’s important that this law is changed – to save as many lives as possible.”

Caroline also used her speech in Parliament to pay tribute to her constituent, Amie Knott, from Thorne, whose brother Andrew sadly died waiting for a transplant.

Flint continued: “Amie has been an inspiration. She has been in touch with me and other MPs across South Yorkshire to get support for the legislation, but she has not stopped there. She is continually out and about in Thorne and beyond, trying to encourage people to sign up to the organ donor register.

“It was an honour to pay tribute to her in my speech.”

You can watch Caroline's speech by clicking here or you can read Caroline’s full speech below: 

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Wilson, and to be part of this historic occasion. I pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Coventry North West, the Minister, and the cross-party collaboration that has ensured we can today wish the Bill a successful journey towards becoming law.

It is important to say that the Bill is not about taking away choice. Even though it is significant and historic, following the good work done in Wales, the Bill will mean that people will still have a choice. Opting out will be simple and easy, and the views of family and friends will not be dismissed, but importantly—I say this as someone who has been an organ donor for most of her adult life, as well as a blood donor—we have to answer the question, “If one of us, or one of our loved ones, were in need of an organ transplant, would we want to have it available to us?” I think we would unanimously say yes. If that is the case, we have to ask how to make sure that chance is available.

I have been struck by the campaigns outside of the House, including the Daily Mirror’s “Change the Law for Life” campaign and the support of Kidney Care UK, the British Heart Foundation and the British Medical Association. All have done their bit to make this issue so important and put it in the public sphere, but for many of us, the personal stories have had the most impact. I will cite two: the first is that of Amie Knott, from Thorne in my constituency, whose brother Andrew sadly died waiting for a transplant. She has been in touch with me and other hon. Friends across South Yorkshire to get support for the legislation, but she has not stopped there. She is continually out and about in Thorne, Doncaster and beyond, trying to encourage people to sign up to the organ donor register. I pay tribute to her.

When I took part in a television programme earlier this year, one of the guests was a mum whose very young daughter had died, and who had made the very important decision to allow her daughter’s organs to be provided for transplant. It was not an easy decision, but she said, “I had to ask myself the question: if it was the other way round and I was a mother with a child in need of a transplant, would I want that to happen? At this very emotional time, trying to cope with all my feelings and my hurt and anger at losing my daughter, how could I do something positive, or allow something positive to come out of this sad situation?” That probably echoes many of the conversations we have with family, friends and constituents.

I sincerely hope that we can ensure that the Bill is on the statute book as soon as possible. However, as my hon. Friend the Member for Sunderland Central said, the talking must not stop. People can go on the register today or tomorrow, but the talking must take place within families as well. Too often, when people signed up to be on the register, that conversation did not take place, and on too many occasions families dealing with the tragedy of losing a loved one override their loved one’s wishes. Let us ensure that the conversation does not stop with proceedings today, and certainly does not stop when the Bill becomes law. I commend everyone on the Committee and beyond for the positive contribution they have made.

Caroline backs vital change to organ donation legislation

Caroline Flint, MP for Don Valley, backed the cross-party campaign for opt-out organ donation, speaking in Parliament on Wednesday to back crucial new legislation.


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