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- 18 April 2018
Yet more evidence highlighting that the resource problems the police are facing. Government cuts to policing budgets have meant that there simply aren’t enough police officers to cover all the rest days they are owed. I have been petitioning the Government to increase the resources given to Avon and Somerset Police, please sign in support here -
- 12 April 2018
Last week I met with a number of constituents at my first dedicated advice surgery for autistic people and their families which was held at the Create Centre. This follows my neighbour Thangam Debbonaire MP for Bristol West holding Britain’s first MP surgery specifically for autistic people last September, and a recent backbench debate on Autism Awareness which I attended. Many important themes were raised including a lot on how we can make public spaces more autism friendly, so not being overwhelming in terms of noise and business, and the inclusion of quiet spaces, as well as a lack of relevant support for many autistic people. The National Autistic Society have published advice on the pledges everyone can make for autistic people, in a variety of situations. Please give it a look to find out what small actions could reduce the overload autistic people face.
- 11 April 2018
An investigation by The Bristol Cable has revealed that the number of working days lost to stress or anxiety across North Bristol NHS Trust, University Hospitals Bristol Trust, and the South West Ambulance Service has risen by 41% in the seven years up to the end of 2017, making stress account for the greatest number of working days lost to any type of illness. I have also heard directly from constituents – who work across the health service – about the increased pressures they are facing in their jobs and the impact this is having on their own health and their family life. The Government must do more to address the constant funding and staff shortages that have become the norm over the last seven years and stop taking hardworking and dedicated staff for granted.
- 06 April 2018
Yesterday my assistant Marley and I had a fascinating visit to the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity. The Air Ambulance team, staffed by medics, is able to get to someone who has been taken ill or suffered a serious injury and provide emergency care, often much quicker than a ground ambulance which has to get a patient to a hospital. This time can be the difference needed to save a life, and gives a patient the best possible chance of a positive outcome. They were even kind enough to let us into the helicopter! They are a charity and all the work they do is funded from the donations they raise. This is a service anyone may need, and we should all feel safer knowing it is there. I would encourage everyone able to either please donate to the GWAAC, or look at other ways they can help, so they can continue providing their invaluable work
- 22 March 2018
Households in Bristol are being invited to declare their outside space a #PesticideFreeZone, by local campaigners, Pesticide Safe Bristol Alliance. You can sign their pledge to show your support for wildlife-friendly gardening, and help them reach their goal of signing up at least 1,000 gardens across the city.
- 15 March 2018
Bristol and Bath go head-to-head with 64 cities in international race to find the most urban wildlife
- 28 February 2018
Please sign this petition against the proposed Junction 18a East. The sliproad will will add much more traffic onto Church Road & Two Mile Hill and have a negative impact on air quality. #nosliproad
- 27 February 2018
NHS England is currently consulting on the provision of prescriptions for over-the-counter medicines for short-term health conditions, such as nappy rash, conjunctivitis and sore throats. These proposals, if they go ahead, would mean that prescriptions for some minor ailments would no longer be prescribed by GPs, but would need to be purchased by patients from pharmacies and other outlets such as supermarkets. These proposal are designed to save the NHS money, but there is a concern that they may be detrimental to those on low incomes who are currently entitled to free prescriptions. You can find out more about the proposals and submit your views via the link below. The consultation closes on 14th March 2018.
- 22 February 2018
Sending support to UCU lecturers who are striking today. Academic staff across the country have faced their conditions being eroded, and the most recent pension changes would leave them losing up to £10,000 a year in retirement. Universities must get back around the table and put forward a fair deal.
- 21 February 2018
High energy costs can be a big burden on a weekly budget, and it’s worth checking with your supplier to make sure you’re not paying more than you need to for energy. Too many households struggle with energy costs and can’t afford to keep their houses warm through winter, which is known to cause a range of health problems. Bristol Energy is hosting a free event this Saturday 11am-3pm at Hillfields Library giving advice and practical help on how you can reduce your energy bills. I’d encourage anyone interested in how they can save money to attend.
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