I spoke at a panel event at this year's Labour Party conference on how a future Labour Government would work with the civil service. I stressed that turnover is a huge problem. In the seven years that I have been Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, only one permanent secretary is still in post.

 

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The Government’s been crashing the economy and causing havoc for all households. I pressed it to support families in receipt of benefits, many of whom are in work (see here). I also raised the case of small businesses, especially hospitality businesses, that are facing uncertainty with their energy bills after March (see here).

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I am concerned by reports that the Government is considering uprating benefits in line with earnings rather than inflation. 28% of families in Hackney are on means-tested benefits and this change will mean a real-terms cut to their incomes. This comes at a time when bills are rising to eye-watering levels and many families in Hackney are struggling. 

 

I pressed the Chief Secretary to the Treasury on this and urged him to increase benefits in line with inflation. I will continue to press for better support.

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Job Title: Parliamentary Assistant
Working For: Dame Meg Hillier MP (Hackney South and Shoreditch)
Location: London
Salary: In line with IPSA pay scales

Dame Meg Hillier MP is seeking a Parliamentary Assistant to join her Westminster office.

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The markets have delivered its verdict on the Chancellor’s casino economics with the pound crashing to its lowest value against the dollar.

Compare with Sir Keir Starmer who set out Labour's plans for a publicly-owned GB Energy company, universal breakfast clubs for all primary school children, and how Labour is truly a government-in-waiting

Also my campaign to support dog day-care centres like Hackney's Hairy Hounds.
 

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It’s been a sombre two weeks after the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, on the 8 September. All parliamentary business was suspended during the national period of mourning as thousands of members of the public visited Westminster Hall to pay their final respects to the Queen. I was pleased to gather with residents of Hackney to remember Her Majesty, including at a memorial service at St John at Hackney the day before her funeral.

 

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Not one river in England is in a healthy condition, with none meeting good chemical standards and only 14 per cent meeting good ecological standards. This has been a particular issue in the River Lea in Hackney. Over 1000 hours of sewage was discharged into the river in 2019.
 

This situation has been exacerbated by cuts to the Environment Agency which have weakened its ability to enforce environmental protections.

 

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Families and businesses are facing eye-watering increases in their energy bills. But, unlike households, there is no price cap at all for businesses. This means that local small businesses are facing crippling energy costs now. The hospitality sector is particularly hard hit as, after the COVID-19 pandemic, some energy suppliers are refusing to supply to hospitality businesses. It means the pool of potential energy suppliers for hospitality businesses is even smaller.

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