Today the Chancellor announced his Autumn Statement.
After speaking with constituents I questioned the Chancellor on affordable housing.
Wandsworth Council have authorised over 10,000 new homes in the borough, of which 13% are deemed affordable. However, the cheapest house is a studio flat priced at £400,000.
This is not affordable. I therefore asked the Chancellor 'what is an affordable home?'
His response: there is a consenus that we need to make all homes affordable, but to do this challenges around land supply need to be resolved. A housing white paper will be brought forward by the Communities Minister shortly.
I am confident that this does not answer the question I asked. I will continue to fight for affordable housing for residents of Tooting.
Why does St George's Hospital NHS Trsut have a deficit of £50 million? The answer is lack of funding.
We should not be leaving our hospitals with the bare minimum. We cannot take risks with our healthcare system. But at the moment that is exactly what the Government are doing.
Today I stood up and spoke in a debate on cut to NHS funding. Lives are being risked.
It is not the fault of our Docotrs, nurses, allied health professionals or hostpital support staff. It is the fault of the Government underfunding and underprioritising our NHS.
I said that I would stand up for the NHS, today was another day in which I did just that.
Under the Government's new schools funding formula, schools are set to lose a high proportion of their funding and will force some to close within the next two years.
Nursery Schools look like they could be most severely hit; for this reason I asked the Education Minister and Secretary of State for Education to meet with me and Nursery Schools in both Tooting and in Wandsworth to discuss what is being done to support these schools.