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As Universal Credit is introduced across Hove, this week MPs had the opportunity to vote on pausing the roll-out until the system’s problems are fixed. Whilst Labour voted overwhelmingly to halt the implementation, the Tories failed to show up to support their own policy, and abstained. 

 

Labour MPs have been hearing from thousands of our constituents who are experiencing real hardship as a result of Universal Credit’s failings. I recently questioned the Secretary of State over worrying reports from the Trussell Trust charity that in areas where Universal Credit has been fully rolled out, demand for emergency food parcels has risen by over 16%. 

The new system means that people are expected to wait six weeks before they receive their first payment. Already this leaves vulnerable people in a difficult position. But the reality is in fact far worse – one in four people are waiting for longer than six weeks, and one in ten are left waiting for more than ten weeks. During this time, people are finding themselves forced into debt and rent arrears, and some have even been evicted from their homes. 

It is obvious that continuing to roll out universal credit simply means rolling out this misery across the rest of the country, and it must be stopped. 

This is the urgent message that Labour MPs sent to the Government this week when we voted in the House of Commons. Sadly, the Tories have chosen not to engage with us, and are ploughing on with the disastrous policy regardless.  

We simply cannot go on like this. The Government need to step up, respect the democratic will of Parliament and admit that the roll-out is harming the most vulnerable people in our communities, causing untold misery that is completely avoidable. 

Until the Tories wake up and admit they’ve got this wrong, I will be seeking every possible opportunity to help minimise the impact of the roll-out in Hove. I’ve arranged to meet the District Manager of Hove Job Centre to discuss how the implementation is being managed locally, and our local Council are also taking steps to support people throughout the process (if you're affected find help HERE.

Hove MP Peter Kyle: “Tories must pause roll-out of Universal Credit misery”

As Universal Credit is introduced across Hove, this week MPs had the opportunity to vote on pausing the roll-out until the system’s problems are fixed. Whilst Labour voted overwhelmingly to...

I hope everyone had a great Pride weekend, I certainly did. There's no doubt that Brighton & Hove Pride is a big party, but it's also so much more than that.

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I remember standing in the crowd watching all those people in the parade wondering if I belonged there. Then when I did join the march some years later it felt like the whole world was watching because it was the first time I'd joined Pride as an out gay man, but of course it wasn't!

So I'm always really aware that in amidst the noice and flamboyance there are also lots of quiet but important stories also.

And the politics too - we were celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the start of Britain's journey towards decriminalisation of homosexuality. But in over 70 countries it still is, and eight still have the death penalty for it. There is much more to do.

If you worked over the weekend, particularly in our public services, thank you so so much. I know it must have been a tough weekend for you but I know everyone in our city and beyond are really grateful.

I'm off for a week now, to France with some friends to catch up on some sleep and relax ahead of the challenges ahead. I'll see you all soon though. Yours, Peter 

Happy Pride!

I hope everyone had a great Pride weekend, I certainly did. There's no doubt that Brighton & Hove Pride is a big party, but it's also so much more than that.

Just before they broke up for summer holidays, I was invited to speak to students at BACA for the very last time as chair of governors. I then handed over to the new chair, James May.

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It was so hard for me - and terribly sad - to hand over. For seven years I've been a small part of the team that included students, leaders, teachers and staff that put in unthinkable about of energy, imagination, and passion to the school. It's now 'Good' in every Ofsted category and has world class sporting, music, vocational as well as academic opportunities. And believe me, the best is yet to come! I simply love the place.

I told students that no-one has more ambition for young people than young people themselves - we as a society have not come close to realising their insight and wisdom yet. But we will. I also got to tell students directly just how proud I am of all them. Students across our city achieve so much and I really hope they know how much our community appreciates their hard work.

Even though I've formally left BACA, students and staff there will have the fiercest of friends in me.

Please consider becoming a school governor, I promise it's the most fascinating, rewarding, and educative experience you can have. All the best, Peter

Farewell to BACA!

Just before they broke up for summer holidays, I was invited to speak to students at BACA for the very last time as chair of governors. I then handed over...

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