I recently visited Community, Advice, Support and Education (CASE), a brilliant charity in Hollingdean supporting residents on wide-ranging issues. In particular, CASE are champions of social justice, and their work often focuses on tackling poverty and hardship, as well as challenging unfair benefit decisions which have deprived people of the vital money they are entitled to receive.
Remembering Suffragettes in Brighton and Hove
On Friday I was honoured to be asked to unveil the Blue Plaque to mark the former Brighton office of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) near the Clock Tower.
Campaigners and local historians have been piecing together the important role that women in the city played in the suffrage movement, and working hard to ensure that their achievements are properly recognised, remembered and celebrated.
Possability People's disability advice service at risk of closure
Possability People's advice centre is a vital service that has enabled many of my constituents to successfully challenge incorrect disability benefit decisions, and helped them to get the support they need. Therefore, the announcement that Possability People will have to close their advice centre following a funding decision made by Brighton and Hove CCG is deeply worrying.
Caroline asks the Secretary of State for Education to meet with local head teachers to discuss the funding crisis in the city's schools
I’ve written to the Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds MP, to ask whether he will agree to meet a delegation of head teachers from schools in my Brighton Pavilion constituency.
Supporting the Brighton and Hove campaign opposing animal acts in circuses
The Green Party have long argued that animal acts in circuses are cruel and degrading, and should not be allowed to continue.
In Westminster, and previously as an MEP, I’ve actively fought for measures that would bring greater animal protection – including the campaign to end the use of wild animals in circuses.
Season's Greetings Card Competition 2018
I’m delighted to announce the results in the competition to design the greetings cards that I’ll send out in the run-up to Christmas
The winning designs are by:
Carlos Delgado Villalta in Year 4 at St Joseph’s Primary School
Zuzanna Wszola in Year 6 at St Joseph’s Primary School
Angela Dhelpra in Year 1 at St Bartholomew’s.
All pictured above.
Controversial weedkiller glyphosate - and why I'm calling for non-chemical alternatives in Brighton and Hove
Over the last few months I’ve written to Brighton and Hove City Council on a number of occasions about their use of the herbicide glyphosate – a chemical currently used in many weedkillers – and one that the local authority uses for weed control in the city.
Welcome U-turn to scrap the outsourced 3GS waste and litter enforcement contract
At the Environment, Transport, and Sustainability next week councillors will look to end the contract it has with 3GS Environmental Solutions for waste and litter enforcement, and take the service back in house. It’s something I’ve been lobbying the Council on for some time, and if this motion passes it will mark a huge victory for the dozens of residents and businesses who've contacted me about the absurd fines 3GS has landed them with for innocent mistakes.
Answers needed on night shelter delays
Earlier this year, when Brighton and Hove City Council discussed winter provision for rough sleepers, they stated that its night shelter would open from the 2nd November until the 20th March 2019.
Broken lift misery at Windsor Court
In early October I was contacted by yet another constituent experiencing problems at Windsor Court.
It’s a seven storey building that Brighton and Hove City Council lease from a private landlord to provide emergency and temporary accommodation for people that it has a legal duty to house.