Having campaigned for better mental health support for young people, I welcome Labour's pledge to put a trained counsellor in every school.
My survey of local schools last year found nearly all had seen mental health worsen.
I then took local headteachers to see the schools minister Nick Gibb, which helped win £1.7m from the government for extra mental health support in schools.
The number of children experiencing mental health problems is increasing, and I know through constituency casework how hard parents find getting help. Our mental health services are stretched to breaking point and have long waiting lists.
We need to invest fully in frontline mental health support.
Labour has pledged an additional £845 million per year for a Healthy Young Minds plan that will:
Establish a network of open access mental health hubs to enable 300,000 more children to access mental health support directly.Recruit almost 3,500 qualified, on-site secondary school counsellors to ensure accessible p…
Over the last few days I’ve been out visiting properties affected by flooding.
I’ve talked to residents in Wath and Kilnhurst and businesses in Parkgate.
I’m dealing with a number of problems people have raised with me and am in close contact with the senior director at Rotherham Council who is co-ordinating the response.
I have offered my support to the headteacher at Kilnhurst Primary School and checking the plans in place to make sure children can continue learning while the school is closed.
After visiting businesses in Parkgate on Sunday, I reported back to Rotherham Council and urged immediate help.
As floods recovery minister for the Labour government in 2007, when our area was so badly affected, I helped set up help for businesses through the Regional Development Agency, Yorkshire Forward, since abolished by the Conservatives:
a £2m fund for small businesses, with up to £2,500 per businessa £3m fund for larger businesses, with up to £100,000 per business
The funds were availabl…