REDRESSING THE BALANCE
This is at the very heart of my lifelong values. For me, redressing social inequality means working together to ensure that everyone has access to a decent home, to high quality life long education, a real living wage and first class health and social care services.
Locally, as a trustee of Wintercomfort for the Homeless and nationally, through my work for Shelter, I have committed myself to ensuring that everyone in our society has a home. I have a track record of bringing forward creative solutions, such as a local living rent, where affordable housing is offered on the basis of 30% of a household income, not on distorted market rents. This would mean that young people and families could afford to live in Cambridge. As your MP, I would work to guarantee that everyone has access to decent housing.
Young people tell me that with the world of work changing dramatically, they want an education system that equips them for life. I have been a strong voice for fairer funding for our local schools. As our mayoral candidate, I campaigned for greater investment in apprenticeships locally, so that teenagers have the skills they and businesses need. University tuition fees are too high, but also, it was the scrapping of maintenance grants by the Tories in 2015, which has done terrible damage to social mobility.
Today, many people are struggling to make ends meet, they have not seen a pay increase for a number of years but their cost of living, particularly food and energy bills, have seen a big increase. Everyone deserves to get a fair wage for the work they do. As a supporter of the Living Wage Foundation, I was responsible for the introduction of the Real Living Wage to Cambridge City Council some five years ago. I'll continue to campaign for Cambridge to be a Real Living Wage city.
Cambridge is world leading in health and life sciences. Yet, due to chronic underfunding, waiting times are growing for many services and our health and care professionals are under severe and unfair pressure. I am committed to fighting for proper funding for a healthy NHS.