Over 8 million people on direct debits paid energy firms in advance this winter, but because of milder weather, never used the energy in the end. The average customer is £108 in credit.
Caroline Flint joined staff and pupils at Pheasant Bank Academy this week to see for herself the remarkable progress the Junior School has made, as one of Doncaster’s most improved schools.
Deputy Head, Ryan Schofield showed Ms Flint around the refurbished school and she was joined by the newly elected Pupil Head, Alfie and Deputy Heads Ryan and Ania.
The MP was shown the new library and ended her tour joining the Gardening Project, planting lettuces and cauliflowers.
Parliament faces straight forward choices. The Withdrawal Agreement Deal, No Deal; or a long extension which will mean taking part in EU elections whilst campaigners carry on agitating to stop Brexit.
For some, the third choice is the preferred outcome. An absolute majority of MPs are opposed to a second referendum or to revoking Article 50. But Labour’s priority in the 2017 General Election and in the 2018 Party Conference motion was to secure a deal.
Caroline Flint has congratulated the first local authorities and voluntary organisations to secure Government innovation funding to support children living with alcohol-dependent parents.
At an event organised by Public Health Minister Steve Brine, the Don Valley MP met with local authorities and voluntary organisations from across England who had been awarded the funding.
Caroline, who is herself a daughter of an alcoholic mother, said: “This funding could not be more important. One in five children in the UK are affected by a parent’s drinking, so innovative projects like these are absolutely essential in ensuring that all children’s voices are heard and their needs are met.”
Caroline Flint and other South Yorkshire MPs met three Army Cadets from Howden Detachment Army Cadet Force at a presentation in Parliament.
The cadets visited Parliament with Adult Instructor, Staff Sergeant Instructor Emma Murphy, to spread the message about the Army Cadet Force to Members of Parliament from across Humberside and South Yorkshire.
Caroline Flint wore red to join in Red Nose Day activities with pupils at Wadworth Primary this week.
The MP was shown how to make boxes to keep red noses in, after being given a tour of the school by Headteacher Peter McLean.
The MP talked about her trip down the Rossington pit many years ago, as Year 4/5 pupils explained their mining project. After fielding a series of tough questions from older pupils, such as “When will World War III be?” - the answer was “Never, I hope!” - the MP was shown the activities the school undertakes as part of its “Forest School”, where children learn about camping, nature and outdoor skills.
Speaking after the second Meaningful Vote, Caroline Flint said:
“Having secured legal guarantees on workers’ rights, health and safety and environmental standards, last night, I voted for this improved Brexit deal.
“On every key vote I have backed motions tabled by Jeremy Corbyn, including the No Confidence motion against Theresa May on 16 January.
The Don Valley MP was in the Chamber to hear Secretary of State, Greg Clark announce new legislation to protect workers’ rights after Brexit and to give Parliament votes on whether to improve new rights introduced by the European Union 27 states after the UK leaves. Mr Clark said: “I am grateful to the Rt Hon Lady [Caroline] for having initiated this conversation.”
Rebecca Long-Bailey, Shadow Secretary of State for Business thanked the Don Valley MP and three other colleagues for having “unrelentingly championed the protection of British workers as we leave the EU.” Ms Long Bailey also mentioned Melanie Onn MP, John Mann MP and Gareth Snell MP, who jointly lobbied Government for these changes.
Caroline Flint has demanded that local communities get a say over the new £1.6billion Stronger Towns Fund.
Welcoming the new fund, the Don Valley MP told Secretary of State for Communities, James Brokenshire: “It shouldn’t have taken a referendum and Brexit to hear the focus we are hearing today on towns.”
Caroline was on Ridge on Sunday, explaining to Sophy that all MPs should be working towards getting an improved Brexit deal.
Watch some quick clips below of Caroline explaining her position.