This week Caroline Flint visited Rossington Brownies to talk to them about women in politics and the centenary of women getting the vote.
Caroline shared with the Brownies her story of being the 201st woman to be elected as an MP, the history of the suffragette movement and told the girls that they have super powers.
Read my article on the environment for the Doncaster Free Press below:
A letter in the Doncaster Free Press 26 July headed “Go for Green Way” caught my eye. It argued that you cannot support the environment if you back the Great Yorkshire Way link road or, on a larger scale, Heathrow expansion.
I can’t agree. I’ve always supported good environmental policy. But it requires a twin–track approach. Capture carbon, by protecting and expanding forests, peatlands etc. and reduce emissions caused by human activity.
Following an announcement by the Government that public sector pay for teachers, members of the armed forces and prison officers would rise, Caroline sought assurances in the House of Commons that this meant a pay rise in real terms, and that public sector workers in Doncaster wouldn’t see their pay decreased.
Caroline today spoke in Parliament to raise the issue of children with alcohol dependent parents and welcome the news that £6 million will be spent to support children of alcoholics after significant lobbying from Caroline.
Caroline Flint has welcomed a victory for one in twenty of the Doncaster claimants of Employment and Support Allowance, who were underpaid by the Department for Work and Pensions following their transfer from Incapacity Benefit.
The Government announcement of repayments, which is expected to cost £390 million, follows a damning report by the powerful Commons Public Accounts Committee, of which Ms Flint is a member. At least 70,000 claimants lost out across England and Wales due to Government mistakes.
Don Valley MP Caroline Flint has praised a foodbank for its work supporting residents in Dunscroft, Dunsville, Hatfield and Stainforth and welcomed £600 a donation by Doncaster Rovers Supporters Club.
The MP visited the DN7 Community Foodbank to meet volunteers and listen to clients who turn to the foodbank for help.
Caroline Flint has praised Bawtry Action for Recreation and Sport, who held their 15th Annual Sports Day and Gala this week.
Said Caroline: “Congratulations to Sandy Young, Nigel Senior and all of those associated with BARS on another successful Sports Day and Gala.
“This event has become a regular annual fixture in the Doncaster calender and to see this ground with a new pavilion shows that all of the effort and fundraising has paid off. This has been a real addition to community life in Bawtry and beyond.”
Caroline has voted to back a third runway for Heathrow, in the long awaited parliamentary vote.
Said Caroline: “I am very pleased this vote has finally arrived. The UK needed to decide which of our airports is to be our 21st century hub airport – and there is only one candidate – Heathrow.
Caroline Flint has welcomed the extension of the Warm Home Discount to 30,000 more customers of small firms, following lobbying my Ms Flint and other MPs.
Energy minister Claire Perry announced this week that from 2020/21, all energy suppliers with over 150,000 customers will have to offer a £140 discount on electricity bills to the most financially vulnerable - after a campaign from Caroline Flint and fellow MPs to change the rules.