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    Meeting Arthritis Research UK

    I dropped in to meet with Arthritis Research UK in Parliament this week to hear about their work and the experiences of people living with arthritis. Around 10 million people in the UK are affected by arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions, and the difficulties caused are estimated to cost around 30.6m working days a year. It’s so important we work towards a greater awareness of the difficulties caused by these conditions, and do our best to support those suffering both at work and in life.  
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    Speaking up for Local Authorities

    I spoke this week on the further cuts announced to council budgets. Local authorities continue to see budgets slashed but demand for services continues. From 2015 to 2020 alone, Barnsley local authority will see a 29.8% reduction in its settlement funding, on top of drastic cuts already made in previous years. It’s unfair and unrealistic to expect local authorities to continue providing the same level of local services with ever decreasing resources, and time the Government took responsibility for the situation. You can watch my full comments here. 
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