This past weekend, like so many people across the country, I attended Remembrance Services to honour the sacrifice made by members of Her Majesty's Armed Forces in times of conflict and in peacetime. This year I was able to attend 6 services across the Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney constituency and at all the services I was moved by the growing number of people in attendance and particularly by the number of young people. So many youth organisations such as Cadets, Scouts, Brownies as well as many youth football and rugby teams attend and pay tribute to the fallen. It is such a poignant sight to see the young laying crosses or bowing their heads at the cenotaph. All our futures are guided by learning from the past and whilst it is easy to dwell on the negatives, the actions of so many of our young people should give us all hope for the future of our country & humanity.
Recently at Prime Minister’s Questions, Theresa May announced that she was u-turning on plans to cap the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) across Supported Housing & Social Housing. The UK Government had proposed to introduce the (LHA) Cap in 2019 meaning that, in some cases, tenants would have had to find an extra £500 a year. I challenged the PM on this issue at PMQs earlier this year, pointing out that the amount allowed in Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney is £67, while the average rent charged by Merthyr Valleys Homes which is already one of the lowest social housing rents in Wales was up to £16 a week higher. I very much welcomed this u-turn, which will save tenants from further hardship and stress. However, this change is just one glimmer of light amongst the many hard-line, regressive policies being pursued by this Tory Government.