Speaking on ITV West Country in February, Kirsten Johnson said Universal Credit is not working for North Devon families.
Families in Devon are struggling to put food on the table because of the Government’s flagship reforms of the benefits system, Kirsten Johnson, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for North Devon, told a parliamentary panel broadcast on ITV West Country.
Set up to provide short-term help to local residents facing temporary financial problems, food banks are increasingly reporting that users are permanently depending on them because the total amount of their benefits has been cut when they are moved on to Universal Credit.
Kirsten Johnson, the first woman to be selected by the Liberal Democrats to become the MP for North Devon, has recorded a message to celebrate International Women’s Day. Kirsten made the video against the backdrop of the statue of Millicent Fawcett, which was erected in Parliament Square last year, to mark 100 years since some women gained the right to vote.
Liberal Democrat MP Wera Hobhouse has introduced a Bill to improve mental health care for new mothers. It is called the ‘Postnatal Check-ups (Mental Health) Bill’. The first reading was in Parliament yesterday.
Kirsten Johnson, the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for North Devon, said: "I welcome this legislation. As a mother of three, I am well aware of what is currently offered to new mothers. It is not enough. This campaign will tackle one aspect which could be improved: introducing the requirement that the current routine NHS post-natal check-ups, given six weeks after having your baby, must include mental health checks and support."
Kirsten Johnson, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for North Devon, has criticised the Delegated Legislation Committee’s intention to raise probate taxes on the estates of deceased constituents.
She said: “In a move described by James Coney, Money Editor of The Sunday Times, as a ‘callous, underhand tax raid on the bereaved’, our North Devon Conservative MP has decided to plough on with this secret, undemocratic decision, without seeming to care about the effect on grieving families. As North Devon families are already struggling to cope with the impact of Tory austerity cuts, this is an added burden and, quite frankly, an insult to those who have worked hard to buy their own homes.”
Kirsten Johnson, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for North Devon, welcomes the Liberal Democrat Plastic Pollution Bill 2017-2019, which has been drafted with ‘Friends of the Earth’ and the ‘Women’s Institute’ to cut plastic pollution.
The new draft law aims to end single-use plastic by 2024.
The Plastic Pollution Bill was presented to Parliament on Monday 25 February by Liberal Democrat Environment Spokesperson, Alistair Carmichael MP.
A sustained three-year Liberal Democrat campaign to save RMB Chivenor has paid off – despite repeated Government warnings that it would close.
Lead campaigner Kirsten Johnson, the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for North Devon, said today: “Chivenor is vital to the economy of the area so this is marvellous news for local people. The Lib Dems have fought long and hard for this decision and I am delighted our efforts have paid off.”
By cutting County Hall waste, Devon Lib Dems find more cash for Special Educational Needs, rural bus services, mental health services for young people, highways and helping young people get to college.
In its budget proposals for the coming financial year (2019/20), the Liberal Democrat Group on Devon County Council has found more than £2.4 million to invest in front-line services, largely by identifying more ways to save money at County Hall.
Kirsten Johnson, Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for North Devon, has pressed the Conservative Secretary of Health, Matt Hancock, to clarify the reasons for shortages of essential glaucoma treatment drugs in North Devon pharmacies, surgeries and hospitals.
Kirsten Johnson, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for North Devon has had a written question submitted to Conservative Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock MP, asking him to clarify the reasons for delays and shortages of essential glaucoma treatment drugs in North Devon.
The Parliamentary Question has been asked by Lib Dem MP, Tom Brake.
Kirsten Johnson, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for North Devon, has appeared in the February edition of ITV's West Country Debate.
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