Philip Hammond's budget, which spends more on preparations for Britain leaving the European Union than on the NHS, shows that the Government has the wrong priorities for Britain says Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner.
The budget also failed to provide additional funding for schools or for funding pay in public services, which will leave many Cambridge families facing a further fall in their living standards.
Daniel says, "instead of finding £3 billion to help build extra customs posts, when we should be trying to stay in the customs union, the Chancelllor should have been focused on helping people who have seen their wages failing to keep up with increased prices in the shops, and young people who face ever-rising rent costs like they are in Cambridge. The Chancellor claimed that this was the Government's vision for Britain, but these are the wrong priorities and it will leave everyone poorer in future."
Philip Hammond's budget, which spends more on preparations for Britain leaving the European Union than on the NHS, shows that the Government has the wrong priorities for Britain says Cambridge...
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge attended the Memorandum of Understanding signing today with Huawei Technologies, BT and the University of Cambridge. The signing will followed by a tour of the Engineering Faculty.
Huawei and BT have announced a new five-year initiative with the aim of establishing a joint research and collaboration group at the University of Cambridge, to bring together experts at the cutting edge of global information and communication technologies. This will cement Cambridge as the centre of the UK's 'Silicon Fen.' The research group will be backed up by £25 million in funding and contributions over the five years, and will focus on a number of technological areas including digital and network access infrastructure and photonics.
Daniel Zeichner said: "This is an excellent project, and I hope it'll add even more exciting new research to Cambridge's prolific portfolio. So close to the rest of the Cambridge cluster of world-leading tech companies, this is a clearly brilliant environment for new innovations to flourish.
The high quality and exciting jobs that come from this venture will be great for Cambridge too, and I'm looking forward to seeing how this initiative progresses. I'm also really pleased that the group aim to look at how tech can deliver positive results for societies such as those excluded from digital transformation, or at risk of damage to their communities due to climate change."
Ken Hu Deputy Chairman and Rotating CEO, Huawei said, "we all know that the speed and breadth of technological advance has never been faster, or wider than it is today. The benefits these new technologies will offer to mankind will be many and profound, they will affect nearly every aspect of our lives. The opportunities presented to us all of us are significant, but alongside them will be a range of challenges, and risks. These are challenges and risks, I believe, we must seek to comprehend and address together.
It is these innovations, and the challenges they present, that BT, Huawei and University of Cambridge are today agreeing to work together on. To understand them and define potential ways to address and resolve them, and to build not only a better connected world, but a better society for all."
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge attended the Memorandum of Understanding signing today with Huawei Technologies, BT and the University of Cambridge. The signing will followed by a tour of the...
Today, Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge and John Healey MP, Secretary of State for Housing and Planning visited Railway House (128 Mill Road, Cambridge CB1 2BQ) and heard how the government's future funding proposals for supported housing risk threatening vital support provisions for young people in Cambridge.
Daniel and John was joined by the Chief Executive of Cambridge Housing Society (CHS), Nigel Howlett, who detailed CHS's supported housing provisions and explained what challenges they face in light of recent policy proposals to change the funding of supported housing.
Mr Healey came to Cambridge after recently leading a parliamentary debate on supported housing, urging the Government to scrap to cap housing benefit payments for vulnerable tenants including those who are homeless, and to instead introduce a system that will provide the necessary funding to ensure a sustainable, long-term future for supported housing. In response to the debate, Ministers announced that they would drop their previous plans for a crude local housing allowance cap on supported housing, but significant worries remain about the new proposals, including the £500m a year funding cuts that Labour have identified as pencilled in for after 2020.
During that debate, Daniel made a contribution highlighting how the increase in homelessness in Cambridge is putting pressure on the city's housing associations, emphasising that there is an urgent need for clarity on future funding.
Daniel said, "Cambridge faces a whole series of challenges when it comes to housing; our rents are high and there is a huge divide between the most wealthy and the most vulnerable.
I am delighted that John will be joining me in Cambridge and will get the opportunity to meet both the residents and support workers of Railway House. There are many people in Cambridge and varying needs of support that prevent them from finding permanent housing; supported housing is a vital service for a number of these residents."
Ahead of the visit, John Healey has said, "after two years of pressure from Labour and housing charities, there are still big unanswered questions on the future of vital supported housing services like Railway House.
Labour will keep fighting to force the government to protect the long-term future of supported housing in Cambridge and across the country."
Today, Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge and John Healey MP, Secretary of State for Housing and Planning visited Railway House (128 Mill Road, Cambridge CB1 2BQ) and heard how the...