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Victoria Groulef has today backed the announcement that a Labour Government would axe stamp duty for first-time buyers of homes worth under £300,000. The saving for first-time buyers could be as much as £5,000.

Shelter research last year showed that just seven homes for sale on the market in Reading could be afforded by a family on a typical income, while just six homes for sale could be afforded by a single person on a typical income. Shelter research shows a young family on a typical income would need to save 15.1 years just to buy their first home in Reading before any assistance was offered.

Victoria said, “Thousands of people are being priced out of buying their own home. Many young families are having difficulty affording to rent a place of their own. More and more, young people are going back to living with their parents to save for a deposit. This pledge to scrap stamp duty brings closer the dream of home ownership for many, many people in Reading.”

The doubling of the point at which first-time buyers begin paying stamp duty from £150,000 to £300,000 will be met by clamping down on tax avoidance, among other things.

A Labour Government would also give new buyers the option to buy half of new homes built in their area, having announced that work to build a million new homes during the next five years.

Victoria backs pledge to scrap stamp duty for first-time buyers

Victoria Groulef has today backed the announcement that a Labour Government would axe stamp duty for first-time buyers of homes worth under £300,000. The saving for first-time buyers could be...

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Victoria welcomes Labour’s health spokesperson, Lord Hunt, to a Southcote Q&A on health policy.

With so many of the residents taking part in the Q&A at Southcote Advice Centre heavily involved in the campaign to save Circuit Lane Surgery, discussion focused on the future of the local surgery.

Victoria said: “I asked Labour’s health spokesperson Lord Hunt to Southcote Advice Centre to hear about people’s health concerns and their fight to save their GP’s surgery. People often tell me that they feel like politics hasn’t got any of the answers to the big questions they’re asking. The community campaign to stop Circuit Lane Surgery closing is a huge example of politics saying something important to people about their lives. I’m proud that our community stands up and says that they care about each other’s care and health, and I wanted them to share their views with Labour’s health policymakers.”

Last year GP partners took the decision to tender with resignations with NHS England (their contract with Circuit Lane surgery). Soon after, Labour’s MP candidate Victoria Groulef and Southcote Labour Councillors held a public meeting at The Grange opposite the surgery. At that meeting, residents expressed concerns and asked for Victoria to collect signatures to a petition calling on NHS England and the Health Minister to take important action.

NHS England have since chosen a new GP services provider to run Circuit Lane Surgery on an interim basis, meeting the demands of the thousand-plus people who signed the petition for the GPs to stay at the surgery, for the surgery not to be taken over by any company for profit, and for local people to remain involved in decision-making.

With questions in yesterday’s event focusing on latest developments, the role of public NHS provision, and how residents can be involved in decisions, Lord Hunt learned about the local experiences of a reorganised NHS vulnerable to private provision over the heads of patients.

Victoria said, “I’ve got no doubt that our successful defence of their NHS surgery made the difference and helps people to feel like their voices will be heard and make a difference. I’m proud to have played a role alongside residents, and I hope to put our positive relationships to good use for years to come.”

Labour's health spokesperson comes to Southcote to discuss local issues

Victoria welcomes Labour’s health spokesperson, Lord Hunt, to a Southcote Q&A on health policy.

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From dirty seats to overcrowded carriages, constant delays and eye-watering fare rises, local commuters are being let down by a broken railway system.

Victoria Groulef has backed a practical plan for our railways which would freeze fares for a year, cap any future rises, and create a legal right to the cheapest tickets.

Victoria said: "There's rarely a seat, fares go up all the time, and trains are never on time. Commuters are being let down by this Government standing by as private companies impose eye-watering fares. Local commuters are paying through the nose for a service they tell me feels like a waking nightmare. A fare freeze for the first year and a cap on price rises would prove enormously helpful to local commuters."

Responding to the news that the Great Western franchise -- which runs through Reading -- has been handed the keys for a further four years, Victoria has raised questions about why Government ministers rushed through a decision favouring the sitting tenant while stopping the public sector from competing for the line.

Proposing a practical and better deal for hard-working, tightly squeezed passengers, Victoria has raised questions about why the current MP is not backing local people on an issue most affecting their everyday lives: "The MP did not even bother to formally give a view to his own Government on whether the Great Western franchise should be handed the keys. After five years of refusing to pick up the phone to the Transport Secretary to represent constituents, the current MP has shown that he's not prepared to do his job to help commuters get to theirs."

Victoria is also backing better disabled access to the constituency's stations.

Labour has also pledged to allow public firms to compete with private providers, so that they can take on failing private operators. A national body would also be created to oversee the railways and guarantee a strong passenger voice within our more publicly controlled and run local railways.

 

 

Victoria backs local commuters with long-overdue action on railways

  From dirty seats to overcrowded carriages, constant delays and eye-watering fare rises, local commuters are being let down by a broken railway system.

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When so many families have to watch every penny and run their finances with an iron discipline, it is right that the next Labour Government does the same.

Victoria Groulef has welcomed Labour’s manifesto promise to cut the deficit, fix our broken railways, and save our NHS without borrowing extra money.

Victoria said, “Trust in politics is at an all-time low. People often tell me they feel let down by politics, that their MPs don’t live in the real world. I get that, and because I’ve told my party what people are saying, Labour are trying to earn trust by showing clearly where the money is coming from.”

Victoria added: “Labour is making promises that people can hold us to. I want people to hold me to account, which is why I 100% back the right to recall your MP and would hold at least five surgeries a month as Reading West’s MP. I know I’m fighting a tight election. I’m not going to say anything to get elected then do nothing afterwards – it’s not my style and, quite rightly, Reading West would vote me out in a heartbeat.”

Labour have pledged to cut the deficit in every one of the next five years while funding the whole manifesto without extra borrowing. The manifesto includes:

  • Giving working parents a helping hand, with 25 hours free nursery care for 3 and 4 year olds, and a new national childcare service to work with primary schools. To help guarantee that, wrap-around childcare will be there for every working parent that wants it.
  • Supporting hard-pressed commuters, with a fully funded fare freeze and a new legal right to be sold the cheapest ticket. Passengers would benefit from a review of rail franchising to give them more say, and the allowance of public sector operators to bid to run services.
  • Saving our NHS, with £2.5bn of extra funding for 8,000 new GPs and 20,000 more nurses, and a right to see a GP within 48 hours and a test for cancer within a week.
  • Supporting people in their older age by ending time-limited 15-minute visits, recruiting 5,000 new homecare workers, and creating new rights to receive care in the home.
  • Focusing on local, long-term growth, with a cut to business rates for small businesses, maintaining the most competitive corporation tax rate in the G7, and returning Britain to a leadership role in a reformed EU.
  • Introducing a fairer deal for renters, including a ceiling on excessive rent rises and stable three-year tenancies.
  • Helping people into jobs and rewarding work, with caps on overall welfare spending and an end to spiralling bills for housing benefit and tax credits by increasing the minimum wage and building more houses.
  • Creating safer communities, with the safeguard of 10,000 police jobs and an extra 1,000 border staff.

A Labour Government would fund the manifesto by banning the non-dom tax status, so those living here pay their full tax like everybody else, and closing tax loopholes costing billions of pounds a year. All of Labour’s spending and tax plans are independently audited by the Office for Budget Responsibility.

Labour’s spending plans contrast with the Conservative Party’s unfunded and widely criticised promises of more money.

Labour’s fully funded manifesto

When so many families have to watch every penny and run their finances with an iron discipline, it is right that the next Labour Government does the same.


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