Keeping prices low is incredibly important, though more people are in employment and education than ever before, cost of living is still a key issue for many of my constituents.
I will campaign locally and nationally to help reduce the cost of living so that low-income families no longer feel the 'pinch' and the economy can continue to grow.
Be it rent, food prices, transport costs or boosting social mobility, I will lobby to improve standards of living and ensuring that Brexit will bring about more opportunity for residents, particularly for goods purchase, employment options and securing decent, affordable housing.
Getting benefits right is also a concern of mine, the benefit system is there as a safety net for those who need support and should not be abused. However it is also important that for benefit claimants, the system is actually helping, not hindering their progress. I have particular interest in seeking improvements to the Universal Credit system which is replacing so many welfare benefits. Helping people help themselves is key and I will share feedback with the Department.