Tory Government plans to fund policing ‘unjust and fundamentaly unfair’

Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin has slammed Government plans to force taxpayers to fork out for more police officers as “unjust and fundamentally unfair”. Under the Conservative Government’s Funding Settlement announced today, police forces will be given the option to double the council tax precept. It comes after years of cuts to West Yorkshire…

Ocado agrees to support Batley Food Bank after MP’s intervention

Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin has praised Ocado for its willingness to engage with the community after the retailer agreed to support Batley Food Bank on an ongoing basis. Ms Brabin wrote to Ocado, which has a huge distribution warehouse in Birstall and employs over 400 people, after discovering they did not have an…

Cuts to legal aid ‘punishing the most vulnerable’ in society

A woman finally finds the strength to walk away from her abusive partner after being subjected to a seemingly endless cycle of violence, bullying, control and humiliation to seek justice – only to be told she doesn’t meet the criteria, writes Tracy Brabin MP. This is the brutal reality facing thousands of women throughout Britain…

Holiday childcare cost increase ‘locking parents out of workplace’

Many Batley and Spen parents will struggle to meet childcare costs over the summer holidays as the latest figures reveal holiday childcare is getting more expensive. Childcare is now costing parents across Yorkshire and Humber an average of £130 a week- a five per cent increase in a single year. The rise highlights the serious…