Holly Lynch MP

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St_Marys_card.jpgA Christmas card designed by Halifax schoolgirl Suhaani Sharma will be finding its way through the letterboxes of hundreds of people across Halifax and the country, including the Prime Minister.

This year, Halifax MP Holly Lynch worked with St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, and picked the winning design for her 2017 Christmas card from all the wonderful creations submitted by pupils.

Holly attended the school assembly to announce that Suhanni Sharma’s design would be her official card for 2017, and also handed out prizes to three runners-up.

The cards have been professionally printed in full colour and include the name and school of the winner on the back.

Holly said:

“There were lots of imaginative entries and as always it was a really difficult choice deciding which one to use.

“I loved Suhaani’s colourful design of a festive wreath on a door, and I am told it is not the first art competition she has won, so she is clearly very talented.

“A big thanks and well done to all the children at St Mary’s and to the staff for helping to coordinate this year’s competition.”

MP’s Christmas card designed by talented Suhaani

A Christmas card designed by Halifax schoolgirl Suhaani Sharma will be finding its way through the letterboxes of hundreds of people across Halifax and the country, including the Prime Minister....

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Halifax MP Holly Lynch has accused the Government of treating flood-hit residents as a low priority after it was revealed that they have refused to reopen a vital grants scheme, which assisted thousands of households in Calderdale and around the country in 2015/16, for those affected by recent flooding. 

Lancaster and the village of Galgate were the worst affected in last month's floods as heavy rain fell in areas which were also badly hit by Storm Desmond two years ago. Lancaster University recorded the highest ever 24hr rainfall total in 50 years of observations.

After Storm Desmond in 2015 the Government made grants available of £500 to support households in the immediate aftermath, and offered up to £5,000 to help make properties better prepared to cope with any future flooding. 

The scheme also provided support for businesses, providing local authorities with funding worth over £2,500 for every business flooded. At the time Calderdale Council said that they had received over 1,120 applications and expressions of interest for the repair and renew grant from residents, and nearly 40% of eligible businesses had applied.

However, the Government have now revealed that they will not offer Lancaster City Council the funding to provide grants to those affected by the latest floods, raising questions about their commitment to providing these grants after future flooding events in other parts of the country. Responding to a written question Minister Jake Berry said:

“For events of the scale as seen recently, local areas are expected to provide support from within their own resources. The Government therefore has no plans to activate a wider cross government recovery programme.” He added that Storm Desmond and Eva “was an exceptional case.”

Labour's Shadow Flooding Minister Holly Lynch MP has called on the Government to reconsider this decision and raised the issue in Parliament this week. She believes that the decision is concerning for all those at risk of flooding who may require these grants in the future.                                                                                   

Ms Lynch said:

"Conservative Ministers decide whether to offer these crucial grants on an ad hoc basis with the money then delivered by Local Authorities. I think it shows appalling judgement that the Government claim these recent floods are not severe enough for them to provide support.

"We're working in Westminster to pressure Ministers to make sure they provide a full support package for residents and businesses affected.

"It sets a worrying precedent that this widespread flooding is being treated as such a low priority by the Government and will be of concern to residents in Calderdale who are threatened by future flooding."

Anger as Government refuse to reopen flood grant programme

Halifax MP Holly Lynch has accused the Government of treating flood-hit residents as a low priority after it was revealed that they have refused to reopen a vital grants scheme, which assisted thousands...

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Halifax MP Holly Lynch has criticised the Conservative Government’s Budget delivered on Wednesday for failing to provide additional funds for local services.

Chancellor Philip Hammond announced a number of new proposals including a pledge to spend £30m to improve mobile and digital connectivity on the TransPennine rail route.                                                   

But she was concerned that the Government hasn’t taken action to address the housing crisis or restore funding to the Police and Social Care services, all of which she says are crucial for residents of Calderdale.                                                   

She said: “This was not a budget that delivers for Halifax. Although many of our essential local services are facing a funding crisis, the Chancellor has mostly ignored their calls for extra resources.        

“There is no extra money for Calderdale Council, even though they have seen the worst cuts in a generation.

“They simply can’t provide the same level of services when their budget continues to be slashed.  It will also be a huge challenge to ensure that quality Social Care is provided to all our elderly residents who need support.

“Homelessness is rising yet this Budget takes no significant action on affordable homes and changes to Universal Credit are not due until as late as April. This means we’re not going to tackle this growing problem any time soon.”

Ms Lynch has also backed calls by West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson, for more cash for the service, saying that since 2010, West Yorkshire police have faced cuts of £160 million and lost 1,200 frontline officers and about 800 members of staff.                                                                                                        

“Police budgets need to increase so that the public, and officers, are safe and the forces can tackle all kinds of crime in a quick and efficient way that provides justice for victims of crime” she said.

“With violent crime rising, and increased threats from terrorism, I was hugely disappointed that the Government offered no extra money for policing. Proper community policing cannot be done on the cheap.”

Holly criticises Budget - "it doesn’t deliver for Halifax"

Halifax MP Holly Lynch has criticised the Conservative Government’s Budget delivered on Wednesday for failing to provide additional funds for local services. Chancellor Philip Hammond announced a number of new...


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