The House of Commons Chamber was full this lunchtime as the Chancellor delivered his Autumn Statement. There is no quick fix as the government does whatever it takes to protect our country from the debt storm.
Yorkshire will benefit from electrification of the Transpennine Express rail route and there is £1bn more for the Regional Growth Fund which has already helped Yorkshire businesses. The Chancellor also announces the largest ever cash rise for pensioners and he cancelled the 3p a litre rise in fuel duty due in January.
This evening I led an Adjournment Debate on Empty Homes. At a time when so many families are struggling to find suitable accommodation, and developers are eager to build on our beautiful countryside, it is more important that we bring empty homes back into use. There are thousands of empty homes across Kirklees and hundreds of thousands across the country.
I have been working closely with ‘Restoration Man’ George Clarke on this issue. His 2-part series ‘The Great British Property Scandal‘ will air at 9pm on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th December on Channel 4.