Local MPs respond to cost of living concerns

Various local MPs have responded to a letter from our student union sent earlier this year.

Poppy Bedford
12th December 2022
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Earlier this year representatives from our student union wrote to local MPs of student areas regarding the cost-of-living crisis and the growing impact it was having on students, especially important as the weather worsens and the new year dawns.

Chi Onwurah, Labour MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central, responded to the letter with an invitation for an in-person meeting that is set to take place on the 16th of December.

Catherine McKinnel, Labour MP for Newcastle upon Tyne North, has pledged her support to the student cause and has said that, should the debate over the cost of livings effect on students be raised in the house of commons, she will support students and ‘press for greater support’ as the government has failed in their “appalling” handling of the cost-of-living crisis.

Nick Brown, Independent MP for Newcastle upon Tyne East, responded with a letter as well as an invitation to talk about the impact the cost of living crisis is having in person on the 11th of November (the results of the meeting have yet to be published) but made his support for students clear as he wanted to ‘press the government for better support for students’ and also express his opposition to the recent changes in student loans which will “increase the cost for lower-earning graduates while reducing it for higher-earning borrowers.”

Overall, these responses are not ground-breaking or even effective in combating the cost-of-living crisis or other problems that face students, but they do show that we have the support of the people who represent us and who will be making important decisions about our futures. If nothing else, we will be supported by our local communities and our concerns are being documented by those who need to know about them.

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