Liz Collis's blog

Brighton and Hove's Low Vision service

Over the last few weeks a number of constituents have written to me about the Low Vision service in Brighton and Hove. It’s currently funded by Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), but they have made the decision to no longer commission the service.

Constituents have told me about the incredible support they have received from the Low Vision service, which has been invaluable when they’ve had to face the fear and trauma that a diagnosis of sight loss can bring.

Personal Independence Payments found to be “blatantly discriminatory” against people with mental health conditions in the high court

The Government has doggedly, and consistently, dug in its heels when accused of discriminating against people with mental health conditions in the assessment process for disability benefits.

Male suicide - the silent public health crisis

At one of my recent surgeries, a constituent came to talk to me about male suicide. With figures showing that men are three times more likely to take their own lives than women, and with suicide being the biggest killer of men under the age of 45, it paints a bleak picture.

It’s vital that more is done to support those at risk, and those managing a difficult situation alone.

Tackling litter in Brighton and Hove

Litter in Brighton and Hove is a serious issue, and I do of course understand that the Council has a responsibility to tackle the problem. However, I am increasingly concerned that by awarding the contract to a private company, profit is now the key motivator behind the Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) being issued in some circumstances.

Save Madeira Terrace

As residents in Brighton and Hove will know, Madeira Terrace is an iconic part of the city’s history. I know that many of my constituents have fond memories of the elegant Grade II-listed arches, which have been the backdrop to many events and occasions over the years.

Sadly, Madeira Terrace has fallen into disrepair. Like much of the seafront, years of under-investment has taken its toll.

Uber in Brighton and Hove

Since the news broke last month that Transport for London (TfL) had rejected Uber’s operating license due to ‘lack of corporate responsibility’, questions have been raised about the company's future in Brighton & Hove.

Our city has always been a place that embraces bold ideas and exciting new technologies, and as a result Brighton is home to the fastest growing digital festival in the UK and many of the country's most promising start-ups.

But with new technologies come new challenges.

Brighton Digital Festival

On Friday I visited ONCA Gallery as part of Brighton’s Digital Festival (BDF). 

BDF, the UK’s fastest growing festival, runs for a month and showcases over 150 events across Brighton & Hove reflecting the growth that the digital sector has enjoyed here in recent years. Brighton’s digital economy, which is worth over £1bn a year, shows that our city is leading the way in creative, digital innovation in the UK.

Local projects in the running for One Family Foundation funding

Some amazing local projects have been shortlisted for Community Award funding from the OneFamily Foundation. The number of votes cast will determine which projects successfully receive the funding and I would be delighted if one of the projects based in my constituency, or a service providing city-wide benefits in Brighton and Hove, is selected.

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