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Inflation-busting fare increase is a body blow to passengers

Caroline has responded to the announcement of a fare increase for train passengers. Lucas said the increase of 3.4% is a 'body blow to hard pressed passengers'.

Caroline, said:

"This inflation-busting fare increase is a body blow to hard pressed passengers. Every year we see the privatised railways deliver ticket price increases, while the cost of driving continues to plummet in real terms. The Government needs to sort its priorities out. 

Save The Greys

Many of my constituents will be familiar with The Greys pub on Southover Street in Hanover.

For those who aren’t, it’s a much-loved local pub that has recently been made available for sale. As well as being a social hub in the heart of Hanover, the Greys has a proud history of staging live music, welcoming new local acts and also opening its doors to musician and artists from all over the world.   Many are attracted by its intimacy and warm welcomes.

Student well-being and mental health

This week I hosted a Parliamentary Reception organised by Sussex University, which focused on the vital issue of student well-being and mental health.

Having recently met with Student Union Officers from both Universities in Brighton, I was reminded of the scale of the issue for many of young people in our city and why it is so that vital that we keep mental health high on the agenda in Parliament.

Community pharmacies this winter

I'm a longstanding supporter of community pharmacies - and am particularly aware that their role is crucial during the winter months. 
 
The community pharmacies in Brighton, like many across the county, are a key part of the support system for local NHS services - dispensing over 1 billion prescriptions per year.
 
As we enter the winter months, demand on the NHS increases and the support of community pharmacies is crucial in meeting the health needs of local people in Brighton and Hove.
 
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Caroline accuses government of 'ducking' opportunity to take action on environmental protection

Caroline slammed the Government for failing to get to grips with the climate crisis - saying that this 'should have been a Blue Planet Budget' but ministers 'ducked' the opportunity to take action. 

She said:

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