Nadia Whittome, MP for Nottingham East, has donated £2,000 to Nottingham Law Centre, as part of her worker’s wage pledge.
Nottingham Law Centre, which is based in Hyson Green, offers free advice to Nottingham residents on issues such as housing, debt and benefits. It also represents people threatened with eviction by their landlord.
In the cost of living crisis, the services it provides are particularly important, as people struggle to pay rent and bills, facing mounting debt and eviction from their homes.
Nottingham Law Centre is the latest local organisation to receive a share of Ms Whittome’s salary. Upon being elected as an MP, Ms Whittome committed to taking home a yearly wage of £35,000 after tax, donating the remainder of her MP’s salary to local causes, such as food banks, strike funds and charities.
Commenting on her donation, Ms Whittome said:
“Constituents tell me week in, week out how the Law Centre has resolved problems that kept them up at night. The services they provide transform people’s lives, keeping the bailiffs from the door and putting food on the table.
“Amidst mounting levels of poverty, free legal advice and access to justice have never been so essential and so in demand. It is my privilege to make a small contribution towards the Law Centre’s work.”
Sally Denton, Senior Solicitor at Nottingham Law Centre, said:
“We are really grateful for Nadia’s support. This year has been very challenging and we are seeing a significant increase in demand for our services. We anticipate that this will continue to be the case with the cost of living increases and the number of people facing possession proceedings.”