Margaret is a former physics teacher and student mentor who left school at 17. When her children were small, Adult Education, an Educational Maintenance grant subsidised by a Labour council and hard work allowed her to study for a degree from UCL. It changed her life.
Now Margaret wants everyone to have such opportunities and passionately supports the Labour manifesto, which aims to provide free education throughout life, including apprenticeships, vocational subjects such as nursing and social care, manufacturing and traditional academic routes. This is particularly important now that many people need to retrain several times throughout their career.
Other defining events in Margaret’s life were working in Local Government, assessing rent rebates and heading the rent arrears department. She saw how difficult it can be when life circumstances mean that making ends meet is a struggle for young families or those with mental health issues or on low incomes, such as the elderly and disabled. She understands how easy it is for people to lose their home and recognises that the current system is not working. She knows that many live in fear of not being able to pay their bills and don’t have the support needed to help them through. Currently Margaret volunteers for a crisis helpline and the University of the Third Age.
Margaret’s top priority is to be a voice for those that are neglected by the system. She wants to encourage those that are currently more fortunate to stand together with those that need help today, to build a less divided, more caring society and thereby help each other achieve all that we can be.