York’s Wood Residents’ Meeting Feed-back

by Liam Byrne | 01.09.13 | in: Constituency news, Local Issues, Residents Meetings, Shard End, Uncategorized | Tags:

 Dear Friend

York’s Wood Residents’ Meeting Feed-back

Thank you very much to everyone who joined us for our residents’ meeting a few months ago, together with Lynda Bradbury, the chair of York’s Wood Residents Association, and Cllrs John Cotton and Marje Bridle, last week. 

I thought I would share with you the ideas and discussions that took place at the meeting.

Local issues

We had a very good discussion about local priorities, including; 

  • Fly-tipping: police and local residents are undertaking some work to try and track down the perpetrators of fly-tipping throughout the area
  • Parking on verges: a long-standing problem. Cllr Bridle updated us on some pilot work to plant verges with plants and flowers plus discussions with local residents to try and end the parking on verges which has bedevilled the area for some time. If it’s successful, we’ll try and roll-out the same approach more widely. 
  • There were a number of rear access points to garages where we will try and take action to unblock barriers (near Thistledown Road for instance) 
  • Residents also raised the poor state of foot-paths. We’ll bring Amey, the contractors, to a future meeting to press them on this. 

There will be a Community Day at Horne Way, 11am-3pm on

 Saturday 14th September.

National issues

 

We then had an excellent discussion about jobs and reform of social security. There were five key points: 

  1. There should be pressure on companies on who pay low wages but make big profits – and are effectively subsidised by tax credits which enable people to take low wage jobs
  2. We should be tougher on the obligation to work if you can: there was support for a two year limit on the amount of time you could spend on the dole, as long as there was help for people to get a job. 
  3. There was not enough help for young people or older workers made redundant. In particular, people felt schools needed to provide a better preparation – and bridge to – the world of work. 
  4. Benefits like DLA were a good idea – ‘the badge of a civilized society’ – but a proper test was needed to make sure the right people were getting the benefit 
  5. The bedroom tax was seen as a bad idea – especially as it punished disabled people who had no way to pay it. 

These are all ideas and arguments that I will seek to use in my national work as Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. 

Many thanks again for those of you who joined us. 

 

Yours sincerely

 

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