Quite a few of our road surfaces are in a poor state. As a regular cyclist in the area, I am especially aware of this and spend half the cycling time trying to avoid potholes.
Someone recently brought to my attention the poor state of Moorshut Road in Hemsworth. It’s not good. I’ve written to the council about it, and they’ve promised to re-surface it as soon as possible.
But it’s not the only one that needs work. There’s no denying we should give some attention to our local transport. There aren’t enough trains round here, and the bus services are being cut back all the time – so when our roads aren’t good enough the impact is much bigger.
It’s hard for councils to give local transport infrastructure the attention it needs. Since 2010, councils have become more and more overstretched and underfunded. Across Yorkshire one in every three pounds which they spend has been taken from council Budgets. I have noticed that the cuts in wealthier areas elsewhere in the country have been much less than they are for Wakefield Council.
Our roads aren’t the only thing suffering because of this. Slashed council Budgets have resulted in a closed libraries, slashed children’s centres and a crisis in social care. In fact, lots of councils are looking at raising council tax and business rates in order to fill the massive holes left by the government.
The government wants to avoid the blame for tax rises so they are making councils put the taxes up – but richer areas are able to raise much more because their local populations are much more affluent.
I want our council to be able to sort out the roads across our area so we can all benefit. I also want them to be able to fund all the other services crucial to our communities.
A Labour Government would properly fund local government, meaning they would no longer be forced to cut local services.
If you want to give our local Government the funding it needs so it can sort out our roads, vote Labour.
Quite a few of our road surfaces are in a poor state. As a regular cyclist in the area, I am especially aware of this and spend half the cycling...
Happy St George’s Day!
One of the things which always struck me about our patron saint St George is his fight against the dragon. It seems to me that the story represents a victory over something evil. This idea captures a very important part of England's - and indeed, universal, human - values; which that we know that we must stand up fairness and justice.
A Labour government would bring in four new public holidays so that we have more chances to celebrate our shared culture.
We would introduce the holidays across the UK. Each to be held on St, David's Day (1st March), St Patrick’s Day (17th March), St. George's Day (23rd April) and St. Andrew’s Day (30th November) to celebrate the national cultures of our proud nations.
Under these plans, we can bring together all parts of our country after the Tories have spent so long dividing it. We can unite by celebrating our own saints and learning about the histories of all of the UK’s nations.
These holidays also provide the chance for workers to spend time with their families, in their communities and with their friends.
After seven years of painful austerity, workers deserve a break. We’ve got fewer public holidays than other G20 countries – increasing it by 4 takes us up to the international average.
I hope everyone has an excellent St George’s Day – I hope you have enjoyed one of the many celebrations going on in our area.
Happy St George’s Day! One of the things which always struck me about our patron saint St George is his fight against the dragon. It seems to me that the...
Lots of people struggle with low pay and spiralling costs of living. I meet many who can't make ends meet and cannot support themselves or their families.
This has got far worse under the Tories - the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows there are now 19 million people living below minimum income standards nationally. In Yorkshire, this has jumped to 1.7million people - that one in three of us not managing.
The Labour Party will do everything it can to change this. We have designed and costed plans to raise the minimum wage to £10 an hour.
It will mean 5.6 million workers across the country will receive a pay rise – and the areas that will benefit more are those outside of London and the South East like ours.
A higher minimum wage will increase the amount of money in the area – supporting local the local economy and growing our businesses.
Our area has seen decades of under-investment, so people here are paid less than places in big cities or down south. In Parliament I have pushed for more investment in places like ours. Instead, the Tories' dishonest "Northern Powerhouse" agenda has just devolved austerity, and they cannot think beyond the big cities.
In Parliament I will push for higher wages - as well as better jobs round here.