• save the bus
    older, disabled and younger people with families use this service to get themselves to the shopping estate
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  • Raised State Pension Age
    Dear Boris, You promised before the election that would you look again at the issue of increased State Pension Age. This issue remains high on the agenda for 3.8 million women but that number is rapidly increasing as those born in the sixties and their daughters and granddaughters are waking up not only to the hardships endured by their family members but their own future which has no light at the end of the tunnel. Men too are increasingly aware of their own hiked up retirement age as well as the impact that this is having on their wives, sisters and mothers. The storm is brewing. Turbulently. It seems from your own privileged perspective to be as remote an issue to you as though perhaps we may reside in Antarctica. In oblivion. But you have read the stories. I wonder how much attention you gave to the individual stories of hardship? The millions of them? That you can sleep easily knowing that many women are being forced to sell their homes through lack of any income? Were you aware of the humiliating position many older women find themselves in, unable to claim state pension and unable to claim Universal Credit either because they have not been in a position to work during the two preceding years of a claim? This is relevant to me personally as having had nearly twenty years of zero-hour contracts and no ability to save or plan as I lurched from one short term agency role to the next, I was forced to leave my family and take work abroad. In Cairo. Once out there I became aware of the thousands of other British workers out there (mainly teachers but others too) who found it impossible in their fifties or sixties to obtain work back in the UK. All having to part company with their families to do so. So many of the job searches are pointless because the skills or experience required are irrelevant to a mature man or woman in their sixties. They haven't all had the benefit of IT training during their school years. Are you aware that training opportunities are not on offer for this age group? That the competitive jobs market ensures age discrimination is well and truly alive? That many are unable to accept work because of health or caring responsibilities? Is all this falling on deaf ears? Are you able to blot out the very real suffering without a care in the world? The winter of discontent is here. It is blowing up a storm. It is real. Very real. To ignore the plight of a generation of women whose lives were geared towards home and family responsibilities is nothing short of cruel. Who are not in a position to care for their husbands - many of whom are older than them as their own health is in decline. Is it right, just and proper that after a life-time of work, many are having to ask their children for financial support because they have no income of their own? That Universal Credit actually expects this as the income of children still living in the home ( because they can't afford a home of their own) now has to pay the cost of living of their own mother or father? I have had to ask for help myself from my daughter's first wage packet in her new job when she will only earn £16 000 per year. She should be saving for her own future with her boyfriend not helping me out. I am unable to ask my son as he is only a student himself. Is this situation right? Whatever happened to Dignity in Old Age? Would you wish this on your own mother? Have you ever tried the long back-breaking 12 hour shifts that many factories and companies now expect? Often without a toilet or drink's break? I'm sure you don't. Have any idea. As you sit in your ivory palace drinking champagne. And you talk about raising £120 million just to chime Big Ben? Have you any idea how insulting that is? You may as well be Marie Antoinette calling "Let them eat cake!" But the Winter of Discontent is brewing.
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    Created by Margaret Wilson
  • The Gym Group: Bring back the Music License
    Forgetting your headphones when you get to the gym can be the worst pain you’ve ever felt, not being able to listen to your favourite UK Dance playlist, A couple of months ago it would’ve been possible to do a workout listening to The Gym Groups sound system. Artists like David Guetta, Example, J Hus, Avicii would be played, But now the music license at The Gym Group has gone. And the music is dreadful
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    Created by Jeremy Gates
  • Stop cuts to the Stockport Local Assistance Scheme
    1) The Stockport Local Assistance Scheme (SLAS) offers support to meet emergency needs, e.g. when someone cannot afford to buy food or clothing, gas or electricity, or school uniforms and it provides support to persons moving on from temporary accommodation, through provision of furniture, beds and essential household items. 2) The Cabinet's Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) reveals that 28% of successful applications to the SLAS in 2018/19 were from residents of Brinnington & Central ward. Davenport & Cale Green ward was second, with 10.2%. At the other end of the scale, the proportion of successful applications to the SLAS that year from Bramhall South was 0.28%, from Stepping Hill 0.8% and from Bramhall North 0.95%. 3) Moreover, the EIA also reveals that, in the same year, 47.7% of successful applications to the SLAS were from single parents (up from 33.1% in 2016/17). 4) That Stockport Council’s Cabinet has put forward a proposal to cut the SLAS budgets currently allocated for care and resettlement, and uniforms, from £288,187 to £68,186, a cut of 76%. 5) The Cabinet also proposes merger of the administration of the SLAS with that for Discretionary Council Tax Support and Discretionary Housing Payments. Substantial new duties are proposed for staff, in searching for help from charities and other external agents, in preference to use of the residual fund held by the Council, yet the staffing budget is to be cut by 41%. 6) The Cabinet proposes to allocate a one-off buffer of £100,000 – for one year only – as the new system is introduced. But this is less than half of the £220,000 cut from the current Care and Resettlement and Uniforms budgets alone, before we even consider the 41% staffing budget cut. 7) That the Cabinet's proposal needs to be viewed in the context of the report of Professor Alston, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, which revealed that : "14 million people, a fifth of the population, live in poverty. Four million of these are more than 50% below the poverty line, and 1.5 million are destitute". Stockport Foodbank states that 1 in 5 children in the Borough live in homes below the poverty threshold. 8) Professor Alston also commented, “great misery has also been inflicted unnecessarily, especially on the working poor, on single mothers struggling against mighty odds, on people with disabilities who are already marginalized, and on millions of children who are being locked into a cycle of poverty from which most will have great difficulty escaping”. 9) That this proposed cut, hitting the poorest people in the Borough, comes after two financial years in which the Council returned net underspends on total budget of £4.7 million and £3.875 million. Moreover, the Council has just received a windfall of £6 million, returned from the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Contract renegotiation. We, the undersigned believe that it is morally repugnant and wrong for the plight of the poorest people in the Borough to be worsened by this cut being targeted upon them. Note : Please read our full analysis of the Support Funds proposal in Section 3 of our report on the Cabinet’s 2020/21 cuts package, at https://tinyurl.com/scbgl5p Stockport United Against Austerity
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    Created by John Pearson
  • Save Risca Citizens Advice !
    Risca Citizens Advice provides people with free and independent advice on many issues, including welfare benefits, debt, employment, family and relationships and consumer matters. The office is currently open for drop-ins on Mondays and Thursdays, and pre-arranged appointments on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. If the Risca office is forced to close, the nearest alternative within the Caerphilly Council area will be over 11 miles away in Bargoed.
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    Created by Siobhan Hayes
  • Save Our Citizens Advice
    So many families and Individuals depend on Citizens Advice to inform them of their rights from anything to benefits to employment. Many people are treated unfairly because of their circumstances and are taken advantage of by various organisations and individuals. If Citizens Advice were to go these vulnerable people and families would have no-one to fight for them and remain trapped in their circumstances.
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  • Do NOT stop locking Slade Gardens at night
    Some of our bedrooms homes sit INSIDE the "trail path" in Slade Gardens. The park bench is already used during the day as a marijuana smoking bench, we do not want the party to continue into the night outside our bedrooms. Our car park and bike shed are next door to the park. By not locking the gates at night it will be much easier for thieves to jump over the fence and steal bikes/break into parked cars and break into our homes unseen. Slade Gardens at night is already a source of anti-social behaviour, which would significantly deteriorate if the park was to be left unlocked 24 hours a day. The biggest issue Slade Gardens faces at night (and even during the day) is drug use and dealing, with people jumping the fences to gain access illicitly. This is compounded by the fact that the park is not lit at all. If the park is left unlocked this would certainly increase. Drug-related crime is a significant issue for the area and this proposal from Lambeth shows a blind eye being turned to the issues surrounding it. There would be an increased fire risk from potential bonfires/BBQs held at night. There would be a risk of the park turning into a car/caravan park if the gates off Robsart and Ingleborough Streets are not locked. This happened in the last few months less that 100m away in an unlocked block. Slade Gardens is an invaluable community asset which would be ruined if left open at night. Yes there will be a saving on staff costs for closing the park, but this would likely be entirely wiped out by increased costs of rubbish collection, cleaning, and police attendance. WE DO NOT WANT OUR LOCAL PARK TO BE LEFT IN AN UNSAFE AND FILTHY STATE SO THAT WE CANNOT ENJOY IT DURING THE DAYTIME. WE DO NOT WANT OUR PERSONAL SAFETY TO BE COMPROMISED BY ALLOWING PEOPLE INTO THE PARK 24 HOURS A DAY.
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  • SAY NO TO THE RATIONING OF HEALTHCARE IN STOCKPORT
    Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is proposing to restrict in vitro fertilisation (IVF) to women who are unable to have a child. According to the National Institute For Health and Care Excellence (NICE), women aged under 40 should be offered 3 cycles of IVF treatment on the NHS. In Stockport, only two cycles are offered, but now the CCG wants to reduce this to one. The CCG says that other areas in Greater Manchester have already reduced the number of cycles and therefore it is OK for this to happen in Stockport. But this is a RACE TO THE BOTTOM. The CCG’s proposal infers that some medical conditions are more worthy than others. But people needing IVF know the importance and true value of the procedure. The website of the organisation ‘Fertility Fairness’ says that the World Health Organisation classifies infertility as a disease and, as with any other medical condition, it is deserving of treatment. If left untreated infertility can result in stress, anxiety, depression and the breakdown of relationships. Locally, Trafford CCG tried to end IVF treatment last year, but were forced to drop their plans. In Warrington they tried to start charging people for procedures like hip replacements and cataract operations, but public opinion resulted in a U turn. Our campaign to stop the cut in IVF and for restoration of the 3 cycles prescribed by NICE achieved a partial success, when the CCG suspended its public consultation, following backing from Stockport Healthwatch for our concerns that the consultation document was seriously flawed and misleading. See this report in the Stockport Express, 06/11/19 "IVF consultation halted" : https://tinyurl.com/y2hut25x WE are now waiting to hear whether the CCG will rework and recommence the public consultation or whether it will now withdraw its cuts proposal We want to continue to grow this petition, so we can relaunch our campaign running, should the CCG opt for the formder course of action. Please share the petition widely. Please read our leaflet https://tinyurl.com/y67erxxf for further information. Promoted by Stockport United Against Austerity
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    Created by John Pearson
  • The Future of the Isabel Blackman Centre in Hastings Old Town
    We need your support to save this vital community asset. Age UK East Sussex have been working with the Hastings & St Leonards Seniors Forum, Hastings Voluntary Action, Sussex Community Development Association and Hastings Old Town Residents Association to examine a future for the Isabel Blackman Centre which was closed in March 2019. In partnership, we have launched a petition asking East Sussex County Council to engage with the voluntary sector about the building’s future or, if the building is sold, “ring-fence” the capital receipt to benefit older people in Hastings. You can view and sign the petition here:- https://democracy.eastsussex.gov.uk/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx?id=500000027&TPID=503118186&$LO$=1 The Isabel Blackman Centre has been a vital community asset for older people in Hastings for many years. It needs to be sold off to the voluntary sector and reopened as a community hub and main resource for local older people.
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  • Keep texts on BBC Red Button
    It is a quick and easy way to find information for those without computers / smartphones without trawling though programmes. My elderly Mum uses it for weather forecasts in text form to decide about her day's activities. I find the news-bites useful and the travel information is in one place (London's roads and rails) with simple accessible 24/7 weather forecasts in 3 hour slots. Its virtue is its simplicity and access, and it comes at no extra cost.
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    Created by Joel Kosminsky
  • Save Claines 37 Bus Service - Bus service to be reinstated Saturday 23rd November !
    Public transport is already very limited in Claines. There is no Sunday service and no evening service A large amount of retired residents live in the ward and frequently use the service. If taken away, many residents will be unable to undertake regular, routine trips. Shops, services, GPs, dentists, events, friends and family will all become inaccessible . Many young families also live in the ward. Parents with prams, pushchairs and buggies and no access to a car will struggle. Residents with reduced mobility and no car will be unable to access the minimal and unreliable other services servicing the main roads only.
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  • Keep the MIB cafe open
    The 'Interface Cafe' is just that - it brings together the MIB's interdisciplinary researchers, academics, PhD students and PS staff and helps foster the building's sense of community. Whether it is quick catch-ups whilst waiting for coffee, or scientific discussions over lunch, these impromptu meetings will simply not happen without the Cafe. It also plays a key role as a social, yet confidential, meeting venue with industrial partners. 'Industrial Biotechnology' is one of the University's Research Beacons. To focus exclusively on the short-term financials is to understate the Cafe's importance to the MIB, and its position as one of the World's leading biotechnology institutes.
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    Created by Kirk Malone