The Tory rail rip-off

Rail fare season tickets have risen by around 20% since 2010

Since 2010, the Government has allowed the train companies to hit passengers in Rugby with massive fare rises of around 20 percent.

station feb 28The new fare rises came into effect on 2 January 2015. Now some season ticket holders, especially those travelling to London, find that their season ticket this month has risen by hundreds of pounds.

For example a season ticket from Rugby to London with London Midland has risen from £4,800 to £5,640, a massive £840 increase, an 18% hike since 2010.

And, a season ticket for Virgin Trains from Rugby to London Euston has risen from £6,280 to an eye-watering £7,624, an increase of £1,344, equivalent to a 21% hike since 2010. Continue reading

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Happy New Year

Claire Edwards’ message for the beginning of 2015:

We are now just 4 months away from one of the most significant general elections in a generation.

On May 7th, people in Rugby and Bulkington and across the country will have the opportunity to make a choice and it could be one of the most important choices they make. It will be a choice between a positive Labour vision that puts working people first, deals with the deficit and protects our NHS or a Tory plan where only a few at the top succeed and public services are threatened.

I’ve spent the last 18 months as Labour’s candidate for the 2015 election talking to people in this area about what they want for Rugby and the country and because their decision could make a real difference to our community and the people living here. Continue reading

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£175,000 boost for Parkfield Road site

Ambitious plans to transform a former allotment site in Newbold into a major community green space have secured £175,000 in grants.
parkfield road masterplan consultationThe council and the Newbold-on-Avon Community Partnership unveiled plans for the revamp of the former allotments off Parkfield Road in the summer, launching a public consultation.

The masterplan includes a park, play area, wildlife zones, allotments, a nature play trail, picnic area, landscaping and new footpaths.

This week the project was awarded a £100,000 grant from the Veolia Environmental Trust to develop the park and a further £75,000 grant from Waste Recycling Environmental Limited (WREN) to create the play area. Continue reading

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Passenger Power

passengerpower-logoLabour will give greater control over bus services to communities in Warwickshire

Labour has launched a new campaign this week – called ‘Passenger Power’ about putting communities and passengers in control of local bus services. Labour will hand powers back to local communities in Warwickshire to save crucial bus routes.

Across England, over 1,300 bus routes have been cut since 2010. People living in rural areas in particular are seeing their bus services disappear. In rural areas, the number of miles of local bus services has dropped by a massive 23% compared to 2010.

At the same time bus fares are rocketing going up by 25% since 2010 and increase five times faster than wage growth. Continue reading

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The cost of Bedroom Tax

New figures show Bedroom Tax has cost low-income families over £1,200

David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s Bedroom Tax has cost thousands of low-income families an average of £1,260 since it was introduced in April 2013. The latest Government figures show around 500,000 people are being charged the Bedroom Tax, paying on average £14 a week. Two thirds (330,000) of those hit are disabled and 60,000 are carers.

The next Labour Government will repeal the Bedroom Tax. But because hundreds of thousands of families affected by the Bedroom Tax can’t afford to wait that long, Labour forced a vote in the House of Commons on Wednesday 17 December. The Tories and Lib Dems again joined forces to keep this unfair penalty, and Rugby’s Conservative MP Mark Pawsey was among them. Continue reading

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Launching the TUC jobs week

The TUC’s decent jobs week runs from 15 to 21 December and is being marked by a series of events across the Midlands.
TUCjobsweek1Claire Edwards joined a street stall this weekend and handed out a Christmas card for the TUC highlighting the campaign supporting millions of people in the uk to :

  • Improve rights for zero-hour workers
  • The same decent employment rights for all
  • Equal pay for agency workers
  • Better enforcement of workplace rights for low-paid, vulnerable workers
  • Better access for all workers to union representation and collective bargaining

I believe passionately in trade unions as a force for good and wholeheartedly support the TUC’s campaign both during and after decent jobs week.

Too many people I speak to in Rugby and Bulkington are struggling to survive on short term contracts, zero hour contracts and insecure contracts of work. Surviving Christmas and the new year will bring a very stressful January and we need better rights at work and better rates of pay. For too long we have been told that labour must be flexible – but too much flexibility often means job insecurity and we all deserve better.

Joining a trade union is really important and I would urge everyone to check it out at:
tuc.org.uk/joinaunion

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Tackling the scandal of cancer patients denied life-saving treatment

The next Labour Government will make sure cancer patients get access to potentially life-saving drugs and treatment through a new annual Cancer Treatments Fund.

The problem with cancer policy under the current Government is that it prioritises one form of cancer treatment over others and places one group of patients ahead of another. This is indefensible when we know surgery and radiotherapy are responsible for nine in ten cases where cancer is cured. It is not right that 40,000 people every year who could benefit from radiotherapy are missing out.

That’s why we’ve backed Labour’s new annual fund which will build on existing provision to improve access not just to drugs but also to radiotherapy and surgery. Labour would also guarantee that any patient in receipt of a drug from the Cancer Drugs Fund would continue to be offered that drug.
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Welcoming the World Cup Winners to Rugby

Councillor Claire Edwards seconded the motion to confer the Freedom of the Borough of Rugby on the winning squad on Wednesday 10 December.
RW-1“I am delighted to be able to formally welcome members of the England Women’s Squad to Rugby, especially after winning the World Cup in such a thrilling tournament and final in Paris in August.   And particularly to congratulate a team of part timers who worked so hard and made real sacrifices to be able to play Rugby at international level representing their country. It’s particularly so when, unlike other sports and particularly male sports, you have achieved so much and held down full time jobs. Continue reading

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Our Pledge on the Economy

pledge1-1Ordinary people here in Rugby and Bulkington and across the country are struggling with the cost of living crisis and not feeling the economic recovery.

George Osborne and David Cameron would have you believe the economy was fixed but they have failed every test and broken every promise they’ve made on the economy. That’s why it’s left to the next Labour government to build the strong economic foundation we need by getting the deficit down and balancing the books in a fairer way. Continue reading

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