The public consultation will take place from Monday 3 September to Monday 1 October
From 3 September, search for ‘Brighton Hill Roundabout’ at www.hants.gov.uk/transportschemes for
details and to fill in the online questionnaire.
Like me you have had a letter from your GP practice to tell us about a proposed merger between the Gillies, Camrose and Hackwood surgeries.
I understand that GPs Surgeries are finding it difficult to cope as the demands on them increase but is merging three hard pushed surgeries in to one supersized partnership looking after a massive 44,500 people really the answer?
The letter indicates cost savings would be made, but not exactly how appointment waiting times will be reduced. It’s difficult to see how the proposed merger will improve patient services and respond to future needs.
Most of us wait several weeks for a routine Doctors appointment, and I am not confident that the proposals outline will do anything to solve that.
Presumably the cost savings in mentioned in the letter will include rationalising reception, telephone and administration services.
How much harder will it be to get through on the phone for an appointment when the phone system will have three times the number of people trying to get through.
I share the concerns of many that only having one practice offering a “Duty Doctor Clinic” means that anyone needing an urgent appointment will have to go to the Camrose surgery in South Ham no matter where they live.
I am also concerned about the legal status of the new partnership and whether this is further privatisation of the NHS through the backdoor.
This is the sort of question you have been asking me during our conversations on the doorstep.
To help the Basingstoke Labour Councillor team represent your views in the forthcoming consultation please leave your comments.
Things people have already mentioned include:
- Losing the relationship with the doctors, nurses and practitioners that you know, and that know you and understand your issues.
- Worries about getting through on the phone for appointments
- The distances to travel between surgeries.
- The cost of bus journeys
- Travel difficulties for the elderly, disabled and those with young children
Let us know if this or anything else affects you to.
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My Pledges to you
I will fight to save local bus services and the free bus pass for the OAP’s and disabled. I’ll oppose the Conservative cuts to the Brighton Hill’s bus service.
Help me campaign for more police on the beat. With 1000 less Hampshire police officers, tackling local crime and antisocial behaviour will be impossible. I want to see more police not less.
I want to see more investment in parking solutions and an end to the pothole epidemic in our roads.
I will oppose the Tory tip tax, charging to use the Wade Road tip will increase local fly tipping.
I will defend our sports pitches, parks and play areas from neglect and development. Our children need safe spaces to play in and our green spaces improve air quality and the environment.
I will campaign for regulation of local landlords. High rents and badly maintained properties are not good for tenants or their neighbours.
I will defend the Brighton Hill District Centre and support our local shops and small businesses.
“Housing Hunger Games”
Our local Conservative MP dismisses claims that there is a housing crisis as “outrageous”.
In a front-page article of the Gazette she claims that Basingstoke “has built more homes than any other area in the past two decades”.
Yet the National Housing Federation that says that in Basingstoke the shortfall in housing between 2012 and 2016 was 2343 homes, the second highest in Hampshire.
This shortfall in housing contributes to house prices skyrocketing and the average house is now over £326,000, ten times more than the areas ‘average’ salary.
This coupled with eye wateringly high rents makes the picture very grim indeed for our local young people wanting to have a place to call their own. Typically 40% of income goes on rent alone, making it impossible to save for a deposit.
The Councils performance in respect of social and affordable housing is nothing to be proud of either as they constantly fail to meet their own targets in building affordable housing.
Just recently a Brighton Hill resident was telling me how one of their children had been on the waiting list nearly a decade and were still unable to secure a home.
Even once accepted onto the housing register its necessary to “bid” against other people for available properties. It’s possible to be competing with more than 170 people for the same property in Brighton Hill.
I want to see an end to this situation which resembles a “Housing Hunger Games” and ensure that as a town we provide good quality and affordable homes for all our residents.
Last year the Tory council decided to increase its property investments by 30 million pounds. It will fund these property acquisitions from our council tax and by making cuts to services.
I want to make sure that any property investment is in reasonably priced housing for local people– not business premises for commercial rental.
Vote for me on 3 May and I promise I will work hard to tackle the housing crisis in Basingstoke.
THE HOUSING FACTS
How many houses does the council say it will build each year?
What was the number of affordable houses the council said it would build?
How many were actually built?
What’s the Basingstoke average house price
What’s the average deposit a first-time buyer needs?
10-20% of purchase price
What’s the average monthly private rental for a 3 bed house
£1000 per month
How much is a 20% deposit for an averaged price house?
What’s your assessment of the housing prospects of young people?
WASPI – Women against state pension inequality
In his Budget statement on 30 November 1993, the then Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer, Ken Clarke, announced that the Government had decided to equalise the State Pensionable Age (SPA) to 65. This meant the age at which state pension would be paid for men and women would change so that both would retire at age 65.
The legislation to enact this was the Pensions Bill 1995. The change would not start for 15 years and would be phased in over ten years starting in 2010.
This meant that no one would be affected until 2010 and that there would be a gradual phasing in of the increased retirement age over a ten year period between 2010 and 2020. So by 2020 everyone would retire at 65.
What the conservatives did next..
However, in 2011 the Conservative led Coalition Government decided to change the state pension age to 66 by 2020. To do this they accelerated the original 1995 timetable for change so that everyone would have a SPA of 65 in 2018 rather than 2020 as planned.
In 2014 the Conservative Government decided to accelerate the planned rate of change for increasing the age to 68 so that state pension age would be 67 in 2028.
Again, no notice was sent to the affected individuals.
Women born in the 1950s argue they have been hit particularly hard with significant changes to their State Pensionable Age imposed with a lack of appropriate notification.
In many cases women have been left with a 6 year pension deficit.
Brighton Hill has a very high percentage of women born in the 1950’s at risk because of these unfair pension changes.
The first women to be affected by the increased age would be those born in 1950. All women born during 1950-1955 would have their pensionable age increased on a sliding scale for ten years. In 2020 all women would retire at 65 – those born in 1st April 1955 onwards.
In 2007 the retirement age was increase to 68 and this was to be introduced between 2024 and 2046. This was planned to happen over a 22 year transition period after the change to 65 would be completed in 2020.
… and the misery it caused.
The effect of this was a “double whammy” for a specific group of women born in the 1950’s who would now by subjected to significant change over a very short period of time.
For example, a woman born in September 1954 originally expected to retire at 60, this was changed to 64, then changed to 65 and changed yet again to 66.
These changes have had devastating effects on significant numbers of women. Some made life decisions such as accepting early retirement or voluntary redundancy in the mistaken belief they were due to receive a state pension which did not then materialise.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has said “The income poverty rate among 60 to 62-year-old women was pushed up substantially,” Before the changes women aged 60-62 had average weekly individual incomes of £234, but now these weekly incomes were £50 less.
According to the IFS the rates of absolute income poverty, which means having an income below 60 per cent of the average — rose 8.7 per cent before housing costs, from 14.7 per cent pre-pension changes.
Sue was born 1954 expected and planned to receive her state pension at 60 in 2014. Was told in 2012 she couldn’t retire until 2020 at 66. A 2 year notice of a 6 year change.
Anita was told just before she was 60 that her State Pension would be delayed until she was 62. Not long afterwards she was then told she would not get her pension until she was 65. Two changes due to the double whammy effect. Less than 2 years notice of a 5 year change.
So far the Basingstoke Borough Council has not signed up to supporting fairer transitional arrangements for women born in the 1950’s in the same way that many other councils have. To do so would strengthen to message to the government that action is needed.
If elected I promise to lobby the council to take this step so that the financial future of affected women in Brighton Hill has a greater prospect of protection.
Leave a comment if you support this action.
An important part of a local councillors’ role is making sure the views of all residents are both heard and acted upon when the Council makes policy decisions.
One way we can collect your views is by asking you directly and we will be doing this by coming and talking to you directly in Brighton Hill.
Understanding what is important to you and how you would like to see the future develop for Brighton Hill is very important to us, so we hope you will set aside a few minutes to complete the survey and talk to us when we are knocking on doors. It won’t take any longer than making a cup of tea.
As well as by using the form we will post through the letterbox you can complete the survey below.