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Young People priced out as Tories snub affordable housing 
 

Tristan Osborne, the Labour PPC for Chatham & Aylesford, has attacked the Medway Conservative administration for weakening its allocation for affordable housing from a minimum of 25% on newly built homes at a time when 11,366 working people from 20-34 are still living with their parents across Medway.
The figures, revealed by Shelter, have found that one in four 20 to 34-year-olds in England are in work but living back home with their parents. In total that is 1.97 million.

Across Medway an above average 28% of young working people between 20-34, or 11,366 people, are still living at home yet last week the Medway Conservative administration agreed to water down affordable housing rules across the borough from a fixed 25% on all new developments.
In Tonbridge and Malling the figure is worse, with 4,698 or 31% of young working people from 20-34 still living at home.

This week Labour launched its Help to Build initiative in Kent which will give small and medium sized construction companies finance to build more affordable homes. This will boost business for thousands of those that work in the construction industry across Kent and Medway.

The move by the Medway Conservatives comes after they spent £2m of taxpayers money on a Planning Strategy rejected by the Planning Inspectorate.
 
Cllr Tris Osborne said;
 
"Last week the Medway Tories watered down the 25% affordable housing requirement for local development so allowing developers to propose a far high percentage of development that is out of the price range for thousands of young aspiring adults.

"With thousands of people living at home and/or stuck in rent the move by the Medway Conservative administration will leave a lack of affordable housing supply just at the time we need it"

 
"With over 11,000 people of young people from 20-34 living at home it is clear we need a policy to develop housing on brownfield sites in Medway and a key message to developers that a quarter needs to be affordable so that young people who aspire to own their own home can. We need a Help to Build policy that will allow small and medium sized building companies access to finance to help fill this affordable housing gap."


 
Editor Notes

Shelter Report - Almost 2 million young people still living with mum or dad
Channel 4 News - Young People living at home heat map
Medway Council Overview & Scrutiny Report - Draft Guide to Developer Contributions(Section 5.1.5).
 

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A survey about the state of the health service in Chatham & Aylesford launched this weekend days after bosses at the Medway Maritime Hospital were told to make urgent improvements by the Care Quality Commission and in the same month as a survey found it’s getting harder to see a GP.

An IPSOS-Mori GP Survey poll for NHS England found that, in the past two years, the proportion of people saying it was not easy to get through on the phone rose from 18% to 24%. When they did get through 11% were unable to get an appointment.

An Imperial College London School of Public Health Report from 2012/13 also estimates that 5.77 million who couldn’t see GPs went to A&Es – as many as one in four of casualty department arrivals. One in four GP surgeries closes one afternoon a week while cutting back on care at weekends or in evenings. At least two million people wait three weeks for an appointment with their GP.

The survey in Chatham & Aylesford is being launched by Tris Osborne, Labour’s parliamentary candidate in the area, and aims to get a wider picture of the problems people face.
 
GP waiting times, privatisation and the pressures on A&E are topics covered in the survey.

Medway Labour has consistently warned Conservative MPs about rising A&E waiting times and earlier this year we called on Conservative Councillors to reject any back-door privatisation clause that may impact our local Medway Maritime hospital. Conservatives voted down the Labour motion so giving a green light to a potential back-door privatisation of services.
 
Tristan Osborne, who’s standing for Labour in Chatham & Aylesford, said:

“We hear anecdotal evidence that people trying to get access to GP surgeries across Kent are choosing to go to directly to A&E because of a reduction in services since 2010 and I want to get a clearer picture of the problem areas and how we can make improvements. 

"If GP surgeries were given appropriate support by the Coalition government we would see a reduction in A&E admissions without having to resort to emergency measures with locums and other non-permanent staffing filling gaps."


"Labour has guaranteed a GP appointment within 48 hours if elected next year and this will reduce A&E admissions in both Medway and Maidstone Hospitals; unlike the Tories you can trust the NHS in Labour's hands."
 

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 Armed Forces Day, 28 June 2014

Tristan Osborne, Labour PPC for Chatham and Aylesford,  speaking on Armed Forces Day, said:

“Today people up and down the country will gather to recognise, remember and pay tribute to the sacrifices made by the British Armed Forces community.

 

"Our Service personnel work around the world in some of the most dangerous situations to defend Britain’s interests and national security. Just like those before them, they do so with unequivocal commitment, enduring professionalism and resolute courage.

“But the sacrifice associated with military life is rarely endured alone – we must not forget the impact on the friends and families of those who serve too. They provide invaluable support to loved ones away from home and the contribution they make to local communities should never be underestimated.

 

“Labour is proud of Britain’s Armed Forces and we believe they deserve to be treated with the utmost respect. That is why Labour has pledged to outlaw discrimination against and abuse of members of the Armed Forces in the first year of a Labour Government. We are also committed to providing better support for veterans and those currently serving, along with those making the transition from military to civilian life.”

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