Morley Train Station

Morley Train Station

The 12 weeks of improvement works at Morley train station has now been completed. The works, that includes under ground water storage tanks to prevent flooding, a reed bed and wild flower area, new and more efficient lighting, extending and resurfacing the car-park and access road and a new wall and fencing,
The increasing popularity of rail travel, nationally passenger numbers have roughly doubled in the last decade, but passenger numbers at Morley station have increased much, much more. Back in 2003 54,591 passengers used Morley station, the same figures show that in 2012 that number now stands at 347,610; a massive rise. Undoubtedly the reason for this rise is the speed, punctuality and low cost of rail travel when compared to the buses in this area. Local rail travel can be around 40% cheaper than travelling by bus.
So the increasing passenger numbers has brought better facilities. CCTV was added in early 2011, even back then the station was a bare place. But this year the platforms have been brightened up with flowers instead of weeds and the platforms and the surrounding areas are a much cleaner and brighter, thanks to the ‘Friends of Morley Station’ group, that was formed in 2012.

Blank Display?

Blank window?

Since all our political parties now put money making over the interests of of the people, I was pleased that at least in Australia the Government put the people first. In Australia the Government have past a law forcing cigarette manufacturers to pack their cigarettes in a plain pack. No more advertising or brand loyalty, because there is nothing to promote. If only our coalition Government could put people before profit. We could follow Australia, and reduce smoking even further. We could turn back the clock, and have zero promotion in bookmakers shop windows. Now they offer free £50 bets, to tempt in the young and vulnerable. At least all of the bookmakers used to pay full corporation tax. But now they avoid tax by having their head office in tax haven.

‘Clueless And Deluded’

Some think that because multi-millionaires in the UK are getting richer, and the Brexit vote hasn’t had much of an impact. But the average wage is being outstripped by rising prices, and peoples living standards are declining.
There have been changes to the NHS, resulting in more serious operations not being done within the 18 week target and people waiting in corridors in A+E. In 2015 the Conservatives put in their election manifesto a promise about making GP appointments easier. The promise has now been dropped, another broken promise. Theresa May wants the General Election to be about Brexit, lets hope that the facts about our poorly performing NHS and ailing social care do not get forgotten.

The police recorded a total of 4.8 million offences in the year ending December 2016, an annual rise of 9%. Knife crime rose 11 per cent and gun crime by 7% in the last year alone.

The cost of National debt payment paid by the Government in 2011/12 was £48 billion, in 2016/17 it was £62 billion, next year the same debt payments will amount to £68 billion. Theresa May thinks her leadership qualities are ‘Strong and Stable’, I would say ‘Clueless And Deluded’.

I am not sure if people would attribute any of these facts to Brexit, perhaps its as a result of Conservative policies? I am sure Theresa May and her wealthy family will not suffer due to reduced police and NHS funding, unlike us ordinary folk.

 

A Deceitful Government.

The Crown Prosecution Service is expected to announce before the General election in June whether around 30 Tory MPs will be criminally charged over the alleged 2015 election expenses scandal.

The Conservative Government has also broken a legal deadline to announce any changes to the state pension age, leaving millions of older voters in the dark about their future pensions. The Government is legally mandated to review the state pension age by May 7th, as set out in the 2014 Pensions Act.

The Cridland review recommended scrapping the triple-lock pension, which guarantees a minimum annual rise to the state pension by 2.5 per cent. It also recommended raising the state pension age from 67 to 68 between 2037 and 2039, which would affect almost 6 million people. For people who are younger than 30, they might find themselves working until the age of 70. Our Conservative Government are a bunch of self-serving crooks. They tell the electorate as little as possible; retiring at 70 will not be in the Conservative manifesto, not a chance, but it will happen.

The campaign group Transparency International, whose head of UK advocacy and research Rachel Davies has said: “It’s absolutely true that the UK is one of the leading financial centres for the laundering of corrupt money from overseas, whether through the property market, luxury goods or other sectors”.

The Year That Could Change Everything

The year 2016 will be remembered as one that changed all our lives, for better or worse. The UK voted narrowly to leave the European Union. We don’t yet know what that means, although it was 6 months ago. The effects of that vote is now being noticed by rising inflation and higher holidays costs. The fall of Sterling and the downward pressure on the London stock market are still having an effect on the prices in our High Streets and our pensions. The people that voted to leave the EU still feel it was justified. Those that voted to remain in the EU feel very strongly that the vote has divided everyone and has led to an increase in the fear of others.

We have seen the terrible images from Syria, and terrorist killings around the world. The terrorist acts have come from people born into that country, and also from people around the world.

Some of the weapons used in the middle east come from the UK, the UK has participated in bombings in that area that have led to millions of people fleeing for their safety.

The UK has had record numbers of inward immigration, which has fueled the UKs growing economy, but it has not helped to increase peoples living standards. It has exacerbated our housing crisis, with many young people excluded from the housing market.

So whilst we have some issues made worse by immigration, in 2017 our decisions need to be made in the interests of making the UK a safe and prosperous place to live. We must campaign to fix the issues caused by immigration, that is what our MPs are elected to do, but they are failing.

In the last three Westminster by-elections the Liberal Democrats have been the only party rising in popularity, although they only gained one parliamentary seat. The values of the Liberals Democrats are ones which will help to make the UK a better place to live. The old two party system seems to be waning. Vote for the wrong party and the result could be the election of the divisive right wing, or a wasted vote for the left.

Kind regards ..  Nigel

N Bywater

3 Oak Grove

Morley

A&E Attendances Are Up 4.1%

It was interesting that my MP, asked the Secretary of State for Health, what the average employer pension contribution is for a junior doctor. The written answer that she received was that junior doctors are at the bottom of the pile, when it comes to employer contributions. I am not sure if her intension was to highlight the plight of junior doctors under this Government. Our NHS seems to be out of the media spotlight, now that Brexit and Grammar schools are under the media spotlight.

The performance of our local NHS trusts is well below standard. The long-term trend is one of missed targets, with emergency admissions up 3.8%, diagnostic tests up 6.1% and consultant-led treatment up 4.2%. A&E attendances are up 4.1%. The NHS is a wonderful organisation, but it seems that we are getting more emergency treatment. Is this because we are less healthy and general practitioners are failing to respond due to lower budgets?

Chief executives of London’s FTSE 100 companies 10% pay rise

The High Pay Centre says chief executives of firms on London’s FTSE 100 index saw their mean average income rise by 10% in 2015. Which is rather strange because the most employees in the UK received a pay increase of around 2%; and even stranger still the FTSE 100 is down around 200 points from its peak in April 2015.
So whilst the UKs largest 100 companies are worth less on the London Stock Exchange, which is surely an accurate measure of the top executives poor performance, they are paying themselves more. Our new Prime Minister has sacked George Osborne, the man responsible for our countries economic performance. We should be showing Theresa May the yellow card, we do not want more of the same.

Vote Remain

What are the issues that make people want to leave the EU, immigration, lack of housing, getting a doctors appointment, migrants keeping wages down or being favoured when it comes to jobs?

The people to blame for 330,000 per year immigration is our last and present Government. The Conservatives have been in power for six years. When they were elected in 2010, they promised to keep net immigration to below 100,000; they made the same promise in the run up to the 2015 general election; 184,000 people came into this country from outside of the EU. If vote leave wins the referendum, they may promise nothing, or they may promise to keep net immigration to below 100,000.

Half of our immigration is from outside the EU, and half from inside the EU. So why is net immigration over 330,000 when we can control it from outside of the EU.?
We can reduce immigration now, there is no need to leave the EU. We can also build more housing and schools, with our elected representatives fighting for funding and helping the planning process. So many things are delayed or cancelled due to planning objections and strict planning rules, not the fault of the EU.

Margaret Thatcher brought in the right to buy your own council house, a very good policy. But we need to build more houses, social housing, the lack of housing is not the fault of the EU.

Our NHS is performing poorly; because of Jeremy Hunts poor handling of the doctors pay increase.
Manufacturing is already in recession, but things could get worse if we vote leave. Vote remain, but campaign for better democracy.

It is a shame that we live in a more divided country. Lets hope that after this referendum councillors and politicians can be more honest, and not scapegoat the EU, get on with their job in a positive way and fix our problems.

Poor UK economy

The Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney has given its starkest warning yet that a UK vote to leave the EU could hit the economy. Mark Carney, warned that the risks of leaving “could possibly include a technical recession”. We already have almost stagnation; In 2015, the UK’s current account deficit was £96.2 billion, how much worse can the balance in trade get?

Official UK CPI Inflation continues to hover just slightly above 0%, which is very close to stagnation, way off the Bank of Englands target of 2%. With a poor 1.6% GDP growth, most of that 1.6% is as a result of the UK population is increasing at the rate of around 1% per year, so in capital terms it means most people are actually going to feel poorer. Unless you are in charge of Beeches Academy Trust. An academy and free school trust praised by the Prime Minister has paid its chief executive a second salary passed through two separate companies, a government report has said. The UK economy only continues to grow, because of high house prices and  immigration, but in reality, that means the people of the UK are suffering.

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