Letters to the editor: 10/11/16

(10 November, 2016)

Hundreds of families made homeless in just twelve months, child poverty, and Rotherhithe Bridge 'lycra luvvies' debate

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Take a look at this, Southwark taxpayers

Taken at 6pm in a bay along Raymouth Road, SE16.

Clamps are only put on by DVLA for non-payment of road tax. Otherwise PCNs are issued.

No wonder the council has budget cuts if they are paying £60 tickets.

Public should know where their money is going.

Unknown

 

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Bridge is not just for ‘lycra luvvies’

Carole Brady asks in Southwark News  (3 November, 2016) what difference a new pedestrian and cycle bridge from Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf would make to this area, suggesting that it would merely please the ‘lycra luvvies’ as she disparagingly calls potential users.

During the course of the Surrey Docks ward by-election and in the weeks and months since, we have spoken to hundreds of people in the Rotherhithe and Surrey Docks area and can say that the vast majority welcome the proposed bridge, which would relieve congestion on the Jubilee line, busses and local roads and provide an alternative to a quite expensive ferry crossing.

Many residents have told us that they would definitely make use of the bridge to get to and from work, either on foot or cycle, or to access banks, shops, etc.

What it needs now is for the Mayor of London not to waste any more money on the so-called garden bridge and instead invest it here, where a new bridge, for which Sir Simon Hughes and we, as local councillors, have campaigned for several years, is much needed.

Cllrs Dan Whitehead, James Okosun and David Hubber,  Surrey Docks ward Liberal Democrats

 

With 738 local families homeless let’s do something

As a Shelter supporter, I was heartbroken to find out about the growing number of homeless families in Southwark.

As a mum, I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to tell your children they have to leave the safety and security of their home.

Upsettingly, this is a problem that’s happening on your doorstep. In fact, 738 families in Southwark became homeless in the last year alone, which is twice the number who became homeless five years ago.

That’s why on 9th March 2017 I’ll be taking part in Vertical Rush – Shelter’s tower-running challenge at London’s iconic Tower 42.  It’s the second time I’ve taken part and I’ll be helping the charity raise a massive £260,000 to help families facing homelessness in the capital.

Shelter’s been tirelessly fighting bad housing and homelessness for fifty years but, despite their successes, there is still a long way to go. So join me and sign up to power up the Tower at shelter.org.uk/verticalrush.

With your help, Shelter will not rest until every child has a place to call home.

Nell McAndrew, celebrity model sent via Shelter charity

 

Shocking figures of child poverty

End Child Poverty coalition has published new figures providing a new child poverty map of the UK.

The local child poverty estimates are broken down by parliamentary constituency, local authority and ward.

Southwark had the fifth highest at 36.70%, after Hackney  at 37.10%,  Newham at 37.50%, Westminster 37.70% and Tower Hamlets 43.50%.

In terms of parliamentary constituencies Bermondsey and Old Southwark came highest in the borough with 39.50% and sixth highest in London. Camberwell and Peckham was second highest in the borough with 38.70% and eighth highest in London. Poplar and Limehouse was the highest in London with  43.70% children living in child poverty, followed by Bethnal Green and Bow at 43.20%, Hackney South and Shoreditch 40.90% , Westminster North with 40.60% and Vauxhall with 39.60%

You can find all local details here: http://www.endchildpoverty.org.uk/poverty-in-your-area-2016.

These figures highlight the shocking levels of child poverty across our capital and show there are specific challenges in London that we need to respond to.

Yes, the UK Government has a role to play in improving incomes, in particular for the large number of families who are in work – and still living in poverty. But so does the Mayor and we hope that his new strategy for London will demonstrate his desire to tackle this.

Growing up in poverty can have a profound impact on a child’s life and right now too many children’s lives are being blighted in this way.

Laura Payne, Campaign Manager, 4 in 10.

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