The Liberal Democrat Council Group in Hull have today launched a campaign with the aim to get the Government to act and save Hull's culture sector in light of the devastating news around the closure of Hull Box Office, The Welly Club and Polar Bear late last week.
The Lib Dems Shadow Shadow Cabinet Member for Culture & Leisure Cllr Rob Pritchard wrote to the Government in a plea to intervene and save the sector which had been heavily impacted bu the Covid-19 pandemic.
Hull’s Liberal Democrat group leader, Cllr Mike Ross has written to Labour’s Housing portfolio holder, calling for more action to address serious concerns in the standards of ‘supported accommodation’ in the city. This follows the news that over half of the homes for vulnerable Hull residents 'seriously' fail to meet living standards.
In the letter, Cllr Ross said that the fact so many homes had failed the Council’s checks of privately rented homes for vulnerable people was "unacceptable." He went further to add “Poor quality accommodation standards are something no person should have to endure, let alone some of the most vulnerable residents in Hull."
It has been revealed that Hull City Council’s Supported Housing Review Team has found that 60% of the homes fail the ‘decent homes standard' in their first test which has been called a "housing scandal" the Councils opposition Liberal Democrat Group.
Across Hull, it was revealed from the Councils first 60 houses inspected at random 60% failed the test pointing to a potential crisis in the quality and the management of the supported housing that homes hundreds of vulnerable people across the city.
Hull Liberal Democrats stand in solidarity with black communities here in the UK, USA and around the world. At this time, when our values are being challenged, as liberals we stand on the side of racial and social justice.
Responding to a report by Generation Rent, which has found that 'homelessness is set to treble this year ... as a result of the economic shock of coronavirus', Hull Liberal Democrat Group Leader, Councillor Mike Ross stated:
"The fact that homelessness is set to treble this year is yet more proof that the consequences of the pandemic are set to be devastating for those already struggling to get by and can afford the least to be hit. The Government must take action now to stop these statistics becoming a reality here in Hull.
The Liberal Democrats have called on the Government to commit to a Summer Learning Fund that would support 11,197 disadvantaged children across Hull to get ready for returning to school. Back the campaign here.
The Liberal Democrats have set out a package of measures that we feel would support children and help open schools safely. We're urging the Government to create a Summer Learning Fund, which would give every child on free school meals free places at summer learning camps in their community.
Research from the local Hull Liberal Democrat Group has found that 7670 EU nationals in Hull have not been granted permanent Settled Status to remain in the UK.
Local Councillor for Pickering Mark Ieronimo has said that residents in Hull and across the country should be given the automatic right to stay in the city.
Following the news that Hull's Veterans Village has been given conditional approval, a local ward Councillor has taken her concerns to the heart of Government by writing to the Secretary of State for Housing Robert Jenrick MP.
In the letter, the Derringham Councillor states that the project is "great" and "sustainable at heart" but also raises concerns with the lack of a "genuine consultation" that led to the conditional approval of the location.
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The Liberal Democrats are urging the Government to extend furlough support until it is safe for workers to return to work. They are also calling for the government to bring forward bespoke packages of support for specific sectors, such as hospitality, or face a significant increase in unemployment.
According to government statistics published this week, 31,900 people in Hull have benefited from the job retention scheme.
Following the news that the government has pushed back the date when they expect more children to return to school, a survey by Hull's Liberal Democrats shows support for a later start date.
The survey, that had over 425 respondents, was carried out by Hull's Liberal Democrats and found that the overwhelming majority do not think schools should fully return until September. Cllr Mike Ross, Lib Dem Group leader, has said that the Government must follow the science and listen to people before making their decisions adding that the approach so far has seemed rushed.
The Survey also showed that 70% of respondents were against the original schools return date of June 1st, with many commenting that the Covid-19 death and infection rates needed to fall more significantly first.