Vote 100 Reading: celebrating and campaigning from suffrage to citizenship
There’s one day on which everyone in Reading West has the same power, and the same voice. That’s election day. That’s why registering to vote and then using it is so important. Make sure you are signed up to vote here and make a plan for how you will vote – whether by post, proxy or by going to the polling station on election day.
There’s lots to get involved with – our facebook page is a good place to start
As the coordinator of Reading’s Vote 100 celebrations, to mark 100 years of women’s suffrage in the UK, I’m particularly encouraging women to sign up to vote and I’m also working across the community to help mark those celebrations. Thames Valley TV have covered our planning – you can watch our video here. and we have also been featured on BBC South Today and BBC Radio Berkshire.
High time to scrap the bedroom tax
Disabled couples who need separate bedrooms and separated parents who have a bedroom for the kids to stay still have to pay as do people who have been bereaved.
We knew the bedroom tax wouldn’t work –
– There just aren’t enough smaller homes for people to move to
– People need to stay close by for work, children’s school
– Discretionary Housing Payment, intended to help families in short term crisis is instead being used to reduce the impact of this cruel tax.
As a new housing minister who represents a part of Reading that has hundreds of families still affected we call on Alok Sharma, MP to recognise that the government has now no mandate for this, and to scrap the bedroom tax.
Access to the park for The Maying
As a Whitley ward councillor Rachel is working with residents of the Swallowfield Drive estate to look at improved access to the park for residents and the emergency services.
Local activists have collected petition signatures and Rachel is lobbying the housing association to respond and provide a safe pedestrian only access through to the park.
UPDATE 22nd FEBRUARY – Following Home Group’s formal consultation Rachel has had confirmation that the new gate will be installed in time for the summer holidays. SUCCESS!