The Conservative Government is starving local councils of funding, which is having disastrous consequences for our public services. The only care home in Sandwich is being threatened with closure.
As part of a wider community conversation, I’ve been giving thought to the kind of policies that would improve the fortunes of South Thanet.
A right-wing think-tank with the ear of the Government has proposed that the state pension age is raised. This would be catastrophic for the people of South Thanet.
The selective education system in Kent dictates the path of people’s lives from the age of eleven. I’m committed to ensuring that the abilities of all children and young people are encouraged equally and that everyone has access to lifelong learning.
We need to grow ethical employment and encourage apprenticeships and mentoring. I’m committed to ensuring that we work together to draw up an ethical and sustainable economic plan for South Thanet.
There’s a direct relationship between housing quality and mental health, which has a knock-on effect on physical health. I’m committed to ensuring that everyone in South Thanet has access to a high-quality, affordable, secure home.
The current Government is starving health and social care of much-needed funds and privatising parts of the NHS by stealth. I’m a committed member of Save Our NHS in Kent, which will continue to resist cuts and closures proposed by our health commissioners.
I believe the arts and culture are for everyone as both spectators and creators. Engagement with the arts can help to overcome inequalities. I’m committed to ensuring that everyone in South Thanet has access to creative and cultural activity.