Meeting people and walking around neighbourhoods: Currently meeting people in the run-up to the European Elections on 22nd May. Been on co-ordination exercise with the Police where officers from a range of functions discussed solving problems in The Meadows with a range of officers from the City Council; intriguing insight to new powers available to our officers over high multiple occupancy properties.
Planning for the future: best guess is that trams will be testing on Queens Walk in July, and down Meadows Way West six weeks later. Then need to explore changes in on-street parking behaviour.
838 matters have been logged for chasing (drawing from conversations, comments at meetings, phone calls, letters, e-mails, Facebook, Twitter and public comment) since October 20th, 2011.
Fuller Monthly report available at http://www.labourblogs.com/public-blog/michaeledwards/31376/ .
Campaigning session at the GMB, addressed by Labour’s Euro leader Glenis Willmott.
Discussed agin, the factories established in Britain that may be lost if Britain was outside the EU and having to pay tariffs to be part of the European market.
Meadows Advice Group’s end of year figures showing them helping to find people in need over an extra £1 million in annualised social security, way up on previous figures.
MAG report – . from 1st April 2013 to 31st March 2014 we achieved the following:
929 matters opened
£1,090,457 gained as annualised amounts
£ 217,426 benefits gained as lump sums
£ 112,603 priority debt managed
£ 162,209 non priority debt managed
In the previous year we had opened 1011 matters.
The amount of benefits gained is up by £470,842 at this stage last year, showing the value of the work we do and probably the impact of benefit changes and new harsher regimes at Department for Work and Pensions.
The amount of debt dealt with is up by £78131 on the same time last year again showing the impact of the recession and benefit changes.
Campaigning with Lilian Greenwood MP in Radford; and getting some unusual advice.
Also with Leen Valley ward Councillors Glyn Jenkins and Mohammed Saghir, meeting people on Kennington Road home zone.
Some issues picked up including at least two instances of personal chaos wrought by bedroom tax.
Amazingly, The Guardian gave space to a software package and its abilities to predict the outcomes of the football season. Not only the outcomes, but the goal scorers, the time elapsed and the manner in which goals came about.
Most corking of which was a prediction that Nottingham Forest would win their last two games and beat Derby County in the play-offs. Forest have since fallen at the first hurdle.
The prediction was generous about Shrewsbury’s last two games, although not about avoiding relegation. Well, the predicted draw didn’t happen either and Salop are down.
I’m now looking for a software package to simulate a newspaper apologising for publishing rubbish.
Ditto, UKIP and their latest election posters.