Street stall on Tankerton High Street
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Campaign teams were out this morning in Tankerton & Canterbury to discuss the Chancellors Budget and discuss what it will mean to real working people.

Labour Cllr Simon Warley said “This Tory government delivered a further bleak downgraded forecast for growth, wages and productivity, at a time when the country desperately needed a game-changing budget to meet the challenges of the years ahead”.

Warning that the government was “out of touch with people’s every day struggles”, Simon highlighted that at a time where there is a “desperate need to build council homes because within our district…the Chancellor’s only proposal on housing was the abolition of stamp duty for first time buyers which nearly all independent analysts agree that this will only have the effect of raising house prices”.

Street Stalls were followed up by door knocking sessions in St Stephens and Northgate wards where people reflected on how dissappointed they were with the budget announcements.

Bernadette and Rosie holsing "Make Homes Safe" sign outside Windsor House
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Rosie Duffield MP and local Labour Councillor Bernadette Fisher visited Windsor House in Whitstable this Thursday to attend their weekly resident coffee morning. At the event Rosie launched the Labour Safer Homes appeal at Windsor House, speaking to residents about the safety lessons we should learn following the Grenfell tower tragedy. Recent research has indicated that just 2% of the UK’s council and housing association tower blocks have sprinkler systems.

In 2007 Labour made it compulsory for all new high-rise blocks to have sprinklers fitted and not it is calling for all council and housing association tower blocks, starting with those 30m (ten storeys) or higher, will ensure that:

  • No resident lives in a high-rise block without the added safety of sprinklers
  • No council or housing association cannot do this vital work because they lack the funds
  • No residents lose out on other important maintenance works or badly needed new house-building because funds are being diverted to fit sprinklers

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Rosie also heard from the residents about their road safety concerns and the new speeds at which motorists are driving down Belmont Road. Rosie is supporting the residents’ calls for a review of road safety features near to Windsor House, to allow residents to more safely walk into the town centre.

Rosie speaking to pensioners at Windsor House