All of us have been feeling the effect of rapidly rising prices throughout last year, which is showing little signs of slowing down in 2023. For many residents the pressure is becoming too much to bear. Here on Tyneside we’re known for our resilience and good sense of humour even during difficult times. This hasContinue reading “Cost of Living Support”
Category Archives: economy
Next Year’s Budget Agreed
On Thursday I took my seat at the official meeting of the Full Council to debate and vote on the council’s budget for the next financial year, 2023-2024. As always, the annual budget meeting was preceded by numerous other meetings, debates and briefings stretching back months. This was the fourth time I’ve been through theContinue reading “Next Year’s Budget Agreed”
This week I attended Full Council, the formal meeting where council business is conducted and political priorities are debated. As always, I was pleased to speak up for the people of the area on a number of issues. The most feisty part of the evening was the debate around the issue of ‘Levelling Up’. JustContinue reading “Levelling Down”
New Year, New Deal
I’d like to start by wishing a very Happy New Year to all my readers and residents. I hope you’ve had a great Christmas and that you have things to look forward to in 2023. One of the biggest things I’ll be doing during 2023, I hope, is to be voting through the massive newContinue reading “New Year, New Deal”
Christmas Markets Success
It was great to see so Northumberland Square and Howard Street full of hustle, bustle and merriment yesterday. The Christmas Markets are back in North Shields town centre this weekend and yesterday I went along with my wife to buy some Christmas gifts for family members. It was lovely to see the newly regenerated heritageContinue reading “Christmas Markets Success”
Nobody Left Behind
On Tuesday night, just ahead of England’s big game with Wales, I chaired November’s meeting of the Economic Prosperity committee. The main agenda point was “Creating An Inclusive Economy”. I’d like to take a few minutes to explain what that phrase “Inclusive Economy” is all about, and why I’m determined to ensure that here inContinue reading “Nobody Left Behind”
Good News Alert: Cheaper Travel!
Myself and my fellow Labour councillors are committed to finding as many ways as possible to support local people through the cost of living crisis. Whilst we can’t wave a magic wand over the terrible decisions made by the Tory government we will always do what we can. This week a really important policy wasContinue reading “Good News Alert: Cheaper Travel!”
Stop Press! No really!!
This week was the first time I’ve ever had to literally call “Stop Press” in the middle of a print job… Three times a year, together with my ward colleague Cllr Cath Davis, I produce a local newsletter called the ‘Preston Press’. It’s another part of our commitment to keep local residents in the loopContinue reading “Stop Press! No really!!”
Public Transport and the Economy
Last night I chaired the council’s Economic Prosperity sub-committee. This is part of the democratic function known as ‘scrutiny’ where elected members from various wards around the borough (of all parties) examine and challenge the policies, decisions and spending of the Mayor and her cabinet. You can find the reports for the meeting here. TheContinue reading “Public Transport and the Economy”
Investing in North Shields and Wallsend.
On Thursday evening I was at the bimonthly meeting of the full council to debate a range of important issues. You can see the video here and get the documents here. As I always try to do, I took the opportunity to argue for greater resources being sought to support the economic prosperity of ourContinue reading “Investing in North Shields and Wallsend.”