A visit to BYPHS

Smithills Labour candidate, Ryan Quick, had the great pleasure of visiting Bolton Young Persons Housing Scheme to view their facilities and talk about the many issues that lead to young people becoming homeless.

CEO of B.Y.P.H.S, Maura Jackson (pictured) told Ryan of some of the difficulties that residents may face that lead them to become homeless and the challenge that the organisation faces in dealing with each individuals complex needs.

Ryan said “It is reassuring to know that this lifeline is available for our most at risk young people. It was inspiring to hear of the cases where vulnerable young adults had used the services available and been able to get on and make a better life for themselves.

Nobody should be in a position where they resort to being homeless and this is particularly worrying when young people are put in positions where they may be in danger or potentially put other people at risk.

We should do all we can to support young people starting out in adulthood with good opportunities and avoid the risk and danger that homelessness often brings.”

Should Ryan be elected on 3rd May, he has promised to pledge 10% of his Councillor allowance to help tackle youth homelessness through B.Y.P.H.S.

http://www.byphs.org.uk

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575: Another blow for Smithills bus passengers 

Following the withdrawal of the vital 519 service, First Bus have this week announced further cuts to bus services. The 575, one of the most important services in the town, is one service due to be axed.

Hundreds of people use the 575 each day to commute from Bolton to the Middlebrook, working in  retail, offices and restaurants. The service is also a vital for some of Bolton’s most important leisure and cultural venues, the most obvious being the Macron Stadium.

The route is run by both First and Arriva, but First’s withdrawal means the loss of the  majority of the services on the route. There is no sign that Arriva plans to pick this up.

Our Labour candidate in Smithills, Ryan Quick, is continuing his campaign to fight for local bus services.

‘The withdrawal of the 575 is another hammer blow for Bolton’s commuters. It shows the complete failure of the current unregulated bus system where operators like First can just leave passengers high and dry. The 575 route is one of the most well used and important services in the town and its withdrawal by First is nothing short of scandalous.’

‘The Government needs to give residents more local powers so we as residents decide which bus services we need, not some executive whose only concerned with their balance sheet’.

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Bus services – a crucial lifeline for communities

Isn’t it time the North had a transport service fit for the 21st century?

With the recent withdrawal of the 519 service in Smithills, local buses have been high on the local agenda. They don’t, however, seem to be anything like a priority for national Government.

Losing the 519 bus service has effectively cut off a whole estate; made the journey into Bolton town centre more difficult for older people and people with limited mobility; and put more strain on already busy services like the 125 and 501.

If we look at the issue more broadly, there is now no longer a night bus between Bolton and Manchester – making it increasingly difficult for people to access cultural events and evening work.

The loss of these services has local implications and is part of a wider national picture. Across the country bus services are been cancelled or are under threat, cutting off whole communities from the public transport network.

The loss of one service like the 519 affects hundreds of people. Replicate this across the rest of the country and it is staggering that this issue is not higher up the political agenda.

Where bus services are still in place, ever-increasing fares are a barrier for many. How can it be right that a taxi into town is often cheaper than two people catching the 501 service, run by First?

Whilst improvements to the rail network are crucial, bus services are just as important to communities like ours in Smithills. Most public transport journeys take place on buses and a good bus network can be a lifeline for people accessing employment, services and shops.

We could have the best train service in the world running out of Bolton, but is makes little sense without a good bus network to back it up.

The problem lies in the fact that all bus services outside London are deregulated, allowing bus companies to pick and choose which services they provide and how much they charge. This needs to change.

Ryan Quick, Smithills Labour candidate said:

‘’The loss of bus services like the 519 are devastating for local communities. I will continue to make bus services a priority by campaigning to bring proper regulation into the bus network. This would ensure that bus operators can’t just walk away from routes like First did with the 519.

 When I speak to people, they feel like they have no control over the bus services in their local community and they have no one they can hold accountable or lobby. They are completely at the mercy of bus companies’ profit margins.

We aren’t asking for anything radical, just what London takes for granted. If it’s good enough for them, why shouldn’t it be for us?’’

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End the Rail Rip-Off

End the rail rip-off – standing up for local services

Today, the Government and rail companies are raising train fares by 3.6% on average, the steepest rise in 5 years. The picture for many Bolton residents is far worse, with some journeys increasing by 8.3%.

This is completely unacceptable, particularly when residents are forced to cram onto outdated trains from the 70s and 80s.

The rail system is failing which is why Ryan Quick, the Smithills Labour candidate, is supporting today’s day of action against rip off rail fares.

‘’I am campaigning today for a better rail system for Smithills residents. It cannot be right that the rail companies continue to make massive profits while overseeing a drop in standards. The Conservative Government sit idly while the cost of rail journeys continues to rise. They do not have the will or the ideas to tackle this problem.’’

Labour, on the other hand, have a plan to bring down rail fares while improving the quality and reliability of services. We will bring the system into public ownership so it is run in the interests of commuters and not shareholders.

It will be a system fit for the 21st Century.

You can join Ryan’s campaign to improve our train services by signing our petition: 

End the rail rip-off

  

Dear Transport Secretary

This January train fares have risen by an average of 3.6%, the steepest rise in 5 years. The picture for many Bolton residents is far worse, with some journeys increasing by as much as 8.3%. This is completely unacceptable, particularly when residents are forced to cram onto outdated trains from the 70s and 80s.

The Government is letting commuters in Bolton down on a daily basis. Local rail services do not provide value for money and we call on the Government to ensure that:
- services work in the interest of passengers and not train company profits
- rail fares are capped
- we have better, more reliable services
- the North West gets a fair share of investment in public transport.

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Ryan Quick: Standing up for Local Services

New Government statistics show that Smithills is getting a poor deal from the Tories

The most up to date Government figures show that the North West region has been on the receiving end of the biggest cuts to Government spending.

This is not just in cuts to the local Council but in all areas of Government spending from the police to our schools. We are already campaigning to cancel further planned cuts to our local schools but the problem goes further than that.

Smithills Labour Candidate Ryan Quick said: “It is clear from these statistics that the Tory Government does not care about us in the North. To make matters worse, in Bolton West we seem to have a Tory MP who shares that attitude”

“I have written to Bolton West’s Tory MP Chris Green to ask him to break his silence and for him to answer why his Government feels the people of Smithills are worth less than the people of the South of England.”

You can see the full details here.

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Where’s the ‘Local Voice’ now?

Concerned residents of Smithills are today faced with the prospect of having no representative on Bolton Council.

After the party suspension of Smithills Councillor Carole Swarbrick earlier this year, following her interventions in what would appear to be collusion between the Lib Dems and Ukip, Cllr Andrew Martin has decided to resign from the role of Smithills Councillor to pursue his own interests, above those of his party and of the community he deems to represent (see attached BN article).

Local resident and Labour candidate for Smithills, Ryan Quick says:

“As it stands, Smithills has no effective representation on Bolton Council, leaving the residents of Smithills voiceless.

Over the coming months there are going to be some extremely significant decisions made that effect us all as citizens of Bolton.
A new Chief Executive and a change in the leadership of the council are momentous occasions that will ultimately pave a new direction for our town and the people that live and work in it. I dont want to see Smithills residents voiceless at this time, yet unfortunately once again we have seen the interests of those individuals in the Liberal Democrat party come above the interests of the people that voted them into their privileged positions.

Lets have someone on that council who can make a refreshing difference from the politics of old, someone who has the tenacity, integrity and commitment to get the job done.”

We at Smithills Labour party have placed our faith in Ryan to offer the residents of Smithills something that goes beyond the political game playing that we have witnessed over the past year. We need someone who offers an alternative vision that will inspire the people of Smithills to share their views on how this town should be administrated.

Lets get behind Ryan and share in his energy and enthusiasm in making Smithills a place we all are proud to live. Lets make it
#Quick4Smithills

http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/…/15197204.Liberal_Democrat…/

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Protect Our Schools

Smithills Labour Party leads the local campaign to stop damaging cuts to our local school budgets.

Smithills Labour Candidate Ryan Quick says:

“As a parent I am shocked and saddened to see how drastic the cuts are to our local schools. Education is an important part of our children’s development and I fear for the opportunities that our children will not have, if these cuts are not reversed.”

“Over half a million pounds cut from OUR schools by this disgraceful government. Only LABOUR will fund our schools properly.”

You can join Ryan’s campaign to protect our school budgets by signing our petition:

Protect our schools

  

Dear Secretary of State for Education,

Schools across the country are facing devastating cuts as a result of Government changes to the school funding formula.

Unless the Government allocates additional money, schools and academies will continue to lose huge amounts in real terms cuts – schools have already been cut by £2.8bn since 2015. Head teachers are speaking of the impossible job they have to balance the books and offer the best education for all children. Yet there is worse to come.

Collectively the six schools that serve Smithills Ward, in Bolton West, will face further real term cuts of almost £600,000 between now and 2020.

These cuts will hurt us all. They will result, amongst many other things, in:

- increased class sizes,
- loss of school staff, and
- cuts to extra-curricular activities and resources.

We are demanding our Government gives our schools the funding it promised – and recognises that investment in education is an investment both in the future of our children and of our country.

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Ryan Quick for Smithills

Smithills Labour choose Ryan Quick as Local Election Candidate 2018

Ryan is a 27 year old retail worker. He is an USDAW Shop Steward and former Branch Secretary of Smithills Ward Labour Party.

As a single parent on low income, Ryan says “I am all too aware of the challenges Smithills residents face. Both young and old in our area face the brunt of the cuts under this atrocious Conservative government. I am honoured to represent the proud residents of Smithills and I am looking forward to listening to as many of you as possible in the coming months, as to how I can make sure the concerns we have are resolved.”

Ryan encourages you to get in contact with him should you wish to do so and will be happy to hear your views on what matters to you.

To contact Ryan and your Labour Team:

W: www.smithills.org

E: secretary@smithills.org

F: Smithills Matters

T: @SmithillsLabour

#QUICK4SMITHILLS

 

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