Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Shadow Minister Caroline Flint visits Woodnook, Accrington to see impact of Government of cuts

Graham Jones MP out
campaigning in
Haslingden & Hyndburn
with Shadow Secretary
of State Caroline Flint
Hyndburn Borough has been hit unfairly hard by the governments austerity cuts and the decision not to spend the remaining Housing Market Renewal money in Woodnook has left the area looking like as one resident said 'a ghetto'.

Caroline Flint, Labour's Shadow Local Government minister came to Woodnook to take a look at the the problems in the area and stayed even longer to canvass residents on the doorstep and find out what they thought.

Swinging government cuts have seen the scrapping of the Worklessness fund, the Housing regeneration grants axed, the scarping of the Future Jobs Fund, EMA and tripling of Student Fee's at the local University in Preston. The Council has been hardest hit with the biggest cuts in the country.


Plans for a £30million makeover of Woodnook have now been axed leaving the area abandoned. Remaining housing monies have been diverted to fund Conservative election giveaways in marginal wards.

Graham Jones

"I am delighted that Caroline has come to Hyndburn to see the housing problems we have. Old houses in need of much repair and infestation of greedy private landlords. Caroline cares about these issues and took the time to knock on as many doors and listen to what people in the area had to say."

"The government need to not just listen on the economy, they need to keep to their promise of not cutting the deficit on the backs of the poor and areas like Hyndburn which under the Tories has plumetted to the 34th most deprived constituency in country"

Graham Jones MP out campaigning in
Haslingden & Hyndburn
with Shadow Secretary of State Caroline Flint