In Sheep Street, Bicester
After a day spent in Bicester Town centre, Sean said, “I found the day invaluable meeting the people of Bicester and hearing some of their concerns. The rapid expansion of Bicester and the lack of social housing came up a number of times, with one resident telling me ‘they have wrecked Bicester’. I also heard a heart rending story about a mother with a disabled child who through the imposition of the Bedroom Tax has lost £90 a week, when she actually needs more financial support not less.
One of the first things an incoming Labour government will do, Sean said, is scrap the bedroom tax and have as its priority a year on year increase in the supply of social housing – and by that I mean truly affordable housing.”
…… and with young people at BYHP
Sean Woodcock, parliamentary candidate for Banbury and Bicester, met with young people at BHYP and heard the things that were really important to them: securing safe accommodation, getting a worthwhile job and leading a ‘normal’ life.
Since 1990, BYHP has been working with Young People aged 16-25 who are homeless, inappropriately housed or at risk of becoming homeless, and has developed a range of services to assist them.
Deb Parker, BYHP’s Acting CEO, welcomed Sean and said that she was pleased that local candidates wanted to see their work, because she said, ”They can see for themselves the problems and issues young people in the Banbury community face on a day-to-day basis.
She said she was encouraging and helping young people to register to vote, because, she told them at the meeting, ”It’s the only way you can have your say in your community.”
Sean said, ”I was struck with their strong desire not only for a home they could call their own but to get out and work for a living, but unfortunately under this government there are too many barriers for them to succeed.
Some of them had experienced zero hours contracts in which they had no idea of when they were needed or how many hours work they could expect. I told them about a number of measures an incoming Labour government would instigate to support young people get decent jobs, including sorting out zero-hors contracts, more apprenticeships, a job guarantee for young people who had been unemployed for over a year and guaranteed careers advice for all teenagers.”
Finally Sean said, “I salute the valuable work Deb and her team do but I understand more clearly now why our young people have been called ‘the lost generation.’”
…. and in Banbury High Street