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It is almost a year since the first lock down began and since that time there are around 3 million people who have not be able to get any form of compensation for loss of earnings due to COVID-19.
These businesses are often the entrepreneurs, taking a risk to start new businesses. They are the creatives, the self employed. The small business owners. They are all tax payers but have received no help.
Kingsthorpe Councillor Sally Beardsworth says that she was pleased with the response to the recent Focus Team survey carried out in her ward. The survey was sent out before the New Year and lockdown.
Fellow team member Stewart Tolley says, “ It is important for not only to let people know what is going on in the area, but for us to listen to residents concerns.”
The top local concerns were the poor condition of local pavements and roads,: Street cleaning and litter: Some people expressed concern at the lack of facilities for young people and there is still concern about traffic through Kingsthorpe village.
Tony Woods said that, understandably given the current Covid crisis the NHS was the main national issue although Climate Change and the economy featured.
Certainly there's nothing here that will surprise Sherlock, but these surveys are an important part of an active councillor's work, they provide ammunition to be used to better residents' lives and, surprisingly often, point out issues that would be otherwise ignored.
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Local Conservatives have made allegations that West Northamptonshire Liberal Democrats have been breaking the current lockdown restrictions by continuing to use volunteers to deliver our campaign literature and in particular our new ‘Northamptonshire Citizen’ newspaper.
We want to be clear that we have at all times been following the public health guidance with respect of keeping residents and our own volunteers safe.
We suspended using volunteers to deliver our newspaper when the latest lockdown was announced, in a couple of areas deliveries continued where we paid for commercial delivery. This complies with the current advice which was further updated this week.
For those unlucky enough not to receive the newspaper we urge people to read our newspaper here.