Local Elections 2021: "I would want to make myself a voice for those who have lost out from the pandemic and economic austerity"

  Posted: 03.05.21 at 09:20 by Local Elections 2021: Paul Mumby, Labour and Co Operative candidate for Bourne South and Thurlby

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I am 27 years old and have lived almost all of those years in Bourne and the surrounding villages.

My family have lived in Lincolnshire for over a millennium, mostly as agricultural labourers. I have worked on farms myself, while I was at university, and more recently during the pandemic.

I also work for a translation company as a Project Manager, and before the pandemic was an Early Years Teacher teaching English in China. I believe the variety of the places I have worked, complements my local perspective.

As councillor, I would want to make myself a voice for those who have lost out from the pandemic and economic austerity. Whether that's advocating for private tenant’s rights, supporting the network of mutual aid organisations in our communities, or raising awareness of everyday abuse of key workers, you will always have my sympathy and solidarity.

I believe that transparency in the way the county council does its work is an overlooked issue in our area – too often the distinction between the responsibilities of overlapping parish, district and county councils are lost.

The double-hatting of Conservative county councillors on the South Kesteven district council should be brought to attention due to SKDC’s failure to meet legal obligations to their 6000 tenants.

The Government’s Social Housing Regulator had to intervene, and it’s expected to take up to 3 years until SKDC is fully compliant. All the while, the district councillors responsible for this negligence continue to simultaneously sit on the county council.

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