Julie Johnson: we’re fighting for our fair share

Julie JohnsonI’ve lived in Birmingham since 2006 and l have been your local Labour Councillor in Weoley since being elected in 2016. I work in Birmingham City Centre for the Civil Service.

I’m extremely proud to be Labour’s candidate for the new ward of Weoley and Selly Oak standing for re-election.

I am proud to have been part of local organisations/committees such as:

  • Weoley Festival
  • We Love Weoley
  • Director of Northfield BID — representing Weoley Ward
  • Committee member of Schools, Children and Families Overview and Scrutiny Committee

In the last two years as your local Councillor, l have met lots of residents in the Ward and at local advice surgeries — not just during the election period. People in this area have suffered greatly from the Tory Government‘s cuts in benefits and the recent roll-out of Universal Credits and life is a struggle for many.

We have a wonderful community in Weoley and this was great to see at the last two Weoley Festivals where the community all came together. We successfully allocated our Ward’s £48,000 Local Innovation Funding to fantastic local organisations.

Birmingham has lost more than £650m in government funding since 2010, with more cuts this year. Tory Councillors in Birmingham keep blaming the Labour leadership of our Council, but it‘s their government that is to blame, and they have no real idea about the day-to-day struggles that many face.

We pay our share of the government‘s taxes and as a city for Birmingham‘s fair share of national spending. It’s not acceptable that parts of the country which are better off are treated more favourably.

I want everyone to receive the best services possible in our community. Our elderly people should be receiving the right support services and should feel valued and feel safe, and our young parents should be receiving improving support services. They too need to feel they are part of a community that cares. We need to meet the economic crisis by creating jobs and creating affordable housing, by making sure we have strong local communities, helping each other.

All these things are important, but we cannot escape the big picture. The Tories are starving our cities, our schools, our police and fire services and above all our wonderful NHS of the resources they need to be successful.

Of course the Tories just ignore the big issues and concentrate instead on lies about such things as the weekly refuse collection. We‘re pretty fed up with this lie in particular. Let us be clear — the bins will continue to be emptied every week. We will also continue to improve the amount we recycle.

I hope that you will put your trust in me and re-elect me and Tristan Chatfield for Weoley and Selly 0ak on Thursday 3rd May.

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