Mike Lammiman Green Party
Candidate for Bricknell ward.
Response to HUU manifesto:
I endorse the Student Manifesto and see students as key members of our community.
I am a member of staff at the University and Vice President of the University branch of the University and Colleges Union at the University (the trade union for lecturers and senior administrative, computing, management and library staff of the university) and meet regularly with HUU sabbatical officers to establish links and to campaign on higher education issues. I live locally and my two children attend Bricknell Primary School.
I joined the Green Party after the last general election, disappointed at the failure of the main parties' policies to tackle the deficit without recourse to austerity measures and their failure historically to tackle the gap between rich and poor. I believe that the Green Party has the right values of fairness, social responsibility and environmental awareness.
Hull's demographic means it is especially vulnerable to spending cuts to the public sector. With the impending closure of BAe , the "caravan tax" and the relatively small private sector, we are not well placed in Hull to replace the lost public sector jobs. Unemployment is rising. 65 people are chasing every job advertised; youth unemployment is at an all-time high. Electing Green Party councillors will empower us to challenge local cuts and help direct policies and spending to the areas that need them most.
1. We need well funded schools. Education is vital to any area in times of economic difficulty. Hull is recovering from its reputation of being bottom of the league tables and having the worst academic achievements. Resources need to be directed to maintain and speed this recovery.
2. Small, local business need the Council's help to protect them from increases in rent and pressures from the supermarket chains and the big corporations. Witness the number of empty retail outlets throughout the city the Council needs to encourage businesses to re-establish themselves in Hull again. A vibrant city centre will encourage new business and bring jobs to Hull.
3. We need to increase the number of green jobs in Hull. The city is well placed to take advantage of sun, wind and water power generating technologies. The Council needs to be working to encourage companies using these resources to move here and employ local people.
4. We need affordable bus travel and car parking in the city centre. Businesses struggle if the public cannot access them. Investigating initiatives such as subsidised bus passes and tackling high parking charges will help raise revenue for retailers in the City centre.