30 young people in Camborne constituency to be left struggling to pay their rent

30 young locals will be affected by the Conservative government’s decision to strip 18-21 year olds of housing benefit, research by the House of Commons library, commissioned by the Liberal Democrats has shown.

In total 18,000 young people across the country are expected to be affected. The Liberal Democrats have committed to reverse the cuts, which came into force at the beginning of this month.

Cornwall is already suffering from high levels of homelessness, with official figures showing there were nearly 100 rough sleepers in 2016. Charities have warned that stripping 18-21 year-olds of housing benefits could push more young people onto the streets, while research has shown it is likely to cost taxpayers more than it saves.

Anna Pascoe, Liberal Democrat candidate for Camborne Treswithian, commented:

“The short-sighted decision to strip under-21s of housing benefit risks pushing more young people in Camborne onto the streets. The local council will then be expected to pick up the cost of dealing with this, with no funding from central government.

Your support for me on Polling Day on May 4th will ensure a determined voice campaigning against this extra financial burden on local taxpayers.”

Two elections for the price of two

I was really disappointed to learn of Theresa May’s call for a general election earlier this week.

Certainly not because I agree with her party’s policies, in particular on the NHS and education.

The cynical decision to run a Polling Day in June for a general election just a month after voters go to the polls around the country for local council elections on May 4th shows a total lack of respect for taxpayers’ money.

The BBC estimates that the cost of running a nationwide election is over £113 million.

As we have recently seen parents being fined and taken to court for taking their children out of school in term time, I wonder why the Conservatives think it is OK to close schools to be used as Polling Stations two months running?


Anna Pascoe for Camborne Treswithian

I’m delighted to announce that I am standing for election in the Camborne Treswithian ward for Cornwall Council, Polling Day is May 4th. This ward covers Weeth, Kehelland, Treswithian and Camborne School areas of Camborne, so if that’s where you live, expect to see me or one of my team calling around very soon to listen to your views. In the meantime, do get in touch via social media or the contact me buttons.

Shop of the Week

The high street shop I’d like to promote this week is Cards For All Occasions, Trelowarren Street.
Next door to the old New Connexions church, and previously home to the JAG mobile phone shop, this business has been trading for a couple of years now, selling quality cards and giftware.
In particular their Cornish gifts range always has something suitable for an emergency present! I can also recommend their wide variety of greetings cards, especially the Cornwall landscape and heritage scenes. Well worth supporting.

Road quality in South Tehidy

I have been receiving complaints about the road surface in the South Tehidy area since my time as a candidate for this ward in 2011.
Driving through the area most days, I have been disappointed to see the surface continue to degenerate, with no apparent action taken by either of the two Cornwall Councillors who have represented the area since.
A main thoroughfare such as this needs a regular programme of resurfacing and maintenance. In the absence of action by local elected representatives, I will be writing to the Council to take up this issue.

Business Training available via BID Camborne – 13th March, 5-7pm

If your business is part of Camborne’s Business Improvement District, you may find the following seminar useful. BID Camborne’s latest newsletter details:
“In partnership with Cornwall College, BID Camborne is putting on a drop in event at the Lowenac Hotel for you to come along and discuss what training requirements you have. The event is called Spring Forward. There will be opportunity to sign up to fully funded workshops, learn more about apprenticeships and say what training would benefit your business. Even if you can only spare 5 minutes, if you are interested in training it will be time well spent. Light refreshments will be provided. Emma Pearn, a business student at Cornwall College will be visiting businesses from 24th February if you would like to know more.”
Contact info for BID Camborne can be found at http://www.cambornecando.co.uk/

Business of the Week

This week’s showcase local business is the Vfit Centre in Trenawin Lane, Connor.
I have attended classes here for a while now and it’s a very female and family friendly environment, where people of every size, shape and ability are welcomed and helped to achieve their short, medium and long term goals.
As well as the scheduled classes, there’s the opportunity for nutrition and wellbeing consultations and advice.
You can find out more information by visiting http://www.vfitcornwall.co.uk/

Save Redruth Cinema

Locals will have seen from the West Briton and heard on the grapevine that a huge leisure complex is planned for the Pool area.
I still remember Camborne Cinema closing, re-opening as a Laser Tag for a while, and then after a while of being desolate, being turned into flats.
The Regal in Redruth is a building with a huge amount of Cornish heritage to preserve and the Merlin group of cinemas has put a considerable amount of work in to developing the facilities and extending its offering over the past years.
There are already over 250 signatures to the Save Our Cinemas campaign but please do add yours so that we do not see another local cinema and town centre business squeezed out in our area.

Keep it on the High Street

I was delighted to read recently in Business Cornwall magazine that Camborne Chamber of Commerce has reported promising trading figures for the town shops. In total, 77.5% of businesses answered their survey saying that their trade had remained constant or increased above last years levels. This is great to hear and needs those who live in and around the town to keep up the good work and make sure they are visiting our quality independent traders as well as the familiar high street stores.

Camborne, Redruth and Hayle Lib Dem Summer Socials

Well, it took long enough, but it looks like some semblance of a summer is finally here!

This means its time for the local Lib Dems series of summer socials. Camborne, Redruth and Hayle summer socials are usually an informal event, taking place over a couple of hours of an evening or weekend .

These range from coffee mornings to cream teas, pizza and politics to pasty and a pint.

There will be a little light political discussion centering on your priorities for the local community and a chance to get to meet and know other members and supporters.

All are welcome and simply drop me an email or a call to let me know you’ll be attending in advance so we can make sure enough refreshments are available. The first dates will be up in the next few days so keep checking back to this site and look forward to seeing you there!