I’m very concerned about the threat to our wonderful NHS from underfunding and privatisation, and passionate that we provide good quality care for our older people Sue Tucker
Sue Tucker

I’m proud of my Yorkshire heritage, and after living and working in this area for the last 24 years, I know it well. I have worked in both the voluntary and statutory sectors: as an Early Years specialist primary school teacher in Whitby, and until recently for Scarborough council’s Home Improvement Agency. Before moving to Whitby I was an inner city community worker for Manchester Family Service Unit.

Working people need a proper living wage, and no zero-hour contracts.

As a Labour councillor I will be available for you – through regular surgeries, listening to residents’ concerns, and doing all in my power to help you and to make the changes necessary to improve our local services. I want to make a difference.

Health: I am very concerned about the threat to our wonderful NHS from underfunding and privatisation, and how that affects the service that Whitby Hospital and our GP services provide. I am currently a member of the Patient Public Involvement group for Spring Vale Surgery, and a member of both the Tees Esk Wear Valleys, and York and Humber, Foundation Trusts.

Housing: We need to build lifetime housing built that is easily adapted as we age. There must be more social and council housing available, and more extra care accommodation, supported living for people with learning disabilities, and more specialised disabled accommodation for younger people. More has to be done to prevent people from becoming homeless.

Education: I have been a primary school teacher in local schools, a teacher-governor and parent-governor. I believe in good education from early years, and lifetime learning available to all. Local play groups and affordable nursery provision are vital. Whitby Library and its staff should be supported in providing access to education and information, as well as being a venue for lots of community groups.

Social Care: I cared for my mother who had dementia so I know how hard and isolating it can be to be a carer, and how difficult it is to know what support is available and where to access it. I helped run a support group for carers with The Anchorage and then became a Well Being Officer signposting people to local statutory and voluntary services, like Whitby DAG, Trinity Centre, Caring Together. I am a Dementia Friends Champion, and Dignity in Care Champion.

Older People: I am passionate that we provide good quality care for our older people, supporting people to remain in their own homes if they wish. Care staff should be valued, trained to a high standard, and paid a living wage that reflects the hard and skilled work that they do. I am interested in end-of-life care and the importance of hospice care being available within Whitby.

Transport: We need good public transport to prevent people becoming isolated. I’m particularly concerned that elderly people struggle to do their weekly shopping, and to attend U3A classes and social groups. Free hospital transport is currently limited, and Whitby people are often unable to get to their hospital appointments.

Poverty: Child poverty, fuel poverty, food poverty are all on the increase. Why are our food and fuel prices higher than in other parts of the country? It is important that people are made aware of the welfare benefits that they are entitled to.

Employment: There need to be more Modern Apprenticeships available. Working people need a proper living wage, and no zero-hour contracts.

Environmental Issues: I am concerned about Climate Change. I want there to be a world where we can drink the water, breathe the air, and eat the food. I am opposed to fracking, and concerned about the excess use of plastics and about pollution in our seas and on our beaches. For years I organised and took part in the Marine Conservation Society beach cleans. I am a member of the Bumblebee Conservation Society, the Butterfly Conservation Society, and Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

In my spare time I read, knit and volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Society Research Network. I joined the Labour Party because I believe it is the only political party that can address all the problems we now face and combat the injustices of the world in a fair and equitable way.

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