Time for passenger power to boost service- Gloria De Piero

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It’s time for passenger power - I’ve lost count of the amount of times residents have got in touch with me to complain about poor bus services.

It’s hardly surprising when you consider that since 2010, over 1,300 bus routes in England have been cut and most bus fares have shot up by more than 25 per cent.

Lots of big bus companies have been cutting crucial routes that local folk rely on while maximising profits and cashing in with bumper bonuses.

Enough is enough, so I’m calling for new powers that will hand powers back to local communities and save our vital bus routes before any more are allowed to disappear.

According to the latest DWP figures and independent House of Commons analysis, Personal Independence Payments introduced last year to replace Disability Living Allowance is now beset by delays and rising costs.

I find it absolutely disgraceful that almost 1,150 people in in Ashfield are still waiting for a Personal Independence Payment assessment.

It is high time ministers stepped in, rolled their sleeves up sorted out this backlog which is leaving disabled people waiting months and months for an assessment.

This is yet another example of government welfare waste which is leaving thousands of people in limbo.

Over the last few months one of the most common problems I’ve been asked to deal with has been overgrown trees, shrubbery and bushes.

It’s literally grassroots politics in action.

It might seem like a small thing to some but I can tell you now from the emails and letters I’ve received it really can be a pain.

One lady from Willow Crescent, Sutton, told me how her and her neighbours had been battling for three years just to get a huge tree cut back which was blocking all natural light getting in to their bungalows.

After one letter to the council I’m pleased to say it’s already been resolved and I even got a lovely thank you email. Happy to have helped.

Finally, I’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and I hope that 2015 is a good one for us all.

I’ll continue to work hard and be at your service.

If you need my help, want a chat or some advice then you can call 01623 720 399, email gloria.depiero.mp@parliament.uk or write to 8 Station Street, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire NG17 7AR.