Meeting hears fears on finance problems

Speakers Mark Husmann, Mollie Stevenson, Diane Pringle and Julia Charlton at the People's Assembly meeting.
Speakers Mark Husmann, Mollie Stevenson, Diane Pringle and Julia Charlton at the People's Assembly meeting.
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Concerns over lack of spending power in the region were outlined at a meeting.

A total of 40 people attended a meeting organised by North Tyneside People’s Assembly to discuss issues around austerity and the impact lack of income in households is having.

A panel made up of Northumbria University lecturers Mark Husman and Julia Charlton and mother of three Diane Pringle outlined issues close to home, including the use of foodbanks and choosing food over heating, plus the impact on health.

Organiser Joan Hewitt said: “It is clear that people who are suffering the most from the cuts find it hard to come to a meeting like this.

“There is a lack of confidence that politics has anything to offer them.”

Benjamin Maley, eight, read out his letter to Prime Minister David Cameron asking him to ‘redo the election’ because he was very worried about hospitals.

He has had two replies: from Downing Street, who have passed the letter onto the Department of Health; and Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell who invited him to visit the House of Commons if ever in London.

Benjamin wants to set up a debating group at his school, Monkhouse Primary, and the school is supportive.