Statement from Corin Jarvis
We invited them to tell you a little about who they are, any political history and about their political leanings.
I have lived in Acton for over 3 years now and have lived most my life in Wrexham, attending school, college and working various jobs in the county. Although I started my professional life in accountancy, I wanted to make a difference in the community and spent 4 years working in the care system with vulnerable children and young people. I am now a student at Chester University. I am standing for Welsh Labour because I strongly believe that everyone should have the opportunity to be heard, no matter their background.
Questions & Answers
1. What are the three biggest issues for your ward, how do you think they need to be resolved, and what will you do to achieve it?
- Our green spaces such as Acton Park are precious resources, so I promise to protect all our green spaces and make our environment cleaner and safer. - I am acutely aware of the impact of the cost-of-living crisis, I will be a strong voice on Wrexham Council to support residents in the most appropriate way possible. - Your concerns will be my concerns – I will keep you informed with regular newsletters, a Facebook page and local surgeries.
2. What do you think needs to be done to help Wrexham recover from the pandemic and what hands-on-role can you play as a councillor ?
We should be striving to be the greenest county, providing affordable greener homes for the future, creating a sustainable local public transport system and tackling unemployment with an economic growth strategy at the centre of our planning. These are just some of the foundations we can implement for a better greener future after the pandemic.
3. As a councillor you may have the chance to take on further roles eg. Lead Member, Audit, Scrutiny. What appeals to you and what skills do you bring to that role?
The Labour Group employs a democratic process of electing members to committees to ensure that the best person is elected for every role. I have worked in different sectors as a teenager and adult including, accountancy, business, retail, hospitality and care and I believe, over the years, I have gained many skills from my education and my career. My experiences working in residential care have taught me how to advocate for individuals and give them a voice. I am especially passionate about advocating for equality and equal opportunities and think it is vital to support the most vulnerable in our society. I trust that my skills and experience will be recognised by the Labour Group.
4. What do the words climate emergency mean to you and your ward?
A Wales Climate Emergency was declared in 2019 and it is essential that we continue to strive to become a greener ward, county and country as a whole. The council must work together to create a fairer and healthier society for Wrexham to ensure the next generation do not have to deal with irreversible consequences.
5. What is the biggest thing you would have done differently from the ruling administration over the last 5 years? (Or, if you were part of the Administration - what would you have done differently?)
The current administration has seen secondary schools fall into special measures and Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) and Estyn have put the council into a cause for concern category with regards to its delivery of social care and education. Education and social care are such important departments, and, without doubt, the people of Wrexham deserve better than this poor standard of delivery. We need a review of what has gone wrong and must address the areas of concern so that all Wrexham residents have confidence in the service provision of the local authority.
6. Local health pressures are well documented, from delayed ambulances to issues in the hospital. How can the council help resolve those problems?
The UK has an issue with GP contracts ending, leaving many practices without an adequate amount of GP’s, or leaving the practice with no choice but to close all together. The council can work with the health board to bring in community health hubs to help residents avoid long queues and wait times when trying to access medical support. This approach will also avoid unnecessary pressures on our local hospital.
7. What will you do on a local level to help support people in your ward affected by the cost of living crisis?
The council must utilise all funding the Welsh Government has provided to help support residents during this financial crisis. I would ensure that residents can easily access support services available when they need to. It would also be a matter of raising awareness of what support can be accessed.
8. How would you improve the local education system?
Although all schools are autonomous, they have a statutory right to be supported by the local authority. I would advocate for a more supported and connected education system, one that is completely inclusive. Every child matters and the system must support the needs of all our children and enable them all to fulfil their potential.
9. When the public view the Full Council meeting in June, do you envision you could be part of a Party, Group or coalition, and if so, specifically who and why?
The full council will be determined by the votes of the residents. It is our job as councillors to, after the election, work together for the people of Wrexham County Borough. The council has been run by an Independent and Tory coalition for too long and it is time to vote for change. This election must be about the whole town not just one ward, as we have witnessed 5 years of failure by the current Independent/Tory administration.
10. This is a noteworthy election with 16 and 17 year olds now able to vote, what have you done to engage this new electorate and what do you think is the biggest issue for them locally ?
I have encouraged young people to register to vote and have their say. They are facing a huge cost of living crisis, the high cost of housing and a climate emergency. All things caused by previous generations. They also have an increase in mental health challenges, and it is vital we now include them in votes that will shape their future.
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You’ll be given a ballot paper containing a list of the people, parties or the options you can vote for.
- Take your ballot paper into a polling booth.
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- Put it in the ballot box.
OTHER CANDIDATES FOR Acton and Maesydre
- Welsh Conservative Party
- Plaid Cymru
- Plaid Cymru
- Green Party
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