'Friendly' Stoke is made 'unhappy' by ...

‘Friendly’ Stoke made ‘unhappy’ by government policies, says new poll

01 July 2013

‘Friendly’ Stoke residents have been made very unhappy by government’s policies, according to an independent survey commissioned by the People United - a coalition of unions including Unite, GMB, PCS, CWU and Unison.

The findings are found in a survey of 14 English towns and cities involved in this summer’s People United bus tour, which showed that the West Midlands town was the most unhappy place surveyed, but its residents were amongst the friendliest.

Money worries could be the cause why Stoke-on-Trent had the lowest number of people claiming to be happy with the way things are (four per cent), when asked what they would like the government to change.

However on the positive side a significant number said that Stoke had friendly people (24 per cent).

The People United bus, which arrives in Stoke on Wednesday 3 July offering advice and information on local campaigns between 09.00-12.00 parked at Tontine Square, Hanley ST1 1NP. On board the bus will be trade union experts and community specialists to offer advice and information on problems in and out-of-work.

People in Stoke had the joint highest number of people, along with Plymouth, facing money related issues (30 per cent) and the highest number of people claiming to be suffering from government cuts (11 per cent).

Responses for what people would like to see changed were fairly evenly spread with improving shopping and promoting the local area coming out just on top with 16 per cent.

People United is also asking people to share their ideas to get the economy growing and help build the ‘People’s manifesto’ to change our country for the better.

Unite regional officer Neil Salter said: “The people of Stoke are amongst the friendliest in the country, according to our poll.

“Unfortunately, they have been made very unhappy about the direction of government policy, with money worries and the effects of the cuts being the main causes of this unhappiness.

“People United will be in Stoke to find out more about what people have to say about improving their city and their country.

“We will also be here to offer help and support to local communities. This is a fantastic opportunity to make your voice heard and to make a difference.

“We are asking people to share their ideas to get the economy growing and help build the People’s manifesto to change our country for the better."

Survation interviewed 1,451 UK adults by telephone on 3-14 June 2013 in Leeds, Hartlepool, Hastings, Norwich, Middlesbrough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Hull, Leicester, Peterborough, Blackpool, Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent and Bristol. Data were weighted to the profile of all adults aged 18+ in the relevant cities. Survation is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.


For further information, please contact Neil Salter on 07736 026 098 the Unite press office on 0203 371 2065,