The people of Hartlepool love the green spaces and natural beauty of their area but want action to boost the economy, according to an independent survey commissioned by the People United - a coalition of unions including Unite, GMB, PCS, CWU and Unison.
Over a third of those surveyed (35 per cent) loved their green spaces and natural beauty making Hartlepool one of the most picturesque place surveyed, but a third of those surveyed wanted action to bring more wealth to the town with 20 per cent wanting action to create more jobs and 14 per cent wanted more action to promote the local economy.
The survey, which looked at 14 towns and cities across England involved in the People's United bus tour this summer, also found that two thirds (66 per cent) of the respondents from Hartlepool oppose the government's austerity agenda, and instead want the government to invest in jobs and growth even if it means borrowing more today.
The tour, which arrives in Hartlepool on Tuesday 2 July will be capturing the effect of the government’s failed austerity experiment on communities. The People's United bus will arrive at Church Square, Hartlepool Road TS24 7EX and will be parked there between 11.00-18.00.
People United is 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 deputy regional secretary Tas Sanga said: "Hartlepool tops our poll for residents who love the green spaces and natural beauty of the area, but the town needs more jobs and action from policymakers to support the economy.
“Our survey also suggests that people are concerned about the impact of the cuts on the NHS where the recent closure of the University Hospital's A&E has generated a lot of local opposition.
"It's no wonder that two thirds of those surveyed oppose the government's cuts and would rather see the government invest in jobs and growth even if it means borrowing more today.
"People United will be in Hartlepool to hear more about what the people of this city have to say about improving their town 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'd urge everyone to help us build the people's manifesto with ideas for decent jobs and wages, protecting our NHS and giving our young people a future."
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Notes to editors:
Survation interviewed 1,451 UK adults by telephone on 3-14 June 2013 in Blackpool, Bristol, Coventry, Leicester, Hartlepool, Hastings, Hull, Leeds, Middlesbrough, Norwich, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Stoke-on-Trent. 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.
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.