This document (see below) was buried at the back of a public information pack and compiled by Peterborough City Council Officers so we know it must be correct. Simply it says come to Peterborough and die sooner. It can only be hoped that when the dear leader Energy Company Chairman Marco Cereste next writes his glowing Town Hall Pravda column in the weekly newspaper he will ask his conservative councillors to direct all resources into the items marked in red.
Clearly the mountain of public funding flushed away so far in the Blue Sky Peterborough Ltd adventure, could have been used to tackle immediate problems. Council Leader Marco Cereste should be ashamed that he leads a local authority that is ranked 71st most deprived local authority (out of 326) and that his own officers state that 'the available jobs do not match the skills from a majority of our unemployed citizens.
Put another way all the wonderful new jobs being created by attracting firms to Peterborough will need to be filled by people living elsewhere in the country (or Europe!) He could do a headcount of his own senior management team at the PCC. Most tend to live elsewhere and commute.
Whilst we are talking about wasting money is he aware that the out of control VIVAcity seems to know more than he does? Not content with offering 'iffy' pseudo liposuction style treatments at its own beauty parlour - in direct competition with council rate paying salons - by all accounts, the machine operated by low salaried staff with very basic training and little medical knowledge They are now advertising for an artist to work with architects creating a golden route from the railway station to the town centre and statues are to be placed along the said route.
When were the architects appointed, and who are they? Our understanding is that the connecting bridge from the car park to the shopping centre is being taken down and traffic lights and pedestrian crossings are to be installed on Bourges Boulevard. What a traffic snarl up that will be. In any case property developers and possibly the new owners of the shopping mall (if it ever gets offloaded by the current owners who want to concentrate on their profitable HS2 hub malls in Birmingham) will need to stump up some 25% of the funding.
WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT POVERTY IN PETERBOROUGH?
At time of writing:
• Peterborough is ranked 71st most deprived local authority district out of a total of 326 nationally
• Nearly 36% of Peterborough’s Lower Super Output Areas are in the most deprived 20% nationally, with one featuring in the bottom 4% nationally
• Compared to the rest of the country, Peterborough’s total median annual pay (gross) is only slightly below the national average of £21,794
• Whilst numbers of job vacancies have risen, there has been an increase in Job Seeker Allowance claimants
• The available jobs do not match the skills available from a majority of our unemployed citizens
• Child poverty at 24% is significantly higher than the national average of 18%
• Life expectancy in Peterborough is significantly lower than the UK average
• 11,256 households (15.6%) live in fuel poverty, although this is slightly below the national average of 16.1%
• Over the most recent twelve months, there has been a reduction in the unemployed rate by over 2000 people within the City.
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