Charity workers, volunteers and our MP reveal their wishes for 2019


To mark the end of the year and the start of a new one, the Canterbury Journal asked a variety of people working on behalf of people what one wish they have for 2019.

Simone Field, Citizens Advice Canterbury

More information to vulnerable Universal Credit claimants about the possibilities of having housing elements paid direct to Landlords or the ability to split payments between couples.”

Keith Berry, Together Canterbury:

“If you are getting into financial difficulties, find some help as soon as possible.”

Peter Taylor-Gooby, Canterbury Food Bank

“An end to the sanctioning system which denies families their benefits for up to six months if they fail to meet any of the complex conditions as to attending appointments, making job applications or filling in forms accurately online. At any point in time about 1 in 10 of benefit claimants are suffering sanctions.”

Paula Spencer, Thanington Neighbourhood Resource Centre

“To offer hope, and in some cases aspiration, to our young people. Whatever their background many of our young people face a future without hope. For some it is the hope of being employed on a regular basis or maybe to being a home owner one day. For others it is the hope not to be in debt, not to be homeless or not to have mental health or addiction issues. Young people are our future, we must change our society to offer them a stake, a hope and a dream.”

Nick Piska, Canterbury Housing Advice Centre

“The payment of the housing cost element of Universal Credit direct to landlords without the requirement of establishing vulnerability on the part of the tenant.”

Hannah Costin, Canterbury Umbrella Centre 

“More funding for smaller services in the community, ensuring they reach more people in need and make a larger impact on those people.”

Rosie Duffield, MP for Canterbury and Whitstable

“’A Labour government, which will bring about an end to austerity and the suffering it causes. Can I also wish for a new hospital for Canterbury?”



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