The weather seems to be set for a sustained cold spell with snow and ice. All the forecasters say so. The main issue in the local media is likely to be "Traffic Chaos" - Shock! Horror! Although the Tories and independents are running the city council it is still likely that there will be criticism however muted it may be.
However, I am asking you to be more concerned about those issues that tend to get overlooked at this time.
Firstly, imagine being homeless in this weather. This is not a priority for the Tory/independent city council as they are proposing to cut £1.3m from services to homeless people.
Yes, you heard right - 1.3 MILLION POUNDS (£1,300,000) from homeless support in Stoke-on-Trent over the next two years. However, most people I know are compassionate and care. How can the 6th richest country in the world have homeless people AND treat them like this!?!? If you are aware of anyone living on the streets or in danger of becoming homeless please use the contact details above and ring 0800 970 2304.
Secondly, think about the workers. Specifically, think about those workers that work outside doing those jobs that we value so much. The city council visit every house and street every week to collect waste.
Those bin workers are out in all weathers. Normally, the only weather that defeats them is snow and ice. Sometimes this is because the collection vehicles literally can not get down streets, sometimes because of other traffic and sometimes because of the risk of injury to the staff themselves.
I know this is a valued service because if there is a delay in collection for any reason it is reported. That's fair enough and helps the service monitor where issues are arising. However, please be patient because they will turn up. The normal advice is that if your collection hasn't taken place when you expected just leave your bin out - you will not be fined if the collection hasn't happened.