February 23, 2019


Organised by Pete McLaren of The Green, Long Lawford with the support of the Rugby Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition PO Box 4123, Rugby CV21 9BJ

We, the undersigned, call on Stagecoach Midlands to re-instate a bus service in Long Lawford to the residents of streets on the route of the former 3A service, namely Chapel St, Cross St, Round Avenue, and Holbrook Road – without detriment to other parts of the village.

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Go to https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p06yflxg to listen - wind forward 1hr 40 mins

The gist of the interview can be read in a subsequent media release, as follows:


Members of Rugby Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) have firmly blamed the introduction of Universal Credit for a massive increase in rent arrears in the town.  “Rugby was one of just six areas in the country to pilot Universal Credit from 2013, and local claimants have seen their benefits cut dramatically as a result”, Rugby TUSC spokesperson Pete McLaren told us today.  “We are therefore not surprised that figures released this week from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government show that rent arrears have increased in Rugby by £309,000 between 2013 and 2018 – a rise of 90%, the 19th highest in England out of 167 local authorities

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Part of the recent cuts to bus services by Stagecoach Midlands has been to take off the 3A from Long Lawford to Rugby.  This bus went through the heart of the village.  The 86 from Coventry to Rugby still comes into Long Lawford, and it could easily be re-routed to include Chapel St, Cross St, Round Avenue and Holbrook Rd - without detriment to stops in other parts of Long Lawford.  The petition, initiated by Rugby TUSC, can be found in the Lawford Arms, the Caldecott, and the Community Cafe which is housed in the church on Chapel St.  It will be presented to Stagecoach Midlands in  a few weeks time.


The reported comments of Stagecoach Midlands managing director Phil Medicott, in defending cuts to rural bus services in the Rugby area, illustrate just why public transport should be a service we can all use at the point of need just like education, housing or social services.  The privatisation of public transport, together with Government cuts to local councils, have combined to make providing such a service nigh impossible at a time of austerity.

Phil Medicott made the point to Warwickshire County Council that Stragecoach’s decision to leave some local areas without public transport was a commercial one based on what was and wasn’t viable as a business.  In other words, if a bus route doesn’t make a profit they will not continue to provide it.  Mr Medicott actually said he was not a ‘socially necessary’ supplier of public transport – he was the supplier of a commercial network.  This is a disgrace – our buses are a public service much needed by many p...

Article also expresses our disagreement with local Tory MP Mark Pawsey about Job Centre staff being happy with Universal Credit - that is not what our experience shows!!  Many workers at Job Centres, including Rugby, are unhappy with what they are told to do with regard to Universal Credit.  We wonder why Mark Pawsey chose to raise a question in the House of Commons regarding Job Centre staff the day after Amber Rudd announce the halting of Universal Credit's roll-out - surely not to try and divert media attention away from the main story??  Over to you Mark........

“The Rugby Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition has been campaigning against Universal Credit ever since Rugby was chosen as a pilot area for it in 2012, regularly talking to claimants outside Rugby Job Centre.  We have seen a significant rise in evictions, homelessness, food bank use and poverty in Rugby as a direct result of claimants being put on to Universal Credit, as is well documented.

"We are therefore delighted that Work and Pensions secretary Amber Rudd has today announced that the Government is scrapping plans to roll-out Universal Credit to a further three million claimants this year whilst they take stock and study the results of a new pilot scheme that will transfer just 10,000 claimants onto Universal Credit.  

"Universal Credit is fatally flawed.  The suffering it has caused claimants in Rugby needs to be seen to be believed, and we have regularly sent cases to local Tory MP Mark Pawsey, and have met with him to outline our concerns.  Cases in Rugby include a man in his...

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