My name is Anna and I am currently in my final year of a social science degree at North Lindsey which involves a number of different subjects, one of which is politics. I'm a mum of 2 and was born and bred in Scunthorpe.
I am volunteering in Nic’s office to gain some experience in this area by looking at the duties Nic and his team undertake at the local constituency office.
I thought I would use my first blog to talk about the contentious issue that is Universal credit. This is relatively new to the Scunthorpe area with it being rolled out last week by the jobcentre. From the outside it appears that this is a great way to help people manage their money more efficiently. However, it has to be noted that nationally, where it is already in place, there have been many reported problems, and the main one is that many claimants have developed significant rent arrears.
Nic, back in September, asked for the Government to reconsider the expansion of it, to attempt to ease the pressures present already in the areas where it is already in place. At the very least, there should be agencies in place where claimants can get any help they may need, especially with the housing benefit element. Some of the requests put forward during a meeting by landlords at a round table meeting, were to end the 7 day waiting period for new claims. To improve the digital element for full service and to create a transitional funding pot so that landlords can support vulnerable tenants.
Whether this will affect Scunthorpe residents in the same way remains to be seen as it is still in its infancy in this area.
My name is Anna and I am currently in my final year of a social science degree at North Lindsey which involves a number of different subjects, one of which...
Today is my final day in Nic’s office before tomorrow’s move to university! What better way to spend my last day in Scunthorpe than with politics and cake?
It’s been around a year and a half since I first visited Nic’s office and it has been an incredible adventure! From writing emails, blog posts and research to even attending training courses and visiting Westminster multiple times and much much more.
I am incredibly grateful for all the opportunities that have been given to me by Nic and his team throughout the year and a half that I have been coming to the office.
Although this may be my last update for a while, it will not be the last. Whether it’s in my third year of university when I’m on placement in Parliament (hopefully with Nic!) or in the time I visit home during my entire time at university, I can guarantee that I will return.
So to conclude, farewell for now but I shall see you again soon.
Today is my final day in Nic’s office before tomorrow’s move to university! What better way to spend my last day in Scunthorpe than with politics and cake?...
As a current student of Politics at the University of York, I’m excited to gain some ‘hands-on’ experience within the political world. Having recently joined the Labour Party, I decided that it was appropriate to assist in building a fairer society in a time of great political turmoil. We face numerous challenges both locally and nationally, which threaten to undermine the quality of services provided to the many. Therefore, it is in my firm belief that only a Labour government can fully address these issues. In the era of debate on such ‘high political issues’ in which it is easy to forget the issues faced by real people, I look forward to helping resolve the daily issues faced by real people in Nic’s constituency.
As a member of York United Nations Association, I have a keen interest in international affairs. This, alongside my position as International Organisations editor for the York Politics Review leads me to be disappointed in the outcome of the 2016 Referendum on membership of the European Union. However, it is extremely important we respect the due course of democracy. Thereby, it is extremely difficult to find any support for the Great Repeal Bill, with the slant of due process and parliamentary scrutiny with the proposed Henry VIII clauses.
As a current student of Politics at the University of York, I’m excited to gain some ‘hands-on’ experience within the political world. Having recently joined the Labour Party, I decided...
Now that A-Level results are over, it’s becoming ever closer to the move to university! This is my next step in life (and a very exciting one!) This is a very hard time for both students and parents. Parents are facing their realisation that their kids will be flying from the nest. It can also be a hard time for students who haven’t been able to get a place in university and are going through the process of clearing (which is a very good process to allow students to still get into university).
In September I’ll be moving from Scunthorpe to the city of Hull to begin my degree at the University of Hull. I’m sure it’ll be no surprise that I’ll be studying a politics degree! In particular, British Politics and Legislative Studies. This course offers a year in placement, in the House of Parliament! When in Parliament I’ll be working for an MP (and I’m hoping for Nic!) whilst also carrying out research tasks etc for my degree. This is an incredible opportunity- even if I am dreading the cost of living in London!
I’ll also have the advantage whilst being in Parliament of already knowing my way around, alongside a few other bits! Though saying that, I can make my way through some places but a lot of Parliament is a maze and incredibly easy to get lost within.
It’s also been over a year and a half since the first time I came to Nic’s office and so much has happened and changed for me. Without the experience I’ve gained, I wouldn’t have got an unconditional offer for my course and I certainly wouldn’t be packed and awaiting the move in day! This is something I am incredibly thankful for.
Due to this, this may be one of the last blog updates from me for a while, till I return from the world of university again.
Now that A-Level results are over, it’s becoming ever closer to the move to university! This is my next step in life (and a very exciting one!) This is...
It’s been a fair few weeks since I last came into the office, due to all my college deadlines falling within the same few days. Sadly, with my exams all falling soon, my posts will be less frequent also. One of the most exciting things happening for me at the current time is preparation for university, where I have accepted an unconditional offer to study British Politics and Legislative Studies at the University of Hull- a course with a year working within Parliament. To be able to work within Parliament, for any period of time, is surreal and to have the chance to spend a year working there is something I am eagerly anticipating. The course gives the students a choice of who they wish to be with, from those who are interested, which includes backbench MPs, Cabinet Ministers, Shadow Cabinet Ministers and even members of the House of Lords. For me, this year will be 2020 which will make the time even more intriguing as this will also be the next General Election. This is something that I would not have achieved without the skills and experiences that I’ve gained from my time in Nic’s office so far.
Despite A-Level results not mattering to the university, when you have an unconditional offer, it is extremely important that you still do the best that you can. A-Level results are something that will stay with you for life! It is with this in mind, that I am resitting some exams from my first year of college alongside spending my free time revising.
I’ve also been carrying out a wide range of political reading, both to further my knowledge and to prepare myself for university. The books I’ve been reading have given me insight into many political theories and the realities and impacts politics has on the world- with some giving me insight into subjects I was very unaware of. For example I am currently reading about geopolitics- which is the effect of geography on politics. There are very interesting areas, which will also give me more knowledge that I could use within my A-Level exams. Inspired by studying an extended project, I’ve also been carrying out in detail research into areas that I haven’t considered before.
I’ve also been planning my next trip to Parliament, where I’m aiming to go shortly after my exams are completed! What a great way to end such a stressful period of time.
It’s been a fair few weeks since I last came into the office, due to all my college deadlines falling within the same few days. Sadly, with my exams all...