15/04/2012 Sunday Politics North East and Cumbria


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In the North East and Cumbria: Steelmaking returns to Teesside and


there's more investment at Nissan. Are they pointers to the region's


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Will it be a yes or or ran off. We invite the campaigners to make


their case. As well as the latest good news for steelmaking, good


news for Nissan. My guest Sark Ian Mearns, and Mary Trevelyan and Neil


Bradbury. This week, Cumbria County Council


closed one care home or while keeping two Coppin. The majority of


councils have stopped running care homes.


A partial victory for campaigners from west Cumbria. 10,000 people


signed petitions to close three care homes. Cumbria County Council


changed tack and voted to keep two or pin. She is 96 and deserves that


right to live where she chooses. She will be pleased. The news


delighted staff at Richmond Park which has also staying open. I am


extremely disappointed that would Lyons is closing. It does fantastic


work. We are devastated. I am delighted that Richmond Park will


stay open. The reprieve goes against a pattern of closing public


sector homes. No us has never been about saving money, it is about


Updating care for the elderly. have pleased some residents and


their families by keeping two homes Open. Have they ducked the


important questions? You went through this prop -- process. Has


Cumbria abduct a decision? That is the duty of local government. Every


council must decide what is right for them. They have made the right


decision for them. In Northumberland, we made the right


decision on care homes. Then we ticks the decision on day-care. We


are moving care provision and to the voluntary sector. We are able


to provide more care for more people. It has been a great success.


The problem is that you get a lot of flak. It is a traumatic


experience potentially far older people. Is a resolution. You do not


get awards for making these decisions. It was a hard process.


There was a lot of vigorous debate but that is good. Looking back,


from my experience, people are happy with the change. There were


fears and concerns, understandably, from people who had used the


facilities for a long time. It is understandable and easy to support


can make -- campaigners. Is that always the right decision? In the


case of what has happened in Cumbria, the two homes that have


been reprieved are popular. I hope that it is the right decision for


those people and for their families. I think that other models need to


be explored. The council in Gateshead, the voluntary sector and


what we produced was a better example. I think it is worth


investigating what else is available. Is there a danger that


when councils get out of this sector, it is the private sector


that takes over? The there is always a danger. It is the


responsibility of the Care Quality Commission to make sure what is


there is of good quality. We have seen in the early part of this year


problems with capacity because of decisions taken by the Secretary of


State. You campaigned and were you not wrong in the end? I think the


issue that is difficult is that the people we are talking about who


need protection by councils are the very elderly, those with dementia a


book is people are living longer. At 70, I hop to be fit and healthy.


When I and 85, there will still be a need for people who do not have


family. They need to be protected. Keren the warm is fine to a point.


For councils to make sure that the people who are most vulnerable are


protected. We neglect people latter peril. Can the private sector can


be trusted to look after old people? The operators are keeping


on top of what is going on. Northumberland has a very good


provision in South -- in place. That is something that the part of


the Social Care Bill really needs to look at. We pay more are in


Northumberland than another places. He it is pointing out -- worth


pointing out that almost 600 Care Commission inspections were


cancelled. In two weeks time, voters in Newcastle will choose


whether they want an elected mayor in the city. Campaigning has been


low-key. To hear both sides of the argument, I went on a journey


across the city with two campaigners, one each from the Yes


and No camp. The corridors of power, this is where Newcastle is governed.


Voters will decide next month whether they want an elected mayor.


Time for the campaigners to make their cases. Most people are more


concerned about their pavements and bins. I wonder whether electing a


mayor will make a difference. There will be a focus on whether people


are more concerned with bigger issues. 25 % of people can name


their council leader. Leaders are picked from smoke-filled rooms. 57


% of people who have an elected mayor can mean that Meir. --


elected mayor. One difference could an elected mayor make? Could an


elected mayor be the answer? having elected mayor in place,


there will be the power to take for word he regeneration areas which


will be important to our economic future. The problem is that it is


in private ownership. If that -- if elected mayor has millions in his


back pocket, he can pit that into the city. We need more private


money in place for more regeneration. This area struggles


to get regeneration off the ground. I question the record of elected


mayors making a difference. Next stop, the bus station. London's


make a -- elected mayor has a great power over travel. I cannot imagine


how an elected mayor would make the buses run on time. If we got told


Bruce on the time, that would be bad. Greater powers over charging


policies to reduce charges on public transport in order to get


more people on them. At the moment, I cannot see how an elected mayor


in Newcastle could help. We need greater levels of public


transportation. That voice is not being heard because there is no


voice. The quayside next. Many of's juice diction will stop here. A if


we missed the autonomous, if people decide not to bought foreign


elected mayor, we will have no civic voice making a big argument


to government. In terms of politics, there is parochialism and I wonder


whether there will be support. is clear our campaigners will never


agree. Voters need to decide what a think by May 3rd.


Ian Mearns, which we would you vote? I would be against the idea


of having an elected mayor. When the Cabinet system came into power,


there was a lot of discussion about the transparency of the decision


making process. How do you make it transpired when one person is


deliberating on their own. Frankly, the power in London can supply to


places like Newcastle. There is a better model. I would vote Yes in


favour of unelected mayor. If you want to speak to the City, who do


you fawned? My casting notice for know. We have gridlock between the


Conservatives elected mayor under cover -- a Labour elected council.


-- Labour council. Without a lot more powers, I am not convinced of


this argument. Another part of the North East, I would vote to know.


It means nothing. Newcastle has the final vote.


David Cameron's visit to Nissan in Japan gave us a good present. This


week, up more at a news. SSI on Teesside.


The region's David Cameron was that the Japanese headquarters to hear a


hatchback will be built at its North East factory. The news that


Nissan will be making a new hatchback and Sunderland will


create thousands of jobs. We can encourage investment in Britain.


But first I run for conversion into steel is due to be produced by the


Redcar blast furnace of next week. SSI was described by local MP as


the birth of a new industrial you This former Sunderland MP has died


at the age of 87. Ian Mearns, we are overwhelmed with


good economic news. I wish you were right. The news is very good, but


it does not offset the significant job losses we have had. In the last


two years, we have lost 60,000 public sector at jobs. Really?


is really the figure. We have seen significant job losses in the


private sector as well. The local economy is having money sucked out


of it. We are delighted about the other things. Hasn't the Government


putting its money where its mouth is? The gate fund money to SSI. --


gave. Any money of that nature is welcome, but it is nowhere near


what was available from the development agencies. The transport


infrastructure development is still needed. No one wants to be churlish.


We talked that anyone in the office Cook -- everyone in the office


could end up working for Nissan. is a valid point. I do not think


that is the case. There is huge growth on Teesside. There is


enormous development. What if it is not enough? We can always ask for


more. We need to continue lobbying for money to help invest in our


small and growing companies. Let us be honest, the package that George


Osborne is bringing together is to make sure corporation tax rates are


the lowest they have ever been. We're still �4... One don't want to


get into that today. We're seeing investment and it isn't --


fantastic. Is there a danger some parts will be left behind? We do


not want to fool ourselves that it is all good news. There is bad news.


I am convinced that with Alcan, the Government did all it could. It


wasn't to be. That is the case sometimes. I am encouraged that we


have seen from the regional growth fund, job-creating industries.


Mearns, what does the reopening of the blast furnace mean? It is


recognition that we have a ready made steel workforce. There is a


problem with investment. I am afraid to say that the British


economy has a lack of confidence. The private sector in Britain today


are sitting on three-quarters of the training that it used to have.


I think we see that again. The Government is trying to draw that


investment. In housing, there is a lot of change in policy. Thank you..


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