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Labour Member of Parliament for Coventry South

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Cllr Jayne Innes, Coventry City Council's Cabinet Member for City Services, today visited Wolverhampton City Council's taxi bosseswith Coventry South's, Jim Cunningham MP.  The visit was organised by Jim Cunningham's office and was designed to tackle the problem of Uber Taxis working in Coventry, despite the company not being licensed in Coventry.

Jim Cunningham MP and Cllr Jayne Innes were accompanied by Unite Trade Union Official Alan Lewis.  They met with Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for City Environment Cllr Steve Evans, and Chair of Licensing Committee Cllr Alan Bolshaw.  Officers working in Wolverhampton's Taxi Licensing Office were also present.
Coventry South MP, Jim Cunningham said;
"The issue of UBER operating in our city has been raised with me time and time again. It's vital that our taxi drivers are not undercut and that the process they go through in terms of getting a license is not undermined by drivers being able to by-pass this process. 
"It was useful to hear about how Wolverhampton operate and I'm grateful to them for meeting with us. I'm delighted that working with the Council here in Coventry that some progress seems to be being made although it is actions not words that will make the difference."
Cabinet Member, Cllr Jayne Innes said:

"I think everyone in Coventry now knows that Uber is not licensed to operate taxis here in Coventry.  Here in Coventry we have black cabs, a gold standard delivering the very best taxi service for local people, in addition to being a powerful symbol of our nation.

"Here in Coventry we place tight rules and regulations on our taxi drivers.  We require them to have excellent local knowledge, good standards of English, to undergo disabilities and child sexual exploitation training, and to have their vehicles checked on a 6 monthly basis.  It goes without saying they also need to be DBS cleared.

"Our taxi licensing process is based on repeated face-to-face contact.  This is one of the ways we differ from Wolverhampton, where there is only the need for one face-to-face meeting between the Council and each driver.  In Wolverhampton most of the application process takes place online, and it is possible for a new taxi driver to be taking fares just 2 weeks after first accessing the website.

"I am fighting for safe professional taxis here in Coventry.  It is frustrating that taxi law has not kept pace with technological advances.  It is now possible for customers to use a phone app for taxi bookings, and this means taxi drivers can effectively adopt a 'flag of convenience' to operate outside the rules.  This places drivers who play by the rules at a disadvantage.

"I'm delighted Coventry MP Jim Cunningham is working hard on behalf of Coventry's taxi customers and taxi drivers to lobby Government to change the law. 

"The meeting was pretty frank at points, and lasted 2 hours.  Wolverhampton City Council admitted that they license 241 taxi drivers with addresses in Coventry.  And they acknowledge these drivers work in the Coventry area, and not Wolverhampton.

"As Wolverhampton is granting licenses to taxi drivers that it will be up to Coventry City Council to manage on a day-to-day basis, the fees paid by Coventry taxi drivers are essentially subsidising Wolverhampton's taxi office. 

"I explained this subsidy is not acceptable, and Wolverhampton City Council has agreed to provide enforcement of Wolverhampton-licensed taxis in Coventry.

"Wolverhampton City Council has also agreed to contact their Coventry-based taxi drivers with any messages Coventry City Council needs to communicate.  We need to issue messages to local drivers on a variety of occasions through the year, e.g. when there is a big event in the city, or when there are major road works.

"Wolverhampton Council has also agreed to ask Coventry-based applicants to consider choosing to license in Coventry instead" concluded Jayne.

Jim works with Council and UNITE to support local taxi drivers

Cllr Jayne Innes, Coventry City Council's Cabinet Member for City Services, today visited Wolverhampton City Council's taxi bosseswith Coventry South's, Jim Cunningham MP.  The visit was organised by Jim Cunningham's...

Picture1.pngJim Cunningham, Coventry South’s representative in Westminster has today called on the Government to scrap the public sector pay cap for NHS Workers.

Jim Cunningham MP said,

The Government’s public sector pay cap has been a disaster for the NHS. We are 10,000 GPs, 3,500 midwives and now 40,000 nurses short of the number we need.

“Today Labour are calling on the Government to scrap the cap and make sure our NHS staff get a fair days pay for the lifesaving care they provide to millions of people a week.

“The Government’s derisory offer to Police and Prison Officers yesterday just doesn’t cut it. Across the public sector we need to end austerity and ensure those people who protect us and save our lives, are paid enough money to live on so that the stories of nurses using foodbanks are a thing of the past.”

Coventry MP Calls for NHS Pay Rise

Jim Cunningham, Coventry South’s representative in Westminster has today called on the Government to scrap the public sector pay cap for NHS Workers. Jim Cunningham MP said, “The Government’s public...

coventry_branch.jpgCoventry businesses are being called on to provide an insight as to how migrant workers are feeling after the Brexit vote last June.

Companies across the city are being asked by the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce to their share views on the employment situation.

The Chamber is hearing anecdotally that many migrant workers are planning to leave the country or have already left since the vote last year and this could have a significant impact on employers.

The call was sent out during the quarterly meeting of the Coventry Branch of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, which was held at The Welcome Centre in Parkside.

Martyne Manning, senior policy officer at the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “The Chamber needs the help of businesses in Coventry to find out more about what is happening with migrant workers.

“We have heard of many leaving the country or planning to leave since the Brexit vote and we want to actually gauge what is happening out there.

“It seems that the reason could be because the pound is weak or that they are worried about what will happen once we leave the European Union.

“But if this is happening, it could have a massive impact on employment within the city and the wider Coventry and Warwickshire region. So we want to assess the situation now and be prepared to advise businesses appropriately.”

Coventry South MP, Jim Cunningham, attended the meeting and heard a range of issues raised by firms.

These included the lack of employment land and space for firms of all sizes and sectors and improving Coventry city centre to try to attract more visitors to the area.

Jim Cunningham said: “I always appreciate meeting the Chamber and its members as it lets me know exactly what businesses are thinking and feeling.

“It proved very interesting and the points raised are ones that seem to be arising more and more at this time.

“All of the businesses that attended the event are passionate about Coventry and making sure that it can be a thriving city.

“It is very much a case of if you go looking for doom, you will find doom. If you go looking for light, you will find light and I appreciated the fact that these members were looking at ways to boost Coventry and raise its profile, which was very encouraging.”

Businesses who would like to pass on any details about migrant workers can do so through the Chamber by emailing policy officer Martyne Manning at martynem@cw-chamber.co.uk

Jim meets with Coventry Chamber

Coventry businesses are being called on to provide an insight as to how migrant workers are feeling after the Brexit vote last June. Companies across the city are being asked...


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