Councillor Jon Taylor calls for end to Derriford Hospital Parking fees

As part of his campaign to see an end to patient parking fees at Derriford Hospital, Councillor Jon Taylor put forward a council motion calling on the Government to scrap hospital parking charges immediately.

Councillor Jon Taylor says

I've always believed these charges amount to little more than a stealth tax on the sick and carers. Plymouthians visiting our local hospitals have little choice but to stump up and pay these charges. In my view the Tory government is treating people as just another income stream to be exploited to pay for their NHS cuts.

Patients and carers are quite often already facing financial hardship. Theses charges are an extra burden often coming at the worst possible time. There's no point tinkering around the edges and issuing 'guidance.' The government needs to show leadership and scrap these charges once and for all.

This issue also remains high on my priority list as a ward Councillor representing Derriford.  I receive many complaints from residents concerned about the parking chaos in their area.  They feel this is partly caused by increasing hospital parking charges. The people I represent want to see action not just because they have a principled and moral objection to charging sick people to attend hospital, but also because of the parking problems this causes in their area. They deserve to be listened to.

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Jon Taylor Labour Candidate for Budshead

Jon Taylor for Budshead

After my Grandad gave me a copy of the Ragged Trousered philanthropist on my sixteenth birthday, I was determined to get involved in the Labour movement and join the Labour party. Growing up I had seen my parents juggle work and education to gain the qualifications they needed to progress in their careers and provide opportunities for my brother and I. Their hard work taught me the value and importance of education and gave me the opportunity to go to university.

After living in Cardiff for five years, I returned home to Plymouth in 2007. I began working in the NHS and joined UNISON. I became an active trade unionist at Derriford Hospital where I worked. I was elected Branch Chair in 2009 and led campaigns against NHS cuts and privatisation and represented members in the workplace. I also became an active campaigner for our Party, standing as a candidate on several occasions in strong Tory seats before getting elected Plymstock Dunstone in Budshead ward in 2012. Since being elected to the Council, I have had the privilege of representing communities in Budshead and working with the Labour Group to build a stronger, fairer Plymouth. I have served on council committees and currently have a position in the Cabinet with responsibility for Transformation and Customer Services.

I am a proud Plymothian. Plymouth is my home and Plymouth is the place I have chosen to start a family. I would therefore love another opportunity to stand as your Labour candidate as I am totally committed to ensuring Labour and Co-operative values remain at the heart of the city in which my son will grow up.

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