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Letter to the Editor:- "I will be attending the Sort The System lobby event on 24 May to urge our MP"

"AS a concerned citizen, I am writing to express my strong support for the implementation of proportional representation in some form or another in the UK General Elections. It is no secret that our current 1st past the post system is deeply flawed and fails to represent the true diversity of our society. Leaving the majority of citizens unrepresented in Government. Under the current system, millions of votes are wasted as they do not contribute to the election of any representatives. This creates a sense of disenfranchisement among voters and often leads to a lack of faith in the democratic process. Additionally, it allows for parties to gain a significant majority of seats with a relatively small percentage of the popular vote, leading to a lack of accountability and an imbalance of power as well as policies that are not supported by the majority. That is why I'm pleased that as part of the Sort The System lobby event in Westminster, on 24 May 2023, I have called on our local MP for Southport, Damien Moore, to support electoral reform and commit to implementing proportional representation. Unfortunately he has simply stated his support for FPTP and will not discuss it or listen to other suggestions. Perhaps he is worried that he would not be elected if it were not for FPTP, which re enforces our need for change. It is time for our democracy to truly represent the will of the people, and proportional representation in some form is the best way to achieve this. Simply having a 1st and 2nd choice on our ballot papers would make a huge difference." Carmel Malley, from Southport.

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Merseyside housing group host influential Housing Minister

BARONESS Scott of Bybrook OBE, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, was welcomed to Liverpool, where she visited Oxford House and the Morris Meadows development, both of which are owned and managed by 1 Vision Housing, part of The Sovini Group.

The Sovini Group are committed to building a better future through its unique supply chain covering housing, construction, property and facilities services. The Group's registered providers, 1 Vision Housing and Pine Court Housing Association, own and manage over 14,000 homes across the North West. With a mission of creating opportunities and changing lives for customers, colleagues and the communities they serve; the Group are a key contributor to the social and economic development of the Liverpool City Region.

The Minister's visit included a tour around Oxford House, a 16 storey high rise block in Bootle.

In 2021/22 a £48million regeneration project at the block formed part of a Retrofit for the Future programme, which explored how existing homes can be improved to use less energy, cut carbon emissions and save costs. The project saw the installation of a new roof, energy efficient heating and ventilation systems, external wall insulation, new windows and doors.

Joyce Johnson, who lives at Oxford House and has been a customer of 1 Vision Housing for almost 10 years, said:- "As Chair of the Resident's Group at Oxford House, I was pleased to meet with Baroness Scott during her visit. The regeneration project saw the installation of external wall insulation, a new insulated roof and new windows. The new render system has modernised the building and we are delighted with how it looks."

The Minister also enjoyed a visit to Morris Meadows, a development of 149 new high quality affordable homes built for 1 Vision Housing on brownfield land, by Group partner Sovini Construction.

Constructed using a:- 'fabric 1st' approach that focuses on the reduction of energy consumption through thermal efficiency and running costs, the development was proudly named:- 'Best Affordable Housing Scheme' at the YM Liverpool Property and Business Awards in 2022.

Roy Williams, Group CEO said:- "We were honoured to welcome Baroness Scott to The Sovini Group and to showcase our investment in the local community, both through the regeneration of our social housing properties and the development of new affordable homes. As an organisation, we strive to create a better future for our customers through the delivery of high quality homes and the creation of thriving, inclusive communities."

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