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Fight for the Wight: 'The neglect of the Isle of Wight has gone on too long'

Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 14:02

MORE than 4,100 people have signed the Fight for the Wight petition, calling for more government funding for public services on the Island.

The campaign, which was launched a little over a week ago, has seen Islanders young and old, businesses big and small and politicians, come together to urge the government to help the Isle of Wight.

It comes after months of warnings from the Isle of Wight Council that despite already slashing its spending by tens of millions, it could be unable to provide even the most basic services and protection to the vulnerable in the coming year, without help.

Among the latest to sign up was financial adviser Simon Bligh.

"My life would be inestimably easier if I moved to the Mainland. 99% of my work is there and yet I choose to live and base my company here because it is a great place to live and I want to put something back into this Island.

"However, it is obvious we face additional challenges; an older population, lower than average wages and a workforce with a significant proportion reliant upon seasonal work.

"We are quite patently in a different situation to most of the country and need to be treated as such. The neglect and attrition of Island services and amenities has gone on too long," he said.

Find out more about the campaign and how you can support it here.

 


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