How can we improve our city?

Imagine Coventry City Council had £50,000 more to improve our city… What would you spend it on?

Use what you have learned this week about how the council spends its budget to write a persuasive letter to Colleen Fletcher MP to request £50,000 from the Government to spend in Coventry. In your letter, you need to persuade her why we need this money. Remember to include persuasive language, clear topic sentences and elaborative statistics.

17 thoughts on “How can we improve our city?

  1. Broad Heath Primary School
    Hanford Close
    Foleshill
    Coventry
    CV6 5DP
    Tel 024 76689558
    Fax 024 76664176

    Thursday 16th February 2017

    House of Commons,
    London,
    SW1A 0AA

    Dear Mrs Fletcher,

    I am writing to ask you if the Government could donate £50,000 to Coventry City Council.

    I suggest we should spend this £50,000 on social care. This extra amount of money is crucial and beneficial to the city. We need more helpers to support our elderly who are suffering from illness, disability, old age or poverty. Do you want all these poor elderly people to suffer with life-long conditions?

    It is essential we use the £50,000 for more caring towards elderly people; this would give the elderly and most vulnerable the support they need. Recently, a 94 year old woman was scammed out of her pensions and life savings. This shows significant scamming especially with the elderly. So we need some carers to keep their funds safe. This is why I strongly believe we need some friendly companions to keep them safe.

    To conclude, I want you to consider my request and to ask the Government to donate £50,000 to Coventry City Council for an excellent cause.

    Yours sincerely

    Jay Damania

  2. Broad Heath Primary School
    Hanford Close
    Foleshill
    Coventry
    CV6 5DP
    Tel 024 76689558
    Fax 024 76664176

    17TH February 2017

    House of Commons
    London
    SW1A OAA

    Dear Colleen Fletcher,

    I am writing to ask you if you could donate the £50,000 to Coventry City Council for them to pay for parks and leisure facilities since many people use them on a regular basis in their lives.

    Firstly, I strongly believe that parks and leisure centres are essential in everyday life as they can decrease the amount of obesity, depression and crime and improve air quantity. Surely you would agree that parks provide nutrition classes, sports programs, and recreation activities to get people and children moving to keep them fit and healthy. According to the Surgeon General, “Engaging in regular physical activity is one of the most important things that people of all ages can do to improve their health. National obesity statistics are sobering, with more than two-thirds of adults and nearly one in three children considered overweight or obese.”

    In addition parks supply facilities for children to work independently (such as parks, trails, outdoor fitness stations, pools, and recreation centres) and can improve children’s cognitive development and interactive skills.

    Secondly, it is a fact that parks can give time for many different people to gather around, work as a team and increase the friends and relationships between people. No one can deny that parks and recreation hosts a variety of citywide events that bring the people, community and tourists together. Today, about 34 million people use public parks on a regular basis – nearly 60 per cent of the population – for a wide range of activities that include walking, picnics, sports and meeting friends.

    In summary, I hope that this discussion could be raised in the parliament since parks are one of the most visited places.

    Yours sincerely,

    Zaid

  3. February 16th 2017
    House of Commons,
    London,
    SW1A 0AA,
    Tel 020 7219 8036

    Dear Mrs Fletcher,

    I am writing to inform you that I believe that the Government should donate £50,000 to Coventry City Council.

    The reason Coventry City Council needs this is extra money is because leisure centres are being shut down. Many people believe if children stop going to leisure centres on a daily basis it will increase obesity levels dramatically (there are already 33% of girls and 25% of boys overweight.) It is a very high risk of increasing if children stop going to leisure centres.

    Also it is important that it gives a person a balance needed to focus on his or her other more stressful daily activities. Most people would agree that leisure time relieves boredom and stress and also improves one’s physical and emotional health.
    Professor Ken Hardman stated “leisure centres make a unique contribution onto the education of all people.”

    I hope you think this through and if you consider the lives of others you will make a change to their lives. Therefore when you go to Parliament I hope you consider all of my points.

    Yours Sincerely,

    Zade Yaabarag

  4. 16th February 2017

    House of Commons,
    London
    SW1A OAA,
    Tel : 020 7219 8036

    Dear Mrs Fletcher,

    I am writing to ask if the Government could donate £50,000 to Coventry City Council. This £50,000 could be used for Social Care.

    The reason behind this is because every year scamming is increasing, especially with the elderly. The money can be used to get assistance for elderly people so there is someone to take care of them to stop them from getting scammed. One example is a 94 year old lady was tricked out of her life savings. Do you want your loved ones to suffer from life-long incidents? Surely you would agree that the extra amount of money would benefit the elderly.

    Also the elderly need to be supervised so they don’t get bribed with things that they don’t need. This will make the elderly waste money for no reason and buy less of what they need.

    To Conclude, I hope you donate the £50,000 to the Coventry City Council. I hope you consider all my points

    Your Sincerely,

    Syed Junaideen

  5. Broad Heath Primary School
    Hanford Close
    Foleshill
    Coventry
    CV6 5DP
    Tel 024 76689558
    Fax 024 76664176

    16th February 2017

    House of Commons,
    London
    SW1A OAA,
    Tel: 020 7219 8036

    Dear Mrs Fletcher,

    I am politely writing this letter to you to ask you if the Government could donate £50,000 to the Coventry City Council for building leisure centres.

    I am saying this because we need more leisure centres in Coventry as people are becoming more and more obese. I am sure you have seen at least one obese person in your life. Have you ever wondered how they even became obese? The real truth is that there aren’t enough leisure centres so we should make sure no one becomes obese again. This is why we should build more leisure centres so no one becomes obese and so that no one should have the tension of becoming obese. It is a fact that if children don’t go to the leisure centre to have organised exercise, they will eventually start to stop exercise and they will slowly become more obese. This would mean that children could get bullied just because of their size. There are already 33% of girls and 25% of boys getting obese and some of them could be getting bullied.

    Furthermore, a lack of exercise can lead to a whole host of other health related diseases and illnesses, in particular diabetes. Scientific evidence shows that 4/5 obese adults go on to develop diabetes. In turn, diabetes is associated with a number of other health issues including heart disease and cancer.

    This is why we want you to try and persuade the government to donate £50,000 to Coventry City Council so that we could have more leisure centres to build a strong and healthy population in Coventry. In fact, this would mean savings for the NHS which means the £50,000 would pay for itself!

    Thank you for reading my letter.

    Yours Sincerely,

    Pranit Vaja.

  6. Broad Heath Primary School
    Hanford Close
    Foleshill
    Coventry
    CV6 5DP
    Tel 024 76689558
    Fax 024 76664176

    16 February 2017

    House of Commons,
    London,
    SW1A 0AA,
    TEL: 020 7219 8036

    Dear Mrs Fletcher,

    I am writing to ask you if the Government could donate £50,000 to Coventry City Council.

    It is essential that Coventry City Council have this money to spend on schools. The shortage of school places in Coventry has been well documented in the news recently. This issue has been exacerbated as more refugees have entered our country; did you know more refugees have entered Coventry than any other local authority in the UK? This has put significant strains on local services and in particular schools. Surely our children deserve the best education possible.

    Where would the extra £50,000 be spent in schools? This money must go to support the children’s learning. More books would be very useful – studies show that children who read every day are 63% more likely to go to university. Another useful area to spend the money would be on ICT equipment. In Coventry, the majority of pupils who live in poverty still do not have access to the internet at home. If schools have more ICT equipment, all children will have more opportunities to learn.

    I hope you take my ideas on board so we can improve the lives of children across the city.

    Yours Sincerely,

    Dylan Chand

  7. Dear Mrs Fletcher

    I am writing to ask you if the government could donate £50,000 to Coventry city council. This amount is crucial and beneficial to Coventry. I strongly believe this money should be given to social care for elderly because the elderly have less ability than most people do. This would help in many ways e.g. they would have someone to look after them. Surely you would agree that there are refugees entering the country a lot of these need social care. This money should definitely go to social care because the elderly become more and more forgetful over time. This will have a huge impact on Coventry.

    Thank you for reading I hope you make the right decision.

    Yours sincerely, Sanaa

  8. Broad Heath Primary School
    Hanford Close
    Foleshill
    Coventry
    CV6 5DP
    Tel 024 76689558
    Fax 024 76664176

    16 February 2017

    House of commons,
    London
    SW1A 0AA
    TEL: 020 7219 8036

    Dear Mrs Fletcher

    I am writing to ask you if the Government could donate £50,000 to Coventry City Council.

    This extra amount of money is crucial and beneficial to this city which is in desperate need of more leisure facilities. In particular, there is a shortage of leisure centres in this district and those which we have are severely lacking in quality sports facilities. Surely, with obesity on the increase, access to sport and keeping healthy is essential for everyone. If children stop using leisure centres this will lead to poor health. Recent statistics have shown there are already 33% of girls and 25% of boys obese. Only a fool would deny society from a fit and healthy lifestyle.

    Furthermore leisure time is important because it gives a person the balance needed to focus on his or her other more stressful, daily activities. Leisure time relives boredom and stress and also improves one’s physical and emotional health. Professor Ken Hardman quotes.
    “Leisure centres make a unique contribution onto the mental wellbeing of all people.”

    In addition to this, reduction of stress leads to a more productive workforce. The total number of cases of work related stress, depression or anxiety in 2016 was 488,000 cases a prevalence rate of 1510 per 100,000 workers. Leisure centres will therefore have a positive impact on the economy.

    I would be grateful if you could think about this proposal and come to a decision that will benefit all.

    Yours sincerely

    Bukumi Adeniyi

  9. Dear Mrs Fletcher ,

    I am writing to ask you if the Government could donate £50,000 to Coventry City Council. This money will benefit our city with extra money could be spent on children who are not getting an education and did you know that children’s education leads to a brighter future? The new generation needs to be educated to keep our economy running and safe.

    Also there is a massive decline in parks. The future parks will be attractive and well used through education. Education is the most important weapon for children and teens. They can also help children keep fit and healthy.

    Please think about our proposal and if you choose to give us the money it will mean you are investing in tomorrow.

    Thank you
    Best Regard
    Alishba Khan
    school places.

    Currently, there is a shortage of school spaces and park.

  10. Broad Heath Primary School
    Hanford Close
    Foleshill
    Coventry
    CV6 5DP
    Tel 024 76689558
    Fax 024 76664176

    17th February 2017

    House of Commons
    London
    SW1A OAA
    Dear Colleen Fletcher,

    I am writing to request if you could donate £50,000 to Coventry City Council for them to pay for parks and leisure centres.
    I strongly believe that parks and leisure centres are extremely essential as many people visit parks and centres in the weekends, holidays and free time. Today, about 34 million people visit public parks on a daily basis-nearly 60% population-for walking, cycling, running, etc. Leisure centres are also becoming increasingly popular and since 2012 and last year, there has been a decrease of £1 billion spent on leisure centres and parks. In the future, there may not be any parks.

    Secondly, it is a fact that going to parks helps build stamina and health. Also it aids the development of children’s brains and thoughts. Many children are becoming overweight because of no exercise and one in three are obese. According to the Surgeon General, “Engaging in regular physical activity is one of the most important things that people of all ages can do to improve their health.” Parks and leisure centres can stop this problem.

    In summary, I think that there is no doubt that the £50,000 should be spent on parks and leisure centres.

    With all due respect,

    Mihir Sharma

  11. Dear Colleen Fletcher.

    I am writing this letter to ask you if the Government could donate £ 50,000 pounds to Coventry City Council.
    This extra amount is crucial and beneficial to the city. We believe that we should split £ 50,000 between schooling and social care. We think that these two things are more important to people lives.

    We would like to spend £25,000 on elderly care. We could help the elderly by taking care of their medical bills by that we could extend their life span and they could live their lives longer and healthier.

    No one can deny that schools are the source of education, we should pay the other £25,000 to schooling. We think that we should spend it on resources, trips and many more things. By letting children experience more educational trips not only will they learn more they will more likely save it in their memories of the fun time they had.

    Sincerely,
    Madara Bumbiere.

  12. Broad Heath Primary School
    Hanford Close
    Foleshill
    Coventry
    CV6 5DP
    Tel 024 76689558
    Fax 024 76664176

    Thursday 16th 2017

    Dear Mrs Fletcher,

    I am writing to ask you if the central government can offer £50,000 to Coventry City Council in order to spend on improving Education Services and Leisure Facilities.

    Most people would agree that schools in Coventry are currently under funded; an extra £25,000 could be used to buy additional educational resources which are essential as the number of pupils in schools increase. In some areas of the city, 23% of pupils have reported that they lacked basic equipment such as stationery! This issue has which has been made worse since the council are taking more refugees than any local authority in the U.K. I deeply believe that children with little knowledge should have the best learning and school, as surely education plays a big part in life.

    In addition to spending in schools, it is essential that the other £25,000 ought to be spent on Leisure Facilities. Leisure facilities in Coventry are severely lacking due to underinvestment over the last 10 years. Evidently, being without leisure and sporting facilities will cause health problems with the population over time. This has seen the number of children who are overweight or obese increasing by 40,000 more each year. As well as improving physical health, leisure centres can reduce stress and promote emotional well being. Recent studies show that adults who exercise in groups at least once per week report improvements in mood and happiness.

    Please consider the points raised in my letter and ask the government for the £50,000 for schools and leisure centres. Thank you for taking the time to read my letter.

    Yours Sincerely

    Baldeep Jassi

  13. Dear Mrs Fletcher,

    I am writing to ask you if the Government could donate £50,000 to Coventry City Council. This extra amount is beneficial to the city. As you know NHS is under pressure but if £50,000 is donated to social care it would mean a lot to NHS and social care for the city.

    It is a fact that people live longer because of the medicine and technology today. If the council had that extra £50,000, it could support social care. However elderly people need more support today as well as people, who look after them .If it wasn’t for social care, elder people couldn’t do daily jobs like clean rooms.
    We all know that children need doctors and social care as well. Some babies are not healthy when they are born and specialist equipment could save lives.
    Surely you would agree the money needed to support social care would help disabled children which would mean less stress on the NHS.

    In summary, social care is very important to everyone’s health but not much money is funded to support the workers of social care. I hope you ask the Government the extra £50,000.

    Sincerely,
    Linda Belerta.

  14. Broad Heath Primary School
    Hanford Close
    Foleshill
    Coventry
    CV6 5DP
    Tel 024 76689558
    Fax 024 76664176

    16th February 2017

    House of Commons
    London
    SW1A OAA

    Dear Mrs Fletcher,

    I am writing to ask you if the Government could donate £50,000 to Coventry city council to spend on sports and leisure as well as schools. Investing in these areas will have a range of benefits for the people of Coventry.

    Although sports, cultural and leisure services are seen by many as less important than other Council services, I strongly believe that sports and leisure are extremely important for people’s health. Coventry has a problem with obesity particularly in young people. Did you know that 85% of girls are putting on more weight and 25% of boys are too? Access to high quality sports facilities at the leisure centre are essential to reduce the number of obese people in Coventry.

    Surely you would agree that, £25,000 should be spent on schools too, as they will need more equipment for children’s education.
    “Education is the greatest weapon” Nelson Mandela. If you want children to grow and thrive in the future, this starts with a solid educational background. As well as learning to read and write, education helps children to develop their critical thinking, decision making and tenacity. An extra £25,000 could be used to buy resources in poorly funded schools; books, stationery and ICT will improve the lives of children throughout the city, today and into their futures.

    I know your wisdom will help you to make the right decision for this city.

    Yours sincerely,

    Ahlam Mohammed

  15. Broad Heath Primary School
    Hanford Close
    Foleshill
    Coventry
    CV6 5DP
    Tel 024 76689558
    Fax 024 76664176

    16th February 2017

    House of Commons
    London
    SW1A 0AA

    Dear Mrs Fletcher,

    I am writing to ask you if the Government could donate £50,000 to Coventry city council. This extra amount of money is crucial and beneficial as our population is increasing due to the increase in refugees in the area recently. This increase in population has created a shortage of education and housing services.

    It is clear that as refugees move into Coventry, there will be a strain on schools who already have a lack of places. Indeed, when refugees arrive here, they are in need of education to help them integrate into society. We should be spending 25,000 to employ 2 more Teachers – this will provide education to 60 refugee children to help them improve their English and their chances of getting decent jobs in the future.

    I strongly believe that the other £25,000 should be spent on housing services. The real truth is, that some people (particularly refugees who have just arrived in the UK) have no houses and are living on the streets. I think that this £25,000 needs to be used to build a housing shelter to support those in most need. Additionally, 4/5 homeless people are suffering from serious medical conditions; the money can be used to provide basic medical equipment such as bandages, inhalers and antibiotics. Therefore, as you can see, if we don’t help the homeless it will also put the NHS under more pressure.

    I hope you will agree with my suggestions.

    Yours sincerely,

    Tiya Patel

  16. Broad Heath Primary School
    Hanford Close
    Foleshill
    Coventry
    CV6 5DP
    Tel 024 76689558
    Fax 024 76664176

    17th February 2017

    House of Commons
    London
    SW1A OAA

    Dear Ms Coleen Fletcher,

    I am writing with the request that you find a place in your heart to donate £50,000 from the Government towards the Coventry City Council so more parks and leisure centres may be built.

    I strongly believe that due to the amount of people, Coventry should surely be permitted to have more places for the people to enjoy themselves. Parks are often visited on a daily basis by an approximate 34 million people (nearly 60% of the population) and 83% of families with 5 year old or younger children visit at least once a month. Also leisure centres are very widely enjoyed by many and are an ideal way of keeping fit during the harsh winters of Britain.

    Secondly, it is a clear fact that parks and leisure centres are designed for fitness purposes and only a fool would deny that obesity levels are rising in the UK with 1/5 of 4 to 5 year olds and 1/3 of 10 to 11 year olds obese or overweight. This can lead on to a number of other issues such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Places like parks and leisure centres greatly encourage exercise and should increase in numbers.

    I hope you will deeply consider my proposal and discuss this vital matter in the House of Commons.

    Yours respectfully,

    Mia Mattu.

  17. Broad Heath Primary School
    Hanford Close
    Foleshill
    Coventry
    CV6 5DP
    Tel 024 76689558
    Fax 024 76664176

    17th February 2017

    House of Commons
    London
    SW1A OAA

    Dear Colleen Fletcher,

    I am writing to ask you if you can donate £50,000 to Coventry City Council so more money can be spent on leisure and parks.
    Firstly, no one can deny that leisure, cultural and sports services have fared badly recently. It is a fact that the government has cut more than 1 billion pounds of expenditure of parks, leisure centres and sports provision. The heritage lottery fund further demonstrates the extent of these money cuts since 2010. The real truth is many of the poorest councils have experienced growing cuts to park budgets (more than 25% has been cut to the parks budget).

    I strongly believe that parks and leisure centres will promote exercise as obesity is on the rise and decreases depression and anxiety. It is clear that 1 in 3 Americans are obese and sports and funded parks will help to reduce this. Furthermore, there are many who believe that 512 million people will have diabetes by 2030 due to the increase in obesity and people over weight. Researchers estimated that if all children in the study had similar recreational programs near their homes, up to 9.5 percent would move from overweight to normal and approximately 2 percent would move from obese to overweight according to the Surgeon General. National obesity statistics are sobering, with more than two-thirds of adults and nearly one in three children considered overweight or obese.

    Parks in Britain are a very popular and beneficial facility which serve our community. 64% of the population of Britain go to the park every month. Those of us who are regular park users know of their value. But it is time that we stood up and made the case for public parks, both large and small. We need to tell central government about the importance of public green space in family lives. Without an active campaign for parks, their future is threatened and post-Christmas scenes of children on new bicycles may be a distant memory. I hope you make these points in parliament.

    Yours Sincerely,

    Omio

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