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What have the Olympics done for us?
Monday, 14 May 2012
THE Olympics are coming. But what have they really done for us?
Millions of local people have paid millions of pounds in extra taxes to host the £9billion event.
Yet many have been left ticketless, contractless and without any long term prospect of benefiting thanks to numerous broken promises and failures by Olympic organisers in all their forms.
Hackney MP, Dianne Abbott, has described the low proportion of local young people employed as apprentices as ‘a scandal’.
Her Labour party colleague, Sir Robin Wales, who runs the host borough at Newham, insisted this week that his authority had delivered on jobs and training. But he refused our request for an interview.
Of almost 1,500 Olympic contracts awarded to firms, less than 10 per cent went to local firms in Essex and east London. Even voluntary inclusion has seen locals snubbed with more than 40 per cent of the Olympic Flame torch bearers running through Essex being drafted in from outside the county – and abroad.
So this is your chance. If you feel snubbed, ignored or overlooked, we want to know.
Whether you are a business, a volunteer or a trainee looking for work, send your story to Olympic Snub, Yellow Advertiser, Acorn House, Great Oaks, Basildon, SS14 1AH or e-mail email@example.com
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