Boris Johnson: famously squandered £37m on failed Garden Bridge for London
Here is our analysis of what Boris Johnson had to say at the fringe of the 2018 Tory Conference. Bear with us, because this is going to be quite long. We have put some links in red to particular points in his speech. Do come back here after the sound bite. We’ve listened to it all for you, thank us and move on. More …
In this blog post by Paul Harold, he unveils his latest infographic titled “cuts to addiction services in England and Wales since 2012”. Since 2010, successive Tory Governments have aimed to save public money by cutting addiction services. Since addiction is often stigmatised, perhaps these politicians feel justified in cutting these unarguably essential services.
These cuts really started to take hold following the enactment of the Health and Social Care Act 2012. This Act meant addiction services is now solely commissioned by local authorities and not the NHS.
Before 2012, long term Government investment in addiction services saw year-on-year decreases in drug-related deaths. These improvements have now been utterly wiped out.
We will create a million good quality jobs across our regions and nations, and guarantee a decent job for all. By investing £500 billion in infrastructure and industry, backed up by a publicly-owned National Investment Bank and regional banks, we will build a high skilled, high tech, low carbon economy to ensure that no one and no community is left behind.
We will invest in the high speed broadband, energy, transport and homes that our country needs and allow good businesses to thrive,
and support a new generation of co-operative enterprises.
“A Council that can spend £millions supporting private vanity developments but can’t spend a penny when it is needed is not putting its residents first”
Scarborough Borough Labour Group Leader, Steve Siddons, has vowed to fight on to keep all essential public conveniences open More …
The elections to North Yorkshire County Council are coming up on Thursday 4th May. The Labour Party is fighting on a strong manifesto entitled “Rebuilding Community Trust” focussing on education, health and social care and economic regeneration.
A newly elected Labour Group would subscribe to the principles set out by the Cooperative Councils Network:
Principle 1: the Council as a strong community leader
Principle 2: providing services at the appropriate level, personalised and community-based
Principle 3: citizens and communities empowered to design and deliver services and to play an active role in their local community
Principle 4: public services enabling residents to engage in civil society through employment opportunities
Principle 5: a settlement between public services, our communities and the citizen (this is what we provide, this is what you do for yourself) underpinned by our desire for justice, fairness and responsibility
Principle 6: taking responsibility for services – regardless of where they are accessed or which agency delivers them
Principle 7: simple, joined-up and easy access to services – location and transaction; “one place to do it all”, “one form, one time to do it all” – providing visible value for money
‘10 years too late & now local taxpayers are being asked to pay Robert Goodwill’s bill’
Scarborough Borough Labour Group is concerned not only that the Whitby Piers have been left almost 10 years since repairs were recommended but also that Borough and County taxpayers look likely to pick up a £3m+ Government shortfall for the £8m+ bill.
Whitby Labour councillor Gerald Dennett sought assurance at the March Council meeting that local taxpayers would not be left with a major bill to make up a grant shortfall, he also asked about contributions from repair “beneficiaries” who the government planned would make up the £3m difference.
Scarborough Cabinet member with harbour responsibilities, Cllr Mike Cockerill, indicated that BT had declined to contribute, and that gas, water and electricity providers had not replied to his request.
Rather than assure Cllr Dennett and local taxpayers, Cllr Cockerill confirmed that local County Council taxpayers in addition to Borough taxpayers were being asked to make up the shortfall.
Labour Group Leader Steve Siddons reminded councillors at the annual Council Budget meeting that Coastal Protection was a government duty. “The Whitby Piers should have been repaired 10 years ago.
If they had been repaired then, Gordon Brown’s government would have paid 100% of the bill.
Instead today we are left with more than a £3m shortfall. This is Robert Goodwill’s bill not local Council Taxpayers’. The government has shamelessly abdicated their duty and the Scarborough Cabinet have meekly accepted it.
It has been the government’s job since 1949 to ensure Whitby, Scarborough and Filey don’t fall into the sea. Local councils have never had the resources for Coastal Protection and could end up bankrupt if they have to find them now.”
The Labour Group plans a follow up once the Borough Council has had a reply from local MP Robert Goodwill who was hoping to meet Under Secretary of State Therese Coffey the Minister responsible.
Labour Party members were out on the streets of Scarborough and Whitby on March 4th, supporting Unite the union’s NHS Day of Action.
Is the NHS safe
Ric Sanders with members of Whitby and District BLP
Care for the NHS
Care for the NHS
Scarborough Branch Defends the NHS
Scarborough Care for the NHS
NHS Day Of Action
Scarborough and Whitby Labour Party on the streets in the defence of the NHS.
4 March 2017
Slash, trash and privatise
Care for the NHS
Plenty of enthusiasm from the public. People really do appreciate the NHS and what our doctors and nurses do for us. Many people signed a petition in Whitby, which is still a town uncertain as to the future of its hospital. Local people of all ages were delighted to show their support, as were our visitors, including Ric Sanders, violinist in the legendary band, Fairport Convention. He and his band had had a very successful and extremely well-received gig in the Pavilion on Friday night.
Scarborough Branch’s day of action presence in the town centre was no less successful. Their straw poll asking “Is the NHS safe with this government?” produced an overwhelming No vote.
Many shoppers took the time to chat with our members, expressing their own hopes that the Labour Party would manage to defend the NHS against cuts and creeping privatisation.
Labour leader, Councillor Steve Siddons, gave an extended interview to Yorkshire Coast Radio discussing the way in which SBC’s Leader and Cabinet operate and calling on ‘good people’ to declare their positions. Listen here: Steve Siddons on Yorkshire Coast Radio
Yesterday I attended the first meeting of the York Potash Liaison Group Forum in my role as a Mayfield councillor. Establishment of the group was one of the conditions of planning permission. The group is made up of your local borough and county councillors, representatives of the various Parish Councils concerned, representatives of the Park Authority, and of course, representatives of Sirius Minerals. The meetings are public and you will be given the opportunity to speak if you wish. The next meeting will be in March. Keep coming back here or go to Your Whitby on Facebook, and I’ll let you know when the date is fixed.