Council Tax Benefit Cuts Bite

Recipients of Council Tax benefit will lose cash every week from 1 April.
These changes have come about because the coalition government is cutting the current sum given to the council
by 10% and now capping the total amount.
Although this will not affect pensioners it is estimated that around six and a half thousand households will be affected throughout the Borough and means that everyone regardless of means will pay at least 20% of their Council Tax bill.

Streonshalh warms to Labour

canvassingDiana writes:
A good afternoon campaigning with the Labour team. I got a chance to talk to people as we went round with leaflets. I spoke to people who were very hostile about David Cameron and quite angry with how things are going. I also got a chance to talk about our policies and my own personal priorities. Lots of support for the stand we have taken on both the potash mine and Spital Bridge tip.

Spital Bridge – What a tip!

Diana Jeuda, Labour candidate for Streonshalh, writes about her concerns about the tip at Spital Bridge.
I attended the Town Council together with two local residents to hear the discussion about the tip at Spital Bridge. Spital BridgeAs everyone knows, when it was the main town refuse tip, it was well run, clean, with skips that were regularly emptied. Yes, it was a pity that it was so close to the houses of local residents, but as tips go, it was not offensive.
How different it is today!
A badly fenced area where building rubbish is piled high together with no possibility of this rubbish having been sorted to check for inappropriate waste such as food, oil, and other hazardous substances. The area is not secure with no proper protection for children getting in – and if they do, the area is just waiting for an accident to happen. More

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

Sponsored by The RMT, Wales TUC, Unite, GMB, NASUWT, TUC, PCS UCATT & ACCORD
Townshend Productions presents
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Directed by Louise Townsend
From L-R Neil Gore and Richard Stone_PressStephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, May 8 at 7.45pm and May 9, 1.45pm and 7.45pm, 01723 370541 or
A new powerful two-handed version of the classic book by Robert Tressell. Townsend Productions have produced a gem of Edwardian humorous theatre with songs and music of the time.
This hugely successful production tells the story of a group of painter-decorators who are joined by artist Owen, whose spirited attacks on the dishonesty of Capitalism, along with his socialist vision, highlight exploitation in the workplace and inequality in society. Relevant still, this tale is told with vigour and passion.
**** “ …. tremendous…. delivered with brio, humour and some great songs” Times Review (Libby Purves)
“A strong and robust show that brings the characters, humour and inspirational ideas of this great book to life. It is needed now more than ever. You’ll leave the theatre and join the struggle!” – Ken Loach
10/10 ‘Sensational’ Liverpool Echo (Marc Waddington)
***** ‘…quite literally awesome ’ Love Owen Lewis


Eric goes Live

ERICThe Leader of the Labour Group on Scarborough Borough Council went live on Radio York on 8th March to talk about the Labour Councillors’ ideas for saving local tax payers’ money and a possible way of reducing Council Tax payments.
Following the last full Scarborough Council meeting, the Labour Group put forward an amendment to the Tory coalition’s Cabinet proposal to freeze the Council Tax which, in the long term, has to be paid back, through reduced services or more job losses. More