Carlisle slashes nearly 20% from community centres

April 24, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Posted in North West | Comments Off on Carlisle slashes nearly 20% from community centres
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David Cameron says he wants to,

“Create a supportive funding environment for volunteer-based charities and community groups.”

Tory-run Carlisle City Council has slashed nearly 20% from Carlisle’s community centres over the next three years.   The decision by the Tory ruling executive overturns a decision to block these cuts at an earlier Council meeting.

This is another example of Tories saying one thing and doing another.

Charges for the disabled in Cheshire West

April 24, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Posted in North West | Comments Off on Charges for the disabled in Cheshire West
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Tory Cheshire West and Chester Council  is introducing a charge for processing applications for the Disabled Facilities Grant, a local council grant to help towards adapting the homes of disabled people to allow continued independent living.

No help for the vulnerable in South Ribble

April 24, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Posted in North West | Comments Off on No help for the vulnerable in South Ribble
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David Cameron says that he will,

“Create a supportive funding environment for volunteer-based charities and community groups.”

And on the Conservative website, they say,

“We need to help those elderly people who are amongst the most vulnerable in our society.”

But in Tory-run South Ribble, grant funding was cut in 2009 and again in 2010 from four vital projects which help the most vulnerable in the community.

£10,000 cut from South Ribble’s Women’s Refuge
The group provide homes for women and children fleeing domestic violence and help over 100 people every year.

£13,000 cut from emergency accommodation
Leyland-based charity SLEAP provides emergency accommodation for homeless youngsters aged 15-25 but has had its funding cut by the council. This is despite a 300% increase last year in the number of people using the service. Last year SLEAP had to turn away 100 young people because of a lack of funding.

£5,000 per year cut from support for older people

Anchor Staying Put supports older people through care homes, sheltered housing, care at home and home improvements. They provided help and support to more than 4,000 people in South Lancashire since April 2008.

£5,000 per year cut from Victim Support

David Cameron says one thing whilst his councils are doing another.

David Borrow, MP for South Ribble

CAB funding slashed by a third in Rossendale

April 23, 2010 at 10:27 am | Posted in North West | Comments Off on CAB funding slashed by a third in Rossendale
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David Cameron says he wants to,

“Create a supportive funding environment for volunteer-based charities and community groups.”

Tory-run Rossendale proposed to cut funding for the local Citizens Advice Bureau by a third but are delaying their final decision until after the election.

This is at a time when the most vulnerable need the CAB the most – last year more than 1,500 clients were helped by the CAB and it is predicted that more than 2,000 clients will be helped in 2010.

This is an example of Tories  saying one thing and doing another.

52 Tory-run councils have not signed up to free swimming

April 20, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Posted in London, Midlands, Nationwide, North East, North West, South East, South West, Yorkshire and the Humber | Comments Off on 52 Tory-run councils have not signed up to free swimming
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52 Tory-run councils have not signed up to the Government’s scheme to provide free swimming for children and pensioners.

As the Tory Leader of Southampton Council, Alec Samuels says:

“We do not in principle favour ‘free this and free that’, such as swimming or transport, school meals or computers or whatever it is.”

Conservative Councils are choosing not to provide services for dogmatic reasons.

 

Councils not taking part in the free swimming scheme as of 15 December 2009:

Adur
Arun
Ashford
Basildon
Basingstoke & Deane
Bournemouth
Bromley
Chelmsford
Christchurch
Crawley
Dacorum
Dartford
East Devon
East Dorset
East Northamptonshire
East Riding of Yorkshire
Fareham
Forest of Dean
Hambleton
Harlow
Harrogate
Havant
Hertsmere
Horsham
Ipswich
Isle of Wight
Lichfield
Maidstone
Maldon
Mendip
Mid Sussex
North Hertfordshire
Nuneaton & Bedworth
Poole
Rochford
Rossendale
Scarborough
Sedgemoor
Sevenoaks
South Northamptonshire
South Oxfordshire
Swale
Tandridge
Test Valley
Tonbridge & Malling
Torridge
Trafford
Tunbridge Wells
West Oxfordshire
West Somerset
Westminster
Weymouth & Portland
Worthing

Cuts in scrutiny across the country

April 20, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Posted in London, Midlands, North West, Yorkshire and the Humber | Comments Off on Cuts in scrutiny across the country
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David Cameron says that he wants to,

“Make our politics more local, more transparent and more accountable”

But Tory Councils are cutting the committees that examine council policy and make councils accountable to the taxpayer.

The Tories running Lancashire County Council have reduced the number of scrutiny officials employed by the council by 40%.  They will also scrap the ‘Lancashire Locals’ at the end of March.  This will scrap five local committees resulting in local residents having to take a round trip of up to 50 miles to attend meetings and find out what is happening.

In Bradford, spending on scrutiny was reduced by 25% between 2007/8 and 2008/9.

In Tory-run Croydon, the council have cut two of the committees which examine council spending whilst keeping staffing levels lower than under the previous Labour council and is holding posts vacant.

In Tory Southampton, the council is cutting two of the committees which examine council spending.

Tory-Lib Dem Birmingham Council  proposed to stop distributing council papers at meetings.   Committees would no longer give papers to members of the public or journalists making it impossible for anyone attending a meeting to follow what was happening.   The council was eventually forced into an embarassing u-turn.

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