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

Sleaze in Medway

April 24, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Posted in South East | Comments Off on Sleaze in Medway
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The Conservatives say that they,

“Want to restore the reputation of politics.”

But a Kent local paper has raised concerns of about alleged sleaze and bad behaviour by Medway Tories.

Read more here

Calderdale Tories putting the vulnerable at risk

April 23, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Posted in Yorkshire and the Humber | Comments Off on Calderdale Tories putting the vulnerable at risk
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David Cameron says that,

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

But Tory-run Calderdale is putting the most vulnerable at risk by splitting responsibility for all home care in the district between six private companies and the council.  This is to save £200,000 from the council budget.

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

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.

Unfair in Southampton

April 22, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Posted in South East | Comments Off on Unfair in Southampton
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While any council can take up the Labour’s Government’s plan for free
swimming, many Tory Councils have refused, leaving pensioners and young families to pay.

The philosophy was set out by the Tory Leader of Southampton Council, Alec
Samuels:

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

Cuts and financial u-turns in Nottinghamshire

April 22, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Posted in Midlands | Comments Off on Cuts and financial u-turns in Nottinghamshire
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Tory-run Nottinghamshire Council cuts has passed £28.7million cuts.  The council was previously forced to reverse £4.6 million of their proposed £33.3million cuts.

Over 30,000 local residents responded to their consultation, of which only 24 supported their cutback proposals.

The cuts will include:

  • £800,000 slashed from residential care homes
  • Meals on wheels – currently cost £2.35 a meal will cost £3.95 by April 2011
  • £150,000 slashed from Welfare Rights
  • Sale of residential care homes –  the sale of the council’s 13 residential care homes has been confirmed
  • Cancellation of concessionary fares for elderly & disabled people and their carers cancelled before 9.30am

This is another example of the Tories saying and doing another when on the Conservative website, they say,

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

but are pushing through cuts to the most vulnerable.

Left Foot Forward have also been following this latest example of a Tory council saying one thing and then doing another.

Unison (East Midlands) have been campaigning against the cuts and provided Nottinghamshire County Council with an alternative plan.

Norfolk Tories propose shutting day centres for the elderly

April 22, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Posted in South East | Comments Off on Norfolk Tories propose shutting day centres for the elderly
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The Conservative website says,

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

Tory-run Norfolk Council are proposing to close two day centres for older people in the face of  local opposition.  The closure of the Essex and Silver Room centres will reduce the number of day services places by 300. At the current occupancy rate this will displace up to 188 people from their current day centres.

Unacceptable art dealing by Southampton Tories

April 22, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Posted in South East | Comments Off on Unacceptable art dealing by Southampton Tories
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The Tories say they are,

“Committed to fostering an environment in which sport, the arts, and the creative industries can flourish.”

But in Tory-run Southampton, the Council has been found by The Charity Commission to have acted in an unacceptable manner in an attempt to sell off art from the city’s collection.

The Council were looking to sell a sculpture by Rodin and a painting by Munnings from the city’s Chipperfield Bequest.

This is a fund set up by former Southampton city councillor Robert Chipperfield and funds art for public use.  Southampton has the largest public art collection outside of London.

Any sale of art from this collection must be used for the purchase of more art or provide support to the collection. The sale of art is legal but instead of looking to buy more art with the proceeds from an art gallery or at an auction, the Tory administration proposed to “buy” art the City Council already owns in other parts of the overall art collection, but outside the direct ownership of the Chipperfield Bequest.

Once done the money “raised” by the selling of art to itself would allow the Tories to use the proceeds on other things that are not constrained by the Chipperfield Bequests terms and conditions.

Local MP, Alan Whitehead, with long experience in local government finance, has criticised the council’s actions,

“’Self dealing,’ which is the term for this sort of action is very questionable indeed when undertaken by Councils and needs the support of the Attorney General for it to be allowed. It seems very questionable indeed.”

The Charity Commission found that the decisions Tory-run Southampton City Council had taken over the sale of the paintings were,

“Not acceptable due to the conflicts of interest.”

Information provided by Councillor Richard Williams, Leader of the Labour Group, Southampton City Council.

Cutting funding for young people in the Midlands

April 22, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Posted in Midlands | Comments Off on Cutting funding for young people in the Midlands
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David Cameron says,

“We need strong families, we need youth clubs, we need things to divert people away from crime”.

His councils tell a different story, like Coventry and Wolverhampton.

In Coventry, the Tories have scrapped 14 children’s clubs and play schemes.

Tory-led Wolverhampton has cut seven youth workers with another £346,000 cuts planned to youth services.

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