Cuts in Oxfordshire

April 26, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Posted in South East | Comments Off on Cuts in Oxfordshire
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Tory-run Oxfordshire Council has announced cuts of £106million over the next 5 years, affecting youth projects and young people.

The cuts include:

  • Four Fire Service Cadet Schemes to be axed
  • Start up funds for youth group projects axed
  • Home to School transport scheme to be cut, increasing fares for pupils
  • Four outdoor education centres which provide lessons for over 40 schools must become self-financing or will be axed
  • Wardens in sheltered accommodation axed
  • 15,000 street lights to be switched off overnight
  • Residents parking permits to rise by 25% and more streets included in the scheme

Councillor Liz Brighouse, Leader of the Labour Group, Oxfordshire County Council

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Cuts and hikes in charges from Bexley Tories

April 20, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Posted in London | Comments Off on Cuts and hikes in charges from Bexley Tories
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David Cameron told Conservative councillors,

“You demonstrate Conservative government. Your values… represent our party in action.”

They also say,

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

But Tory-run Bexley has announced extra charges for home care services and emergency lifeline services,  reducing home care services for the most vulnerable.

Bexley Tories have also axed meals on wheels services for the elderly.

Meanwhile, the Tory council is only one of four councils in London, three of which are Tory and one Lib-Dem, to announce a rise in council tax for 2010 – 11.

The Tories on the council have also approved a plan to privatise CCTV in the borough which would cost local taxpayers an extra £200,000 a year.

Shadow International Development Secretary, Andrew Mitchell, says,

“As Conservatives, we’re enthusiastic about the achievements and future potential of the Fair Trade movement.  We welcome the annual Fairtrade Fortnight.”

But Tory councillors have vetoed plans for Bexley to become a Fair Trade borough.

The Tories say one thing nationally whilst their councillors in Bexley do another.

Information provided by Howard Dawber, PPC Bexleyheath and Crayford

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