Tory Dartford to charge for recycling

April 24, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Posted in South East | Comments Off on Tory Dartford to charge for recycling
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David Cameron says that we should encourage a “Green Consumer Revolution” by rewarding recycling.

His Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Nick Herbert, says a scheme where the public are paid to recycle is “impressive” and that,

“We need to think far more creatively about how to reward consumers for doing the right thing.”

But Tory-run Dartford is introducing an annual £30 charge for anyone who wants to recycle their garden waste.

This is an example of how the Tories are still true blue rather than green.

True blue not green

April 20, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Posted in London | Comments Off on True blue not green
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David Cameron wants to be seen pictured sledging on a glacier with huskies to
register his ‘concern’ for the environment while the Conservative website
proudly announces a Conservative Government will make developing
renewable energy sources a priority.   Tory Councils tell a different story.

As Greenpeace revealed, Tory councils block more than three times as many
wind farms as they approve. At the current rate of approvals it will
take Conservative councils more than 100 years to replace one coal fired
power station.

The proposal at Kingsnorth is to build two 800mw coal fired power stations. At the current rate of Tory approvals, an average of 14.9mw per year, (44.7mw over three years), it will take  Conservative councils more than 100 years to replace one coal fired power station.

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

Slashing services in Harlow

March 24, 2010 at 9:41 am | Posted in South East | Comments Off on Slashing services in Harlow
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David Cameron says that he will,

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

But Tory-run Harlow is slashing voluntary sector funding in their budget for 2010-11.

They are:

  • Cutting grants to voluntary sector organisations by 23%.  This comes on top of a 13% cut in the 2009-10 budget.  The  Tories confirm that this will mean there is,

“Likely to be a reduction in services available.”

  • Cutting all funding to Harlow’s Active Retired Scheme which provides activities for Harlow’s over 50’s.  The scheme has 500 members.
  • Stopping discretionary rate tax relief for charitable organisations

David Cameron says that we should encourage a “Green Consumer Revolution” by rewarding recycling.

His Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Nick Herbert, says a scheme where the public are paid to recycle is “impressive” and that,

“We need to think far more creatively about how to reward consumers for doing the right thing.”

But Harlow Tories are going to charge residents who want to recycle their green waste £75 per year.

These cuts come on top of the cuts and hikes in charges that the Tories in Harlow implremented in 2009-10.

These cuts included:

  • 82% slashed from Harlow Advice Centre
  • £161,000 cut to organisations such as Rainbow Services, which provides facilities for voluntary sector organisations and Women’s Aid
  • 8 sheltered housing schemes decommissioned
  • £40,000 slashed from Harlow Museum
  • £24,000 slashed from Harlow Youth Council and youth work

The Tories say nationally they will protect frontline services but locally, like in Tory Harlow, they cut valued local services.

Information provided by Bill Rammall, MP for Harlow, Nazeing, Roydon and Sheering

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