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

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.

Hike in charges for the most vulnerable in Medway

April 21, 2010 at 11:44 am | Posted in South East | Comments Off on Hike in charges for the most vulnerable in Medway
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On the Conservative’s website they say,

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

In Tory-run Medway, the Council has repeatedly tried to increase the cost of essential services for the most vulnerable.

In 2009, they proposed increasing the cost of Meals on Wheels by 40%.  They were eventually forced into an embarassing u-turn and a rise in line with inflation.

They have also increased the cost of burials year after year.

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

Leeds council closes day centres

March 23, 2010 at 10:12 am | Posted in Yorkshire and the Humber | Comments Off on Leeds council closes day centres
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David Cameron says he wants to,

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

Tory/Lib Dem-run Leeds City Council originally approved the closure of six day centres for older people after a proposal was tabled in July 2009.

Despite efforts to stop the closures and protests by experts, Leeds City Council is going ahead with the closure of three of these much-needed centres for the most vulnerable in the community.

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