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


Massive increases in charges in Tory Wandsworth

April 21, 2010 at 12:03 am | Posted in London | Comments Off on Massive increases in charges in Tory Wandsworth
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In Tory-run Wandsworth, the cost of Meals on Wheels has gone up a staggering 43% between 2005 and 2010.  This is 26% above the rate of inflation.

The cost of a swim in Latchmere Leisure centre in Wandsworth has increased at 3% above inflation between 2005 and 2010.

Between 2006 and 2009, prices for adult social care, for the most vulnerable in our society increased by:

Adult day care : 148% (£5.00 to £12.40)

Home Care: 48.5% (£10.30-£15.30)

The average increase in council services in this period was 16%.

These prices are hitting the young, old and vulnerable in Wandsworth.

Between 2006 and 2009, resident parking permits also increased with some increased by 44%.

We know why this is happening.  Eddie Lister, Leader of the Tory council in Wandsworth, says that local councils should hike up the prices of local services as far as they can go.  He says:

“We will look to increase charges as far as possible beyond inflation so that consumers of the services are bearing the full cost.”

He’s prepared to play Tory politics with services that people rely on.  He says:

“It is worth taking a trial and error approach to see just what the market [residents] will bear.”

So while, with one hand, the Tory council appears to give by making reductions in council tax, they take from families and the vulnerable in our communities with the other hand with huge charges.

And on the Conservative website, they say,

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

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

Information from Councillor Tony Belton, Labour Leader, Wandsworth Council

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