Swindon Tories slash budgets and raise charges

April 25, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Posted in South East | Comments Off on Swindon Tories slash budgets and raise charges
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Philip Hammond, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, says the Tories will,

“Deliver the intelligent cuts that are needed to protect and secure our frontline public services for our children.”

But the Tories running Swindon council have axed:

  • 77,000 from Shopmobility
  • £56,000 from Community Meals
  • £45,000 from Enterprise Works, a local business that employs mentally and physically disabled people and is subsidised by the council
  • £25,000 from teenage pregnancy support
  • 10% of the youth services budget
  • Bus services to outlying villages
  • Street lights at night to save money

They have increased charges by:

  • Up to 68% on the weekly rental charge for residential homes for the elderly
  • 23% for Meals on Wheels

They also proposed cutting £50,000 from the local Dial-A-Ride service.

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

Tories slash spending on Citizens Advice in Sevenoaks

April 25, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Posted in South East | Comments Off on Tories slash spending on Citizens Advice in Sevenoaks
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David Cameron says he wants to,

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

But Tory-run Sevenoaks has cut £10,000 from budgets for the local Citizens Advice Bureau and other voluntary groups whilst spending nearly £100,000 a year on civic dignitaries.  They spent £12,000 alone on a Civic Dinner.

Carlisle slashes nearly 20% from community centres

April 24, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Posted in North West | Comments Off on Carlisle slashes nearly 20% from community centres
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David Cameron says he wants to,

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

Tory-run Carlisle City Council has slashed nearly 20% from Carlisle’s community centres over the next three years.   The decision by the Tory ruling executive overturns a decision to block these cuts at an earlier Council meeting.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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