Unfair in Southampton

April 22, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Posted in South East | Comments Off on Unfair in Southampton
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While any council can take up the Labour’s Government’s plan for free
swimming, many Tory Councils have refused, leaving pensioners and young families to pay.

The philosophy was set out by the Tory Leader of Southampton Council, Alec
Samuels:

“We do not in principle favour ‘free this and free that’, such as swimming or transport, school meals or computers or whatever it is.”

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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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