Slashing investment in homes, threatening recovery

April 21, 2010 at 8:05 am | Posted in London | Comments Off on Slashing investment in homes, threatening recovery
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Last year, Caroline Spelman, Cameron’s Local Government Shadow, wrote to all Tory Councils, urging them to cut the financial ground from under builders by delaying housing building and commercial and business developments.

The Housebuilders Federation have called Tory plans high riskpotentially having “unintended consequences” and posing “significant concerns” for the housebuilding industry and “would lead to a hiatus in planning for housing.”

Spelman told her Tory Councils last year that a Tory government would back them by looking to bring in legislation to “revoke the Regional Spatial Strategies” (which help deliver the new housing) and urged Tory Town Halls,

“Even before primary legislation is passed, local authorities will have the ability to put the brakes on elements of Regional Spatial Strategies which they find undesirable.”

And to back up the threat to builders who start construction on new housing
later blocked by a Tory Government, said:

“We will not pay a penny of compensation.”

Whilst Caroline Spelman tries to block new house building, the Tory Housing Shadow says to The Observer,

“We are unabashed about the need for more housing.”

The Tories are saying one thing and doing another on housing and their plans are high risk and would be a threat to the recovery.

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No help now in Harlow

April 20, 2010 at 12:11 am | Posted in London | Comments Off on No help now in Harlow
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Tory Harlow refused to implement the Government’s offer of funding, as part of ‘Real Help Now’, to halve rent increases for council tenants in 2009.

Despite councils getting money from the Government to improve advice
services that people need on debt and the Labour Government help available during the recession, Harlow cut funding for the local Harlow Advice Centre by 80%, cutting opening hours and staffing – at a time when its services are needed most.

Leeds council demolishes learning centre

March 1, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Posted in Yorkshire and the Humber | Comments Off on Leeds council demolishes learning centre
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Leeds City Council – run by a Tory, Lib Dem and Independent coalition – has spent nearly £1 million demolishing East Leeds Family Learning Centre, a once-flagship training and job centre which had fallen into disrepair.

Over recent years, the centre has fallen into disrepair and the council finally took the decision to demolish it despite unemployment in the area being at 32%.  The council has made little progress in providing a replacement service in the local area.

The centre had a proven track record of getting local people back into work with by working with local employers like Tesco.  It gave people training and confidence to look for new opportunities.

Cameron’s Conservatives say that they will provide funding for a:

“Network of Work Clubs where people will receive mentoring, skills training and help to find local job opportunities.”

They say this whilst closing centres like the East Leeds Family Learning Centre.

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