£30million cut to county’s budget

Council-Budget-CutsLabour led Derbyshire County Council today published its Budget proposals for the 2016/2017 municipal year. They show the authority will have to cut nearly £30 million from its services.

Sadly, but inevitably given the cut in Government grant it is enduring, the county council is consulting on closing or reducing much loved and needed services.

Proposals include cuts to community and public transport grants, home-to-school transport, respite breaks for disabled children and children’s centre services amongst the many others planned.

It is considering closing 32 children’s centres with the loss of 116 full time equivalent jobs and cutting other services back to the statutory minimum. In High Peak, it is proposed that Fairfield, Glossop and Hadfield Children’s Centre remain open, with Gamesley becoming part of the Early Excellence Centre.  Harpur Hill, New Mills and Chapel-en-le-frith are recommended for closure.

These plans are put forward with a very heavy heart, in the full knowledge that we will be losing excellent services which do a lot of good work, are highly valued and help many Derbyshire families,

On Tuesday 26 January, DCC’s Cabinet will meet to consider how the Council can make cuts of almost £70m over the next two years, on top of the £170m of cuts it has made since 2010.

As DCC Council Leader Anne Western says: “Dealing with cuts on this scale isn’t simply about a bit of budget trimming and doing things even more efficiently.

The harsh reality is that by 2020 the funding we get from Government will be more than a third lower than the amount we would need to provide services to the same level as in 2010 − so it’s inevitable that more and more people will see changes to the services they use.

You can read the full details here: http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/council/news_events/news-updates/2016/january/news_items/council_to_consider_more_proposals_towards_cutting_its_budget.asp

All the proposals are subject to a full public consultation.


High Peak top of Tory cruelty table

A benefits sanction map of the UK shows how High Peak claimants are being treated with cruelty, according to the charity homeless Crisis – as reported on the BBC News website today.

The High Peak is one of worst areas for these punitive sanctions, with 11.4% of claimants having their payments stopped – the 6th worse in the UK!

The payments – which can be stopped for four weeks, or as much as three years depending on how many times the rules are broken – have contributed to the ever increasing numbers of people relying on foodbanks  and presenting to local authorities and charities in crisis, such as Glossopdale’s Bare Necessities foodbank and the Glossopdale Furniture Project.

This simply cannot go on. The High Peak cannot survive another 5 years of Tory-led ideological driven cruelty and cuts.

We need change. We need compassion. We must vote for it on 7th May.

Vote Caitlin Bisknell!
Boot Bingham Out

Congratulations Commissioner Charles!

Friday saw Derbyshire Labour’s Alan Charles elected as the first Police And Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire.

I would like to reiterate my sincere congratulations to him and his team on their victory, and equally the victory for the people of Derbyshire:- with their police service now safeguarded from the threat of privatisation.
I also know that in Alan we have a vociferous champion for public services in this county, who will fight the proposed reckless government cuts of 20%.

Alan gained 44.3% of electors first preference votes and 61.1% once second preferences has been share between himself and the Tory candidate Simon Spencer. See full results below:

Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Election 2012 Results

Although Alan received this majority, this was on an official turnout of just 14.75% which is extremely disappointing – especially in a mature democracy such as ours.

So where does blame lie for this?  Squarely at the desks of Theresa May and David Cameron!

In the run-up to this PCC election – which cost £1 million here in Derbyshire alone – the government was rightly criticised for not doing enough to publicise these election and for virtually guaranteeing a low turnout by holding ballots in the cold and dark month of November. This, despite stating they wanted independent candidates to have a fighting chance. And worst of all has been its proven incompetence, at best, and maladministration, at worst, epitomised by the £350,000 spent printing Welsh ballot papers in English rather than both English and Welsh.

This costly and extremely flawed flagship policy is a further example of Cameron’s maxim for all government policy:

Insufficiently funded, incompetently executed and unpopular with voters.

So here’s wishing Alan and all his fellow Commissioners the best of luck in protecting our communities from crime, and from the long cutting tentacles of the Coalition Government.

Damien and Garry ‘set out their stall’

Candidate/Councillor on your Corner

The campaigning of  activists, Garry and I against cuts to adult social care was highlighted in both the town’s papers this week.

Glossopdale Labour will be holding further street stalls outside the town hall arcade on the High Street into February on Saturday 11am to 1pm.

We are very keen to listen to any comments and/or concerns you may have.
We, unlike the controlling Conservative group on the Council, feel that its better to chat to you in person rather than relying on gimmicky internet consultations.
So pop down and have a chat with one of us!

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