More than 350 Sure Start children's centres have closed since 2010, only eight new centres opening over that period, according to parliamentary answers. Labour MP Dan Jarvis says government has broken its promise to protect the scheme and is risking the wellbeing of children
Jim Ellis, candidate for Rugby Labour Hillmorton Division was Door knocking in Paddox today.
Since the boundary changes, which many local residents were unaware of, Roads from (Ashlawn end of Percival Rd) up to Balcombe and along St Johns to the Hillmorton Road are no longer part of Eastlands, but a part of Hillmorton Division in the County Council elections on May 4th.
Boundary changes can be found here - enter your post code: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/3224
This change means that Jerry Roodhouse will be standing in Eastlands but not this area - which people were asking about. Richard Dodd is standing down in the area too.
For many it was the first Labour face you have seen in a while.
Normally Jim works the other side of Hillmorton but now it is amalgamated - you will be seeing him as a local face more frequently.
Jim Ellis was really pleased and honoured to meet you today.
He said, "We worked as a team, knocking doors through from Balcombe through to Vernon Ave. I met some lovely people today. The Boundary changes, with the amalgamation of Paddox into Hillmorton Division means that - some of you I have met for the very first time. I know its confusing - but regardless how you vote... It's a pleasure to meet you."
Jim lives up near the Paddox pub. He is a local with two children in local schools. He is fully aware of issues in the local area and is happy to engage with residents and work to find solutions. He works in communications media and software development and from time to time is a part time lecturer teaching adults in Coventry.
Rugby Labour Line up - Warwickshire County Council Candidates 2017 May 4th
Helping Cllr Maggie O'rourke with New Bilton & Overslade today - great response on the doorstep - and with her experience and hands on approach - people were so receptive. Thanks to local residents who were happy to talk and chat.
Maggie is a seasoned champion for community groups and also very experienced in NHS care provision. We are standing to protect our services in Warwickshire... help us to help you.
A very cold day - snowing and bitter, yet Coton Division met with local resident Mary Webb and had a conversation about Health and social care today. Labour is fully committed to protecting our NHS, Social care and childrens centres.
With so many cuts facing us - We are also keen to introduce measures to generate income for Warwickshire county council as the Government forces cuts to council of an additional 67 million pounds.
An experienced County Councillor and school governor and retired school teacher: Mary has a lot to offer the area.
Please consider supporting Mary on May 4th
For months we have been calling for clarity, trying to understand what "Brexit means Brexit" actually means. Over the last couple of weeks we have finally been given some details, yet we are no more hopeful than we were before.
May's announcement that she intends to lead us out of the single market was disappointing. It was clear from the very beginning that remaining part of the single market whilst restricting immigration would be very difficult, but May has given up on the negotiations before they have even started.
Considering she has shown this weakness already her lists of demands; staying part of the customs union and the best possible access to the single market, is, extremely ambitious. This government is acting as though this will be a negotiation between two equals but isn't showing the mettle to be taken seriously. May's placid dealings with Trump demonstrate the level of desperation her government is at.
This is particularly troubling when the EU27 seem more united than ever. Guy Verhofstadt has called May's plan an illusion, whilst Lars Rohde, the governor of Denmark's central bank, has maintained that Brexit will be more painful for us than it is for them.
Of course, I hope that May is successful and gets all that she has asked for; as are many of my Labour colleagues who spoke up in Parliament this week. The vote passing with a landslide was no surprise, the majority of MPs from both sides of the aisle maintained they were going to respect the referendum result.
Yet as many were quick to point out, Parliament needs to have a key role in the negotiations. We cannot allow May to walk away with no deal and turn our country into a bargain basement tax haven, as she has threatened to do. That is not what the people of this country voted for.
While the UK economy has not tumbled off a cliff, it's becoming increasingly clear the prospect of Brexit is not doing it the world of good that Leavers promised; an Ipsos Mori survey of senior executives from more than 100 of the largest 500 companies found 58 per cent felt last year’s vote is already having a negative effect on their business. Business leaders have voiced concern about losing competitive advantage against European rivals if tariffs rise after Brexit, which will add to the costs of producing and exporting goods. Theresa May turned her back on the single market, claiming that a trade deal with the US can make up for the loss of access to the world's largest trading block. Well, Former US Ambassador Gardner sees it differently, explaining that Trump’s enthusiasm for bilateral trade deals is born from his desire to put “America First” meaning Britain would be disadvantaged in any future talks.
In the European Parliament, following an unprecedentedly open and nerve wrecking competition for the highest post in the Parliament, with the support of liberals and conservatives, Italian Conservative MEP Antonio Tajani has been elected as President of President of the European Parliament. Tajani, a former spokesman for Berlusconi, is a champion of the austerity agenda. Not surprising that Tories feel close to him. Yet how can liberals justify teaming up with someone who has a track record of turning his back on equality and civil rights? Although conservatives are now at the helm of all three EU institutions; The Parliament, Council and Commission - the Progressives are still the second largest group in parliament. We will continue to stand up for jobs and growth and provide a clear alternative vision to that of the conservatives, neo-liberals and national populists.
I will continue to keep you up-to-date with my work as well as the latest developments in both Brussels and Britain. As always, you can also follow me on Twitter, Facebook and visit my website for my regular updates.
Dear Residents of New Bilton,
To day I can confirm that Steve Birkett has resigned as councillor for the New Bilton ward with immediate effect.
Steve is a very valued member of the Labour team and he has worked tirelessly in the New Bilton ward.
He was a very active member of the Save Oakfield recreation ground campaign and made a massive contribution to community events locally including the edible garden at Jubilee Street.
Steve has moved to Lancashire to be close to his family. Since he no longer lives in Rugby he felt he could not represent residents in New Bilton as fully as he would want to.
The Labour Group wishes him every good wish for the future and he will be very sorely missed as a colleague, community activist and a friend.
Warwickshire County Council Budget 2017-18
Labour Councillor Alan Webb (Brownsover) today said, “Thursday was a difficult day for Warwickshire County Council. The massive £67m cuts by 2020 being forced on us as a result of the Conservative Government ending its central grant funding has meant that many services have been threatened with being withdrawn completely or much reduced. I’m pleased to say, however, that a compromise budget was reached between Labour and the Conservatives.
“None of us wanted to vote through these cuts – certainly not Labour. But we had to balance our budget as legally required and we fought to support those services that protect the most vulnerable. The consolidated budget contains important Labour principles including the support for children in their early years and protecting the elderly. There are now fewer cuts for Supporting People and helping our older population to live in their own homes, fewer cuts for Children’s Centres, fewer cuts for our Youth Justice system and elsewhere. At the same time, we proposed investing in improving transport infrastructure in particular while supporting economic growth. This was an important opportunity to show all parties working together in difficult times. Disappointingly, members of the other political parties felt unable to support the consolidated budget.”
Councillor Mary Webb (also Brownsover) said, "I am really concerned that all of our young children receive the best possible start in life. We have worked hard to build more classrooms so that there is a place in school in Rugby for every Rugby child. Our youngest children need Children's Centres and there will now be no further cuts in the coming year. I am also pleased that we are supporting our older residents."
Councillor Maggie O’Rourke (Lawford & New Bilton) added, “It is not obvious that the Tories would vote alongside Labour in its plans but this perhaps underlines the ‘right-ness’ of the proposals. We don’t want to make the cuts but the areas where we are securing expenditure are the important priorities for Warwickshire.”
Labour looked to safeguard some critical areas for the most vulnerable in our society. First of these was protecting Housing Related Support which helps the elderly stay ‘in-home’ and also provides accommodation for those people in transition such as the victims of domestic abuse.
Elsewhere, Labour argued that there should be no cuts to Children’s Centres over the next two years, i.e. in 2017-19, but the Tories would not accept this. The compromise was to see budgets preserved until 2018.
Alan Webb said “The truth is that none of the other parties would have achieved this, no matter how much they may say otherwise. It is worth noting that the last cuts to Children’s Centres came as part of the £92m Cuts to the County Council – cuts that were forced on us by the Tory-Lib/Dem Coalition that saw the Children’s Centre budget here in Warwickshire reduced by 40%. In the years 2014-16 the Lib/Dems abstained as the Tories pushed these cuts through - a shame really. Labour took action to protect critical services for the coming year in the face of eye-watering cuts of £33.8m initially proposed by the ruling Conservative Group. It is very positive indeed that Labour has persuaded the Conservatives to support Children's Centres.
And by investing in the ‘Prevention Strategy’ that keeps the most vulnerable, elderly and frail people living independently in their own homes and less likely to end up in hospital, Labour believes this will reap financial benefits elsewhere through releasing precious bed-space and NHS resources.
Alan Webb summarised, "Labour believes that we need to invest locally in infrastructure, transport and housing. We have proposed setting up a municipal house building company and a municipal transport company in addition to the energy company announced last week. Only through investing can we make long-term gains for all of Warwickshire particularly in the face of the present cuts. Those investments will really bear fruit in the medium and long-term.”
Labour said the Government should use the March budget to close the black hole opening up in the health service’s finances
This weekend saw the launch of Ish Mistry's campaign in Admirals. The ex Mayor and current Borough Councillor is a candidate for County Council. With so much community experience, Ish cares deeply for the area. As a team - we all spent a nice morning chatting with future voters on the Admirals estate.
The Independent is running the headline - that, the NHS could be part of a US trade deal.
Asked whether health services might form a part of a potential deal, she said: “We're at the start of the process of talking about a trade deal. We're both very clear that we want a trade deal.
“It will be in the interests of the UK from my point of view, that's what I'm going to be taking in, into the trade discussions that take place in due course.
“Obviously he will have the interests of the US. I believe we can come to an agreement that is in the interests of both.”
Asked again whether the NHS would be off the table she said: “As regards the NHS, we're very clear as a Government that we're committed to an NHS that is free at the point of use.”
The statement left open the possibility of the greater involvement of US firms in healthcare, as long as people do not have to pay for the services they provide at the moment they are received.
Today was a cold but positive campaign in the centre of town. Highlighting issues regarding the crisis in the NHS, the Labour Team engaged with attentive shoppers who stopped to ask about recent news. Shoppers were interested and concerned and Rugby Labour would like to thank them for their time.
Campaign to support Labour party's position on NHS & Social Care crisis 21 Jan 10:45 (for photo)
then 11am - 16:00 in town.
Meeting for Photograph at 10:45 @ Main Entrance of Rugby St. Cross Hospital.
Main group meeting: meeting in the town centre (Sheep Street – outside the old M&S) at 11am this Saturday to leaflet and speak to members of the public. Some members will remain in town leafleting whilst most of us will then head out door knocking in the New Bilton area.
- Over 1.8 million people had to wait longer than the guaranteed 4 hours in A&E last year.
- Waiting lists have soared to around 3.9 million in England
- Patients are suffering on trolleys and in ambulance queues
- The Tories have cut £4.6 billion from social care budgets
- Members of the Tory Government promised an extra £350 million a week for the NHS during the EU referendum. A pledge they have now scrapped.
- STP guidance advice, according to Sarah Carpenter - Head of Health at Unite - may cost over £15m in consultancy fees before any savings are made through cuts and consolidation of hospital services.
Jeremy Corbyn MP, leader of the Labour Party:
“The crisis in our NHS is unprecedented. People are lying on trolleys in corridors waiting to be seen. Hospitals have had to close their doors, unable to admit patients. The health service is at breaking point. But this crisis is not due to an outbreak of disease. It is a crisis made in Downing Street by this government – a crisis we warned them about.
The Red Cross yesterday announced it is providing humanitarian assistance to NHS trusts that simply do not have the resources to cope.
This is a national scandal – and Theresa May and Jeremy Hunt have to take both responsibility and urgent action to tackle it.
I’m grateful to the Red Cross volunteers who have stepped in during this emergency, as well as the hard working NHS staff who are being let down and undermined by this government. But we should not have to rely on the Red Cross to provide the basic care the people of this country need.
The fact is this government have repeatedly failed to put the necessary resources into our health service, while they have cut social care and wasted billions on a top-down reorganization to accelerate privatization.
And despite finding billions of tax giveaways for big business and the richest, Theresa May’s Conservatives failed to find a single penny for the NHS in their autumn statement.
Our NHS cannot survive if this government does not change course.
Labour is calling on the government to cancel their tax breaks for the wealthiest and fund our NHS instead. The people of this country need an explanation for the state of emergency in our hospitals, and an account of what action will be taken to end it.
The only person who can do that is the Prime Minister.
So I am demanding that the Prime Minister comes to the House of Commons on Monday and sets out to the British people how she plans to fix her failure on the NHS.”
The Red Cross being called in to help in our hospitals is just the latest staggering example of how the NHS is now being pushed to breaking point - Ashworth
Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, commenting on the Red Cross being called in to help our hospitals, said:
“The Red Cross being called in to help in our hospitals is just the latest staggering example of how the NHS is now being pushed to breaking point. For the Red Cross to brand the situation a ‘humanitarian crisis’ should be a badge of shame for government ministers.
“This winter we are seeing a third of hospitals reporting they need urgent help to cope with the numbers of patients coming through the doors, A&Es have had to turn patients away more than 140 times in December because they couldn’t cope and several hospitals have admitted they couldn’t offer patients comprehensive care. More patients are languishing on trolleys and in ambulance queues. Meanwhile hospitals have been desperately pleading on Twitter for patients to stay away from A&E.
“The stark reality is the NHS is facing a crisis this winter and in need of urgent help from Ministers. It’s time Theresa May urgently faced up to her responsibilities and abandoned her policy of systematically underfunding our NHS.“
If you don't believe us - perhaps you will listen to the Red Cross itself...
Make no mistake, this scandal exposes a criminal lack of funds that is sapping the lifeblood out of our most important public service.
Nurses and doctors perform miracles daily but the NHS must have more pairs of hands, more beds and more money to deliver the first-class care our country requires.
The Red Cross deals with humanitarian crises in disaster zones around the globe so when its British operation sends out an SOS on the dire state of this nation’s hospitals, the Health Secretary must be held accountable.
The Daily Telegraph - is reporting that scale of the problem is being under reported and is at 'Black Alert' the phrase used to denote the most serious level of emergency.
"The head of the British Red Cross on Friday called for an immediate cash injection for the health service, saying that its volunteers and staff were responding to an unfolding “humanitarian crisis”.
The charity revealed that it sent 18 volunteers in to help to East Midlands Ambulance Service earlier this week, with Land Rovers sent in to transport patients around the country, and staff sent in to help hospitals in crisis.
Mike Adamson, the charity’s chief executive, said volunteers had witnessed miserable scenes with elderly people left in danger for want of care.
“We’ve seen people sent home without clothes, some suffer falls and are not found for days, while others are not washed because there is no carer there to help them. If people don’t receive the care they need and deserve, they will simply end up returning to A&E, and the cycle begins again,” he said."
"The leaked memo, seen by The Telegraph, emerged as:
Figures revealed A&E departments have become so overwhelmed that they were forced to divert ambulances on 42 occasions last week - more than twice the figure last year
A woman was found to have died of a cardiac arrest after waiting on a trolley in corridor for 35 hours
The British Red Cross pleaded with ministers to pour extra cash into the health service to “stabilise” the situation
Hospitals opened an extra 3,000 emergency beds in mothballed wards and bays as demand soared."
Rugby Labour members protesting about fare rises. NNL-170401-123140001
Labour Party campaigners gathered outside Rugby railway station on Tuesday to hand out more than 400 leaflets about fare rises to commuters. It was part of Labour’s National Campaign Day on rail fares.
It claims since the Conservatives came to power, fares are up 27 per cent (three times faster than wages in the same period). The leaflets given to Rugby’s rail users included details of Labour’s plans to bring railways into public ownership, keep fares down and put passengers before profit.
County Council candidate for Hillmorton, Jim Ellis, said: “UK commuters spend at least 2.5 times as much on train fares as their EU counterparts. We need to think differently – we need a more joined-up transport system of travel that puts money back into workers’ pockets.”
Read more at: http://www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk/news/rugby-labour-campaigns-against-rail-fare-rises-1-7760244
RICHARD HOWARTH 17:34 Thursday 05 January 2017
"When it comes to opportunity, we won’t entrench the advantages of the fortunate few, we will do everything we can to help anybody, whatever your background, to go as far as your talents will take you."
So said Theresa May on the day she took office as PM....And she does this by slashing funding in 98% of schools.
Is it too far fetched to forecast some future a bill to allow state schools to introduce tuition fees, or supplement fees, coming in the next Parliament.
“Just about managing” families – or “Jams” as they’ve come to be known – have featured prominently in Theresa May’s rhetoric since she became prime minister. We’ve been told making their lives easier will be a top priority for her government."
Who are the Jams? One of the first uses was in a paper published by the thinktank Policy Exchange last year. Its author, James Frayne, defines them as C1/C2 families: lower middle class and upper working class families, around half of all households in Britain. He characterises them as families who manage to get by, but who have low resilience to economic shocks such as rising inflation and interest rates. In other words, they are likely to be hit hard by Brexit’s economic headwinds." 1
Theresa May said in her 1st Prime Minister speech
".... if you’re born poor you will die on average nine years earlier than others. If you’re black, you’re treated more harshly by the criminal justice system than if you’re white. If you’re a white, working class boy, you’re less likely than anybody else in Britain to go to university.
If you’re at a state school, you’re less likely to reach the top professions than if you’re educated privately. If you’re a woman, you will earn less than a man. If you suffer from mental health problems, there’s not enough help to hand. If you’re young, you’ll find it harder than ever before to own your own home."2
Cutting education will not make life easier and may just mean that these are hollow words.
The NUT and ATL teaching unions have produced a forecast based on the new funding formula. Their website will allow you to enter your postcode to see what the issue is with your local school. The web site is saying that Tory budgets may mean that successful schools like Ashlawn alone may be facing over 800,000+ pounds of cuts by 2020.
The cuts formula is published here: http://www.schoolcuts.org.uk/#/about
Channel 4 have reported on the school funding formula and seem concerned that schools may 'lose out; from the new funding formula. https://www.channel4.com/news/schools-lose-out-from-new-funding-formula
Should you be interested in finding out about your local area: http://www.schoolcuts.org.uk/#/
In terms of my local Area alone - Paddox and Hillmorton we see the following:
Labour pledges to end “national shame” of rough sleeping, and double new homes reserved for homeless - John Healey
Labour has pledged to put an end to homeless people having to sleep rough on the streets and park benches. In a new commitment today, Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary John Healey MP announced Labour will effectively end rough sleeping within its first term in government by removing the need for anyone to sleep on the streets. He has written to the Prime Minister to ask her to back Labour’s plans.
As a first plank of a new national rough sleeping strategy, a Labour government would double the number of homes ‘ring-fenced’ for people who have slept on the streets, renewing a housing scheme started by Conservative Peer and former Housing Minister Sir George Young for London in 1991.
The Clearing House scheme run by homelessness charity St Mungo’s on behalf of the Greater London Authority provides 3750 flats in more than 40 housing associations across London for people who have a history of rough sleeping.
Under Labour’s plan, 4,000 permanent new reserved flats or houses would be created, and the scheme extended beyond the capital. Labour is challenging the government to implement the proposal by striking an agreement with housing associations to make the accommodation available now, and provide funding for replacements.
In addition to setting up new ‘clearing house’ schemes in cities like Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool and Manchester, Mr Healey also wants to see Ministers backing charities to expand street outreach teams for people sleeping rough.
The new homes would be let at genuinely affordable social rents, and in order to access this accommodation, recipients would have to be British nationals or otherwise eligible for social housing.
Since a change in the law in 2011, homeless people are increasingly housed in insecure private rented homes, making it more likely that they will end up back on the streets.
The announcement comes after recent reports of rough sleepers dying on the streets of Birmingham and Manchester as a result of cold weather.
The number of rough sleepers in England fell dramatically over Labour’s time in government due to a series of government initiatives, and there were only 464 rough sleepers recorded in 2009.
Since 2010 the number of rough sleepers has doubled – with 3,569 people recorded in 2015 under a new annual measure introduced in 2010.
While charities say these statistics do not come close to providing a comprehensive measure of the number of people sleeping rough, which is likely to be much higher than official figures, they do confirm the rapidly rising level of need.
Commenting, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, John Healey MP said:
“Homelessness is not inevitable in a country as decent and well off as ours. This problem can be solved, but it demands a new national will to do so. The rapidly rising number of people sleeping in doorways and on park benches shames us all. There can be no excuses – it must end. Full stop.
“This growing homelessness should shame the government most of all. The spiralling rise in street homelessness results directly from decisions made by Ministers since 2010 on housing, and on funding for charities and councils.
“Under the last Labour government, years of sustained action brought rough sleeping right down, but it has doubled since 2010.
“A Labour government would put a stop to this national shame and provide homeless people with a place to call home and rebuild their lives.”
On January 3rd we will meet outside Rugby train station from 4.30pm to 5.30pm
to distribute leaflets to rush hour commuters to protest the 27% hike in fares.
|Rugby - London (Virgin)||£6,280||£7,844||£1,564||25%|
The Tories have allowed rail fares to rocket by 27% - that's a rise three times faster than the growth in wages. Some season tickets are up by over 40%.
Under-investment is leading to chaos and cost to commuters. We were told that higher fares would fund investment, but vital projects to improve reliability have been delayed for years. Passengers are paying even more to travel on increasingly overcrowded and unreliable trains.
LABOUR WILL PUT PASSENGERS FIRST
Rail privatisation has been a failure. Every year, millions of pounds which could go on improvements is handed to shareholders. Rigid contracts make it harder to deal with overcrowding.
Labour will put passengers first, bringing rail into public ownership. Routes will naturally return to public ownership as private contracts expire, meaning profits can be re-invested to improve services & hold fares down.
Rugby Labour has battled for this outcome regarding the Bins and set up the public petition online and in the media. Green bins will be re-instated from 23 January. An official Press release will be made available soon. Thank you to the locals who pushed this forward.
There is every chance we will still be 'charged' for a green Bin in the future - so Its not over yet... SO KEEP SIGNING
Opposition councillors welcomed the news but were critical of RBC for taking the initial decision to suspend green bin collection.
Leader of Rugby Labour Group, Cllr Claire Edwards said: “This is great news for local residents that the Conservative council has scrapped the suspension of green waste collections in Rugby over the winter off the back of a successful community campaign from Labour. “This just goes to show how important – and effective – local community campaigns can be. People were rightly angered by a very poor decision by the Conservatives and their voice has been heard and common sense has, thankfully, prevailed. This should be a lesson to the Tories – they can’t make unilateral decisions – residents in Rugby are too shrewd and they won’t stand for it.
“People are also incredibly angry about further Tory proposals to start charging for green bin collections next year. Labour has listened to local people and we will also be fighting this proposal – which amounts to little more than a garden tax.”
Read more at: http://www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk/news/u-turn-over-rugby-green-bin-collections-1-7737053
I would like to state to Tory Rugby Borough Council that the suspension of the Green Bin service and the option of a 'Tory Garden Tax' is unacceptable.
The so called saving of 25K is miniscule and disproportionate to the inconvenience people feel about this service.
Labour Councillors both Borough and County council including candidates believe that the Tory borough leader’s decision to suspend the green bin service for three months from the beginning of December without consultation is outrageous. Councillors believe that, “local people will end up being charged for this service in the future”... “ the one thing we can guarantee is that this decision will increase the likelihood of contaminate waste and fly tipping locally which is already a real challenge."
It also seems that there will be no financial benefit to the council taxpayers of Warwickshire or indeed Rugby from the Rugby Borough Tory group decision to suspend this service.
All the green waste which would have gone to a composting site in Warwickshire to generate material which has a value at the end of the process will now go to landfill at a cost of over £84 per tonne. Rugby Borough Council’s stated savings of around £25k will actually lead to an additional cost for all residents across Warwickshire of over £33k.
Oppose the 'Tory Garden Tax' & Green Bin suspension