Imagine a government so incompetent that it designed a tax that hit soldiers but not prisoners; or a Department so useless it punished foster parents for the crime of giving a home to a child in need. Imagine ministers so out of touch they had to be told by others their plans hurt tens of thousands [...]
According to the Guardian’s analysis of council cuts Tory local government cabinet supremo Eric Pickles’ is presiding over drastic spending cuts which will hit the poorest in society hardest. Data compiled by Newcastle city council shows alarming divides in council funding: between rich and poor, north and south and rural and urban areas.
The analysis showed councils [...]
It is rare that I see eye to eye with any Tory but last week Michael Hesletine , arguably the best leader the Tories never had, returned to front line politics with a report that is – if nothing else – a clear plan for economic growth. His hard hitting report is a clear recognition that [...]
The confirmation by the Office of National Statistics that the UK economy has been driven completely off course and into an avoidable double dip recession is a social disaster for the over one million young people out of work, and is a political catastrophe for the Coalition Government facing local elections next week.
In May 2010, the [...]
I know I’m not the first and I certainly won’t be the last to ask the Coalition Government what on earth it means by fairness.
This week the Labour Opposition forced a parliamentary debate on the mess surrounding the government’s plan to cut child benefit. In the debate they highlighted irrefutable evidence from the Institute for Fiscal [...]
Dear Mrs Desai
As the civic leader for the area most connected to your football club, I am sure you will not be surprised that I have growing concerns about the reports that I am getting of the chaos that is currently surrounding Blackburn Rovers.
I speak for all at the Council, including those who support other teams, [...]
September 2010 seems a long time ago, and certainly allot of political water has gone under the bridge, since Labour assumed control of the Council.
During the last twelve months the Labour administration consolidated its position at the May elections and is proud of its record of listening to people and protecting front line services and the [...]
Last week “Blue Sky” thinkers around Prime Minister David Cameron suggested childcare cuts, reduction in maternity leave rights and ensuring women who are teachers or work in the NHS are in fear of job loss need to be introduced to kick start the economy. However despite rowing back from some of these crazy ideas, since the Tory [...]
It’s nearly three weeks since the local elections and though very busy sorting out forming an administration for the next twelve months, I’ve been able to reflect on the message that was sent to us by the electorate.
The last twelve months have been a traumatic time for the communities of Blackburn with Darwen; horrendous cuts in [...]
Cuts to childcare support alone will leave families up to £1500 a year worse off
Families in Blackburn with Darwen on Wednesday started to feel the real impact of the Conservative-led Government’s decision to cut too deep and too fast as cuts to tax credits, childcare support and child benefit start to take hold.
With family budgets already [...]