For more than 50 years John Turner has been a towering figure in Labour politics in Bridgwater.He has a street named after him, a room in the Town Hall named after him, he’s a ‘Freeman of the Town’, a former Mayor, a former Borough Councillor, Sedgemoor District Councillor and still a Town Councillor, an ex-Trades Union leader, an ex-Magistrate and , probably most important to him, an ex-Matelot.
John Turner was first elected to Bridgwater Borough Council in 1961, continued onto its successor councils Sedgemoor District (1974) and Bridgwater Town (2003). Throughout this time he never lost an election and for most of it he was the Leader. Continue reading “Labour Lives : No 3 JOHN TURNER”
Labour’s campaign to save adult education in Somerset has won a significant victory. The government has found millions of pounds more for SS&L (Somerset Skills and Learning). Classes due to start this term will now go ahead.
Bridgwater and West Somerset Labour Party today reveals a devastating dossier of incompetence by the Conservative MP Ian Liddell-Grainger. In the short time since the 2017 election, he has repeated a pattern of bluster, rudeness and untruthfulness which has become all too familiar to his constituents. Labour says it’s time for this political dinosaur to go.
The local Labour Party stand with the people of Frome in their opposition to the siting of the Frome Boxworks proposal. This is a scheme generated by Mendip District Council to place twenty giant shipping containers in the Market Yard car park, which they own. The containers are to be converted, Shoreditch-style, into starter offices and managed by Gavin Eddy of Forward Space, who has a similar scheme up and running in Bristol.
A demonstration and petition on Monday gave local people the chance to have their voices heard on the Governments devastating cuts to Adult Education in Somerset.
West Somerset Labour collected signatures for what will form part of a county wide petition to the Government. Somerset Skills and learning has lost a whopping 97% of its funding and its future is really hanging in the balance. Continue reading “The Fight for Adult Education goes on”
West Somerset Young Labour is working to re-establish access for locals to the Butlins cinema.
The Minehead holiday resort recently announced that it would no longer be able to allow local residents to use their cinema. The decision was apparently taken over security fears with the heightened terror alert. Butlins state that they need to be able to identify who is on site at any one time and therefore non-paying guests would no longer be able to use the cinema.
In this years finance budget,Labour controlled Bridgwater Town Council ring-fenced £7,000 for youth spending. Cllr Diogo Rodrigues (Labour,Dunwear North), as lead member for youth, started a consultation with youth organisations, youth leaders and young people to get a better understanding of the youth provision in the town. At tonight’s Town Council meeting the BTC Youth Grant scheme was launched and criteria agreed.
Cllr Rodrigues, who is also the Youth & Student officer for the Bridgwater and West Somerset CLP, introduced the budget proposals saying “The council set up a Youth Working Party tasked with detailing how the £7,000 youth budget would best be spent. We are now proud to put forward a youth grant system for this financial year, with the application process open immediately and a maximum of £500 available for each successful organisation. Applicants will have to meet criteria as set out in the application and will also be required to report back on the success of the project which funds have been used for.Continue reading “Labour Town Council Passes ‘Budget for Youth’”
You couldn’t make it up – that’s the devastating verdict from a further education expert on the chaos that has left Somerset Skills and Learning fighting for its life.
Full details of the fiasco that stopped classes across the county are revealed in the latest issue of FE Week – a respected further education newspaper. It makes clear that the Conservative policy of outsourcing council services is behind an “outrageous result for Somerset.”
FE Week reveals:
The funding for adult education services from Somerset Skills and Learning (SS&L) was cut from £3.4 million to just £111,000 even though SS&L is rated “good” by Ofsted
SS&L scored 525 out of 600 in its evaluation, but now faces a “catastrophic” reduction in its money
Other training providers which didn’t even bid for money were given grants of millions of pounds.
And crucially: If SS&L had stayed part of Somerset County Council its budget would not have been cut at all