“Devastating” job cuts and closures in Skills and Learning – despite funding U-turn

Monday, 16 October 2017
Minehead ‘Skills and Learning’ centre

Labour is calling for a new review of the funding for Somerset Skills and Learning (SS&L) after it emerged that it is proposing the closure of six centres and more than 50 staff redundancies. A government U-turn which gave back to SS&L £2 million in lost funding has not been enough to secure the future.

SS&L was hit with a 97% funding cut in September. But after a campaign by Labour and others it was then given 75% of its required funding as “transitional” funds. However, this still left the company almost £1 million short. People booked on to adult education courses are still waiting to hear whether they will go ahead. They have been told that courses with enough students to be viable will start this term. Continue reading ““Devastating” job cuts and closures in Skills and Learning – despite funding U-turn”

Children’s Centre Consultation Flawed says Labour

Friday, 6 October 2017


Labour’s Kathrine See “Not a proper consultation”

Labour is urging people across Somerset to take part in a county council consultation about the future of children’s centres. But it’s warning those who respond to be careful – as the consultation seems designed to win support for the Conservative council’s preferred option.

 Somerset County Council (SCC) wants to downgrade most of the children’s centres in the county, reducing the number of designated Sure Start centres from 24 to just eight. That would be a huge cut from the 41 centres set up under the Labour government in 2005.

The leader of the Labour group on SCC, Leigh Redman, said: “Any closure of a children’s centre is a bad thing. I urge people to take part in this consultation.” Continue reading “Children’s Centre Consultation Flawed says Labour”

Labour Lives : No 3 JOHN TURNER

Sunday, 1 October 2017

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”

Saved! Adult education classes to start as funding is restored after Labour campaign

Sunday, 1 October 2017
County Labour Leader Leigh Redman “Campigning against the cuts”

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.

 SS&L is to receive about £2.5 million. That’s 75 per cent of the money it says it needs and a massive improvement on the £110,000 it was told it would be getting. SS&L said: “Some funding has been allocated, although not the full amount we bid for. It does allow us to move forward however. Good news!” Continue reading “Saved! Adult education classes to start as funding is restored after Labour campaign”

A dossier of incompetence – Labour says MP is not fit to be in Parliament

Wednesday, 27 September 2017
Ian Liddell Grainger doesn’t have a terribly good record of making an impact..

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.

Time after time, Liddell-Grainger  has failed to help constituents faced with problems – or has made things worse with alarmist and unsubstantiated interventions.  Labour has compiled a dossier of recent examples: Continue reading “A dossier of incompetence – Labour says MP is not fit to be in Parliament”

Boxworks Proposals :’Good Idea,Wrong location’ says Frome Labour

Tuesday, 19 September 2017
How the plans indicate the Boxworks proposals will look

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.

Continue reading “Boxworks Proposals :’Good Idea,Wrong location’ says Frome Labour”

The Fight for Adult Education goes on

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

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”

Young Labour seek solution for local people in West Somerset Resort

Sunday, 17 September 2017

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.

Tavey See (Youth and Student Officer for West Somerset Labour) says “This is a terrible blow for the young people of the area who have no means of reliable transport to visit the cinema in larger towns”. Continue reading “Young Labour seek solution for local people in West Somerset Resort”

Where was Ian? Tory MP absent from key meetings on Somerset adult education

Friday, 15 September 2017
The Somerset delegation and no ILG (even ‘airbrushed’ in…)

People in Bridgwater and West Somerset are demanding to know why their MP Ian Liddell-Grainger was absent from two crucial meetings in response to a massive cut in the budget for adult education.

 The budget for classes run by Somerset Skills and Learning (SS&L) has been slashed from £3.4 million to just £110,000 and hundreds of classes across the county have been postponed. Labour says this is a result of government cuts and of SS&L being hived off from the county council by the Conservative administration at County Hall. Continue reading “Where was Ian? Tory MP absent from key meetings on Somerset adult education”