Yeovil Labour Party meeting at Unity Hall Yeovil have submitted a motion to Annual Party Conference condemning the unfair leaseholds and service charges arising from the Government’s ‘Help to Buy’ scheme. Members say the motion has been submitted to highlight unfair practices in the leasehold market.
The motion runs “Yeovil Constituency Labour Party condemns the existing unfair leaseholds and service charges imposed on those purchasing homes using the Government Help to Buy scheme. Whilst the government has belatedly cracked down on the abuse of new leaseholds, it has done nothing to help those who have already bought homes without being informed that they were leasehold, have seen the cost of purchasing their freehold increase by up to 2,000 per cent without explanation, or have been held to ransom by excessive mandatory service charges. The government has failed to defend new home owners against sharp practice. The Labour Party must fight for decent housing and fair treatment across all tenures.”
This years Labour Party conference will be held in Liverpool from Sunday 23 September to Wednesday 26 September 2018. Yeovil CLP will be sending 3 delegates to conference.
For further information please contact: Terry Ledlie Chairman
“Nobody comes into politics to make decisions like this” said Tory County Leader Cllr David Fothergill, as he announced massive cutbacks in services and jobs, admitting “but local government’s continuous lobbying for more funding simply hasn’t been heard”. Cllr Fothergill also accepted that despite making £130m of ‘savings’ over the last eight years, the authority had now reached the “very sharp end” of continued austerity. “Local authorities have to deliver a balanced budget, but the funding we receive falls far short of the cost of the services we provide and that has to have an impact. We’ve tried hard to avoid this, looked at every option open to us in terms of financial flexibility, but have been left with no choice. These proposals will be hard to deliver and difficult to stomach for anyone who works for or with this authority. This is the very sharp end of austerity, but the consequences of not taking this action, of not bringing ourselves to financial sustainability, would be even harder on our residents and that has to be avoided.”
Delegates to Bridgwater Trades Union Council, many of whom are NHS employees, are angry at yet another attempt to undermine the NHS by charging for services. Tory MP, Christopher Chope, has introduced the NHS Co-funding and Co-payment Bill which proposes charges for some NHS procedures, possibly including GP appointments. The Bill will be debated in Parliament in October 2018.
Trades Union Council Secretary Dave Chapple said : “The NHS was created in 1948 so that healthcare would be available to all, regardless of wealth & income, and free at the point of delivery. This principle was undermined in 1953, when charges for prescriptions and spectacles were introduced. Chope’s Bill, if successful, could open the floodgates to further charging.
The excuse given is that too many people visit their GPS for frivolous reasons and a charge would deter them! Even if this were true, and there is little evidence, the chief effect of such a charge would be to deter those on low incomes. Some of these people might have serious ailments, which would get worse, costing the NHS more in the long run!Continue reading “Workers Anger at Proposed NHS Charging”
A Somerset Socialist History Conference will be held on Saturday 15th September 2018 at the GWRSA/Railway Club, Wellington Rd, Bridgwater TA6 5HA. The event has been organised by Bridgwater Trades Union Council and is free of charge.
Somerset County Council Labour leader Cllr Leigh Redman (Bridgwater South) has launched a major attack on the years of Tory control as 130 jobs are threatened asking ‘Why are we in this position?’ and ‘How do we get out of this hole?’ The full text of his speech is below.
“What a way for our staff to start a bank holiday weekend! “Following a week of rumours and gossip around the financial position the council finds itself in, as members of staff started to leave work for the bank holiday weekend they all received an email outlining a summary of areas where savings proposals are being developed for consideration by Cabinet on Wednesday, September 12.
“The first thing that hit me when I read the list, was whatever the justification, how wrong these further cuts are, and how the list appeared to impact hardest, those most vulnerable amongst us, the ones that need our help most.
Bridgwater Branch of the Labour Party presented a giant birthday card on Thursday to Matron, Norma Coombes, and staff at Bridgwater Hospital, in celebration of the 70 years since the birth of the National Health Service. The birthday card had been signed by numerous members of the public at a “birthday party” held in Bridgwater town centre on 7th July.
Mayor of Bridgwater, Cllr Diogo Rodrigues, has recently visited Bridgwater Community Hospital to commemorate 70 years of the NHS. His visit commenced by talking with the workers there about the state of our local hospital today and the difficulties that it has gone through. He was treated to a tour of the hospital and spoke with many of the staff before offering them a commemorative plaque on behalf of Bridgwater Town Council.
Does anyone really know or understand what is happening to our NHS in Somerset? asks County Labour Leader Cllr Leigh Redman (Bridgwater South)
Let’s start with what we know, Staff are frustrated.
Why are staff frustrated? One answer is outsourcing, this comes in a few guises, one is termed “wholly owned subsidiary companies”, such as the Symphony and Simply Serve, recently 350 staff were TUPE transferred into Simply serve, this new NHS owned company, Staff have seen in the past the potential for the new employer to instigate their own organisational change. Staff then find themselves at risk of inferior T&C’s and lower pay rates. Outsourcing constitutes a breakup of the “one team” ethos of the NHS. Unions work hard along with staff to promote the value of teamwork. The cleaning staff, porters, catering staff are as valuable as the clinical and managerial staff. One without the other results in a chaotic service. Continue reading “‘Does anyone understand what is happening to our NHS in Somerset?’ asks Labour Leader”
Terry Ledlie, Chairman of Yeovil CLP ask’s the Question – What gives the Liberal Democrat party the right to assume that they will automatically reclaim Yeovil, at the next General election?
David Cameron once said he was the “Heir to Blair”, I cannot see the current Liberal PPC winning in Yeovil and is no heir to the current Yeovil MP Marcus Fysh.
If you are listening Mr Clark unless you up your game, you will not be win, at the next election by just turning up. Yeovil is in need of a MP will stand up for the people of Yeovil Constituency.
Whilst Mick has been in place as PPC for some time now we are now seeing numerous fundraising dinners with the likes of the Ex MP David Laws and now in November the Ex Leader Nick Clegg who is popular or should I say unpopular! Proven at the last General election where students turned out and voted labour over his broken promise on student fees. We are also seeing surgeries but what we are not seeing is any sign of what he will do if he is elected!
What Yeovil Needs
Whilst we are now 10 years into austerity that has hit the poor the hardest, with severe cuts to bus services, Libraries and the majority of public services, some one needs to ask the question. Mick Clark if elected as MP for Yeovil Constituency what will you do?
For example: Yeovil needs the following;
Car parking that is attractive and affordable.
A Bus service that is accessible to all and one that runs on a Sunday.
A high street that brings people to Yeovil not divert them to neighbouring towns.
What will you do about the homeless people in Yeovil.
The list is not exhaustive and is merely an example of the questions that I would expect any current PPC to answer both without prejudice.
Bridgwater’s dynamic young Labour Mayor, Cllr Diogo Rodrigues, is on line once again with the latest in a series of new initiatives to bring the Mayoralty into the 21st century. Having launched his ‘Mayor Goes Live’ show on 5th August on Facebook with guest Town Council Leader Brian Smedley, he will be taking questions again, this time with long serving Labour Councillor Adrian Moore (Bridgwater Hamp) this time on Monday 27th August at 6.30pm . People can tune in, see him live from the Town Hall and ask him questions about anything at all from Town Council policy to the Labour Party to anything that’s on their mind.
Diogo plans to hold the ‘Mayor Live’ events a couple of times a month and wants them to be informal and as casual as possible so as to not put people off. His intention is to always have a special guest.