In 2007, it was reported in the local media, that the Conservative controlled City Council, here in Peterborough decided that Westcombe, had become a financial drain, and it announced plans to wind-down the facility.
This would have seen 21 disabled and four able-bodied workers lose their jobs.
Did you know the ex-Tory councillor and now Mayor of the Council, Cllr John Fox, (who gets paid £12,000 a year for being mayor) has decreed members of the Peterborough public, SHOULD NOT be allowed to sit, in the public gallery …. in the Council Chamber!???
Yip! The Tories at the Town Hall have once more been coming up with some super ideas in order to deal with their impending financial deficit, caused either by their own vanity projects or cuts made by their Tory colleagues in central government.
This time they’re proposing that if your bin gets stolen, then to get a replacement you’ll need to pay them £25 for a new bins and £15 for a new food caddy and set of liners.
At this point ………
A) You might be wondering where your Council Tax actually goes and what it gets spent on?
B) You might also remember that these are the same Tories who came up with the idea of charging you to have your brown bin collected a.k.a the Brown Bin Tax.
The bods at the Town Hall are justifying this proposal by talking about “….the number of lost or stolen bins in the city.”
They claim, last year the council spent £144k replacing these.
They also claim that they predict that this cost will rise to £170k in 2018/19.
But give no reason as to why? Perhaps they know of some of some expert bin thieves moving up from London in the near future?
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“Modern day slavery is a rising threat to our communities, and because of its hidden nature, is a major concern.”
In my opinion, there is no doubt that more people locally, need to be more aware of modern slavery to help tackle criminal gangs exploiting vulnerable workers living in squalor and on scandalous wages.
The predicament has not been helped either by the Council’s mismanagement of school places i.e. closing schools like Bretton Woods etc, which has meant the need to build two new schools, such as the ones at the Manor Drive/Paston Reserve area, which resulted in a reduction in affordable homes, that was previously agreed.
The number of affordable homes built in 2015/16 fell by 52% and was the lowest number in 24 years.
A steady decline in affordable housing and squeezes on household incomes has seen the number of households local authorities have been forced to place in temporary accommodation rise by 50% since 2010.
This is bad for families and communities and expensive for the council.
A renaissance in house-building by the City Council and a Government plan to reduce the squeeze on household incomes are both needed if we are to stand any chance of solving our housing crisis, reducing homelessness and the use of temporary accommodation, and sustainably reducing the housing benefit bill.
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