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   Lancashire County Council –

   What it does

   Why Campaign

This is based on a talk about LCC at a recent Lancaster Branch meeting, given by Michael Tomlinson, LCC member for Leyland Central.

LCC is responsible for these Services ……

  • Adult Social Care – Older people, Vulnerable Adults, Learning Disabilities
  • Children’s Social Care- Fostering & Adoption, Children in Care, Youth Offending, Special Educational Needs & Disabilities
  • Schools - Support and Advice on School Improvement, School Places, School Transport, Outdoor Education
  • Public Health- Health Visitors, School Nurses, WPEH (Wellbeing, Protection & Early Help service)
  • Highways & Transport Policy
  • Library Service
  • Waste Disposal
  • Economic Development-Jobs, Skills, Growth

But not responsible for these Services ……

  • Waste Collection
  • Leisure
  • Parks & Playgrounds
  • Planning
  • Environmental Health/Enforcement
  • Litter & Dog Fouling
  • Buses & Trains
  • Motorways!

Where LCC spends money:

  • Adult Services                  £317,674,000
  • Children’s Services           £119,421,000
  • Community Services                  £134,239,000
  • Public Health                   £28,860,000
  • Development                             £35,574,000
  • Others                                      £77,252,000

Total                £713,020,000

 

The Challenge Ahead

  • Currently spending over £100m a year more than we get in
  • Funding from Central Government is falling (down by £153,000,000 from 2011/12 to 2016/17) and will soon go
  • Demand for Adult Services and Children’s Services is growing
  • Predicted to run out of money by end of 2019/20
  • At the same time the local Health Service is predicted to be around £800 million adrift of the funding it needs by 2020

Why campaign & vote for Labour in LCC?

  • Labour is currently the largest group, but is a minority administration, generally supported by the LibDems
  • We have....introduced the Living Wage for LCC employees, signed the Ethical Care Charter, delivered the Heysham Link, helped create over 4,500 jobs and apprenticeships, have 95% of primary schools rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’
  • We will….Continue to stand up for those who are most vulnerable, grow Lancaster’s economy even further, look to support green energy schemes, invest in school buildings

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LCC - What it does, Why campaign

   Lancashire County Council –    What it does    Why Campaign This is based on a talk about LCC at a recent Lancaster Branch meeting, given by Michael Tomlinson, LCC member for...

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Cat writes about the Tory ministers and their plans to trial the use of requiring ID in polling stations.

While Labour supports measures to tackle electoral fraud, requiring voters to produce specific forms of photo ID risks denying millions of electors a vote. The Electoral Commission in 2016 reported that 3.5 million electors – 7.5 percent of the electorate – would have no acceptable piece of photo ID (passport or driving licence are the likely requirements). We must not underestimate the significance of this. By introducing strict identification laws, there is a risk of disenfranchising disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, those already most excluded from the political process.

There is also no evidence to suggest that electoral fraud is widespread in the UK. A total of 665 cases of alleged voter fraud and complaints about elections last year, out of a total of 51.4 million votes cast in all electoral contests in that period. That is only 1 case for every 77,000 votes cast, and of the 665 cases, only 130 related to voting offences! The Electoral Reform Society dismissed the voter ID trails as “a sledgehammer to crack a nut” and urged the government to “think very carefully before introducing barriers to voting. Local Authorities have also started to challenge the Government.

When questioned on this, Chris Skidmore, minister for the constitution, admitted that voter fraud was not a significant issue. The minister argued that the trials were more about tackling the perception of electoral fraud and installing confidence in our electoral system. Apparently despite the risk of reducing voter particpation!

Read the full article on LabourList

 

The young and vulnerable are at risk of being cut out of democracy

Cat writes about the Tory ministers and their plans to trial the use of requiring ID in polling stations. While Labour supports measures to tackle electoral fraud, requiring voters to...

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Health Campaigns Together has called a national demonstration in London on 4th March . Lancaster branch has been working with other local activists and organised a coach to the NHS march in London (see below). The time has come to demonstrate the breadth and depth of support for the NHS and anger and opposition to the destructiveness of Tory policies. The Royal College of Nursing and the BMA have both now joined the growing list of local and regional organisations involved.

Our National Health Service is at breaking point. On the backdrop of gross underfunding, private companies are taking on more contracts, breaking up more of the NHS. The value of NHS staff salaries has reduced by 14% since 2010 and there are now 25,000 nursing and 3,500 midwifery vacancies in NHS England alone.  By March the “winter crisis” will not be over and the savage cuts in the so-called Sustainability and Transformation Plans will start to be evident. Theresa May’s demands for yet more austerity in the NHS represent a real risk to the safety of patients and the service.

The NHS is the single greatest achievement of working class people in Britain. We cannot allow it to be undermined and ultimately destroyed. We must march together, sending a clear message to the government; “the NHS will last as long as there are folk with the faith to fight for it.”  This could be a massive demonstration, bringing together the growing number of community campaigns with the trade union movement. 

The NHS is held in great affection and people fear its destruction.  The Tories are weak on this issue and we must ensure that we have a massive demonstration that will help to focus the discontent in this country.  Please come on the march if you can. The coach to London will be picking up at Carnforth, Lancaster and probably Preston. We have a few places left on the coach.  If you want to book a seat, please contact Deborah Finn on 07709 546280 or finnble@gmail.com  Seats are £20 for a return ticket.

 

NHS Demo 4 March

Health Campaigns Together has called a national demonstration in London on 4th March . Lancaster branch has been working with other local activists and organised a coach to the NHS...

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