Monday, 28 October 2013

Coalition MP’s and councillors in Northumberland have been challenged to justify the current scale of cuts to Northumberland County Council which are three and half times more severe than cuts to Whitehall.

PRESS RELEASE
Labour slam coalition cuts ‘hypocrisy’
Local Government Association reveal that council budgets have been cut by 28% while central government budget cuts only amount to 8%

Coalition MP’s and councillors in Northumberland have been challenged to justify the current scale of cuts to Northumberland County Council which are three and half times more severe than cuts to Whitehall.
As the new Labour administration in County Hall contemplate a cut to this year’s council budget of £42m, Labour group and Council leader Grant Davey has highlighted the imbalance in cuts between Whitehall and ‘County Hall’. He’s drawing attention to the record of Conservative and Lib Dem MP’s in Northumberland who have voted and supported the extended cuts programme which will see Northumberland lose 35% of its total budget by 2017/18.
Now he’s challenging them to ‘stand up for Northumberland’ and join the push to get government to ‘think again’ on the pace of the cuts. Councillor Davey has revealed he’s already raised the issue of the pace and scale of the cuts in a recent meeting with Ed Milliband and now he’s challenging Hexham MP Guy Opperman and Berwick Lib Dem Sir Alan Beith to do the same with coalition ‘double act’, Cameron and Clegg.
Councillor Davey said
‘The coalition government seems to have it in for council’s like Northumberland and seem to see our county as a soft touch when it comes to cuts. We were elected in May to make the case for Northumberland’s residents and that’s what we’ll continue to do. The coalition mantra of ‘there is no alternative’ is hypocritical when LGA figures show that for every 1% of cuts from central government, local government is losing 3.5%. This shows that David Cameron’s sound bite ‘we’re all in this together’ is the worst kind of hypocrisy. It’s high time that coalition MP’s and councillors in Northumberland started to stand up for the county instead of standing up for this Con Dem government’.

Local government provides services like adult social care, education, housing, highways and roads and pavements, environmental services and child protection services.

Northumberland’s missed out again as Lib Dem’s opt to cut 5p from fuel duty in Scotland in controversial scheme

Northumberland’s missed out again as Lib Dem’s opt to cut 5p from fuel duty in Scotland in controversial scheme
Labour protest as coalition accused of abandoning Berwick and Hexham

A scheme set to be controversially introduced by the Con Dem government has fallen foul of Labour politicians across Northumberland as it emerged that ‘marginal Liberal Democrat seats in Scotland’ has been disproportionately favoured by a planned cut in fuel duty by 5p. The measure is targeted to help ‘rural communities who spend more per head on fuel costs but Labour in Northumberland have raised concerns why the county has been ignored.
Northumberland is ‘predominantly rural’ in which over 79% of its area has been classified by the government as rural. It also suffers from lower spending per head than urban areas which, on average, receive over £70 more per head under the government grant formula. Northumberland also suffers from lower average earnings and Labour are pointing to these factors which show why the county should have been included in 5p cut in fuel pilot.
Labour councillor Scott Dickinson who represents rural ward Druridge Bay said
‘Danny Alexander’s 5p fuel duty cut for 10 rural areas is a slap in the face of rural households and businesses in our county as we’ve again been snubbed. Only a month ago, Tory Hexham MP Guy Opperman was calling on David Cameron to cut fuel duty for rural areas in Northumberland but now we’ve found out that Lib Dem minister Danny Alexander has picked 7 constituencies in Scotland from a list of 10. Clearly, Sir Alan Beith and Guy Opperman have been ignored and you’ve got to wonder why Cameron and Clegg’s Con Dem government continue to ignore the needs of our county’.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Northumberland County Council have chosen to rejoin the Keep Britain Tidy movement to help with their very demanding budget cuts. The cuts target set by Government reduces the County Councils revenue budget by a third over the next four years, this after four years of major cuts to reduce the budget following the formation of the single unitary council in 2009.

Northumberland County Council to Change the Way People Act

Northumberland County Council have chosen to rejoin the Keep Britain Tidy movement to help with their very demanding budget cuts. The cuts target set by Government reduces the County Councils revenue budget by a third over the next four years, this after four years of major cuts to reduce the budget following the formation of the single unitary council in 2009.

Councillor Grant Davey, Leader of Council said:" many people have got into the habit of simply unwrapping products in the street and dropping packaging expecting the Council to clean up afterwards, the ability to do that in future is being forced down as the severe Government cuts from now until 2017 come into play."

Councillor Ian Swithenbank Policy Board member for Streetcare and the Environment said:" were aiming to raise the awareness of people either through the sympathetic campaigns of the Keep Britain Tidy partnerships or through enforcement action against litter louts. We would rather people thought about their actions and either used the street bins provided or take their litter home than have to be issued with a fine for abusing the trust of those who live alongside them. As the program moves on we will be working with Keep Britain Tidy on their reporting of litter from cars and encouraging commercial companies to clean up outside their businesses. Its everyone's responsibility to ensure we have a clean environment not just the Councils hard working Streetcare teams."