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Commenting on the Syria situation, Jeremy Corbyn MP, leader of the Labour Party, said:

“Further UK military intervention in Syria’s appalling multi-sided war risks escalating an already devastating conflict.

“The government appears to be waiting for instructions from President Donald Trump on how to proceed. But the US administration is giving alarmingly contradictory signals.

“Even US defence secretary James Mattis has said we “don’t have evidence” and warned further military action could “escalate out of control.

“Ministers should take their proposals, such as they are, to parliament. And Britain should press for an independent UN-led investigation of last weekend’s horrific chemical weapons attack so that those responsible can be held to account.

“Rather than further military action, what is urgently needed is a coordinated international drive to achieve a ceasefire and a negotiated settlement under UN auspices. The humanitarian priority must be to halt the killing on all sides.

“The need to restart genuine negotiations for peace and an inclusive political settlement of the Syrian conflict, including the withdrawal of all foreign forces, could not be more urgent. We must do everything we can, no matter how challenging, to bring that about.”

The government appears to be waiting for instructions from President Donald Trump

Commenting on the Syria situation, Jeremy Corbyn MP, leader of the Labour Party, said: “Further UK military intervention in Syria’s appalling multi-sided war risks escalating an already devastating conflict. “The...

Lyme Green Hall Care Home, also used for respite care, has been found to be ‘Inadequate’ in every area and threatened with closure.  The report makes for distressing reading and although it is evident that Cheshire East Council reported their concerns appropriately, the timescales of inspections taking place by the CQC are concerning. 

 

The Conservatives claim to be “working closely with the management team at Lyme Green Hall and are undertaking regular checks”, but once again, as in the case of Weston Park, admissions have been suspended and some residents moved to other placements.

 

When the Conservatives closed down the well-respected council respite and intermediate care facilities at Hollins View in Macclesfield and Lincoln House in Crewe, carers and members of the public were assured that there would be an equivalent type of care in the independent sector. The truth has proved different with ‘Inadequate’ ratings at Broughton Lodge, Weston Park and now Lyme Green Hall

 

Despite the Council having its own inspection team, issues are not being dealt with.  If, as the Conservatives seem to claim, the Council were aware of the  problems, why did it take so long to move the residents to a safe place? Why have we had to wait until a damning CQC report is published before councillors are made aware of the problems?

The CQC inspection of Lyme Green Hall found that the service was not safe, effective, caring, responsive or well led. There was an insufficient number of suitably trained and competent staff on duty. Training and supervision of staff were found to be lacking or non-existent in some cases.

 

Laura Jeuda, Labour Councillor for Macclesfield South Ward said, “The public need reassurance that Cheshire East Council are committed to protecting the rights of vulnerable older people.  It is not good enough to have a Quality Assurance Team if it cannot ensure that people are safe. Families need to feel that their loved ones are cared for, respected and kept safe It is also unacceptable that elected members are not informed when a care home in the area they represent has been found to be Inadequate, and have to read about it in the local press.  The appalling conditions that older vulnerable people have been subjected to in such establishments is absolutely disgraceful.  These are Safeguarding issues and just like safeguarding children, it is everybody’s responsibility to protect adults as well,  not just that of the Portfolio Holder and the Adult Social Care team.  ” 

 

Joy Bratherton, Labour Councillor for Crewe North said:  ‘’When Cheshire East Council closed the Respite and Intermediate Care facilities at Hollins View in Macclesfield and Lincoln House in Crewe, carers and members of the public were assured that there would be an equivalent type of care in the independent sector.  Both Hollins View and Lincoln House provided an excellent service to both respite users and also to patients discharged from hospital for a period of intermediate care.  Both Hollins View and Lincoln House consistently received excellent results from CQC Inspections, staff were caring and both the people using the facility and their Carers valued the service. 

Adult Social Care needs to be consistent, while we know that many residential homes provide excellent care, there are unfortunately too many that do not.’’ 

More Bad News for Cheshire East Over Lyme Green

Lyme Green Hall Care Home, also used for respite care, has been found to be ‘Inadequate’ in every area and threatened with closure.  The report makes for distressing reading and...

What is the Record for the number of ongoing police investigations around one council?  There are now FIVE police investigations swirling around Conservative-controlled Cheshire East Council, but the Conservatives seem to be aiming for double figures!

1) An independent investigation by Bureau Veritas found evidence of deliberate and systematic  

    manipulation of air quality data 
2) £70,000 granted to a primary school in Wistaston, where (allegedly) a Conservative Councillor

    promised the money to the school despite it not being in accordance with policy 

3) reports in the Crewe Chronicle of vile and intimidating hate mail sent to two dissident  

    Conservative councillors.
4) Land acquisitions 

5) The regional ORGANISED CRIME UNIT are investigating contracts awarded to the then

    Conservative Leader's personal physiotherapist's company - CoreFit.

Two further matters involving land transactions have been referred to the police recently, including one where a Cabinet member said in a council debate it 'won't cost the council a penny', when in fact it would cost the council £2.4M!
https://www.crewechronicle.co.uk/news/special-council-meeting-called-after-14006028

Now a further matter harking back to the Lyme Green fiasco has surfaced, where a senior officer was paid £45k to go with a gagging agreement, despite a Staffing committee having recommended that  individual’s dismissal for gross misconduct. It appears that the cabinet were aware of this, yet covered it up for over two years!

https://www.crewechronicle.co.uk/news/cheshire-east-paid-45160-officer-14507999

At a Council meeting in October 2017 there was laughter from the public gallery at Macclesfield Town Hall when Cllr Rachel Bailey (Con) said;

 

’This council is putting its house in order. This Conservative-led council is reaching to the back of the cupboard and it is dealing with matters openly and transparently. ‘  Cllr Bailey also stated at the  meeting of the full council. " I’m a woman so I like my cupboards tidy". (see attached)

Cllr Brian Roberts, Labour Councillor for Crewe West, said ‘One wonders what else is yet to be found at the 'back of the cupboard' to go along with covering up hush money payments to senior officers? Perhaps both the skeletons and Councillor Bailey’s Cabinet have both passed their respective ‘sell by’ dates with the residents of Cheshire East?’’

 

Cllr Nick Mannion, Labour Councillor for Macclesfield West & Ivy said ‘The credibility of this Conservative administration is shattered. Every time they promise that there are no more ‘legacy issues’ to deal with, yet another rotten stinking scandal emerges.’

Even more skeletons lurking at the back of Cheshire East Council’s Cupboard?

What is the Record for the number of ongoing police investigations around one council?  There are now FIVE police investigations swirling around Conservative-controlled Cheshire East Council, but the Conservatives seem...

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