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On 18 January, a Special Meeting of Cheshire East Council’s Health and Adult
Social Care Committee was held to discuss Delayed Discharges from Hospitals.
The meeting was held against the backdrop of the dire financial situation of
the local NHS hospitals and the local Clinical Commissioning Groups which
are ‘under direction’ from central government to balance their books.

There have been widespread reports of patients having to stay in hospital
longer than necessary because there is nowhere else for them to go. Cheshire
East Council has a responsibility for social care outside of hospitals. When
quizzed at the meeting on how Delayed Transfer of Care (DTOCs) had been
impacted by the lack of social care, Tory-controlled Cheshire East Council
denied that there was any problem! It was even stated that Macclesfield
Hospital had one of the lowest rates of DTOC in the country. This appears to
directly contradict the NHS figures which show 5% of all beds occupied by
patients who are medically fit for discharge.

When the closure of the council-run facilities at Hollins View and Lincoln
House were announced, the Tory Council Leader promised that high quality
respite care would be provided. The reality has proved very different, with
one local care home being closed following poor Care Quality Commission
reports. There appears to be a serious shortage of care home places that is
impacting on the ability of hospitals to discharge patients, but the Tories
simply deny that there is a problem whatever the facts suggest.

Unusually for a committee meeting there were no written reports available.

At the meeting Laura Jeuda, Labour Councillor for Macclesfield South, also
asked about the STAIRRS project, that had been designed to help people going
home from hospital.

After the meeting Laura Jeuda said “I had heard that STAIRRS had been
dropped without notice, although not before it had managed to spend £1m.  I
asked whether STAIRRS had been dropped and I was promised a written reply to
my question, but to date I have heard nothing.”

Sam Corcoran, Labour Councillor for Sandbach Heath & East said, "I have been
hearing a number of distressing reports about the care, or lack of care,
being provided at some care homes, of how people are packed up with
incontinent pads at 6.00pm because there are not enough staff to take them
to the bathroom in the evening and during the night. I am grateful for the
work of Hollins View Watch, a group of people who had campaigned to keep the
high-quality council-run respite facilities open and who are now monitoring
the quality of care being provided in the private sector. I have heard
reports of a ‘special respite ward’ in one care home which had been opened
to cater solely for people needing respite care.  This closed after a matter
of weeks because the care home were unable to find staff. But still the
Tories simply deny that there is a problem and claim it is just a handful of
cases.”

Tories in Denial Over NHS Crisis

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In the by-election held on November 24th 2016 for the Town Ward of Sandbach Town Council, the Labour Party candidate, Karen Ratcliffe, came second. The seat was held by the Conservatives.

Sandbach Town Ward Result

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A planning application to build 12 dwellings on a field on Church Lane close
to the M6 has been approved on appeal.

The government inspector said, "I appreciate that such a conclusion is
disheartening for the local community who put considerable time and effort
into the production of the Neighbourhood Plan, especially when the plan
received overwhelming support from local people. I also accept the matter of
the 5 year housing land supply in the borough is not one that they have any
control over, and that a significant number of permissions for new housing
in Sandbach have already been approved. Nevertheless, the government's aim
is to significantly boost the supply of housing, and at present the borough
is not delivering that aim."

One of the main grounds for objecting to the application had been the level
of noise from the motorway at the site, but Cheshire East Council withdrew
this grounds for refusal, without consulting with the local councillor, Sam
Corcoran.

To rub salt into the wounds caused by this absurd planning decision,
Cheshire East Council didn't ask for any contributions towards primary
school provision from the developers. So council tax payers will have to
foot the bill for any necessary primary school expansion in Sandbach.

There is widespread agreement that as a nation we need to build more houses.
Labour proposes building more council houses and would let local government
planning determine where the houses should be built (such as brownfield
sites close to employment areas). The Conservatives have let loose private
developers, allowing them to build on sites where they can make the greatest
profit (greenfield sites in Cheshire). The result of this laissez-faire
capitalism can be seen in Sandbach where permission has already been granted
to build over 3,000 new homes - an increase of 40% in the size of the town!

Sam Corcoran, Labour Councillor for Sandbach Heath & East, said, "I am
grateful to all those who attended the planning appeal hearing with me and
for the fantastic community-led effort that resulted in the Sandbach
Neighbourhood Plan. However, the simple truth is that while the
Conservatives continue to win elections, speculative developers will
continue to get their housing applications approved.
"This decision to allow more houses to be built on a green field on the
outskirts of Sandbach is a direct result of deliberate Conservative
government policy and incompetence at Conservative-led Cheshire East
Council."

Cllr Price Jones, Chair of the Sandbach Town Council Planning Committee
comments "It is undoubtedly the withdrawal of the noise grounds for refusal
by Cheshire East Council, combined with government policy, which has left
the inspector with little option but to allow this application to be built.
This application will provide housing that is not fit for habitation and it
is the people who buy these houses who will lose the most."

Government Inspector Overrules Sandbach Neighbourhood Plan

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Unless the Government allocates additional money, schools and academies will lose huge amounts of money - rising to £2.5 billion a year in real terms by 2020.  The impact on our local schools in Dane Valley would be:

Hermitage Primary

-£92,512 Budget change by 2020

-£460 Per pupil

-2 Teachers

Holmes Chapel Primary

-£132,299 Budget change by 2020

-£366 Per pupil

-3 Teachers

 

Holmes Chapel Comprehensive

-£290,644 Budget change by 2020

-£282 Per pupil

-7 Teachers

Goostrey Community Primary

-£50,463 Budget change by 2020

-£239 Per pupil

-1 Teacher

 

The Data

The NUT and ATL used published Department for Education data to calculate cuts to England’s primary and secondary schools over this Parliament, 2015 – 2020.  They used the 2015/16 funding as the baseline. They calculated the impact of the cash freeze on per pupil income, the proposed cut to the Education Services Grant and the proposed introduction of a National Funding Formula. They included a minimum funding guarantee (MFG) as this has been in place since the Government started moving towards a National Funding Formula in 2013/14.

  

England’s schools are now experiencing the largest real terms cuts in funding in more than a generation.

SCHOOLS ARE STRUGGLING FINANCIALLY. CLASS SIZES ARE RISING, CURRICULUM CHOICES ARE BEING CUT, PUPILS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS ARE LOSING VITAL SUPPORT AND SCHOOL STAFF ARE LOSING THEIR JOBS.

The Government’s proposed ‘Fair Funding’ reforms will not make matters any better. Without additional funding, a new funding formula will simply spread an already inadequate amount of money around more thinly.

If you are worried write to or email your MP and sign the petition at www.schoolcuts.org.uk/

 

 

Cuts will affect local schools

  Unless the Government allocates additional money, schools and academies will lose huge amounts of money - rising to £2.5 billion a year in real terms by 2020.  The impact...

The government is imposing their so-called austerity cuts on local councils
across the country and Cheshire East is no exception. In fact, the main 
government revenue support grant to Cheshire East Council will be phased out
completely over the next 4 years. This will obviously create financial
challenges for the Council. Over the last few years, the Cheshire East
Labour Group have been warning of the challenges ahead and pressing the
Conservatives to plan ahead for more than one year; so the publishing of a
3-year budget consultation document is welcome. The level of detail provided
is also greater than in previous years; something else that the Labour Group
have called for. Over the coming weeks the Labour group will be scrutinising
the budget information to support communities and preserve the services that
sustain the most vulnerable.

The 3 year projections assume that Council Tax will rise by close to 4% a
year for the next 3 years.

Sam Corcoran, Labour & Co-operative Councillor for Sandbach Heath & East,
said, "I am pleased that the financial plans are now being put in the open.
This enables a reasoned debate over what services people are prepared to pay
for and which services they are prepared to lose. For example, the Arclid
Household Waste Site near Sandbach is set for closure. This is a valued
local facility with high recycling rates; I will be working with the local
community to see if a way can be found to keep this site open."

Brian Roberts, Labour Councillor for Crewe West, said, "It is only a few
months since the Conservatives forced through increases in councillor
allowances, which Labour opposed. Despite the independent reviewer raising
concerns about the number of councillors who receive extra allowances (55%
of councillors receive an additional allowance and the greatest number are
Conservative) the Conservatives refused to remove the extra allowances paid
to Cabinet Support Members. Now that we can see the extent of the financial
challenges facing the Council, the Conservatives' decision to award
themselves a pay rise looks badly mistimed."

Irene Faseyi, Labour Councillor for Crewe Central, said, "Given the
financial pressures being forced on councils by the Conservative government,
it is likely that most councils will be increasing council tax by the
maximum of 3.99%. This is yet another example of contradictory Conservative
government policy as from 2011 to 2014 councils were virtually forced to
freeze council tax and now they are being virtually forced to increase
council tax by 3.99%."

Cheshire East budget plans

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A doctor speaks out about the real and minimal  impact of health tourism on the NHS and the government's apparent desire to dismantle the NHS through a 1000 cuts.  View his video here

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England’s schools are now experiencing the largest real terms cuts in funding in more than a generation.  Use the link below to see how your local schools are affected.  Cuts by post code - click here.

How much will your school's funding be cut

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The Prime Minister’s proposal to bring back grammar schools is based not on any firm evidence of educational need but on nostalgia for a supposed golden past.  The reintroduction of selection and grammar schools would reverse 40 years of educational progress. Indeed, Sir Michael Wilshaw, the head of Ofsted, has spoken out against Theresa May’s proposal, saying that it would stall progress in continuing to improve educational standards. Nearly 50% of young people now go to university as opposed to just 5% in the days of grammar schools. Even more have qualifications that were then only available to the selected few.  It is the comprehensive school system that has opened up opportunities for the many.  Even more needs to be done to improve education for those that are failed by the system, but grammar schools do not offer any solution.

Schools in Cheshire deliver some of the best education in England without the need for selective grammar schools.  We need to support those schools in their mission to deliver high quality education for all with higher investment, the widest possible curricula and greater respect for teachers.

Congleton Labour Party calls on all Cheshire MPs, from whatever political party, to resist, in Parliament, the reintroduction of selection into education and to support education not segregation.

 

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John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Housing,commenting on new child homelessness figures from Shelter, said:

“Tory Ministers should hang their heads in shame over these shocking figures showing over 120,000 children are facing homelessness this Christmas. These are the children that can’t go home and after six years Conservative Ministers can’t dodge their responsibility for this scandal.

“Six years of failure on housing has led directly to today’s rapidly rising homelessness. Since 2010, Ministers have ended funding for genuinely affordable social rented housing, cut housing benefit for families on low incomes, done nothing about rising costs and insecurity for private renters, and slashed funding for homelessness services by almost a half.

“Homelessness is not inevitable and the last Labour Government cut homelessness before it rose again after 2010.

“Ministers should back Labour’s plans to build thousands more affordable homes to rent and buy, and re-think further planned cuts to housing benefit which will make the problem of growing homelessness worse.” 

Child homelessness figures from Shelter

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Jeremy Corbyn's comment on the High Court ruling on triggering Article 50

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party commenting on the High Court ruling on triggering Article 50 said:  “This ruling underlines the need for the Government to bring its negotiating terms to parliament without delay. Labour respects the decision of the British people to leave the European Union. But there must be transparency and accountability to parliament on the terms of Brexit.

“Labour will be pressing the case for a Brexit that works for Britain, putting jobs, living standards and the economy first.”

High Court Brexit vote ruling

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