Monday, 13 August 2018
I have set up a support group for people who are struggling with the Department of Work and Pensions, such as those on working tax credits or who are trying to claim PIP or carers allowance, for example.
The first meeting is on Tuesday 21 August at 7pm, in the Institute, Yonder Street, Ottery.
The meeting is primarily for people living in my council ward, however, I won’t turn anyone away.
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Devon County Councillor
Otter Valley Ward
Wednesday, 08 August 2018
Urging the government to provide adequate protections for nature post Brexit is the subject of my motion for debate at full council in October.
Ministers are still claiming that the same protections will be applied that currently exist under EU law, but clearly the lawyers disagree….
Monday, 30 July 2018
Prospect magazine has a very comprehensive piece this month on what will happen if we crash out of the EU with do deal - here’s the link…
Meanwhile our unbelievably irresponsible politicians mostly seem not to care one jot that they are about to plunge the country into disaster. Several - including those who have their eye on the leadership, like Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Jacob Rees Mogg seem to positively welcome the idea.
I am doing my bit by campaigning with Devon For Europe, which is getting support all over the county for a People’s Vote on a final deal (or not as the case may be). Either way, we must have another vote, especially now it has emerged that the Leave campaigns broke electoral law, plus their links with American Trump associate fascist, Steve Bannon and Arron Banks, who bankrolled the campaigns with money obtained from highly dubious sources, mean that the whole shady business needs a laser light sweeping the entire operation.
If it brings Gove and Johnson down, I will be delighted. Their naked ambition, selfishness and ruthlessness has plunged this country into chaos, from which it will take many many years to recover.
Sign up to a People’s Vote and Devon for Europe here - https://www.devonforeurope.org/
Monday, 23 July 2018
I am currently representing someone claiming working tax credit who is really suffering at the hands of the Dept of Work and Pensions.
I would like to get in touch with other people who are currently (or who have previously) having problems with the DWP relating to either working tax credits, personal independence payments or other benefits.
My impression is that there is widespread suffering with people even being forced to use foodbanks and/or unable to pay their rent or mortgage.
thanks v much
NB. You will need to live in my ward of Otter Valley for me to be able to represent you.
Saturday, 14 July 2018
The RSPB and other environmentalist organisations are urging the government to beef up its post Brexit environmental policies and laws, during a consultation on proposed protections after the UK leaves the European Union, which has stringent protection measures for much wildlife and landscapes.
In Devon areas protected by EU legislation include Woodbury and Aylesbeare Commons, the Exe Estuary and some of Dartmoor, to name just a few. It is vital, given how fast nature is depleting due to climate change and habitat loss, that these rules are at the very least replicated.
The following motion goes before Devon County Council full council this Thursday, will be referred to cabinet and return to full council in early October for a debate and decision.
Saturday, 14 July 2018
At yesterday’s fantastic Exeter anti-Trump protest, organised by Exeter Stand Up to Racism, (Richard Bradbury and Ghee Bowman).
There were speeches, drumming, musicians strumming songs which we all sang along to (Dancing Queen was my personal favourite!)........
Wednesday, 11 July 2018
Some of Devon County Council’s Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee will visit Westbank League of Friends to hear from staff who support unpaid carers, later this month, following my proposal for a spotlight review into how unpaid carers who look after friends and family members are faring.
I have seen a confidential report of a focus group meeting that took place last year, which indicates that the 24 people in Devon who took part, are suffering from a lack of support, a lack of money and a lack of respite care….. many reported that their mental and physical health was suffering as a result.