The story below has just been webbed by the Sidmouth Herald - http://www.sidmouthherald.co.uk/news/news/eddc_watchdog_calls_for_independent_knowle_survey_1_3262093
All Devon County Council’s owned and run youth centres are to be put out to tender, in proposals that were accidentally published online yesterday.
The council owns 27 centres and provides assistance with a number of others.
This morning I am going to the Devon County Council joint budget scrutiny meeting.
With over £100m that the government has ordered to be slashed from budgets, on top of a similar amount in the last term, the proposed cuts are deep and many and are going to hard to bear for those affected.
Yet more unwelcome news from Mr Paterson, who is supposed to be looking after our environment. He is possibly the worst environment secretary in British history.
Here’s the story in today’s Western Morning News .....
Incomprehensibly, the gagging law got through the Lords today. Below is the message from 38 Degrees.
One thing for sure is that the ordinary citizens of this country, who are appalled at this new law, which resembles something like a law from a semi-totalitarian state, should never forget who voted in favour of it - time and time again…..........................................
Here are the views of two organisations that are not natural allies, but are united in their opposition of the lobbying bill and are deeply concerned about the impact it would have on their campaigning ability:
The article below is by George Monbiot a couple of months ago and is fascinating.
Or at least I think it is - mainly because it echoes my own concerns that this country is increasingly being governed by big business, which are then ploughing large amounts of cash into party coffers.
The conservative party has already profited handsomely from allowing the controversial national planning policy framework to be written by a team of developers - and there are plenty of other examples, as Mr Monbiot points out below, where big businesses has decided a policy outcome.
38 Degrees has sent emails (below) to all its contacts with details of how their MPs voted. Unfortunately, it appears that Hugo Swire voted with the party whip.
Frustratingly, Neil Parish, who arguably has more freedom as a non-minister, also obeyed the party line. See how all MPs voted here - http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/2014/01/22/gagging-law-we-won-the-argument-but-lost-the-vote/
Neither MP replied to my tweets asking how they voted. It really is quite incomprehensible that they can support this bill and reject the sensible changes that the Lords made.
But… perhaps we can convince Mr Swire and Mr Parish to change their votes the next time around? See below for how to respond.
I have just received this email from 38 Degrees.
It is truly appalling that MPs - both libdems and conservatives are voting to reverse the positive amendments the Lords made. What are they worried about?
I hope our two MPs Hugo Swire and Neil Parish rebelled against their whip. I have just tweeted at them to ask…........................................................
After reading a baffling article in the Express & Echo a couple of weeks ago - see blog post - https://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/post/eddc_appears_to_backtrack_following_pre-app_disclosure/ officers have confirmed that the council will make pre-planning application advice public, until it undertakes a review of procedures.
Senior officers at EDDC are grappling with a significant increase in complaints against councillors across the district, the standards committee heard today.