• As the Devon County Councillor for Tipton St John I think it is absolutely disgraceful that earlier this year, the government rejected an application by the school for funding for a new build. The school site is vulnerable to flooding and has been very many times, including in 2008 when the school had to be evacuated for six months while repair work was carried out.  The extreme weather that[...]

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    Devolution is essentially the transfer of some government responsibilities to local councils. I am not opposed to the principle of devolution, however, Chancellor, George Osborne has strong-armed councils into taking on these extra responsibilities, which gives me a cause for considerable scepticism. A group of councils in Devon and Somerset, as well as the NHS and businesses are currently [...]

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    I was up at dawn in local woods on the winter solstice, on Tuesday morning (22 Dec) and given that it was already lightish I wondered if I would notice the break of dawn as it was so cloudy, but at about 8.10, the trees and vegetation changed from monochrome to colour. And suddenly everything looked dark green and sort of russet coloured. I can’t pretend to enjoy the run up to Christmas, it[...]

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    See more from my earlier blog here - http://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/post/devon_mps_appear_complacent_over_renewable_energy_subsidy_cuts_to_industry Actually, the International Monetary Fund states that fossil fuels add around £400 to the average annual fuel bill, whereas renewable energy adds only around £14. And this article from November, tells how it really is. That government is [...]

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    By brainwashing us to believe that people on benefits are a scourge to society, ministers hope they can get away with unacceptable policies, such as slashing benefits significantly, imposing inhumane benefit sanctions and claiming that the welfare budget is “bloated.” Welfare payments (in which the government also includes pensions) cost a fraction of the money that big business gets [...]

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    For every 1,000 cards dropped in to M&S stores for recycling throughout January, the retailer will fund us to plant a tree. “By simply popping into your local M&S and dropping your cards into the collection boxes, customers can help the Woodland Trust to turn unwanted waste into much needed trees and preserve the UK’s wildlife habitats.” Alexis Steadman, Plan A Community [...]

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    Many residents were heckling because they were angry at what some of the health service representatives were saying. Since then, there was a coach load of people from Ottery, who came to hear the view of the scrutiny committee on the closure of its hospital.  Although there was no heckling, feelings were certainly running high and people were frustrated that they could not address the [...]

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    Just days after the ink has dried on the Paris climate change conference pledge the British government is set to legislate in favour of huge subsidy cuts, which could throw the renewable energy industry into crisis. Richard Fuell, UK Sales Manager with Solar Edge Technologies, is angry and worried about the effect the dramatic cuts in subsidies will have on his business. He said: “The whole [...]

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    The LibDem , Labour and Non-aligned groups voted to hear the motion. The government is set to slash the subsidy by a whopping 87 per cent overnight as early as January, which could cripple a currently successful, but fledgling industry. Conservative Leader John Hart asked his group to vote against debating my motion today at the full council meeting, although it had been explained in writing that [...]

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    I voted against the plans because I am concerned that the rather vague proposals are almost exclusively focused on big business, such as the supposed benefits of Hinkley Point C - which is about to be handed to the Chinese ... yet underwritten by the British taxpayer to the tune of £17bn, with the Chinese government being given extraordinarily preferential rates for electricity production.  [...]

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