Monthly Archives: April 2016

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NHS Property Services asked for sight legal transfer document for Devon hospitals to be taken on

By |2016-04-14T16:37:00+00:00April 14th, 2016|News|

As Mr Swire is refusing to speak to the secretary of state for health over the transfer of Ottery hospital and 11 others in Eastern Devon to NHS Property Services, to satisfy myself that there is no risk of sell-off if the NHS cannot pay the rent, I have asked NHS Property Services for sight of the draft legal transfer document.

Will keep you posted..

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Hugo Swire on Ottery Hospital sell off risk: No I won’t talk to Jeremy Hunt

By |2016-04-14T13:16:00+00:00April 14th, 2016|News|

East Devon’s MP, Hugo Swire is refusing to talk to the secretary of state for health over widespread concern about the transfer of Ottery St Mary Hospital to NHS Property Services on 1 June.

Not only will this company, which is owned by the secretary of state for health, acquire Ottery Hospital and 11 others in Eastern Devon, but it actually has the audacity to charge a hefty rent too.

Local NHS organisations are almost all in the red by millions. The NEW Devon CCG is in deficit by around £80m.

The fears are that the extortionate rents could lead to the eventual sale of the hospital as the local NHS will be unable to pay.

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Echo asked our MPs five simple questions about their tax returns… just one answered

By |2016-04-14T09:28:00+00:00April 14th, 2016|News|

It really isn’t on for MPs who are so wealthy that they appear in the Sunday Times Rich List, to deny the public knowledge about whether they have offshore accounts, and are therefore, avoiding tax on a potentially large scale.

Ministers like Mr Swire have relentlessly voted in favour of hardship for people who are ill and already struggling along on low incomes because of cruel austerity measures.  The infuriating thing is that if people of his ilk paid all the taxes that were due, there would be more money for vital public services and people who need help from the welfare state.

Wealth creation is all very well Mr Swire, but we also need to look after the people who are ill and have fallen on hard times.  Your comments on foodbanks last year pretty much sums up what you really think about people who have nothing….  http://www.sidmouthherald.co.uk/news/election-2015/food_banks_not_political_1_4046334 - Misinformed and callous. 

Here’s the Echo piece - http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/asked-MPs-simple-questions-tax-returns-just/story-29106254-detail/story.html

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Devon County Council’s cabinet defer tax avoidance motion to await govt guidance

By |2016-04-13T13:38:00+00:00April 13th, 2016|News|

Disappointingly, Devon County Council’s conservative cabinet has deferred indefinitely, my motion on lowering the threshold for suppliers to divulge tax avoidance activities.

The motion, which was debated at this morning’s meeting, drew support from both the libdem group leader, Alan Connett and the labour group leader, Richard Westlake, both of whom appeared rather baffled by the cabinet’s decision to await further government guidance on tax matters.

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Hugo Swire on Ottery Hospital sell off risk: Let the community take out a lease

By |2016-04-12T17:13:00+00:00April 12th, 2016|News|

Yesterday’s BBC Good Morning Devon programme yesterday morning covered the potential fallout of NHS Property Services taking over 12 community hospitals in Devon, in June.

The community hospitals that will transfer ownership to NHS Property Services include: Axminster, Budleigh Salterton, Crediton, Exeter Community Hospital (Whipton), Exmouth, Honiton, Moretonhampstead, Okehampton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton, Sidmouth and Tiverton.

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Tipton St John school community clears up after floods yet again

By |2016-04-11T18:21:00+00:00April 11th, 2016|News|

Parents, children, teachers and the fire brigade all pitched in again this morning to clean up the grounds of Tipton St John Primary School, after they were flooded during Storm Katie, over the Easter holidays.

It is the second time in three months that the school grounds have been flooded, requiring the community to clear up with the help of the fire brigade.

Below is a press release issued today from headteacher, Colin Butler

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Devon County Council cabinet poised to decide on tighter tax avoidance rules for suppliers

By |2016-04-09T22:25:00+00:00April 9th, 2016|News|

Devon County Council’s cabinet will decide this week whether to support a motion that tightens up the rules on its suppliers’ tax avoidance track records.

I submitted the motion at the last full council in February – see - https://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/post/council_leader_defers_my_big_business_tax_avoidance_motion_to_april_for_fur and it came before cabinet last month with an officer recommendation for no further action.  After I spoke in support of the motion, however, it was deferred until this month’s cabinet meeting, which takes place on Wednesday (13 April).

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