Monthly Archives: February 2018

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Devon’s health service is aiming for financial balance by 2020 (from a projected £500m blackhole)

By |2018-02-26T14:06:00+00:00February 26th, 2018|News|

I was a bit surprised to see a statement in the latest newsletter of the Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, relating to Devon’s collective health service aiming for financial balance in 2020.

At the last Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee meeting where councillors had a briefing on the Sustainable Transformation Plan (STP) - the programme of centralisation and cuts) there was little detail on how the local NHS organisations were going to tackle a projected £500m overspend by 2020,  Nor has there been any consultation, to my knowledge, except relating to the closure of community hospital beds in Eastern Devon, last year…..

The newsletter lists a stream of successes apparently achieved under the STP but no detail on how this vast sum of money is going to be clawed back.

In the meantime I have received an email from someone who is anxious that a family member may have to pay £3000 to be privately treated for varicose veins, as advised by a GP.

I have now asked for this specific issue to be included in March’s Health and Adult Scrutiny Committee’s agenda.

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My animal welfare motion voted through unanimously… almost

By |2018-02-15T22:44:00+00:00February 15th, 2018|News|

I’m REALLY happy to report that Devon County Council voted through my motion on animal welfare this afternoon, unanimously bar one….(an Ilfracombe-based Conservative councillor).

It means that a letter will now be sent to Secretary of State for the Environment, Michael Gove, urging him to incorporate into UK legislation, strong protections for animals, once we leave the EU.

Here’s the background ... https://www.claire-wright.org/…/hopes_high_that_devon_county…

Pic:  Molly.

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£13m of Devon service cuts voted through as council tax rises by around five per cent

By |2018-02-15T22:14:00+00:00February 15th, 2018|News|

AROUND £13m of service cuts were voted through this afternoon, as Devon County Council’s portion of council tax increased by around five per cent.

The Independents, LibDems and Labour Groups all made sensible coherent costed amendments, but were voted down by the Conservative group.

Over £155m worth of cuts have now been made to Devon County Council by central government, since austerity began in 2010. That’s around 80 per cent of the council’s core funding… gone….

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Hopes high that Devon County Council will back my motion on providing proper protection for animals

By |2018-02-15T08:36:00+00:00February 15th, 2018|News|

I am hoping that Devon County Council will back my motion, urging the Secretary of State for Environment to commit to providing proper and robust protection for animals under UK law, once this country leaves the European Union.

The motion will be debated at this afternoon’s full council meeting, guided by a recommendation from the cabinet, which advises to support it.

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Extra £5m earmarked for reserves should be spent on at Devon’s at risk services

By |2018-02-13T15:21:00+00:00February 13th, 2018|News|

The additional £5m that Devon County Council is squirrelling away in reserves this year, should be spent on vital services, say the Independent Group, ahead of Thursday’s budget meeting.

This Thursday (15 February) will see the council set its budget and put back an extra £5m in the Business Rate Risk Management Reserve, in case of unexpected financial difficulty.

Devon’s four-strong Independent group of councillors – Frank Biederman, Claire Wright, Martin Shaw and Jacqi Hodgson (Green Party) are opposing this move and proposing instead that it is spent on funding vital services that are set to be lost.

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Exeter University students vote overwhelmingly for no confidence in the government

By |2018-02-05T09:20:00+00:00February 5th, 2018|News|

Exeter University students attending a debate on Friday (2 Feb) voted overwhelmingly that they had no confidence in the government.

I was arguing the case for, with law student, Kyle Spencer, a member of the Conservative Party, who has become disillusioned with the government over Brexit and Theresa May’s leadership.

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