Monthly Archives: October 2018

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Scrutiny review to take place into how Devon carers are coping

By |2018-10-26T13:57:00+00:00October 26th, 2018|News|

A Devon wide review of how carers are coping will take place, following my successful proposal at last month’s Devon County Council Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee meeting.

I had been carrying out research into this area since January, when I asked for more information on a scrutiny report, which suggested that carers may be struggling.

I had a meeting with officers and asked for a report of a focus group that was carried out last autumn (2017). ...

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Latest debate at Exeter Uni - This House has little faith in the police to produce justice

By |2018-10-16T09:38:00+00:00October 16th, 2018|News|

My third and fun debate at Exeter University’s Guild of Students took place on Friday evening. The debate’s proposition was the above title. I was arguing the proposition, with Jonathan Nicholas, a retired police officer and author of several controversial books about his time as a police officer.

Arguing against the motion was Exeter Conservative parliamentary candidate and barrister, James Tagdhissian, who I argued against last time in a debate about the European Union. James’s debating partner was Vanessa Newcombe, former LibDem Devon County Councillor.

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Protesters heckle and boo as plan to change foster carers fees approved

By |2018-10-10T17:47:00+00:00October 10th, 2018|News|

This was the most highly charged, emotive and explosive decision I have been involved with in my six years as a councillor on Devon County Council….and I have been involved with plenty of controversial ones!

The all Conservative cabinet voted through the revised cuts plan ...

But I am not finished yet!

Here’s the story in Devon Live - https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/protestors-heckle-boo-plan-change-2095378

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My post-Brexit environment watchdog beef up motion rejected by Devon County Council

By |2018-10-09T11:09:00+00:00October 9th, 2018|News|

My post-Brexit environment watchdog motion, which called on the government to strengthen its plans for a body which oversees environmental policy after the UK leaves the European Union, was voted down in a few minutes by the Conservatives on Devon County Council last week.

I told the council last Thursday at its full council meeting, that the current plans by Michael Gove, Secretary of State, meant a significant reduction of powers in the ability to bring to court polluters, and in fact government, if it fails to produce policy in line with keeping our seas, air and nature safe and free from pollution.

Top lawyers have dismissed the plans as “toothless.”

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Devon County Council’s cabinet set to stick to foster carers cuts plan, despite major protests

By |2018-10-08T15:25:00+00:00October 8th, 2018|News|

Devon County Council’s all Conservative cabinet is being advised to stick to officers plans for major income cuts to its foster carers, albeit slightly softened by a delay of two years.

The cabinet meeting, which takes place on Wednesday (10 October, 10.30am), will see dozens of foster carers and union representatives demonstrate on the steps of County Hall, starting at around 9am.

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Indies win protection for community hospitals ….. but Tories insert get out clause

By |2018-10-05T13:49:00+00:00October 5th, 2018|News|

After an hour long debate, Devon County Council Conservatives managed to add in a get-out clause to mine and Cllr Martin Shaw’s motion to save local community hospital buildings, by voting it down and then moving their own amendment.

Cllr Shaw had amended my initial motion, to take into account the Secretary of State for Health’s speech at the Conservative Party conference, in which he appeared to commit to retaining community hospital buildings.

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Secretary of State for Health hints that community hospitals will no longer be closed and sold off

By |2018-10-03T18:34:00+00:00October 3rd, 2018|News|

Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health has been quoted in today’s Daily Mail as suggesting that the era of community hospital sell-offs may be a thing of the past.

The article emphasises that Mr Hancock has successfully fought the sell off of his own local community hospital, so is of this mindset.

Let’s look a little closer, shall we…

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Ottery’s Lloyds Bank mobile bank gets up and running as the branch closes

By |2018-10-03T09:09:00+00:00October 3rd, 2018|News|

Ottery’s branch of Lloyd’s Bank will very sadly, will close next Wednesday (10 October).

The cash machine will also be out of use from that date.

Lloyds is the last bank in the town to close and will leave a gaping hole in the town’s infrastructure, in my view.

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Ottery’s Silver Street set to re-open by Christmas

By |2018-10-02T19:08:00+00:00October 2nd, 2018|News|

The engineers and loss adjusters working on the fire damaged Pine Store have confirmed to me that the road is set to be reopened by Christmas, significantly bringing forward the original timescale relayed to me by EDDC, which was set at around a maximum of 20 weeks.

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