Calderdale Council leader Tim Swift has written to Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pressing the Government to publish revised proposals for how local councils should calculate the need for future housing. Continue Reading
Councils across the north of England were shocked and dismayed by announcements from Chris Grayling MP, the Conservative Transport Secretary, which seem to backtrack on pledges to electrify the rail service across the North and in other parts of the UK.
He then added insult to injury by choosing to announce the day after that Crosrail 2 in London would be going ahead.
SIGOMA, the group that represents metropolitan councils like Calderdale, has made strong representations to Mr Grayling, warning that this announcement threatens the whole credibility of the so-called Northern Powerhouse. Continue Reading
Everyone has been shocked by the events in Westminster today. As a sign of our respect for those killed and injured, we will be flying the Union flag at half-mast over Halifax Town Hall from tomorrow morning.
On behalf of the people of Calderdale, I want to offer our deepest condolences to the families of the people who have been killed, including the Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty.
Alongside the horror, we’ve also witnessed the bravery and unwavering commitment of the Police, Paramedics, the Fire & Rescue service, and all those who rushed to help. Their actions were truly inspirational, as was the action of Government Minister Tobias Ellwood who heroically tried to save the life of the fallen Police Officer.
As well as our Members of Parliament and their staff, a group of children from Calderdale were in the Houses of Parliament when the incident happened. We’re very pleased to know that they are all safe, and I’d like to thank the staff with them and at the school who I know worked really hard to make sure that their parents were kept informed and reassured.
Labour have issued a ‘Danger’ warning about Conservative budget plans for Calderdale, arguing that they would have a devastating impact on many low-paid working families.
Labour leader Cllr Tim Swift said:-
“By publishing their plans just a few days before the budget council meeting, the Conservatives are hoping people won’t have time to read the small print and understand the scale of some of the cuts they are planning.
“So we think it is really important that residents understand some of the things that would happen if the Conservative budget proposals were agreed. Continue Reading
Cllr Megan Swift is warning that Conservative budget proposals could force the closure of the day care at Calderdale’s Children’s Centres. And she is accusing local Conservative councillors of going back on previous campaigns to save the service.
Cllr Swift said: “Hidden away in the small print of their budget, the Conservatives have a plan to remove a so-called ‘subsidy’ to day care costs in children’s centres.
“They don’t spell out what this means anywhere in their PR spin, but this could spell the end of day care places at children’s centre like the one at Wellholme Park in Brighouse.
“Four years ago, we consulted local parents about precisely this proposal. They told us how damaging it would be, and the Labour council leadership listened and dropped the plan.
“At the time, Brighouse Conservative councillor Scott Benton said –
‘The decision to remove funding from the Children’s Centre will potentially mean that it will have to close. This would be absolutely devastating for the many local parents who rely on the Centre and the excellent care that it provides. … I completely support the parents in trying to keep the Centre open.’
“Now as leader of the Conservative group, he is proposing the very cuts that he opposed just a short time ago – and he is not spelling out his plans to local parents. There are only a few days for parents to comment on the Conservative’s last-minute budget amendment, but I urge people to get in touch and have their say about this damaging proposal.”
In addition to the Children’s Centre at Wellholme Park, Brighouse, the Conservative cuts could also threaten day care at centres from Todmorden to Halifax.