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East Devon constituency may lose part of Exeter and gain Exe Valley in controversial plans

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 0 Comments by Claire

The East Devon constituency is set to lose part of Exeter (St Loyes) and instead gain Exe Valley in new proposals published today by the Boundary Commission.

But controversially, the Boundary Commission is also proposing to axe the number of MPs to 501.  A move fiercely opposed by both the Tories and Labour MPs.

It has been reported that ministers have asked the Boundary Commission to go away and redo the review on the basis of retaining all 650 current MPs.

Here’s the BBC story where you can also access an interactive map…http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-32695546

Ottery’s King’s School could face further cuts, despite small increase in funding

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 0 Comments by Claire

See the statement from headteacher, Rob Gammon below, which relates to the slightly better picture that the government’s national funding formula has provided for local schools.

Unfortunately, due to cost pressures, local schools are still in a precarious position.

Previously, the revised national funding formula, which was consulted on earlier this year, left one third of Devon schools worse off, despite them being already virtually at the bottom of the funding league table.

Nationally, the NAHT union has described schools funding as in crisis and yesterday, fired off a letter to the chancellor - see their website http://www.naht.org.uk/

2.8bn has been cut from schools budgets since 2015 and the many cost pressures imposed by central government are not compensated for, leading to bigger class sizes, fewer subjects at A Level and a reduction in the number of staff.

This has been an issue I have been active on since it emerged last December.

The statement from The Kings School headteacher, Rob Gammon, is below:

Tories block recording concerns over biggest ever planned health service cuts in Devon

Friday, 22 September 2017 7 Comments by Claire

.. And the County Solicitor will be called to address the committee to remind it of its responsibilities.

Devon County Council conservatives blocked my proposal yesterday to record significant concerns over the biggest cuts facing Devon’s health service in living memory.

Hugo Swire fails East Devon residents over nature protections (yet again)

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 0 Comments by Claire

East Devon’s MP, Hugo Swire, has once again let down his constituents by putting his party before nature and wildlife.

On Sunday I wrote to Hugo Swire, as did many of his constituents, urging him to amend the Great Repeal Bill, currently making its way through parliament to ensure nature and wildlife were properly protected.

I WANT TO HEAR FROM LOCAL NHS STAFF AND PATIENTS ABOUT HOW HEALTH SERVICES ARE COPING THIS WINTER

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 0 Comments by Claire

I am hearing news from various people that already the community hospital bed cuts as well as the maternity bed cuts, may be causing problems at the RD&E which may be struggling to cope.

As a member of Devon County Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee who has been deeply concerned at the erosion of beds over recent years it is vital that the committee finds out the truth on what is really happening.

Devon County Council health scrutiny committee district representative must consult before voting

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 0 Comments by Claire

The district council member of Devon County Council’s health and adult care scrutiny committee will need to consult before speaking and voting, it has been recommended today.

My email urging Hugo Swire to retain protections for nature in Repeal Bill vote

Sunday, 10 September 2017 0 Comments by Claire

Email I have just sent to East Devon’s MP, Hugo Swire

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