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Health scrutiny committee to debate hospital bed closures Sec of State referral on Tues

Friday, 21 July 2017 0 Comments by Claire

The Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee will decide whether to refer a decision to close 72 community hospital beds in Eastern Devon, on Tuesday (25 July), to the Secretary of State for Health.

County councillors raise concerns over the loss of police community support officers

Friday, 21 July 2017 0 Comments by Claire

Devon County councillors expressed their concern and opposition at the plans of Devon and Cornwall Police to phase out police community support officers, at yesterday’s full council meeting.

The truth about the government’s injection of funding into schools….

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 0 Comments by Claire

This is the truth about the funding injection into schools.

I have asked DCC Finance what it means for Devon, will confirm as soon as I have heard.

In essence, I approve of funding being being moved from the free school budget which is costing us billions, however, far more funding is needed to recompense schools for the cumulative hardship they have faced for many years now….

Our own schools in East Devon are struggling horribly to make ends meet after seven years of austerity and a new funding formula imposed by the Conservative government.  This is set to be implemented next year and will mean even more hardship for local schools which are already at the bottom of the funding league table.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/school-funding-england-fall-5-per-cent-by-2019-ifs-fiscal-studies-education-justine-greening-a7846381.html

Letter delivered to every Otterton home this week

Friday, 14 July 2017 0 Comments by Claire

The letter below was delivered to every Otterton home this week.

I remain concerned about the impact of Ladram Bay Holiday Park and will continue to work with the parish council on ways of alleviating/mitigating the issues….

Many thanks to members of the parish council who helped deliver it grin

Government lack of commitment on my nature motion prompts further questions

Thursday, 13 July 2017 0 Comments by Claire

I have submitted a question for the next Devon County Council full meeting prompted by the government’s lack of action and any assurance on moving current EU environmental protections into UK law.

 

A restful weekend in a log cabin - trying not to think about politics

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 0 Comments by Claire

When I announced on Facebook last week, a little jaded, that I would be axing social media for a while, my cousin Alistair messaged me to invite me to try out his new glamping log cabin, which he was just putting the finishing touches to.

Frustrating meeting sees bed closures secretary of state scrutiny referral pushed back

Saturday, 24 June 2017 2 Comments by Claire

It is just as well I have left it almost a week to write this blog because I was very angry on Monday evening.

Before the meeting there was a public demonstration of angry residents mainly from Seaton and Honiton, which was attended by film crews from the BBC and ITV. The BBC and a reporter from the Western Morning News stayed for the whole meeting.

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