Sarah Teather makes Brent pay double!

Data compiled by the Guardian has exposed the Tory Liberal cuts to Councils – LINK

It shows that Brent people have been disproportionately affected by the cuts to local Councils.

New data reveals that Brent’s budget has been cut at £120.21 per resident whereas the national average is £60.90 per person. Extraordinarily, North Dorset, a Tory controlled Local Authority has had its Budget cut by £2.70 per person. This is absolutely outrageous.

Why have Sarah Teather and her pals forced Brent to have to cut more than others? If Brent Tory Liberal Councillors do blame Labour for creating the deficit as they have done at Council meetings and the Coalition Government are holier than thou, are they still defending the level of cuts to Brent compared to others and supporting the damage made to Brent while other Councils are being given much more generous settlements?

Is it right that Brent residents have to pay more for paying back the budget deficit? Did they create the crisis? Was it Gordon Brown who created deficits in nearly every major country in the Western world by building and refurbishing schools and hospitals? or was there a global economic crisis?

Sarah Teather must explain why she chose to cut money away from Brent services more than services in other areas. Why does she feel it is right to make cuts to Brent Council of £120 per person and to North Dorset a measly £2.70 per person.

These are questions that all the Brent Tory Liberals are yet to answer.

 

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Child Poverty: It shouldn’t happen here

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Save the Children logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Save the Children has launched a campaign fund to raise money for children living in poverty in the UK today. This is an important issue to Brent Labour and we know from our work on the doorstep how much people are struggling in Brent to meet basic needs such as food, clothes and energy to warm their houses.

Save The Children works on international projects and to start a campaign on poverty in the UK is of great concern.

Gordon Brown was a strong advocate for addressing the problems of child poverty. Sadly, that momentum has faded since the Tory Liberals came into power. Their choice and gamble to get the deficit down quicker, rather than having a more measured approached has caused more human pain. Unemployment and poverty should never be a price worth paying.

Here is the report launched by the Charity today – LINK

A tale of two Chancellors

Here’s Tory Liberal Government’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne getting booed at the Paralympics.

In complete contrast, here is the former Prime Minister Gordon Brown who served for 11 years as the Chancellor of the Exchequer greeted with cheers at the Aquatics Centre at the Paralympic Games.

Full Council meeting yesterday

Logo of Brent London Borough Council

Yesterday was the first reading of the Budget in the Brent Town Hall Council chamber.

There is a bit of a gloomy outlook with Brent having to make further cuts to the Budget as part of the wider £104 million that Brent has to make over the comprehensive spending review period.

Tory Liberal Councillors did their best to let the bankers off scot-free and set the blame on the previous Labour Government.

However, I spoke and made a contribution saying that regardless of whether you believe that the international banking crisis or the previous Labour Government and Gordon Brown is to blame for the country’s deficit and deficits of USA, Greece, Spain, Ireland, Germany, France and many more…. why don’t we think about Brent for a second.

Even if you believe that the cuts are necessary and that the debt should be tackled within one Parliament, is it fair that Brent Council has to make cuts in the region of 27-28% of our controllable budget whilst other Councils are getting more money?

How can the Brent Tory Liberals defend Brent losing out on resources while other areas are having Budget increases?

I have blogged about this before LINK.

Why should Brent have to cut more than others? If Tory Liberal Councillors do blame Labour for creating the deficit and the Coalition Government are holier than thou, are they still defending the level of cuts to Brent compared to others and supporting the damage made to Brent while other Councils are being given more money?

Youth unemployment rates are painful

Over a million young people out of work under the Tory Liberals! I am shocked to read that since January there has been an 83 per cent rise in young people on the dole for six months or more (Source: Labour Party).

On the doorstep, young people in Dudden Hill are angry with the lack of opportunities that are available to them to gain an in into the labour market. They are ready willing and able but the Government’s austerity measures and lack of investment has cut off opportunities.

It hurts that we have a Government that believes unemployment is a price worth paying. There is an alternative to cut slower, which would recognise the human cost of the cuts.

I have blogged here about the Labour 5 point plan for jobs LINK.

The importance of the Future Jobs Fund which was introduced by Gordon Brown – later to be scrapped by Clegg, Teather, Cameron and co – should not be underestimated. What it meant that was while it may have been the case that there are not enough jobs, or enough growth in our economy to get young people into jobs, what the fund did was give opportunities to young people to be job ready and gain practical experience. This is far more valuable to our economy, the taxpayer and the individual and their family than for paying to keep them on the dole.

Tory Liberal millionaire ministers who enjoyed free University education at Oxbridge University, only later to come into power and impose tuition fees of a maximum £9k a year on young people today, have failed to understand the needs of the 16 to 24 age group.

Along with economic policy change, we also need fundamental political change. The Government should also lower the voting age to 16. If people were able to vote at 16, then maybe the voice of young people would be listened to more.

Ed Balls is Labour’s new Shadow Chancellor

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The Lib Dems have instantly attacked the appointment of Ed Balls as Labour’s new Shadow Chancellor (LINK). Come on guys…  show a bit of courtesy and at least congratulate or welcome the appointment. The Lib Dems know no meaning of the word respect. They are quaking in their boots at the prospect of Ed Balls having such a high profile role.

After all, these links show how effective Ed Balls is at providing scrutiny to the Coalition Government.

LINK – Ed Balls highlights hypocrisy from Sarah Teather

LINK- Ed Balls uncovers Sarah Teather’s lies on Building Schools for the Future

I’ve met Ed quite a few times and voted for him as my first preference for the Labour Leadership elections in 2010. I think he will do a splendid job at holding the economic measures from this Coalition Government to account.

I’d like to wish Alan Johnson all the best in dealing with the personal problems that led to his resignation.

Lib Dem Hypocrisy: Alternative Vote system (when Gordon Brown offered a referendum on it)

“A miserable little compromise”

Nick Clegg dismissed the alternative vote (AV) system proposed by the Prime Minister as “a baby step in the right direction”, and said he would not settle for “a miserable little compromise thrashed out by the Labour Party”.

– The Times, 22 April 2010

Chris Huhne said: “Gordon Brown has undergone a deathbed conversion to electoral reform now that defeat is staring him in the face, but the alternative vote does not give voters enough power.”

– Daily Mail, 3rd February, 2010

“Only the Single Transferable Vote in multi-member seats would abolish MPs’ meal tickets for life, and we will fight to amend this proposal to give people a real choice for a more significant change.”

– Lib Dem Press Release, 1st Feb 2010

Now they will be offering a referendum on it, it is no longer a miserable little compromise.

It would be “immoral” to “burden the next generation with higher debts” – The Liberal Democrats

The Coalition of cabinet millionaires just do not have a clue how difficult their intention to treble fees will make going to University for young people from middle and lower income families.

They have benefitted themselves having free higher education and now they want people to pay up to £9,000 a year in fees. If we’re all in this together, every MP who votes for the fee cap rise should pay £27,000 into the higher education system.

THIS WILL RUIN THE LIFE CHANCES OF A GENERATION!

They are intent on tackling the deficit within one Parliamentary term because they say that the economy should not be built on a foundation of debt. But they think it’s ok for young people to be consigned with debts of up to £50,000 and build their whole lives on a foundation of debt. Where is the logic in that?

When they wanted to sell these extreme cuts, the Conservative and Liberal Democrats would turn moist-eyed and say it was “immoral” to “burden the next generation with higher debts.” So as a solution they have introduced a program that will burden the next generation with much higher debts.

Johan Hari, the Independent

During the years when young people have begun to work, are at the prime age to start up families and enter the housing market for the first time, a chunk of their disposable income will be removed from them at the time when they are in most need of it as they will have to deal with their student debt – thereby affecting their future life choices.

The Lib Dem comeback seems to be that it’s all Gordon Brown and the previous Labour Government’s fault. I disagree strongly – but you can blame Gordon Brown all you want… it doesn’t change the fact that Nick Clegg lied.

Ed Miliband is the new leader of the Labour Party

After a long leadership contest, Ed Miliband was today elected leader of the Labour Party. It must have been difficult for all contenders and hats off to all who have proven that they are all assets to our party.

I for one am glad it is over as it allows for the Leadership candidates and their volunteers and supporters to move on from the contest and concentrate on providing effective opposition and challenging the unfair, unjust and discriminatory actions of this Coalition Government.

Ed Miliband is the change candidate. Untarnished by the Blair vs Brown battles, and a critic of some of Labour’s failings in Government, as well as a supporter of our successes and I fully support him as the new leader of our Party.

Nick Clegg sells pure lies to Lib Dem Conference

Polly Toynbee of the Guardian rips into Nick Clegg saying that his messages to his party’s conference simply are not true. In particular she digs deep into Nick Clegg’s claim that Gordon Brown made up statistics and suited those that he could use to show that he was successful in combating child poverty. However, these were internationally recognised measures of child poverty.

Listen to the interview here: LINK