Budget day – and agreeing £27 million of cuts despite raising Council tax by 4.9%.
The Conservatives nationally are to blame and the Conservatives locally say nothing to speak up for the injustice against Nottingham.
Pictured are Labour councillors pointing out how special transitional funds have been directed away from cities and towns in the North and The Midlands (featured on the maps in white). The government still refuse to publish the criteria used for the allocation of funds.
The other big theme – the crisis in funding for social care and the knock on effects on hospitals and health care. So a motion calling for extra national funding. Meanwhile the policy of seeking integration of health and adult services continues, even though aspects of the government’s STP version is not particularly helpful.
Finally, I made a statement recognising the impact of Professor Peter Mansfield and stating that Nottingham could well become known for being the hme of the MRI scanner – which the Nottingham Post on-line report turned into a questioning of such a claim. La de da.
An alternative tour around The Council House with some residents from Carroll Gardens, looking at the art and the trophies.
Stories recounted, with Cllr Jackie Morris, Sheriff of Nottingham, including of Tom Blower – The Torpedo – from Hyson Green, Nottingham – the first to swim from the north of Ireland to Scotland (1947).
A civic reception for winning the Continental Cup and fans were still waiting outside to have their shirts signed.
Before the reception, the team was introduced to a crowd of 500 or so supporters.
Photos available on Facebook.
Councillor Graham Chapman explained that the council built the Ice Arena cos –
1. they wanted a good place for young people and skaters to enjoy the sports;
2. they wanted a proper arena for bigger events;
3. they wanted to give the Panthers the chance to grow.
“You need social courage” …. from HMD’s video … worth 3 minutes of your time –
A ceremony held a The Council House – this year much more about the genocide of the Jews during WWII. A shame Donald Trump couldn’t join in.
Instead – chaos at US airports over actions geared more to prejudice than effective action against terrorism; Mo Farah likely to be excluded from training in the USA; legal officers having to suspend aspects of a Presidential order cos of lack of process; a fire attack on a mosque in Texas.
Paddy Tipping – a descendant of the Huguenots who came to Britain centuries ago to avoid persecution by the then Catholic church – spoke on current concerns :
about heightened prejudice against Muslims; contrast that with how well all our kids get on at schools; hate crime remains an issue, even if it’s calmed down since after the Referendum.
Buses & municipal enterprises, “I, Daniel Blake”, Midland Main Line, pharmacies, and garden waste recycling featured.
Buses & municipal enterprises.
A motion condemning clause 21 of the Buses bill, which the council remains concerned might still impact on our ownership of Nottingham City Transport.
And we reminded Nottingham Conservatives that they would have sold NCT off.
Brian Parbutt celebrated the drive within NCT that meant bus travel use grew from 2001 on as the company decided to focus on growing their custom.
Even if Nottingham isn’t affected directly, we’d like the ability of councils to own bus companies elsewhere. When standing for South Derbyshire, I was disappointed with Arriva.
What’s weird is that with the municipal bus companies showing the way, you’d want to make it against the law.
“I, Daniel Blake”
I raised the film with a question cos Nottingham people had helped do the research for the movie; and asked about the effectiveness of our social security system.
Graham Chapman declared the system was not fit for purpose.
34,200 in Nottingham seeking Jobseekers Allowance had been sanctioned. 2,000 seeking ESA sanctioned.
Only a small fraction of the decisions upheld after the full process.
Particular concern for people who are mentally ill.
Concern about a 6% budget cut to pharmacies based in the community.
Midland Main Line.
I wrote a question highlighting the lack of assurance, given over a promise to electrify the line by 2023, when sought in the House of Commons last week.
The Conservatives recycled a question about garden waste not being collected for recycling from November to March inclusive.
The answer remains the same too – previously the 5 months collections only accounted for 18% of the waste at a cost of £70,000 extra per month.
The cut was made in the 2011 budget, and the cuts in government support have increased since – with a £25 million cut expected next year.
Meanwhile, (from memory), Nottingham Conservatives have not moved an amendment to re-instate the service in the 5 budgets since 2011.
A pleasure to show Meadows residents around The Council House.
Once in the Council Chamber, I issued posters explaining the job specs of the Councillors whose seats they’d sat in.
Meanwhile, bumped into a wedding party.
A set of photos (some a bit blurred) is available – of :-
Marching to the Peace Memorial;
Service and laying of wreaths;
March past The Council House;