Why May 7th 2015 matters

Earlier this week the Council agreed to cuts of £2.5m in its budget.

It’s todays style to denigrate all politicians, but the truth is that the services that they are responsible for matter and have a major impact on their local communities, on families and individuals. The latest cuts, including reducing library opening hours and ending a 5% council tax discount for people over 70 are no different. But the Council has a duty to set a legal budget and the hard, cruel fact, is that in the last four years this government has imposed massive cuts in funding for local authorities and and, as a result, the local services that they provide.  In the Wirral the Council has had to make cuts of £150 million in the last four years and next year will need to cut another £18 million.

Cuts on this scale cannot be made by tinkering at the edges. The Council has the difficult responsibility of trying to ensure that the massive cuts that the Tory/Lib Dem austerity policies require are made as fairly as possible. Any cut, whatever it is and wherever it is made is likely to provoke opposition, but if savings aren’t made in one place they must come somewhere else.  To borrow a phrase used by the late Tory Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and often quoted by  her Tory supporters,  there is no alternative. Not for the next four months, until the General Election on May 7th.

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Coalition cuts everything: public services and welfare benefits for us – and taxes for the rich

George Osborne came under fire on Tuesday from a leading thinktank for sanctioning huge tax giveaways that forced the government to impose deeper than expected cuts on vital welfare budgets and Whitehall spending.

Autumn Statement

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/dec/09/fiscal-studies-thinktank-public-spending-tax-cuts-criticism

The rich get richer and the rest of us head back to the 1930s

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/dec/11/ed-balls-attacks-george-osborne-cuts-depression-era

Meeting tonight to shortlist candidates for Council elections next year

The branch is meeting tonight to decide the shortlist for a candidate to contest the local council election for Wallasey ward next year.

All members are welcome to attend

 you simply have to have your membership up to date, have been a party member within the local authority for at least six months and not intending to seek selection yourself in this ward.

WALLASEYANS CLUB 140-142 Grove Rd Wallasey CH45 0JF

Meeting starts 7.30 but please arrive by 7.10 to allow for membership to be checked – and remember to bring your membership card!

The selection meeting, to select a candidate from the shortlist agreed tonight, will be at the same place, on the 17th December. Same arrangements as tonight, arrive by 7.10 (with your membership card!) for membership checks to be completed before the meeting starts at 7.30. No one is allowed to enter the meeting after it has started.

Changes to Invigor8 from January

The Council is making changes to Invigor8  from 1 Jan. If you are already a member or are thinking of joining, details here  http://www.wirral.gov.uk/my-services/leisure-and-culture/sports/memberships/invigor8-memberships-2015

Floral gets second gold award

http://www.wirral.gov.uk/news/04-12-2014/floral-sets-gold-standard-green-tourism

High winds today, take care everyone.

Pic Andrew Teebay. Merseyside hit by high winds. Waves hitting South Parade at West Kirby Marine Lake,during the high winds hitting the region

Pic Andrew Teebay. Merseyside hit by high winds. Waves hitting South Parade at West Kirby Marine Lake,during the high winds hitting the region. Liverpool Echo