I respect your concerns over the National debt,but would i be rude in asking are you prepared to make a sacrifice.
For example give up the money you receive for being on the fire service outside body. I mean to say the independent group gave up their right to claim an allowance. With that saving of £8,000 per year and yours there is around £14,000 to play with before we even start. Or would that not be what you and your friends where thinking of? I suppose it’s far easier to take away swimming lessons and free school meals.How about we offer a basic allowance to all Councillors to cover expenses?and take away all special allowances.
Shall we carry on? your move i believe.
Government cuts hit 2012 Olympic legacy as free swimming is axed
• Under-16s and over-60s no longer get free time in the pool
• ‘This has become a luxury we can no longer afford’
Free swimming for children and pensioners is to be scrapped as part of cost-saving measures.
The scheme for the under-16s and over-60s was launched by the Labour government two years ago amid much fanfare as a London 2012 Olympic legacy initiative. But the Sports and Olympics minister, Hugh Robertson, said that the scheme was “a luxury” that could no longer be afforded and has been axed as part of £73m savings made by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
“This is not a decision that gives me any pleasure,” Robertson said. “However, the research shows that the great majority of free swimmers were swimming already, and would have paid to swim anyway. With a crippling deficit to tackle and tough decisions to take, this has become a luxury we can no longer afford.”
Labour launched the scheme in 2008 as part of a bid to get more people involved in sport by 2012 and claimed their aim was to get England’s swimming pools free to use by the time of the London 2012 Games.
Robertson said new research showed the scheme has not delivered value for money nor significantly increased physical activity.
He added: “Delivering a legacy from 2012 is one of my top priorities. I want people of all ages and abilities to have opportunities to take part in all kinds of sport, and under our plans to reform the Lottery shares we should see an extra £50m a year going on sports facilities by 2012.
“Our plans to deliver a community sports legacy, in partnership with Sport England, are progressing well and we expect to make a full announcement in July.”
Other non-sport DCMS projects being cancelled include the planned Stonehenge Visitor Centre and the British Film Institute (BFI) Film Centre.
Absolutely appalled that free swimming for children and pensioners has been axed.
No way the Tories and the Liberal tail waggers would stoop to this. If it’s right please Cllr Lindley give us a comment.
This is Labour’s legacy:
- Every man, woman and child in Britain now owes £22,400
- We now have one of the worst deficits in Europe
- There are 2.47 million people out of work
- One in five young people is unemployed
- £3 billion on benefit overpayments and £10 million on tax credits for the dead
- Selling off Britain’s gold at a 20 year low in the market
I have only one question to ask?
Where to hell were the Lib/cons the so called opposition when all this was going on.? I would guess doing the same as they do on Salford council.Snipe and moan but come up with no real answers to the problems.
Take a look at what Cllr Lindleys Tories have put out. I ask you to come back in six months an look again at the situation, write down the figures and see if they have improved, i will. Forget the Tax credits for the dead even the Tories can’t get that back, well not yet.
I like the Salford Star but I am a bit bemused as to why anyone would think it ought to receive taxpayers’ money…?
Tell you what ian lets look out of the box for a minute and say the star was funded. It would offer the ability to the Editor to dig into what’s really going on at the council, highlight the issues free from constraints and give the people something to think about, That’s unless you think the advertiser still does it’s job. I wonder would we have the issues you go on about with new Labours legacy if we had some one with the balls to print the issues you tend to highlight?i don’t think so. How many times have we seen Steve Kingston dig up real news that effects all of Salford,