Did you ever answer the questions asked of you when you visited the valley estate Swinton South? Or was your visit one more stop on your election tour.The people of this estate like many in Salford still live under the umbrella of poor housing, no facilities for the kids, drugs and crime. Do you not think they deserve better? because we do.
David Cameron’s ‘passion’ for the Big Society is ‘intellectually flawed’ and a throwback to a 1950s Britain that never existed, Unite, the largest union in the country, said today (Monday, 19 July).
Unite, which has 60,000 members in the Not for Profit sector, said that the Prime Minister’s revival of his ‘Big Society’ pipedream failed to answer two vital questions.
- who is going to do all the volunteering when men and women now both have to work to pay the household bills and the increased taxes that the coalition government is imposing?
- and where is the cash coming from when the contracts that charities bid for and third sector money are being slashed, such as the case of the leading legal agency for asylum seekers – Refugee and Migrant Justice (RMJ) – which collapsed last month due to cash flow problems?
Rachael Maskell, National Officer, Community and Not for Profit Sector, said: ‘David Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ is an intellectually flawed creed that harks back to a vision of 1950s Britain that never existed. We have been down this road before when John Major had a similar pipe dream of an idyllic Britain of 60 years ago,’
‘There is a hypocrisy here. The voluntary sector is being hit by massive cuts to its funding – for example, Croydon council has slashed 70% of its voluntary sector budget.’
‘And the coalition’s rampant drive for greater competition – heralded by the NHS White Paper last week – will drive down costs even more, especially as the ‘Big Society’ welcomes private sector interventions.’
‘This will mean that quality is compromised for cheapness. This culture either destroys services in organisations willing to compromise or stops them winning bids.’
‘Volunteering is not a replacement for jobs. Charities still need professional skills and good managers. And if we want the sector to add quality then well-trained professionals need to do this.’
‘The ‘Big Society’ is smoke and mirrors for an avalanche of privatisation under the Tories.’
Hundreds of teachers descend on Parliament in protest at Building Shcools for the Future axe
More than 700 schools have seen their projects cancelled as a result of Education Secretary Michael Gove’s decision, and he later came under fire over his handling of the situation after it emerged that initial lists of affected works were strewn with errors.
Other housing stories
Almost 85,000 planned homes have been scrapped by councils across England in the wake of the Government’s decision to axe regional housebuilding targets, according to a campaign group.
An independent report, commissioned by the National Housing Federation, found many town halls have substantially reduced plans for new homes following the decision by ministers to advise them to ignore the previous government’s regional housebuilding targets and the subsequent abolition of the targets altogether
Political point scoring? i think if you read the motion there is a serious question.
The reality is this council will take a hit, this council is asking Nick clegg question about fairness, and as a resident of Salford i would like to listen to the Liberal Democrats answer. And in all honesty i think the local advertiser should sit down listen to the motion and report the answer, regardless if Cllr Lindley thinks it’s rubbish.