It’s funny really you used to sit thinking can a find a bad story to have a dig at the opposition, the Advertiser or the Star was always a good source of supply but now you are inundated with Material,it’s not a case of a few lines over Salford Labours inept policies and waste or if the Tories will ever attract anyone outside the Leafy suburbs of Worsley,Today my main worry is which is the best Story to print.Day by day we see the Tories Rip apart the state and the Liberal Democrats slipping slowly into Political oblivion, Rumour Control today told me one Liberal Democrat will not be standing in May but i will take that with a pinch of SALT until i see it on the Night. Today the Labour Councillors sit and think what else to cut to meet their targets, they blunder through one missed target after the other,Schools have slowly crept from the Black in to the Red,Old people get turfed from there community centres,and people are now starting to lose there jobs.The sick and mentally ill will stand in a pointless candle lit vigil to save there home while Labour hide away from the facts that they we more than likely be sleeping rough the following month. Salford Labour have wasted a small fortune and turned this city in to a bank for big business and yet they still get the vote. Sad that people vote for the red badge and not the Person perhaps when there is no one left to oppose Labour and the people of the city face the dole if there is any left under the Condems they may sit back and think what the hell have i done.
: 10,000 parents to be hit by shared room rate extension
Some 10,000 parents who don’t live with their children are set to be hit by housing benefit cuts due to come into force next year.
Announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR), from 2012, single people under 35 will be paid a shared room rate rather than a rate for a full flat – forcing those people into shared accommodation.
Currently, it only applies to people under 25.
Following a question by Labour MP Kerry McCarthy in the House of Commons yesterday, a Government minister was forced to reveal the number of ‘non-resident parents’ to be hit by the reform.
Pensions minister Steve Webb responded: “It is estimated that around 10,000 of the people affected by the extension of the shared accommodation rate are non-resident parents who have some contact with children who live elsewhere.”
Homelessness charity Crisis has voiced concerns about the reform, which it says, will affect up to 88,000 people overall.
Regarding the groups affected, it has raised concerns about non-resident parents who wish to maintain a good relationship with their children, who currently, might have them to stay in a self-contained flat.
In a policy briefing on the reform, it said: “This is unlikely to be possible or appropriate in shared accommodation. In some instances, for example when thy live some distance away, this could mean parents are unable to maintain contact with their children.
“Pregnant single women, will only be entitled to a room in a shared property until they have given birth – meaning they will have to return to a shared property with their new born.”
The Government said it expects that raising the age at which the shared room rate can be paid will save £215 million by 2014/15.
The Government said at the time of the CSR: “This will ensure that housing benefit rules reflect the housing expectations of people of a similar age not on benefits.”
In July, homelessness charities welcomed an exemption in the regulations which will protect some previously homeless people and ex-offenders from the reform.
Hours cut in Salford council savings
Neighbourhood teams across the city will see their hours shortened as Salford Council attempts to make £40m in savings this year.
From September 19th the administration staff in Eccles, East Salford, Little Hulton and Walkden and Ordsall and Langworthy will serve 36 hour weeks.
By contrast, the staff in Irlam, Worsley and Boothstown, Claremont and Weaste and Swinton will have their hours halved to 18 per week.
A spokesperson for the council said: “We have consulted the staff and considered the service delivery priorities and given the resources available we have made the following proposals. These proposals are still subject to staff consultation but the arrangements are likely to be in place from Monday September 19th.”
Green Party conference: Lucas to focus on riot response
Ms Lucas will seek to woo unhappy Liberal Democrats Source BBC
Green Party leader Caroline Lucas is to say that “unrestrained capitalism” created social divisions which were partly to blame for August’s riots.
Ms Lucas will tell her party conference that the government’s response to the disorder – which it has blamed on “pure criminality” – was inadequate.
Underlying issues such as lack of jobs and wage inequalities must be tackled, she will tell activists in Sheffield.
Ms Lucas became the party’s first elected MP last year.
Her speech is the centrepiece of the opening day of the Green Party of England and Wales’ conference, which continues until Monday.
She will use the address to criticise the government’s reaction to the riots which flared across parts of England last month.
She will say her party had been warning for some time that a combination of lack of economic opportunities and the widening gulf between rich and poor had been “eating away at society”.
Urging the government to reverse its austerity measures, she will say the “worse is yet to come” on spending cuts. She will call instead for a programme of public investment to create employment and support sustainable development.
The Brighton Pavilion MP is also expected to attack the government’s health and schools reforms and appeal to Lib Dem activists disaffected by their role in the coalition to join her party.
The BBC’s Mike Sergeant said the Greens were in confident mood, having done well in May’s local government elections and becoming the largest party on Brighton and Hove Council.
But he said the party remained on the fringes of national politics and was looking for ways to broaden its appeal beyond the environmental issues it is traditionally associated with.