Disabled children’s funding cuts consultation on 29th November in Halifax

Like other Calderdale parents of disabled children, Katherine Horner has recently received a letter inviting her to a consultation at the Shay Stadium in Halifax on Wednesday the 29th November, about Calderdale Council’s proposed cuts and changes to  Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) provision and Disabled Children’s Access To Care (DCATCH) funding for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilty (SEND).

Calderdale Council says it has to make cuts because of government changes to Early Education Funding requirements. Continue reading

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Living Wage Week in Calderdale

It’s Living Wage Week (5 – 11 November 2017) and the Living Wage Foundation has announced a new UK living wage of  £8.75 per hour, an increase of 30p per hour. There are around 20 accredited Living Wage employers in Calderdale, so this is good news for all their employees.

Calderdale Council, as an accredited Living Wage employer, says it welcomes the increase in UK and London rates. Continue reading

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Santa in Heptonstall 25th November

Father Christmas is coming to the annual Christmas fair in Heptonstall for the first time ever! This is on Saturday 25th November, 11.30am-3pm. We hope he pays the elves the living wage!

He has been invited by the new friends of the chapel group, so if you have any children or grandchildren who would like to meet him, that’s the place to be. Continue reading

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Frack Free Calderdale tell Yorkshire Water fracking risks to water are unacceptable

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On 27th October,  Frack Free Calderdale folk gathered in St George’s Square, Hebden Bridge, to tell Yorkshire Water that fracking waste water is dangerous, and they are unhappy with the prospect of fracking waste water being treated at Yorkshire Water’s Knostrop Waste Water Treatment Works in Leeds.

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Social prescribing – the good, the bad and the destruction of jobs and the local economy

Social prescribing is part of a process of destroying jobs and the local economy, although  you would never have guessed this at the Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body meeting on Thursday 10th August.

The meeting started as usual with a “patient story” that allows the Clinical Commissioning Group to reassure themselves that they have a reason to get out of bed in the morning (a phrase that Clinical Commissioning Group officials used more than once in discussing this patient story).

This time the patient story was a video of patient testimonies to the Staying Well social prescribing scheme to tackle loneliness, which was rolled out in the Upper Calder Valley a few years ago. Continue reading

NHS commissioners must back off from supporting the flawed hospital cuts Full Business Case

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On October 12th Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body will meet at Shay Stadium in Halifax, to consider the recommendation that they tell the NHS England quango that they support Calderdale and Huddersfield hospital trust’s Full Business Case.

The recommendations in a paper to the Governing Body say that the Full Business Case is in line with the clinical model that was consulted on; is affordable; and provides a sustainable plan not only for the Trust but the wider Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield System of care.

NHS protectors challenge this perception. They point out that Calderdale and Kirklees Councillors’ Joint Health Scrutiny Committee have referred the hospital cuts and changes plans to the Secretary of State for Health as unfit for the people of both areas, unfit for the local NHS and lacking in the consultation department. Continue reading

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Calderdale Royal Hospital PFI equity sold on for profit YET AGAIN

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In 2014, UCV Plain Speaker reported that equity in the Calderdale Royal Hospital (CRH), which is notorious as one of the most costly and least accountable PFI schemes in the NHS, had changed hands 10 times, and that according to the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, PFI equity sales are

“the unacceptable face of capitalism.”

On 19th January 2016, a big chunk of the Calderdale Royal Hospital PFI equity changed hands again,  for an undisclosed amount that you can be sure generated a tidy profit for the seller. Continue reading

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Fracking Protectors Ask Calderdale Council to Honour its Frack-Free Pledge

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Local frack-free campaigners went to Calderdale Council’s Cabinet meeting on Monday 4th September to ask the Council to remove its support for fracking exploration and commercial exploitation from its draft Local Plan.

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The Draft Local Plan goes against the full Council resolution in 2014 that Calderdale is a frack-free zone  and that the Council would  ‘take all possible steps’ to oppose fracking. Continue reading

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£4.7m Calderdale Council cuts caused by £6m funding shortfall

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As of July this year,  Calderdale Council was predicting that it will suffer a funding shortfall of £6m this financial year, based on revenue monitoring.

This is because of savage central government cuts to local authority funding. This is worst in northern and Labour councils.

Cllr Jane Scullion reported to the 10th July Cabinet meeting that Directors had found ways to cut spending by £4.7m by the end of the financial year. Continue reading