Tuesday 3rd April deadline for comments on Walshaw Moor Estate’s planning application for 5km stone track across protected moor

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Here is the link to the planning application 8/00237/FUL| Formation of new stone and timber access tracks to connect to existing stone tracks, including passing places and turning circle | Land At Coordinates 396528 435776 Widdop Road Heptonstall Hebden Bridge Calderdale, on the Calderdale Council Planning Portal.

Since the track also goes into the Pendle Council area, the planning application is also being considered by Pendle Council, you can comment here – the planning application number is 18/0143/FUL.

You’ll need to log in to each planning portal to comment.

Summary of key points for objections to the planning application Continue reading

Hebden Bridge Group Practice – please give this patient access to the hospital treatment they need

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A Hebden Bridge patient with serious long term ailments is being prevented from accessing NHS treatments for which they have a clinical need.

If you support her wish to get to the bottom of this matter, please sign this open letter, by Friday 30th March.  Upper Calder Valley Plain Speaker will  then deliver, it with all signatures, to the Hebden Bridge Group Practice Manager. Continue reading

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Look back in anger: Monitor and EY put Hospital PFI investors above people of Calderdale and Kirklees

Just a reminder, in case one is needed, about how the government, its quango Monitor (now renamed NHS Improvement) and the management consultancy company EY have worked hand in glove to put PFI investors’ interests above the healthcare needs of the people of Calderdale and Huddersfield.

Here’s how the story has unfolded over the last 4 years.

In 2014, Calderdale and Huddersfield hospitals Trust’s finances fell into “deficit”, as a result of impossible underfunding combined with a £20m+ transfer over 2 years of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust funding to Calderdale Council to prop up its cash-starved adult social care services, via the Better Care Fund.

This fund was introduced in 2014 to allow local authorities and NHS clinical commissioning groups to pool budgets and jointly commission social care services that would take pressure off hospitals. But it did not bring any new money. Instead it required Clinical Commissioning Groups to redeploy money from supposedly ringfenced NHS funding. NHS England 2013 Guidance said this meant:
‘hospital emergency activity will have to reduce by 15%’

This is what happened next. Continue reading

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Councillors! Test your understanding of #Calderdale Accountable Care System

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Calderdale Council Cabinet has resolved that the Council will take more steps towards setting up an Accountable Care System to run local NHS and social care services.

This “Multispeciality Community Provider” is due to be set up in shadow form in April and to go live in June 2019, according to a paper prepared for the 12.2.18 Cabinet meeting.

As the Cabinet resolved this issue in the meeting, Full Council will not debate or vote on it at its Meeting on 11th April.

Papers prepared for the Cabinet seem to have been written, in gobbledygook, by a student of Humpty Dumpty: Continue reading

Posted from Hebden Bridge, England, United Kingdom.

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

Posted from Hebden Bridge, England, United Kingdom.

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

Posted from Hebden Bridge, England, United Kingdom.

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

Posted from Hebden Bridge, England, United Kingdom.

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

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