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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Calderdale Pharmacy Services survey – please say what you think

Calderdale Council, Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group and Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire are surveying Calderdale residents’ views on pharmacy services in Calderdale.

This is to help them to provide the right type of services to meet residents’ needs, including what pharmacies offer and how easy they are to access.

You might want to tell them you don’t appreciate chemists like Boots that avoid/evade paying taxes. Continue reading

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Craig Whittaker MP must represent the 30K Calder Valley progressive voters who oppose the DUP

If you are one of the 29,798 people who voted for a progressive Parliamentary candidate on June 8th – and even if you’re not but live in the Calder Valley constituency – please consider signing this letter to Craig Whittaker MP. 

Please note that on Monday June 12th I collected the signatures and sent off the letter with the signatures. Continue reading

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Hebden Bridge and other Calderdale GP practices’ patient data systems are unlawful

Hebden Bridge Group Practice and other GP practices in Calderdale use an electronic patient data system called TPP SystmOne that has an “enhanced data sharing” system that shares confidential patient data outside the GP practice eg with hospitals, care homes and community services.

Flaws in the system mean data protection is being breached as the sharing system gives access to our shared data to thousands of “authorised users” within the NHS, which is not what is supposed to happen. It should just go to whatever other NHS departments are treating you, in addition to your GP.
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Great line up for Calder Valley Welcomes Refugees Festival, Saturday October 29th in Hebden Bridge

On Saturday 29th October, Calderdale Freedom from Torture and Together We Grow are hosting a Welcome Festival at the Birchcliffe Centre in Hebden Bridge, for Calder Valley to welcome refugees.  The Festival is from 1.30pm to 4pm.

The organisers would be very grateful for sponsorship towards covering transport costs for asylum seekers and refugees to come to this event, and providing them with a free lunch and refreshments.  Around 80 refugees and asylum seekers are expected, from Halifax, Rochdale, Leeds and Sheffield. Continue reading

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Local democracy is dead – Tory government overturns Lancs County Council decision on fracking

Preston New Road Action Group say they are devastated that Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Local Government and Communities, has upheld the appeals in favour of Cuadrilla, and overruled local democracy.

Undeterred, the Group say they will fight on. There is a protest tomorrow, 8th October, at Maple Farm forecourt – Preston New Road, Lancashire (between Blackpool & Preston – alongside World of Water). People are going from Calder Valley. Continue reading

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Calderdale Council consultation on what happens to Cragg Vale J&I school when they close its building

Calderdale Council is holding a public consultation on the future of the Cragg Vale Junior and Infant School. The Council has decided to close the school building because it is costly to run, maintain and update. They propose three possible courses of action:

  • Merge Cragg Vale with Scout Road Academy (this option is subject to the agreement of Scout Road Academy) or Calder High School.
  • Relocate Cragg Vale to a stand-alone provision on the Calder High School site.
  • Close Cragg Vale and ask parents for their preference at alternative schools.

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