Thanks to everyone who’s read, contributed to or commented on Plain Speaker in 2015

Here’s a report on around 34,000 visits to this website in 2015, the most popular posts and other stuff about Upper Calder Valley Plain Speaker readers.

Many thanks to everyone for supporting hyper local news reporting for Upper Calder Valley, by reading, contributing or commenting on it.

I hope 2016 is a good year for all of us and that this news website helps to voice what matters to people when it comes to social and environmental justice, freedom of speech, fully democratic decision making about public issues and general public spiritedness.

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Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body Meeting 10 April

Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body meeting, which is open to the public and press, is at 2-5pm, Thursday 10th April, in Shibden Meeting Room, F Mill, Dean Clough, Halifax.

Agenda and meeting documents are online here.

Upper Calder Valley Plain Speaker has emailed these questions for the Governing Body to answer at the meeting: Continue reading

Posted from Hebden Bridge, England, United Kingdom.

Coop Community Grant presentation to UCV Plain Speaker, 4pm Thursday 10th April

Many thanks to the Coop Community Fund for awarding Upper Plain Speaker a grant to pay for upgrading the website to a proper magazine format.

The manager of Hebden Bridge Coop will be presenting the cheque to us at Hebden Bridge Coop, 4pm on Thursday 10th April.

If anyone wants to come along that would be fun! Continue reading

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Blackshaw Environmental Action Team Newsletter April 2014

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Blackshaw Environmental Action Team is busy! Their April 2014 Newsletter (below) is 6 pages long and includes info about:

  • Great Rock Coop (1st birthday 5th April)
  • Community energy social event at Fox & Goose in Hebden Bridge, 17th April
  • Village clean up Saturday 26th April
  • Green energy news from round the UK
  • Book review of Jeremy Rifkind’s “The Third Industrial Revolution”
  • Report on last November’s Conference of Parties Climate Change talks in Poland

Blackshaw Environmental Action Team Newsletter Beat29.April 2014



Posted from Hebden Bridge, England, United Kingdom.

Seeking your views on Strategic Outline Case proposals for social care in Calderdale

UCV Plain Speaker is shortly to run a new article about the Strategic Outline Case for transforming Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield NHS and social care.

If you are involved in social care in Calderdale in any way at all, the UCV Plain Speaker article would like to report your views about what the Strategic Outline Case proposes for the future of social care. There is an online survey further down this page, where you can say what you think.

The Strategic Outline Case (SOC) proposes to completely transform social care as well as the NHS in Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield. Continue reading

Posted from Hebden Bridge, England, United Kingdom.

Lack of money stops #Calderdale Council’s air pollution monitoring

Sowerby Bridge resident Andrew Marsden received some staggering news when he asked Calderdale Environmental Health for the Council’s most recent Air Quality Management Report.

Andrew asked for this Report in the light of news that Calderdale Council could face fines of up to £1m/day for air pollution that still exceeds legal limits in parts of the Upper Calder Valley and other areas in the Borough. Continue reading

Posted from Hebden Bridge, England, United Kingdom.

Chance to ask questions about our NHS at Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group meeting on 13th March

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Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group is discussing its Strategic 5 year plan at the Governing Body meeting on 13th March. The meeting is open to the public and it’s from 2-4pm in the Wainhouse and Hardcastle Meeting Rooms, 5th Floor, F Mill, Dean Clough, Halifax, HX3 5AX (quite near the Travelodge).

If you’d like to ask Calderdale CCG a question, you need to email it to jane.brownlie@calderdaleccg.nhs.uk or send it in writing to her at NHS Calderdale CCG, 5th Floor, F Mill, Dean Clough, Halifax HX3 5AX so she receives it by 12 midday on 12th March.

I would guess people are likely to have quite a few questions, given everything that has hit the fan over the last fortnight, with Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust proposals to close Calderdale A&E, reduce hospital beds, and put NHS care in the community.

Posted from Hebden Bridge, England, United Kingdom.

Cuts to A&E per capita payments mean A&E departments can’t meet costs

The Foundation Trust Network Chief Executive, Chris Hopson, recently blogged that cuts to the A&E tariff for patient admissions above the 2008/9 baseline have made it impossible for A&E departments to treat “skyrocketing admissions.”

Calderdale A&E must be running at a loss, because admissions have gone up since 2008/9, but under NHS payment rules drawn up by Monitor and NHS England, Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group is only allowed to pay Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust 30% of the tariff for any A&E admissions over 2008/9 baseline.

Matt Walsh, Chief Officer of Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCCG), told a CCG Governing Body meeting last year that this restriction lay behind CCCG’s request to Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust (CHFT) to commission the National Clinical Advisory Team (NCAT) to review urgent care and to report on recommendations for the CHFT to consider. Continue reading

Posted from Hebden Bridge, England, United Kingdom.

Perfect Financial Incompetence in Kirklees community health centres

5 primary care/community health centres in Kirklees are a PFI project. Kirklees Primary Care Trust closed the financial deal for the PFI project in 2004.

The 2012 Treasury PFI spreadsheet shows the PFI contract is for 30 years and Semperian is the equity holder. The Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) is NK Facilities Ltd. Total capital costs are listed as £25m. The total unitary charge (which covers the mortgage repayment and service charges for operating and maintaining the health centres) is £89.6m over the contract duration. Continue reading

Posted from Hebden Bridge, England, United Kingdom.

NCAT Report on future of Calderdale & Huddersfield A&E: wave goodbye to our NHS

The National Clinical Advisory Team Report on the future of Calderdale and Huddersfield A&E, commissioned by Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, is now in the public domain after months of secrecy.

This is what its guff about “delivering more care outside the hospital“, “community-focussed care“, “putting the patient first” and “transformation” really means: yesterday £1,222,000,000.00 of our NHS was offered up to Private Health by
NHS Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit,

“Commissioners are seeking genuine, transformational and sustainable service change that recognises the primacy of the patient in the service model…” (links to the contract advertisements are at the end of this article)

West and South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Commissioning Support Unit will be following hard on their heels if we let the CHFT Strategic Review (which is based on the NCAT Report) go through. Continue reading

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