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emily.jpegCelebrating a Centenary of Women’s Suffrage

A hundred years ago, on 6th February 1918, the first British women gained the right to vote. Under the Representation of the People Act, all men over 21 and women over 30 who met a property qualification were granted the vote, (although it was another 10 years before all women over 21 were granted this privilege.)

 

This major milestone didn't just happen: it was the culmination of decades of determined, fearless campaigning by women and men across Britain, who faced ridicule, abuse, poverty, surveillance and arrest in their fight for the vote.

 

At the time, celebrations were muted, because the Great War was still in full swing. Many suffragettes had doubts about celebrating at such a time: Sylvia Pankhurst later pointed out that “the sorrows of the world conflict precluded jubilation”. We need have no such doubts now, and there will be reminders and celebrations throughout the year. Hopefully, these reminders of the struggle to win the right to partake in democracy will encourage more people to vote. Let’s get involved in the conversation!

100 year anniversary

Celebrating a Centenary of Women’s Suffrage A hundred years ago, on 6th February 1918, the first British women gained the right to vote. Under the Representation of the People Act,...

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Tory Tales Versus Reality

You may have heard the Tories' defence of their Universal Credit proposals, saying that claims will be processed within 7 weeks.

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Local resident Sean Willis submitted a claim for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and his experience tells a different story;

 

 

  • Application commenced                     26th September 2017

 

  • Application forms sent to claimant      16th October 2017

 

  • Medical Assessment undertaken         4th December 2017

 

  • Award confirmed by letter                  5th January 2018

 

  • First payment received                     11th January 2018

 

Tories say, "claims processed in 7 weeks" 

Reality – 15 weeks

That is 15 weeks waiting for money!!!

Longer if you wish to appeal.

Can you afford another uncaring Tory Government?

Reality of claiming PIP

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Tory Tales Versus Reality You may have heard the Tories' defence of their Universal Credit proposals, saying that claims will be processed within 7 weeks. Local...

public_health.pngTory Cuts will have reached £531 million in Public Health by 2019/20, it seems that prevention is not as good as a cure! What a sad state of affairs!

The UK has a long history of fantastic public health, what is public health i hear you ask, in one sentence;-It is the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting human health as a society. What does it do, public health is the body responsible for the strategies to tackle teenage pregnancy, child obesity, physical inactivity, sexually transmitted disease and substance misuse to name a few.

Why does it matter if public health grants are slashed, it is recognised by most people in the health sector that the prevention agenda is far cheaper than hospital and other services that people might end up using. It is costlier in the long run to cut these services, therefore if the money is diverted to short term issues within the NHS it is building up problems in the future.

If you believe that this callous Tory Government has not planned these cuts then let me ask you this "why did they transfer Public Health to local authorities in April 2013" my view is so they could cut budgets and still claim they haven't cut the NHS...You can't trust a Tory!

 

 

Tory Cuts finally reach 1/2 a £Billion in Public health

Tory Cuts will have reached £531 million in Public Health by 2019/20, it seems that prevention is not as good as a cure! What a sad state of affairs!

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