Just a few days to help save Devon's schools

Last year, Conservative County Councillors slashed £33 per pupil from Devon schools budgets. On July 20th The County Council will vote on a Lib Dem plan to restore that money. Please write, phone or email your county councillor and ask them to support the plan, click to find out who they are or Read more

Pilton Park Gagging Order

Following the publication of a press release from North Devon District Council, Councillor Brian Greenslade (Barnstaple - Pilton Ward) has accused the Tory run executive of gagging councillors, as well a wasting £25,000 on unnecessary consultants.

Comments made by Cllr Greenslade and fellow Lib Dem ward councillor Mair Manuel had not been included in the statement as the views expressed did not support those of the executive.

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Just a few days to help save Devon's schools

Earlier this year Conservative County Councillors slashed school funding by £33 per pupil for schools across the County, including those in North Devon. Devon schools are already among the poorest in the country and the cuts have made it even more difficult for headteachers to make ends meet.

Local Lib Dem Councillor Brian Greenslade has asked that the £33 is restored to school budgets (It will cost £2.2m in total, across the whole of Devon). Brian says:

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Fight for school funding must go on not just at election time!

key_school_spending.jpgEarlier this year Conservative controlled Devon County Council cut school budgets by £33 per pupil in 2017/18. This cut comes on top of the significant underfunding Devon Schools get from the Government.

Subsequent to this decision the financial out-turn for 2016/17, reported in June, showed that the County Council had added £15M to earmarked reserves which included reserves where no spending had taken place in year.

Following this revelation Lib Dem County Councillors are going to try again to compensate schools for the loss of £33 per pupil at the upcoming County Council meeting on July 20th by way of a notice of motion tabled by senior Lib Dem County Councillor Brian Greenslade.

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Labour vote no record result

key_vote_share_2017.jpgThe report, Journal 15th June, "Labour Share of the vote hits new heights" is not factual.

Since the North Devon constituency was created in 1950 Labour have polled greater vote shares in general elections in 1950, 1951, 1955, 1966, Oct 1974 than the 12.7% they got on June 8th. Incidentally at the one election Labour came second in North Devon the Conservatives enjoyed their largest majority ever.

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Stop the Link-Road Spin

key_link_road_barnstaple.jpgThe reports, Journal 15th June, of statements made by the North Devon MP about improving the Link Rd (NDL) again display his attempts to take credit for work done prior to his election in 2015.

Let me refresh his memory...

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Petition – Reinstate Medical Centre Concessionary Free Parking

key_parking_charges.jpgNorth Devon District Council Car Park Adjacent to Fremington Medical Centre.

Until 2016, parking for the first hour was free, then NDDC decided to remove that concession says Julie Adnams Hatch.

This means paying to collect prescriptions, see nurse and book appointments. Now this is also causing problems for local residents - people are parking away from designated bays, blocking roads and driveways.

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Petition - Let’s Get Devon Schools Properly Funded!

School funding imageAt the moment the Government pays schools in Devon £290 a year LESS for each child than the national average. The Government have announced a new ‘Fairer Funding’ plan that means that around 200 schools in Devon will actually have their budget cut, while other schools will get a bit more. On top of that, the Conservatives running Devon County Council plan their own extra cut to schools, taking away £2.2 million. That is a £33 cut for every child.

Devon and Cornwall Liberal Democrats have launched a petition to call on Central Government to provide proper funding and the Conservative run County Council not to impose a further £2.2m cuts.

Follow this link to sign the petition.

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Local Government Settlement 2017/18

Devon squeezed againThe following message was sent by Devon County Councillor Brian Greenslade to Peter Heaton-Jones MP for North Devon.

Dear Peter,

Good to see you at the North Devon Executive on Wednesday. Unfortunately the representations from NDC to County Hall regarding the £2.2 m schools are upset about losing fell on deaf ears and the cut was made the following day. Having voted to lobby the County Council on Wednesday I have to say I was disappointed on Thursday when Messrs Edgell and Yabsley voted for this cut.

However the purpose of this letter relates primarily to the local government settlement for 2017/18 which I understand will be debated on Tuesday evening at Westminster. From our previous correspondence I know we are largely in agreement that Devon deserves a fairer settlement. I understand the point you made about only English MPs voting on certain matters giving the Conservatives a larger majority than the overall majority the government enjoys.

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Tories vote down £2.2m for Schools

At Devon County Council’s budget meeting on 16th Feb the Conservative majority voted down an amendment from the Lib Dem group which would have replaced the £2.2 m of funding for Devon Schools which the Conservative Cabinet at County Hall had cut.

Barnstaple Lib Dem County Councillor Brian Greenslade said “I cannot believe that Conservative County Councillors who attended the North Devon Executive meeting yesterday and wept tears over the loss of funding for our schools, heard Head Teachers explain the impact this would have, all voted to make this cut.

Yet another example of Conservative County Councillors talking the talk in North Devon but when at County Hall doing what the Tory whips say!”.

Prior to this Devon CC Councillors had issued the following statement:

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North Devon's response to the Syrian refugee crisis

Syrian refugeesNorth Devon Liberal Democrats are supporting the work of various local groups seeking to encourage North Devon District Council (NDDC) to participate in the government sponsored Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme.

NDDC is one of only two district councils in Devon not to have voted in favour of participation in this scheme.  There are already a number of local groups and services who would be able to support these families and help them settle and integrate into our community e.g. Sunrise Centre.  It is our view that helping refugee families should NOT be considered an alternative to helping local families – we should be looking to do both.

Please read more about the groups involved in this initiative - but also please take time to sign this petition in advance of the NDDC Executive meeting on 6th February, where the decision could be made.

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