This budget was complacent. Here in Cornwall many people become sole traders because they can't get a job. People aren't lazy, they want to work. If they have a skill they use it and start a business. In raising the taxes for small businesses, this budget was an attack on sole traders, over 3 million in the UK. Many of whom have very low and marginal incomes. Taxing them more was a cynical cash grab. Lazily taking money from the poorer in society, rather than going after the huge corporations that avoid paying taxes.

Budget 2017

This budget was complacent. Here in Cornwall many people become sole traders because they can't get a job. People aren't lazy, they want to work. If they have a skill... Read more

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In response to the Government's White Paper on Housing, John Healey - Shadow Secretary for Housing - said, "so if Theresa May wants to meet her pledges to the country, and to ‘just about managing families’ in particular, a big part of the answer is simple – let councils build more homes, as Labour has said.

And the simple way to do so is to remove the unwarranted restriction on councils’ capacity to do what private developers do in their position, and borrow to build. It’s what all councils do successfully and sensibly for capital investments other than housing. And it’s what the Chancellor conceded makes sense for the country in general in the recent Autumn Statement, when he said that funding infrastructure “from additional borrowing …is the responsible way to secure our economy for the long term”.

A Simple Answer to the Housing Crisis

In response to the Government's White Paper on Housing, John Healey - Shadow Secretary for Housing - said, "so if Theresa May wants to meet her pledges to the country,... Read more

Housing insecurity has a profound effect on every aspect of our society, increased anxiety of the workforce in the workplace, a derogatory impact on people’s mental health, instability for children and young people, a rising housing benefit bill, less money in people’s pockets to spend within their local economies. It’s very clear the Government needs to introduce regulators to ensure rental properties are of a good standard; to increase length of tenure; and most importantly of all, introduce a rent cap so that rents are affordable relative to the median average income of the local community.

We need rent capping

Housing insecurity has a profound effect on every aspect of our society, increased anxiety of the workforce in the workplace, a derogatory impact on people’s mental health, instability for children... Read more

CornishStuff wrote, "Councillors are calling on Cornwall Council to demand that the Government gives the funds needed to ensure that the NHS in Cornwall is properly funded. A motion going before the Full Council on 21st February calls on Cornwall Council to demand that the Government meet the £277m shortfall in funding highlighted by NHS England.......

Councillors demand increased NHS funding at Cornwall Council

CornishStuff wrote, "Councillors are calling on Cornwall Council to demand that the Government gives the funds needed to ensure that the NHS in Cornwall is properly funded. A motion going...

Although the implications of Brexit and Trump’s presidency should concern us all there are a plethora of others matters that need our continued attention. One such issue is the railways. According to The Office of Rail and Road, in 2015-16, the total amount of government subsidy – the money we pay to the rail companies, despite the railways having been privatised in 1994 – was £3.999 billion. Furthermore, 7/8 of that amount was taken as profit by private train operators. 

Gravy Trains, Strikes, Tickets to Ride

Although the implications of Brexit and Trump’s presidency should concern us all there are a plethora of others matters that need our continued attention. One such issue is the railways.... Read more

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In the recent Sustainability & Transformation Plan (STP) ‘consultation’ (I use the word loosely) held in Falmouth on 16/01/2017 a point of order arose which may be of some interest for hose of us sceptical of the ability of the proposed STP changes to deliver the promised £264 million’s-worth of cuts without damaging overall health & social care provision throughout the county.

On Hidden Agenda & STP Reform

In the recent Sustainability & Transformation Plan (STP) ‘consultation’ (I use the word loosely) held in Falmouth on 16/01/2017 a point of order arose which may be of some interest... Read more

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Biggest ever demo in Falmouth against Trump's #MuslimBan, with 400-500 people turning up on the Moor incensed by Donald Trump's ban on people from Muslim countries entering the USA.

Demo against Trump's Muslim Ban

Biggest ever demo in Falmouth against Trump's #MuslimBan, with 400-500 people turning up on the Moor incensed by Donald Trump's ban on people from Muslim countries entering the USA. Read more

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Labour campaigned in last year's referendum to remain in the European Union — and nearly two-thirds of Labour voters voted to remain.

Triggering Article 50

Labour campaigned in last year's referendum to remain in the European Union — and nearly two-thirds of Labour voters voted to remain. Read more

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Labour members along with other health campaigners all over Cornwall took a very active part in the recent meetings to discuss the draft Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for Cornwall) recently published by our Health Bodies and Council and supposedly designed to transform our Health and Social Care services (as well as save £264m).

STP Consultations

Labour members along with other health campaigners all over Cornwall took a very active part in the recent meetings to discuss the draft Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for Cornwall)... Read more

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People flocked to our Falmouth Labour stall throughout the morning for the National Campaign Day for Health & Social Care on Saturday 21 January to challenge the Tory government treatment of the NHS. Placards and petitions (around 500 signatures) were shared and commitments were made to join our local campaign. Concerns were voiced about a rumoured sell-off of Falmouth Hospital. Stories were told about the highly valued NHS staff and disgust expressed at privatisation and profits.

NHS Action on The Moor, Falmouth

People flocked to our Falmouth Labour stall throughout the morning for the National Campaign Day for Health & Social Care on Saturday 21 January to challenge the Tory government treatment... Read more

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