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Walk-In Centres Saved? (or perhaps not…)

by burylibdems on 28 November, 2017

Bury’s NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) used a verbal update reported through several Twitter posts to inform residents that the two Walk-In Centres in bury (Bury and Prestwich) are not closing on 31 March 2018. Residents may recall that the consultation on the closure of both centres was ‘paused’ earlier this year by the CCG, […]

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Reporting Back: Overspends and Road Repairs

by burylibdems on 28 November, 2017

Last week Councillor Steve Wright attended the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee: Council Finances Current estimates are that the Council is heading for an overspend of £3.491 million in the 2017-18 financial year. The reasons for for the overspend are largely: – demand for services being higher than the budget were either demand pressures (mostly […]

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Last week David Davis announced that Parliament will get a vote on the final Brexit the government comes back with. On the face of it, this seems like a major concession. But the reality is it simply isn’t good enough. First of all, David Davis has said that even if Parliament votes down the deal, […]

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Reporting Back: Health Scrutiny

by burylibdems on 21 November, 2017

Last week was the regular meeting of Bury Council’s ‘Health Scrutiny’ Committee. Councillor Mary D’Albert reports: Delayed Discharge from Hospital Delayed discharge is a high profile issue within the health service with significant knock on effect to other hospital services (e.g. lack of beds to transfer people from A&E). There is also a cost implication. […]

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A budget that gives hope to Britain

by burylibdems on 15 November, 2017

Last week, Vince Cable set out the alternative Liberal Democrat approach to the budget and the problems with the Conservative one.  Next Wednesday, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, will present his Budget to the House of Commons. He will attempt to balance demands to increase public sector spending with the Government’s own strictly […]

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World Diabetes Day 14 November 2017

by burylibdems on 14 November, 2017

1 in 10 adults across the world will have diabetes by 2040 if current trends continue. Including 313 million women. That’s why this year the theme of World Diabetes Day 2017 is Women and diabetes. The campaign is designed to share the importance of affordable access for all women at risk for or living with […]

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Jo Swinson: We must end period poverty

by burylibdems on 8 November, 2017

Talking about periods apparently is still taboo. In fact we have had to wait until this month, in 2017 for the first ad ever in the UK to show a hand pouring a test-tube of blood-coloured liquid onto a sanitary towel, in lieu of the standard sterile-blue.   The advert, which forms part of a […]

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Reporting Back Greater Manchester CA Scrutiny

by burylibdems on 6 November, 2017

Last month saw the second meeting of the new Greater Manchester Combined Authority Scrutiny Committees. A scrutiny process is established in the laws which establish the city region Mayor (Andy Burnham), and in Greater Manchester these are just now taking shape. Three Scrutiny Committees have been established, each is made up of 15 councillors from […]

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UK – Firefighters cut by 1,146

by burylibdems on 31 October, 2017

Firefighters cut by 1,346 while fire safety audits down 14% – figures published last week have revealed. The number of firefighters (FTE) fell by 1,346, from 34,395 to 33,049, in the year to March 2017 a reduction of 4%. The number of fire and rescue support staff saw a 10% decrease, from 7,952 to 7,132 […]

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Reporting Back – Bury Council’s Cabinet

by burylibdems on 31 October, 2017

Last month was the regular meeting of Bury Council’s Cabinet. This is the meeting of the eight Cabinet members from the ruling Labour Group,  also attended by the two opposition Leaders on the Council – though Labour changed the rules so we couldn’t vote at the meeting earlier in the year. Councillor Tim Pickstone reports: […]

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