Wednesday, May 02, 2007

A warning

Voting Tory can seriously damage your public services. That's the message emerging from the actions of newly-elected Conservative Councils around the country.

In Hammersmith and Fulham, for example, the Tory Council is promising to reduce the Council Tax by 3% a year - how? - by shutting mental health day centres, cutting the vulnerable children's budget, and slicing £150,000 from occupational therapy visits for the sick and old. As Polly Toynbee in the Guardian put it, "They are not green or clean, but cutting nearly £1m from street cleaning; nor caring for the weak, but charging £200 more a year for meals on wheels."

Croydon has cut 10% from the voluntary services budget. In Harrow, the Tories have put a £12 daily charge on their day centres for the frail. In Havering, they have just stopped school uniform payments for poor children.

In Camden, run jointly by the Tories and the LibDems, things are little better. Despite receiving the most generous grant settlement in the country, they are closing four after-school clubs, stopping door-to-door recycling on council estates (but continuing it in Hampstead), cutting £200k from social work in hard-pressed schools, and meals on wheels will cost 20% more.

To paraphrase Neil Kinnock in one of the greatest twentieth century speeches - if the Tories win on Thursday, I warn you not to be ordinary, I warn you not to be young, I warn you not to fall ill, I warn you not to get old.

3 comments:

The Darlington Tory said...

IF LABOUR GET BACK IN, WILL THE LAST PERSON LEAVING DARLINGTON PLEASE REMEMBER TO SWITCH OFF THE LIGHTS


Dave

Anonymous said...

Anonymous writes.......

If Labour get back tommorrow free speech and democracy will die. Wrong doing and cover ups will continue.

Anonymous said...

I for one was not aware of a general election tomorrow...

Hey Nick, could you spill on who you're gonna back in the leadership contest?