Possible cut ignored

July 22, 2011

With major cuts to public services it is natural to think that politicians would be keen to make cuts in areas that have little impact on the public. Naturally one of those areas being considered was Area Committees.

Currently the City Council has divided the city up into 8 areas plus the city centre. In each of these 8 areas there is an Area Committee made up of Local Councillors and elected community representatives. They meet every 2 months to hear reports from Council Officers about services in their area, to agree how to spend their allocation of money of approximately £30,000 and to be consulted on how services are provided locally. For example the Parks Section last year outlined 3 possible colour schemes that could be used in each area for flower planters e.g. on lamp posts. In otherwords less than crucial matters.

They are supposed to provide a way for the city council to talk to and get the views of local residents. Unsurprisingly only a small handful of residents actually attend these.

So naturally council officers suggested making savings by cutting Area Committees. Councillor Jon Collins has said clearly that Area Committees will not be cut.

It would be nice to think this was because he really cared about resident involvement. But all the rumours are that Area Committees were really set up as a sop to councillors who have no real power city wide. And Collins does not want to risk alienating these councillors by cutting the Area Committees and exposing the lack of power so many Councillors actually have.



September 30, 2010

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City of Sanctuary

September 14, 2010

I have just been reading about the City of Sanctuary initiative. This initiative “is a national movement of local people and community groups building a welcoming climate in their city for people seeking sanctuary from war and persecution.”

A number of Nottingham organisations have signed up to this. I think this is a laudable initiative, challenging as it does much of the negative press about refugees and asylum seekers.

However the city of sanctuary also publicise practical ways in which organisations can implement the philosophy of a city of sanctuary. One of the ideas suggested is to display one of our “We welcome asylum seekers and refugees” signs outside your shop, building or office.

I think this suggestion hasn’t been thought through. Some people will interpret these signs as meaning that refugees and asylum seekers are more welcome than other people. This in turn could create hostility and actually  make the city a less welcoming place for refugees and asylum seekers.

To read more, follow the link below.


Anti Gay Pride Demonstration

July 30, 2010

Some people are organising an anti gay pride demonstration at the Forest Recreation Ground on Saturday. This poster is displayed on the window of a shop on Radford Road.

Councillor Hassan Ahmed involved in dodgy decision

July 28, 2010

Just been looking into the Council of Equality and Human Rights Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. The blogger Andy at ncclols blog posted in March about the cutting of CEHRNN’s grant. This decision was made by Councillor Ammed and Councillor Chapman.

You can read more about this at http://ncclols.blogspot.com/2010/03/bit-more-on-cehrnn-and-its-funding.html

Councillor Ahmed has been a key figure behind the creation of a new equality body called Equal. And surprise, surprise, it has now been agreed to give them funding from Nottingham City Council. Originally they were due to receive £60,000, but with the recent cuts this looks as if it will be reduced to £20,000 for 2010/11.

This is far less than the £122k pa CEHRNN received, but it obviously means that Councillor Ahmed was not in a neutral position when deciding to withdraw CEHRNN’s grant.

Incidentally, Tyron Brown, who was behind a massive housing scandal is also heavily involved in Equal. Follow the link below to read more about this dubious individual.


Should the NHS budget be cut?

July 13, 2010

It is interesting that our Government is planning no cuts to the NHS when other budgets are being slashed. I’m sure when most people think about NHS expenditure they imagine salaries for Dr’s, nurses, adminstrators and managers; as well as medication and medical equipment.

But the NHS spends money on all kinds of weird and wonderful projects. Take the carbon reduction programme Nottingham and Notts Primary Care Trust has funded Nottingham Energy Partnership to deliver for the last 2 years.

This project aims to calculate and reduce the total carbon footprint across the Primary Care Trust in Nottingham and Notts.

This projects ‘achievements’ over these 2 years include:

– Making buildings more efficient e.g. installing new boilers

–  Installed renewable energy sources e.g. solar panels

– Improved data on carbon useage

– Improved travel plans for staff

– Better segregation of waste which helps recycling efforts

– Over 50 staff trained as in house ‘champions’.

Of course installing new boilers may save money in the long run, but apart from measures to save money, I fail to see what positive effect this would have on patients.

Now I know some of you may argue that carbon reduction is crucial; but I still fail to see how measuring the useage of carbon is good value for money.

And there are many more dubious projects being funded by your taxes.

Follow the link below to read more about this project.


Arms conference in Nottingham

June 15, 2010

I have just been reading on indymedia about a conference for arms companies held in Nottingham.

“the UK Government hosted a conference in Nottingham aimed at helping British arms companies boost their sales. Arms companies from across the country were invited to the swanky Nottingham Belfry hotel in Broxtowe for this one-day event, entitled “Selling to Defence & Security Markets..

The event was organised by a controversial government department called UKTI DSO, which spends millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money every year promoting British arms exports, often to unstable and repressive regimes. The organisation won the 2010 Quango Awards prize for Most Ethically Dubious Quango, and Campaign Against Arms Trade is trying to get it closed down”

Follow the link below to read the original post.


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