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Leading economic think tank, Centre for Cities, has released its report Cities Outlook 2015, which highlights the health of Peterborough as a city, compared to the rest of the nation. Population growth in cities, 2004-2013 I’m sure one or two right wingers will want to cite “population growth” as a major concern etc. But remember that […]

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Is single persons council tax discount fair?

by Cllr Darren Fower on January 28, 2015

A compulsory council tax discount which is received by wealthy working age people living alone in large homes could be making it harder for local authorities to protect discounts for struggling families on low incomes? Previous analysis shows that it is costing councils more than £200 million a year to give a compulsory discount to […]

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In case you missed it in the last quarter of 2014, a Health Profile was published for Peterborough (see below). It showed that the health of people in Peterborough is generally worse than the England average. Deprivation is higher than average and about 23.6% (9,700) children live in poverty. Life expectancy for both men and […]

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Details presented at the last meeting of the Creating Opportunities and Tackling Inequalities Scrutiny Committee show plans are in place to “explore the development of a contributions policy for children and young people who are looked after.” The report adds that in the majority of cases, parents would NOT be required to contribute towards the costs of the Council […]

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Don’t know about you, but I think Mr Cameron SHOULD be taking part in the leadership debates and not using a fake caring stance for the Greens, as an excuse not to? There’s now an on-line petition, calling on David Cameron to take part in the Leaders’ Debates and not leave his chair empty. I’ve […]

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Peterborough NEEDS Social Workers!

by Cllr Darren Fower on January 24, 2015

Last  year it was reported that a “….. shortage of social workers [was] putting some of the most vulnerable children at greater risk of harm…”, after an investigation found that a quarter of posts in Peterborough were vacant. Evidence shows a real problem with social workers leaving the profession after just a few years. The reasons […]

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A need to keep an eye on elderly neighbours during these months!

by Cllr Darren Fower on January 23, 2015

During this period of the calendar, its important to keep an eye on your neighbours, in a bid to reduce the number of deaths during the cold weather. Last year, Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England published the Cold Weather Plan for England advising people on actions they can take before and during the […]

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Decentralisation is key to economic success post #GE2015

by Cllr Darren Fower on January 22, 2015

We’ll soon all be getting lots of stuff relating to the forthcoming general election, despite it being well over three moths away! That said, a “business as usual” spending round after May 2015 will not deliver the reforms or sufficient cost savings, so say the think tank IPPR (described as, “Centre-left think tank which is influential […]

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There’s certainly been a lot of debate over the last 365 days about renewable energy in Peterborough, specifically solar farms! As a result of one or two misinformed local politicians, the debate, in my opinion, has often swayed from the facts that should be addressed and recognised. Firstly, that Peterborough’s local authority, must start to generate its […]

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The spotlight will be on the Tudor period at the Katharine of Aragon Festival in Peterborough at the end of January. There is something for all ages, with Tudor activity days and costumed re-enactors at Peterborough Museum, and at Peterborough Cathedral a presentation on “The Exile of Katharine of Aragon” given by best-selling historian and […]

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