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What’s this to do with? You know how times are tough? You know how the City Council have reduced some areas of pay for staff who work in their care services? Well, in stark contrast the Tories at the Town Hall, this year decided to give the lawyers a nice pay rise! According to the […]

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23 Senior Council Officers cost OVER £2,500,000!

by Cllr Darren Fower on 12 May, 2017

What’s this about then? The Tax Payers Alliance, have published a report that showed in 2015: 17 Council Officers received salaries in excess of £100,000 4 Council Officers received salaries in excess of £150,000 2 Council Officers received salaries in excess of £200,000 …executive salaries in many local authorities remain high, raising questions over value for money […]

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What’s this about then? Analysis of the Peterborough population indicates an increase of 17% by 2021, of which people aged 85 and over are expected to increase by 40% and those aged 55 and over by 26%. So what’s the concern? Well as life expectancy increases older people are living with multiple long-term conditions associated […]

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Could Peterborough City Council go bankrupt?

by Cllr Darren Fower on 10 May, 2017

What’s this to do with? As detailed in the Council’s Medium Term Financial Strategy, published earlier in the year, our local authority announced it faces budget gaps of between £20m to £30m each year over next 4 years! Given the council’s total net budget in 2016/17 was £163.4 million, this means cuts of up to 30% […]

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Peterborough City Council Tweeted a lie!

by Cllr Darren Fower on 8 May, 2017

What’s this about then? You may have missed this piece in the Peterborough Telegraph, as the Council (no doubt) would want as few people as possible to know about the “mistake” that they recently made. Basically, Peterborough City Council (PCC) tweeted a warning of an energy firm acting into a fraudulent manner….. However, hours later, […]

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What’s this to do with? The Conservatives have quietly published legislation that will scrap housing benefit for 18-21 year olds. So at a meeting of Full Council earlier this year, I called on the Tory leader of the City Council to write a formal letter on behalf of this authority to the Prime Minister and Secretary for […]

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What’s this about then? Pavement parking is a problem for a range of people; wheelchair users, people pushing prams, those unsure on their feet, those who’s jobs involve delivering and of course for those who rely on guide dogs. So isn’t it time we took some action to help ensure the safety of these people? […]

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What’s this about? The Tory controlled City Council has now announced a daily two-man hit squad “will target areas that are consistently blighted by litter and fly-tipping” and daily street cleaning will occur in the area focused around Gladstone Street and other nearby streets with a mechanical sweeper with a driver and operative. They’ve also announced […]

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Does it take too long on the bus?

by Cllr Darren Fower on 4 May, 2017

What’s this about then? A local resident recently contacted me about the issue of how long it takes to get into town, which made me wonder what your thoughts or experiences are? The resident told me, “The bus takes 20+ minutes to get me to Queensgate. I often can’t spare that long, when the drive […]

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What’s this to do with? One of the issues that does get raised with me, not as a major priority, but more of an ongoing irritation, relates to some cyclists regularly riding on the footpath, rather than the roads. What does Darren think? As a cyclists, I cannot pretend that I have never made use […]

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