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Age UK back our affordable warmth scheme

by jamesbaker on 7 March, 2015

Age UK have welcomed the affordable warmth scheme that I proposed at this year’s budget Council, commenting they said: “Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees are delighted that Calderdale Council have decided to focus on the issue of affordable warmth. Age UK estimates that one older person dies every 7 minutes from cold-related illness during the […]

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Friends of the Earth welcome our Green Budget Measures

by jamesbaker on 25 February, 2015

Calderdale Friends of the Earth has welcomed the budget measures that have arisen from the amendment I made to this week’s budget Council meeting. In a statement issued to the local paper Anthony Rae for Calderdale Friends of the Earth said: ‘We welcome the decision by the Council to set an ambitious energy reduction target, which […]

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A Liberal Democrat amendment to the Council’s budget meeting that occurred on Monday 23rd February has secure a £1.4m investment into affordable warmth. The cost of this insulation scheme will be repaid through additional savings made through the smarter use of technology by the Council in its working practices. In Calderdale in 2013 there were 93 excess […]

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Talking Politics Column for Courier

by jamesbaker on 23 February, 2015

Here is a copy of the talking politics article I wrote for this week’s Courier, it’s available from all good newsagents, and you should go out and buy a copy to support your local newspaper!  PFI debt shows Labour can’t be trusted with NHS finances You wouldn’t pay £9.72 for a pint of milk, £10.26 […]

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More than 10 times as many people in Calderdale are dying prematurely from air pollution than as a result of traffic accidents. This is the shocking statistic that Councillors were informed of in a meeting of the Scrutiny review group I established to work on the environmental effects on public health. A Public Health England in a […]

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There are a number of derelict sites across the ward, but I think a larger problem is that of half-built developments. There are several examples I can think of where extensions onto houses seem to have been going on for years and years with little progress. Whilst these developments are going on neighbors have to […]

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Scrutiny work on Environment & Public Health

by jamesbaker on 5 December, 2014

As the Chair of the Economy and Environment scrutiny panel on Calderdale I’ve had three main priorities. This include holding the Highways Department to account on its performance and spending, working to build a greener economy here in Calderdale and ensuring the Council does everything it can to get the local economy back on track. […]

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Calderdale declares itself a ‘Frack Free’ zone

by jamesbaker on 4 December, 2014

Calderdale Council has passed a motion I proposed opposing fracking, and  has now declared itself a frack free zone. The original text of the motion was the model text suggested by Friends of the Earth. Labour had also proposed an anti-fracking motion so we worked with them to agree an amalgamated text prior to the […]

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Why I have put in a Council motion opposing fracking

by jamesbaker on 25 November, 2014

I have proposed a motion to the next meeting of Calderdale Council on 3rd December opposing fracking. The text of the motion is the model text proposed by Friends of the Earth, who also have a really good website detailing their concerns over fracking. a) This Council notes that it has a responsibility to tackle […]

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Work on the Green Economy

by jamesbaker on 6 June, 2014

I’ve recently participated in a large bit of work into developing the Green Economy here within Calderdale. I co-chaired this cross-party scrutiny review. It was very pleasing to be able to get involved with this piece of work given a long standing interest in green issues, and previous involvement in groups such as Friends of […]

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