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Gritting Services

by jamesbaker on 1 December, 2017

I have received several emails about recent cuts to the gritting services across Calderdale. In Warley Ward there are several roads around Trimmingham, and also around Warley Town that have been taken off the gritting routes. I share these concerns, and when this gritting policy went before Council I questioned the impact these cuts would have on service […]

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Figures released by the Department for Health shows the Conservative Government is planning a further £666,229 cut to the public health budget in Calderdale. The budget pays to help improve people’s health – and stop them getting ill in the first place – so there is less pressure on the NHS. Work undertaken by public […]

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Scrutiny panel recommends a budget for new grit bins

by jamesbaker on 31 January, 2016

This Thursday the Economy and Environment Scrutiny panel that I chair recommended that the Council makes provision within its winter services budget for new grit bins. There are many streets in Calderdale that are not gritted and the provision of grit bins allows residents on those streets to attempt to clear ice and snow themselves. […]

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According to reports on the Huddersfield Examiner the Huddersfield Labour MP Barry Sheerman has blammed the problems facing our local health services on the awful PFI contract that ‘Health chiefs in Halifax got into’. Mr Sheerman and his colleague, Colne Valley’s Jason McCartney, have both insisted the move is to shore up the controversial Private […]

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Today a new network of families whose lives have been wrecked by our current approach to drugs will hand in a letter to 10 Downing Street calling for the legal regulation of drugs. Anyone’s Child: Families for Safer Drug Control is a project supported by Transform Drug Policy Foundation. A spokesperson for Anyone’s Child said: […]

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How to tackle drug abuse in Calderdale

by jamesbaker on 24 June, 2015

As a Councillor I regularly attend Ward forums, time and time again we hear from the Police how hard it is to tackle the numbers of people driving around in cars and dealing drugs on our streets. The police are faced with an imposable task. We have to accept they will never prevent people taking […]

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You often hear in the press and in leaflets when politicians disagree and argue with each other. It’s often because these disagreements are deemed newsworthy and reported. Yet over the past few months a cross-party group of Councillors have been working constructively together on a scrutiny review group I have chaired  looking at the relationships […]

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Burnham refuses to commit to £8bn NHS funding

by jamesbaker on 7 April, 2015

Liberal Democrat General Election Campaign Spokesperson Lord Scriven said: “Once again Labour have failed to match the Liberal Democrats’ commitment to investing the £8bn extra the NHS says it needs to survive. “Instead, Andy Burnham tries to pretend the Liberal Democrats haven’t set out how we will pay for the extra investment. Which we have, […]

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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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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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