Steve Batkin - Wednesday. 5.4.2017:
Thoroughly Poisonous Outlook For City Of Stoke-On-Trent!
Local Politicians As Usual Acquiesce With London's Elite.
Above image viewers' second from right with white coat is Dave Conway (Independent) who's the current leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council (Staffordshire), at the moment the City Council leadership is comprised of a coalition of Independents and Conservatives (Tories) which over the years has proved utterly useless as a political opposition force to the Labour Party (New Labour) in Stoke-on-Trent; second from left with no tie is deputy leader of the City Council Abi Brown (Conservative); tall centre figure with tie is Matthew Ellis Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner (Conservative). The local politicians are standing outside a basic cheap oblong new building in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, the building is to become part of a hub for a large public service cost cutting exercise over the next three years (£61 million). The nearby Hanley central police station another cheap looking oblong building is going to be knocked down to possibly make way for car parking or even flats for Stoke's growing population of low paid workers or university students. If all goes to plan the police will apparently amalgamate with council staff in the same building and reception area, this will involve if necessary actively supporting the City Council's debt collectors by enforcing payments of Stoke-on-Trent's burgeoning council tax and bedroom tax charges! Britain's Conservative Government backed by many Labour Party politicians brought out the bedroom tax shortly after gaining office in 2010 -- they want to put families in flats some of them recently arrived immigrants who are expected to work for low wages.
Public Service Cuts Are Not New In Stoke-On-Trent.
City Centre Public Toilets Demolished -- Shocking!
Above image is the no longer existing building of Stoke-on-Trent's central public toilet facility: the toilets closed last year because the City Council made a press statement saying their employees working at the facility were not safe from anti-social people from within the community; no mention was ever made by the City Council or any subsequent reports from various media organisations regarding exactly how the many unemployed anti-social people who frequent the city centre (Hanley) came to be. Stoke-on-Trent was once a proud former industrial city but since much of its industry has been wrecked in the last three decades we now have a large amount of people with alcohol/legal drug/illegal drug problems, who suffer from depression and hopelessness -- for some strange reason the British Government classes them as 'sick', they therefore gain more benefits than someone on job seekers' allowance. Anyway the central toilet closure was just a flimsy excuse for a cost cutting exercise which was never mentioned in the City Council's 2016-2017 or 2017-2018 annual budgets, the budget is voted through the City Council voting chamber by elected city councillors every February: the way the system works is through the public voting into office city councillors; the councillors then sit on scrutiny committees at the council and listen to cost cutting proposals by council officers working on behalf of central Government; the councillors then agree to cuts which are incorporated into the new forthcoming annual council budget and then voted through the City Council's voting chamber by the councillors; the majority of the public have no faith in the corrupt system whatsoever and basically ignore it with ensuing results like main public toilets being closed and ineffectually challenged by the public -- local media outlets may sometimes study and pick fault with the City Council's annual budget but will always support central and local authorities fundamental way of operating. Why do councillors vote for obvious detrimental budget cuts? -- because they don't have the courage to challenge the political establishment and don't want to risk losing their extra public paid incomes!
Another One Of Stoke-on-Trent's Self Made Problems.
Pest Control Officer Setting Poisoned Bait For Rats.
Above image is one of the symptoms of a badly thought out environmental urban design policy by Stoke-on-Trent City Council: the wrong type of shrubs were planted within and around the city resulting in an infestation of rats in the six towns of Stoke-on-Trent; dense vegetation coupled with an explosion of food take away outlets and litter strewn everywhere have resulted in perfect conditions for breeding rats.
Below I've posted some some of the main cuts in the 2017-18 City Council budget.
The approved budget to help balance the books in 2017/2018 will see:
1.Council tax raised by three per cent – with cash being used to help the elderly remain at home
and to support youngsters in care;
2.Residents plagued by rats having to pay £60 for council exterminators to deal with the problem;
3.'Redesigning' children's centres by cutting funding by £1 million with 61 jobs to be axed
and six facilities relocated;
4.Making 202 full-time staff redundant and deleting 69 posts;
5.Axing jobs within Co-operative Working - service to turn around troubled families through early intervention - to save £2.05 million.
If you go on to Stoke-on-Trent City Council's website (budget Consultation) it states that the council wants to see spaces improved: this's code for building more houses for a growing population of cheap workers; in Stoke-on-Trent due to low wages and a scourge of alcohol/drug problems the city has now produced an ever expanding amount of young people who have to be put into care for their own safety and well being. Many of the City Council staff who've been made redundant from the budget cuts will find themselves in a low paid job in the private sector or on 'sickness' benefits!
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