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Graham Jones: Tories hand millions to wealthiest councils – but … 0

Graham Jones: Tories hand millions to wealthiest councils – but …

The 300m Local Government handout to Tory councils and Tory marginals is a stitch-up. The Chancellor has handed hundreds of millions of pounds to the wealthiest Tory councils to ease the pain of spending cuts but offered nothing to Hyndburn and what it has offered to Lancashire has been clawed back through back door education cuts. See previous also.

The extra funding for Lancashire of 1.108 m is offset by an Education Service Grant which is 1.177m less than expected. Hyndburn has suffered some of the very highest spending cuts since 2010 (4th), but has received nothing at all in today s announcement. Meanwhile, leafy Surrey one of England s wealthiest shires today gets a hand-out of 24m despite suffering far fewer cuts in recent years.

Lancashire Fire Service received no relief either whilst Lancashire Constabulary found out last week that despite a promise of a freeze in the police grant following the Paris attacks, they would intact received a reduced settlement. Tory MPs became alarmed when they realised their areas might soon see cuts similar to those imposed on the rest of the country. They threatened to vote down the Government s planned cuts until Communities Secretary Greg Clark announced a 300 million transitional grant .

The Government have refused to say where the extra money comes from. Labour analysis shows that 255 million of the grant 85% goes to Tory councils. Areas where Labour runs the council receive just 17 million, despite suffering the harshest cuts since 2010 and having higher levels of deprivation.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/feb/09/cameron-buying-off-tory-mps-theatening-to-rebel-over-council-cuts Steve Reed MP, Shadow Minister for Local Government, said: The Government is covering up where this money has come from and won t explain why almost all of it is being handed to Tory councils just weeks before council elections across the country. Councils that have already been cut to the bone since 2010 are getting nothing but more cuts. The Tories have picked millions of pounds from taxpayer s pockets to buy off their own MPs when faced with a rebellion in the House of Commons.

This is a blatant misuse of public money in a shameless attempt to buy votes and buy off Tory MPs.

Transitional grant Total ( m) Local Authority England Surrey Hampshire Hertfordshire Essex West Sussex Kent Buckinghamshire Oxfordshire Leicestershire Cambridgeshire Wiltshire Warwickshire North Yorkshire Cheshire East Dorset Richmond upon Thames Devon Staffordshire East Sussex Worcestershire Gloucestershire Central Bedfordshire Wokingham Bromley Nottinghamshire Suffolk South Gloucestershire Northamptonshire Norfolk Cheshire West & Chester Barnet West Berkshire Havering Sutton Kingston upon Thames Windsor and Maidenhead Derbyshire Lancashire Somerset Stockport Solihull North Somerset Bath & North East Somerset Bracknell Forest Cumbria Poole Swindon York East Riding of Yorkshire Bexley Bedford Harrow Warrington Shropshire Herefordshire Merton Hillingdon Trafford Croydon Reading Medway Rutland Bournemouth Northumberland Elmbridge Maidstone Harrogate Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Reigate and Banstead St Albans Devon and Somerset Fire Wealden Kent Fire Waverley Mid Sussex North Hertfordshire Basildon Chelmsford Sevenoaks Tandridge Horsham Hereford & Worcester Fire Tonbridge and Malling Dacorum Woking East Hertfordshire Ipswich Chiltern Bromsgrove South Lakeland East Dorset Hampshire Fire New Forest East Sussex Fire Surrey Heath Hart Stroud Guildford Buckinghamshire Fire Worthing Spelthorne Essex Fire Auhtority East Hampshire Mole Valley Rochford Chichester Watford Winchester South Ribble Colchester Epsom and Ewell Castle Point Wycombe North Yorkshire Fire Lewes Shropshire Fire Arun Aylesbury Vale South Bucks Welwyn Hatfield Derbyshire Dales Bedfordshire Fire South Cambridgeshire Cheltenham Tunbridge Wells Fareham Adur Berkshire Fire Authority Rother South Northamptonshire Cheshire Fire Brentwood Cambridgeshire Fire Three Rivers Weymouth and Portland Harborough East Devon Stratford-on-Avon Shepway Uttlesford South Somerset Suffolk Coastal South Hams Fylde Oxford Christchurch Test Valley Epping Forest Braintree Lichfield St Edmundsbury Kettering Havant Rugby Redditch Brighton & Hove Wyre Forest Stafford Cotswold South Oxfordshire Staffordshire Fire Vale of White Horse Rushmoor Maldon Runnymede Hertsmere Warwick Mid Suffolk Rushcliffe Rossendale Derbyshire Fire Purbeck Richmondshire Basingstoke and Deane Mid Devon High Peak West Devon Eastbourne Ashford Eastleigh Bury Melton Teignbridge Chorley North West Leicestershire Harlow Ryedale Gosport Northampton Malvern Hills Babergh Nuneaton and Bedworth Craven Canterbury North Warwickshire Mendip Ribble Valley Oadby and Wigston Dartford Eden Taunton Deane South Norfolk Milton Keynes East Staffordshire Worcester Wychavon Selby Gravesham Blaby Lincolnshire Gloucester West Lancashire Durham Fire Stevenage Broxtowe Hastings Wyre North East Derbyshire Carlisle Staffordshire Moorlands South Derbyshire Daventry Scarborough Fenland Cambridge Allerdale Amber Valley Ashfield Avon Fire Barking and Dagenham Barnsley Barrow-in-Furness Bassetlaw Birmingham Blackburn with Darwen Blackpool Bolsover Bolton Boston Bradford Breckland Brent Bristol Broadland Broxbourne Burnley Calderdale Camden Cannock Chase Charnwood Cherwell Chesterfield City of London Cleveland Fire Copeland Corby Cornwall Coventry Crawley Darlington Derby Doncaster Dover Dudley Durham Ealing East Cambridgeshire East Lindsey East Northamptonshire Enfield Erewash Exeter Forest Heath Forest of Dean Gateshead Gedling Great Yarmouth Greater London Authority Greater Manchester Fire Greenwich Hackney Halton Hambleton Hammersmith and Fulham Haringey Hartlepool Hinckley and Bosworth Hounslow Humberside Fire Huntingdonshire Hyndburn Isle of Wight Council Isles of Scilly Islington Kensington and Chelsea King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Kingston upon Hull Kirklees Knowsley Lambeth Lancashire Fire Lancaster Leeds Leicester Leicestershire Fire Lewisham Lincoln Liverpool Luton Manchester Mansfield Merseyside Fire Middlesbrough Newark and Sherwood Newcastle upon Tyne Newcastle-under-Lyme Newham North Devon North Dorset North East Lincolnshire North Kesteven North Lincolnshire North Norfolk North Tyneside Norwich Nottingham Nottinghamshire Fire Oldham Pendle Peterborough Plymouth Portsmouth Preston Redbridge Redcar and Cleveland Rochdale Rotherham Salford Sandwell Sedgemoor Sefton Sheffield Slough South Holland South Kesteven South Staffordshire South Tyneside South Yorkshire Fire Southampton Southend-on-Sea Southwark St Helens Stockton-on-Tees Stoke-on-Trent Sunderland Swale Tameside Tamworth Telford and the Wrekin Tendring Tewkesbury Thanet Thurrock Torbay Torridge Tower Hamlets Tyne and Wear Fire Wakefield Walsall Waltham Forest Wandsworth Waveney Wellingborough West Dorset West Lindsey West Midlands Fire West Oxfordshire West Somerset West Yorkshire Fire Westminster Wigan Wirral Wolverhampton

The Unhappiest Town In England Has Been Revealed 0

The Unhappiest Town In England Has Been Revealed

The unhappiest town in England has been revealed as Blackpool. Despite the fact it s home to the Pleasure Beach and numerous candy floss stalls, donkey rides and sticks of rock, it turns out that the actual residents there are seriously bummed out. There s a massive drugs problem, life expectancy for men is the lowest in the country and it has more poverty and crime than the national average.

The results were determined by how many antidepressants were prescribed all over the country. In Blackpool, over 1.5 million was spent on the drugs, with an average spend of 10.46 per year for a single person that s enough for a three month prescription. Bleak.

It was joined in the top ten unhappiest places by the following towns (figures represent average spend per year per person on antidepressants): St Helens: 9.21 Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale: 8.53 Isle of Wight: 8.43 South Manchester: 8.20 Great Yarmouth & Waveney: 7.71 West Norfolk: 7.67 North East Essex: 7.59 South Lincolnshire: 7.45 West Suffolk: 7.34 Featured Image VIA 1 Image VIA 2 In contrast to this, the happiest places were the following: Brent: 2.12 Newham: 2.18 Redbridge: 2.33 Merton: 2.45 City and Hackney: 2.48 Haringey: 2.51 Southwark: 2.52 Lambeth: 2.57 Hillingdon: 2.63 Barking & Dagenham: 2.66 I suppose it s no real surprise that most of those are in London is it people probably have enough money to spend it on anti-depressants that you don t need a prescription for, right?

Surprising that the recently voted worst town in England 3 doesn t make an appearance in this list though.

References ^ VIA (www.counsellingbristol.co.uk) ^ VIA (metro.co.uk) ^ worst town in England (www.sickchirpse.com)

The unhappiest towns in United Kingdom have been revealed … 0

The unhappiest towns in United Kingdom have been revealed …

The unhappy area have been announced, and it makes for depressing reading. The study was based on the number of antidepressants prescribed to residents of each town across the country, taken from official NHS prescription figures. And it is bad news if you live in Blackpool, which has been revealed as the glummest town in UK.,we d have thought all the casinos and fun fairs would have kept residents spirits up, but it appears not.

NHS patients in the seaside town got through 1.5 million worth of antidepressants last year, that is the equivalent of 10.46 for every person living there. The resort has the lowest life expectancy for men in England and Wales, at 74.7 years. The study paints a rather unflattering picture of the North West with St Helens, Rochdale and South Manchester in the top five of the list.

Look at the full top 10: MOST DEPRESSING AREAS This much money was spent per person on anti-depressants in 1. Blackpool 10.46 paunds 2. St Helens 9.21 paunds 3.

Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale 8.53 paunds 4. Isle of Wight 8.43 paunds 5. South Manchester 8.20 paunds 6.

Great Yarmouth & Waveney 7.71 paunds 7. West Norfolk 7.67 paunds 8. North East Essex 7.59 paunds 9.

South Lincolnshire 7.45 paunds 10. West Suffolk 7.34 paunds London was a lot happier than you might expect, as the areas with the least spent on antidepressants were all in the United Kingdom capital. Here is the full top ten: MOST HAPPIEST PLACES These places spent the least per head 1.

Brent 2.12 paunds 2. Newham 2.18 paunds 3. Redbridge 2.33 paunds 4.

Merton 2.45 paunds 5. City and Hackney 2.48 paunds 6. Haringey 2.51 paunds 7.

Southwark 2.52 paunds 8. Lambeth 2.57 paunds 9. Hillingdon 2.63 paunds 10.

Barking & Dagenham 2.66 paunds In 2015 in England more than 58 million prescriptions for anti-depressants were written out, double the figure of 2006 , at a cost of 265 million to the NHS.

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