Call for people of Somerset to join protest at County Hall as County Council approaches meltdown

Protest! Please come - show up and show support! All welcome! Joint Trade Union Lobby of the County Council: Outside Shire Hall, Taunton; 8.45am Wednesday 17th October 2018. At a recent meeting of Unite the Union Community activists from all over Somerset, the clear call was made to all Somerset people, not just SCC workers …

The Joy of Local Tax – and the mysteries of the missing Levy… Richard Chisnall investigates

  Community Infrastructure Levy. Sounds boring, right? It's a tax or levy on development intended to support the necessary infrastructure the development needs: zebra crossings, schools, doctor's surgeries and more. Call it a "Section 106 agreement on steroids". It's been implemented by all other Somerset councils: Taunton Deane, Sedgemoor, South Somerset, North Somerset, B&NES, but remarkably, …

Where’s the Outrage?

On and on it has dragged! Labour's never ending "anti-semitism crisis". How many years now? It has, of course, reached fever pitch over this summer with Dame Margaret Hodge appearing to be self-appointed 'hectorer-in-chief', leading the chorus which seeks to persuade us all that Labour is drowning in Anti-Semitic bile. All the while, a bemused …

Write to David Warburton to support the Palestinian cause

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The Palestine Solidarity Campaign have organised a briefing session for MPs to take place on 11th September. They say this about the current situation: "The crisis in Gaza has not disappeared. Since weekly peaceful protests began on the 30th March 2017, Israel have killed at least 166 Palestinians and wounded a further 18,000. Despite the …

As Northamptonshire County Council gets set to offer the bare minimum of services – what lessons for county councils around the country? Dave Clark warns us that alarm bells should be ringing

Turkeys do vote for Christmas. Some attentive news watchers, if able to get beyond the relentless attacks on Jeremy Corbyn and Labour over ‘anti-semitism’, will have noticed the reports in the press of the travails and troubles facing Northamptonshire County Council.   County Councils provide vital services to local residents including education, waste disposal and …