Children’s Centres Save Money Long Term

In my local area the Council in their cost cutting escapade are about to close the children & family centres. Many may think oh well it doesn’t affect me & will go about their merry way. Well it does affect you in some way. So please give me a chance to elaborate and read on.

Children & family centres are a support system for all the family not just the kids who attend. I visited our local one today and along with the local parents group my other half has set up a meeting to discuss how the centre can be saved.

The local Labour MP was visiting and whilst he said he thought centres like the one just a few streets away from my home, were excellent & do an amazing job BUT the Labour Council has to find savings of over £2 million quid.

Personally I think this Labour MP turned up to show a modicum of faux outrage but will not raise any complaints to his chums in the Council House to actually actively save the centre!

It’s this sort of hypocrisy that really grinds my wheels of steel! He says he will attend the meeting on Monday evening, I wonder if he will turn up & will he have any practical ideas to offer? I doubt it but I’d very much like to be proved wrong on this particular issue.

One of the very few things Labour got right in the 13yrs they were running the shop was the Sure Start Children & Family Centres. Credit where it’s due for implementing these community hubs.

Enough of bigging up the opposition!

Anyway what do these centres provide?

1) They give new mums support & guidance.

2) They provide a space for kids to play in a safe & caring environment.

3) The parents & carers of the children can go to other parents or the staff to discuss how they feel without being judged.

4) These Centres can help parents develop better parenting skills which can help keep families together. This support can prevent kids who are loved from going into care because the parents are getting the support & advice they need to provide a safer environment for their kids.

5) They support parents who suffer from post natal depression. With this support many parents (yes not only mothers get post natal depression) are able to cope better & their PND is reduced & they recover faster.

6) it provides high quality child care at affordable prices. This helps parents who tend to work during the time their kids are in the centre. If the centre is closed how many parents will have to stop working? This isn’t good for the parent or the child.

7) this particular centre caters for children with special needs. I met 2 mothers, who travel a good few miles to go to the centre, both their sons have Autism. This centre has been a lifeline for the mothers and the children. They kids were both non verbal and they have interests in certain things. The mothers said the kids love going to that centre. They mix with kids who don’t have Autism and it helps these little angels a chance to see, hear & copy the other children. If this centre closes plus others in the borough who will be there for these kids?

8) there are parenting skills & advice on hand from a variety of parents and the staff. Relationships have been built & trust is a great part of these relationships. As the parents feel they are able to say “this is how I feel & I don’t like feeling this way”, they can do this without fear of being judged. Another vital element of these centres is the trust & relationships that have been built up over the years.

10) If the centre where to close the costs that the Council think they will make is going to be a good hundred thousand or 5 maybe more.

11) the centres can prevent higher costs for the Social Services Department;

a). Kids who attend the centre are monitored & fewer of then need assistance from Social Workers. This leaves them free to investigate the more horrific cases we hear about on the news.

b). Parents are able to work part time & most parents there do. They enjoy working & they pay taxes. If the centre closes how much will it cost in unemployment/out of work benefits?

c). Parents who work are less likely to suffer from depression. If the centre closes then it highly likely that there will be a rise in the number people with depression/anxiety. How much does it cost if the parents suffer with depression have a major meltdown so all manner of agencies get involved.

This will increase costs so to cut these centres is a totally false economy. The centre provides the care of an extended family. The centres & the staff are there to look after the children BUT also the parental units.

There are so many reasons to keep this centre open & only 1 reason to close it and that reason is the cuts being made via the Council House inmates to the whole area of children services.

Surely there are many other costs that could be cut, which won’t cause us the real problems associated with being a parent. Children learn so much in those early years so we must provide such places as Children’s Centres.

I met and spoke with so many of the parents & they could give you many more reasons to keep the centre open. I hope this will be used as the preamble and I’d really be grateful if any of the parents would state their reasons for keeping the Children’s Centres.

I look forward to hearing your views on this issue.

Don’t forget the meeting on Monday Evening at Sedgley Workings Mens Club. Starts at 7pm prompt. Please do try to bring along friends & family. These cuts affect us all!

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Tired Of Inept Mismanagement Of Our Nation?

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It appears that no matter who is power there is such catastrophic mismanagement of our country

In the past 25 years or so I have seen the general decline of our country, our people and our finances. This decline also coincides with our ever close ties with the constant demand for more & more money from the European Union.

There is a direct correlation between the signing of the Maastricht and Lisbon Treaties. Each treaty nibbling away at our political power to self govern, our legal system by imposing laws & precedents created by the Judicial arm of the EU, our ability to trade with countries not part of the EU. Think back & I’m sure you will see the decline & changes that have made the UK as it is now!

Judges are being surprised at Supreme Court Level that despite the so called opt outs we were told…

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Tired Of Inept Mismanagement Of Our Nation?

It appears that no matter who is power there is such catastrophic mismanagement of our country

In the past 25 years or so I have seen the general decline of our country, our people and our finances. This decline also coincides with our ever close ties with the constant demand for more & more money from the European Union.

There is a direct correlation between the signing of the Maastricht and Lisbon Treaties. Each treaty nibbling away at our political power to self govern, our legal system by imposing laws & precedents created by the Judicial arm of the EU, our ability to trade with countries not part of the EU. Think back & I’m sure you will see the decline & changes that have made the UK as it is now!

Judges are being surprised at Supreme Court Level that despite the so called opt outs we were told we had with regard to the Fundamental Human Rights clauses. It appears we do not have these opt outs and a court in Luxembourg has decided that these clauses are indeed applicable to us.

So yet again we have been misled & given misinformation, this isn’t only aimed to us mere plebs but also to our eminently qualified & highly respected judiciary. It is a sad state of affairs when a judge in our country finds out that he cannot decide a case on the basis of what he believed the law to be; but that he must concede to a precedent set in Luxembourg. This ridiculous state of affairs forces him to decide the case in a manner that he feels is at odds with what our domestic law would allow.

It appears that when dear old Gordon Brown (our ex Prime Minister & the same man who has been seen in Parliament less than the Queen) signed us up to the Lisbon Treaty. He signed away much more than any of us were told or even realised. This continuous erosion of self determination is like they’ve not only sold the gold at a cut price but they’ve sold the family silver, the fine art that adorns our Corridors of Power!

We all know that we have been promised referenda at almost every election since 1997 by Labour & Conservatives.

The Lib Dems have actually been consistent on their stance with regard to their love of the EU, so they may have let students down re the University Fees but they’ve stuck to their guns on the EU.

Cameron appears to flip flop one week he’s Eurosceptic but then he’s not! He has promised a referendum but reneged. Now there is the referendum lock, so will the powers extracted from our legal system count as a sufficient reason to invoke this lock?

I doubt it very much as it will most likely be passed off as not being a new erosion of powers. We all know how Cast Iron Dave and Co will spin it!

Cameron has promised a referendum but only if his party win a majority in 2015. Well that’s as likely to happen as I am of riding my Dyson to the moon. He’s also said that should he be in the position to give said referenda that he will vote & campaign to stay in!

So folks, we the people have little option. Our government wishes to have us move ever closer to a federal state. Whilst our people & countless millions of others all over the EU are all saying No More!

They have had the unhappy experience of the EURO pushed on them also. So glad we didn’t get pushed into joining up to that currency! Lord knows how many millions more people would be on benefits if we had joined the Euro.

So you’re wondering where our country’s finances fits in? Well it fits in to the above on so many levels.

a) The amount of taxpayers money it costs to run the ever expanding bureaucracy & pay all those commissioners who we don’t know & haven’t elected! (What happened to democracy it appears the EU doesn’t actually believe in that)

b) £53m per day is sent to Brussels/Strasbourg. Imagine if the UK retained that money. There are so many ways that money could be spent which would actually benefit the people of the UK. (Yes, I know that our Government past & present haven’t really been any good at balancing the books – I live in the eternal hope one day there will be a Chancellor who will be able to add up).

c) The money we send to the EU is borrowed money. So the Government have to basically give an IOU to whomever in order to pay the EU subscription. So then our tax burdens increase because the money borrowed has interest payable on it so the tax take of the Treasury must increase & that means the people are fleeced every which way & those in the most desperate need are being left to fend for themselves.

d) The total mismanagement of every penny our Country spends is like you or I take a Loan from Wonga for £100,000,000 & not paying it back on time. Imagine the APR on that when the advert says it’s APR is equivalent to 3800% (*figures used as an example for comparison purposes only).

e) We are sinking further into debt every second of every day yet our wonderful elected MP’s have decided they can have a whopping 11% pay rise plus the expenses they claim. Even after the initial scandal we are still being billed to pay for heating stables, paper clips, housing renovation etc etc! (I’m not joking about this at all).

So we basically have people elected to do our bidding basically taking the fat of the taxpayers contributions to the treasurer but they are also taking the meat & bone! Leaving the people at the bottom (you and me) with bugger all!

Taxes both direct & indirect are increasing day by day. Our living standards are dropping to levels not seen since before WWII!

People are having to cope with;
1) living in overcrowded homes,
2) cost of transport increases,
3) Increased domestic fuel bills,
4) Higher food costs,
5) Lower wages,
6) Negligible pay rises or pay drops,

Then you hear of the companies & people who dodge paying their share of tax on their true earnings within the UK. The massive payoffs given to public servants when they’ve been so monumentally rubbish at their jobs!

There are so many examples of public sector mismanagement and yet again it’s the poor old Tax Payer left to foot the bill!

When you have read this let me know if I’ve got these things wrong? Do you agree with the way your taxes are used & wasted?

Please think about all of this points & how the declining personal income is affecting your family.

How the rises in the costs of petrol, bus travel, train travel etc has affected you & yours.

Think about all the departments and the spending on what we consider is unnecessary, such as the £180,000 spent in one year for bottled water by just one Government Department! Yes it’s true google it & you’ll see.

How many books would that amount of money have bought for our kids in schools? That is just one department I wonder what the total cost is over all the departments? Let me know if you find out.

Then just think about how all the promises made at elections are supposedly to make our lives better, give us more cash in our wallets etc. How often have you felt better off after the election?

Think of this over the next 200 days & that takes you to the next local election and the European election. Then think about who you will trust in 560 ish days at the General Election.

It maybe that you decide the old 3 parties need to find out that they work for US!
If you come to that decision then don’t think your vote is a waste of time. Every vote is vital, use your vote wisely, use it to show you’re the boss.

You can take part in a peaceful revolution! It is simple & will be fabulously successful. How can I do that you’re asking!

Well again the answer is simple, vote for any other person or party that are not Labour, Conservative or Lib Dem. You must hit them at the ballot box, your vote matters & will give you the power back.

It is your vote, it belongs to you & not to any other person or political party. They all go on about Party A taking Votes that belong to Party B! That is untrue because the vote belongs to YOU!

You decide who to lend your vote to. Give others a chance if it is possible. What do you have to lose in voting for someone else rather than the usual?

Many of you who read this may have thought “what’s the point in voting we only get the same crud just a new talking head telling us how they understand what it’s like to live like us” – there is a point! You can make the biggest difference ever! You can be part of the revolution simply by putting your X next to any party or person who are not part of the Lib/Lab/Con Party!

So show then who’s boss, show them they’ve pushed you too far, show them you have given them enough time to make good their promises and lend your vote to someone or some party who could really do some good for you & your community.

I shall leave it to you to decide where you X goes, I know where mine is going. Yours is between you, your conscience & the ballot box.

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