Town halls in England are “infantilised poor cousins” within the UK, according to a Yorkshire council chief executive, after it emerged local authorities are receiving much less funding to spend on services than their counterparts in the devolved nations of Wales and Scotland. Analysis in the Local Government Chronicle (LGC) shows councils in Scotland and Wales now have access to more funding for core services, including schools but excluding police and fire, than they did at the start of the decade whereas comparable funding levels for English councils have been cut by a 26 per cent over the same period.'Unholy mess' of universal credit has brought soaring rates of personal debt to my borough, says Yorkshire council chiefIn 2018-19 English councils are receiving, on average, £1,423 to spend on services per person, says LGC. This is more than a third lower than what their counterparts in Wales and Scotland are given to spend per person, at £2,309 and £2,237 … [Read more...] about English town halls are “infantilised poor cousins” compared with Welsh and Scottish counterparts, says Yorkshire council chief
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Pubs have been a fixture of the nation's history and it's certainly true in Grimsby and Cleethorpes - which once had an abundance of watering holes. During the late 1960s, when the Riverhead shopping precinct was built - there were no fewer than 14 public houses/hotels in the “Top Town” area of Grimsby. Eight of them were clustered around the Old Market Place, and they largely consisted of a series of rooms including a lounge, usually with a jukebox where drinks were often more expensive. Most customers smoked and the air was always thick with tobacco smoke and the walls and ceilings stained with nicotine. Cards, darts and dominoes were popular pastimes with many pubs having darts and domino teams. It was rare to find a pub serving hot meals, with most selling bags of crisps and homemade sandwiches. At weekends pots of prawns, shrimps or cockles could be purchased from visiting seafood salesmen who travelled around the pubs with large baskets of seafood. Other regular … [Read more...] about 10 lost pubs of Grimsby and Cleethorpes
THE Grenfell Tower inquiry has heard victims were failed by official advice to "stay put" as fire swept through the block of flats. What was the London Fire Brigade's advice to residents, and could the policy be revised in future? Here's what we know so far. What was the Grenfell tower 'stay put' advice during the fire? On the night of the devastating blaze of June 14, 2017, residents were told to "stay put" - with disastrous consequences. The fire claimed 72 lives after a blaze started in the kitchen of flat 16 on the fourth floor of the Kensington tower block. A report by fire protection expert Dr Barbara Lane, released by the Grenfell Tower inquiry, found residents should have been told to evacuate within 46 minutes of the fire starting at just before 1am. Instead, they were told to remain in their flats. By the time those instructions were abandoned at 2.47am, it was too late for many to get out. Why was the 'stay put' advice given and could it be revised? Advice to … [Read more...] about What was the Grenfell Tower ‘stay put’ advice during the fire and could it be revised?
A MUM found dead alongside her four autistic kids was the victim of Australia's worst mass shooting since 1996. But what was the worst mass shooting, and how many have there been? Port Arthur massacre, April 1996 What happened? After inheriting $570,000 from a friend, Martin Bryant used some of the cash to buy two semi-automatic assault rifles. He walked into the Broad Arrow Cafe in Port Arthur, Tasmania, before opening fire at customers. He killed several before embarking on a rampage across the city, which included shootings in a gift shop, nearby car park, a tollbooth, and a service station. His spree was brought to an end when he surrendered to cops after fleeing a burning building. How many people died? 35 dead, 24 injured Queen Street massacre, December 1987 What happened? Failed student Frank Vitkovic walked into an office block on Queen Street, Melbourne, before opening fire in a Credit Union office. After killing eight people and injuring five more, he fell to his death after … [Read more...] about What are the worst mass shootings in Australia? From Osmington to the Port Arthur Massacre and the Queen Street Shooting
News / UK and world by Press Association April 9, 2018, 12:01 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Jeremy Corbyn will seek to heap pressure on Theresa May over police cuts by making the issue a key plank of Labour’s local election campaign. After a wave of violent crime on the capital’s streets, the Labour leader will team up with London Mayor Sadiq Khan to accuse the Tories of “reckless failure” by cutting police numbers and slashing funds for local services. The Labour leader will also say that the Grenfell Tower tragedy highlights how “deeply unequal” London has become and will claim the fire “would not have happened if the occupants had been wealthy”. Mr Khan will say the May 3 elections are a chance for voters in Remain-supporting London to give their verdict on the Tory “extreme hard Brexit”. Labour hopes to make gains at the expense of the Tories in the capital, … [Read more...] about Corbyn to focus on police cuts and Grenfell tragedy at Labour campaign launch