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Labour councillors in Plymouth have vowed to fight plans by the ruling UKIP-Tory coalition to close 10 libraries across the city.

Labour, when in power, rejected library closures as a way of reducing council spending. 

Labour leader Cllr Tudor Evans said:

"Libraries are essential to communities. They are where children discover reading, people get hold of books they can't afford, computers give everyone access to the online world. We had started the job of making them a place to access Council services, like at the new Library now slated for closure in North Prospect."


Labour launches its campaign today, and will raise the issue in council meetings and across Plymouth, helping local people fight to save their local library over the next few weeks.

Tweet your library story

Labour is encouraging people to tweet their anger at the Tory and UKIP plan to close 10 of 17 libraries using the hashtag #saveplymlibraries. Follow the conversation on Twitter here.

Labour anger at Tory Library closure plan

Labour councillors in Plymouth have vowed to fight plans by the ruling UKIP-Tory coalition to close 10 libraries across the city.

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Plymouth Labour has launched a new campaign to tackle the chronic underfunding in the NHS that saw Derriford Hospital raise its alert level to the highest level. 

Plymouth Labour launch campaign on Derriford Hospital

Responding to the news that Derriford Hospital has been placed on the highest alert level, Cllr Tudor Evans, Leader of the Labour Group on Plymouth City Council, said:

The problems of Derriford are not locally created but are but a part of the health and social care crisis facing the country as a whole.

We are long past the point where efficiency savings will deliver the NHS from its problem. The reality of this situation is chronic underfunding.

It is high time that our local MPs stood up for our area and made clear to government that Derriford Hospital, it’s staff and it’s patients deserve far better than this.

 

The state of NHS budgets was focused on late last year when Ray James responded to the Local Government Finance Settlement in December 2016. Commenting, Ray James, Immediate Past President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, said:

We welcome the Government’s acknowledgement of the need to address the crisis in social care funding but the amount brought forward for 2017/18 is woefully inadequate. 

It is over £1 billion less than all leading sector experts (King’s Fund, LGA and Nuffield Trust) say is needed to fund adult social care next year and the precept raises less in areas with the greatest need.

There is no extra money for councils during this Parliament and ADASS would welcome sight of how government have satisfied themselves about the adequacy of this settlement for 2017/18 given the widely acknowledged increases in the demand for and cost of social care.

This settlement is not sufficient to stabilise a care market in crisis. It will not enable us to recruit the front line care workers needed, it will not ease the pressures on our hospitals but most of all, it is not sufficient to provide older and disabled people and their families with dignified, respectful care.

 

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Plymouth Labour will be campaigning on the chronic underfunding of Derriford Hospital at 1130 on Saturday 7 January in Plymouth Town Centre next to the Sundial. Find out more details here.

Labour launches NHS campaign about Derriford Hospital

Plymouth Labour has launched a new campaign to tackle the chronic underfunding in the NHS that saw Derriford Hospital raise its alert level to the highest level. 

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Make Making a Difference be your New Year Resolution. Here's five ways you can make a difference with the Labour Party in 2017.

 

1. Volunteer

Plymouth Labour is 100% run by volunteers. Call us on 01752 269180 or email plymouthlabour@gmail.com to have a chat about how you can get more involved with Labour in Plymouth.

2. Join

Join the Labour Party online here. Membership starts from just £1 a year.

3. Recruit

More people have joined Labour in the last 20 months than in the last 20 years. Do you know someone you could ask to join the Labour Party? They don't need to be in Plymouth. Find out about joining and membership here.

4. Canvass

Join one of our regular canvasses across Plymouth. You can find details of all our campaign sessions here. If you are new to canvassing why not come to our Canvassing for Beginners training session on Saturday 21 January?

5. Donate

Join Plymouth Labour's 500 Club to donate money every month to the Party to pay for our building and campaign activities. Join the 500 Club here. Or donate £1 a month or whatever you can afford to the Fightback Fund by calling 01752 269180 and asking for John Fearon.

 

Cllr Eddie Rennie, Chair of Plymouth Sutton and Devonport Labour Party said:

"Plymouth Labour is run 100% by volunteers and supported entirely by donations. You can make a real difference to Labour fighting for Plymouth in 2017. Please make making a difference your new year resolution in 2017."

 

Thank you for making helping Plymouth part of your new year plan. 

Make Making a Difference be your 2017 New Year Resolution

Make Making a Difference be your New Year Resolution. Here's five ways you can make a difference with the Labour Party in 2017.

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