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Today’s HMIC report on crime recording by Devon and Cornwall rates Devon and Cornwall Police as “inadequate” and declares it unacceptable that the force records so few of the most dangerous crimes including violence, rape and other sexual offences. It says only 76% of violent crimes are being recorded, leaving over 17,000 crimes off the books, and that Devon and Cornwall Police are “failing victims of crime”.

Gareth Derrick, the Labour candidate for the Police Commissioner role at last year’s election commented:

“It is a tragedy that so many victims of crime are being let down, and that the offenders are not being dealt with by our Police, even after strong warnings by HMIC in their 2014 report. Given that HMIC are calling for immediate action, the lukewarm response of Deputy Chief Constable James Vaughan, saying he will ‘look at areas we can improve and how we can use this learning to improve the service’ tells me that the force still don’t take this seriously. I have serious concerns that not recording crime may be an institutional practice. 

“I made clear my beliefs in the campaign last year, that crime was not falling but was under-reported, and now HMIC have put that on record. Meanwhile our Commissioner Alison Hernandez published a report just six days ago saying that recording of rape and sexual offences was meeting her expectations.  

“Alison Hernandez’s Policing plan was published 2 weeks ago without proper scrutiny, saying it was co-produced by her and the Chief Constable. Crime recording barely gets a mention and she deliberately excluded performance targets about it. She has clearly established an over-cosy relationship with the Chief Constable and is failing to hold him to account. Time and time again her judgment comes under question. She needs to drop her ambition to make everything look rosy in these difficult times and get on with the gritty challenge of keeping our people safe.”   

Cllr Philippa Davey, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet member for Safer Communities and a member of the Devon & Cornwall Police and Crime Panel said:

“I fully endorse Gareth’s comments and am extremely disappointed with the findings of the Inspection as our panel were assured by Ms Hernandez that the issues were being dealt with. Now that we have learned many crimes, predominantly against women, children and vulnerable adults, are going unrecorded. This causes me great concern, especially when victim care is a peninsula-wide priority.

“That’s why I’m calling on my fellow councillors to hold an emergency Police and Crime Panel Meeting without delay.”

Victims of crime being let down by Tory Police Commissioner

Today’s HMIC report on crime recording by Devon and Cornwall rates Devon and Cornwall Police as “inadequate” and declares it unacceptable that the force records so few of the most...

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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.

Like our campaign page on Facebook

We've set up a Facebook campaign page to Save Plymouth's Libraries. You can like it here. Please do share the content and ask your friends to like the page too so we can keep the campaigning growing in strength. 

Sign the petition

We have set up a petition to call on the Tory Councillor responsible for libraries to change his mind and reverse the library closure plan. Please sign it 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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