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15% To Parishes

Saturday, May 11, 2013 admin 25

Another new government announcement is that when a council operates a “Community Infrastructure Levy” on developers (which Rochford will introduce eventually) 15% of the money will be passed to the relevant Parish/Town Council where development is taking place with, apparently, no rules over how this cash can be spent…

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Fewer People Paying Income Tax…..

Saturday, March 23, 2013 admin 0

With the latest budget announcements: In Rochford District…. …….. 3,610 people will have been removed from income tax altogether since 2010 …….. 33,100 people will have had their income tax reduced.

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A Fire Sale ?

Sunday, February 24, 2013 admin 3

A regular onlineFOCUS reader has contacted us because he is concerned about possible plans to privatise the Fire Service. The Daily Mirror reported earlier this†month: All 46 fire and rescue services in England could be sold off to private firms under secret Government plans.Local government minister Brandon Lewis calls for […]

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Councillors Are Revolting ….

Monday, September 24, 2012 admin 0

The government’s proposals for relaxing some of the planning rules are facing a backlash revolt from grassroots Lib Dems and Tories. Certainly, our four Lib Dem District Councillors – Chris Black, Ron Oatham, Chris Lumley and June Lumley all oppose this. And we understand that our local Tory leader , […]

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Blue , Yellow , Red

Friday, September 14, 2012 admin 0

A few items worth reading from other Essex blogs: Southend Tory leader Nigel Holdcroft pays tribute to the late Tony Tomassi: Very sad news this week with the death of Mr Tony Tomassi, a freeman of the town, but also an essential part of our recent history through his longstanding […]

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The Coalition’s Idea Of Planning…..?

Monday, September 10, 2012 admin 0

Since the coalition announced its latest proposals on planning last week, we’ve talked to a few Lib Dems and Conservatives and got a mostly negative reaction. The most optimistic response was ‘Wait for the details’. The most hostile response – in relation to building extensions – was ‘This is just […]

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A Bit Of Help…..

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 admin 0

According to figures we’ve received tonight, 31,400 people in our district will receive a tax cut in 2013/14 following the budget announcements today. By next month 1,750 workers in our district will have been removed from Income Tax since the Labour Government After the increase in allowances announced today, that […]

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£513,000 Pupil Premium For Rayleigh and Wickford Constituency

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 admin 4

Chris Black received the following email today from Lib Dem Education Minister Sarah Teather: Dear Christopher Liberal Democrats have always believed that education is the engine of social mobility, now we are making it happen. _ Today the Government released the final Pupil Premium figures for every English local authority, […]

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The Government’s New Planning Policies Are Up For Consultation

Thursday, July 28, 2011 admin 0

Things have just become even more complicated regarding planning. This week the government has announced a new “Draft National Planning Policy Framework” which is now up for consultation until October 17th. You can download the document from this page here and you can respond to the consultation online from this […]

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A Hopefully Helpful New Government Policy On Business Rates

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 admin 0

An interesting story on the BBC website: Councils in England will be allowed to keep the business rates they collect rather than paying them into Treasury coffers, under new government plans. . Deputy PM Nick Clegg said councils had no financial incentive to boost growth and prosperity in their areas. […]

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New Government Planning Statement

Saturday, March 26, 2011 admin 3

Prue Bray, who is a Lib Dem Councillor in Berkshire, has pointed out a rather worrying statement on March 23rd by Conservative MP Greg Clark, the Coalition minister for Decentralisation. You can find it here. It’s about ‘planning for growth’, which sounds good in terms of improving the economy, but […]