WHAT does David Cameron mean exactly with his big idea of a Big Society?
Boris Johnson thinks it has something to do with tackling obesity, but I am not so sure.
However, maybe we had a good example of it in Honley last Wednesday, July 21.
Breaking up for the long summer holiday, some over exuberant Honley High School students thought it highly entertaining to scatter pages of their course work from the windows of the Meltham school bus. By 4pm the length of Station Road, Eastgate and Westgate was covered in paper.
After a heavy shower the pavements became very slippery.
Clr Beryl Smith saw the mess on her way to a meeting in Huddersfield and assumed, like many others, a skip or recycling lorry had shed its load – until phone calls came in from Honley residents.
She made a call to Streetscene asking them to clear up the mess as soon as possible.
On her way home after 9.30pm she detoured round Honley and not a scrap of litter was to be seen.
Investigations the next day discovered the Honley Cubs had abandoned their usual Wednesday activities to clear up the mess quickly and without fuss.
What a wonderful example to give to the older children.
The Scouting Promise includes ‘to help other people at all times’ and ‘to do a good deed every day’.
This was a true example of their scouting principles and community service in action.
Basil A Smith
How much for the land?
I JUST cannot believe NHS bosses are stumped for ideal ground to find a place in Huddersfield for the people who are in St Luke’s.
The truth is they want this land so they can cash in by selling it for building houses on.
I plead with them to settle with Crosland Moor. If they don’t they will regret their actions for the rest of their lives.
How many call-outs?
IT appears that everyone is missing the point of the care workers leaving the door codes on display.
Surely all of these door entry codes have now been changed/ Has this been done and if not, why not? I would think someone will have to pay for this to be done.
Another point that seems to have been overlooked is the number of calls this carer had to make.
I counted 18 morning calls of various lengths of time and not including travel between calls. It totals about six hours. So at what time do this company’s carers have to start work?
If this refers to just one of this company’s carers, how many more have this workload placed on them? How long are some of our elderly waiting for lunch, tea and bed, or even just to get out of bed?
£700,000 austerity spree
I AGREE with Andy Battye of Meltham, (Sprucing up the neighbourhood’ Monday’s Examiner).
It seems strange that £700,000 of public money has been spent on sprucing up two streets of privately owned terrace houses in Mount Street and Upper Mount Street at Lockwood, at a time of austerity and widespread cutbacks.
Also, are any of the houses involved of the ‘buy-to-let’ category, either officially or unofficially?
It’s economic lunacy
JEREMY Cuss (Mailbag, ‘Double dip danger’, July 21) is right to warn against the dangers of a double dip recession.
Tory Chancellor, George Osbourne’s excessive cuts in public spending is driven by ideology not necessity.
As we have seen this week, the measures the previous Labour Government put into place to steer Britain out of the worst global recession since the 1930s were working.
We had 1% growth in GDP between April and June – the third quarter in a row we’ve had economic growth and at a higher rate than economists had predicted.
The Con/Dem coalition say we need to make excessive cuts in public spending because of our national debt. They say we have to make these cuts because we are in danger of suffering the same plight as Greece.
This is a disgraceful attempt to mislead and scare us. The UK has a much smaller debt burden (68% GDP) than many European countries, including Germany (73% GDP) and Greece (115% GDP). Because we have less debt and our economy is growing our debt is easier and cheaper to finance.
It is growth – through the taxes it generates and fewer unemployment benefit claimants – that will help to pay off our debt, not excessive cuts.
Excessive cuts on spending, for example in schools and universities, will not only harm us in the short term – public sector contracts to build and refurbish schools were key to recent growth in the construction industry – but also in the long term. We need a highly skilled workforce to compete in the global economy.
On top of the Con/Dem’s economic lunacy and in spite of their talk of fairness, they have completely ignored the inevitable human costs of their actions – unemployment rising with redundancies across all sectors, graduates unable to get their first job and public services scaled down or withdrawn.
Fight the cuts
LAST week Jeremy Cuss warned that the outcome of the savage cuts proposed by George Osborne would be severe unemployment in both public and private sectors.
Some of your correspondents have been cheerfully dismissive of public sector cuts, apparently unaware that our schools and universities – all publicly funded and currently under threat – provide a skilled and educated workforce that in turn provides vast amounts of our national income though medical research, legal and financial services and all aspects of the arts.
They may also be deluded by Tory PR into thinking that as public service jobs decline, private firms will simply take up the slack. If so, they should pay attention to the numerous warnings to the contrary: Investec (analysts for the building industry) says ‘major land buyers are pulling out of the market for fear of a double dip.’
Taylor Wimpey’s shares have fallen by 30% in the last two months. Balfour Beatty have warned shareholders about the effects on the building business of ‘government funding of infrastructure investment’. The National Housing Federation warns of the risk of ‘all house building... falling off a cliff’.
The Construction Products Association noted that getting rid of Labour’s school buildings plans ‘will lead to further substantial job losses’.
It isn’t only the building industry that talks of job losses and failure in economic recovery. The finance people say so too. Deloitte’s survey of UK Finance Directors found that two-thirds of them believe that cuts will badly affect their companies.
Ernst & Young say that ‘confidence has been knocked back over fears of the upcoming fiscal squeeze’ and The Office for Budget Responsibility told a committee of MPs that cuts ‘logically increase the possibility of a double dip’.
And closer to home, the Mid-Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce declares that ‘the public sector spending cuts will definitely have an effect on the speed of our economic recovery’.
Praising Labour’s more gradual approach which kept unemployment down, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) states that ‘labour market policies should be adequately funded’.
Perhaps some of your readers might think again, recognise that public sector jobs do indeed create wealth and fight against the speed and scale of the cuts which will do damage at both a personal and national level, throwing people out of work and slowing the rate of our economic recovery.
Dr M P McGrail
Thanks for HRI care
THROUGH you newspaper I would like to thank Ward 22 and the Stoma Nurse of Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
I was on holiday from Poole in Dorset and my tube that connected my stoma bag with my night drainage bag broke. I went to the hospital and they were fantastic.
First I went to Ward 22 and they told me to go to corridor one where the stoma nurse would meet me.
She saw me within 10 minutes. After trying out several tubes there wasn’t one to fit my stoma bag. There was only one solution and that was to give a different stoma bag that would fit their tubes. She gave me 10 to last my holiday.
If it hadn’t been for this help I would have had to go home that day.
So take a bow Ward 22 and the stoma nurse for making this the best holiday ever.
Such friendly people and beautiful countryside. I shall be back for the autumn.