MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!
TORY FAILURE ON NHS
It is vital that our NHS is able to cope with the extra pressures that winter brings.
But David Cameron’s cuts to adult social care has created increased demand on our hospitals.
As elderly people struggle to get the care they need in their own homes and communities, extra pressure is being put on A&E services.
The Tories have a terrible record on waiting times for A&E treatment - after five years, the number of people waiting more than four hours has tripled to more than 144,000.
The number of patients being kept in hospital ,because there is nowhere for them to go in the community has almost doubled to 104,090.
This is a terrible indictment of David Cameron’s legacy on our NHS, failing patients and staff.
Time and time again the Tories are failing the elderly and most vulnerable in our society.
LOCAL PEOPLE SUFFER UNDER TORY COUNCIL CUTS
George Osborne is cutting another £6billion from council services.
Local government is already under enormous pressure. But this cut by Osborne will hit areas like Tameside and Oldham hardest, because we have fewer businesses and taxpayers to make up for lost Whitehall grants.
Public health services will also be cut by 3.9% - hitting services which tackle obesity, drug and alcohol abuse, and smoking.
The Tories are again cutting community services, which improve people’s lives and protect the most vulnerable.
TORY FRACKING U-TURN
The Government have sneaked through changes to allow fracking below national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty and world heritage sites.
They had previously conceded that there should be tougher safeguards in place to protect drinking water sources and sensitive parts of our countryside like our National Parks.
Now they have gone back on their word and sneaked through these weak fracking rules.
Labour's Shadow Energy Secretary Lisa Nandy says that no fracking should go ahead until we can be sure it is safe and won't pose a damaging risk to our environment.
She added: “Ministers are ignoring people's legitimate concerns."