CW6 Millions to be wasted on Polyclinic
Official figures show that Shropshire patients find it easier to get to see their GP than those in other parts of Britain. What is more, the figures are better for this year than the previous year. Twenty GP Practices are waiting for money to improve their premises, so that they can improve the service to patients. And yet Shropshire is to be forced to have a polyclinic at a cost of millions of pounds. Polyclinics are a London solution to a London problem, and independent studies say that they are likely to damage local services. We need to fight for our local services or we shall loose them.

Throw away all your radios: what a waste!
After switching off analogue television, and making everyone buy a set top box so that they can watch digital TV, the Government is now intending to switch off analogue radio. This will mean that all the radios in your house will be useless. The portable you use in the kitchen, the clock radio by your bed and the radio in your car will all have to be thrown away. What a waste! We shall all have the cost of buying new radios, and all that electronic waste will need to be disposed of with additional costs, or risks of pollution.

Nick Clegg launches the Green Road out of the Recession

Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg has set out plans to put Britain on a Green Road out of the Recession, creating jobs and leaving a legacy that will save energy, put money back into people’s pockets and fight climate change.  The plans will cost £12.5bn, which would be paid for by scrapping the proposed VAT cut. The vast majority of that money will be spent immediately, making a real impact on the economy and people’s lives right away.

Green Road out of the Recession proposals include:

  • A five-year programme to insulate every school and hospital, with 20% completed in the first year
  • Funding insulation and energy efficiency for a million homes, with a £1,000 subsidy for a million more
  • Building 40,000 extra zero-carbon social houses
  • Buying 700 new train carriages
  • Reopening old railway lines and stations, opening new ones, electrifying the Great Western and Midland mainlines and beginning the Liverpool light rail network
  • Installing energy and money-saving smart meters in every home within five years

Nick Clegg said:

“As the recession deepens, every day we hear news of more workers being laid off, more families struggling with bills and more elderly and vulnerable people plunged into fuel poverty.

“Gordon Brown and David Cameron argue about whether we should borrow money or not. They are two dogs fighting over the wrong bone. The real question is what we borrow for and how we invest it so that we all benefit in the end.

“These are real, achievable goals that would make a real difference to peoples lives now, create new jobs today, and leave us with the infrastructure for a long-term, green economic recovery.”

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