0 Have your say CONCERNS have been raised that a pilot to change the way A&E performance is measured may not solve waiting times problem and is only to cover up target failure. Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust has been announced as one of 14 trusts to test new A&E targets which include seeing patients with the most serious conditions within an hour. The current target is that all patients must be seen within four hours.But Portsmouth City Council leader, Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson said he is worried that the new scheme is to disguise the fact thatthe old target has not been met since July 2015.He said: ‘I can understand the rationale behind the new targets as one size does not fit all when it comes to anything but my worry is that this is to cover up the embarrassment for the government that the four-hour goal has not been met.‘When I was in and out of hospital with my mum I saw many people who were elderly and frail taking up beds … [Read more...] about New A&E target will not solve Queen Alexandra Hospital’s problems says Portsmouth City Council leader
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PUBLISHED: 10:50 12 March 2019 | UPDATED: 10:50 12 March 2019 David Hannant: Local democracy reporter Norwich City Council is being called on to bring in a workplace parking levy. Picture: Nick Butcher Archant © 2010 Should Norwich businesses be taxed for offering parking to their employees? That is the question that is being put to Norwich City Council, which is being urged to follow Nottingham’s lead.In 2012, Nottingham City Council became the only council in the country to use powers granted by central government allowing it to charge a workplace parking levy.This levy, which taxes any business providing 11 or more parking spaces to employees, would specifically fund transport schemes.Now, Norwich City Council is being urged to follow its lead and bring in a levy, in a bid to help reduce the city’s carbon footprint.In a question to full council, environmental student Matt White, of Silver Road in Norwich, will ask if the city council … [Read more...] about Should Norwich businesses be taxed for their staff car parks?
Poll North Norfolk District Council has opted not to declare a climate emergency. Picture: John Giles/PA Wire PA Archive/PA Photos North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) has refused to declare a climate emergency after being urged to by two members of the public. Sarah Butikofer, leader of North Norfolk District Council, said it was not the council's place to declare a climate emergency. Picture: Liberal Democrats.Janice Single and Nick Bradley called on the authority to make a declaration at Wednesday’s full council meeting, but council leader Sarah Butikofer said it was not her place to do so.Ms Single said at the meeting: “I’m really worried, angry sometimes and I’m scared for the future. We’ve just experienced another ridiculously warm day. This should be a wake-up call for us all. “The climate is changing rapidly allowing no time to adjust. We are the first generation to know just how much damage our race has inflicted on the planet … [Read more...] about Council refuses to declare ‘climate emergency’
PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 January 2019 Jon King Barking and Dagenham Council leader, Cllr Darren Rodwell. Picture: JON KING Archant “Tell Sid to sod off.” Matthew Vickers, chief executive and chief ombudsman at Ombudsman Services, which operates the Energy Ombudsman scheme. Picture: RAY FARLEYThat’s the message from Barking and Dagenham Council leader Darren Rodwell speaking after the local authority launched Beam Energy its own gas and electricity supplier.The move is motivated by the need to help families struggling to meet the cost of heating their homes.Cllr Rodwell recalled the famous slogan of a TV ad used as part of a national campaign to sell shares in British Gas claiming the privatisation in 1986 had backfired.“We have serious fuel deprivation in the borough,” Cllr Rodwell said. “The poorest in our society have been victimised the most.”Barking and Dagenham Council leader, Cllr Darren Rodwell. Picture: JON … [Read more...] about ‘Tell Sid to sod off’: Barking and Dagenham Council launches its own energy company
A NEW “Poll Tax” is threatening to hit motorists with charges of up to £1,000 a year just to park at their office or school, The Sun can reveal. Greedy councils across the UK are considering new ‘workplace parking levies’ in the latest green blitz against Brits. Councillors in Hounslow, west London will rule in the coming weeks whether to charge firms up to £1,000 a year for every parking space they have. And the town hall concedes the cost will likely be passed on to staff. Oxford, Reading, Bristol and Cambridge and the London Boroughs of Merton and Camden are also considering their own levy. And Glasgow and Edinburgh want the Scottish Parliament to include a WPL scheme in the Transport Bill north of the border. Councils claim the levy is necessary to tackling air pollution and raising millions needed to fund improvements in public transport But the AA last night branded it a “poll tax on wheels” and urged both Chris Grayling and London … [Read more...] about Motorists face £1,000-a-year charge to park at work as greedy councils launch ‘Workplace Parking Levies’