This from a Nurse seems to be the real truth of patient care now in the NHS not what the Government and their media(BBC etc,,) would have you believe


Imagine a patient. Lets call him Sam. Sam has been told some very bad news: he has liver cancer and urgently needs a major operation. After the operation he will need specialist care in the Intensive Care Unit to help him recover so a bed has been booked for him. On the day of his operation, Sam hasn’t eaten or drunk anything since midnight the night before and is terrified about what is about to happen. He is due to go to theatre at 9am because the operation will last several hours. But his trip to theatre is delayed. Why? Because there is no bed available in the intensive care unit for him afterwards.

For Sam, and patients like him every day, there are now two versions of the story. In one, the operation is cancelled and poor Sam has to go home and wait again in unimaginable fear for…

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Citizen’s Advice Bureau – help available

Cab document for councillorsThe Sefton Citizen’s Advice Bureau has produced a large brochure for Councillors detailing all the latest Welfare Reform chamges as included in the “Welfare Reform Act 8/3/2012”

If you are a resident of Victoria ward and would like to know more about any aspect of the reforms then please contact me


by EMail :-

If you wish me to make a home visit or for for phone advice please phone me on 0750 529 7469

If you get the news from the BBC/ITV/SKY or Tory newspapers you probably don’t know that…


From April 1st the NHS will no longer exist in it’s current form and will be moving to full privatisation on the US model.

Dr Lucy Reynolds Interview in the British medical journal


For the 1.5 per cent of earners who make over £150,000 a year, the top rate of income tax will be reduced from 50 per cent to 45 per cent on 6 April. The move will benefit the UK’s 13,000 income millionaires by an average of £100,769 a year.

The reduction of the minimum threshold to £10,000  benefits higher earners vastly more than lower earners and doesn’t affect the lowest paid.

Beer Duty. You would need to drink 350 pints of Guinness to get a free one.


Social Security awards of all types are capped at only1% for the next 3 years,  whilst inflation varies between 3-5% and is forecast to be higher thereby cutting Social Security payments  potentially by 12% and probably more.

The ToryLibdems have ordered savings from the housing benefit budget of £465 million to be found by setting a tax on families defined to be under-occupying Housing association properties. “The Bedroom Tax”  Costing families around £100 -£120 per month.  The scheme  ignores the practicalities:-

* The cost of moving would outweigh the savings of paying the tax for many. 

* Moving to a private rent would require two months advance rent in most cases. Rent in the private sector is higher. Where would anyone on low income find this? Anyway most private landlords do not accept those on Housing Benefit (or with pets)

* There are very, very few smaller properties available anyway. 

* If most of those affected did move there wouldn’t be any savings made. The small amount of freed properties would not make the slightest dent on  housing waiting lists containing millions of families not tens of thousands.

* Disabled people and their families are disproportionately affected and the only Government help offered (the discretionary fund) is worth £2.51 per week against a rent support shortfall of £14


Support for council tax has been “reformed” now most of the lowest paid, claimants and vulnerable will have to find; in many cases around £30 per month for this new POLL TAX


Legal Aid for Social Security appeals, unfair dismissal  and other social based cases has been ceased from April 1st. Denying justice to to the lowest paid, claimants and the most vulnerable.


Funding for the already overstretched CAB is reduced from £33 million to £2 million. Further denying support advice to the lowest paid, claimants and the most vulnerable.


This month the government applied retrospective legislation denying payments to claimants who had been illegally mandated to work for the Workfare scheme and had lost significant amounts of Social Security payments.


These have now been stopped and a miniscule fund devolved to Councils many of who’m have decided to replace cash payments with pre-loaded gift cards for use in certain stores.


The use of Foodbanks has tripled from 41,000 to 129,000 since the ToryLibdems formed the coalition.


Has risen 48,000 to 993,000 in the last qtr

A one-off 28% capital gains tax on the recent increase in wealth of the top 1,000 richest in the UK would pay off the deficit and still leave the richest with millions in profit each. That would free money for a massive building program to build desperately needed social housing. Thus creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and would  reduce Social Security repayments.  

When the ToryLibdems are kicked out and humiliated in 2015. The incoming Labour Government will have great difficulty turning back the clock on NHS privatisation. It must be done. 

Workfare must stop, everyone deserves a living wage. If they’ve got it they spend it, if they spend it, that spending  creates Growth. 

All the indecencies inflicted by this uncaring, inhumane government on the poorest and most vulnerable must be overturned.  

Walking In Snowdonia this weekend – Warning

After a number of rescues and a fatality this week Snowdonia Mountain Rescue teams warned walkers “not to go into the mountains of north Wales over Easter unless fully prepared!  Conditions are hazardous. There is a risk of powdered snow avalanche and there is also a hard crust.”

Icy conditions on Crib Goch, Snowdon 1000ft from summit

Icy conditions on Crib Goch, Snowdon 1000ft from summit

Advice from shelter for those affected by bedroom tax

shelter_logoFrom April 2013, if you live in a council or housing association home and claim housing benefit, new under occupancy rules could mean cuts to your housing benefit. Find out if you are affected. CLICK HERE 

‘Bedroom tax’ introduces new rules from April 2013 for people claiming housing benefit for their council or housing association homes. There will be a limit on the number of bedrooms housing benefit will help pay for.


homless  - shelter poster


March against the Bedroom Tax. Liverpool March 30th

Bedrrom tax demo march 2013

March 16th Liverpool “Axe The Bedroom Tax” Rally

The bedroom tax in the social housing serctor and the almost secretive cuts to Local Housing allowances in the private sector are a direct and spiteful attack by the wealthiest in this wealthy country on the poorest and most vulnerable.

The people of Liverpool take to the streets on Saturday 30th March. Two separate marches will converge on the front of St Georges Hall at 1 pm. 13:00 hrs.

People will be assembling from North Liverpool & Stand Up in Bootle at Great Homer St Market meeting at 11:45am

People from South Liverpool bedroom tax groups will be meeting at Victoria Monument, Derby Square, Liverpool City Centre at 12noon

Photos from the rally:-


March 30th, Liveropol against the bedroom tax rally

Sefton Hosts Senior Open Golf Championship at Royal Birkdale

Royal Birkdale

Royal Birkdale 18th & Clubhouse

The  Senior Open Golf Championship, will be held at Royal Birkdale on Thursday 25th Sunday 28th of July this year.  More than 300 competitors will take part in the qualifying event. 144 will take part in the Championship.

More than 40,000 spectators are expected to attend the four day event.

Cllr Ian Maher, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Regeneration and Tourism, said: “When The Open Championship was last held at Royal Birkdale we witnessed a huge impact on the local economy. A similar impact is expected later in the year when The Senior Open is being held at the famous Royal Birkdale Golf Courses. Golf enthusiasts from across the world will descend on Sefton and the greater Merseyside area spending money on all the superb facilities we have to offer.

The Senior Open Championship will be a chance for us all to showcase what Sefton has to offer and is also a great opportunity for residents of all ages to see some great golfers close up at a world class venue. The event should be a superb spectacle.”

Tickets can be bought online via or by calling 0800 0232557, where details of hospitality packages are also available.

Under 16’s are FREE accompanying an adult and parking is free.


Treasury may demand10% more cuts – a crisis looms.

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Eric Pickles MP. head of DCLG

Child povertyDanny Alexander MP Libdem treasury minister wrote today indicating that 10% more cuts may be ordered from unprotected departments.
Jaames Landale Deputy Political editor at the BBC estimates that it would mean another £2.1bn would be cut from local Government funding. Depending on the Local Government spending settlement set by the DCLG in May, that could leave Sefton Councilwith around only half it’s original controllable budget. A crisis looms.

Planning Application – Waterloo Tavern

Planning iconThe Planning committee on the 3rd of April will consider the application and objections to the application to convert  The Waterloo Tavern on Queen Street Waterloo into 15 self-contained flats, including the erection of a rear extension, alterations to and raising the roof height, alterations to the elevations, layout of car parking spaces to the rear and landscaping.

 The application is recommended for approval by the Sefton MBC planning team. There are a number of written objections and a petition endorsed by Cllr Paul Cummins.

Although this is not within the Victoria ward, I thought this nearby item might be of interest.

PLANNING MEETING AGENDA REPORTS  report number S/2013/0066

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The Waterloo Tavern from York Road. Application to convert to 15 flats