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No Fracking Way Bedford

For Details Check The Facebook Event Page (Link below)

No Fracking Way Bedford

Russell Park and The Embankment

Solidarity with all those gathering in towns and cities across the UK to show opposition to Government plans

to Frack the county into submission.

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26 Jan 2016 Posted by | Bedford, Bedford Green Party, Energy, Environment, National Greens, Tory | , , , , , | Leave a comment

#NOFRACKINGWAY #BEDFORD

No Fracking Way Bedford

Check The Facebook Event Page (Link below)

No Fracking Way Bedford

Details to follow for a gathering around

Russell Park and The Embankment

Solidarity with all those gathering in towns and cities across the UK to show opposition to Government plans

to Frack the county into submission.

fracking_map_ready_energydesk

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22 Jan 2016 Posted by | Bedford, Bedford Green Party, Energy, Environment, National Greens, Tory | , , , , , | Leave a comment

#CarolineLucas MP brings Railway Bill to Parliament

cdc57710f8d28b0c20af814b78899ff5Caroline Lucas today introduces a Bill to bring the rail network back into public hands and claims it could save taxpayers up to £1 billion a year. It will and lead to lower fares and better services, Caroline claimed.

The Railways Bill, due its Second Reading in Parliament later today, would bring the rail network into public ownership step by step. When franchises come up for expiry, or private companies break the terms of their franchise agreements, they would revert to the control of a public body.

Support for public ownership of the railways remains strong both among the public and, increasingly, in Parliament.

The Labour Party, under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership,  has belatedly committed itself “to a publicly owned railway as the best way to secure a fair deal for rail passengers and taxpayer’. In fact both Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell are co-sponsors of the Bill.

TransportCaroline is putting forward a long-term Green Party policy commitment, and welcomes the support of Labour Members for her Bill.

Caroline presents her bill to Parliament after another week of chaos on the trains in her hometown of Brighton. At a meeting with the Department for Transport on Monday she urged Ministers to redouble efforts to improve the creaking rail network.

Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion, said: “Rail users are sick and tired of paying astronomical prices for a service that simply isn’t up to scratch. We have to put up with overcrowded trains, unreliable services, and we spend up to six times as much on rail tickets as other European passengers.

“The irony is that some of the biggest profiteers are the state-owned rail companies of our European neighbours. Taxpayers’ money that should be reinvested into services is ending up in the hands of overseas shareholders. By taking back each franchise when it expires, the Government could save up to £1 billion a year every year.

“It’s time to end this rip-off and bring our railways back into public ownership.

“This isn’t a call for a throwback to a ‘70s British Rail. The modern, efficient, clean, affordable services enjoyed in other parts of Europe offer a much better blueprint than our own past.”

22 Jan 2016 Posted by | Bedford Green Party, National Greens | , , , , , | Leave a comment

“I’ve seen some shoddy Bills pass through Parliament—but this is one of the worst.” -Caroline Lucas – Prospect Magazine

cdc57710f8d28b0c20af814b78899ff5Source: Caroline Lucas: this Energy Bill proves Cameron’s husky-hugging days are long gone | Prospect Magazine

“I’ve seen some shoddy Bills pass through Parliament—but this is one of the worst.” – Caroline Lucas

It’s hard to know why the Government’s proposals are so exceptionally poor. Is it because it fears standing up to the fossil fuel companies, or is nervous about handing communities the means to generate their own power? Or do ministers just not care? Are their warm words nothing more than hot air?splash_ClimateSense_v6(72dpi)

19 Jan 2016 Posted by | Bedford Green Party, Energy, Environment, National Greens | , , , , | Leave a comment

Green Party  – Government ‘blurring distinction’ between Minimum and Living Wage – Jenny Jones

Source: Green Party | Open letter – Government ‘blurring distinction’ between Minimum and Living Wage – Jenny Jones

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Baroness Jones has written to Sajid Javid MP asking him to clarify the Government position on its National Living Wage, or more accurately Higher National Minimum Wage.

She is right to question a Government that all to readily makes disingenuous claims about its policy on low pay, even to the extent of paying Google to optimise  its own, erroneously named, National Living Wage website, possibly diverting readers from the The Living Wage Foundation site.

Can’t wait for the Government response. I wonder how long it will take and how laughable it will be.

Rt Hon Sajid Javid, MP

Secretary of State

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

1 Victoria Street

London SW1H 0ET

Promotion of the ‘national living wage’

I am writing to ask you to reconsider recent decisions in respect of promotion of the so-called national living wage (NLW) – or higher national minimum wage (NMW) rate for those aged 25 and over, from April – and in particular what appears to me to be a deliberate attempt to conflate the NLW/NMW+ with the longstanding and increasingly successful Living Wage campaign.

The UK suffers from a severe and deep-seated problem of low pay, so the Government’s decision to increase the statutory NMW for those aged 25 and over to £7.20 from April this year – with a target of £9.00 by 2020 – is very welcome. However, that NLW/NMW+ is clearly not a living wage. The NLW/NMW+ is based on median earnings, while the voluntary Living Wage rates (UK and London) promoted by the Living Wage Foundation are calculated according to the actual cost of living – which is of course what determines whether someone is living in poverty.

Accordingly, along with many of those who have devoted much effort to the issue of tackling low pay, and in particular to promoting adoption by employers of the Living Wage, I was somewhat surprised by the launch late last year of a new governmental website, www.livingwage.gov.uk

Not only is this site’s URL remarkably similar to that of the Living Wage Foundation’s own website –www.livingwage.org.uk – but it would appear your Department (or the Cabinet Office) has paid to ensure optimisation in Google searches, so that the gov.uk site appears ahead of the org.uk site.

The causes of low pay and poverty are complex, and that requires a broad package of policy solutions. Both the statutory NLW/NMW+ and the voluntary Living Wage have important roles to play, but they are very different beasts and it does the Government no credit to try and blur the distinction, seemingly for nothing more than political gain. I know that you are a strong supporter of the voluntary Living Wage, and hope very much that, on reflection, you will see fit to revise your promotional plans so as to maintain the distinction.

I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.

 

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb

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19 Jan 2016 Posted by | Austerity, Bedford Green Party, National Greens | , , , , | Leave a comment

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