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It’s #Austerity all the way as #BOS report “Bedfordshire ​schools will be ‘forced’ to cut staff and classes” | Bedfordshire News

Storm clouds are brewing for schools in Bedford as they face cuts in the region of £7.5 million. I’d guess that if those cuts hit schools you’ll be looking at staff losing jobs. It’s where the big savings are.

Austerity still rules whatever the politicians say. Of course the DfE deny all knowledge of cuts.

Source: Bedfordshire schools will be ‘forced’ to cut staff and classes | Bedfordshire News

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29 Jan 2017 Posted by | Austerity, Bedford, Education, Richard Fuller, Tory | , , | Leave a comment

Richard Fuller raises scepticism about Home Office procedures and policies on the detention of immigrants (and asylum seekers)

Richard Fuller Conservative, Bedford

“I do not wish to underestimate the significant change in direction on immigration detention policy that my right hon. Friend outlined today and last week, but he will understand that there scepticism remains about Home Office procedures and policies when they are put into practice—hence the request for an independent point of oversight. In the steps that he is outlining, will there be scope for independent oversight prior to the detention of a pregnant woman?”

Source: They Work for You

26 Apr 2016 Posted by | Westminster | | Leave a comment

There are questions “for Sir Philip Green to answer”: Richard Fuller MP

Richard Fuller Conservative, Bedford

“It might be that, facing a large and growing pension deficit, the previous owner, when Retail Acquisitions came knocking on his door to purchase the business, laughed all the way to the bank. If the sale was done on the understanding that it was avoiding a responsibility for pension losses, that £1 he received was equivalent to 30 pieces of silver in his betrayal of the BHS employees and pensioners. There is a reputational question for Sir Philip Green to answer. Will the Minister write to him and ask him to respond to the questions raised in the House, and will she look acutely at the PPF to ensure that the original legislation is strong enough to avoid this unacceptable face of capitalism in the passing on of losses to the taxpayer?”

Source: They Work for You

26 Apr 2016 Posted by | Economy | | Leave a comment

#Richard Fuller banging on about #benefitfraud when he should be targetting the real criminals, #Bankers

Yesterday Richard Fuller was hoping to highlight benefit fraud in his Parliamentary Questions. The Minister responsible didn’t have much of the information available to answer as the Government are not very good at collecting it, or finding it.

ESA RICHARD FULLER

 Written Answers – Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Fraud (16 Mar 2016) Source: They Work For You

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2016-03-08.30341.h&s=speaker%3A24787#g30341.q0
Richard Fuller: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions,
what proportion of people found to be committing benefit fraud and not
prosecuted in court in each of the last two years (a) have repaid monies
due in full, (b) are actively making repayments, (c) are in arrears with
their repayments and (d) have since been prosecuted for breaching their
agreement to pay.

Written Answers - Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Fraud (16 Mar 2016)
http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2016-03-08.30342.h&s=speaker%3A24787#g30342.q0
Richard Fuller: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how
many cases of benefit fraud were identified in each of the last three
years; and what proportion of such cases were prosecuted in court.

I think a much more interesting question would be something like:
To ask the Secretary of State what proportion of highly paid bankers have
(a) committed fraud in each of the last six years, 
(b)what proportion of bankers involved in the financial crash of 2008 
have been prosecuted, 
(c) what proportion of bankers are making re-payment of bonus payments 
received for their part in the financial crash

I don't think Mr Fuller will ask that sort of question, he doesn't want to upset
the Tory vote.
Richard Fuller voted for Tax Credit cuts £1300 per year for 3.2 million people

Richard Fuller voted for Tax Credit cuts £1300 per year for 3.2 million people

17 Mar 2016 Posted by | Austerity, Bedford, Tory, Westminster | | Leave a comment

#Bedford is about to be hit by the full force of the #Tory #Ideological onslaught

Bedford Borough Council has revealed a new three-year budget forecast to reflect the massive funding reductions from the #Tory government.

The publication of the Medium Term Financial Strategy follows the announcement of the final Local Government Finance Settlement, which included a cut of 80 per cent of the main government grant over the four years from 2015/16 to 2019/20.

Bedford Borough Council now face a budget gap of £21 million by 2019/20.

Mayor Dave Hodgson added: “With nearly £90 million of savings already made since 2010 by targeting back office functions, the scope for making savings away from the front line is disappearing fast in the face of the government’s ongoing assault on local services. These figures lay bare the sheer scale of the budgetary challenge ahead, which will only be met via tough decisions that we do not want to make, but which will simply be unavoidable as we continue to ensure support is in place for the most vulnerable in society.”

Which means, in addition to those that have already lost their jobs, more people are going to lose their jobs. Some families will lose their income. Some families will be dependent on welfare and benefits. Some families will need help from the foodbank. Some people may well lose their homes.

And our local MP, Richard Fuller, votes for cuts to working and unemployed families whenever the opportunity arises.

The #Tories are the only party advocating full-blown #Austerity. Everyone else has realised where #Austerity is leading us.

Add in today’s #Budget #cuts, and announcements on schools, and we are about to see #Bedford hit by the full force of the #Tory #ideology of #Austerity. A carefully designed and targeted strategy.

The ideological war being waged by the #Tories deserves a greater, bigger, better, more effective response than we have seen so far.

Source: Council Reveals £21 Million Funding Gap as ‘Onslaught’ of Government Cuts Continues (Dave Hodgson – Mayor of Bedford Borough)

Richard Fuller voted for Tax Credit cuts £1300 per year for 3.2 million people

Richard Fuller voted for Tax Credit cuts £1300 per year for 3.2 million people

 

ESA RICHARD FULLER

16 Mar 2016 Posted by | Austerity, Bedford, Economy, Tory, Westminster | , | Leave a comment

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