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  • Caroline Voaden with Vince Cable
    Article: May 21, 2018

    It was hard to miss the strength of feeling in the room about healthcare provision in Dartmouth at the packed public meeting last week. It is clear residents of the Dartmouth and the surrounding villages feel they are not being listened to by the Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust.

    I am appalled that the trust allowed the closure of Dartmouth Hospital to happen before a new site was operational.

  • Caroline Voaden
    Article: May 20, 2018

    Dear Dr Johnson,

    I attended the packed public meeting at St Saviours Church in Dartmouth last week where the strength of feeling of the Dartmouth community about healthcare provision in the town was hard to miss. It is clear residents of the town and surrounding villages feel they are not being listened to by the trust and I urge you to start listening.

  • Police
    Article: Apr 23, 2018

    Tories have been short changing the public by cutting police numbers in Devon & Cornwall. Home Office figures demonstrate that there are now 162 fewer uniformed crime fighters in the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary.

    The official statistics show that in 2015 there were 1,727 uniformed crime fighters compared to the 1,559 today. (Source: the Mirror newspaper)

  • John Birch with affected park users
    Article: Apr 15, 2018

    A petition has been organised by Cllr John Birch, calling on South Hams District Council to remove the barrier it erected recently across the entrance to the Follaton House grounds.

    Cllr Birch says "This unsightly barrier in the grounds of a listed building has severely limited parking and access to Follaton Arboretum, which is a popular park, especially for dog walkers. The restricted access has particularly affected parents with young children in pushchairs and people who use mobility scooters. Many find it impossible to overcome the difficulties caused by the barrier and as such are denied access to the park. There is now only limited parking at the weekends and this causes difficulties for those wishing to visit Follaton Arboretum."

  • Caroline Voaden with Vince Cable
    Article: Apr 9, 2018

    I was disappointed, but not surprised, to see that Sarah Wollaston MP voted together with all MPs from her party to ensure that more than 1 million children will be denied free school meals when they come under Universal Credit.

    As a former GP Ms Wollaston must know the value to children of good nutrition and must surely understand the evidence that shows children learn more effectively and perform better at school when they've had a decent meal.

  • Stressed about debt
    Article: Mar 22, 2018

    Care leavers in Torbay are set to benefit from a change in the council tax system from this April. Following a motion at Council in February 2017 the local authority agreed to exempt them from council tax for the first few years of their lives.

    The Paignton Liberal Democrat councillor Ian Doggett, who proposed the original motion, said: "There are approximately 200 care leavers in Torbay at present. By adopting this motion, Torbay will give these vulnerable young people a better start into adulthood and protect these and future leavers from debt charges, especially council tax.

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