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Cornwall residents earn £100 a year from Britain’s membership of the European Union

New data shows that every person living in Cornwall gains a net benefit of (on average) £100 a year from Britain’s membership of the European Union.

This benefit is based on various subsidies that Cornwall receives, such as support for farming and agriculture, assistance for structural developments and for fisheries. The vast majority of farms in Cornwall are in receipt of some sort of EU funding.

Many more local projects in Cornwall have also benefited from money from the European Union. Over 30,000 jobs have been either created or protected by millions of pounds of investment in Cornish businesses. Cornwall also has the fastest rural broadband in Europe which is not as a result of government funding, but from help from the EU.

The EU also helps smaller community organisations with funding. The Pool, Penzance, is currently bidding for funds from the European Regional Development Fund to help heat part of the swimming pool.

Cornwall residents earn £100 a year from Britain’s membership of the European Union

Cornwall residents earn £100 a year from Britain’s membership of the European Union

30% of people living in Bristol are waiting over a week to get a GP appointment

New data shows that over 30% of people living in NHS Bristol CCG area are waiting over a week to see their GP when trying to book an appointment.

Marvin Rees, Labour’s candidate for Bristol Mayor, said:

“This issue is causing real problems in Bristol and means that nearly a third of people cannot see their GP when they need to. I want to see Bristol’s Mayor standing up and fighting the government on their failure to provide for our health service.

“If I am elected I will support our NHS; I will fight for more hospital beds, strengthen Bristol’s mental health services and provide more training for dementia carers to make our city dementia friendly. I will also return the post of Director of Public Health to the most senior level in the city council and work with health organisations to appoint a city health commissioner.”

This will ease the pressure on our GPs who are facing major budget cuts and an ever deepening NHS crisis.”

Heidi Alexander MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, said:

“More than five years of David Cameron’s government has left the NHS in meltdown and GP services in crisis.

“Millions of patients across the country are struggling to see their family doctor and cuts to funding mean this situation is likely to get worse, not better.

“David Cameron talks about a seven-day NHS, but the reality is he is failing to deliver a five-day NHS and patient care is suffering as a result.

“The Tories need to start taking some responsibility for this situation. Rather than standing by and doing nothing, we need to see proper plan for improving the NHS and ensuring patients get the care they need, when they need it.”

30% of people living in Bristol are waiting over a week to get a GP appointment

30% of people living in Bristol are waiting over a week to get a GP appointment

Cllrs Geoff Wheeler and Pete Edwards join Council Leaders across the country to call on voters to Remain in the EU

 

Geoff Wheeler, Leader of Stroud District Council, and Pete Edwards, Leader of Exeter City Council, joined council leaders from across the country by signing a letter warning that “the disastrous economic effects of Brexit could mean catastrophe for our councils’ ability to deliver the services people rely on.”

The letter argues that in order to continue to support local businesses and jobs, remaining in the EU is crucial.  The letter argues that in almost every area of council work, leaving the EU would have a negative impact.  In particular they use the examples of policing, environmental protection and public health and funding for flood protection as areas that could be damaged if the UK votes for leave in June.  They also argue that Brexit would leave local people £450 a year worse off as a result of higher prices on the high street. 

Geoff Wheeler, Leader of Stroud District Council, said:

“Membership of the European Union has a beneficial effect across a wide variety of local council services from helping to promote jobs and growth, protecting the natural environment and flood prevention.  The potential economic damage from leaving the EU could have very bad consequences for local firms. With local councils becoming more dependent on the rates collected from local businesses, there would also be a severe knock-on effect on council services to the community.”

Council Leaders Back the EU

Cllrs Geoff Wheeler and Pete Edwards join Council Leaders across the country to call on voters to Remain in the EU  

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