High street banks these days seem to have lost that personal touch with nearly everything being on-line, on the phone, or automated. This may work well for some people , but for […]
Creative Carers will close on 30 November 2018; this does not need to happen – time for the Council to be Creative!
Around 25,000 people in Derby ( ~10% of the population) are unpaid Carers – and the figure continues to grow. These are people caring for family, and friends who are disabled, or […]
Today, the Judge dismissed Ranjit Banwait’s petition against Cllr Paul Bettany. Had the petition been successful, Cllr Bettany would have had to have left office immediately. It would have also have had […]
In 2007, when the Sinfin Incinerator was considered an important part of Derby City Council’s “Climate Change Action Programme”, another initiative was gaining Cabinet approval, the Longbridge Weir Hydro Electric Power Station ( […]
Sinfin Incinerator – Council remains silent on termination whilst Contractors collapsing due to excessive delays
30 Sep 2018 was the point at which the Council ( including Derbyshire County Council) had the legal right to cancel the Sinfin Incinerator waste contract. This was deferred to 31 December […]
The Conservative administration will be formally agreeing their plans, this week, to re-introduce a 52 week free Brown Bin collection of garden and food waste. This is, effectively, a complete reversal of […]
The Derbyshire Submariners led the services at the Cemetery, today, with their homage to ERA John Brooks (D/269639) and Signalman Charles A Buttle (D/J9244). Both men lost their lives in action during […]
Joe Russo’s Enthusiasm Trust bouyed by ex-Leader Banwait – unravels, despite controversial Queen’s Award
The Enthusiasm Trust was recently presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services, yet, has few volunteers. It claims, as a small charity that “…more of your money goes directly to […]
Boots’ ‘lost prescriptions’ : Further inconsistencies revealed over “misfiled” and “shredding” claims in Derby Telegraph article
Derby News reported a few days ago about how Boots were back-pedalling in the Derby Telegraph article on the issue of lost “prescriptions/tokens” from its Chaddesden store. Why is Boots, with the […]
Why is Boots, with the help of the Derby Telegraph, misleading the public over the detail of the 47 lost prescriptions from Chaddesden?
On 23rd October, Derby News published Boots conceal from customers, breach of confidentiality ; 47 lost ‘prescriptions’ from its Chaddesden store which exposed the fact that Boots had chosen not to communicate […]
Boots conceal from customers, breach of confidentiality ; 47 lost ‘prescriptions’ from its Chaddesden store
[The original version of this article referred to 400 prescriptions being lost ; this was the information from my source in Boots. Boots threatened legal action unless I reduced it to 47; […]
Since May 2018, there have been a number of reports presented to the Cabinet about gaps in the Council budget: 2018 / 19 – £21m gap ( £12m caused by the overspend […]
Creative Scrutiny Board recommendations on Special Educational Needs summarily dismissed by Cabinet.
At the Executive Scrutiny Board last night ( 9th October), one of the many subjects on the agenda was “Improving Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Provision in Derby”. A comprehensive document which […]
Sinfin Incinerator : the pressure to terminate the contract mounts! Full facts will be available on 19th October…
The Council’s cross-party Executive Scrutiny Board robustly challenged the Council Cabinet’s position on the termination of the Sinfin Incincerator ( to be formally presented on the 10th October) “To defer any decision […]
70%+ don’t support Special Educational Needs proposals, resulting in little change to school places. What was the point?
In November 2017 the Council issued a consultation document on the strategy for Special Education Needs (SEN) children. Whilst the plan maintained annual funding, which is substantial at £55m pa, there were […]
Karen Brownhill, communication practitioner at St Giles School, shortlisted for a national special educational needs award
PRESS RELEASE A Derby woman is putting on her glad rags and heading to London for a glitzy awards ceremony, after being shortlisted for a national special educational needs award. Karen Brownhill, […]
Libraries Strategy ; the floundering, failing policy and the forgotten Council staff who continue to wait for their future.
The Council’s Libraries Strategy has run aground! Despite overly positive rhetoric from Council Officers about how well the Libraries project is doing, the evidence does not bear this out at all. At […]
At last night’s Full Council meeting 2 motions were tabled, by Labour and UKIP, which called on the Council Cabinet to terminate the contract with Resource Recovery Solutions. the contractor for the […]