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Tamworth Conservative Association is made up of many members across the area and aims to build a better Tamworth Constituency by promoting the Conservative cause.
The Association has the responsibility for supporting and raising funds for our elected MP, Christopher Pincher, as well as Conservative candidates in Local and County Council elections .
With an active social calendar, suitable for all ages, Tamworth Conservatives organize a wide range of activities from pub quizzes to formal dinners and drinks receptions.
We invite you to join us at any time throughout the year.
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Sunday, March 9th, 2014
An additional £140m is to go to councils in England to repair roads damaged by the bad weather, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has said.
A fund for areas with the most severely damaged roads will get an extra £36.5m – taking the total available to £80m and a further £103.5m will be shared between English councils for repairs.
Mr McLoughlin said the money would make “a real difference”. The Local Government Association said the cost of storm repairs would be more than £140m.
Downing Street said the extra money brought the total government investment in road maintenance to more than £1bn in 2013/14. The investment comes after the wettest winter on record in parts of the UK caused widespread devastation to sections of the road and rail network.
The Department for Transport has said the additional money will be distributed to the majority of councils in England by the end of the week. Work should be completed before the summer holidays, it said.
Councils will be required to publish information on their websites by the end of August showing where this money has been spent.
Mr McLoughlin said, “This extra money will help make a real difference to the millions of road users and local residents who rely on local roads, giving them safer and smoother journeys.”
The Prime Minister said the government could afford to pay for the road repairs because of savings already made.
Mr Cameron said, “It’s because of the difficult decisions we have made on public spending that we can afford to repair roads damaged by the severe weather as part of our long-term economic plan to secure Britain’s future and help hardworking people.”
Thursday, March 6th, 2014
More Staffordshire people are to get treatment for alcohol and drug addiction under new contracts announced by Conservative controlled Staffordshire County Council.
Around 20% or 400 more people, up from 2,100 to 2,500, will be in treatment at any time and will benefit from better, more joined up services designed to treat the root causes of their addiction as well as their physical dependence.
The new approach was made possible by last year’s transfer of public health responsibilities to the County Council. It will also improve collective work with the police and health partners to prevent drug and alcohol abuse, which costs Staffordshire an estimated £110m every year – around £60m to the NHS and councils through ill health and social care; £20m to the criminal justice system; and £30m to employers in sick days and lost productivity.
Working within its new public health responsibilities, the county council along with police and health partners agreed a new long-term strategy to reduce the negative impact on public services and the economy. More importantly, the plan aims to reduce the human cost of alcohol and drug abuse on individuals, families and communities across Staffordshire.
Robbie Marshall, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing on Staffordshire County Council, said, “If drug and alcohol abuse goes untreated, it can ruin lives, harm families and damage communities across Staffordshire. Alcohol and drugs are one of the main causes of crime, anti-social behaviour, ill health and domestic abuse including child protection issues.
“It is essential the county council and its partners do more to turn around people’s lives and reduce the burden on local taxpayers. Under these new arrangements we will work smarter and closer together, spending the same amount of money but making it go even further.
“More people will get treatment with services improved and targeted to tackle the root cause of the problem. So in addition to treating drug or alcohol addiction, people will get more targeted help to find work or housing, or to deal with breakdowns in relationships, issues that often lead to drinking or drug taking in the first place.
“Simplified contract arrangements with the new provider cut duplication and mean we can deliver more for the same amount, and deliver real value for money to the Staffordshire taxpayer.”
Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis said, “Drug and alcohol treatment is not something that organisations can tackle working in silos but rather through a joined-up approach, as seen here, which also offers value for money for Staffordshire taxpayers.
“Breaking the cycle of addiction is a key part of working with offenders and families who often have chaotic and dysfunctional lives. By doing this, local communities will benefit as crime will reduce faster, wider and for the long term.”
A review last year revealed that partners currently ran 30 contracts for drug and alcohol treatment with 10 different providers. The new approach streamlines arrangements into just three contracts to reduce duplication, splitting the county into north, west and east.
Following a competitive tender exercise, the contracts have been awarded to Addiction Dependency Solutions (ADS), a charity with over 30 years of experience across Staffordshire, the Midlands and the North of England. The contracts, which are part funded by Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner and GP consortium the North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, are worth £6.7m a year.
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Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
Historians, researchers and people interested in exploring the county’s historic records collections can look forward to a new modern Archives centre as plans are given the go ahead.
The proposals, approved today by Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet will see the creation of a single, modern Archives Centre, with improved visitor facilities at the Staffordshire Record Office site on Eastgate Street in Stafford.
The state of the art extension would house the County’s records and William Salt Library collections and include a new exhibition space and search room on the ground floor; fully accessible for people with disabilities. An additional 15 to 20 years expansion room would also be made available in the new three-storey extension with improved storage facilities.
The Conservative controlled County Council will now submit an application to Heritage Lottery Fund for £4m to fund the project, contributing a further £469k.
Cllr Mike Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Children, Community and Localism with Staffordshire County Council said, “We have a fascinating archives collection in the county and I want even more people to be able to enjoy them.
“I am delighted that Cabinet have approved the proposals, which will now allow us to get on and develop more detailed plans for the new centre. This was our preferred option, allowing us to deliver a much better service to all our visitors, while helping to protect our records for many years to come.
“Before we move any of the collections we are working with Findmypast to digitise over six million records including parish registers, wills and marriage bonds. This means that visitors will get free access from Staffordshire Libraries as well as the Archive Service offices.”
The service currently has three sites, Staffordshire Record Office and the William Salt Library both in Eastgate Street Stafford and the Lichfield Record Office in Lichfield Library, The Friary.
As part of the proposals, a new service will be put in place at Lichfield, as a Lichfield Local and Family History Centre within the Library. This will offer access to digitised collections and microfiche sources alongside the local studies collection within the Library.
Over 240 people took part in a public consultation in January, with around 50 people taking part in workshops to view the plans and meet with Records Office staff.
Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
European migrants coming to the UK will have to show they are earning at least £149 a week for three months before they can access a range of benefits.
The minimum earnings threshold, first announced last year by David Cameron, will come into force on 1st March 2014.
It is the latest in a series of measures to restrict access to benefits for migrants from other EU countries. Welfare Minister, Esther McVey MP, said the measure would help “protect the integrity” of the benefits system.
Ministers argue that the longstanding principle that citizens of EU countries should be allowed to live and work in other member states does not amount to an automatic right to claim benefits abroad. They say it has become too easy for migrants from the other 27 EU member states to access public services in the UK, such as the welfare state and the health service.
The Prime Minister announced the plan for an earnings threshold at the end of last year, as he came under pressure from Conservative MPs to act before the lifting of work restrictions on Bulgarians and Romanians on 1 January.
At the moment, EU law defines a “worker” as someone whose employment is “genuine and effective”. Ministers think this definition is too loose, and they will apply a threshold of £149 a week – the level at which national insurance starts being paid – above which people will be eligible to get jobseeker’s allowance, child tax credits, child benefits and a number of other benefits.
Any European migrant who declares an income below the threshold, which will rise to £153 a week in 2014-15, will face further assessment of whether they are in the UK to undertake “genuine” work. If they do not pass this test, they will have to wait three months before becoming eligible for jobseeker’s allowance.
Esther McVey said that EU nationals were entitled to certain in-work benefits under existing laws but that the current arrangements were “vague” and needed to be clearly defined. She said, “These are not measures about saving money. This is about protecting the integrity of our benefits system and having clarity about the benefits system.”