North West Region

Call to cut Teaching Union bosses pay

Call to cut Teaching Union bosses pay

Jul 31, 2014

  Teaching union bosses should have their six-figure salaries cut – says UKIP’s Education spokesman and deputy leader, Paul Nuttall. The comments come the day it is revealed the head of the NUT receives a massive £160,000 a year in pay and perks. Christine Blower has headed the NUT since 2008 and has presided over five national teachers’ strikes as well as numerous regional strikes and programmes of work-to-rule. She has led more strikes than at any time since Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister. North West MEP Mr Nuttall said: “While being paid more than £13,000 a month, this union boss can have no understanding of how difficult and expensive it can be for parents to make arrangements for child care when she calls a strike. “I’m sure many teachers will be outraged to hear how much she earns, considering it’s six times higher than a new teacher, and she receives over £40,000 in pension contributions alone. “How can she say she understands their needs and can represent them, when there is such a huge difference in income?” Three other teaching unions pay their chiefs in excess of £140,000 a year, with one receiving a pay rise of 5% while teaching staff were awarded just 1%. Mr Nuttall added: “It is ludicrous that these bosses make no contribution to improving our children’s education, and nothing to improve the quality of teaching yet earn nearly three times more than the average primary school head, and twice as much as a secondary school head teacher.” ends  ...

New plans do not solve long term alcohol issues

New plans do not solve long term alcohol issues

Jul 31, 2014

Plans announced today to tag offenders with alcohol monitors to stop them drinking, will do nothing to solve the long term issues of problem drinkers, says UKIP’s new Health spokesman, Louise Bours MEP.   From next year courts in four London boroughs will be able to impose an alcohol abstinence order on those who offend whilst drunk involving the criminal being tagged with an alcohol monitoring device to check if they comply. Failure can lead to a prison sentence.   The aim of the pilot scheme is to reduce the costs and harm caused by excess drinking – a Home Office study has estimated that about one million violent crimes a year in England and Wales are linked to alcohol.   North West MEP Ms Bours, said: “Whilst an order to stop drinking may be a good idea in the short term, in order to prevent further problem drinking and the damage it causes to families and the economy, it should be accompanied by a treatment regime to solve the long term drink problem many offenders have.   “If the government are serious about dealing with the health and social problems of excessive drinking why has spending on rehabilitation for young people with alcohol and drug problems been cut by a quarter, on average, and in some places halved, since 2011?   “Cutting funding for these services does not save the country money, it cost the country a great deal further down the line, with the NHS having to pick up the bill for admissions to A and E and the treatment of liver failure and other alcohol related illnesses.”   Towards the end of last year a Public Accounts Committee report on ‘early action’ concluded that across government there is lack of leadership, budget, incentives, evidence and joint working.   Ms Bours added: “By cutting rehab and treatment services we are doing no one any favours, it leaves families of problem drinkers devastated, increases the number of victims of crime and costs the tax payer an awful lot more in the long run.”     ends  ...

Coalition Lords appointments show contempt for democracy

Coalition Lords appointments show contempt for democracy

Jul 30, 2014

Dear Editor,   The House of Lords scrutinises Bills that have been passed by the House of Commons so acting as a check, often delaying them for re-consideration or amendments and therefore has an important role. However, while the Lib-Dems, Labour and the Conservatives have all called for reforms and for a smaller House, the ranks continue to rise as they have continued to appoint their cronies to it in order to control their own agenda. In the next few weeks another twenty will be added, making the House of Lords larger than the entire European Parliament. Only the National People’s Congress of China is larger. If the make up of the Upper House was truly representative of the electorate and based upon election results, UKIP should by now have a total of 27 members instead of just three. This shows that the political establishment are determined to keep the Upper House firmly in their control, treating democracy with contempt in the process. This is clearly unacceptable and must not be allowed to continue.   Yours faithfully Philip Griffiths, North West President UKIP ...

Tory claims about Migrant Benefits misleading

Tory claims about Migrant Benefits misleading

Jul 29, 2014

 Tory promises to curb benefits to new EU migrants are “blatantly false”, said UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall today.   “And along with their pledge to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights they can be shown to be so. The Conservatives have no intention of fulfilling either promise because they simply cannot.   Under UK rules a range of benefits – child benefit, child tax credit, state pension credit, jobseekers’ allowance and unemployment support allowance – are only given to those with a “right to reside”.   That is automatic for UK nationals, but residents from other EU countries have to pass a “right to reside” test. This can easily be bypassed by them claiming to be self employed.   Mr Nuttall, North West MEP, pointed out, that in addition, the European Commission is already taking the UK to the European Court of Justice to ensure that all EU citizens have the same right as UK residents.   “At present the government’s policy is that the EU migrants are only eligible for jobseekers’s allowance for six months unless they have genuine prospects of finding work. How on earth ‘genuine prospects’ are quantified I do not know.   “It is clear that the only way to stop mass immigration from EU states to the UK and prevent abuse of the British welfare system, as well as leave the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights is to leave the EU.    “No amount of grandstanding or bluster for Conservative Party leaders will change that simple fact. We are tied to ECHR and migrant benefits while EU members,” he said.     ends  ...

NHS Payoffs: Enough to make you sick

NHS Payoffs: Enough to make you sick

Jul 29, 2014

  NHS bosses should hang their heads in shame for wasting over £100million on golden handshakes for senior managers that could have been used to hire thousands of new nurses– according to Ukip’s new Health spokesman. The comments follow the publication of official figures that show in the last financial year the NHS paid £197million to the 6,330 staff it made redundant. 237 managers were given payoffs between £100,000 and £150,000 each, while another 83 pocketed between £150,000 and £200,000 each and 40 of the NHS top-brass got in excess of £200,000 each. The most an employer is forced to pay to make an employee redundant is £13,920, though some chose to pay more. UKIP MEP and Health spokesman, Louise Bours MEP said: “This is utterly outrageous, to the extent that it makes you wonder if those at the top of the NHS really care about patients at all. “As a body funded by the public, those running the NHS should not pay more redundancy than the statutory cap.   “It is the public who employ the managers and if the government consulted them, they would find we want as much money to go on frontline services as possible, and as little as possible on redundancy packages.   “These gilt edged redundancy payments have cost £108million more than they should have, that’s enough money to hire over 7,500 extra nurses.   “Who in their right mind wouldn’t opt for the extra nurses, given the choice?”   In the last four years the bill for inflated redundancy payments within the NHS has hit nearly £1.6billion, with 4,000 of those receiving the payments being re-hired on the health payroll.   Ms Bours added: “I can’t imagine a hospital porter or a cleaner being given anything over the legal requirement, so why should some executive who doesn’t go anywhere near patients? “The NHS top brass need to remember who they work for – us. “It should give the British people the best clinical service possible, free at the point of need. With that in mind, the choice of wasting £108million pounds on golden handshakes or hiring more than 7,500 new nurses is a no-brainer. “These payoffs are...