Workfare failed and the government know it!

Workfare failed and the government know it!

Workfare failed and the government know it!

 

Yesterday saw a major victory in the battle against the dreadful and failing Workfare schemes rolled out nationally in 2013.The Department of Work & Pensions has very quietly scrapped both their 6 month and 4 week workfare and mandatory work schemes. They will not renew the contracts with the different providers, effectively bringing the schemes to an end by 2017.

Under the Workfare scheme Community Work Placements which involve a six month’s forced full time work for the long term …

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World Toilet Day

World Toilet Day

World Toilet Day – 7 reasons to give a crap!

The 19th November marks UN World Toilet day a campaign which aims to see everyone around the world have access to safe and hygienic toilets  Poor sanitation increases the risk of disease and malnutrition, especially for women and children. Women and girls risk rape, humiliation and abuse, because they have no toilet that offers privacy.

 

Here are 7 reasons why you support #WorldToiletDay too:

1. India has the world’s longest queues for toilets.

According to a recent report by …

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The true value of apprenticeships

The true value of apprenticeships

The true value of apprenticeships

 

I will let you into a secret of mine. Ever since starting secondary education, I’ve thought university is not all its let on to be.

But that won’t stop the pretentiousness and snobbery found around large parts of academic institutions, from the back patting exercise for getting into university X, to the endless amounts of money you need to study, but still it’s virtually taboo to have an alternative view.

Many have left school with A Levels, going straight into employment opportunities, which …

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Part-time students are the ultimate “hard-working people”

Part-time students are the ultimate “hard-working people”

Part-time students are the ultimate “hard-working people”

 

It’s true to say I am basis towards this blog post as recently I become a part time student myself, returning to formal education after a few years break, but fewer numbers are now studying part time. In the summer budget from George Osbourne he told us of the “record numbers” applying for university despite the rising in tuitions fees and cuts in grants. It may be true that the number of full time students hasn’t significantly changed one …

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Maidstone needs more housing!

Maidstone needs more housing!

Maidstone needs more housing!

 

Week in week out we have yet another story of someone not happy about housing being built here or there. I think some people have lost total perspective of the situation we are facing. I like many others don’t want Maidstone to lose all its green fields and surroundings. There are key sites we must protect all across the Borough for various different reasons.  Presently all these sites face the risk of development due to Maidstone Borough Councils failure to …

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Workers Memorial Day

Workers Memorial Day

Workers Memorial Day – We will never forget

 

The 28th April is Workers’ Memorial Day, a day to remember all those who left for work and never returned homes. Every year more people die at work than they do in wars, this is not because of “tragic accidents” its because some employers have a blatant disregard for their employees safety and well being. Workers memorial day commemorates those who have fallen but also highlights the continuing battle to make health and safety of employees at top …

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Maidstone Needs a Pay Rise

Maidstone Needs a Pay Rise

Maidstone Needs a Pay Rise

This weekend Maidstone was gripped by the Trade Union Congresses ‘Britain Needs a Pay Rise’ campaign which saw Young Members launching a petition calling on Maidstone Borough Council & Kent County Council to pay all staff a Living Wage. The Living Wage is the independently verified amount of money needed to maintain a basic standard of living currently set at £7.85 outside of London and £9.15 per hour in London.

 

 

Elliot Dean the Southern & Eastern Region Young Members Network chair said “Everyone …

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MidKent College – Fair Pay Fortnight

MidKent College – Fair Pay Fortnight

MidKent College – Fair Pay Fortnight

Last Thursday I went to the ‘apprentice restaurant’ at MidKent College Maidstone campus and spoke about the importance of the living wage as part of the Trade Union Congress’s Fair Pay Fortnight campaign. From 16 February to 1 March 2015 the TUC is running Fair Pay Fortnight, a series of events across the country that will raise awareness about Britain’s cost of living crisis.

 

Elliot Dean speaks at Mid Kent College Maidstone about Fair Pay Fortnight

 

 

Its extremely important that people of …

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Acorn business centre forced to shut!

Acorn business centre forced to shut!

Acorn business centre Maidstone forced to shut!

 

 

I have been extremely concerned over a planning application to build 22 homes on the Acorn Business Centre Maidstone site. Last night (26/02/2015) the planning committee heard the application but unfortunately it was approved by a majority Conservative & Libdem coalition. I was extremely disappointed to see Cllr Stephen Paine (Conservative) abstain from the vote ignoring local residents concerns despite being a ward councillor. This disastrous decision will see local business forced off the site and more over density occurring in Fant. …

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Acorn Business Centre goes to Planning Committee

Acorn Business Centre goes to Planning Committee

Acorn Business Centre goes to Planning Committee 26/02/2015

I previously wrote about the Acorn Business Centre located just off Milton Street in Fant being under threat from a housing development. Maidstone Labour have called in this application to the planning committee which means members of the committee will be able to approve or refuse the application.The application will be heard by the planning committee on Thursday 26th February in the Town Hall at 6PM. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the meeting to …

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