Labour is facing new concerns about its commitment to disability equality, after questions were raised over whether the shadow chancellor ever wrote a letter he promised to send to councils about the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF).John McDonnell pledged at a parliamentary meeting in early September to write to every Labour-run local authority in England, asking them to ring-fence government money they receive to compensate for the ILF closure.But McDonnell’s office has refused to answer questions about the letter, and none of the Labour-run councils contacted by Disability News Service (DNS) so far has been able to find any record of receiving such a letter.The government money is handed to councils every year to contribute towards the support needs of former ILF-recipients, following the fund’s closure in June 2015, but the money was not ring-fenced by ministers and so many local authorities have used it for other purposes.McDonnell (pictured) promised disabled campaigners at a packed parliamentary meeting in September that he would write to Labour-run councils, asking them to ring-fence the funding for former ILF-recipients.He said: “We will do that. We will talk to individual councils about how they can protect the funding here.”The meeting had been held to launch Inclusion London’s report, One Year On: Evaluating The Impact Of The Closure Of The Independent Living Fund.The report included analysis of freedom of information responses received by Inclusion London from each of the capital’s 33 local authorities, which showed vast differences in the proportions of former ILF-recipients whose packages had been cut after the fund’s closure.DNS has been trying for nearly four weeks to secure answers from McDonnell’s press spokesman about how councils responded to the letter, but other than acknowledging one email, he has refused to comment.A spokeswoman for Labour-run Gateshead council said this week that no-one she had contacted about McDonnell’s letter “knows anything about it”, including the council leader and the cabinet member for social care, as well as “various people” in the social care department “who would have remembered if a letter from the shadow chancellor came in”.A Derbyshire council spokesman said they were “checking all the channels that this letter may have been received by the county council but are not in a position to confirm we’ve received it at the moment”.And a Lambeth council spokesman said he could not “find any evidence of it having arrived”.Jonathan Bartley, co-leader of the Green party, who secured the promise from McDonnell in September, has written twice to the shadow chancellor’s office, asking to see the letter.He said the urgency of the issue had been made “very clear” by disabled people who spoke at the Inclusion London meeting.He said: “The independent living report left none of us in any doubt of the immense hardship being caused by local authorities of all political persuasions who are not ring-fencing the ILF money.”He said there had been “huge support” at the meeting for his suggestion that McDonnell write to Labour-run councils.He said: “If this hasn’t happened it is extremely disappointing at a time when many disabled people face real hardship and there is something that could be urgently done by Labour councils to help them.”But it is just the latest in a string of actions by the Labour party that have left many disabled activists frustrated and angry.Last week, DNS reported how the disabled crossbench peer Baroness [Jane} Campbell had attacked Labour’s “lazy indifference” to disability equality, after it abstained on a vote in the House of Lords that would have forced bars, shops and restaurants to ensure their premises obeyed laws on accessibility when renewing their alcohol licences.Labour has also failed to appoint a shadow minister for disabled people since Debbie Abrahams was promoted to shadow secretary of state for work and pensions in June.And last month, Abrahams’ office invited a disabled people’s organisation to speak at the launch of her disability equality roadshow, and then withdrew the invitation after discovering that it wanted to talk about independent living.Bartley said he could not see a justification for Labour abstaining on the Lords vote.He said: “It is one disappointment after another at the moment [with Labour].“I want to be as constructive as possible. We really want to work with Labour and SNP [on disability rights issues].”But he said Labour had missed “a really great opportunity to do something positive” with the licensing amendment.He said: “In my local community, a third of the shops, bars and restaurants you can’t access as a wheelchair-user [his son uses a wheelchair].“It’s not right that the onus is on the disabled person to make that complaint. It puts them in a very awkward position in their community.“It puts another burden on them… when this is an issue of basic, fundamental rights.”
Month: July 2019
With effect from Friday February 10, St.Helens Council have introduced a £1 charge on the following car parks for Saints Home Matches:Tontine Car ParkChalon Way Car Park – WA10 1BFThe Old Tesco Car Park Link Way – WA10 1BFThe £1 fee is payable on entry, and the Council have asked if people intending to use these car parks can have the correct amount available to avoid congestion.
SAINTS won the first Steve Prescott Cup with a 46-41 aggregate win over Hull FC.The annual competition was set up in honour of the legend who played for both clubs with such distinction.Here are a few pictures from before and after match at the KC Stadium by our official snapper Bernard Platt.Steve’s children were mascots on the day and his brother brought on the match ball.
The game will kick off at 1pm at Robin Park.Mark Brennan’s squad is:Pip Birchall, Leah Burke, Rhianna Burke, Chantelle Crowl, Faye Gaskin, Lizzie Gladman, Zoe Harris, Charlotte Hill, Tara Jones, Sarah Lovejoy, Carys Marsh, Roxy Mura, Chloe Richardson, Emily Rudge, Isabelle Rudge, Dawn Taylor, Katie-May Williams, Naomi Williams, Vicky Whitfield.“It’s fair to say we are really looking forward to this one,” Mark said. “Training has been good this week and it was superb to have Matty Smith down on Tuesday to support our pivots’ development.“We have started the season well but it’s important we remain confident in our ability as a squad and take each game as it comes. We’re all working hard and looking for consistency in our performances.“Selection has been tough ahead of such a big game. The players are showing their commitment and developing in every session – but that in turn gives us a real headache!“We’ve had to re-shuffle a little bit with Becca Rotheram picking up slight injury but other than that all the players are fit. It’s good to bring Lizzie Gladman, Isabelle Rudge and Pip Birchall into the squad alongside Charlotte Hill and Rhianna Burke.”He continued: “We are expecting a tough and physical battle against a strong Wigan pack who are led around the park by experienced players like Gemma Walsh.“They also have some strong running outside backs in their ranks too so we need to make sure we are on the top of our game.“It is an historic fixture; the first ever Saints and Wigan female derby game and we hope, as always, the Saints fans who have been brilliant this season come over to Robin Park and support the team.”Entry to Robin Park will be £5 for adults, £3 children and £2 for parking.
For the remainder of the Betfred Super League season the retail giant will take pride of place on the sleeves of the playing kit.JD will also be focussing on their unique fan engagement activity throughout the summer across local JD stores.The deal was struck as part of an alliance between the club and Warrington Wolves.Commenting on the partnership, JD’s Group Marketing Director, Stephen White, said: “Super League is a fantastic product and fits perfectly with our store locations and our customers sporting interests.“The Saints and Wolves are the perfect community clubs for JD as we make our first connection with rugby league supporters.”JD has stores in both towns within its extensive UK store portfolio and plans to develop instore support activity throughout the summer.Saints’ General Manager Dave Hutchinson added: “This is a real coup for the club and rugby league. JD is the leading trainer and sports fashion retailer in the UK, have their headquarters in the NW, and we share a common interest through our fans and customers alike.“We look forward to working together for the remainder of the season.”JD will appear on Saints shirts tonight as we take on Castleford and sleeve patches will be available in store soon.For the latest lifestyle & sports fashion from the Undisputed King of Trainers visit jdsports.co.uk and follow @jdsports for exclusive content.
Justin Holbrook has named an unchanged squad from the win over Wakefield Trinity.He will select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Kevin Naiqama, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Regan Grace, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Danny Richardson, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Luke Thompson, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Joseph Paulo, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Dom Peyroux, 19. Matty Lees, 22. James Bentley, 23. Lachlan Coote.David Furner will select his 17 from:1. Jack Walker, 2. Tom Briscoe, 3. Kallum Watkins (c), 4. Konrad Hurrell, 5. Ash Handley, 6. Tui Lolohea, 7. Richie Myler, 8. Adam Cuthbertson, 9. Matt Parcell, 10. Brad Singleton, 11. Trent Merrin, 13. Stevie Ward, 14. Brad Dwyer, 15. Liam Sutcliffe, 16. Brett Ferres, 18. Nathaniel Peteru, 19. Mikolaj Oledzki, 22. Cameron Smith, 29. Harry Newman,He will select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Kevin Naiqama, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Regan Grace, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Danny Richardson, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Luke Thompson, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Joseph Paulo, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Dom Peyroux, 19. Matty Lees, 22. James Bentley, 23. Lachlan Coote.David Furner will select his 17 from:1. Jack Walker, 2. Tom Briscoe, 3. Kallum Watkins (c), 4. Konrad Hurrell, 5. Ash Handley, 6. Tui Lolohea, 7. Richie Myler, 8. Adam Cuthbertson, 9. Matt Parcell, 10. Brad Singleton, 11. Trent Merrin, 13. Stevie Ward, 14. Brad Dwyer, 15. Liam Sutcliffe, 16. Brett Ferres, 18. Nathaniel Peteru, 19. Mikolaj Oledzki, 22. Cameron Smith, 29. Harry Newman,He will select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Kevin Naiqama, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Regan Grace, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Danny Richardson, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Luke Thompson, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Joseph Paulo, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Dom Peyroux, 19. Matty Lees, 22. James Bentley, 23. Lachlan Coote.
“This expansion reflects the promising new era we’re experiencing at Smithfield,” said Kenneth M. Sullivan, president and chief executive officer for Smithfield Foods. “It supports our continued growth and helps us better serve our customers by providing additional capacity and optimizing our distribution footprint.”Smithfield will begin construction of the new distribution center this month. The new distribution center will be 500,000 square feet with 47,000 pallet positions.The blast cell cold storage expansion, announced earlier this year, is underway and will increase the facility’s capacity by 140 million pounds. Both projects will be complete fall 2018.Related Article: North Carolina DMV announces more steps to tackle overloadSmithfield’s Tar Heel facility is the largest pork processing plant in the world. Currently, the facility employs nearly 5,000 people and processes more than 30,000 hogs each day. BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Smithfield Foods processing plant in Tar Heel is getting a new distribution center and will expand its cold storage in a $100 million dollar expansion.Smithfield Foods announced today the expansion would also create approximately 250 more jobs.- Advertisement –
(Photo: Wake N Bake/Facebook) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wake N Bake featured a special treat Tuesday as country legend Willie Nelson played in the Port City.The donut shop shared a photo of the unique shaped donut on Facebook. It’s a cheesecake filled vanilla iced donut with oreo crumbs.- Advertisement – Wake N Bake says they sold out in a matter of hours.
“I like every bit of this, very nice,” WWII veteran Pat Fonzi said.At age 18 Pat Fonzi first stepped foot on the USS North Carolina and now decades later at nearly 95-years-old he revisited the ship he once served on.“I was happy, everything looks beautiful. Now I can rest a lot different now. I know everything is going to be nice. I said I did my job, so did a lot of other people. So now I can rest a lot better now.”Related Article: FEMA assesses community needs starting at the front doorFonzi served on the ship from 1941 to 1945, a choice he made in order to travel the world. His favorite place he could not stop talking about was Tahiti.“You can’t imagine a place that beautiful. Oh just like heaven,” Fonzi said.After sharing stories about his journey at sea aboard the ship Fonzi checked out photos, his old sleeping quarters and while also being recognized and honored for his service.But the highlight of his trip was showing his great-grandchildren his former bunk.“Great-great pap-pap they call me, so now when they go to school 5th, 6th grade they start their history and all that they’ll understand your great-grandfather see he fought in that war,” Fonzi said.As Fonzi thinks back to his days on the showboat as a gun captain, he would not change a thing. Ending the day feeling like he was eighteen again.“Very, very happy the way things turned out and I’m really excited and happy. I’m really happy,” Fonzi said.Fonzi and his family traveled from Pennsylvania to the Port City for their visit. The Battleship also hosted their memorial dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A special visitor stopped by the USS North Carolina, a World War II Veteran who took a long-awaited walk down memory lane aboard the ship.It’s been 50 years since his last visit to the vessel he served on.- Advertisement –
The company has no timeline regarding when the Wilmington store will reopen, but employees have the option to help with cleanup efforts or work in the Jacksonville store for the time being.O2 Fitness on Independence Blvd. reopened with normal hours Tuesday, though they still have no hot water.Many businesses downtown have reopened, but aren’t seeing much foot traffic.Related Article: City officials begin budget talks for 2020“A lot of people downtown are open, they’re ready for people to come down here. Some people are staying away because they’re worried that we’re closed or that there’s damage, but everyone downtown is working together to have stuff open, so just come and shop and enjoy it,” said embroiderer Lauren Bodenhamer.Bodenhamer says using Etsy for online sales is helping them.She says they are excited for river fest to bring a boost back to downtown. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — As things slowly start getting back to normal for many across the Cape Fear, some businesses are beginning to reopen, while others remain closed.The Wilmington Best Buy suffered roof damage during Hurricane Florence, which led to extensive water damage inside the store.- Advertisement –