Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Conservative Government Fails

Every day I hear new examples of how this Conservative Government is getting it wrong. I feel the need for accountability of how its policies are making life harder for us all, so I am going to start keeping track:

March 2019

Making a complete and utter mess of Brexit

February 2019


January 2019


December 2018


November 2018


October 2018


September 2018


August 2018

Negotiating Brexit and failing to address any other issues

July 2018

Negotiating Brexit

June 2018

Negotiating Brexit

May 2018

Government plans to relax rules mean unaffordable homes will be built on green belt

Carney: Brexit has wiped £40bn from UK economy

Dementia patients ‘abandoned’ by system

March 2018

Local councils at financial breaking point due to austerity, warns National Audit Office

Young told to ‘fake mental health crisis’

NHS shortfalls affected dozens of mental health patients who later died

February 2018

Council tax hikes will not stop cuts to local services, authorities warn

Surge in public sector workers relying on charity handouts to make ends meet

Children of working single parents living in poverty

Ambulance delays linked to deaths

January 2018

Motorways receive 52 times more funding than council roads

Quarter of UK’s poorest households are getting deeper in debt, IFS warns

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt sorry as A&Es struggle to cope

UK construction sector remains dogged by Brexit uncertainty

December 2017

Report warns of geographical divide in secondary school access

‘This is their bedroom’: counting rough sleepers in England’s homeless hotspots

Lack of social care funding ‘turning wards into waiting rooms’ as figures shows dementia patients are delayed up to 10 times longer than hospital patients without the condition

Virgin’s £100m children’s health services contract signals ‘galloping privatisation’ of NHS, warn MPs

UK government warned over sharp rise in child and pensioner poverty

Stores close as business rates make it harder to compete with online trade

November 2017

Government is accused of ‘economic murder’

Conservatives face backlash over Grenfell leaflet

Charities warn of ‘devastating cost’ of cuts to children’s services

Number of drug and alcohol addicts getting help down 10% in three years

Fewer social homes being built than at any time since Second World War, official figures reveal

Cost of care puts squeeze on other council services

House prices keep young adults at home

Financial regulator warned NHS ‘could pop’ without an emergency cash injection in budget

Child poverty in Britain set to soar to new record

Councils spend doubles on social workers hired from agencies

October 2017

Ofsted warning over exam focus

Number of NHS nurses falls for first time since 2013 after ‘significant drop’ in EU staff

Record number of children in care as social services reach ‘tipping point

UK productivity growth to remain sluggish, says OBR

September 2017

Tory MPs call for pause in universal credit

Britain faces debt timebomb, City regulator warns

Funding falls for young people’s mental health

79% of Government housing cash goes on private homes

Young people fear for futures in Brexit Britain, says study

Universal credit delays worsen

Snap general election cost over £140m

July 2017

‘No libraries or streetlights left by 2020 if austerity doesn’t stop’ the Conservative local government chief has warned.

One in three UK nursing homes failing safety checks

Grenfell insulation boss is a government adviser

June 2017

Young deeply pessimistic about social mobility, survey says

Number of illegal immigrants in Britain hits 250,000 a year

May 2017

Homeless teachers: ‘I wouldn’t talk about it, I was so ashamed

Number of GPs has fallen since NHS launched 5-year rescue plan

Government borrowing at three-year April high

Children with mental health illnesses sent miles from home for care

Bad jobs harm growth and make people miserable

Leaving EU could make it ‘impossible’ to tackle human trafficking, warn campaigners

April 2017

Families in Britain ‘facing £3,000 cuts to income

Conservative politician and former government adviser defects to Lib Dems over May’s Brexit strategy

Cuts decimating services, research finds

Sharp rise in rejected claims for disability benefit

Social care system ‘beginning to collapse’ as 900 carers quit every day

March 2017

Welfare cuts for children and the bereaved

Disabled people over two times more likely to be living in food poverty than able-bodied, report finds

Surge in homeless families rehoused out of London

Child poverty in UK at highest level since 2010, official figures show

Surge in child refugees trying to reach UK creates ‘terrifying new market’ for people traffickers

Girls ‘too poor’ to buy sanitary protection missing school

Sturgeon to seek second vote on independence for Scotland

Budget 2017: Solar industry facing devastating 800% tax increase

Vulnerable ‘priced out of market by rent rises

More cash needed for free childcare, nurseries warn

Leaked tape reveals Surrey’s council tax government ‘deal’

Dubs amendment: Child migrant challenge defeated by MPs

Head teachers take school funding anxieties to Twitter

Government abdicating responsibility for social care, say providers

Housing benefit cuts ‘put young people at risk of homelessness’

Councils spend £2m a day on temporary accommodation say town hall chiefs