'Charity starts at home' as the saying goes, but nothing could be further from this at Portsmouth City Council's meeting last night. As Christmas approaches, Councillors from all parties gathered to consider plans to budget for running the city next year, but one miserly proposal from the Conservatives stood out from the many mean cuts. They ganged-up to cream-off charity cash!
Liberal Democrats have helped 1.8 million apprentices start training since 2010. That's the biggest expansion in apprentices since the 1950s. All young people should have the opportunity to get on in life, and apprenticeships are a great way to achieve that.
When the Lib Dems were running the City, they allocated £1.2 million to Goldsmith Infant School and Brambles Nursery to meet the increasing need for more school and nursery places. This money, plus some from the Government, and a contribution from the school, created a total of £1.5 million for improvements. However, professionals calculate another £209,000 is now needed to make up a shortfall in monies for the planned works.