Council chief’s report highlights gap between Ribble Valley’s households

Council chief’s report highlights gap between Ribble Valley’s households

Council chief’s report highlights gap between Ribble Valley’s households

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RIBBLE Valley’s wealth causes major problems for its poorer households, borough chief executive Marshal Scott has told councillors.

Although the borough counts as the least deprived in Lancashire, high property prices and a lack of social housing means the less well off really struggle.

Mr Scott also reveals in a report to the council’s Health and Housing Committee that overall the borough has moved up the deprivation index from 290th most deprived borough in England to 285th.

Despite this Mr Scott highlights house prices and rents far higher than in neighbouring East Lancashire boroughs.

In his report to the committee which meets a week today, Mr Scott said: “The statistics and information provided demonstrates Ribble Valley’s deprivation levels and evidences that by comparison on a national and regional level deprivation and the associated issues that deprivation creates is not a significant problem for the borough.

“However, access to services, house prices, low housing benefit rates and a shortage of social housing, means deprived households in the borough face greater challenges in seeking support than those in neighbouring authorities.”

Whalley Tory councillor and borough planning chairman Terry Hill said: “On the surface Ribble Valley is a wealthy borough but there are real pockets of deprivation. Being hard up in an affluent area can be really difficult.

“We have high levels of employment and low benefit claimant counts, but many people work in low paid or part-time jobs. That makes life really hard for them in these tough times with high house prices and high rents in the borough.

“I have a lot of sympathy for those households in really straitened circumstances in Ribble Valley and the council has to make sure it does all it can to help them.

“That is why we were one of the few councils not to impose the full 20 per cent cuts in council tax benefit last year and will still keep it below that in the coming year.”

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4:32pm Thu 13 Mar 14

shytalk says...

Low unemployment? What planet are these councilors on? Over the last 5yrs Ultraframe has gone from having a workforce of 800 and after "culling the herd" when John Lancaster left has less than 300 employees.due to it's silly kaizen/lean manufacturing policy. A policy that nearly cost it the business when it lost most of it's customers. Farmhouse Fayre only employs Foreign agency workers for the most part.
3M made its temporary workers redundant, and there have been huge redundancies at Castle cement/Hansons along with Tarmac.
Stalwart has shut down and it it is not long since that Johnson Mathey made over 30 people redundant.
Half the bloody town is now on the old king Cole. The farming industry has all but vanished,half the shops in Clitheroe are shutting at an alarming rate., and these idiot Councillors seem to think that everything in the garden is fine and Dandy..
The council doesn't do a damned thing for the people of Clitheroe except persecute those living in poverty for unpaid council tax.
They don't even repair the roads or provide school places. All they seem to want to do is make things worse by not fighting planning applications that are having a serious detrimental effect to the town.
The wealthy plantation owners that now live in the satellite villages couldn't give a **** if the person serving them in a supermarket is struggling to find enough money to feed their kids on the part time hours minimum wage they get and neither does the council give a ****. They are not the ones having to suffer.
Low unemployment? What planet are these councilors on? Over the last 5yrs Ultraframe has gone from having a workforce of 800 and after "culling the herd" when John Lancaster left has less than 300 employees.due to it's silly kaizen/lean manufacturing policy. A policy that nearly cost it the business when it lost most of it's customers. Farmhouse Fayre only employs Foreign agency workers for the most part. 3M made its temporary workers redundant, and there have been huge redundancies at Castle cement/Hansons along with Tarmac. Stalwart has shut down and it it is not long since that Johnson Mathey made over 30 people redundant. Half the bloody town is now on the old king Cole. The farming industry has all but vanished,half the shops in Clitheroe are shutting at an alarming rate., and these idiot Councillors seem to think that everything in the garden is fine and Dandy.. The council doesn't do a damned thing for the people of Clitheroe except persecute those living in poverty for unpaid council tax. They don't even repair the roads or provide school places. All they seem to want to do is make things worse by not fighting planning applications that are having a serious detrimental effect to the town. The wealthy plantation owners that now live in the satellite villages couldn't give a **** if the person serving them in a supermarket is struggling to find enough money to feed their kids on the part time hours minimum wage they get and neither does the council give a ****. They are not the ones having to suffer. shytalk
  • Score: 12

4:48pm Thu 13 Mar 14

ghost of sceptic says...

shytalk wrote:
Low unemployment? What planet are these councilors on? Over the last 5yrs Ultraframe has gone from having a workforce of 800 and after "culling the herd" when John Lancaster left has less than 300 employees.due to it's silly kaizen/lean manufacturing policy. A policy that nearly cost it the business when it lost most of it's customers. Farmhouse Fayre only employs Foreign agency workers for the most part.
3M made its temporary workers redundant, and there have been huge redundancies at Castle cement/Hansons along with Tarmac.
Stalwart has shut down and it it is not long since that Johnson Mathey made over 30 people redundant.
Half the bloody town is now on the old king Cole. The farming industry has all but vanished,half the shops in Clitheroe are shutting at an alarming rate., and these idiot Councillors seem to think that everything in the garden is fine and Dandy..
The council doesn't do a damned thing for the people of Clitheroe except persecute those living in poverty for unpaid council tax.
They don't even repair the roads or provide school places. All they seem to want to do is make things worse by not fighting planning applications that are having a serious detrimental effect to the town.
The wealthy plantation owners that now live in the satellite villages couldn't give a **** if the person serving them in a supermarket is struggling to find enough money to feed their kids on the part time hours minimum wage they get and neither does the council give a ****. They are not the ones having to suffer.
You have hit the nail on the head. Decent paying employment in Clitheroe is a thing of the past, its either minimum wage or agency only. Be interesting to know what sort of salarys RVBC pay front line workers. I have it on good authority a lot of the councils blue collar staff are low payed so it seems Marshall scott is somewhat a hypocrit crying crocodile tears. These comments take me back to some hypocritical comments made by former cheif officer David morris about his concerns for house prices and young people not getting on the housing ladder, yet the majority of his staff were low payed and from out of the area.
[quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: Low unemployment? What planet are these councilors on? Over the last 5yrs Ultraframe has gone from having a workforce of 800 and after "culling the herd" when John Lancaster left has less than 300 employees.due to it's silly kaizen/lean manufacturing policy. A policy that nearly cost it the business when it lost most of it's customers. Farmhouse Fayre only employs Foreign agency workers for the most part. 3M made its temporary workers redundant, and there have been huge redundancies at Castle cement/Hansons along with Tarmac. Stalwart has shut down and it it is not long since that Johnson Mathey made over 30 people redundant. Half the bloody town is now on the old king Cole. The farming industry has all but vanished,half the shops in Clitheroe are shutting at an alarming rate., and these idiot Councillors seem to think that everything in the garden is fine and Dandy.. The council doesn't do a damned thing for the people of Clitheroe except persecute those living in poverty for unpaid council tax. They don't even repair the roads or provide school places. All they seem to want to do is make things worse by not fighting planning applications that are having a serious detrimental effect to the town. The wealthy plantation owners that now live in the satellite villages couldn't give a **** if the person serving them in a supermarket is struggling to find enough money to feed their kids on the part time hours minimum wage they get and neither does the council give a ****. They are not the ones having to suffer.[/p][/quote]You have hit the nail on the head. Decent paying employment in Clitheroe is a thing of the past, its either minimum wage or agency only. Be interesting to know what sort of salarys RVBC pay front line workers. I have it on good authority a lot of the councils blue collar staff are low payed so it seems Marshall scott is somewhat a hypocrit crying crocodile tears. These comments take me back to some hypocritical comments made by former cheif officer David morris about his concerns for house prices and young people not getting on the housing ladder, yet the majority of his staff were low payed and from out of the area. ghost of sceptic
  • Score: 12

10:34am Sat 15 Mar 14

Birtrumthegreat says...

According to the Employment Refresh, written by the council and submitted to government to justify building 5,000 executive homes in the borough, the good times are just around the corner. Apparently BAE Samlesbury is going to increase its workforce by 6,000 people, despite a falling order book for its Typhoon jet. Moreover they are only looking to employ RV occupants, despite the future closure of their Warton site, with its ready made skilled workforce.

I'm sure if Stevie Wonder was appointed head of Head of Regeneration & Housing, he'd have a better idea of what it is actually like out there.
According to the Employment Refresh, written by the council and submitted to government to justify building 5,000 executive homes in the borough, the good times are just around the corner. Apparently BAE Samlesbury is going to increase its workforce by 6,000 people, despite a falling order book for its Typhoon jet. Moreover they are only looking to employ RV occupants, despite the future closure of their Warton site, with its ready made skilled workforce. I'm sure if Stevie Wonder was appointed head of Head of Regeneration & Housing, he'd have a better idea of what it is actually like out there. Birtrumthegreat
  • Score: 2

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