From carers to boundary changes - your views

These unpaid carers deserve a medal

Writing on behalf of the growing number of unpaid carers across Bradford and Airedale, there is one clear New Year’s resolution that should be adopted by politicians at national and local level — to reform the current care system.

Our ageing population is rising far faster than the national average — a knock-on effect of medical advances and the “baby boom” generation.

This is something that we should celebrate, especially as many of those people who are living longer are those with disabilities and long-term conditions.

But, far more worrying, it is also a fact that our current health and social care system has found it impossible to keep up with the pace and magnitude of change.

It is no longer equipped to support the growing number of people who need care.

This failure impacts on the independence and dignity of older and disabled people but it also is a huge burden on society, family life and the economy.

Nationally, it is estimated that as many as 800,000 older people are left without basic care — and left vulnerable and isolated as a result.

Family members, friends and neighbours are left to become a carer — a role which is relentless hard work and can cause great stress and hardship.

We know of many local businesses being robbed of skilled staff who have no option to give up their jobs and care for loved ones instead.

Now 2012 is poised to be a year to remember because of the London Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

With a long-awaited White Paper on social care promised by the Government by April, there is also an opportunity for politicians to make 2012 the “Year of the Carer” and, in reforming the current, outdated and underfunded system, create a legacy of which we can be proud of for future generations. In Olympic year, if there is anyone who deserves a medal at the moment, it is our team of unpaid carers.

Anne Smyth

Founder and Director, The Carers’ Resource Charity

Proposal is to change parliamentary boundary

The Keighley News has published a number of letters and other opinions about the proposal to transfer the Worth Valley ward from Keighley to Calder Valley constituency.

Unfortunately, many of these confuse rather than clarify matters. The latest from Angel Kershaw, of Haworth (Letters, January 5), is merely the latest example. The problem is mainly that so many people confuse parliamentary constituencies with local government districts. The Boundary Commission has only proposed a change in parliamentary boundaries. It has not — and cannot — address the issue of local government responsibility. Therefore all discussion of whether people in the Worth Valley want to be in Calderdale or Bradford has no relevance whatsover.

Separation from Bradford district is a valid but quite separate issue — and is the responsibility of a completely different body (confusingly called the Local Government Boundary Commission).

Therefore, a campaign against the proposal needs to be based on what is actually being proposed. It would help if the Keighley News was to be clear and not print such letters without comment.

Geoff Collier

Apsley Terrace, Oakworth

Broadband access should cover all areas

The news that superfast broadband is on its way to Keighley is very welcome but it was disappointing to note that BT is unable to confirm which areas will benefit.

Many areas of the town already have access to superfast broadband through their cable provider. It is therefore important that BT’s rollout does not simply provide more choice to these areas but also reaches parts of the town not already covered.

In order to demonstrate to BT the geographical spread of demand across the town, I wondered if it would be worthwhile for as many people as possible to visit productsandservices.bt.com/con sumerProducts/displayTopic.do?topicId=29017, click on the “Can I get BT Infinity?” button and register their interest. And I hope that our town and district councillors will be exerting as much pressure as they can.

Duncan Boud

Damems Lane , Keighley

On behalf of Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team I would like to thank the people of Keighley for their generosity in helping us raise more than £2,000 at our recent street collection.

The team is manned totally by volunteers. We are based at Mytholmroyd but provide assistance throughout West Yorkshire and beyond.

Please visit our website cvsrt.org.uk for any further information.

Ann Ogden

Secretary

Lions thanks on fundraising

Through your letter page, I would like to take the opportunity on behalf of Keighley Lions’ Club to thank all who helped in our Christmas fundraising.

Thanks go again to Colin Appleyard Ltd for the continued support, to the two drivers, Stuart and Barry, who skillfully tow the Santa Sleigh. To the collectors, Elaine, Michelle, Neil,James, Beth, Derek and all the Explorers who, this year, turned out, night after night, in appalling weather conditions.

I would also like to thank the management and staff at Stephen Smith Garden Centre Ltd for the continued support with the Santa Grotto.

Without the help of the two companies we would not be able to raise the funds we donate to worthwhile causes.

Finally, I would like to thank all who gave to our collections, their generosity never ceases to amaze me, Once again many thanks and a Happy New Year to all,

David Ogden

President Keighley Lions' Club

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11:55pm Thu 12 Jan 12

TruthTold says...

Geoff Collier is perfectly correct when he states that arguments need to be made on the stupidity of the current proposals so here goes.
The Worth Valley has very poor transport links with the Calder Valley, somebody put a moor in the way. It also has very good transport links with Keighley and the Aire Valley, all the major roads lead there.. Keighley is the traditional "Major Town" for the villages of the Worth Valley and Oakworth in particular, wil be practically joined , via housing, when the house proposed in the LDF are built.
Bingley relates more to Shipley than it does to Keighley.
Ilkley & Burley in Wharfedale relate more to Harrogate and again transport links are better than with Keighley.
Silsden, Steeton & Eastburn and Addingham also relate to Skipton.
As Skipton has excellent transport links with Keighley and is rather distant and isolated from it's current constituency partner of Ripon it would seem to make more sense to link Keighley & Skipton in a constituency, to get the rewuired number.
How's that for a relevant argument?
Geoff Collier is perfectly correct when he states that arguments need to be made on the stupidity of the current proposals so here goes. The Worth Valley has very poor transport links with the Calder Valley, somebody put a moor in the way. It also has very good transport links with Keighley and the Aire Valley, all the major roads lead there.. Keighley is the traditional "Major Town" for the villages of the Worth Valley and Oakworth in particular, wil be practically joined , via housing, when the house proposed in the LDF are built. Bingley relates more to Shipley than it does to Keighley. Ilkley & Burley in Wharfedale relate more to Harrogate and again transport links are better than with Keighley. Silsden, Steeton & Eastburn and Addingham also relate to Skipton. As Skipton has excellent transport links with Keighley and is rather distant and isolated from it's current constituency partner of Ripon it would seem to make more sense to link Keighley & Skipton in a constituency, to get the rewuired number. How's that for a relevant argument? TruthTold
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5:37pm Mon 16 Jan 12

r.beale says...

TruthTold wrote:
Geoff Collier is perfectly correct when he states that arguments need to be made on the stupidity of the current proposals so here goes. The Worth Valley has very poor transport links with the Calder Valley, somebody put a moor in the way. It also has very good transport links with Keighley and the Aire Valley, all the major roads lead there.. Keighley is the traditional "Major Town" for the villages of the Worth Valley and Oakworth in particular, wil be practically joined , via housing, when the house proposed in the LDF are built. Bingley relates more to Shipley than it does to Keighley. Ilkley & Burley in Wharfedale relate more to Harrogate and again transport links are better than with Keighley. Silsden, Steeton & Eastburn and Addingham also relate to Skipton. As Skipton has excellent transport links with Keighley and is rather distant and isolated from it's current constituency partner of Ripon it would seem to make more sense to link Keighley & Skipton in a constituency, to get the rewuired number. How's that for a relevant argument?
Truth Told, you may have a good point regarding transport links, but if Keighley could not re gain independence I feel calderdale would be far better for us than backward Bradford, assuming the issue ever came to the for

Calder-dale like many other areas has moved on since the decline of textiles, at least the council have some things right.

As long as we remain with backward Bradford we will go down with them, all we will get is our green fields covered in houses for the Leeds commuters.

What a dump, dare we even refer to it as a city these days ?
[quote][p][bold]TruthTold[/bold] wrote: Geoff Collier is perfectly correct when he states that arguments need to be made on the stupidity of the current proposals so here goes. The Worth Valley has very poor transport links with the Calder Valley, somebody put a moor in the way. It also has very good transport links with Keighley and the Aire Valley, all the major roads lead there.. Keighley is the traditional "Major Town" for the villages of the Worth Valley and Oakworth in particular, wil be practically joined , via housing, when the house proposed in the LDF are built. Bingley relates more to Shipley than it does to Keighley. Ilkley & Burley in Wharfedale relate more to Harrogate and again transport links are better than with Keighley. Silsden, Steeton & Eastburn and Addingham also relate to Skipton. As Skipton has excellent transport links with Keighley and is rather distant and isolated from it's current constituency partner of Ripon it would seem to make more sense to link Keighley & Skipton in a constituency, to get the rewuired number. How's that for a relevant argument?[/p][/quote]Truth Told, you may have a good point regarding transport links, but if Keighley could not re gain independence I feel calderdale would be far better for us than backward Bradford, assuming the issue ever came to the for Calder-dale like many other areas has moved on since the decline of textiles, at least the council have some things right. As long as we remain with backward Bradford we will go down with them, all we will get is our green fields covered in houses for the Leeds commuters. What a dump, dare we even refer to it as a city these days ? r.beale
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9:01am Tue 17 Jan 12

Little Green Man says...

Some have been referring to it as something other than a city for years, rhymes with city though...
Some have been referring to it as something other than a city for years, rhymes with city though... Little Green Man
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9:50am Tue 17 Jan 12

r.beale says...

I remember Bradford as a thriving vibrant city, like many other West Riding towns, Bradford suffered greatly after the decline of textiles. Other towns in the region moved on, attracting new business and jobs, Bradford did the opposite.

Sheffield, with the decline of steel moved on, Bradford learned nothing, it continued its decline, Even though political correctness & fringe politics came before attracting new industry & jobs, they still had the riots, I firmly believe that was the final blow for that once proud city.

Bradford Income now ? Building executive houses on our green land for the Leeds commuters, a dead city, a disgrace to Yorkshire !
I remember Bradford as a thriving vibrant city, like many other West Riding towns, Bradford suffered greatly after the decline of textiles. Other towns in the region moved on, attracting new business and jobs, Bradford did the opposite. Sheffield, with the decline of steel moved on, Bradford learned nothing, it continued its decline, Even though political correctness & fringe politics came before attracting new industry & jobs, they still had the riots, I firmly believe that was the final blow for that once proud city. Bradford Income now ? Building executive houses on our green land for the Leeds commuters, a dead city, a disgrace to Yorkshire ! r.beale
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11:18am Tue 17 Jan 12

samuels david says...

Ron, the decline of any company, village, town or city is due solely due to the inability of the people in charge, who having no moral leadership are motivated by greed, egotism, vanity and self-aggrandisement.

Unfortunately, history has recorded this weakness in mankind for thousands of years, and this situation will continue until time ceases.

All you can do Ron is to continue to expose and clean up the mess caused by the imbecilic nature of these people who are unable to alter their own mind set.

They have the same mindset as dog owners who daily allow their animals to foul local streets because of the lack of pride passed down and inherited from the parents.

David Samuels
Ron, the decline of any company, village, town or city is due solely due to the inability of the people in charge, who having no moral leadership are motivated by greed, egotism, vanity and self-aggrandisement. Unfortunately, history has recorded this weakness in mankind for thousands of years, and this situation will continue until time ceases. All you can do Ron is to continue to expose and clean up the mess caused by the imbecilic nature of these people who are unable to alter their own mind set. They have the same mindset as dog owners who daily allow their animals to foul local streets because of the lack of pride passed down and inherited from the parents. David Samuels samuels david
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12:37pm Tue 17 Jan 12

jimmy k says...

don't go in with skipton we'd forever have a tory mp.
don't go in with skipton we'd forever have a tory mp. jimmy k
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2:08pm Wed 18 Jan 12

r.beale says...

jimmy k wrote:
don't go in with skipton we'd forever have a tory mp.
Craven District Council would not want us, I think that they are doing ok without us.

As for Bradford, now just think, if they lost the Tory out lands in the Worth Valley, Bingley & even worse Ilkley, what would happen to Bradford ?

Remember many in Bradfords inner city wards do not pay any council tax.

Now whatever you think of the Tories Bradford needs e'm, or you may as well have a giant Park & Ride for Leeds instead of whats left in the city centre.
[quote][p][bold]jimmy k[/bold] wrote: don't go in with skipton we'd forever have a tory mp.[/p][/quote]Craven District Council would not want us, I think that they are doing ok without us. As for Bradford, now just think, if they lost the Tory out lands in the Worth Valley, Bingley & even worse Ilkley, what would happen to Bradford ? Remember many in Bradfords inner city wards do not pay any council tax. Now whatever you think of the Tories Bradford needs e'm, or you may as well have a giant Park & Ride for Leeds instead of whats left in the city centre. r.beale
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2:46pm Wed 18 Jan 12

jimmy k says...

but ron wasn't it a tory council leader (who now happens to be our m.p.)on who's watch the giant hole appeared on.
but ron wasn't it a tory council leader (who now happens to be our m.p.)on who's watch the giant hole appeared on. jimmy k
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10:57pm Wed 18 Jan 12

TruthTold says...

The Tories also watered down the Education contract so Serco could get more bonuses, mind you it was Labour that made such a mess of education that the government (Labour) made them outsource it.
RB- who do you mean by "us" it's only the Worth Valley that they are concidering putting into Calder Valley (don't you live in Riddlesden).
Also who said anything about Craven District Council? If you bothered finding anything out you would know that the pop. of the new constituencies is about the right size to run a viable Borough Council so why not Airedale Borough Council?
The Tories also watered down the Education contract so Serco could get more bonuses, mind you it was Labour that made such a mess of education that the government (Labour) made them outsource it. RB- who do you mean by "us" it's only the Worth Valley that they are concidering putting into Calder Valley (don't you live in Riddlesden). Also who said anything about Craven District Council? If you bothered finding anything out you would know that the pop. of the new constituencies is about the right size to run a viable Borough Council so why not Airedale Borough Council? TruthTold
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11:28pm Wed 18 Jan 12

r.beale says...

TruthTold wrote:
The Tories also watered down the Education contract so Serco could get more bonuses, mind you it was Labour that made such a mess of education that the government (Labour) made them outsource it. RB- who do you mean by "us" it's only the Worth Valley that they are concidering putting into Calder Valley (don't you live in Riddlesden). Also who said anything about Craven District Council? If you bothered finding anything out you would know that the pop. of the new constituencies is about the right size to run a viable Borough Council so why not Airedale Borough Council?
jimmy k refers to Skipton, Skipton is the administration centre for C,D,C,

Truth Told , with due respect, your post is somewhat distorted,
[quote][p][bold]TruthTold[/bold] wrote: The Tories also watered down the Education contract so Serco could get more bonuses, mind you it was Labour that made such a mess of education that the government (Labour) made them outsource it. RB- who do you mean by "us" it's only the Worth Valley that they are concidering putting into Calder Valley (don't you live in Riddlesden). Also who said anything about Craven District Council? If you bothered finding anything out you would know that the pop. of the new constituencies is about the right size to run a viable Borough Council so why not Airedale Borough Council?[/p][/quote]jimmy k refers to Skipton, Skipton is the administration centre for C,D,C, Truth Told , with due respect, your post is somewhat distorted, r.beale
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11:40pm Wed 18 Jan 12

petergreen59 says...

Huge burden on society, family life and the economy. In a country many of this unwanted social burdens have probably worked there f**king nuts off, and paid tax all their lives; to become a burden in David Cameron’s “big society”. Maybe if he stopped giving all the tax payer money back to the top five central banking families, a lot of these problems we are facing as a “society” will be corrected. If I remember correctly, didn’t that iron faces ba**ard; Thatcher play about with the boundary’s? She loved giving tax payers money to the central banks, maybe when the, 800,000 older people worked; it was their money! Doesn’t that give them rights? Let’s faces it, under a conservative government, the only people that benefits are: top bankers and Cameron’s comrades.
Huge burden on society, family life and the economy. In a country many of this unwanted social burdens have probably worked there f**king nuts off, and paid tax all their lives; to become a burden in David Cameron’s “big society”. Maybe if he stopped giving all the tax payer money back to the top five central banking families, a lot of these problems we are facing as a “society” will be corrected. If I remember correctly, didn’t that iron faces ba**ard; Thatcher play about with the boundary’s? She loved giving tax payers money to the central banks, maybe when the, 800,000 older people worked; it was their money! Doesn’t that give them rights? Let’s faces it, under a conservative government, the only people that benefits are: top bankers and Cameron’s comrades. petergreen59
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