HOW refreshing it is to see the Labour council has realised what a struggle it is for the hard working people of Blackpool, and for once are listening to people’s concerns.
I know the very small cut they say they will introduce to this year’s council tax will not exactly be life changing, but we have to congratulate them on at least trying to make things that little bit easier for people to get by,
However, it must still be said council tax is still unacceptably high, and I still firmly believe there should be a government effort to get it lowered nationwide over the foreseeable future.
Also I think it beggars belief that anyone should see fit to criticise this action.
While on the subject, the next rate that should be looked at is water rates.
How much longer do we have to put up with these continued yearly rises?
ON behalf of Lancashire County Council I would like to back BAAF’s (British Association for Adoption and Fostering) recent appeal for more potential adoptive and foster carers to come forward, including those from the lesbian, gay, bi- or transsexual community (LGBT).
In Lancashire we have a number of same-sex couples providing stable and loving homes for children and young people who cannot live with their own family, and we are pleased to support the LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week (March 4 to 10).
We always need more foster carers and adoptive parents from all walks of life, and we’d like to appeal to your readers to think about whether this could be for them.
In Lancashire, we’re also pioneering Concurrent Placements – a new process which places babies and toddlers from a very early age with carers who are prepared to either adopt them, or help them return to their family if that’s what’s best for the child.
If any of your readers are thinking about fostering or adoption, we’d love to hear from them on 0800 195 1183 (fostering), 0800 0286349 (adoption) or via www.lancashire.gov.uk/love.
COUN SUSIE CHARLES,
Cabinet Member for Children and Schools,
Lancashire County Council.
IT is a hard thing to invest in days of austerity and disillusionment with our banking system, so congratulations to those hotels who have done so, and thanks for showing confidence in Blackpool (e February 18).
I knew I was not alone in my belief in the town.
It’s a pity that more of this attitude and confidence is not coming out out of the town hall.