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Lynne
Lynne
25 Oct 2017 11:03

Do read the lead letter in today's Gazette (Put 'em in the stocks).

I think it's hilarious.

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TheObserver
TheObserver
25 Oct 2017 11:11

Well yes it was quite a humerous post, I have to agree. However it is also quite true.... what is the need to make it into fortress? None I say! And I would happily pay to thrown bakers buns at people. I'm in favour of green open spaces, gardens, features etc in Dawlish. Yes plain and simple does not make money, I'll be the first to accept, but its the tranquill and simpleness that sells Dawlish. The whole idea is to be a pretty town, that's what attracts visitors to the town. I stand by the fact, we in a town that has Cafe closing at 15:00, some cafes don't allow children, some don't allow pets, other than the co-op we have no upmarket competitiors, our grocery is now gone, our butcher loses trade to sainsburys and on and on and on, the fact is, as a town we can't look after what we have, so why introduce anything new? So yes if Teignbridge our stupid enough to build a castle on tucks plot, let's use it to it's advantage and throw some tarts at people. 

Diana Mond
Diana Mond
25 Oct 2017 14:54

Mildly amusing at best.

 

However Roma Everest (who’d have guessed that she’s friends with Sheila Thomas?????!) clearly had the ironymeter switched off when she wrote about dinosaurs and people looking to make names for themselves...

Lynne
Lynne
25 Oct 2017 14:59

Actually, how to bring more trade to the town centre is to have glorious days like today when the kids are on holiday from school.

The town is buzzing with people.

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TheObserver
TheObserver
26 Oct 2017 15:33

I said the same yesterday funny enough, there were people everywhere....happy and sattisifed people. 

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monty
monty
27 Oct 2017 11:00

Oh I know let TDC stop Cafe 1 from opening at 830 am. An enterprising youn coiple open a business, and offer something no other cafe does. Early opening. No wonder people are loathe to open new businesses. They can open 9am to 10pm. What's the problem?

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leatash
leatash
27 Oct 2017 14:17

Am i living in a different town its certainly not busy yes there are a few folk about but nothing like last year and its just not Dawlish. I have just returned from the lakes and stayed on a site that has 44 touring pitches this time last year i couldnt get on this year there were 4 caravans and 1 motorhome.  Now its the same all over the country  sites i normaly visit  are all half empty so i ask myself is this down to the weather or other external forces ie folk having less disposable income due to inflation or maybe folk are concerned about brexit. I certainly dont know the answer but answers on a postcard please.

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Lynne
Lynne
27 Oct 2017 14:57

Inflation, potential rise in interest rates, concerns and worries about impact of Brexit on the economy and jobs probably all in the mix. And public sector workers have been on a wage freeze since 2010.

But not to worry cos when we leave the EU all will be a bed of roses.

 

 

 

 

Dil
Dil
27 Oct 2017 17:26

Just to slightly correct, albeit a small rise, alot of public sector workers have been having rises over the last few years, not been on a wage freeze since 2010.

Lynne
Lynne
27 Oct 2017 18:27

Social workers will see a real terms pay cut of almost £13k between 2010 and 2020, £18,300 for staff nurses and £22,700 for midwives

Other losers include:

·         Teaching assistant: lost £6,531 since 2010 and set to lose £2,337 by 2020 (total loss 2010-20: £8,868)

·         Refuse collector: lost £6,659 since 2010 and set to lose a further £2,383 by 2020 (total loss 2010-20: £9,042)

·         ​Hospital porter: lost £7,285 since 2010 and set to lose a further £2,394 by 2020 (total loss 2010-20: £9,679)

  • ​999 call handler: lost £8,646 since 2010 and set to lose a further £2,617 by 2020 (total loss 2010-20: £11,263)
  • ​Qualified residential care worker: lost £8,624 since 2010 and is set to lose a further £3,085 by 2020 (total loss 2010-20: £11,709)

 

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/public-sector-wage-freeze-equivalent-9986319

 

Public sector workers had their pay frozen completely for two years when the Tories took power in 2010 and since 2012, annual rises have been capped at 1%.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/public-sector-workers-1-pay-7515235

 

Lynne
Lynne
27 Oct 2017 18:56

Oh and did you know that back in 2013 the starting starting salary for a police constable got cut back by £4,000.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21027176

 

Look at the pay scales on this link.

https://www.policeoracle.com/pay_and_conditions/police_pay_scales.html

Note the differences in salaries between those joining the police service prior to 1.4.13 and those who joined after that date

Dil
Dil
27 Oct 2017 19:01

Yes thanks Lynne for the chapter and verse from the "mirror" I was merely correcting an incorrect quote. Others may be interested in your stats but although I am all too aware of them, I haven't lost what I never had!

DEEDOODLE
DEEDOODLE
27 Oct 2017 23:30

I remember when the MP's agreed to a 4 year pay freeze and when the four years were up they gave themselves a 50℅ pay rise. When I was in my early 20's I earnt over £10 per hour, now in my late 50's I would be luck to earn £8 per hour.

This country is governed and run by a dubious bunch of rejects that have only one thing on their minds and that is themselves.

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Diana Mond
Diana Mond
28 Oct 2017 07:45

What about your police pension though DEEDOODLE? Must be worth the equivalent of at least £25 an hour I’d have thought? And fully deserved it is too, might I add. 

leatash
leatash
28 Oct 2017 12:48

Well i believe i am due a 3% pay rise next year on the state pension and if my memory serves me correctly my two other pensions will also increase by 3% what a joy to be retired.

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