Confusion Surrounds The Planned Closure Of Peterborough’s Children’s Centres

jenga07:39 Monday 25th November 2013
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

[P]AUL STAINTON: Are plans to redevelop children’s centres already in a spot of bother? There have been attempts to call in the consultation into the proposed closure of several centres in the city. The City Council plans would see the creation of a network of super centre hubs they’re calling them, using four of the Council’s fifteen centres to offer a wider range of services to a much larger area. .. We’re joined now by Labour councillor Ed Murphy. Ed Morning.
ED MURPHY: Good morning.
PAUL STAINTON: Now you’ve tried to call in this consultation. What are your problems?
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Living In The Past

old_auntie_beeb17:20 Friday 5th April 2013
Drive BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

[C]HRIS MANN: Thousands of civil servants across the country, some in Peterborough, have walked out for the start of a long weekend of industrial action. Unions say they’re defending their pay, pensions and work conditions. Well joining me now is Andy Reid from the Public and Commercial Services Union. Andy, hello to you.
CHRIS MANN: Who took part and why in this half-day strike in Peterborough today? Continue reading “Living In The Past”

Transportation Of People – The Tale That Grew In The Telling

transportation17:00 FRIDAY 15th February 2013
News BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

KERRY DEVINE: Leaders of the second richest local authority in the country reportedly want to buy land in Peterborough to build homes for people on its housing waiting list. The average price of a house in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is more than one and a half million pounds, while in Peterborough that figure is just over £160,000. Ben Stevenson has more. Continue reading “Transportation Of People – The Tale That Grew In The Telling”

Catastrophic PFI Contracts Threaten Cambridgeshire Health Services

florence_nightingale08:24 Thursday 7th February 2013
Bigger Breakfast Show
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

[P]AUL STAINTON: MPs have delivered their verdict on what has been described as one of the worst reports ever seen within the NHS. “Catastrophic” was a word used to describe the Private Finance Initiative for Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Trust. The future of two of the county’s hospitals is inow in doubt, although we have heard this morning that Peterborough will not be closed. Stewart Jackson MP for Peterborough has that guarantee from the Health Minister. But regional health bosses and the Labour Government have been blamed for what went wrong here. Earlier, MP for Peterborough Stewart Jackson, who called for the investigation by the Public Accounts Committee, had this to say. (TAPE)
STEWART JACKSON: I’ve had a personal guarantee from Secretary of State that Peterborough Hospital will not be closed. It’s not a situation where either of the hospitals are likely to be closed. But there will be some difficult decisions, reconfigurations, and some cuts in clinical services, to keep jobs and clinical care at the Hospital. (LIVE)
PAUL STAINTON: He also went on to say he didn’t think either hospital would close. But he went on to blame other people for what was going on, including the last Labour Government, and said that Andy Burnham, the Health Minister at the time, needs to be called to account. Well we can speak to Ed Murphy. He was the Labour Parliamentary Candidate in Peterborough at the least election. So Labour have to shoulder some blame here Ed, for what they did, and particularly Andy Burnham. Continue reading “Catastrophic PFI Contracts Threaten Cambridgeshire Health Services”

The Subversion Of Local Democracy

peterborough_town_hallMonday 4th February 2013
Bigger Breakfast Show
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

[L]OUISE NEIL: A Peterborough councillor is planning to write to the Prime Minister to ask why the city needs 57 councillors. Charlie Swift says the outsourcing of services has left him feeling pointless. Katie Prickett reports:
KATIE PRICKETT: Traditionally local services were provided directly by local councils, but in recent years housing, libraries, care and bin collections have all been outsourced. And more and more schools are becoming independent of local government control. Peterborough City councillor Charlie Swift says it’s left him unable to intervene if somebody has a problem, and feeling as if there’s no place for a councillor. So he’s planning to write to David Cameron to ask why there are so many councillors, and what their role actually is now.
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Housing The People

08:08 Thursday 23rd August 2012
Peterborough Breakfast Show
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

ANDY GALL: There are calls for a boost in the private rented sector to help meet the nation’s housing demands. The report by Sir Adrian Montague suggests that more investment into build-to-let, more flexibility for councils, which could allow authorities to waive affordable housing on new developments. But there are concerns that this could have an impact on those who are not very well off. Rachael Orr is Campaign Manager at Shelter and joins me on the line. And also Ed Murphy is a labour councillor in Peterborough. We’ll go to Rachael first. What do you think about these potential new rules? Continue reading “Housing The People”

Ed Murphy on Ethical Banking for Peterborough City Council

07:20 Friday 20th July 2012
Peterborough Breakfast Show
BBC Radio Cambridge

PAUL STAINTON: Does Peterborough City Council have a moral obligation when it comes to who it banks with? It’s recently been revealed the Council, like many others, is a customer of Barclays. Now the bank made the headlines of course after allegations of the rate-rigging scandal, bankers’ bonuses, and Bob Diamond doing this and that. One Labour councillor thinks the Council should review its banking arrangements. Ed Murphy is that councillor,and he’s here this morning. .. Why? Continue reading “Ed Murphy on Ethical Banking for Peterborough City Council”

Care Home Closure – Ed Murphy

10:20 Wednesday 11th July 2012
Andy Harper Show
BBC Radio Cambridge

ANDY HARPER: You’ve obviously heard the debate on Radio Cambridgeshire, but obviously are party to it anyway. What are your thoughts?
ED MURPHY: My views are that the councillors in Peterborough and the north of Cambridgeshire should see sense, and they should support these essential social services. And tonight at the Full Council they should change the recommendation to look at the future of care homes in Peterborough, not the closure. People have already moved from Peverils into Welland House in Peterborough. They don’t need another move within a few months. And we need to look at the staff who provide a quality service as well. I’m afraid we’ve got one or two councillors on Peterborough City Council who are just obsessed with the private sector option. There’s room for both the private and the public sector, and in many cases the public sector provides the best service possible.
ANDY HARPER: So are these particular homes fit for purpose? Because that’s what the debate is all about, whether people have seen it or not.
ED MURPHY: The chap who hasn’t seen it has been saying that they’re not fit for purpose. I live round the corner from Greenwood House. It is fit for purpose. The quality of care there is brilliant. If in the future we need to improve the facilities, and we need to build a new residential care home, there’s loads of land. It’s right beside Vawser Lodge, which the Council have closed down that’s lying empty, and it’s right beside the former Peterborough Hospital site, which is publicly owned anyway. So I think we should be looking at improving on what we’ve got. It’s just been refurbished, and they’ve not opened the refurbished area of that residential home. And if it’s not big enough, and we need more homes in Peterborough, let’s not go down the risky private route, like Southern Cross who went bust etcetera. Let’s go down the less risky safer public route.
ANDY HARPER: And can the Council afford it?
ED MURPHY: Oh yes they can. They’ve got millions of pounds in the capital programme just for this. And at the meeting yesterday the workers pointed out that rather than spend £3.7 million on their redundancy payments, put some of that into improving the current homes.