Wallasey Trading Standards Division demolishes ‘confusion’ that Limekiln Road is targeted by new team investigating under-age alcohol sales.

17th April 2011

Rana and Pam are smiling with delight, outside their shop, having received an official letter from the Council confirming that Limekiln Lane, where theirs is the ONLY shop, is NOT a target! Labour candidate Chris Jones is also in the picture.

A few weeks ago Wallasey Tories, on behalf of Denis Knowles, put a map of the area in one of their electioneering leaflets, in which they published:
” LIMEKILN  LANE a new team to tackle problems caused by under-age sale of alcohol will start work soon.”
There is only one outlet for alcohol in Limekiln Lane.  It belongs to a Sikh couple, Rana and Pam Singh, seen in the photograph outside their very popular local shop.
That was the Tory election propaganda.  What are the facts?
Fact no. 1.    “NO DECISION HAS BEEN MADE TO TARGET LIMEKILN LANE.” These exact words were confirmed in a letter to Mr Singh, who everybody knows as Rana, by the Council’s Trading Standards Manager after Rana made a request under the Freedom of Information Act.
Fact no. 2.  THE TRADING STANDARDS MANAGER confirmed that any test purchasing exercise is based on information received by them, by the Council’s Licensing Team, or by the Police.
Fact no . 3.  MR SINGH WAS ‘THANKED‘ AND ‘CONGRATULATED‘ BY THE POLICE for his strict refusal to serve under-age ‘would be purchasers’ during their ‘tests’.
As the Conservatives have bragged that 11,000 people received their propaganda leaflet we are curious to know what they intend to do about it.
Meanwhile log onto our earlier posting:  http://seacombelabour.org/because-seacombe-matters-/2011/03/25/
Watch this space!!!
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Respite from rhetoric needed? We show readers a view from the carer who so profoundly moved the whole Council in his presentation

23rd March 2011  

Maplehome. One of the respite care homes to be axed by the Council.



There’s been a lot of rhetoric about the looming closures of respite & care homes and I thought it would be useful for all users of these services and their carers to have a summary of where we are now and how the rhetoric compares with reality.


Rhetoric: “Care plans for people who use respite care will be completed this week”. Cllr Moon, 16 March.

Reality: Don’t know anyone who has received a care plan.

Rhetoric: “Every individual will have one single point of contact so that they aren’t passed from person to person to get the advice that they need”. Cllr Moon, 9 Feb.

Every person will have a dedicated liaison worker to help them make the choices that are right for them and to avoid them being pushed around different departments in the council. Cllr Green, 19 Feb.

Reality: Don’t know anyone who has a single point of contact. Agency social workers from other boroughs were brought in to do assessments and will disappear again in a few weeks.

Rhetoric: “There are viable and good quality alternatives for respite care for both people with learning difficulties and people with mental health issues”. Howard Cooper (Director Dept. Adult Social Services DASS), 9 Feb.

Reality: There are no viable and good quality providers for people with mental health issues, so a U-turn has been performed and this service has been kept in-house at Fernleigh.  

There are insufficient viable and good quality providers for respite care for people with learning disabilities (LD). This has lead to Girtrell Court and Sylvandale being retained as temporary in-house respite facilities.

Rhetoric: “The only change is that they will have a wider choice of who provides their support and access to services that are currently not available to them” Cllr Moon, 7 March.

Reality: No choice for Fernleigh users (who didn’t want to move anyway).

No choice for LD respite users, just a different building and different staff to those they’ve grown to know and love over a number of years.

Rhetoric: “A report to be presented to Wirral council’s ruling cabinet this week says there is sufficient interest and capacity from good-quality providers of residential and nursing home care, intermediate care and respite care to accommodate services currently being provided to older people and people with LD at Meadowcroft, Pensall, Poulton, Manor Road and Mapleholme”. Wirral Council, 16 March.

Reality: The carers on the LD Respite Provider Evaluation Panel sought an urgent meeting with DASS on 17 March to completely disassociate themselves with this assertion. They had not found any provider with which they were fully satisfied and asked for this to be made known to the Cabinet Meeting that evening. Moreover they wanted to convey their complete dissatisfaction with the tender evaluation process. They did not receive the training promised “to provide panel members with a full understanding around criteria, statutory obligations etc”. No specification of requirements appeared to have been sent to providers or given to panel members. The carers (Daphne Smith, Eddie Griffiths & Brian Donaldson) were left feeling they had simply been used and the Council Cabinet had been mislead.

Rhetoric: “This will be a seamless transition (Dictionary definition = Orderly, logical & consistent change from one state to another.)”. Cllr Moon, every other day since records began! 

Reality: Confusion, fear, apologies for poor communication, U-Turns, legal battles with service users, broken promises re single point of contact & care plans, inept provider evaluation process, no continuity of respite staff, ignoring MP’s request for a response to her questions etc….


My next step is to refer this “Seamless Transition” to the Local Government Ombudsman. In the meantime I would like the Council to match their rhetoric with action and stop issuing meaningless sound bites to the people of Wirral.


See also the links below:




What do you think? 

Our ‘comments’ feature below is for meaningful comment.  (The other political parties have their own places to publish their endless propaganda.) Comment from users of this service, carers, and their families, relating to the issue, is particularly welcome.   








‘Daily Post’ revelation: Debt Collector “bank-rolls” Wallasey Tories to the tune of £50,000

 26th March 2010         

In a devastating news story the ‘Liverpool Daily Post’ reports that Wallasey Tories have allegedly received £50,000 from a local debt collector.          


Adrian says: "Oily Tory words on glossy paper are less than people are entitled to expect. I think people will understand that distortions even on the prettiest paper are still distortions. We may use local printers and plain paper but our postbag tells us that people like plain words on plain paper. The Tories may slide along on gloss but that's not our way."




Tories have 'lotsa cash' for glossy leaflets


When Seacombe residents see the HUGELY expensive glossy leaflets the Tories have been able to afford for a long time they may have wondered why Seacombe Labour Party does not reply with a constant stream of similar costly glossies.          

 The answer is simple.  We represent the working people who live in Seacombe, Poulton, Somerville and Egremont.  We get most of our funding from the people who live in our ward.  We have taken no money from debt collecters or from big businesses!          

And before the Tory propaganda machine alleges differently, Seacombe Labour Party has not asked for, nor received, a single penny from any trade union.  Every penny we have for leaflets comes from individual members and from our own fund raising evenings. Our (mostly plain black and white) newsletters are either produced ourselves or, mostly, by a local printer.    We may produce a glossy at the end of the campaign – if we can afford it – but we do not share the Tories’ ways of getting funded.      

But we do believe the words on the paper are more important than the glossiness of the paper they are printed on.        

So what is the Trade union link with LABOUR?         

The Tories do their best to give the impression that there are two equal sides in which trade unions are comparable to the big businesses that support their party.  Their subtle propaganda leaves the impression that trade unions are themselves akin to businesses.          

They are not; the unions are organisations set up to defend working conditions for ordinary people and to secure representation for them.  Their link with LABOUR is quite simply that they helped create the Labour Party.        

But Tory propaganda still tries to suggest that trade unions in some way bank-roll Labour in the way millionaire business men bank-roll the Conservative party.  The trade unions established the Labour Party precisely because there was no other party to represent working people.  The Tories and Liberals had always supported and represented the interests of big business and land owners.  Has anything changed?         

When the vast majority of the population had no party to support them, in Parliament or on local Councils,  it was the trade unions, co-operative societies, Christian organisations, and Socialist societies that gradually became the foundation from which the Labour Party was born.    When individual trade union members contribute to their union’s political fund they do so because the Labour Party, that they created, is theirs.          

No trade unionist pays a penny who does not want to – any member can opt out. But as well as trade unionists we have huge numbers of ordinary people who are not in trade unions (eg retired people, small business owners, students, etc)  but join because they want to be a part of the Party that created the National Health Service; the minimum wage; Sure Start; and most of the progressive legislation that still exists.          

Those with memories of the Thatcher and Major Tory governments never want to go back to the dark days of mass unemployment under the Tory Party that opposed all of this.  The very word ‘Conservative’ suggests the politics of fossils ‘to stay the same’.    

They say they want change, but they do not say what the changes would be.  We suspect that turning the clock back to the dreadful conditions under previous Tory Governments is what they would like to ‘conserve’.         And when their leader David Cameron already has fourteen millionaires in his shadow cabinet do the working people of Seacombe have any doubts about whose interests the Tory Party will champion?   

If YOU might wish to join the Labour Party why not get in touch?