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 Steve Comer & Avon Fire Authority halting recruitment of fire-fighters
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http://bcfm.org.uk/2013/03/22/17/friday-drivetime-113/27954
George Osborne's Budget 2013. News review with Eastville LibDem Councillor & former leader of Bristol LibDems Steve Comber. A green light for UK banking fraud: RBS & Barclays LIBOR and HSBC Money Laundering, how much did they make and how much was the out of court settlement? Steve Comer, former leader of LibDems in Bristol & LibDem councillor for Eastville, reviews the weeks news with Tony and Martin Summers. Discussing cuts in Avon Fire Authority which Steve Comer sits on including a halt to recruitment of fire-fighters. This week’s 2013 budget and clips of (VIDEO): Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne coughs and flounders during the budget speech as he confesses that December’s Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) growth forecast of 1.2% has been downgraded this week to 0.6% – National debt looks likely to double under this government from £800bn to £1.6tn. Martin points out Coalition are fiddling figures to make it look like deficit is going down, Steve says we need to borrow to invest, locally there are some schemes to do this; ‘Workfare Makes You Free’ - Labour Party abstain from obscene retrospective Workfare vote after government and Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) caught breaking the law forcing science graduate Cait Reilly to work in Poundland for free; Bristol West LibDem MP Stephen Williams at PMQs about £10k tax threshold; Two Hinkley Point nuclear power stations given planning permission – subsidies discussed, choosing what to back in the ‘free market’; Hugh Bailey at PMQs asks Prime Minister David Cameron to scrap the bedroom tax entirely - Mayor George Ferguson says Bristol City Council won't evict those who can't pay; Anglican bishops, with the exception of Nigerian Elf oil shark & city banker Archbishop Welby, opposing benefit cuts – cutting benefits in a crisis stupid, better to introduce a citizens income. Royal Charter to be set up to regulate the press but clause quietly inserted to prosecute bloggers and this starts looking like an unnecessary establishment fix-up.

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