Police and Crime Commissioner to visit Chippenham centre for homeless and vulnerable adults

Wiltshire Times: Angus Macpherson, Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, will visit a drop-in centre in Chippenham for homeless and vulnerable adults Angus Macpherson, Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, will visit a drop-in centre in Chippenham for homeless and vulnerable adults

Angus Macpherson, Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, is to visit a drop-in centre in Chippenham for homeless and vulnerable adults.

fMr Macpherson will attend a drop-in session on Thursday, January 9, at Doorway in Chippenham to speak to staff and guests.

Doorway received £9,000 in the July 2013 round of the Commissioner’s Innovation Fund towards the drop-in sessions.

The sessions provide a friendly, safe place for adults who are homeless or who have complex issues that might affect their ability to acquire and sustain a tenancy.

The sessions offer practical and immediate support for basic needs as well as help on where people can go to for specialist assistance.

Representatives from various agencies, including the police, attend. The sessions offer an inclusive and supportive service for vulnerable people in a safe environment.

Doorway currently operates two drop-in sessions each week from the Salvation Army Hall, Foghamshire, Chippenham, on Monday mornings and Thursday afternoons.

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11:27am Fri 3 Jan 14

beetawix says...

I read that Wiltshire Police were keen to shed many duties which they felt could be more appropriately handled by ohers, in order to save money.
Where does visiting a homeless centre fit into this policy ?
I read that Wiltshire Police were keen to shed many duties which they felt could be more appropriately handled by ohers, in order to save money. Where does visiting a homeless centre fit into this policy ? beetawix
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12:33pm Fri 3 Jan 14

rrosco says...

It's the Police and Crime Commissioner who is visiting, not Wiltshire Police.

I imagine that he feels that it links in with the Crime part of his job, to understand how this charity works in assisting at-risk people in avoiding becoming either victims or offenders.
It's the Police and Crime Commissioner who is visiting, not Wiltshire Police. I imagine that he feels that it links in with the Crime part of his job, to understand how this charity works in assisting at-risk people in avoiding becoming either victims or offenders. rrosco
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3:39pm Fri 3 Jan 14

politepanda says...

beetawix wrote:
I read that Wiltshire Police were keen to shed many duties which they felt could be more appropriately handled by ohers, in order to save money.
Where does visiting a homeless centre fit into this policy ?
Since he isn't a Police Officer (though his wage and £1, 000, 000 budget was taken from the wiltspol budget) better he goes than the Chief Constable, surely?
[quote][p][bold]beetawix[/bold] wrote: I read that Wiltshire Police were keen to shed many duties which they felt could be more appropriately handled by ohers, in order to save money. Where does visiting a homeless centre fit into this policy ?[/p][/quote]Since he isn't a Police Officer (though his wage and £1, 000, 000 budget was taken from the wiltspol budget) better he goes than the Chief Constable, surely? politepanda
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4:07pm Fri 3 Jan 14

kimcrawley says...

He is only going because it's good publicity for him.
He will have a really good reception after donating £9000 from 'his' fund. Or do we all fund the commissioners innovation fund?
He is only going because it's good publicity for him. He will have a really good reception after donating £9000 from 'his' fund. Or do we all fund the commissioners innovation fund? kimcrawley
  • Score: -3

7:28pm Fri 3 Jan 14

politepanda says...

kimcrawley wrote:
He is only going because it's good publicity for him.
He will have a really good reception after donating £9000 from 'his' fund. Or do we all fund the commissioners innovation fund?
Public taxes fund him and his budget - so yes - WE fund him and "his" pet projects.
[quote][p][bold]kimcrawley[/bold] wrote: He is only going because it's good publicity for him. He will have a really good reception after donating £9000 from 'his' fund. Or do we all fund the commissioners innovation fund?[/p][/quote]Public taxes fund him and his budget - so yes - WE fund him and "his" pet projects. politepanda
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7:47pm Fri 3 Jan 14

kimcrawley says...

Thanks for that pp.
So the largesse of the commissioner is publicly funded. Yet another 'public official' spending our money as he sees fit. He should stand for Wiltshire Council he would get a much bigger budget for doing even less.
Why can't we outsource his job to G4S they would be much more efficient at wasting our money..
'We are all in it together.' We pay, they patronise us.
Thanks for that pp. So the largesse of the commissioner is publicly funded. Yet another 'public official' spending our money as he sees fit. He should stand for Wiltshire Council he would get a much bigger budget for doing even less. Why can't we outsource his job to G4S they would be much more efficient at wasting our money.. 'We are all in it together.' We pay, they patronise us. kimcrawley
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2:10am Sat 4 Jan 14

beetawix says...

rrosco wrote:
It's the Police and Crime Commissioner who is visiting, not Wiltshire Police.

I imagine that he feels that it links in with the Crime part of his job, to understand how this charity works in assisting at-risk people in avoiding becoming either victims or offenders.
I thought he was paid by police so if his visit is not as a rep of Wiltshire Police then why dont they get rid of him and save some money?
[quote][p][bold]rrosco[/bold] wrote: It's the Police and Crime Commissioner who is visiting, not Wiltshire Police. I imagine that he feels that it links in with the Crime part of his job, to understand how this charity works in assisting at-risk people in avoiding becoming either victims or offenders.[/p][/quote]I thought he was paid by police so if his visit is not as a rep of Wiltshire Police then why dont they get rid of him and save some money? beetawix
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2:22am Sat 4 Jan 14

beetawix says...

politepanda wrote
Since he isn't a Police Officer (though his wage and £1, 000, 000 budget was taken from the wiltspol budget) better he goes than the Chief Constable, surely?

1. all the more reason to get rid.
2.indeed it is better he goes than chief constable ..... how did he get involved?
Anyhow the chief constable has plenty to do already what with working out who is going to do inspecting in Wiltshire when the inspectors have gone.
politepanda wrote Since he isn't a Police Officer (though his wage and £1, 000, 000 budget was taken from the wiltspol budget) better he goes than the Chief Constable, surely? 1. all the more reason to get rid. 2.indeed it is better he goes than chief constable ..... how did he get involved? Anyhow the chief constable has plenty to do already what with working out who is going to do inspecting in Wiltshire when the inspectors have gone. beetawix
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11:35am Sat 4 Jan 14

politepanda says...

beetawix wrote:
politepanda wrote
Since he isn't a Police Officer (though his wage and £1, 000, 000 budget was taken from the wiltspol budget) better he goes than the Chief Constable, surely?

1. all the more reason to get rid.
2.indeed it is better he goes than chief constable ..... how did he get involved?
Anyhow the chief constable has plenty to do already what with working out who is going to do inspecting in Wiltshire when the inspectors have gone.
We the public voted him in!!! On a wave of total apathy. Something less than 20% of those entitled to vote actually voted.
Thing is - the public weren't given the opportunity to decide on the NEED for a crime commissioner. (That would have been the opportunity to veto this hare-brained ill-thought out role.)
Our delightful govt. decided that every county needed one and that the money to fund each commissioner's wage and budget would be taken from that county's policing budget.
Our current IPC, Like the irritating Seed - is constantly on the look-out for volunteers to replace paid staff.
Might I suggest that this comfortably-off formerly retired out of touch gent gives back his wage to the general policing budget and joins the rank of his beloved volunteers?
The government will decide the future of the commissioners, not the Chief Constables or the Public, rest assured. Our politicians know best how to spend our taxes.........
[quote][p][bold]beetawix[/bold] wrote: politepanda wrote Since he isn't a Police Officer (though his wage and £1, 000, 000 budget was taken from the wiltspol budget) better he goes than the Chief Constable, surely? 1. all the more reason to get rid. 2.indeed it is better he goes than chief constable ..... how did he get involved? Anyhow the chief constable has plenty to do already what with working out who is going to do inspecting in Wiltshire when the inspectors have gone.[/p][/quote]We the public voted him in!!! On a wave of total apathy. Something less than 20% of those entitled to vote actually voted. Thing is - the public weren't given the opportunity to decide on the NEED for a crime commissioner. (That would have been the opportunity to veto this hare-brained ill-thought out role.) Our delightful govt. decided that every county needed one and that the money to fund each commissioner's wage and budget would be taken from that county's policing budget. Our current IPC, Like the irritating Seed - is constantly on the look-out for volunteers to replace paid staff. Might I suggest that this comfortably-off formerly retired out of touch gent gives back his wage to the general policing budget and joins the rank of his beloved volunteers? The government will decide the future of the commissioners, not the Chief Constables or the Public, rest assured. Our politicians know best how to spend our taxes......... politepanda
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11:49am Sat 4 Jan 14

allthedecentnameshavegone says...

politepanda wrote:
kimcrawley wrote:
He is only going because it's good publicity for him.
He will have a really good reception after donating £9000 from 'his' fund. Or do we all fund the commissioners innovation fund?
Public taxes fund him and his budget - so yes - WE fund him and "his" pet projects.
....but at least this is a very worthy "pet project". It's just a shame that he could only spare £9k for it - it deserves more.
[quote][p][bold]politepanda[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kimcrawley[/bold] wrote: He is only going because it's good publicity for him. He will have a really good reception after donating £9000 from 'his' fund. Or do we all fund the commissioners innovation fund?[/p][/quote]Public taxes fund him and his budget - so yes - WE fund him and "his" pet projects.[/p][/quote]....but at least this is a very worthy "pet project". It's just a shame that he could only spare £9k for it - it deserves more. allthedecentnameshavegone
  • Score: 2

12:11pm Sat 4 Jan 14

kimcrawley says...

Why should it deserve more.
All this project does is paper over the cracks in our society. Why should our money be used to fund projects caused by a government that sees ordinary people as 'scroungers'.
This is just like the food bank situation, we don't need worthy projects funded by the very same scroungers, we need to build houses provide jobs and security. This will address the problems of alienation which manifest themselves in drink, homelessness and drugs.
We do not need the god squad using our money to prop up this nasty, disgraceful government.
Why should it deserve more. All this project does is paper over the cracks in our society. Why should our money be used to fund projects caused by a government that sees ordinary people as 'scroungers'. This is just like the food bank situation, we don't need worthy projects funded by the very same scroungers, we need to build houses provide jobs and security. This will address the problems of alienation which manifest themselves in drink, homelessness and drugs. We do not need the god squad using our money to prop up this nasty, disgraceful government. kimcrawley
  • Score: -3

1:10pm Sat 4 Jan 14

allthedecentnameshavegone says...

kimcrawley wrote:
Why should it deserve more.
All this project does is paper over the cracks in our society. Why should our money be used to fund projects caused by a government that sees ordinary people as 'scroungers'.
This is just like the food bank situation, we don't need worthy projects funded by the very same scroungers, we need to build houses provide jobs and security. This will address the problems of alienation which manifest themselves in drink, homelessness and drugs.
We do not need the god squad using our money to prop up this nasty, disgraceful government.
I agree with large parts of what you say - we have a despicable governemnt with a clear intention of making the poor poorer and nthe rich richer, with total disregard for the consequences.

Unfortunately though, we are stuck with them until at least May next year and in the mean time need to provide funds to protect those disadvantaged by th e governments apalling policies. That's why this project needs more funds.
[quote][p][bold]kimcrawley[/bold] wrote: Why should it deserve more. All this project does is paper over the cracks in our society. Why should our money be used to fund projects caused by a government that sees ordinary people as 'scroungers'. This is just like the food bank situation, we don't need worthy projects funded by the very same scroungers, we need to build houses provide jobs and security. This will address the problems of alienation which manifest themselves in drink, homelessness and drugs. We do not need the god squad using our money to prop up this nasty, disgraceful government.[/p][/quote]I agree with large parts of what you say - we have a despicable governemnt with a clear intention of making the poor poorer and nthe rich richer, with total disregard for the consequences. Unfortunately though, we are stuck with them until at least May next year and in the mean time need to provide funds to protect those disadvantaged by th e governments apalling policies. That's why this project needs more funds. allthedecentnameshavegone
  • Score: 0

4:32pm Sun 5 Jan 14

shed says...

help to make a start on all these snouts in the trough crew by giving them a shock, a start with Jane Scott, once one goes the rest will follow.
Now is the time to make yourselves heard whether police or council
enough is enough.

http://you.38degrees
.org.uk/petitions/re

signation-of-leader- and-cabinet-of-wilts hire-council
help to make a start on all these snouts in the trough crew by giving them a shock, a start with Jane Scott, once one goes the rest will follow. Now is the time to make yourselves heard whether police or council enough is enough. http://you.38degrees .org.uk/petitions/re signation-of-leader- and-cabinet-of-wilts hire-council shed
  • Score: -1

4:34pm Sun 5 Jan 14

shed says...

I wonder why this link is always corrupted on this site?
if this one is, just close up the gaps


http://you.38degrees .org.uk/petitions/re
signation-of-leader- and-cabinet-of-wilts
hire-council
I wonder why this link is always corrupted on this site? if this one is, just close up the gaps http://you.38degrees .org.uk/petitions/re signation-of-leader- and-cabinet-of-wilts hire-council shed
  • Score: 0

4:46pm Sun 5 Jan 14

kimcrawley says...

shed wrote:
I wonder why this link is always corrupted on this site?
if this one is, just close up the gaps


http://you.38degrees .org.uk/petitions/re

signation-of-leader- and-cabinet-of-wilts

hire-council
A remarkable coincidence.
But then again read the printed copy of this organ, makes you wonder who they think their target audience is.
Just like slimy Cameron guaranteeing pensions (To get votes even though his little band of public schoolboys are screwing the NHS, economy and just about everything else.)
What does silly Scott think about Pickles and weekly waste collection?
[quote][p][bold]shed[/bold] wrote: I wonder why this link is always corrupted on this site? if this one is, just close up the gaps http://you.38degrees .org.uk/petitions/re signation-of-leader- and-cabinet-of-wilts hire-council[/p][/quote]A remarkable coincidence. But then again read the printed copy of this organ, makes you wonder who they think their target audience is. Just like slimy Cameron guaranteeing pensions (To get votes even though his little band of public schoolboys are screwing the NHS, economy and just about everything else.) What does silly Scott think about Pickles and weekly waste collection? kimcrawley
  • Score: 0

10:07am Mon 6 Jan 14

shed says...

I doubt Jane Scott is capable of thinking about anything other than herself.

http://you.38degrees .org.uk/petitions/re
signation-of-leader- and-cabinet-of-wilts
hire-council
I doubt Jane Scott is capable of thinking about anything other than herself. http://you.38degrees .org.uk/petitions/re signation-of-leader- and-cabinet-of-wilts hire-council shed
  • Score: 1

1:46pm Mon 6 Jan 14

The.Central.Scrutinizer says...

shed wrote:
I wonder why this link is always corrupted on this site?
if this one is, just close up the gaps


http://you.38degrees .org.uk/petitions/re

signation-of-leader- and-cabinet-of-wilts

hire-council
it is not a link, it is only text which can be cut & pasted into browser and used as a liink. a quick check to ensure it looks ok is worthwhile
if it were a link it could not be corrupt, just either right or wrong.
[quote][p][bold]shed[/bold] wrote: I wonder why this link is always corrupted on this site? if this one is, just close up the gaps http://you.38degrees .org.uk/petitions/re signation-of-leader- and-cabinet-of-wilts hire-council[/p][/quote]it is not a link, it is only text which can be cut & pasted into browser and used as a liink. a quick check to ensure it looks ok is worthwhile if it were a link it could not be corrupt, just either right or wrong. The.Central.Scrutinizer
  • Score: 0

10:48pm Mon 6 Jan 14

shed says...

thanks for clearing that up, have you signed the snout troughers petition?
thanks for clearing that up, have you signed the snout troughers petition? shed
  • Score: 0

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