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Southend Labour Party has challenged some decisions taken in Southend Council’s recent budget. At the May 2016 local elections, Conservatives had argued to ‘keep Council Tax as low as possible’, yet they have just produced a budget setting the biggest Council Tax rise for a decade. Conservatives were also anxious that the previous coalition administration shouldn’t squander the Council’s reserves, and yet the current administration has engaged in one of the biggest raids on reserves ever seen.

Southend Council’s Budget: Labour questions Tory priorities

Southend Labour Party has challenged some decisions taken in Southend Council’s recent budget. At the May 2016 local elections, Conservatives had argued to ‘keep Council Tax as low as possible’,... Read more

The Labour Party is extremely concerned about the new Housing Benefit rules which come into force on April 1st, and how this will adversely affect local unemployed people aged between 18 to 21. After this date some could find themselves made homeless or put into serious financial difficulties as their housing benefit is slashed or removed completely.

Councillor Ian Gilbert says: “These benefit cuts being brought in by the Conservative Government will have serious consequences for young people living in Southend Borough. We already have far too many vulnerable people (including those in work) relying on charities and food banks, and this situation will only get worse when young people can no longer apply for housing benefit.”

Tory cuts leave people on the breadline - literally

The Labour Party is extremely concerned about the new Housing Benefit rules which come into force on April 1st, and how this will adversely affect local unemployed people aged between... Read more

Southend’s Conservative-controlled council has sold 2A Bournemouth Park Road for £224,000. On the same day it also sold 4 Cranley Avenue for £301,000

Labour councillors were disappointed that the Conservative Administration decided to sell these two properties, which have been used for decades as social housing.

Southend Labour disappointed with council properties' sales

Southend’s Conservative-controlled council has sold 2A Bournemouth Park Road for £224,000. On the same day it also sold 4 Cranley Avenue for £301,000 Labour councillors were disappointed that the Conservative... Read more

Local Conservative MP James Duddridge was extremely strongly criticised and called to account at a packed meeting of the Rochford & Southend East Labour Party. The issue that had caused such disapproval was Mr Duddridge’s call for the removal of John Bercow, the democratically-elected Speaker of the House of Commons, after Mr Bercow’s statement on the planned visit of Donald Trump to the UK.

Local MP called to account by Southend Labour

Local Conservative MP James Duddridge was extremely strongly criticised and called to account at a packed meeting of the Rochford & Southend East Labour Party. The issue that had caused... Read more

Money well spent?

Southend's Tory councillors have decided to sell off council properties to raise £525,000. At last week's full council meeting their administration, supported by Ukip, voted to spend £580,000 for events to ‘Celebrate 125 years of the Borough of Southend-on-Sea’ & the ‘Centenary of Priory Park being gifted to the Town’.

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Irresponsible Southend Tories signal a return to profligacy

Money well spent? Southend's Tory councillors have decided to sell off council properties to raise £525,000. At last week's full council meeting their administration, supported by Ukip, voted to spend... Read more

This week five new council houses in Shoeburyness will be occupied by local families,  due to the work done by Labour councillors in administration over the last couple of years. This will provide better quality, more affordable housing in Southend, all the homes have been built according to Communities Agency (HCA) space standards, and to Lifetime Homes specification. 

Southend Labour secures new council homes for residents

This week five new council houses in Shoeburyness will be occupied by local families,  due to the work done by Labour councillors in administration over the last couple of years.... Read more

Today NHS England published ‘Sustainability and Transformation Plan’ documents for Mid and South Essex. The government has ordered such plans be drawn up for every area of the NHS in England in order to address the financial crisis in the health service.

Ian Gilbert, Leader of the Labour Group on Southend Council says: “We are all aware that the NHS faces huge challenges. Unfortunately many years have been wasted by the government’s ludicrous health reforms and our local services are in crisis."

Southend Labour Leader sceptical about Sustainability and Transformation Plan for south Essex

Today NHS England published ‘Sustainability and Transformation Plan’ documents for Mid and South Essex. The government has ordered such plans be drawn up for every area of the NHS in... Read more

From December 2016, the interim arrangements for PET-CT service will be:

  • 1 day per week of the mobile service at Basildon Hospital – an average of 13 patients per day / 52 patients per month. This number of days to be increased flexibly if this capacity is insufficient for the demand. There are currently 75 patients per month referred to the service from Basildon Hospital clinicians, which includes those patients seen at Basildon hospital who live closer to Southend.

 

  •  2 days per week at the fixed service at Southend Hospital – an average of 18 patients per day / 128 patients per month. There are currently 105 referrals to the South Essex PET-CT service from hospitals other than Basildon. 

Councillor Cheryl Nevin on PET-CT services in south Essex

From December 2016, the interim arrangements for PET-CT service will be: 1 day per week of the mobile service at Basildon Hospital – an average of 13 patients per day... Read more

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is offering paid apprenticeships; these are being paid at above minimum national rates for apprentices. The apprenticeship works toward a nationally recognised qualification.

Colleges offer the same qualification, but mandatory work placements are unpaid. Young people may not be eligible for free entry to further education for courses, if they are 19, as their entitlement will have expired. For a career in Health and Social Care, they would have to self-fund. 

Couincillor Anne Jones defends local policy on apprenticeships

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is offering paid apprenticeships; these are being paid at above minimum national rates for apprentices. The apprenticeship works toward a nationally recognised qualification. Colleges offer the same... Read more

“Conservative Councillor Calls for “Curfew” on Law-abiding Citizens."

On Monday 31st October, the Conservative Administration in Southend Borough Council responded to a serious outbreak of crime in York Road; instead of attempting to offset the devastating impact of massive cuts to Essex Police, Councillor Mark Flewitt, portfolio-holder for public protection, suggested introducing a “curfew” in an effort to “reclaim the streets”.

The Labour Group believe it is shocking that a Southend-on-Sea Executive councillor would advocate such a ridiculous and extreme policy, curtailing the freedom of law-abiding people. 

Labour blasts ludicrous curfew suggestion

“Conservative Councillor Calls for “Curfew” on Law-abiding Citizens." On Monday 31st October, the Conservative Administration in Southend Borough Council responded to a serious outbreak of crime in York Road; instead of... Read more

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