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Ivan Henderson, Harwich councillor, said "it's the personal stories like Ivys'  that show “cuts” would have a devastating impact on the most vulnerable residents living in Essex.care_costs.JPG

In its 2017/18 budget, Essex County Council announced it would be looking to save £55million from the adult social care bill.

Ivan Henderson, Harwich councillor, said this “cut” would have a devastating impact on the most vulnerable residents living in Essex.

“The Essex County Council administration chose to freeze council tax for the last six or seven years which has left them £100million short of what they could have had,” he said.

Read full story in Harwich and Manningtree Standard

 

Care CUTS devastating impact

Ivan Henderson, Harwich councillor, said "it's the personal stories like Ivys'  that show “cuts” would have a devastating impact on the most vulnerable residents living in Essex.

The Labour Group on Essex County Council is angry that the Conservative administration is failing to address the big issues affecting residents within the county and tabled budget amendments for the meeting of the council on Tuesday 14th February.

Labour is aware that the Conservative government’s bungling of its policy to merge Adult Social Care with the NHS has resulted in the current crisis but cannot accept that the Essex Tories are burying their heads in the sand rather than taking action to address the issue.

Labour is angry that the Conservatives are misleading the public by suggesting they are freezing Council Tax when they are, in fact, increasing it by 3% by imposing the permitted levy to fund Adult Social Care. The Labour Group believes that the 3% increase will not solve the problems and will be proposing that the council tax is raised by 1.99% in addition to the 3% levy to allow the council to make a real difference on the issues that affect people’s lives.

Labour amendments targeted to address the current crisis were:

  • An additional £3,000,000 to reverse part of the All Age Increasing Independence savings planned for Adult Social Care and to restore and protect services to Vulnerable Adults, subject to increasing the budget for Adult Social Care portfolio by £3,000,000.
  • An additional £3,000,000 to reverse part of the Health Investment in Prevention savings planned for Adult Social Care and to restore and protect services to Vulnerable Adults, subject to increasing the budget for Adult Social Care portfolio by £3,000,000 
  • An additional £1,413,549 to reverse part of the Older People Intermediate Care Pathway saving and to restore and protect service to Vulnerable Adults, subject to increasing the budget for Adult Social Care portfolio by £1,413,549
  • An additional £934,000 to reinstate the funding for community equipment and reverse the Community Equipment Retail Pathway saving, subject to increasing the budget for Adult Social Care portfolio by £934,000

Deputy leader of the Labour Group, Cllr. Mike Danvers, says 

"The crisis in Adult Social Care is crippling the NHS and so affects every resident in Essex. It is wrong that the Tory government has shunted the responsibility for dealing with this to Essex County Council but it is equally wrong that the Tories running the council are burying their heads in the sand instead of taking action." 

The Labour budget amendments also included an amendment to end Part Night Street Lighting and reads:

  • An additional £1,474,000 to switch street lighting on across ECC from 1am to 5am, subject to increasing the budget for Highways & Transportation portfolio by £1,474,000.
  • Another key amendment will be to fund a complete review of the council’s policy on potholes to enable the farcical and dangerous situation that presently exists to be replaced by a policy that is fit for purpose and meets the needs of those using the roads and pavements within Essex. This amendment reads:
  • An additional £20,000 to have a complete review of the funding formula and the intervention level of highway maintenance to readdress the pothole and foot path crisis in Essex. Subject to increasing the budget for Highways and Transportation portfolio, funded by a necessary adjustment to the earmarked revenue Innovation Fund reserve being recommended to the Council.

Leader of the Labour Group, Cllr. Ivan Henderson, says 

“We have a Conservative government that is creating the problems in Essex and a Conservative administration at County Hall that has no idea how to deal with the issues. We need strong and decisive leadership and, as the Conservatives are clearly incapable of providing this, the Labour Group will table the necessary amendments to do the job for them.”

 

 

 

Labour urges Essex to address the real issues

The Labour Group on Essex County Council is angry that the Conservative administration is failing to address the big issues affecting residents within the county and tabled budget amendments for...

The Labour group of County Councillors have today launched the Manifesto upon which they will campaign to win seats in Essex County Elections (May 2017)

Pictured are Councillors & prospective candidates in the May elections

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LABOUR IN ESSEX

LOOKING AHEAD

LOOKING OUT FOR YOU

 

The Labour Party's manifesto for the Essex County Council elections in May 2017

 LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE

What matters most to people about where they live is that streets and other public spaces should be clean, tidy and safe. Transport, public and private is also hugely important. Being able to get around is vital for keeping in touch with family and friends, for education, work and shopping..

 Labour in Essex will:

  • Guarantee free bus passes and services for the elderly and extend the service to young people, helping them travel to training and jobs
  • Demand more police and PCSOs on the street, now, to curb anti-social behaviour
  • Oppose Tory cuts in Fire and Rescue Services. Lives must not be put at risk!
  • Adopt a ‘see it, fix it’ approach to pot hole repair
  • Make our public transport system, trains buses and coaches something to be proud of
  • Work with Essex residents to deal with local parking issues
  • Implement and expand Essex`s cycling strategy
  • Devolve grass kerb maintenance and street lighting to your communities, with the funding and power to make key decisions. Only Labour run councils have all-night lighting across Essex
  • Work with partners to promote more affordable and social housing

 

Giving young people the best start in life

A well-qualified workforce will attract the high-tech and creative businesses to our county. We want Essex children and young people to have the best possible start in life. We will support our hard working teachers and others to help them do so.

Labour in Essex will:

  • Resist the break-up of the County`s education system. We want a good school for every child and one that is monitored by the community it serves and by the Education Authority
  • Implement an immediate review of children’s centre closures
  • Do everything to prevent and reduce domestic violence, and help its victims of all ages.
  • Encourage the police to do more work with schools on drugs and anti social behaviour
  • Support local credit unions so that local families who are struggling with poverty do not fall into the grip of loan sharks.
  • In partnership with businesses and training organisations, we will promote a broad range of skills – from science & technology, through to the creative and performing arts.
  • Restore a professional countywide youth careers service. Promote the creation of real  apprenticeships within a properly regulated system as part of the Education Service

 

Labour Cares

Everyone needs a helping hand at times. Older people, who’ve done their fair share of life’s work, can remain independent with a bit of help. It`s a national scandal that if you live in an affluent part of the county, you will live seven years longer (on average) than someone born in a more deprived part. We want to cut that difference to help the NHS and all the people of our County.

Not all the solutions to the crisis in health and social care can be found locally, but Labour in Essex will :

  • Work to reduce winter deaths by tackling fuel poverty and trip hazards
  • Ensure that homes and public spaces are modified to help older people and people with disabilities to stay safe.
  • Work with the NHS to improve public health, tackling the killers – smoking, diabetes and  obesity.
  • Help independent living and provide targeted support that helps people to remain independent for as long as possible. We will reinstate a full meals on wheels service
  • Help unpaid carers- family, friends, neighbours - by ensuring they get good advice and support .

 

We know it is not just about the elderly  but the vulnerable and  those with disabilities  who need the help that Labour will provide, ideally through directly provided public services.

 

Investing in the future of Essex

Compulsive cuts to services just store up problems for the future. The task we face is not just to save money but spend it more productively for the benefits of all in our County wherever they live

Labour run councils have a record of sound financial management to provide better public services in challenging times.

Labour in Essex will:

  • Work with other public sector organisations - police, fire, NHS, councils, schools, colleges to organise more effectively to make savings to invest in our public services
  • Look to be a model employer paying a real living wage, and leading by example to push up wages and employment standards across the county
  • Work with businesses, large and small, along with public and voluntary sectors to fund economic development initiatives.
  • Rather than taxing to fund previous failures, like the Conservatives, we would only consider raising Council tax to deal with the crisis in health and social care.

 If you would like to print this document out please click on the below link.

 Essex_Manifesto_2017.pdf

Labour Group Launch 2017 Manifesto

The Labour group of County Councillors have today launched the Manifesto upon which they will campaign to win seats in Essex County Elections (May 2017) Pictured are Councillors & prospective...

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