Essex Labour’s 2030 vision
The County Labour group firmly believes in investing in the future of Essex residents. By Prioritizing areas such as Fuel Poverty, Careers advice for young people, Cycling Infrastructure, Localization, Smoking cessation and Highways Maintenance, we have articulated a clear 2030 vision, laying foundations for a healthier, more prosperous Essex.
‘We have planned what we need to do NOW to create a better Essex in 2030 and our budget amendments are focused on those priorities. Our vision for the future relies on us taking decisions now to shape better outcomes in years to come.’ -Cllr Julie Young.
One of the key policies being offered, ‘Careers Direct, was an early intervention scheme designed to offer mobile, adaptive, and targeted careers advice for pupils studying at year nine level or above.
‘Young people are finding it incredibly difficult to make informed choices about their future. Careers service amendment is vital in securing the future of Essex Young People.’ –Cllr Ivan Henderson.
‘Helping young people into a high skilled, high paid job should be an absolute priority for this authority.’ –Cllr Julie Young.
‘The Fuel Poverty Alleviation Fund’
Fuel Poverty Is also a huge issue across the county, and has been a particular focus for the labour group in recent years.
‘Across Essex 8% of residents live in fuel poverty but in Tendring it is nearer to 10%. The Big Energy switch is not targeted help, and the Winter warmers approach is undignified and is tantamount to putting a sticking plaster on a broken leg.’ –Cllr Julie Young
Our proposal would have looked to spend £1m to finance ‘the fuel poverty alleviation fund’, paying for the insulation of the 2500 worst affected homes in Essex.
‘The most speculative budget I have ever seen’
Labour councillors also criticised the administration for producing a high-risk, incomprehensive and speculative budget, based upon making savings that, in many places, are simply unfeasible.
‘We have before us the most speculative budget I have ever seen, it’s a finger in the air approach and the word risk is peppered through its pages.’ –Cllr Julie Young.
Cllr Young particularly drew attention to the £45M worth of cuts to Adult Social care, which, on top of being cruel, are beyond ambitious and based purely on speculative savings to emergency care and lifelong support.
This budget is a short-sighted bandage job, overburdened with risk. It has no forward thinking vision and has little to no chance of being realised.