Category Archives: Equality and Diversity

Suffolk County Council unanimously supports WASPI campaign

A cross party motion supporting the campaign led by the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) has been unanimously passed at the Suffolk County Council meeting on 7th December 2017.

The motion called on the County Council to write to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to reconsider the transitional arrangements for equalisation of the pension age. The motion was proposed by Labour’s Cllr Mandy Gaylard and Seconded by Cllr Caroline Page of the Liberal Democrats.

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Labour is asking Suffolk County Council to back Suffolk WASPI Campaign

At the 7 December Full Council, Labour Leader Sandra Gage will propose, and Liberal Democrat Women’s Spokesperson Caroline Page will second a Motion requiring the Council to write to the Secretary of State for Works and Pensions, asking that the hurried, unfair roll-out of delayed state pension start date for women born between 1950 and 1959 should be reviewed immediately.

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What now for the Befriending Scheme?

Statement from Cllr Kathy Bole on the Befriending Scheme

I took part in a phone discussion on BBC Radio Suffolk this morning to discuss Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet decision to withdraw funding to some features of the Befriending Scheme.

I am very disappointed that the council has taken this action despite the importance to people with learning difficulties. However, I am not surprised. This action, is another attack on the lives of disabled people which has been on the agenda since the inception of austerity.

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No support for the visually impaired

Last week the RNIB released shocking figures showing that the number of blind and partially sighted people accessing services from Suffolk County Council had dropped from 1,335 in 2005/6 to just 430 in 2012/13, a 68% drop, leaving many blind and partially sighted people without the care and support to live independent lives.

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