Cuts will cause long term damage

Labour Shadow Spokesperson for Health and Adult Care, Cllr Sarah Adams, challenged the punitive cuts to the Adult and Social Care budget proposed by the Conservative administration on Suffolk County Council at the Scrutiny Committee meeting last Thursday.
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Labour Councillors Challenge Scale of County Cuts

Labour Councillors will be challenging the cuts being proposed in Suffolk County Council’s budget for next year, when proposals come before the Scrutiny Committee on Thursday 21st November. The Labour Opposition on the County does not accept that the Council needs to retain the level of reserves it currently holds, and believes that a substantial proportion of those reserves can and should be used to cover essential expenditure over the next financial year. Much of the £200 million in reserves is necessary to maintain security or is earmarked for specific purposes, but Labour believes it could safely be reduced by 10s of millions of pounds, and the money used to support education and social care needs.
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Ofsted report damns Suffolk County Council

Following the release of a letter outlining Suffolk County Councils educational failings, Labour shadow education spokesperson, Cllr Sonia Barker today expressed her disappointment as the issues highlighted have already been raised and ignored by Council leaders.

The report by Ofsted criticised the lack of progressed made by Suffolk County Council education provision. Of the 33 schools inspected there were only 2 schools rated as outstanding whilst 18 were rated as inadequate or requiring improvement.

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County cuts will cause damage

Labour Councillors challenged Conservative claims that £36.8m of proposed budget cuts would represent savings to the Suffolk public. The proposals were being put forward by the Conservative administration on Suffolk County Council at the Scrutiny Committee meeting today.

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Educational concerns – letter

Dear Editor

`As the Opposition Spokesperson for Education Skills & Young People on Suffolk County Council (and Vice Chair of the Education Scrutiny Committee) I am writing to express concern that the report in last week`s `Lowestoft Journal` did not give the full picture on the recommendations agreed by the Conservative administration at their cabinet meeting.

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Labour Opposes A14 Tax on Suffolk

The Labour Group on Suffolk County Council are calling on the Council to withhold the £1million contribution from Council reserves to the Department for Transport ‘A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement project’ as it is now clear that the proposed new A14 at Huntingdon will be a toll road.

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Breastfeeding challenge for Suffolk

Labour Shadow Health and Social Care spokesperson, Cllr Sarah Adams, yesterday challenged health chiefs to improve the rates of breastfeeding in Suffolk.

Following the Health and Wellbeing breastfeeding conference in Trinity Park where many great examples of good practice were being showcased there is still a long way to go to reach breastfeeding levels found in other parts of England.

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