Bus services across Suffolk are vital for many to maintain an independent life. On Wednesday it was Stowupland losing its bus service, in recent weeks we have heard of reduced services in Beccles, Sudbury, Stowmarket, Kesgrave, Martlesham, and as many as six routes coming into Ipswich.
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Labour councillors are dismayed that recommendations on the Raising the Bar report have been accepted at today’s Full County Council meeting despite concerns over the lack of consultation and the proposed divestment of services.
Continue reading Raising the bar fails to hit the heights
Labour councillors have uncovered shocking figures that reveal the true extent of the use of zero hours contracts in the Suffolk care system.
Continue reading 37,000 Suffolk care workers on zero hour’s contracts
SCC today admitted they were not doing enough to promote the take up of Free School Meals (FSM) in Suffolk, thereby denying schools in the county access to £5million of funding through the ‘Pupil Premium’ and pupils the start in live they need.
Continue reading Not enough done for Free School Meals
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.
Continue reading No support for the visually impaired
Figures released by Suffolk County Council show a worrying decrease in the number of meals on wheels services provided by Suffolk County Council to the most vulnerable in the county.
Continue reading Older people’s meals cuts proposed
Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s have today been issued a notice suspending work on the Sainsbury’s express store on the old Golden Key Public House site following complaints about the noise and working times of its contractors.
Continue reading Sainsbury’s breech planning application
Chair, fellow Councillors and colleagues I am seconding the motion to support the adoption of a lifelong strategy for people with Autism Spectrum (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to ensure that Suffolk County Council meets its duties in a fair and transparent manner.
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Too many construction workers and their families have suffered just because they had concerns over health and safety in one of Britain’s most dangerous industries, or just because they belonged to a trade union.
Blacklisting is a national scandal and the trade unions are determined to stamp out this practice because it ruins lives and has no place in a modern society.
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Mr Chairman, for the avoidance of doubt, and because I am sure that some Conservative councillors will seek to indulge in party-political point-scoring, I should tell you that I am a member of the Unite union, and my colleague Cllr Patience is a member of the GMB union. I do not regard this as a prejudicial interest, any more than I regard being a resident of Suffolk as a prejudicial interest, in seeking to ensure that this council does everything it can to uphold the law and fair employment regulations, and protects those working for it – whether directly or through contracts – from abuses in the workplace and from dangerous practices.
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