The Labour Group has appointed Cllr Kathy Bole as its Spokesperson for Disability in recognition of the particular, significant impact of government and council cuts to funding is having on the lives of disabled Suffolk residents.
Suffolk County Council announced a month ago that it intended to cut the Free Ipswich Shuttle bus at the end of July. Transferring the funding received from County Council staff car park charges to a trial free Park and Ride fares for County Council staff travelling into Ipswich by car.
Dear Cabinet members
When the County’s Labour Councillors decided to call in your previous decision to Scrutiny, we did so with a very real hope that you might change that decision, either fully or in part. We had hoped that we could encourage you to take seriously the purpose for which Children’s Centres were created in the first place.
Continue reading Children’s Centres – Open letter to the Suffolk County Council Cabinet
Labour County councillors welcome the announcement from the Conservative Cabinet Member for Education to all councillors today to confirm the halt to the consultation into closure of Suffolk’s Specialist Support Centres.
Continue reading Special Education Support Centres – Victory for Parent Power!
This budget is about the money that this Council has to spend and the ways in which it decides to spend it or not spend it. But the important issue is not the money itself but the effect that it has on people’s lives. We are not bringing this amendment because we have a pathological hatred of financial reserves, but because we have a deep-seated hatred of ill health, and poor education, and unsafe situations for children, and freezing homes for elderly people, and the despair that goes with a life where everything seems to be getting worse. And we resent seeing the Council sit on the financial means to deal with those issues, but do less and less each year.
Continue reading Cllr Sandy Martin Budget amendment speech
The Labour Group on Suffolk County Council have challenged the decision by the Conservatives on Suffolk County Council to close nine children’s centres by identifying a key document that was not presented to the Cabinet before their decision was taken.
Official Department of Education guidance which states that there should not be a presumption to close children’s centres was not presented to the Cabinet. The second ground on which the decision is being reviewed is that the criteria for choosing which centres are to be closed is not clear in the papers presented to them.
Continue reading Labour Challenges Children’s Centre Closure Decision
Labour Councillors and other campaigners were left angry and disappointed after the Conservative administration on Suffolk County Council voted to close nine children’s centres despite a very vocal protest from parents outside the council offices and impassioned pleas from councillors on all sides of the political landscape inside the council chamber.
Continue reading County Council Confirms Children’s Centres Closures
Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Ipswich David Ellesmere has today criticised the confirmation by Conservative-run Suffolk County Council that nine children’s centres are to close, branding the decision “a disgrace”.
In Ipswich Quayside and Meredith Road are confirmed as facing closure. This follows the closure of the Ormiston Children’s Centre last year.
Continue reading Labour Slam Tory plans to axe Children’s Centres
Following the release of Suffolk County Council budget for 2015/16 Labour Councillors have warned that vital help for elderly, disabled and young people will disappear as the Conservative administration makes another £30 million of cuts.
Continue reading Labour Slams County Cuts
Suffolk County Council has spent less on children and young people than many other counties for years. Suffolk residents have consistently shown in surveys that they think having better services for children and young people is one of their highest priorities. Labour Councillors have tried to save the eXplore card, campaigned against the cuts to youth clubs, and demanded better support for pre-schools and nurseries. But even we were astonished when the Conservatives who run Suffolk County Council announced in the Spring that they were going to have a “review” of Children’s Centres.
Continue reading Children’s Centre decision postponed