Labour Councillors were delighted to have ensured a U-turn by the Conservatives on Suffolk County Council after the council approved plans to sell the West Meadows Gypsy and Traveller site to those that live on the site rather than simply to the highest bidder.
Previously Suffolk County Council were just going to put the site up for sale without consulting those that live at West Meadows and without any concrete guarantees that residents would have any say in who bought the site.
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Following a challenge by Labour Councillors on Suffolk County Council the decision over the planned sale of the West Meadows gypsy and traveller site has been postponed until the next Cabinet meeting on the 7th November.
The postponement is an admission that a full consultation with the residents had not taken place and at no stage had the council listened to the concerns of the residents about the planned sale. We can be sure that the gaps in the paper presented to the Cabinet highlighted by the Labour Group were the reason for the decision not to discuss the paper.
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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.
Continue reading What now for the Befriending Scheme?
Following the announcement that the Whitton 20mph scheme will finally be taken seriously, Labour Councillor and North West Area Committee Chair, Stephen Connelly was delighted that his question at Full Council has prompted such swift action. Called to a meeting with County Highway Officers within a week Cllr Connelly has been able to secure a firm commitment with detailed time scales for an assessment of this much needed scheme.
Continue reading Labour make progress on Whitton 20mph scheme
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