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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Rosehill Library in Tomline Road, Ipswich has been reopened following a full refurbishment of the interior. A disabled toilet has been installed and a small extension built to the rear of the building. Having been run in a private house in Alston Road from 1895, the library was the first purposed-built branch in Ipswich and was opened in 1905.
Councillor Mandy Gaylard, speaking at the re-opening ceremony, said: “It is with mixed feelings that I attend this event. On the one hand, it is a celebration of the library refurbishment and, after much lobbying of Suffolk County Council by residents and myself, the painting of the exterior. On the other, tribute has to be paid to Rosehill Readers who campaigned to keep the library when it was threatened with closure in 2011. If it were not for the campaigners, the library would not be here today.”
The recent news from S.C.C. of further cuts in funding to the library service (run for the council by Suffolk Libraries I.P.S.) will lead to the loss of over 50 jobs to the equivalent of 15 full-time staff.
Cruse Bereavement Care has been providing support to bereaved people in Suffolk since the 1980s. Suffolk Cruse was formed in April 2009 to bring together the four branches: Suffolk Coastal, Ipswich, North Suffolk & Great Yarmouth and West Suffolk. The four branches still operate at a local level and the overall strategic direction of the charity is administered by an Area Committee.
Continue reading Labour Councillors provide over £5,700 to Cruse Bereavement
This is the formal response from the Labour Group on Suffolk County Council to the Children’s Centres Consultation. If you have tried filling in the official response form and given up in disgust perhaps you would like to sign out petition at http://www.change.org/p/suffolk-county-council-guarantee-to-keep-all-of-suffolk-s-children-s-centres-open-and-active
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Campaigners in Rosehill, Ipswich are celebrating after it was confirmed that the proposed 20mph scheme in the area has been given the green light to proceed. Labour Councillors have been working with the local community to get the scheme up and running and are looking forward to hearing when work will commence.
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Campaigners in Rosehill in Ipswich are calling on Suffolk County Council to implement a 20mph zone across a number of roads in order to combat rat-running, inappropriate speeds and gridlock around residential areas.
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Labour Shadow Spokesperson for Localities, Cllr Mandy Gaylard, has expressed her concern about the damaging cuts to culture and the third sector in Suffolk following the release of the names of organisations due to have their income slashed by Suffolk County Council.
Continue reading Cuts will devastate county’s culture