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Its our twelfth month

 

Gloucester CLP members are celebrating their twelfth month of holding a stall outside the

Guildhall on Fridays Farmers Market day.

Come along this Friday and help out. Supporters have manned the stall throughout the last year. The only interuption was during the leadership campaign when party activity was suspended. We are now in full flow. We still have two to three people joining each week, not only from Gloucester City but throughout Gloucestershire. You can book your tickets for the special fundraising event in December or sign the on line petition in support of the NHS. We are working towards holding our Annual all members meeting in November we are waiting confirmation on the venue. Gloucester CLP has now over 700 members. The GCLP is also holding a New Members meeting on the 12th November at Messenger House 10am to 12pm. Refreshments and cake will be available. Its an introductory workshop about the Labour Party and how it is structured. We also want to hear your views and aspirations.

For further details contact the chair of CLP Paul Thompson paulmjthompson@gmail.com

 

 

 

Gloucester CLP Campaigning Stall in its twelfth month

Its our twelfth month   Gloucester CLP members are celebrating their twelfth month of holding a stall outside the Guildhall on Fridays Farmers Market day. Come along this Friday and...

Labour Councillors Call For Action on Knife Crime

Gloucester’s Labour Councillors are appalled at the recent increase in knife crime incidents that have occurred in the city in recent days. Clearly there is a serious problem with knife crime and there is now an urgent need to prioritise and put more effort into addressing the matter, coming up with some realistic answers and solutions.

We know that drugs and drug related matters are behind some of these crimes and welcome the convictions and sentences that have been given, but this is only part of the solution.

More effort, resources and a greater emphasis needs to be directed at preventative projects and education. Young people and communities need to understand the dangers and risks involved in carrying knives. In the past such work has been delivered by the statutory youth and community services which targeted vulnerable young people and those at risk of involvement in knife crime. Sadly austerity measures have led to these services being cut, creating a vacuum which no other organisation or agency has filled.

The cuts to the police service, which are all too apparent and particularly the serious reduction in community and neighbourhood policing have also contributed to the problem.

Gloucester now needs a concentrated effort by all agencies and Labour Councillors are calling for an emergency summit and a detailed and realistic action plan to start this process. This should be lead by the County Council, the City Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner and involve other agencies as appropriate. Gloucester is not alone on this issue and there is much work and good practice going on in other parts of the country. We should learn from this and adapt such work to benefit our city and make our communities safer for all.

 

Councillor Terry Pullen – Deputy Labour Group Leader

On behalf of Gloucester City Labour Councillors

 

Gloucester Labour City Councillors Press Release

Labour Councillors Call For Action on Knife Crime Gloucester’s Labour Councillors are appalled at the recent increase in knife crime incidents that have occurred in the city in recent days....

Civil service job losses in Gloucestershire 

Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and North Somerset have lost more than a third of their civil service jobs since the Conservatives came to power.

Government data released showed the number of full-time, permanent civil service staff in the three counties has fallen from 28,050 in 2010 to 18,180 in 2016.

That is a drop of 9,870 jobs, or 35.2%.

It is one of the highest percentage falls in the county.

Nationally there has been a 23.9% drop in such posts since 2010.

And in Inner London - where most government departments and executive bodies are based - the fall has been just 6.8%.

The then-coalition government pledged a ‘bonfire on the quangos’ back in 2010, abolishing 192 government agencies and merging 118 more.

The data shows, though, that it is the regions of England - rather than the capital - that has lost most heavily on tens of thousands of jobs.

Nationally, the number of full-time, permanent civil servants has fallen from 410,240 six years ago to 312,360 now.

That is a loss of 97,880 jobs.

The number of all civil servants - including part time and temporary workers - has dropped from 527,500 to 418,360, or by 109,140.

In Inner London, though, the fall has been just 3,490, from 62,660 to 59,170.

Nationally, the data shows that women make up 54.2% of civil servants, but only 40% of those in the most senior ranks.

Some 11.2% of staff with a known ethnicity are non-white, but only 7.0% at the most senior levels.

The data was published by the Office for National Statistics.

 

Tracy Millard (L. Tuffley): “What really concerns me is the impact that these jobs losses have had on residents, services users and those still working for the Council. Just because these job positions have been removed doesn’t mean that people don’t need our help. For the members of staff who are left behind we are seeing that their work loads are increasing, and so you have to ask yourself – what does this mean for the services they provide? Whether it’s been in the Fire Service or the Special Education team we have seen redundancies delivered at record high rates, often the Council have claimed that it’s because services need to change in order to become more efficient, however what we can be sure of is that residents need our help now more than ever, so we shouldn’t be seeing the cuts to staffing levels whilst demand is increasing – its frankly unacceptable. 

I have also grave concerns over how the redundancy and restructuring process has been handled at the County Council as I know that some members of staff are unhappy at their treatment.”

Civil service job losses in Gloucestershire

Civil service job losses in Gloucestershire  Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and North Somerset have lost more than a third of their civil service jobs since the Conservatives came to power. Government data...

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