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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...

Labour condemns closure of ‘Help to Buy’ mortgage scheme

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond, announced the closure of the scheme that helped young first time buyers get their foot on the property ladder. The scheme allowed first time buyers to have a much smaller 5% deposit with the government loaning a further 20% so that mortgages could be secured. So far over 800 families have taken up the scheme in Gloucestershire. 

In a letter to the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, it was announced that the government would be closing this scheme claiming that it had ‘achieved it goals’. Since 2013 the scheme had helped families buy homes at a lower average rate of £157,000 in comparison to standard average rate of £216,000 for those not using the scheme.  

Labour County Councillor Lesley Williams (Stonehouse) said: “I am thoroughly disappointed with the government’s decision to close this scheme as it will mean that young people in my division that have hopes of owning their first home will now find it even harder. We should be focussing on building homes fit for families, but regressive moves like this will make it even harder. Whilst in the Labour Party we have promised to build over one million homes in our first five years of government, of which 500,000 would be high quality council housing, something that we are already doing here in Stroud. ” 

Labour County Councillor Tracy Millard (Tuffley) said: “This backwards move will just go on to increase the problems facing young people and prolong the wait for decent homes. The reason this scheme was introduced was to encourage house building in places like Gloucester and to make sure those homes go to local first time buyers. The Tories have had eleven years in Gloucestershire to fight for better homes, and this is the final nail in the coffin. Where were our MPs and County Council in this matter? Better, and more affordable homes is something that I would have thought all political parties would want to support. ” 

Home ownership rates are already at a record low in the South West, as it was recently reported that home ownership had dropped to 69% in 2016 from 75% in 2000.

Labour condemns closure of ‘Help to Buy’ mortgage scheme

Labour condemns closure of ‘Help to Buy’ mortgage scheme The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond, announced the closure of the scheme that helped young first time buyers get their...

Labour- time to get tough on deprivation

Tonight at full council meeting of Gloucester City Council, the Labour group will put forward a motion calling on the Council and the Conservative administration to act to end deprivation in the City.

The motion draws on a recent report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation[1], which identified areas of Gloucester as being disconnected, with deprivation in relation to employment, housing and income.

The motion will be proposed by the Leader of the Labour Group and Shadow Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Resources, Cllr. Kate Haigh (L, Matson and Robinswood), who said “the report identifies areas across the City, from Matson to Westgate, as experiencing some form of deprivation- a one size fits all approach doesn’t work, and it’s time for the Council take the lead and to work together with residents, community groups and other local agencies to invest in our communities and tackle the specific needs of each area.”

The motion is seconded by Ms. Haigh’s ward colleague, Cllr. Tom Coole. “I live in and represent a ward that has areas which are not only amongst the most deprived in the City, but also in the entire country. It’s time for the Council to get tough on deprivation.”

Labour group will also propose another motion about tackling environmental crime.



[1] https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/overcoming-deprivation-and-disconnection-uk-cities

Time to get tough on deprivation

Labour- time to get tough on deprivation Tonight at full council meeting of Gloucester City Council, the Labour group will put forward a motion calling on the Council and the...

Labour condemns poor results of Council for children with SEND and Free School Meals

In today’s (15/09/2016) Children and Families Scrutiny Committee Labour Councillors Tracy Millard (L. Tuffley) and Lesley Williams (L. Stonehouse) condemned Gloucestershire County Council for its poor performance in providing support to children and families with Special Educational Needs.

This came about after it was revealed during an inspection by the Care Quality Commission and OFSTED that the Council was failing pupils who have statements or SEND care plans. The report found that progress of students from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4 was well below the national average.

This trend was found to be repeated for children on Free School Meals (FSM) between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4. At Key Stage 2 66% children on FSM achieved a Level 4 in Literacy and Numeracy but this dropped dramatically at Key Stage 4 (GCSE) to 33%.

This comes after the revelation that the results of pupils in Gloucestershire who are in receipt of Free School meals (FSM) has remained at record lows in comparison to pupils who are not eligible for Free School meals.

In 2013 only 36.9% of pupils in receipt of FSM achieved 5 or more A* - C Grades at the end of Key Stage 4 (GCSE) but by 2015 this figure dropped to 33%. This is in comparison to the County average of 62% of A* - C grades for pupils not in receipt of Free School Meals.

Labour Councillor Tracy Millard (Tuffley) said: “This highlights that our most vulnerable children are being let down by services in Gloucestershire, all children regardless of background should be given the same opportunities. With the on-going budget cuts across the Council I have to wonder what effect this will have on our most vulnerable.”

Labour Councillor Lesley Williams (Stonehouse) said that: “These results are terrible, and they demonstrate that this Council does not have a grip on the pervasive issues facing our most vulnerable. Whilst I recognise that the OFSTED report gives a good overall picture, it unfortunately highlights that the administration do not have the capacity to sort out the big problems.”

At the committee meeting today the Labour Group have called for a comprehensive review by the Council into what it should be doing to help the most vulnerable in society.

 

Labour condemns poor results of Council for children with SEND and Free School Meals

Labour condemns poor results of Council for children with SEND and Free School Meals In today’s (15/09/2016) Children and Families Scrutiny Committee Labour Councillors Tracy Millard (L. Tuffley) and Lesley...

Labour County Councillors call for solutions to death certificate backlog - May 2016

A Labour Group motion passed today will see a formal investigation launched into the many problems surrounding the issuing of death certificates in the County. The motion proposed by Councillor Graham Morgan, and seconded by Councillor Tracy Millard (L. Tuffley) brought this motion to Council today after members of the public had been reached out to them for help.

The motion formally recognises that there is a problem with how the County Council has wanted people to register deaths, and it calls for Council to bring solutions on how to better the service to the next Environment Scrutiny Committee in July. Information released yesterday (10th of May 2015) suggested that nearly a 1000 death certificates were delayed in the County in the first three months of the year.

Councillor Graham Morgan (L. Cinderford) said that: “This has been a problem for families across the County for too long now; I know from personal recent experience what it means when you can’t get the death certificate of a loved one. I hope that now the Council have agreed to look at this issue they will return with some suggestions on how to improve it.

Recent changes to how death certificates are issued has meant that friends and families often have to travel to ‘hubs’ in Gloucester, Stroud and Cheltenham to register a death, this has lead to many having to wait well beyond the statutory five day period.

Councillor Tracy Millard (L. Tuffley) said that: “Whether this is because of cuts to the service, or the Council have changed how it works, the result is the same, families and loved ones are not being able to register deaths in the time or places that they would expect. We’ve all been in these situations before, and the last thing that you want to encounter is a system that makes life that little bit harder. I sincerely hope that the Cabinet member and the Council come back with some serious recommendations on how to fix this problem”.

The Cabinet member for Fire, Planning and Infrastructure will be asked to attend the July 13th meeting of the Environment and Community Scrutiny Committee with recommendations to improve the service. 

Labour County Council Press Release

Labour County Councillors call for solutions to death certificate backlog - May 2016 A Labour Group motion passed today will see a formal investigation launched into the many problems surrounding...

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