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Labour cares; Tory cuts - Our plan for Suffolk

Why you should vote Labour for SuffolkVideo posted on YouTube by Suffolk LabourLabour Candidates explain why we think the whole of Suffolk will be better off with Labour

Last night's meeting of Ipswich Borough Council opened with a minute's silence for the victims of the London attack.

Mayor and Labour Councillor, Roger Fern, said:

"I know I speak for the whole Chamber when I express our shock and horror at the events which took place in and around the Houses of Parliament this afternoon. Police enquiries are obviously continuing into the nature of this attack but at this time I believe it is appropriate to record our condolences to the victims and their families.

Our thoughts and prayers are with London at this time and I would like to forward a message from the Council to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan."

Cllr Roger Fern: Our thoughts and prayers are with London at this time

Last night's meeting of Ipswich Borough Council opened with a minute's silence for the victims of the London attack. Mayor and Labour Councillor, Roger Fern, said: "I know I speak...

Two weeks ago, Chancellor Philip Hammond noted that this was his last Spring Budget as from now on budgets would be in autumn. 

He also joked that the last Chancellor to try and do this was sacked within weeks.

That probably doesn’t seem quite so funny now given the almighty cock-up he has made of his first Budget.

Humiliating u-turn in Hammond's first budget

Two weeks ago, Chancellor Philip Hammond noted that this was his last Spring Budget as from now on budgets would be in autumn.  He also joked that the last Chancellor... Read more

A recent survey by the Commission for Integrated Transport shows that Britain has the most gridlocked roads in Europe, writes Ipswich Council Leader, David Ellesmere.

If the transport systems in other towns and cities in the UK are run the same way Conservative-run Suffolk County Council treats Ipswich, I can well believe this.

 

More failure on roads from Suffolk's Tory Council

A recent survey by the Commission for Integrated Transport shows that Britain has the most gridlocked roads in Europe, writes Ipswich Council Leader, David Ellesmere. If the transport systems in... Read more

Ipswich Borough Council is, like councils across the country, facing huge cuts from Theresa May’s Government.

Just three main changes introduced by the Government – cuts in the Council’s main grant; cuts to the New Homes Bonus; and an increase in business rates – will cost the Council more than £12million over the next four years.

Borough Council facing huge cuts from Theresa May's Government

Ipswich Borough Council is, like councils across the country, facing huge cuts from Theresa May’s Government. Just three main changes introduced by the Government – cuts in the Council’s main... Read more

Home ownership in England has fallen to its lowest level for 30 years and the number of people privately renting is higher than in the 1960s says David Ellesmere. 

Young people are facing a Catch-22 situation. They are paying more to rent their homes than they would for a mortgage but, because rents are so high, they can’t afford to save for a deposit which would enable them to get a mortgage in the first place.

Why won't Government act to let us tackle homes crisis?

Home ownership in England has fallen to its lowest level for 30 years and the number of people privately renting is higher than in the 1960s says David Ellesmere.  Young people... Read more

I don’t know much about Eddie Pole and George Wyle, the duo who penned the Andy Williams hit “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”, writes Labour Leader of Ipswich Borough Council, David Ellesmere, but my guess is that they didn’t work in local government.

For councils, late December is always associated with the annual Christmas present from the Government of the “Local Government Finance Settlement” - how much money councils are going to get for the next year.

By “present”, I am talking in the sense that an untrained dog leaves a “present” on your best carpet: it’s pretty unpleasant and can take a long time to clear up the mess.

We weren’t expecting good news. It’s a long time since we've had that.

Finance Settlement from Tory Government will make front line service cuts inevitable

I don’t know much about Eddie Pole and George Wyle, the duo who penned the Andy Williams hit “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”, writes Labour Leader of... Read more

Last week saw another chapter in the sorry saga of Conservative-run Suffolk County Council’s determination to run our Park and Ride into the ground, writes Ipswich Borough Council Leader, David Ellesmere.

The immediate headlines may have said “Park and Ride Saved” but, as more detail comes out, most people are beginning to doubt whether what is proposed really stacks up.

Tories run Ipswich Park & Ride into the ground

Last week saw another chapter in the sorry saga of Conservative-run Suffolk County Council’s determination to run our Park and Ride into the ground, writes Ipswich Borough Council Leader, David... Read more

Of all the things Labour has done since winning control of Ipswich Borough Council probably the one I’m proudest of is something that hardly anyone notices, let alone comments on, writes Labour Council Leader, David Ellesmere.

It is this: despite huge cuts in funding from the Government – to the tune of millions of pounds – through good financial management we have managed to protect frontline council services for Ipswich residents.

So, for example, when the other Tory-run councils in Suffolk decided to start charging up to £50 for brown bin collection, we were able to keep this service free of charge in Ipswich.

A good night's sleep, brought to you by your Labour Council

Of all the things Labour has done since winning control of Ipswich Borough Council probably the one I’m proudest of is something that hardly anyone notices, let alone comments on,... Read more

Thousands of hard-working Suffolk people are employed on zero-hours contracts by companies working for the Conservative-run County Council.

Labour County Councillors in Ipswich have challenged the Tories to make sure our care workers, cleaners, caretakers and others are given proper contracts, and paid the Living Wage – a decent day’s pay for a decent day’s work.

Labour exposes Suffolk County Council low pay and zero-hours culture

Thousands of hard-working Suffolk people are employed on zero-hours contracts by companies working for the Conservative-run County Council. Labour County Councillors in Ipswich have challenged the Tories to make sure... Read more

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