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It is blindingly obvious to most people that Government cuts to police budgets have led to rising crime levels, writes Cllr David Ellesmere.

But according to a report by the National Audit Office, ministers are “unaware” of the impact of their cuts.

Perhaps they could have a look at “Police and Crime Plan Performance Progress Report” published by Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner last week.

This paints an alarming picture of crime trends in Suffolk.

Local policing is in crisis but ministers are supposedly unaware

It is blindingly obvious to most people that Government cuts to police budgets have led to rising crime levels, writes Cllr David Ellesmere. But according to a report by the... Read more

Last Wednesday was Back British Farming Day, and I was delighted to join the National Farmers Union’s campaign to buy quality British-farmed food, writes Ipswich MP, Sandy Martin.

That isn’t to say that I believe that all farmers have always got everything right.  In comparison with other countries, most British farms are efficient, most farmers respect and protect the environment, and British produced food is healthy and safe. But there have been a lot of changes for the better in British farming over the past forty years, and there are more changes that I could wish for in the future.

No deal Brexit would threaten Britain's farming industry

Last Wednesday was Back British Farming Day, and I was delighted to join the National Farmers Union’s campaign to buy quality British-farmed food, writes Ipswich MP, Sandy Martin. That isn’t... Read more

As MP for Ipswich I am delighted to take part in the Great East Run in our wonderful town and raise money for Ipswich Housing Action Group which is making a real difference to the lives of some of our most vulnerable residents.

We all know how damaging homelessness can be - not just rough sleeping but sofa-surfing and other "disguised" homelessness as well. 

Sandy Martin's 13 mile run for homeless people

As MP for Ipswich I am delighted to take part in the Great East Run in our wonderful town and raise money for Ipswich Housing Action Group which is making... Read more

It’s hard to believe that the Credit Crunch and worldwide recession happened over 10 years ago, writes Ipswich Borough Council Leader, David Ellesmere.

That could be because we are still living with the consequences, not least a seemingly never-ending austerity.

There was a real opportunity to do things differently after 2008 but, after some initial tinkering, this opportunity was not taken up.

Ten years since the Credit Crunch and Britain still needs a new economic plan

It’s hard to believe that the Credit Crunch and worldwide recession happened over 10 years ago, writes Ipswich Borough Council Leader, David Ellesmere. That could be because we are still... Read more

On Wednesday the Boundary Commission presented their final recommendations for new Parliamentary Constituency boundaries to the Government, writes Sandy Martin MP.  

Although the Government is meant to present the proposals to Parliament “as soon as may be”, they have decided that will not be until Monday 10th September.

If the recommendations are passed, the new rules will fix the number of constituencies in the UK at 600, rather than 650.  Every constituency will have to be reviewed every five years. Virtually every constituency in the country would have to have its boundaries redrawn, and some would disappear altogether, parcelled up amongst other neighbouring constituencies.

 

 

Sandy highlights democratic deficit behind new Parliamentary boundaries

On Wednesday the Boundary Commission presented their final recommendations for new Parliamentary Constituency boundaries to the Government, writes Sandy Martin MP.   Although the Government is meant to present the proposals... Read more

Leader of the Opposition Labour Group on Suffolk County Council, Cllr Sarah Adams, has condemned the Conservative administration after it was announced that the council has once again failed to keep control of the county’s finances.

The Tories have announced there is an £8.6million black hole in the county’s finances and they have pointed the finger of blame solely at the most vulnerable in society. The cost of looking after children in care and specialist social workers for children are cited as some of the reasons for the over spend.  

 

 

Tories have vulnerable people in their sights as they seek further £8.6 million cuts

Leader of the Opposition Labour Group on Suffolk County Council, Cllr Sarah Adams, has condemned the Conservative administration after it was announced that the council has once again failed to... Read more

Closed Circuit TV (CCTV) cameras are a feature of most towns and cities in Britain today, writes Labour Leader of Ipswich Borough Council, David Ellesmere.

Their main aims are both to deter crime and anti-social behaviour and to help identify offenders so they can be prosecuted.

For most people they are a reassuring presence and make us feel safer.

Labour's new £500,000 CCTV investment to deter crime in Ipswich

Closed Circuit TV (CCTV) cameras are a feature of most towns and cities in Britain today, writes Labour Leader of Ipswich Borough Council, David Ellesmere. Their main aims are both... Read more

The road to the re-opening of Broomhill Pool has been a long and tortuous one but we are hopefully now in sight of the finishing line, writes Borough Council Leader, David Ellesmere.

Broomhill was closed in 2002 because of significant structural problems.

There have been continuous attempts to reopen the pool ever since, not least by the Broomhill Pool Trust.

Extra £500,000 should see Broomhill Pool reopen

The road to the re-opening of Broomhill Pool has been a long and tortuous one but we are hopefully now in sight of the finishing line, writes Borough Council Leader,... Read more

Over the past weeks we have heard about the tragic death of a young man, aged 22, whose body was found in the river on 13th August.  He was living on his own in a “Hotel” which is in fact a building full of bed-sit accommodation.

I do not yet know how and why he died. I do know that he was not getting all the support he could have had. I don’t believe the place he was living in helped him to cope with life, and my team tried to help his mother change that.  I understand that the Borough Council, which is responsible for housing, had found him temporary accommodation, but needed the County Council, responsible for social support, to enable him to move to a permanent supported living environment. The County had assured the Borough that he had a place and was being moved.  This clearly did not happen.

Sandy: Speaking out on housing and running in aid of Ipswich Housing Action Group

Over the past weeks we have heard about the tragic death of a young man, aged 22, whose body was found in the river on 13th August.  He was living on his... Read more

Commuters face an unwelcome 3.2% price hike in rail fares, which will see prices continue to rocket. Across the region in Cambridge, Ipswich and Diss, a season ticket to London will increase by over £200 and prices in Luton, Chelmsford, St Albans will go up by £100.

The news comes hot on the heels of cancellations, chaos and delays across the rail network and a ten year record low for commuter satisfaction.

East of England Labour MEP Alex Mayer has backed calls for the lower Consumer Prices Index (CPI), rather than the Retail Prices Index (RPI) to be used to set January rail fare rises.

MEP slams train ticket price hike

Commuters face an unwelcome 3.2% price hike in rail fares, which will see prices continue to rocket. Across the region in Cambridge, Ipswich and Diss, a season ticket to London... Read more

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