'Austerity is a political choice. So when your children's school is losing teachers and sending begging letters or their youth centre is closed - that's because the Conservative priority is tax breaks for big business. And when your elderly relatives are neglected because of a lack of social care, that's because the Conservatives want another tax giveaway for a few people at the top. It doesn't have to be like this - Labour in government would do this very differently.'
Jeremy Corbyn's full response to the 'barbaric' and 'reckless' use of nerve agents on the streets of Salisbury.
Tory changes to universal credit - supported by Waveney MP Peter Aldous - will slash the income threshold for free school meals to £7,400. The Children's Society has predicted one million children will now be denied eligibility to free meals. Labour will provide free school meals for all primary school children.
Norfolk NHS Action Group yesterday at Kelling Hospital and Holt, North Norfolk, highlighting how NHS land and buildings are being sold off cheap and then new facilities are being build by private developers and rented back to the NHS under financially punitive PFI or PPP deals.
Photos from todays "Stop Naylor Land Grab Tour 3". Visit to Kelling Hospital and then on to the market town of Holt where we had a really encouraging response f...rom people and with drivers tooting car/bus/van horns in support. Norfolk NHS Action Group were joined by members of North Norfolk TUC, North Norfolk Against Cuts, Norfolk & Suffolk Mental Health Campaign and North Norfolk Labour Party.
Waveney Labour and the Campaign to Save Mental Health Services in Norfolk and Suffolk have condemned a 'disastrous' decision to appoint the outgoing head of the Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) as the new boss of the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT), which is struggling with an ongoing funding crisis.
Labour's Cllr Jane Murray, Waveney District Council Shadow spokesperson for Community, Health and Safety, said: 'Mr Lejk spoke ...at the Beccles Health meeting on Wednesday 7 March. Several Waveney District councillors and members of the Waveney Labour Party attended. He spoke as Executive Lead of the Norfolk and Waveney STP and informed us about the future plans of the NHS within Norfolk and Waveney. The next day Mr Lejk resigned from this role to take up a highly paid post as CEO of the NSFT! Can we say our health services are in safe hands?'
A spokesperson for the Campaign told the EDP: 'This is a disastrous appointment for service users and carers, the head of the commissioners who have starved NSFT of funding has now taken over the organisation. It’s a travesty and the council of governors whose job it is to represent service users, carers, staff, and the public ignored the views of the appointment panels and approved this appointment instead of listening to feedback.'
The full story is available on the EDP website:
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'There is growing consensus among economists that Osborne’s post-crisis austerity programme deepened and lengthened Britain’s post-crisis recession, causing public and private investment to fall further and real wages to decline. Making large reductions to government spending is itself a major reason why the economy has been so slow in recovering.'
George Osborne's austerity policies were always a cloak for the wider political project of dismantling Britain's public sector.
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The Waveney Labour Group has called for archives currently held at the Lowestoft Record Office to be relocated to a renovated Town Hall.
A motion proposed at a meeting of Waveney District Council in response to plans to move archives currently available at Lowestoft Library to Ipswich won cross-party support.
The motion, presented by Labour councillors Peter Byatt and Keith Patience, urged the Council to 'urgently engage with Lowestoft Town Council and other stakeholders inv...olved with the Heritage Action Zone, to prioritise the renovation and redesign of Lowestoft Town Hall, with a view to including a purpose built facility if needed, to relocate the Lowestoft Record Office.'
Waveney Labour argued the decision to move the archives should be delayed until a restored Town Hall can house a new record office.
Funding for the Heritage Action Zone, covering the north end of the High Street and including Lowestoft Town Hall, was secured by Waveney District and Lowestoft Town councils.
Waveney Labour urges all of the Heritage Zone's stakeholders, including the councils, Lowestoft Vision, East Suffolk Building Preservation Trust and Heritage England, to engage with the proposal: everyone must work together for the good of the town and its heritage.
Waveney Labour Group has also asked for regular updates from Cllr Michael Ladd, Waveney District Council's Cabinet member for Tourism and Economic Development, and lead councillor for the Action Zone.
(This press release is based on a letter published in the Lowestoft Journal by Cllr Sonia Barker, leader of the Waveney Labour Group.)
The next meeting of Keep Our NHS Public (KONP) Norfolk, held jointly with the NHS Norfolk Action Group, takes place on Tuesday 6 March, at the Charing Cross Centre, St John Maddermarket, Norwich, from 7 to 9pm.
Please visit the KONP website for futher information.
Waveney Labour Group has called for the little known organisation responsible for delivering Norfolk and Waveney's health and social care to be opened up to greater public scrutiny.
The Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) - http://www.jpaget.nhs.uk/…/norfolk-and-waveney-sustainabil…/ - brings together health trusts, councils and voluntary organisations to develop a plan for delivering the region's health and social care services.
The Confederation of British Industry, the Institute of Directors and other industry bodies and trade unions have welcomed the confirmation that Labour would seek a comprehensive customs deal with the EU to prevent tariffs being imposed and avoid the risk of a hard border in Northern Ireland.
Mr Corbyn said: 'We have long argued that a customs union is a viable option for the final deal. So Labour would seek to negotiate a new comprehensive UK-EU customs union to ensure that ...there are no tariffs with Europe and to help avoid any need for a hard border in Northern Ireland.'
Labour respects the result of the 2016 referendum but has always been clear that the final deal must protect the rights and opportunities available to British workers. Mr Corbyn's speech confirms that Labour recognises the importance of maintaining strong, seamless trading links with EU countries, for which retaining a robust customs union is essential.
The full text of Mr Corbyn's speech is available on the Labour website: https://labour.org.uk/…/jeremy-corbyn-full-speech-britain-…/
Jeremy Corbyn visited Great Yarmouth to highlight police cuts. Calculate the figures for your area using Labour's app.
Do you know how the Tories’ cruel police cuts have impacted your area? Find out how many police officers have been wiped off the streets near you.
As we posted yesterday Waveney District Council Labour Group will discuss the Government's decision to create a new local council on the Sunday Politics programme this week. A clip from the interview also appeared on yesterday evening's BBC Look East edition (approx 13 mins in).
Cllr Sonia Barker, leader of the Waveney District Council Labour Group will discuss the Government's decision to press ahead with the creation of a new authority to replace the Waveney and Suffolk Coastal district councils on the Sunday Politics programme this week.
Waveney Labour has condemned the decision to press ahead with the new council without giving residents the opportunity to approve the proposal through a referendum.
Jeremy Corbyn visited Great Yarmouth yesterday to call for Norfolk Police to abandon plans to scrap 150 police community support officers (PCSOs).
Mr Corbyn said PCSOs helped prevent crime and provided intelligence with their 'day to day link with the community'. The Labour leader then joined local party members to canvass Yarmouth voters.
The BBC's full interview with Mr Corbyn is available on the iPlayer (second news item): https://www.bbc.co.uk/…/b09…/look-east-evening-news-22022018