Labour’s plans for North Yorkshire

The elections to North Yorkshire County Council are coming up on Thursday 4th May. The Labour Party is fighting on a strong manifesto entitled “Rebuilding Community Trust” focussing on education, health and social care and economic regeneration.
A newly elected Labour Group would subscribe to the principles set out by the Cooperative Councils Network:

  • Principle 1: the Council as a strong community leader
  • Principle 2: providing services at the appropriate level, personalised and community-based
  • Principle 3: citizens and communities empowered to design and deliver services and to play an active role in their local community
  • Principle 4: public services enabling residents to engage in civil society through employment opportunities
  • Principle 5: a settlement between public services, our communities and the citizen (this is what we provide, this is what you do for yourself) underpinned by our desire for justice, fairness and responsibility
  • Principle 6: taking responsibility for services – regardless of where they are accessed or which agency delivers them
  • Principle 7: simple, joined-up and easy access to services – location and transaction; “one place to do it all”, “one form, one time to do it all” – providing visible value for money

Read more about what this means, and the rest of our manifesto here: Labour Manifesto for NYCC 2017

The EU

The Labour Group has submitted the following resolution for debate at the Scarborough Borough Council meeting on Monday May 9th

Liz Colling will propose the motion which will be seconded by Gerald Dennett , many labour councillors hope to speak in support of this and draw residents attention to the successful E U funded developments in the Borough including Woodland Creative Workspace, Scarborough Business Park and Green Lane Neighbourhood centre .

‘This council believes that our country’s membership of the European Union has delivered very real benefits for the Borough’s residents.

These benefits include millions of pounds in E U funding, supporting economic growth and regeneration locally.

E U membership has given vital rights to British workers and the E U’s rules provide important protection to consumers, workers and the environment. Rights to equal pay, paid holidays, maternity and paternity leave, equal rights for part-time workers and health and safety regulations, quality of our bathing waters are all protected under E U law.

Leaving the E U would seriously undermine further regeneration and weaken our ability to attract investment and jobs to the Borough.

Scarborough Borough Council therefore believes it is in the best interests of residents, business and the whole of the Borough for the UK to remain a member of the European Union ‘

Fight to Save Eskdale School wins postponement of decision to close this much loved school

 

Students and parents are jubilant that NYCC has decided to postpone the decision to close Eskdale School. Watch the video to see the strength of feeling throughout the town as children, parents and supporters take to the streets of Whitby .The fight goes on!

Click through to the Whitby Gazette for the full story so far….

http://www.whitbygazette.co.uk/news/local/breaking-eskdale-consultation-put-on-hold-1-7850481

 

Employee rights at NYCC protected by Labour Councillors

Tony RandersonIt is with a degree of satisfaction and indeed pride that I can pen this article on behalf of the Labour Group of County Councillors regarding employee rights at NYCC.

There was a proposal from the Executive this morning on the agenda for the Full Council Meeting at County Hall to change the procedure for Employee Dismissal Appeals.

In March this year this policy/procedure was put to the Members’ Workforce Planning Group on which I am the Labour Group representative. The proposal put to us in March moved away from a Members-only Appeal panel to an appeal panel that mirrored the Absence Disciplinary Panel with one member and one officer hearing and making a judgement on these appeals with HR advice (but HR not participating in the decision making process). With the chair being an officer rather than the councillor.

I reluctantly agreed to this move but only after attaining the support for such a move from the Unison Trade Union Official who represents the employees at NYCC. More

Yes, to unitary authority for the Yorkshire Coast

Scarborough Borough Labour Group Leader Welcomes the County Council Leader’s Support for a Single Council Authority

stevesiddons001Newly elected Leader of Scarborough Borough Labour Group, Steve Siddons today welcomed the Tory County Council Leader’s support for the scrapping of the County Council and the introduction of Unitary Authorities.

“In Scarborough Borough local authorities are duplicated. We have the Scarborough Town Hall and ‘North Yorkshire House’ in the town. We also double up the number of councillors.

“The Scarborough Labour Group suggested ending this waste a couple of years ago but got voted down by the Scarborough Tories. More

Labour Councillors propose cut to number of councillors in North Yorkshire

In their first policy announcement of the new year prior to local elections in May, Scarborough Borough Council Labour Group has called for a reduction in the number of councillors representing the borough’s area from 64 to 28. This would be part of a radical shake-up of local councils, by creating one council providing all services instead of the present two – North Yorkshire County Council and Scarborough Borough Council. In the Borough Council area there are currently 50 Borough Councillors and 14 County Councillors. More

How I’ve fund raised for the Labour Party locally without going outside the front door

Hope you’ve all managed to finish your Christmas shopping and if you did it online that you joined up to easyfundraising to raise funds for the Labour Party at the same time. We’ve raised about £100 so far and it hasn’t cost a penny more than the products we chose to buy. Couldn’t be simpler or more pain-free!

And, it’s all come from businesses who couldn’t give a toss for the Labour Party. I would always prefer to shop with a local independent store. But where that’s not possible, then I choose to shop in a way that helps our Labour Party here locally. More

Plans for Whitby Hospital – Have your say

Whitby Memorial HospitalNHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group is holding its next Patient Congress event on Thursday 16th October from 5.30pm at Sneaton Castle, Whitby, YO21 3QN. Click this link for more information: Fit for the future

We have had a message from NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG:

“Our Patient Congress is a forum for patient representatives from all practices in the CCG with members of our Health Engagement Network. At the Patients’ Congress we update people on developments at the CCG and discuss the latest initiatives and plans.

“If you would like to attend the event, to help us manage numbers, please call 01609 767600 or email whitbyf4f@nhs.net including your name and contact telephone number. More