Four year freeze would hit residents hard

Members of the Labour Group on Scarborough Borough Council will support a recommendation to increase council tax by 1.94% at a meeting of the local authority on Friday. sbro_town_hall
Labour leader, Eric Broadbent says the implications for accepting a council tax freeze for a fourth year in a row will have damaging consequences for residents.
Cllr Broadbent said: “Across the country local authorities, including Tory controlled councils are having to make tough spending decisions because of the unnecessary and unwanted austerity measures being forced on local people by Central Government who seem hell bent on the eradication of public services. There can’t be many people in the Borough who really believe that ‘we’re all in it together.’ More

Castle Health Walk-in Centre threatened with closure

Proposals for changes in the delivery of urgent care in Scarborough, which could lead to the closure of the Castle Health Walk-in Centre in York Place are to be challenged in a petition launched by Castle Ward Councillor Colin Challen today. Click the link to open/ download a copy of the petition. petition – Castle Health Walk-in

Cllr Colin Challen

Cllr Colin Challen

The petition calls for the walk in centre to be kept open. Councillor Challen said: “The Clinical Commissioning Group has a duty in my view and that of many others to keep a walk-in centre in Scarborough town centre. The existing centre has easy access and is much praised by its thousands of users. It has an experienced team, and after five years in operation. Keeping it open should be a no-brainer. More

Labour Group votes to protect public services

MEMBERS of North Yorkshire County Council Labour Group will support plans to raise council tax by almost 2% at a meeting of the local authority on Wednesday 19 February.

Eric_BroadbentHowever, Eric Broadbent, Leader of the group says the decision does not imply wholesale support of the council’s financial strategy.

Cllr Broadbent said: “Local Authorities across the country, including Labour controlled councils, are having to take some very tough spending decisions because of the swingeing cuts being imposed by Central Government.

“These damaging cuts have seen a reduction in the Council’s budget of more than 30% since 2011, frontline services will be affected with the inevitable consequence that savings of this magnitude will impact most on those who are most vulnerable. More

Motion on companies blacklisting individuals

My motion regarding the appalling scenario of companies blacklisting individuals for no other reason that they are “activists” either as Shop Stewards or Safety Representatives of various unions goes before County Council on the 19 February. See my earlier post for the full motion.
I fully expect this motion will be deferred until the May County Council Meeting that basically is asking the County Council to double and triple check any organisation before they award contracts for work required.
If any bidders are unscrupulous employers who have in the past blacklisted people they will take this into consideration during the bidding process. Clearly my view, which I will make abundantly clear, is that under no circumstances should the County Council award contracts to this type of immoral employer.
The Leader of the Council has assured me that he will take this motion back to the Executive and will call on me to address the Executive before the Meeting in May.
Because this motion is going to be deferred until the Executive have looked into it, I will be formally moving it at the February Meeting, but speaking at length on it at the May Meeting. Eric Broadbent is to second this motion.
The Labour Group pulling its weight and proving a force to be reckoned with at County Hall.
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No.4 Bus – Where do we go from here?

bus4jpgOn Friday 7th February NYCC Transport Scrutiny Committee reopened the arguments around the savage cuts to essential bus services across North Yorkshire including the popular No.4 service in Ramshill. This followed pressure from a group of Councillors, including me, who had been opposed to these cuts. Unsurprisingly, this included the eight Tory Councillors who voted to support the decision to go ahead with the cuts, in spite of our opposition, and the remaining Labour, Lib Dem and Independents voted against the cuts. So where does that leave us? NYCC have offered a replacement service operating Monday to Friday from 10am until approximately 2.30pm. This will use the existing Access buses which transport adults with disabilities early in the morning and later in the afternoon. More

Stepping up the pressure

What a difference three years make. Back in 2010 our constituency Labour Party was at a low ebb. We had lost heavily at the General Election and had just two Scarborough councillors and not a single County Councillor.

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As we move into 2014, we can see that the tide is turning and we really are getting back into our stride with the election of:

  • 9 Borough councillors
  • 4 County Councillors, as well as
  • Several members serving as parish and town councillors.

And these councillors really are making a difference and forcing those in power to reconsider decisions and to sit up and take notice of what the people of Scarborough and Whitby really want. More