Opinion PUBLISHED: 06:00 08 March 2018 | UPDATED: 08:23 08 March 2018 Paul Geater The Mygo centre in Ipswich gives young people the chance to find work and get careers advice. Picture: PHIL MORLEY Archant Over the last decade local councils have been really hammered by governments wedded to the notion that austerity is the solution to all our economic ills. Ipswich Foyer closed last year after the county council failed to find funding to keep it operating. Picture: ARCHANT In fact I don’t think I’m alone in thinking that local government has taken a disproportionate level of cuts imposed by national politicians and their civil servants who see councils and their “amateur” councillors as convenient whipping boys. This has been aided and abetted by Conservative-controlled authorities, like Suffolk County Council, who appear to be happy to take whatever Whitehall throws at it so it can blame the previous Labour government for an economic crisis that began … [Read more...] about Have Suffolk’s young people been ignored by the county as more cuts bite?
PUBLISHED: 10:43 21 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:11 21 March 2018 Mike Brooke Mayor John Biggs launches Labour's official manifesto in run-up to Tower Hamlets council elections in May. Picture: Mike Brooke Mike Brooke Labour’s mayor of Tower Hamlets has thrown down the gauntlet to take on Downing Street and turn the council into “a fighting organisation” to stop any further cuts in police numbers if he is re-elected in May. Labour mayor John Biggs... "We need to be a campaigning body and make it clear to Downing Street that public safety depends on adequate policing." Picture: Mike Brooke John Biggs, who won his first term in 2015 after Lutfur Rahman was banned from office, made the pledge to tackle government spending cuts at the party’s Tower Hamlets manifesto launch last night. “We have lost 300 police and support officers because of government spending cuts,” he told the East London Advertiser at the launch. “We need to be a … [Read more...] about Mayor John Biggs challenges Downing Street over police cuts at Labour’s Tower Hamlets election manifesto launch
PUBLISHED: 14:33 31 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:33 31 March 2018 Conor Matchett The Riverside building for Waveney and Suffolk council in Lowestoft. PICTURE: Nick Butcher © Archant 2015 Waveney and Suffolk Coastal councils have seen huge reserves growth since 2010/11 despite sweeping spending cuts and a merger of services in 2010. Data from The Bureau of Investigative Journalism and the National Audit Office shows Suffolk Coastal District Council (SCDC) has seen a rise of £20.4m to £31.6m in overall reserves, with Waveney District Council’s (WDC) reserves rising by £9.3m to £14.3m since 2010/11. This means that SCDC’s total reserves are nearly 2.5 times the council’s annual expenditure, with WDC at nearly 1.5 times its annual expenditure. Despite this, SCDC’s general unallocated reserves have seen a drop of 30.1% from £8.59m to £6.06m according to the Bureau. National Audit Office data also shows net council spending has … [Read more...] about Huge council reserve growth despite government cuts
PUBLISHED: 17:27 22 February 2018 | UPDATED: 17:27 22 February 2018 Richard Porritt Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in Great Yarmouth. Picture: ANTONY KELLY Archant Norfolk 2018 Jeremy Corbyn has slammed the decision to cut Norfolk’s Police and Community Support Officers calling them the “eyes and ears” of the force. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in Great Yarmouth. Pictured with PC's Andy Andy Hunt and Nigel Robinson. Picture: ANTONY KELLY In a visit to Great Yarmouth the Labour leader met police officers Andy Hunt and Nigel Robinson during a walkabout in the town. The pair told him about a recent increase in knife crime and drug dealing. Speaking to this paper he said: “If you lose all PCSOs you lose the eyes and ears of the police force and crime is going to rise. It cannot be taken over by the remaining police officers because they cannot do everything. “The issue is essential one of central government funding the police force – what is … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn slams decision to cut PCSOs in Norfolk
Georgia's lieutenant governor on Monday threatened to prevent Delta Air Lines from getting a lucrative tax cut after the company ended its discount program with the National Rifle Association, in the latest fallout from a deadly school shooting in Florida.Delta is part of a growing chorus of businesses cutting ties with the NRA after the Valentine's Day shooting at a Florida high school left 17 people dead. But now the airline is coming under attack, with Georgia's lieutenant governor threatening a sales tax exemption making its way through the legislature.Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, president of the state Senate and a leading candidate to succeed Gov. Nathan Deal, tweeted that he would use his position to sink the proposed sales tax exemption on jet fuel."I will kill any tax legislation that benefits @Delta unless the company changes its position and fully reinstates its relationship with @NRA," Cagle tweeted. "Corporations cannot attack conservatives and expect us not to fight … [Read more...] about Georgia’s Republican lieutenant governor threatens Delta over cutting its NRA ties