The Basildon Council Labour Group has been forced to place councillors on the Conservative Administration’s two new Scrutiny Committees. The Committee System of governance that Basildon Borough Council operates under gives all councillors a say in how the council is run and allows opposition councillors the opportunity to scrutinise all decisions made at each meeting as they happen. Under the previous cabinet system many decisions were made by a handful of councillors and the only way to challenge them by opposition councillors was to refer them to a scrutiny committee.
Basildon Labour have submitted an emergency motion to be discussed at tonight’s Full
Council Meeting at Basildon Council. The motion refers to government plans to release a
new version of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) on 24 July 2018 and
highlights the potential consequences for Basildon Borough and our Local Plan.
Labours attempt to increase the war on Fly Tipping in the Basildon Borough has been voted down by the Basildon Conservatives. Labours Deputy Leader in Basildon and Spokesperson for Corporate Resources, Cllr David Burton-Sampson, tabled an amendment to a recommendation to increase resource in this area at a recent meeting of the councils Corporate Resources Committee.
Concern has been raised that the Basildon Conservatives are about to break a key election promise and raise Council Tax for the next 10 years. A report presented to the councils Corporate Resources committee which set out the financial forecast and the budget setting process outlined an assumption that Council Tax will increase by 2.99% for 2019/20 and 1.99% per annum thereafter. Introducing the agenda item, the Chair, Cllr Stuart Sullivan said of the assumptions “I consider these assumptions to be prudent.” This is despite the Conservatives making claims in their recent literature during the May Borough Council Elections that they would not have raised council tax and will keep tax low.
In May 2017 the Labour Party took back control of Basildon Council. After 15 years of the Conservatives protecting Billericay at the expense of the rest of the borough, it was time to level the playing ﬁeld. Over the last 9 months your Labour Councillors have been working harder than Read more…
“We are proud to live in a diverse and tolerant society. Racism, xenophobia and hate crimes have no place in our country.
We Basildon Borough Council condemn racism, xenophobia and hate crimes unequivocally. We will not allow hate to become acceptable.
Basildon Borough Council will work to ensure local bodies and programmes have support and resources needed to fight and prevent racism and xenophobia.
We reassure all people living in Basildon Borough Council that they are valued members of our community.”
Basildon Local Elections
We are pleased to announce that we have now completed our selection process for our candidates for the Basildon local elections on 5th May, 2016:
Figures show a total of 13,880 housing benefit claimants in Quarter 1 of 2010 compared to 14,573 in Quarter 3 of 2013.
Mike Le-Surf, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for South Basildon and East Thurrock explained, “The Tory-led Government has made great play on the fact that they want to reduce the benefit bill and make housing a priority, so much so that together with the Liberal Democrats, they have set about introducing the pernicious bedroom tax.