Basildon

Labour forced to place Councillors on unnecessary Scrutiny Committees

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.

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Basildon

Budget Process and Financial Forecast Report implies Conservative Council Tax Rise

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.

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Basildon

We Are Proud to Live in a Diverse and Tolerant Society

“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.”

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Basildon

Housing benefit bill increases

1467229_1429475130632273_486777121_nLabour’s Parliamentary Candidates for Basildon have responded to official figures from Shelter which demonstrate that the housing benefit bill in Basildon has increased under the current Government.

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.

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