Top TEN reasons why you should vote Labour in Basildon
If you are wondering who to vote for in Basildon then this top ten list is for you! So here we go the top TEN reasons why you should vote for Labour in Basildon:Read more
It has been announced this morning that Deputy Leader of the Basildon Labour Group and Councillor for St. Martin’s Ward has been recognised and included in the prestigious Global OUTstanding 50 LGBT+ Future Leaders, presented by the FT.
The Conservative Administration has finally accepted that their claim for outrageous allowance will not be tolerated.
On Wednesday evening the Conservative Party released details of their new policy for gypsy and traveller pitches in the local plan. Deputy Council Leader Kevin Blake proposed the policy which will see all illegal pitches, wherever they are in the borough, legalised subject to meeting a loose criteria which has yet to be drafted. It means the plans which included specific sites that could be managed and allow for collection of council tax, will be scrapped. Instead there will be a free for all across the whole borough.
On 14th August the government green paper on social housing was released for consultation. Yet despite ongoing appeals from local government across the political spectrum it fails to make progress on the need to deliver affordable houses and in particular social housing. Figures show that since 2007/08, the number of homes let for social rent has fallen from 366,820 to 334,602.
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.
The Basildon Labour Party have consistently warned the Conservative Administration and residents of the dangers of delaying our local plan and the potential that further delays could lead to additional homes. Unfortunately that warning became a reality.
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.