I would like to update you on the board meeting held by EMAS last week. 96,000 petitions were signed across the East Midlands or which 51,000 were from Unison.The signatures obtain by Daventry Constituency Labour Party were included in the Unison numbers . Due to the high response to the petition the EMAS board, who were due to make a decision at the end of January ,have put back the decision until 25th March as they are now looking at new proposals.
According to GMB who met with senior EMAS officials this week there are now four proposals that are being considered :
1. No change
2. No change to the organisation but to take on more staff and vehicles.
3. Keep the stations but create more community ambulance points.
4. Create 27 hubs and 108 community ambulance posts.
I will go to the board meeting on the 25th March and I will let you know the outcome.
Sally Keeble, former Labour MP for Northampton North, addressed a meeting in the Abbey Centre in Daventry.Sally emphasized that there is a lack of fairness running across everything that the Tories do. In their policy on housing benefit, they are guided by the values of the market rather than the values of the community. Meanwhile, under the new system, benefits can only be claimed on-line so that people with multiple problems such as learning difficulties will not get help. They may find themselves not receiving the universal credit.
The Tories have cut support systems for many groups of people in need of support. For example, they have reduced access to free and low cost child care so that many women have reduced access to work.
Tory policies are affecting the “squeezed middle” (the £20,000 to 30,000 per annum income group), but they are hurting the lower income groups even more.
In the Daventry area, 540 families have lost £451 a year owing to the withdrawal of Working Family Credits
This years Daventry Constituency Labour Party AGM and CLP meeting will be held on Thursday 24th January at 8.0pm at Daventry Town Football Club, Browns Lane , NN11 4NS. Immediately after the AGM the CLP meeting will take place.The main focus of this meeting is the coming county council elections and the election Wendy Randall , Ken Ritchie and Chris Lee to the Northamptonshire County Council in May . We will discuss in detail how we can support and campaign for our Labour Candidates /
The meeting will be restricted to Labour Party members and known friends of the Labour Party.
The Labour Group on the district council proposed the following motion on the 6th December to full council
This Council supports the Living Wage campaign and resolves to explore how it might become accredited as a Living Wage employer.
Using the Council Procedure Rule 12,it was proposed by Councillor Abigail Campbell (Labour) and seconded by Councillor Wendy Randall (Labour):
An amendment was proposed by Councillor Liz Griffin (Conservative) that “This Council was aware of the Living Wage and a report should be submitted to the Strategy Group in order to provide advice on the implications of the Living Wage for the Council”. The proposition was seconded by Councillor Chris Millar, (Conservative) who added that further background information was required to allow the Council to make a fully informed decision.
The amendment was put to the meeting and declared carried.
It is disappointing that the District Council did not support the original motion but we will continue to press for the implementation of this key policy. When the report comes to the Strategy meeting we will carry a detailed report on this web site .
This year we are combining the short-listing and selection of the Labour Candidates for the County Council elections in 2013 with our Christmas party .
The new County Council divisions of Daventry West and Daventry East have been identified as TARGET SEATS in the coming 2013 local elections . It has been agreed that we will select candidates for these seats on the 13th December .A special constituency meeting was been arranged at Daventry Football club , starting at 6.30 pm on Thursday 13th December . This meeting is for Labour Party members only and will short-list and selection of the Labour Candidates for these two seats . Please come along and take part in this selection process .
After the selection meeting we will move to the Indian Restaurant Abdul ,22a High Street, Daventry, NN11 4 HU. Starts at 7.30pm for 8.0pm on Thursday 13 th December .This party is open to all members and friends of the Labour Party .Do not miss a great evening get your tickets now
Tickets are £15 per person, drinks not included, are available from Peter Wright, tel 0784 306 2197. All tickets must be purchased in advance. Capacity is limited so you are urged to buy as soon as possible