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sally200.jpgLabour's commitment to improve mental health services is a relief after the erosion of services under the Tories.

A popular counselling service in the east of Northampton face closure: a move Sally has slated as being penny wise and pound foolish.

Labour leader Ed Miliband committed a future Labour government to improve mental health services as Sir Stephen O’Brien, chair of Barts NHS Trust, unveiled the report of his two year independent taskforce on mental health.

Key recommendations in the report include:

  • Improvements to child mental health services – one schoolchild in ten has a mental health problem.
  • Training of NHS staff to include mental health so that problems get detected sooner.
  • Investment in cost effective talking therapies  - at present patient face five weeks to three months waits for treatment.
  • Better integration of services.
  • Use of social prescribing for people who are isolated and vulnerable.

Sally Keeble said: “This is a welcome boost for what are often the Cinderella services of the NHS. Here in Northamptonshire we’ve seen cuts in the number of community psychiatric nurses, erosion of dementia care services and I’ve had complaints on the doorstep that counselling services in east Northampton are at risk – despite the pressures on the local community.  Cuts to preventive services are penny wise and pound foolish as left untreated mental health problems can lead to people ending up on the streets or in the criminal justice system.

“One in six of us will have mental health problems at some stage, and poor mental health is estimated to cost the economy £100 billion.This report is welcome – as is Labour’s commitment to improve mental health services.”

Labour sets out commitment to improve mental health services

Labour's commitment to improve mental health services is a relief after the erosion of services under the Tories.

sallystd.jpgToday a big choice was set out for Britain. Between a country where everyone can share in the prosperity we create together. Or a country in which the rewards are reserved for the privileged few.

In today's Autumn Statement the Conservative-Lib Dem Coalition today set out its dismal record on the economy.

  •  Broken promises on deficit reduction and living standards that have fallen more sharply than ever. The Tories have dramatically failed to keep their promise to reduce the deficit and the average family is £2,000 worse off under the Tories.
  • An austerity programme that hurt working people and now £23 billion more in public service cuts. Austerity wiped 1% off our economic growth. 
  •  Beneath the employment figures, 1.4 million people stuck in zero-hours contracts, or trapped in low paid or part-time jobs.

So many people have told me how hard it's been: a woman in Kingsthorpe who worked for five years for a supermarket, but still couldn't earn £7 an hour. A man in Blackthorn who was promoted at work but still only paid the Minimum Wage. And he worked for a council contractor!

Meanwhile the most vulnerable and especially people with disabilities have been hard hit by cutbacks. Up to 900,000 people are using foodbanks - just one measure of hardship.

Britain can do better than that! Labour is committed to rebuilding an economy that works for working people. We have pledged to increase the Minimum Wage and support the Living Wage to support economic growth and make sure work pays. We'll support the next generation - the future of our country - by supporting apprenticeships and childcare support for young families. Here in Northampton, small businesses are the engine of our economic growth. Labour is committed to cutting their business rates.  We can have an economy where people see the rewards of their hard work, and where the most vulnerable are properly supported.

If you want to help build a better future for our country, sign up here to volunteer in Sally’s campaign.

 

The big choice before Britain - an economy that works for working people

Today a big choice was set out for Britain. Between a country where everyone can share in the prosperity we create together. Or a country in which the rewards are reserved for the privileged...

_60902527_parent_bbc.jpgTory plans to cut children's centres in Northamptonshire have been slammed as a shameful betrayal of the County's children by Labour's Sally Keeble. You can sign her petition opposing the cuts here.

The plans come hard on the heels of the Tories privatisation of the Children's Centres to Action for Children and Spurgeons, two children's charities.

There has been marginal publicity about the new consultation. It started on November 7th, ends on December 19th, and all but one of the consultation meetings have already been held.

The Conservative-controlled Northamptonshire County Council is consulting on proposals to:

- Reduce the number of children's centres and their opening hours.

- Provide some of the services through a wider range of unspecified community centres, including one which is a barn in the middle of a park.

- Provide more services to families in their homes.

There is a serious lack of information in the proposals. For example there is no financial information, or information about how many places there will be for children and families in the different locations. There is also no information as to how the new structure will lead to an improvement in outcomes for children and their families. You can read more about the County's proposals here.

Children's Centres were one of the great Labour innovations, designed to provide a one-stop shop for families. They were inclusive, catering for all families to avoid stigmatising families in need.

Sally Keeble says: "This is a shameful betrayal of the County's children. The consultation is completely inadequate - people in Northamptonshire deserve much better than this."

Betrayal of Northamptonshire's children in cuts planned to Children's Centres

Tory plans to cut children's centres in Northamptonshire have been slammed as a shameful betrayal of the County's children by Labour's Sally Keeble. You can sign her petition opposing the...

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