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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...

contactpic.jpg Councillors were showered with confetti representing all the Northants young people affected by bullying when the Lowdown youth group presented their anti-bullying petition.

 

The group punctured a balloon releasing the confetti - their petition presentation went off with a bang. They have been working with Sally on campaign to draw attention to the scale and impact of bullying. As many as 1,000 children and young people in Northamptonshire could be missing out on school due to bullying  which affects almost half of all children at some stage during their school life.

You can sign up to the Lowdown anti-bullying petition here. The group has already been out collecting signatures on the petition in Northampton town centre.

“This is an issue that affects hundreds of children and young people across the County. It accounts for absenteeism at school, low achievement and self-esteem, and at worst, self harm,” warned Sally. “In Lowdown’s campaign young people are highlighting the seriousness of the problem, and calling for action to prevent it.

The Lowdown petition calls on the County Council to conduct research into the level of bullying at schools and colleges in the County, to identify and roll out best practice and to support a conference on bullying during the coming year.

Anti-bullying week co-ordinated by the Anti-bullying Alliance runs from November 17th to 21st.

National research shows that:

  • ·         46 per cent of children and young people are affected by bullying at some stage of their school life.
  • ·         25 per cent of children and young people worry about bullying.
  • ·         Bullying is the second biggest worry for children going up into secondary school.
  • ·         Those most likely to be bulled are:
    • o   Children with a learning disability – 56 per cent say they have been bullied.
    • o   Young people who are lesbian gay, bisexual or transgender – two thirds say they have experienced bullying.
    • o   Children with Asperger’s Syndrome – 90 per cent of parents of children with this syndrome say they have experienced bullying.

The group called on the County Council to set up an anti-bullying census of children and young people in the county, conduct and publish research, develop and roll out best practice on anti-bullying and sponsor a conference on anti-bullying next  year.

Children and young people who are bullied are three times more likely to self harm, and are also more likely to be absent from school. Nationally 77,950 children are out of school at any one time with bullying given as one of the reasons for absence – this would mean about 1,000 Northamptonshire children were out of school for this reason -  and of these nationally 16,000 are out of school with bullying being the main reason for absence.

Petition presentation at Northants County Council goes off with a bang!

 Councillors were showered with confetti representing all the Northants young people affected by bullying when the Lowdown youth group presented their anti-bullying petition.  

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