Councillor Report to West Ham Ward: March 2015

Councillor Report to West Ham Ward WEST HAM WARD LABOUR PARTY Ward meeting 5 March 2015 Thursday 5 February I attended Rebecca Cheetham Nursery School Governors meeting, then part of the West Ham ward meeting and finally my ward AGM at Forest Gate North. Saturday 7 February I went away...

EU’s Paris Protocol – time to bring citizens to the table

EU Environment Ministers meet on 6 March to discuss and probably sign off the EU’s contribution to the Paris climate change talks, December 2015. The next day marks the national Time to Act on Climate Change march in London. The EU Commission’s proposal, The Paris Protocol: a blueprint for tackling...

Dirty Money fuels ‘Social Cleansing’

A DELEGATE to my local trades council was reporting last week how families in his part of the London Borough of Brent were being told they should move to another part of the country if they wanted...

Further Education budget: slashed by 24%

The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) recently announced the 2015/16 funding settlement for adult skills in England. While funding for apprenticeships was largely protected, the adult further education (FE) budget is to be cut by 24%. This is an act of wilful vandalism against the principle of lifelong...

The time is now when it comes to housing

At a time of house price inflation, falling home ownership, more people privately renting and increased private rents, the recent English Housing Survey showed the proportion of people renting social housing remained steady at 17 per cent in 2013/14[1].  However, the number of people on local...

The Backward Logic of Privatisation

Public sector workers are not a cost to the economy; quite the contrary, they are producers of value Those that want to get rid of our Council imply that others can do it better, that there is...

Productivity: no puzzle about it

TUC work issued today contests widely-held views that weak growth in productivity is down to failures of skills and/or other defects with the structure of the economy. Our research shows instead that the government’s austerity policies should take most of the blame for the productivity...

Caledonia’s sneaky Tory cash drop

Well this is interesting. It turns out that Caledonia Investments hasn't quite given up on using company money to fund the Tories after all. I speculated last June that they may have given up. My reasons for thinking this were a) they had made no donations since 2010 and b) they had not sought...