Epping pilot scheme for benefit fraud may be rolled out to Harlow

BENEFITS fraudsters and those receiving more than they are entitled to are being targeted by a pilot scheme running in Epping Forest. The district is one of six areas across the country to carry the Government’s posters, adverts, Facebook images and letters to claimants urging people to report suspected benefit fraud or changes to their circumstances.

Essex County Council meetings calendar

Essex Health and Wellbeing Board, Tuesday 14 January, from 2pm, Council Chamber, Rochford District Council, Civic Suite Essex Fire Policy & Strategy Committee, Wednesday 15 January, from 10am, Fire Service HQ People and Families Scrutiny Committee, Thursday 16 January, from 10am, Committee Room 1

Axed Pupil Unit is improving says Ofsted

Improve the behaviour and safety of the pupils by: – providing a learning environment that stimulates and challenges all
pupils to engage successfully in all lessons – ensuring that staff and pupils conform to the centre’s rules and
procedures – making sure that all teachers comply with policies and procedures to ensure the safety of all pupils.

Labour put the “Cost of Cameron” in the Harlow spotlight

TOP LABOUR MP, Ivan Lewis joined Labour candidate for Harlow, Suzy Stride and her ever-growing team as they covered a considerable part of Harlow in a campaign coined “The Cost of Cameron”. This is an interesting tactic by Labour. In the General Election of 2010, it was all about Gordon Brown and so maybe, Labour feel that a focus on David Cameron may have some mileage.

Police cars in Harlow being used as ambulances.

POLICE in Essex have had to take patients to hospital when ambulances fail to show up more than 180 times in the past year, it has emerged. When BBC News revealed police concerns about ambulance delays a year ago, police and the ambulance service said they did not record such incidents.

Dedicated Coroner’s Court for Essex

SENIOR Coroner for Essex Mrs Caroline Beasley–Murray said: “We are committed to ensuring we provide the best possible service to those who attend inquests. This new facility will help us provide further support to people at what is an extremely difficult time.”

Have your say on M11 junction proposals

HARLOW RESIDENTS and businesses are being urged to have their say on the proposed M11 junction 7A before the exhibition ends on Friday January 31. Visitors to exhibitions can learn more about the proposed new junction and comment on the proposals by using cards at the Harlow Civic Centre and Epping Library until the end of the month.

Are you interested in becoming a special constable?

IF you think you’ve got what it takes visit the Specials Recruitment stand at the Harvey Centre, Harlow, on Saturday, January 18, for information. Special Constables have full police powers, uniforms and equipment but sacrifice their free time on a voluntary basis, organising their busy personal lives, day jobs and other commitments around police duties.

Blogpost: Why Green is more important than ever….

GROWING up in Harlow, I knew that there were a lot of things about the town I would love to change, so as soon as I was given the opportunity I became very involved in local politics. In 2006 I stood as a member of the Young Essex Assembly and was elected to represent all of Harlow’s young people on a countywide scale. I participated in projects to help reduce the cost and increase the standard of travel, which cumulated in Essex County Council piloting a scheme in Colchester to extend the BITE identity card to a discount travel card.

Halfon speaks up on Newsnight to back increased minimum wage

HARLOW MP, Robert Halfon appeared on BBC’s Newsnight on Wednesday night to back calls for an increase in the minimum wage. Mr Halfon said: “Last night, I appeared on BBC Newsnight with Jeremy Paxman to talk about the National Minimum Wage and the merits of potentially increasing it, to help hardworking families across the UK who are struggling with the cost of living. I was joined by fellow Conservative MP, Mark Reckless.

Strike action by unions set to hit Harlow rail commuters

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “We will not tolerate a situation where Greater Anglia choose to ignore and abuse agreed procedures in an effort to bulldoze through changes that have serious implications for our members and, potentially, the quality of service offered to the travelling public.

Democracy in Essex this week

THE FOLLOWING committees will be held over the next two weeks in Essex County Council. Wednesday 8 Jan, from 10am, Committee Room 1 Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Suzy Stride backs Labour betting shop plans

SUZY Stride, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Harlow, has backed Labour’s plan to give councils the power to take decisions on the spread of betting shops and Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs). Ed Miliband’s announcement recognises that betting shops are not a problem in all areas; Labour’s plans
will empower local people and local authorities to take local decisions in their area.

Halfon resolute on Right to Buy

SINCE Right to Buy was extended, 13,400 social housing tenants have now become homeowners. It is a policy that has social justice embedded in its’ core – ensuring that those on lower incomes have an opportunity to own their homes and that social housing is maintained.

Labour protest at rail prices hikes

LABOUR activists in Harlow went down to Harlow Town railway station on Monday morning to leaflet and speak to commuters about recent prices hikes.
It seems that a day does not go by without commuters venting their frustration about the level of service on the Harlow to Liverpool Street line.

MEP expresses frustration at missed chances for youth employment funding

THE striking of Big Ben to herald the New Year will see a further blow to the hopes of Essex unemployed youngsters, according to the Harlow’s Euro MP. Labour’s Richard Howitt MEP says that Britain is the only country in Europe still to submit a plan to access a £5 billion EU fund to help guarantee a job or training to young people out of work, the deadline for which expired on 31 December.

Harlow MP delivers his New Year message

TOGETHER, we have gone through the best of times, and the worst of times. The tragic deaths of the Shakoor family, and the recent deaths of the Ducusin family in the Philippines, being examples of real pain in our community. However during both times, Harlow came together, and the outpouring of kindness and generosity from so many in response to such terrible events shows why Harlow is a very special place, and a town that I am proud to represent as MP.