Halfon raises question of youth services in House of Commons

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has called on the Government to ensure the future of youth services in Harlow as Essex County Council consults over slashing their budget from £5m a year to £2m a year over the next two years. Mr Halfon has tabled a Motion in Parliament which highlights the “remarkable” work of youth organisations in Harlow and the value they give to the local community and calls on the county council to protect the services “from any future budget reductions”.

Harlow MEP proud to be in the pink

EACH year in the UK around 50,000 women and around 400 men are diagnosed with breast cancer, with 12,000 women and 80 men dying each year. That is why we need to support Breast Cancer Campaign’s fundraising efforts so they can continue to fund research which will one day lead to a cure.

Under-fire Essex councillor meets with youth groups

THE Essex councillor in charge of the youth service budget, Ray Gooding met with young people from across Harlow at the college this afternoon. The meeting organised by Harlow MP Robert Halfon, gave young people a chance to air their views on cuts to the youth service to the man in charge of making them.

Training provider names Robert Halfon as their politician of the year

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has been presented with a Politician of the Year award from Avanta, one of the UK’s leading employment and training providers. Each year Avanta names an MP who has made a significant impact both in Parliament and beyond, in the debate about skills policy.
This year Avanta chose Mr Halfon in recognition of his work in promoting apprenticeships, hiring his own Parliamentary apprentices, highlighting the importance of vocational studies and the raising the importance of filling the skills gap.

Council leader puts record straight on Harlow Welfare Rights saga

“MUCH has been written over the last year about the Council. The Council has not wished to conduct the proceedings in the media and, in any event, it has been constrained by the legal process initiated by HWRA from responding through the media. At every stage the Council has acted in accordance with the legal advice that it has received. It has worked within the rules and it has respected the requirement for confidentiality. It has been scrupulous in its approach to this issue but this has meant that it has not been able to respond to some of the ill-informed and misleading statements that have appeared in the press. It is now important to provide some facts.

Council pledges to support Raytheon workers

FOLLOWING the news that Raytheon are to make 51 staff redundant, the Council has issued the following statement: Councillor Tony Durcan, Portfolio Holder for Resources and Enterprise, said: “The Council wishes to offer its support and help to all local employees affected by this decision.

Suzy writes to Robert on youth cuts

AS you will know Essex County Council is consulting on their provision of youth services and proposing cuts of £3 million. I call on you to oppose these disgraceful measures. Failure to stop them will lead to the under provision of crucial youth services in Harlow, and will damage the prosperity, cohesion and day to day running of our community. There is little doubt that this will leave the lives and futures of our young people severely damaged.

Suzy urges Halfon to back apprenticeships bill

SUZY Stride, Labour’s candidate to be MP in Harlow has backed the “Apprenticeships & Skills Private Member’s Bill” and has called on MP Robert Halfon to do the same. Suzy Stride said “We need to get people back to work and a key way to do this is to ensure that apprenticeships have high quality placements to go alongside them.

Accuro Under 19 Project under threat

THE Under 19 Project, operated by Hastingwood-based charity Accuro, faces an uncertain future because of a lack of funding which may lead to its closure in March 2014. For the last 13 years the Project has been successfully providing leisure and social activities for children/young people aged 11 to 19 who have a range of disabilities.

Tories vow: “I’ve got to fight for Harlow” over youth cuts

BOTH Labour and Tory Councillors voted in agreement with a motion to support Harlow’s young people in their opposition to Essex County Council’s proposed cuts to the Youth Service, at last nights full council meeting.

After a presentation by Youth Councillors which described the proposal to cut a further £3 million from the youth service budget as ‘shocking’, a motion was put forward by Emma Toal, portfolio holder for youth and citizenship. Toal described the current consultation on the cuts as ‘greatly flawed’ stating, ‘We can not fail our young people and allow Essex County Council to take away their youth service.’

Labour’s PPC condemns proposed closure of Harlow children’s centres

ESSEX County Council has proposed closures to two children’s centre in Harlow. Both the ABC Children’s Centre in Old Harlow and Sunflowers Children’s Centre at Sumners Leisure Centre in Broadly Road would be closed if the proposals go ahead. Suzy Stride, Labour Parliamentary Candidate, argues the closures are disproportionately high in Harlow compared to the rest of the county. Last year, Harlow District Council led a scrutiny review into Education Attainment in the town which identified an issue of school-readiness in Harlow. Evidence showed that children under-5 in Harlow are not at the level they should be by the time they reach primary school, yet the Tory-lead administration as enforcing 18% the closures in Harlow.

Incentive given to downsize council houses

HARLOW Council is to offer incentives to support Council tenants wishing to downsize which will help to free up larger homes for families in need. The Council is working to ease the current housing crisis by offering practical and financial support to existing Council tenants wishing to move to a smaller Council home.

Concerns continue over West Sumners

PROPOSED plans for West Sumners are expected to be submitted over the next few days. The 1,200-home development on the border of Harlow near Jack’s Hatch is one of a number of applications on the Harlow border that has aroused controversy.

Halfon backs Major on energy tax

HARLOW MP, Robert Halfon has backed the former prime minister, Sir John Major’s proposal for an emergency “excess profits tax” on the ‘Big Six’ energy firms.
Mr Halfon said: “I think there are three principles here. First of all, one of responsible capitalism, and we’ve got to make that the energy companies are behaving properly and fairly; we’ve got to ensure that they are fair to the public; and we have to have a relentless focus on the cost of living.

Youth council leader pleads to keep youth services open

HARLOW youth council member, Madalina Salasbesdru may have only lived in the UK for a couple of years but the ambitious Romanian student has come to appreciate the valuable services provided in Harlow.

So when Mada came to hear of the possible cuts to services in the town, she wanted to make an appeal to Essex County Council. YH spoke to Mada as she stepped out of a youth council meeting.

Blog: Nishall on Youth Service cuts

YOUTH SERVICE cuts will affect the Harlow youth council and the young people of Harlow quite badly. The youth service provide a lot to the young people of Harlow, they are provide a youth centre they can visit where the sexual health clinic is and can receive support and guidance from youth workers there. They service also provide us with a lot of support in education and personal ways.

Parents tell national press of their horror over alleged comments by Kingsmoor teacher

A NUMBER of parents have turned to the national press over an alleged incident at a Harlow primary school where it is claimed a teacher warned students she would “bury them in the woods”. Kingsmoor Academy teacher Sangita Naik has now been suspended and an investigation underway after it is alleged that she threatened the class of mainly seven-year-olds that she would ‘put them in the boot of her car’ before placing them in a hole in the ground.

New council house building plan unveiled

HARLOW Council has unveiled plans for a £1.8m house building programme which will see the first new Council homes being built in the town for almost 25 years. At a Cabinet meeting the Council agreed to award a contract up to the value of £2.7m to build new Council homes for rent on disused or under used garage sites across the town.