Harlow Labour “Is Tory levelling up the new big society?”

General / Mon 24th Jan 2022 am31 08:28am

ON Friday, Essex County Council announced its “levelling up” plans for Harlow.

The news items are all on our politics page.

We asked the leader of Harlow Labour for his response.

Cllr Vince said: “Although I welcome any investment in Harlow, which has suffered from a decade of Conservative cuts to local authority finances, the details of the County Council’s ‘levelling up’ agenda is as vague as the Governments. 

It doesn’t seem that long ago they were promoting their ‘big society’ project, I wonder what ever happened that!?  The Conservatives seem to think residents will forget that they’ve been running the county council for over 20 years. 

Why have they only now recognised the need to support young people in our county?
£10m to be invested across the whole of Essex doesn’t go particularly far and bulk of the funding they talk about of £23.7m is the funding secured by the previous Harlow administration. 

I welcome the involvement of Changing lives, an organisation that I have supported for several years who have made a huge impact on the lives of young people in our town.  However even, they cannot make up for a decade of government cuts to per pupil funding to our schools and ideological changes to the curriculum which have led to teachers leaving the profession in their droves.  

“What the people of Essex need are actions rather than words from a Conservative County Council and Conservative government who for too long have let our county and its young people down.

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4 Comments for Harlow Labour “Is Tory levelling up the new big society?”:

Nicholas Taylor
2022-01-24 10:12:23

As leader of the Harlow Alliance Party, I would like to make a response to the levelling up plans for Harlow. We also welcome investment in Harlow of course and would echo the comments made by Chris Vince. We need an education system which matches the needs of the working world in the 2020's, ensuring that pupils leaving school are given the best opportunity to progress and prosper in the future. What we have now are many young people who have have left school during the last twenty years who have not been given this support. The slogan 'levelling up' is just another token byword such as 'the big society' and 'localism', accompanied by page after of waffle. What is needed are specific proposals across Essex, with targets and ways in which success/failure/progress can be measured.

2022-01-24 17:35:27

Cllr Vince: boring, boring, please change your tune

2022-01-24 17:36:07

Cllr Vince: boring, please change your tune

Michael Hatton
2022-01-25 13:07:53

Sir - Yet again, the leader of F I M group spouts off and derides about anything that the Tories carry out for the benefit of people living in Harlow and surrounding areas, why doesn't he mention the cuts in rates etcetera, or the plans for the town centre rejuvenation ? He's just too miserable about everything, he even makes his idol, Jeremy Corbyn appear benign, he'd be better off back teaching the primary age pupils.

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