Democracy in Essex

Members and Officers Foreign Travel Committee, 25 Feb 2014 – from 10:30am, Committee Room 1 Corporate Scrutiny Committee, 25 Feb 2014 – from 2pm, Committee Room 2 Place Services and Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee, 27 Feb 2014 from 10am, Committee Room 1

UKIP to launch Euro campaign

STUART Agnew MEP will be outlining how much the EU affects our everyday lives and how the legislative process is dominated by the unelected European Commission. Mr Agnew said: “It is not widely known that the Commission is the sole originator of EU law and is basically a bureaucratic dictatorship. MEPs cannot propose legislation themselves; they can only amend proposals from the Commission and only then by consensus with their opposite numbers from the other member states. This involves a lot of horse-trading which is frequently biased towards those countries who are net recipients of funding from the EU and who don’t wish to bite the hand that feeds them. It is a most unsatisfactory system.”

Stride backs Harlow’s Libraries on National Libraries Day

SATURDAY 8th February marked National Libraries Day. Local libraries are not only vital repositories of knowledge, but are central to our communities. They are places where the unemployed can go to find job information, where children without computers can do their homework, and where social events for young and old take place

March 2nd: The Big Switch Off

ESSEX Council has announced that the big switch off in Harlow will begin on March 2nd. The cost-cutting scheme means street lights will be switched off from midnight until 5am.

Essex County Council announces £1m School Improvement Fund

ESSEX County Council announced in today’s budget a £1m School Improvement Fund to give children the best start in life by raising standards and leadership in primary schools. The Schools Improvement Fund will support school leadership in primary schools through the establishment of the Essex Primary Leadership Academy which will celebrate success, attract the best new talent to Essex, nurture and support the best teachers in the county to become great primary leaders.

Labour’s European candidates canvass Harlow

A NUMBER OF Labour’s candidates for the European elections were out and about in Harlow at the weekend canvassing for the elections on May 22nd.
The European elections will be held on Thursday May 22nd, the same day as the local elections and so will be a fair indication of voting intentions for the General Election of 2015.

MPs support ambulance Chief Executive following ‘great strides forward’

THE Chief Executive of the region’s ambulance service has today (February 11) met with members of parliament (MPs) to discuss planned service improvements and report on his achievements so far. The meetings mark six weeks of Dr Anthony Marsh being at the helm of the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) and MPs were pleased to hear how he has already taken great strides in moving the Trust forward.

County Council agree budget

ESSEX County Council has today (Tuesday) agreed a budget that invests in ‘jobs, people and infrastructure’ while freezing council tax for the fourth successive year. The Leader of the Council, Councillor David Finch, told today’s Full Council that millions of pounds of additional funding would be spent on key issues including road and footpath repairs, schools, apprenticeships and flood management over the coming year.

Council release funds to tackle flooding

A PACKAGE of measures is being put in place urgently in conjunction with District/ Borough/ City Councils to identify the worst flooding points, where action will be taken to clear culverts, empty and jet gullies and remove debris. Essex County Councillor Rodney Bass, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, is calling on the emergency services, drainage authorities, landowners, water authorities, rangers and the Environment Agency to also play their part in helping to clear up these flooding hotspots.

Closing the Gap on health care provision in Harlow

ESSEX County Council (ECC) is proud to announce the Health Foundation has awarded £450,000 for a social care scheme to improve resident safety across Essex care homes and prevent unnecessary emergency hospital admissions. The news is also significant because it makes ECC the first social care organisation to ever receive funding from the HF.

Harsh words over Harlow Times!

WE KNEW there had to be a war of words on the first occasion that the cameras were allowed into a meeting of Harlow Council and sure enough Labour and Conservatives did not let us down. Conservative councillor Simon Carter questioned the amount of money spent on “Glossy propaganda magazine” The Harlow Times. His questions were rebuffed by portfolio holder, cllr Tony Durcan.

Harlow primary school crisis deepens as Longwood Primary slumps into special measures

THE quality of teaching varies too much between different year groups and across different subjects, and so pupils’ progress is inadequate and their attitudes to learning require improvement. Teachers do not demonstrate a clear idea of what makes teaching good or outstanding. Too much teaching is either inadequate or requires improvement. Good practice is not shared throughout the school.

Victory for Halfon over energy bills

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has won a significant victory in his campaign to stop energy companies penalising customers who do not pay their bills by direct debit. Earlier this week, Mr Halfon secured a debate in the House of Commons re energy tariffs.