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Labour leaders on Cambridge City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council have reacted to news that the government may have signed a 'sweetheart' deal for the Conservative run Surrey Council to call off the controversial referendum Surrey had planned for a 15% council tax increase to plug the hole in its social care budget.   The deal was revealed in Prime Minister's Question Time yesterday (8 February) when Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn read out texts which the Leader of Surrey County Council, David Hodge, had sent to the Labour Leader of Newcastle Council rather than to a DCLG official.

Councillor Lewis Herbert, Leader of Cambridge City Council, has signed a letter from 62 Labour council leaders and elected Mayors to Theresa May, demanding that all councils are offered the same deal as Surrey.

Councillor Ashley Walsh, Leader of the Labour Group on Cambridgeshire County Council which meets on 14 February to agree a Budget for 2016 - 2017, said:  "Cambridgeshire already gets a dreadful funding deal on vital services for the most vulnerable like social care when compared to places like Surrey. If Labour councillors sniff any favouritism for Surrey we will show Government just how big a fight Cambridgeshire can kick up to protect vital care here for adults, children and older people which is being starved of cash by national decisions.'

Councillor Lewis Herbert added: "What we will also resist are further rushed measures like the £240,000,000 taken from New Homes Bonus to give to counties needing extra social care funding.  'Robbing Peter to pay Paul' is no solution and makes sustainable growth locally far more difficult. The only way the Government can sort this out, and we hope they listen, is first to properly fund both social care and the NHS, and second to get them to work as joined up delivery, not the current two separate empires.”

Labour Leaders Say Surrey’s ‘Sweetheart Deal’ wrong as Cambridgeshire Social Care Budget Starved for Cash

Labour leaders on Cambridge City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council have reacted to news that the government may have signed a 'sweetheart' deal for the Conservative run Surrey Council to...

Labour’s leading councillors on Cambridge City Council have responded to the government’s Housing White Paper ‘Fixing our Broken Housing Market’.

Councillor Kevin Price, Deputy Leader and Labour's candidate for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mayoral elections, said: "It's hard to see that the White Paper was worth the wait and it will be a huge disappointment for those who need to rent a home and those who want to buy a home.​  The government acknowledges in the White Paper that the housing market is broken but then does nothing to fix it and address the housing affordability crisis which impacts so greatly on Cambridge residents. When the definition of someone who can access 'affordable' housing has to include an annual income of up to £80,000 a year (£90,000 in London) but the average income in Cambridge is only £31,000 a year, this White Paper will give no hope to most people that their housing situation will ever change."

Councillor Lewis Herbert, Leader of the Council, added: "Cambridge is building homes at a faster rate than almost any other council and yet once again the government has chosen to blame councils for what is actually the failure of national housing policy and its almost total reliance on the private sector to deliver homes for market sale and for rent. We were looking to this White Paper to free councils to build themselves as the only time the country has ever achieved the rate of build needed to tackle the housing crisis is when Local Authorities delivered homes themselves. Last year the housing completions figures were the worst ​for 24 years​, with only 32,000 affordable homes built nationally and less than 5000 in the East where new homes are desperately needed.

​The only good news for Cambridge is the £70,000,000 we secured in the Devolution Deal and we will be looking for more funding and powers to be devolved to the Combined Authority and allow us to address housing need within the region."

City’s Leaders say White Paper won’t fix ‘Broken Housing Market’

Labour’s leading councillors on Cambridge City Council have responded to the government’s Housing White Paper ‘Fixing our Broken Housing Market’.

Councillor Lewis Herbert, Leader of the Labour run Cambridge City Council, has responded to the Government’s Brexit White Paper, published today (2 February 2017).

Councillor Herbert said: “ While the City Council and most of Cambridge wanted the vote last night to go the other way, we have to work for the best deal for Cambridge regardless of what Parliament decides. Along with key Cambridge organisations we will be raising our issues via our determined Cambridge MP, Daniel Zeichner, including three which stand out immediately.

Firstly - as shown in the weak wording of the White Paper, there has been no real effort so far by the UK government to secure the rights of the 9000 non-UK EU nationals who have made Cambridge their home and want to say here. We support them 100% and we cannot afford to lose their vital contributions to our community and our economy.

Secondly - We are fearful that the government’s economic policy, when we leave the EU, will change the country from being low paid Britain to be lowest paid Britain and Cambridge at the time when both the worst off and those on average incomes already struggle to afford housing costs in the city. If the government cared about them, it would implement the full Living Wage at the same time that we exit the EU.

Thirdly - the commitment to science and research fails to make up for the expected severe damage to Cambridge science, research and innovation from leaving the EU. The White Paper is inadequate on issues like the European partnerships of our universities, and does nothing to reverse the loss of international students and researchers from Europe. We need specific measures to allow free movement of EU students and postgraduates to continue to enrich our city and its future development.”

City’s Leader Says Weak White Paper Falls Short of Protecting Cambridge From Brexit Damage

Councillor Lewis Herbert, Leader of the Labour run Cambridge City Council, has responded to the Government’s Brexit White Paper, published today (2 February 2017). Councillor Herbert said: “ While the...

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