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It's getting colder for all of us. It's getting even colder for people struggling who are homeless in Cambridge or unable to afford fuel bills, despite working long hours on inadequate pay, or forced to survive on Food Bank donations because Government Universal Credit rules deny new applicants support until after Christmas, a horrible Scrooge delay of six weeks.

Cambridge is a tale of two cities and, as with our Rally last weekend, Labour Councillors, local trade unionists and our MP Daniel Zeichner are campaigning on three issues and eleven simple words - everyone in Cambridge is entitled to "Real Jobs, Fair Pay and Income, and Affordable Homes for All." Why should people in one north ward live on average nine years less compared to people living in west Cambridge, which is largely down to inadequate incomes. 

Why Cambridge needs real jobs, fair pay and income, and affordable homes for all

It's getting colder for all of us. It's getting even colder for people struggling who are homeless in Cambridge or unable to afford fuel bills, despite working long hours on... Read more

Cambridge City Council has marked the start of Living Wage Week by pledging to explore the feasibility of a new minimum wage for council staff.

City Council celebrates Living Wage Week by exploring feasibility of a new minimum wage for council staff.

Cambridge City Council has marked the start of Living Wage Week by pledging to explore the feasibility of a new minimum wage for council staff. Read more

Leading Labour Councillors in both the City and County councils have said they are in shock after the Tories at Cambridgeshire County Council have rejected the chance for a major national centre for arts, education and research in the north of the city. 

County Tories deal major blow to vision for National Arts and Music Centre in Cambridge

Leading Labour Councillors in both the City and County councils have said they are in shock after the Tories at Cambridgeshire County Council have rejected the chance for a major... Read more

Stock_Image_3.jpgLabour County Councillors across the City are joining with protesting parents, unions and early years professionals tomorrow (Tuesday 17th October) from 9:45am at Shire Hall in a last ditch attempt to save children's centres facing the axe in the County Council's Budget. 

Cambridgeshire County Council plan to scrap four dedicated children's centres in Cambridge - and 19 across the county in a bid to save £1 million. In a recent public consultation, the majority of Cambridge residents were opposed to the closure of children's centres in Cambridge. 

Cllr Clare Richards who represents Castle Ward says "parents and campaigners across the city are coming to Shire Hall to show the depth of depth of felling against these cuts which will decimate the service. They will make their voice heard outside the meeting and many will be speaking in the meeting. The Labour Group are also putting forward a motion to say that there have been enough cuts over the last seven years and they must stop now so that our vital children's services to the disadvantaged are not reduced to little more than a skeleton service."

 

Councillors prepared for last ditch fight to save children's centres from the axe

Labour County Councillors across the City are joining with protesting parents, unions and early years professionals tomorrow (Tuesday 17th October) from 9:45am at Shire Hall in a last ditch attempt...

Jocelynne Scutt, Labour's County Councillor for Arbury has welcomed the proposal to reinstate the £2300,00 budget for books, periodicals and newspaper, which was controversially cut last year, but also warns about of the future of libraries across Cambridgeshire. 

U-Turn on library funding welcome, but more needs to be done.

Jocelynne Scutt, Labour's County Councillor for Arbury has welcomed the proposal to reinstate the £2300,00 budget for books, periodicals and newspaper, which was controversially cut last year, but also warns... Read more

Cambridge City Council Leader, Cllr Lewis Herbert welcomes the decision by Cambridgeshire County Council to end the £1 charge for Park and Ride sites. 

Labour City Council Leader supports County decision to end £1 charge for park and ride

Cambridge City Council Leader, Cllr Lewis Herbert welcomes the decision by Cambridgeshire County Council to end the £1 charge for Park and Ride sites.  Read more

Leading Labour County Councillors have said that the views of users and early year professionals must be the central factor in any decision on Children Centres. Councillor Claire Richards and Jocelynne Scutt were speaking after the decision by the Tory Chair of the Children & Young People's Committee to take the proposal for £1 million of cuts to Children's Centres to the County Council's Full Council Meeting on 17th October. 

Children's Centre Proposals risk selling residents short

Leading Labour County Councillors have said that the views of users and early year professionals must be the central factor in any decision on Children Centres. Councillor Claire Richards and... Read more

Yesterday, a report was unveiled to invest a further £100,000 in the Labour run City Council's Sharing Prosperity Fund to help tackle inequality and deprivation across Cambridge. The report will be considered by councillors at the next meeting of the Strategy & Resources Committee on Monday 9th October. The Anti-Poverty Strategy will working alongside new ways of delivering services, increasing income generation through property investment and plans to deliver hundreds of new council homes.

Tackling poverty in Cambridge is at the heart of the City's Finance Review

Yesterday, a report was unveiled to invest a further £100,000 in the Labour run City Council's Sharing Prosperity Fund to help tackle inequality and deprivation across Cambridge. The report will... Read more

Issues relating to Grenfell Tower and the lessons for Cambridge will be discussed at the City Council’s Full Council meeting Lewis.jpgtonight (13 July).

 

Speaking ahead of the meeting, the Leader of the City Council, Councillor Lewis Herbert. said: “The unspeakable tragedy at Grenfell Tower last month  and the inadequate response by their council rightly raises many questions for all councils to consider both for their own housing and tenants and also for the wider community.  In addition there are major challenges that the Government has yet to fully answer for the whole country including whether current fire safety and Building Control regulations are fit for purpose.

 

The City Council’s rapid and thorough response has included a searching assessment of fire safety, prevention and fire precautions in all of our large buildings, particularly our high-rise housing, working with the Fire Service. We are also fortunate that the vast majority of Cambridge council homes have long been built low-rise.

 

As a key partner with the emergency services and other councils in the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Resilience Forum, the Council already has plans to deal with a full range of emergency events but we will be reviewing whether there are lessons to be learnt from Grenfell Tower and from the wider UK review underway on high rise building safety.  We will continue to be guided by advice from the Fire Service and from the Department of Communities and Local Government in the immediate and shocking aftermath of Grenfell and we have taken every measure possible to date where the council has related responsibilities.

 

The terrible fire and the inadequate response by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council was also a major concern for councils at last week’s annual Local Government Association Conference in Birmingham which I attended.  Clearly there are also deeper questions to be answered about decades of under-funding of council housing by the government and the lives put at risk by substandard housing.  Cambridge will continue to be a strong advocate for the urgent need for a UK-wide council house building programme and for a strong voice from all tenants in how they are managed. Grenfell must be a national turning point and we are determined to work with councils across Britain and the Government and our tenants to make it one."

Cambridge City Council has taken the lead in Grenfell Tower aftermath

Issues relating to Grenfell Tower and the lessons for Cambridge will be discussed at the City Council’s Full Council meeting tonight (13 July).   Speaking ahead of the meeting, the...

Leading Cambridge City Councillors. Richard Robertson and Kevin Price, have said that they hope lots of local residents will attend the exhibition for Mill Road Depot at the launch of a consultation on plans by the Cambridge Investment Partnership for redevelopment of the site, and also respond to the consultation itself.

The public exhibition on the proposals for up to 230 new homes will take place on Wednesday 19 July at St Barnabas Church in Mill Road from 3 pm - 6.30 pm and comments on the consultation will be open until Friday 11 August.

Councillor Robertson, the City’s Executive Councillor for Finance and Resources, said: “ We are determined to take through the ambitious vision for this major city council owned site which was outlined in the Mill Road Depot Development Brief, approved in March after extensive consultation with the local community. I look forward to working with residents again on the more detailed proposals coming forward through the Cambridge Investment Partnership.

Our core principles for this important site are to create a new mixed residential neighbourhood which integrates well with the existing strong communities in Petersfield and provides high quality new open spaces.   Excellent walking and cycling routes into and around the site, including the Chisholm Trail, are vital to reduce the need for car journeys. Our proposals will also ensure that all motor vehicle access to the site will only be from Mill Road.”

Councillor Kevin Price, Executive Councillor for Housing at Cambridge City Council, said: “This site represents the first large mixed housing site to come forward using the City’s £70,000,000 grant funding from the Devolution Deal to deliver new council homes.  We want to achieve 50% affordable housing at Mill Road Depot and are also looking at the potential for further investment from the General Fund to build some of the new homes as part of our Cambridge Housing Company’s portfolio which would be rented out to those with a low priority for council homes. This is an exciting opportunity to address the high need in Cambridge for additional housing of all tenures, whether that is market sale, intermediate or social rented homes. “

City Council Chiefs urge Residents to give their views on ambitious proposals for Mill Road Depot

Leading Cambridge City Councillors. Richard Robertson and Kevin Price, have said that they hope lots of local residents will attend the exhibition for Mill Road Depot at the launch of...

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