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It may be a Bad Policy but it is OUR Policy say Tories


The Conservatives showed their true colours at the Northampton Council Meeting on the 6th November.

 Lib Dem Councillors proposed a motion that could have resulted in the “Right to Buy”  for council properties being suspended in Northampton for 3 to 5 years. Cllr. Sally Beardsworth made this proposal because the waiting list for a council property is getting longer and longer and the Tories have failed to build the 100 extra homes,a year, that they promised in their manifesto 6 years ago.

The result is that the council is now spending £50K a month on temporary accommodation, to house homeless families. Often this accommodation is out of town and disrupts children’s schooling.

The system is broke but the Conservatives seems to like it that way.

The  Tory Leader of the Councillor admitted that there was a problem with homelessness but said that they could not
ask the Government for permission to suspend the Right to Buy, whilst we reduce the waiting lists, as Right to Buy  is a Conservative party policy introduced by Margaret Thatcher.

The Liberal Democrats are the only party coming up with practical ideas as to how to tackle this growing problem.

Previously We proposed building temporary accommodation on Council land so that families could have basic facilities to feed their families rather than being housed in Bed and Breakfast accommodation but this was also dismissed.

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Have YOUR say on County Budget Proposals

kingsthorpe_Library.jpgBelow are where you can find details of planned Conservative County Council Cuts for 2018/2019.

Consultation on the budget finishes 1st December 2017

Just CLICK on the links below to find out what is proposed in the way of changes to everything from Bus Subsidies to Library Closures.


The Cabinet Paper gives details of all the budget proposals in Phase 1, and Equality Impact Assessments (EqIAs) have been prepared for those budget proposals that may have an impact on service users and/or the wider community.

There are a variety of ways for local people and organisations to have their say about Phase 1 of the Council's Budget Proposals during the six-week consultation period.

These channels include:

In addition, a public meeting will be held in each district council area across the two consultation phases. Details of the date and venue will be posted here as soon as possible.


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Pre Fab Homes for Homeless


Liberal Democrat Councillors at the Borough Council are calling for the Council to purchase  some temporary , pre-fabicrated housing units  to use as  emergency accommodation for families waiting for a more permanent home.


Cllr. Sally Beardsworth , Leader of the Lib Dems on the council says. “ With increasing homelessness  the council is spending around £50,000 a month on temporary accommodation and much of this is going on Bed & Breakfast or to private landlords.”


“We believe that it is time for the authority to follow Reading council and others and use  prefabricated units to create a stock of temporary emergency housing which will provide homes for families while they are waiting authority-owned or other social housing”.


“B & B is particularly unsuitable and disruptive for families and at a time of growing homelessness represents  poor value for money within a stretched budget.” Says Councillor Beardsworth.


Background. A Council Report published  in September stated:

“During the past 18months, the council has struggled to deal with a sharp rise in the number of homelessness applications…..” Cabinet Report 13th September

“On 22 August 2017 The situation was as follows.

186 Homeless households were living in Temporary Accommodation

40 homeless households were living in temporary accommodation that is situated outside Northampton Borough.”

The council has to find emergency accommodation for all homeless families whilst their eligibility  and needs are assessed this can take up to 2 months during which time  temporary accommodation has to be found for them.

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