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.
Below 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.
- Cabinet Paper outlining Phase 1 Draft Budget Proposal (item 6)
- Equality Impact Assessments
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:
- Online survey
- Email: email@example.com
- In writing: Draft Budget and Council Plan Consultation, Northamptonshire County Council, One Angel Square, Northampton, NN1 1ED.
- Social media: tweeting @mycountycouncil or posting comments on the county council's Facebook page.
- Signing or submitting a petition or e-petition
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.
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.
Local business man and environmental campaigner has been chosen as the Liberal Democrat Focus Team candidate for the By-election in Eastfield Ward of Northampton Borouch Council on 28th September. Martin was a first time candidate in the County elections last May, standing in Headlnads where he doubled the previous vote.
Canvassing has already started and the first leaflet will go out this weekend.