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Waveney Labour has condemned as undemocratic the Government's decision to press ahead with the replacement of Waveney and Suffolk Coastal district councils with a new authority.

Local Government Secretary Sajid David has confirmed that a new East Suffolk District Council will be established next April, with the first elections to be held the following month.

Sonia Barker, leader of the Waveney District Council Labour Group said: 'We are deeply concerned that the Secretary of State has insisted on confirming the new authority without giving the people of Waveney and Suffolk Coastal residents the opportunity to approve the proposal through the ballot box. We have repeatedly called for a local advisory referendum to give residents an opportunity to make their voice heard.

'We will continue to raise our concerns about this undemocratic initiative with Sajid Javid and Waveney MP Peter Aldous, and work hard to ensure that Waveney is fairly represented when the ward boundaries for the new council are drawn up.'

The reform will reduce the number of councillors representing th Waveney and Suffolk Coastal regions from 90 to 55.

Waveney Labour condemns 'undemocratic' council merger

Waveney Labour has condemned as undemocratic the Government's decision to press ahead with the replacement of Waveney and Suffolk Coastal district councils with a new authority. Local Government Secretary Sajid...

At last night’s Waveney District Council meeting the Waveney Labour Group voted against the first of three Independent Remuneration Panel’s recommendations that WDC Councillors should get an average increase overall of 28.6% in WDC Allowances. 23 Conservative Councillors (with one Abstention) voted for the basic WDC allowance to increase to £4,787.57 pa. for all Councillors plus an increase in the amount and the number of Special Responsibility Allowances SRAs). Conservative Councillors voted for the creation of up to eight new Deputy Cabinet posts (£2,393.78 pa SRA) and payment to Vice Chairs of Committees (£957.51 - £2393.78 pa SRA). The Leader of WDC Cllr Mark Bee will get an increase of £5,056.40 pa SRA on top of an increase in the basic allowance – taking his new Leader’s allowance to £14,362.00 (plus the new basic allowance of £4,787.57 pa. making a total of £19149.57 pa). Cllr Bee is also a `double hatter` which means he also has an allowance from SCC – this also applies to six other WDC Conservative Cllrs (five of whom are on the WDC Cabinet ( Basic Allowance plus £4950 SRA pa ). In answer to a question from Labour Councillor Keith Patience the total cost of the new payments per annum to Waveney District Council was given as between £51,000 to £81,000 per annum. There are currently 28 Conservative Cllrs and the majority of them will be receiving a Special Responsibility Allowance (SRA) as a result of the vote which went through last night. The Waveney Labour Group asked for a recorded vote so all residents of WDC will be able to see how their Councillor voted once the minutes of the meeting are on line. The Independent Remuneration Panel’s recommendations can be viewed now at www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk. Labour Councillors were particularly concerned that the increases are to be backdated to the 1st April, 2017. Waveney residents can give their judgement on these massive increases at the ballot box in 2019.

The Waveney Labour Group’s view put forward strongly by Cllr Sonia Barker Leader of the Waveney Labour Group last night is that this is absolutely the wrong time for such an enormous increase which is morally indefensible and will look to residents as just plain greedy when the inevitable increase in Waveney District Council Tax lands on their doormat in a few weeks time. The Waveney Labour Group also emphasised that many Waveney residents are struggling with an increase in inflation and the failure of their wages to keep up with living costs as Waveney has one of the lowest average gross wages pa at £20,300 compared to £28,400 nationally’.

Cllr Sonia Barker - Letter to the Lowestoft Journal

At last night’s Waveney District Council meeting the Waveney Labour Group voted against the first of three Independent Remuneration Panel’s recommendations that WDC Councillors should get an average increase overall...

Subject: Invitation to Norfolk and Waveney STP event on 7 March 2018

Dear Jane

Sarah and I met you last December at the event we held about the Norfolk and Waveney STP in Great Yarmouth. We wanted to let you know that we’re holding an event in Beccles on 7 March, 2.00pm – 4.30pm.

It will be similar to the events held before Christmas – it will include a short introduction to the STP (from Antek Lejk and Patricia Hewitt), followed by sessions on primary care and acute services. You are very welcome to attend, although you may not feel it would be a good use of your time given that you attended the Great Yarmouth event before Christmas.

You can find out more about the event and sign-up to come along here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-future-of-health-and-care-services-in-norfolk-and-waveney-tickets-42313072539?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing

please feel free to share this email with anyone who would be interested in coming along.

Many thanks

Chris

Chris Williams
Communications and Engagement Manager
Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Partnership

NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group

Beccles House
1 Common Lane North
Beccles
Suffolk NR34 9BN
Tel: 01502 719500
Email: chris.williams20@nhs.net
Website: www.healthwatchnorfolk.co.uk/ingoodhealth/

 

 

 

**NHS - Very Important Meeting, if you can, Please attend.

Subject: Invitation to Norfolk and Waveney STP event on 7 March 2018 Dear Jane Sarah and I met you last December at the event we held about the Norfolk and...

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