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Len Jacklin, Labour's candidate for the Oulton Broad Waveney District Council by-election on 21 September has condemned the failure of Tory-led Suffolk County Council to hire a new Chief Executive:

'This week Suffolk County Council (SCC) failed to choose a new Chief Executive. This failure has already cost us, the ratepayer, £37,000.

'The pay packet for the last Chief Executive has been £170,000 a year to which you then add the pension payments the Council makes, so the total cost to the Council is £214,000 a year.

'Most organisations including SCC pay a contribution into employee pensions, in addition to paying their salary. This is to ensure that the employee has an income when they cease to earn.

'The Suffolk Tories have proposed that they will pay the new executive the salary of £170,000 plus £44,000 because the proposed new person does not want to pay into a pension. So, the new executive will not have any deductions from their pay and an increased salary of £44,000 a year. That, we are told, is how the new employee wants it, so they get a gross salary of £214,000.

'I believe in freedom of choice. It's a right, but - and here's the rub - this particular freedom is not available to any other employees, they have to pay into a pension, and if they choose not to, the Council say ok we will keep our contribution: tough. No option for the lady in the highways department or the man in social services to have the extra money in their pay packet.

'They have to accept 1% a year grudgingly handed down by the Council, unlike the last Chief Executive who as recently as March received a massive increase, and the leader and Council cabinet who handed themselves a hefty pay increase.

'The Tories are so arrogant they simply do not see how obscene this behaviour is. They cut, cut, cut others and grab, grab, grab for themselves. Labour oppose, and will always vote against, this 'I'm all right Jack' mentality.

'Tory motto = for the few - the many can suck it up. Labour = for the many not the few.'

Tory-led Suffolk County Council's expensive failure to hire a new Chief Executive

Len Jacklin, Labour's candidate for the Oulton Broad Waveney District Council by-election on 21 September has condemned the failure of Tory-led Suffolk County Council to hire a new Chief Executive:...

Labour's candidate for the Oulton Broad by-election Len Jacklin has called for a 'Highways Permit Scheme' to ease traffic disruption. Len said:

'If a "HIghways Permit Scheme" had been in place when the National Grid disrupted Bridge Road in Oulton Broad then there might not have been days of inactivity whilst drivers fumed at long delays and diversions. Such a scheme would encourage roadworks to be better planned as well as completed more quickly.

'Although they did complete their work within the time, many of us felt that it could have been finished days earlier saving local businesses from losing trade as well as road users time and expense.

'During the debate on the Labour proposal to introduce such a scheme, I pointed out the damage being done to Borrow Road by traffic using it as a rat run to avoid the congestion. The very next day the road was repaired. It took a Labour councillor to get things done.

'It also took a Labour Councillor to point out that Tory-run Suffolk had scheduled both our bridges to be closed at the same and get the situation resolved.

'Now a Tory Government are to implement exactly the scheme myself and other Labour members proposed. It goes to show that Tories in the south of Suffolk don’t care about us.

'They’re happy to waste your time and your money!'

Time to waste: easing traffic disruption in Oulton Broad

Labour's candidate for the Oulton Broad by-election Len Jacklin has called for a 'Highways Permit Scheme' to ease traffic disruption. Len said: 'If a "HIghways Permit Scheme" had been in...

Waveney Labour has been working hard to ensure that Oulton Broad gets the new health centre it needs. Labour's candidate for the Oulton Broad by-election Len Jacklin said:

'When the Labour Party carried out our survey recently in Oulton Broad, much concern was voiced about the waiting times for appointments since the closure of Oulton Medical Centre and transfer of over 2500 additional patients to the Bridge Road Surgery. There were also concerns about the lack of a local Health Centre and the journey that residents have to make to access enhanced medical assistance.

'My colleague Jane Murray, councillor for the neighbouring parish of Oulton, has been campaigning about the situation since the closure in 2015. She has made representations and attended meetings at all levels to resolve this issue and put pressure on all the bodies concerned. It has been a constant battle but a successful one.

'A bid for NHS capital funding was submitted through the Estates and Technology Transformation Fund (ETTF) to enable the planning and design of a new health centre for this area. This bid was successful and funds will be made available from April 2018 for this purpose. There is land provisionally earmarked for the provision of a health centre within the new Woods Meadow development and during spring 2018 a project team will be set up to take this forward.

'Jane, myself and the Labour Group will be keeping a very close watch to ensure that this team is set up and do actually carry things forward!'

Good news for Oulton Broad on GPs

Waveney Labour has been working hard to ensure that Oulton Broad gets the new health centre it needs. Labour's candidate for the Oulton Broad by-election Len Jacklin said: 'When the...

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