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Nottingham Labour: PM should get his own house in order

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak visited Nottinghamshire today (4 Jan) and criticised Nottingham City Council for the financial challenges it faces. Rather than accept the blame for government underfunding of local authorities, he trotted out the same tired old lines about Labour mismanagement. As always, he is totally wide of the mark.

The people of Nottingham put their faith in the Labour-run council by electing 51 labour councillors out of 55 in last year’s local election – while the Conservatives failed to win a single seat. This speaks volumes… and gives our council a bigger democratic mandate than the currently unelected Prime Minister who has yet to put himself before the public in a General Election. We all know the outcome that this will bring this year.

The recent Covid Inquiry into the PPE fiasco has further shown that when it comes to wasting public money, mismanagement and poor decision-making, this government is in a league of its own.

Robin Hood Energy was closed by the council three years ago – we have rectified our mistakes, but this government continues to cause chaos.

Rishi Sunak should listen to the Conservative leader of Nottinghamshire County Council who, alongside 25 other Conservative Leaders, wrote to him in early December saying that failure to provide additional funding would mean England’s largest councils would face the prospect of painful reductions to frontline services, raising council tax to the maximum permitted, and using reserves at unsustainable levels to balance budgets.

Raising council tax to pay for adult social care simply puts the burden back on to the people of Nottingham. Rather than sorting out the broken care system, as the Conservatives have promised to do for the last decade, the Prime Minister pass the buck to Nottingham people.

The reduction of funding from government, £100 million less every year since 2013 in the case of Nottingham City, combined with rising costs of adults and children’s social care is pushing local services to breaking point. We cannot afford to wait and need a General Election now.

Nottingham Labour responds to Prime Minister

The recent comments made by Rishi Sunak regarding Nottingham City Council are very disappointing, but not unsurprising. He once again is seeking to abdicate responsibility for the actions and failures of this Conservative government.

row of modern houses, with solar panels

Helping the Homeless in Nottingham

The Tory-driven cost of living crisis is still ravaging the UK. Inflation is still high, wages still low and the cost of necessities like food and energy keep rising. The single cost that is rising the most for the average person though, is rent and mortgages. In August 2023 rent prices increased 12%. If you exclude London where rent costs have totally spiralled out of control, the average renter spends 24% of their weekly income on rent alone. This is far more than homeowners spend on their mortgages. That does not mean that homeowners aren’t also having to pay more on their mortgages due to increasing inflation and high mortgage rates. In Nottingham more residents rent than own their own property, meaning that skyrocketing rents affect more people.

Cllr Longford at ULEV sunny day

Tories bulldoze green commitments

Events in Europe and around the world in the last few weeks have shown that Climate Change is here. Some of scientist’s worst predication are coming to pass and its impact is worse than most believed it would be. Greece and Southern Italy have fought wildfires, while Northern Italy suffered rainstorms and hail. North Africa and Iran became oven hot and in America cities like Phoenix had conditions that were almost unliveable. In Arizona, even the cacti died in the heat. The Antarctic sea ice reached never seen before low levels during their winter. Clearly more action is needed now than ever. Humanity and Earth itself is facing unprecedented climate and potential ecological collapse.

Green Heart that will transform the city

It has been announced that major work will begin in autumn 2023 on the transformation of part of the old Broad Marsh shopping centre site into a green heart for the city. Back in December 2021, Nottingham City Council under Nottingham Labour announced the ambitious and forward-thinking plans to transform a derelict area of the city, into a vibrant heart for the city. In our manifesto we pledged to deliver a high biodiversity ‘Green Heart’ at the centre of the Broadmarsh redevelopment, in line with the results of the consultation and Broadmarsh Vision.

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Nottingham castle reopens for all

Nottingham Labour is very pleased that the castle has re-opened today Monday 26th June. On Exec Board meeting we announced that the re-opening of the castle would take place in June and we are delivering on our promise.
We have announced a new general admission price of £12 per adult, allowing people to return as many times as they like for a year, along with free entry for up to three accompanied kids aged 15 and under. This is in response to the rising cost of living, which is a serious problem for many of our communities, and will ensure that all families in Nottingham can once again access the castle.