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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.

Statement on conflict in Israel and Gaza

Nottingham Labour stands in solidarity with the innocent civilians of both Israel and Palestine. There is no justification for the loss of innocent lives. As this war and bloodshed continues, thousands of lives including women and children are being lost. This is unacceptable.

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.

The new Executive

Nottingham Labour confirmed today (22 May) at Full Council the political and civic leadership of the city, after securing an increased majority at the local elections. A total of 51 out of 55 councillors at Nottingham City Council, are now Labour. This gives us a strong mandate to implement the manifesto over the next four years and continue to fight for and improve the lives of Nottingham residents.

Statement in relation to residential property tribunal

Regarding the recent publication of a residential property tribunal judgement Portfolio Holder for Housing and Human Resources Councillor Toby Neal has said:

“ I am astonished at the contribution from the tribunal, one I believe to be outside its remit. There seems to be a fundamental misunderstanding of the law which is especially surprising given that the rules around Selective Licensing schemes are clear and long-standing.