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Conservatives Invest £140,000 in Services for Young People in Our City

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In this financial year The Conservatives, through the Department for Education (DfE), have given a grant of £50,138 to Brighton & Hove City Council (BHCC). The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Preparation for Employment Grant should be used to encourage and improve supported internships, working in partnership with education providers and employers to set-up a Supported Internship Forum. It should also provide job coach training to increase the pool of coaches to support young people with SEND on work placements.

Conservatives Secure £90,000 Additional Funding For Young People

The Conservative Group in Brighton and Hove also secured £90,000 additional investment in services for young people at this year’s Budget Council. The Conservatives tabled an amendment to the poorly planned 2018/19 budget, which the chaotic Labour Administration weakly presented; the Conservative amendment was passed, and it was agreed that additional funding of £90,000 should be allocated to support SEND young people into sustainable employment.

It Is The Conservatives That Deliver For Young People

Cllr Vanessa Brown
Cllr Vanessa Brown

Speaking outside Hove Town Hall, following this evening’s meeting of the Children, Young People, and Skills Committee (CYPS), the Conservative Spokeswoman for CYPS – Cllr Vanessa Brown – said “These two substantial injections of cash prove that both locally and nationally it is the Conservatives that deliver for young people overall, and youngsters with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in particular. There is only one way to secure the prosperous future that our next generations deserve, and that is to vote Conservative.”

Plants, Politics, & Plenty of Fun

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Cllrs Ann and Ken Norman
Cllrs Ann and Ken Norman at their 2018 Plant Sale.

Cllrs Ann and Ken Norman held a successful plant sale last Saturday where they shared their wealth of knowledge and experience as well as selling some amazing plants. Those of us with green fingers were able to stock up on indoor and outdoor plants. Well done to Ken and Ann especially as you managed to fit this in just before the footie.  

Conservatives Call For Cash Not Counterclaims 🏚💷

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At Audit & Standards Committee on 19 September 2017, recommendations were made that the Housing service should review and resolve (in conjunction with the contractor) discrepancies between work carried out and the charges for electrical work under the Term Partnering Agreement between the Council and Mears Ltd, (now Mears Group Plc). Updates were provided to Audit & Standards Committee on 9 January 2018 and 27 March 2018.

Discrepancies Between Work Carried Out & Charges To BHCC

In 2016/17 finance officers raised queries about the charges levied relating to work undertaken in a number of categories, including domestic rewires, as part of the Contract. These queries were initially investigated as a desktop exercise by Housing, who reviewed the contract and works order information stored within the Mears job management system (“MCM”). The results were flagged up with Internal Audit colleagues who carried out a small number of site visits alongside Housing surveyors to verify the accuracy of the data. There is concern that this issue would have been overlooked, had it not been for the Conservative Group tabling an amendment. The Conservative amendment changes the original recommendation for the Committee to simply ‘note’ the report; to ‘note’ it would have effectively waved through the report with no further scrutiny or action.

Claims & Counterclaims

Conservative Councillors grew suspicious when the claims made against Mears were essentially cancelled out, completely, by counterclaims lodged by Mears against BHCC. The Conservative amendment deferred the next Audit and Standards Committee: when full internal legal advice can be brought to the Committee to support officers positions: and assure the Committee that the Council have fully protected tenants money in every way it can, and BHCC do not in fact have a claim against Mears.

Cllr Joe Miller
Cllr Joe Miller

Cllr Miller raised this issue back in January, and has been fighting for justice long before that. You can read his January article here.

Audit & Standards Scrutinise Statement of Accounts 💷🧐🕵️‍♀️

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The Audit and Standards Committee, Chaired by Cllr Joe Miller, met in City Chambers on Tuesday 24th July. One of the key responsibilities of our audit committee is to monitor the performance of Brighton and Hove City Council’s internal audit service and satisfy itself as to the quality of audit services it receives. This assurance is obtained via a number of means, including regular update reports on internal audit activity, use of key performance indicators and regular assessments against relevant professional standards.

£426,502,000 Government Funding

Cllr Denise Cobb
Cllr Denise Cobb

Cllr Denise Cobb, in the first of her robust questions, highlighted that Brighton and Hove City Council (BHCC) receives £426,502,000 from Government grants and contributions – and questioned wether this chaotic Labour Administration are shouting “Blame the Government!” at every opportunity to shift focus from their poor leadership and inability to manage this city responsibly.

£2,003,000 Schools LMS Reserves

Continuing with her detailed scrutiny, Cllr Cobb drew the Committee’s attention to £2,003,000 that BHCC holds in schools LMS reserves. When schools in our city are asking for money, and the Labour Administration claims the Government are to blame for a lack of funding, why do Labour Councillors sit on such vast reserves?

Fat-Cat Exit Packages

The statement of accounts details £1,606,000 of ‘exit packages’ – these are payments made to BHCC employees on leaving the organisation (for a variety of reasons) and Cllr Cobb has asked for better justification, and more stringent negotiating, when it comes to spending Council Tax payers’ money on the payouts.

 

Conservatives Seek To Clawback CoinCo Calamity 🅿️💷

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At a meeting of the Audit and Standards Committee, on 24th July in City Chambers, the Conservative Group called for support to bring a claim against the directors of CoinCo International Ltd (CCI) for wrongful trading.

CoinCo were the contractor for providing cash collection services for Brighton and Hove City Council, before they went into administration in November 2014 – owing the council £3.243m which it had collected, but not transferred, from many council establishments and parking machines.

Cllr Joe Miller - Chair A&SC
Cllr Joe Miller – Chair A&SC

The Chair of Audit and Standards Committee, Cllr Joe Miller (Conservative) said “It is important that we push for the Labour Administration to recover this £3 million. Our city should not be left out-of-pocket because CCI failed to deliver.”

Labour’s Broken Promises 🗑♻️🚯🚮

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Labour Are Like The Orchestra Fiddling Away As The Titanic Goes Under

Cllr Wares - Environment Spokesman
Cllr Wares – Environment Spokesman

“Our City is a mess, litter is the norm, graffiti is everywhere, recycling rates nose diving.

“Labour’s so-called plan is devoid of any significant detail, the causes of problems are not discussed, sustainable solutions are not presented, there is no financial detail, no value for money assessment, no measurable objectives, no performance indicators. In fact nothing – it merely says there is a problem and we are fixing it. It suggests things have improved. Labour are like the orchestra fiddling away as the Titanic goes under.”

Cllr Warren Morgan

Speaking in 2015, the then Leader of BHCC said: “We will lead a Labour council which will implement the sensible policies we put to voters having listened to them on the issues that matter to them: getting our basic refuse, recycling and street cleaning running properly…”

Conservative Success

A Notice of Motion tabled by the Conservatives has been unanimously accepted and is a huge, positive step forward in tackling our City’s refuse and recycling problems. The Conservatives called for, and secured:

✅ A report for the Environment, Transport & Sustainability Committee that details precisely the sustainable solutions to enable refuse, recycling and green waste collections occurring on the published days.

✅ That the report include actual measures to deal with other issues that were sent to Policy, Resources and Growth Committee on 12th July 2018 (agenda item 11) as well as detailing the constraints and restrictions that prevent modernisation.

✅ That the report further include financial and performance analysis of the commercial waste and garden waste services against their respective previously approved business plans and financial forecasts.

The Long Suffering Workforce Are Not To Blame

Cllr Steve Bell OBE

“Who is to blame? Without doubt it is not the the long suffering workforce, who are having to be on the frontline and greeted by disillusioned residents. The workforce of CityClean are to be applauded and thanked as each and every day they go into work, they know they cannot fulfil their employment because the refuse collection management is out of their hands.”

A reminder of what this Labour Administration offered back in 2015 is below, don’t fall for their lies and hollow promises in the 2019 elections.

http://www.brightonhovelabour.com/bashthetrash

Platts Plays Politics?

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Cllr Platts & Jeremy Corbyn
Cllr Platts & Jeremy Corbyn

In city Chambers tonight Cllr Nancy Platts proposed a Notice of Motion asking for a plan to be developed by trade unions, Brighton & Hove City Council, and other stakeholders to end unpaid trial shifts.

Double Standards?

Whilst her Notice of Motion lacked real substance, and needed amending by The Conservative Group of Councillors, it seems to be a noble aim. Funny then that Cllr Platts did not see fit to criticise Jeremy Corbyn (pictured with Cllr Platts above), for not paying bar staff working at his ill-fated and woefully unsuccessful Labour Live event (or ‘Jezz Fest’ as it was subsequently branded).

Champagne Socialist?

It seems double standards are an inherent quality of Cllr Platts, seen here quaffing Champagne with fellow Momentum activist Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP.

Cllr Platts keeps Champagne Socialism alive and well!
Cllr Platts keeps Champagne Socialism alive and well!

Whilst the Conservatives could support the Notice of Motion, the complete failure to specify a consultation with ALL groups – Voluntary, private, and public – meant your Conservative councillors needed to table an amendment that ensures the report, which is called for, ensures the best outcome for the many, and not the unionised few.

Bar Staff Will Work for Free at Labour Live

Bricks Versus Clicks

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Cllr Mears. Housing Committee.
Cllr Mary Mears

Speaking in City Chambers, at a meeting of Full Council, Cllr Mary Mears has asked what Labour can offer our hardworking entrepreneurs, who are striving to succeed on the streets of our city.

Conservatives Support Local Businesses

The last decade has seen the greatest ever change in retail. Consumer spending has moved significantly from bricks to clicks. Shops are struggling to compete against online businesses that sell directly to the public without the traditional overheads associated with high street trading. Conservatives believe high streets are here to stay for the long term. Conservatives introduced over £10 billion worth of business rate support. A Conservative Government gave £18 million to projects, including The Great British High Street scheme, supporting regeneration and celebrating innovative work going on across the country.

Labour Chancellor Vows to End Private Business

Brighton & Hove Cllr Platts & Marxist John McDonnell MP
Brighton & Hove Cllr Platts & Marxist John McDonnell MP

The Labour Shadow Chancellor, when defending his support for socialist Venezuela, has repeatedly – on record – promised to pursue the overthrow of capitalism

 

 

Cllr Janio Steps-up Pressure With Hospital For Hove

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At a meeting in City Chambers of the Health and Wellbeing Board, on Tuesday 10th July 2018, Cllr Tony Janio submitted a letter calling for a feasibility study into his proposed Hospital for Hove.

 

Cllr Steve Bell CBE at Woodingdean Carnival

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