Danielle Stone

  Danielle Stone


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This Conservative administration has brought shame on our town through a series of really bad decisions.

They sold off Sekhemka, our own local treasure.

They borrowed  £3 million to dig up Abington Street at a cost of another £3 million in interest.

They built a new bus station in the wrong place that is too small, too cold in winter, too hot in summer.

They have presided over increasing poverty in the town with a ten-fold increase in the use of food banks.

They have allowed loan sharks, casinos, betting shops unrestricted access to our town centre.

Our residential areas are spoilt by litter, fly tipping and filthy streets.

 

WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS

Your Labour Councillors will fight

  • for the living Wage for workers in our town
  • against zero hours contracts

We will work

  • with local traders to bring life back to the Market Square and Town Centre.
  • for more and better housing, an end to the misery of the bedroom tax, the misery of overcrowding and the misery of homelessness.

We will review the Enterprise contract and make our town cleaner and safer.

 

 

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We are all the poorer because of Government austerity measures that have seen billions taken out of Local Government funding. The Local Government Association tells us that the funding gap is now £8 billion. This is the money councils need to provide good childrens services, adult care, pothole free roads. We pay our taxes and we need our services. Tory Governments have always undervalued Local Government but this feels vengeful as if they want our councils to fail. Its all part of their campaign to shrink the state. Shrink the state. Shrink services. Leave our children and older frail people vulnerable.

This has been compounded in Northamptonshire by seriously flawed financial management. We had the highest number of overpaid consultants-23 earning over £100,000 a year. We had and have, the lowest Council tax in the country. A topsy-turvy world where the rich get richer and the poor poorer. Inequalities have increased across the county, shown in differential life expectancy rates from Brackley to Corby.

In the county we have 47,000 children living in poverty. We have 1093 children in care. We are struggling to allocate adult social care cases because of a shortage of social workers. We are struggling to make social care assessments in a timely fashion.  Staff are under the most enormous pressure. Morale is low. Many are being driven towards the exit door. It is a national disgrace.

The county has to save between £60m -£70 million between now and April 6th next year. This is going to severely impact on our communities. And yet. And yet. The very people who have created this disaster are still in power, nationally and locally.

The reorganisation of local government will see the abolition of the 8 authorities in the county. They will be replaced by two unitary authorities if the Government gets its way. But the debt will remain. The funding gap will remain. The demographics of the unitaries proposed means the Tories are likely to still be in power. Everything will change and nothing will change.

The fall out of austerity and mismanagement

We are all the poorer because of Government austerity measures that have seen billions taken out of Local Government funding. The Local Government Association tells us that the funding gap...

The Labour Group presented opposition business to the county on June 21 calling for more and better policing and a refresh of our community safety partnerships and strategy. The motion was voted down by the Tories. This is my speech.

Chair,

I have a vision for the town of Northampton and the county of Northamptonshire.  That these are places that feel loved, that feel welcoming, and above all, that feel safe.  Above all-that feels safe places to bring up our children. That feels safe to women going home late at night from shift work. That feels safe for young men, out on the town with their mates.

But what has happened?

We have a vastly depleted police force and growing crime. I was in Spring Boroughs the other day and did a walkabout with my local cop. He turned me round to look back at where we had come from and said that he knew of three drugs dens within my line of vision that he could do nothing about because of a lack of resources. In Northampton, we have had three non-domestic murders of young men since February. This is intolerable. In St George’s County division we know there has been an increase in sex related crimes, in modern slavery, vehicle theft, anti-social behaviour and drug related crimes.  Yet when residents phone through to 101 they are kept waiting for so long to talk to anyone they give up. As a consequence many crimes are going unreported. We know that the police prioritise their resources depending on reported crime. If communities feel so disillusioned they stop reporting it means that already vulnerable communities are becoming ever more vulnerable.

We know cybercrime is on the rise and office based police deal with that. But we still need visible policing. We need more police on the street. We need more integrated partnership working and we need communities that trust the police,  that report suspicious activity, that report crimes.

Our approach to Community Safety partnerships needs a refresh. We are living in difficult times. Crime is changing and in some instances getting more violent. Recent Asian gold thefts have been marked by the violence of the gangs involved. These are brazen gangs who enter homes in daylight, where there are women and children, who threaten and commit  violence. As individuals become more vulnerable, as communities become more vulnerable, criminal gangs move in. And so we are seeing cuckooing and County Lines. I have been told that last month there were 40 cases of cuckooing across Northampton alone. From the experience of cities like Sheffield we know that where children are vulnerable because they have  been excluded from school they are becoming prey to gangs who use them as drug runners.

We have then a scenario where because of service cuts communities are losing their resilience. Where wages are being frozen and where jobs are casualised families are finding it hard to make ends meet. Where children are disaffected because they cannot cope with pressure from school and social pressures they are becoming prey to organised criminals.

There use to be 57 Police officers in the town centre. There are now 50.5 for the whole town.

The question we need to ask is, as a County, what is our responsibility in this situation? We need an outcome based approach. Is the Community Safety Partnership effective? How do we know? What else can it be doing? Where is best practice in this Country and what can we learn from it?

I beg to move.

Community Safety Partnerships- are they working?

The Labour Group presented opposition business to the county on June 21 calling for more and better policing and a refresh of our community safety partnerships and strategy. The motion...

Press Release June 4th

This evening Northampton Borough Council will seek to reverse Borough policy on Unitary status for Northampton.

In January 2017 a cross party motion committed the Borough to campaigning for a Unitary Northampton. This follows the 828 years of history since we received the Royal Charter, most of which time, Northampton has been self-governing.

Cllr. Danielle Stone, (Labour, Castle), says,  “The Government is abolishing the failed, Conservative, County Council and is trying to force Northampton to become part of West Northamptonshire along with South Northamptonshire and Daventry.

This means that at one stroke of the pen they get rid of two failed Conservative Authorities, The County Council and the Borough Council!

We shouldn’t let this happen to Northampton. We are a large and growing town. We are perfectly capable of governing ourselves. The failed Tory administration at the Borough should, in my view, be replaced with a Labour administration at local elections next year.

What the Government is planning to do is reward Tory failure by creating a new authority with a bias towards the Torys. They are allowing the architects of the failure at both authorities to stay in place and to go for election for West Northants. This is utterly disgraceful.

We need a fresh start for Northampton. We should be self-governing and there should be local elections in 2019”.

Don't scrap Northampton

Press Release June 4th This evening Northampton Borough Council will seek to reverse Borough policy on Unitary status for Northampton. In January 2017 a cross party motion committed the Borough...

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