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Essex Tories reject LD call for action on social care; other news from Essex CC

October 11, 2017 10:13 PM

Yesterday at Essex County Council, the Liberal Democrats tabled a motion to note the ever increasing costs of social care and to call on the council to back a lobby of Government. However, the Conservatives tabled an amendment to congratulate themselves. And they grudgingly acknowledged the cross-party work of Lib Dem MP Norman Lamb, working on a commission on the NHS and social care crisis.

At full council meetings since the May election the Conservatives have changed the rules to make things more difficult for us. The three opposition groups (Lib Dem, Labour and 'Non-aligned') are only allowed to table two motions between them, so we take it in turns.

Labour had a motion calling for improvements to bus services (using the new legal framework), services which are not accountable to the council or residents. There was unexpected all-party support for it.

The Conservatives then had a motion expressing concern at travellers invading open spaces but not actually proposing real action. Lib Dem amendment proposing some action (transit sites) was rejected!

The text of motions as tabled is here:

Other items from Essex County Council

Before the meeting, the council refused to accept a Lib Dem motion about ensuring oversight of the Fire Service, now that it has been put under the control of the Police Commissioner.

ECC Cabinet on 18 July 2017

  • Agreed to spend £10m on widening the A414 Edinburgh Way in Harlow.
  • Awarded a new contract for services to support unpaid carers.
  • Agreed to set aside £50 million for buying commercial property to provide rental income.
  • Agreed to expand some special needs schools.

See the minutes here:

ECC Cabinet on 19 September 2017

  • Awarded a new contract to support vulnerable adults to improve their employability and skills, and reduce social isolation.
  • Took further steps to deliver three garden communities of substantial new housing, in North Essex.
  • Agreed further funds to support the roll-out of superfast broadband.
  • Agreed to bring the service that supports young people who are carers back into council provision. Lib Dems "called in" the decision for review because we felt that charities active in this area had not been fully consulted.
  • Decided to create its own "Multi Academy Trust" for schools. This is working on the assumption that all schools will eventually become academies and those that might prefer to remain as local authority schools could join this council-led Academy.

See the minutes here: