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We need to protect our children

Having come back from my summer holidays I was shocked to find that Waltham Forest Labour Council has agreed a policy that councillors will no longer be the subject of checks to protect our vulnerable children and adults unless they meet them once a week or more than 3 days per month or between the odd  hours of 2am and 6am.
All councillors are Corporate Parents to all of the children in Council care, so they should actively safeguard and protect those who are looked after. We need to protect our children in care.  All councillors therefore should be checked.

Abuse of children has now been shown to have taken place for many years in and out of Council homes across the country. It is important therefore that residents are confident that all of our Councillors are people who can be trusted with our children. If you agree with our views on protecting our children click here to sign the petition.

Thank You

Thank you for those of you who supported me and my colleagues Jerome Harvey-Agyee and Audrey Lee in the recent elections.  Although the result was a bit of a shock the response from residents has been hugely positive.  After 33 years working for local residents the Focus Team and I are not going to give up.  So look out for our next Focus Newsletter.

 

LION AND KEY TO BECOME A HOTEL

Former Lion and Key public house

The Council’s planning officer has approved the change of use of Lion and Key House, in Leyton High Road, from a care home into a hotel.

Further details should be available on the Council’s website by quoting application number 2014/0380 in the Planning Explorer.

England’s population set to soar by 1,000 a DAY for the next decade but where will they all live as housing crisis looms?

  • England’s population set to grow by more than four million in 10 years
  • London expected to near 10m mark by 2022 – with extra 2.5m in South
  • Number of retired people will increase by a fifth putting strain on NHS
  • Population boom will increase housing crisis as millions forced to rent
  • One in five homes now rented out – a 50% rise in a decade
  • But more than a million homes now lying empty  
  • Tory peer Lord Lamont says immigration costs Government billions

By TOM MCTAGUE, MAIL ONLINE DEPUTY POLITICAL EDITOR

The number of people in the country is expected to soar from 53 million to more than 57 million between 2012 and 2022, according to the Office for National Statistics. This amounts to an extra 384,410 people a year – or a city the size of Nottingham.

But the population boom is expected to add to the growing housing crisis – as fresh figures emerged this morning showing a boom in renting and overcrowding.

England's population is booming - with every region set to grow between 2012 and 2022

England’s population is booming – with every region set to grow between 2012 and 2022

Almost one in five homes in England are now rented – a 50 per cent increase in just 10 years. The number of owner occupied homes meanwhile dropped from 69% to 64% over the same period.

Homes with six or more people also spiked – rising by a quarter in just 10 years, including one in 25 homes in London.

But at the same time 1.1 million homes lay empty in 2011 – a 21 per cent spike in a decade.

England's population is expected to boom in the next decade - with London, the South East and parts of the East Midlands (coloured in dark purple) set to grow more quickly than elsewhere

England’s population is expected to boom in the next decade – with London, the South East and parts of the East Midlands (coloured in dark purple) set to grow more quickly than elsewhere

Despite a booming population and growing demand for homes the number of people living in each household has plummeted over the last 100 years

Despite a booming population and growing demand for homes the number of people living in each household has plummeted over the last 100 years

The housing crisis is being made more acute by the growing number of homes being left empty. The Office for National Statistics revealed today that more than a million homes are now unoccupied

The housing crisis is being made more acute by the growing number of homes being left empty. The Office for National Statistics revealed today that more than a million homes are now unoccupied

Dan Wilson Craw, of Generation Rent, said:

‘Today’s statistics confirm that our broken housing market is creating deep divisions in society – wealthy property owners can afford to leave houses to stand empty, while more people who can’t buy are forced to squeeze into overcrowded private renting.

‘The government has no hope of reversing this trend with a scheme like Help to Buy – the nation’s renters need better rights in the rental market if they want to live somewhere they can genuinely call home.’

While an increasing number of homes sit unoccupied, the pressure to get on the housing ladder is expected to soar as the population booms over the next eight years.

London, the South East and East Anglia are expected to take most of the new population.

The capital itself will be home to 9.4million by mid 2022 up from 8.3million in 2012 – an increase of 13 per cent.

South East England will grow by 7.8 per cent and the East of England by 8.6 per cent. The North East will experience the slowest population growth – adding just 2.9 per cent over 10 years.

Soaring house prices have pushed more and more people into rented accommodation, the Office for National Statistics has found. Almost one in five homes is now rented out

Soaring house prices have pushed more and more people into rented accommodation, the Office for National Statistics has found. Almost one in five homes is now rented out

As more than a million homes lie empty, people are squeezing themselves into properties. The number of homes with six or more people in them has soared by 25 per cent in 10 years

As more than a million homes lie empty, people are squeezing themselves into properties. The number of homes with six or more people in them has soared by 25 per cent in 10 years

Of the 13 per cent projected growth in London, almost 90 per cent is because of a boom in the number of babies being born. Just 10 per cent is due to immigration.

Although London is a destination for many people migrating to live and work, both from other regions and internationally, there are also large numbers of people who leave the capital.

One reason for the ‘natural’ population boom is because London has only a little over 11 per cent of its population aged 65 and over – compared with most other regions where 17 per cent of the population are pensioners.

The number of people aged 65 and over is projected to increase in all regions by an average of 22 per cent between mid-2012 and mid-2022. The fastest growth in those aged 65 and over is seen in the East Midlands where the number is projected to increase by 25 per cent from 8.1 million to 10.1 million over the 10 year period.

LORD LAMONT ATTACKS LABOUR CLAIMS THAT ECONOMY NEEDS MIGRANTS

Former Tory Chancellor Lord Lamont today hit back at Labour claims that immigration was good for the economy.

He said it was obvious that the size of the economy would grow if there were more people in the country – but that did not mean people would be better off as a result.

The Conservative peer said ‘most of any benefit goes to immigrants themselves’.

Writing in the Times, he wrote:

‘In judging the pros and cons of immigration what matters is not as they argue GDP but GDP per head.

‘Immigration may enlarge the economy by having more people but that does not benefit the existing population unless it increases living standards per head.’

His remarks came after Lord Hutton and Alan Milburn, the former Labour cabinet ministers, urged the Government not to crack down on immigration.

Lord Lamont said:

‘Immigrants between 1995 and 2011 cost the Exchequer £95 billion.

‘Hutton and Milburn argue that migrants are a “bulwark against an ageing population”, but as our report pointed out immigrants also grow old and trying to deal with that phenomenon through yet further immigration would require ever escalating levels of immigration.’

He added:

‘What cannot be denied is the massive impact of immigration on the size of our population. If we allow it to continue at the average of the past ten years we will add ten million to the UK population in the next 20 years with at least 60 per cent of the increase due to immigration.’
Lord Lamont said ‘practically nobody wants to see this’.

The Tory peer said dismissing ‘genuine and justified concerns’ was ‘simply to play into the hands of extremists’.

He added:

‘It is not a more stringent immigration policy which would have “serious consequences for the wellbeing of our economy and society”, as they claim.

‘On the contrary, it is failure to respond to the clear and consistent wishes of three quarters of our population that would indeed have such consequences.’

LEYTON WARD FOCUS TEAM 2014

Audrey Lee – Bob Sullivan – Jerome Harvey-Agyei

The Leyton Ward FOCUS Team, led by popular long-serving Councillor Bob Sullivan will be contesting the local council election on Thursday 22 May.

Please remember you have 3 votes for the Liberal Democrat FOCUS Team.

Polling Stations are open from 7am until 10 pm.

Please don’t forget to vote.

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The latest issue of the popular Liberal Democrat FOCUS Newsletter is hot of the press, and will be delivered free of charge across the ward  by our team of volunteers.

Councillor Bob Sullivan would be pleased to hear from you if you would like to help deliver the FOCUS near your home, or help with other local campaigning.

His phone number is 020 8556 8335, thank you,

 

 

 

LABOUR CALLS HALF A MILLION APPRENTICES ‘DEADWEIGHT’

Today Nick Clegg has revealed Labour’s secret plans to scrap half a million apprentices because they think they are ‘deadweight’.

In the strongest signal yet that Labour can’t be trusted to build a stronger economy, the plans would make it harder for young people to find good, well-paid jobs, and would damage the skills base in the British economy.

In a little-publicised paper written by the party, they propose to scrap intermediate (level 2) apprenticeships, replacing them with a downgraded to  “traineeship”.

Labour claim that Intermediate Apprenticeships have “devalued” the apprenticeship brand and are “of no value to either employers or learners” and that scrapping them “would minimise ‘deadweight’”.

The Liberal Democrats, the party most in favour of apprenticeships, have strongly condemned the plans.

While Liberal Democrat ministers such as Vince Cable have created record numbers of apprentices, seeing over 1.6 million apprentices start since 2010, Labour’s plans would pull the rug from under the feet of a generation of young people.

Labour halves apprentices