Ealing Labour: A Manifesto for the Many

Ealing Labour: A Manifesto for the Many

In April, the Ealing Labour Party launched it’s 2018 local government election manifesto. It was a real privilege to coordinate bringing together great ideas from across the Borough as the manifesto coordinator. The final document can be read here. Below is my introduction to the manifesto. Genuinely affordable homes. A decent living income. Healthy people and…

Ealing demands rethink over Southall Jobcentre closure

Ealing demands rethink over Southall Jobcentre closure

Councillor Julian Bell, the leader of Ealing Council, and Councillor Peter Mason, cabinet member for prosperity, skills, employment and transformation, have written for the second time to the minister. They first raised their concerns with the minister in early February, citing Southall’s high levels of unemployment and deprivation alongside the area’s distinct local economy, large numbers…

Public Health Back Where It Belongs

Public Health Back Where It Belongs

When the London Metropolitan Board of Works authorised the construction of the Victoria Embankment, it wasn’t for the District Railway. London’s first local government was motivated to solve London’s greatest public health crisis of the day, cholera. Thankfully cholera has been consigned to the past. But our city faces new challenges and grows increasingly unequal and…

Growing Demands and Diminishing Budgets

Growing Demands and Diminishing Budgets

The era of austere times is upon us in Local Government. With funding settlements from central government continually constrained, Ealing Council faces the dual challenge of attempting to meet ever increasing demand for our services, whilst trying to do so with ever diminishing resources.From 2010 through to 2018, the Council will have had to remove £183m…