Labour councillor for Kursaal ward, Southend-on-Sea City Council. Never knowingly on message. All views my own.
Jan 27 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
Today is Holocaust Memorial Day, the annual remembrance of the six million Jews, Roma, Trade Unionists, LGBT+ and disabled people murdered by the Nazis and the genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
With each passing year, the Holocaust fades from living memory and it is so important that we educate ourselves and our children of the industrialised mass murder committed in the name of ideology. Particularly as modern genocides continue to unfold, such as the Uyghurs in China.
Jan 25 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
🗣FULL COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT🗣
This evening at 18.30 the Full Council of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council will be holding a special meeting, to debate the arrangements for a new waste collection contract.
The Full Council is the ultimate decision-making body of the Council. Items are discussed first in other committees, and then at Full Council via the minutes of those meetings. Items are referred from those Committees for decision, or reserved by councillors to speak on.
Jan 24 • 25 tweets • 3 min read
🚧HIGHWAY WORKS IN KURSAAL WARD THIS WEEK🚧
The following highway works are scheduled for this week either in #KursaalWard, or close enough to Kursaal ward to potentially affect residents.
🚧Highway works by Southend Council outside 47 Southchurch Ave, between 1 October 2021 and 30 September 2022 - 𝗟𝗮𝗻𝗲 𝗰𝗹𝗼𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗲, 𝗱𝗲𝗹𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲𝗹𝘆.
A report by UNISON has uncovered an absolute scandal of almost £1.4 million of Southend University Hospital Trust money set aside for apprenticeships which is unusable because of government rules on how it can be used.
The apprenticeship levy, brought in by the government in 2017, means that companies have to out 0.5% of total payroll towards training of apprenticeships - but shockingly this can only be used to pay for training, not the wages of the apprentices themselves.