On April 6th 13,000 millionaires will receive a tax giveaway worth on average £100,000 from the Tories and Lib Dems while people in Camden face cuts to tax credits, child benefit and the bedroom tax.
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Cllr Theo Blackwell, Cabinet Member for Finance, London Borough of Camden, writes concerning the Camden Council budget, passed last night…..
The continuation of the government cuts initiated in 2010 has meant that 2012/13 has inevitably been a challenging year both for the Council and residents, as efficiencies have been required at exactly the time when the need for essential public services has never been greater.
Figures announced by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the New Policy Institute this week show that there are now FOUR MILLION people in poverty living in privately rented housing. This figure has doubled over the past ten years. This problem is now so severe that the private rented sector has been dubbed the ‘poverty front line‘.
While rents in Camden have always been expensive, in recent years this pressure has become worse. Many families now face being priced out of Camden altogether. Camden Labour, therefore have launched their ‘Priced Out of Camden’ campaign, taking on unaffordable rents and rip-off landlords. You can sign our petition, which calls on the Tory Mayor, Boris Johnson, to lobby the Government to establish a compulsory register of landlords and to tackle high rents here.
You can read the full Joseph Rowntree Foundation report here.
Camden Labour plans to tackle the fundamental issues around inequality and hold the ‘biggest ever’ conversation with residents and businesses in the boroughThursday, June 7th, 2012
Labour run Camden has promised a bold plan for the borough – one that will challenge the Government’s agenda for public services and will make Camden a better borough, ensuring no one is left behind.
The plan focusses on five pledges:
- Providing democratic and strategic leadership fit for changing times
- Developing new solutions with partners to reduce inequality
- Creating conditions for and then harnessing the benefits of economic growth
- Investing in our communities to ensure sustainable neighbourhoods
- Delivering value for money services that are ‘right first time’.
Now Camden Labour is encouraging all our residents to get involved and help us develop the ideas that will deliver a better Camden.
Camden Labour have secured a victory for local residents as the government have accepted one of the party’s key demands in the campaign against High Speed 2. It has been revealed that the government is now in the process of buying the National Temperance Hospital site in Euston in the expectation it will be used for new homes for those forced to move if HS2 goes ahead.
“We remain opposed to HS2. There is still a very long list of very negative impacts that Government must act to mitigate. But this early victory for Camden’s Labour administration on behalf of our residents is significant.”
A further boost to the Camden Labour campaign also occurred this week as Labour’s Mayoral candidate, Ken Livingstone, and London Assembly candidate for Camden, Andrew Dismore, visited residents and businesses in the area most heavily impacted by HS2. The Labour candidates are pledging to do all they can to get HS2 rerouted to stop Camden homes being demolished.