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Yesterday Labour launched a major campaign, ‘Education not Segregation’, opposing the Tories’ plans to open new grammar schools.

The Tories would segregate our children by opening new grammar schools: a privileged education for a few, a second class education for the rest. 

The Tories’ education policies are failing children and parents. While they obsess about school structures and bringing back selective education, budgets are falling, there are chronic teacher shortages and not enough good school places. 

According to the IFS, school spending is expected to fall by at least 7 per cent in real terms between 2015–16 and 2019–20, which would be the largest real-terms fall over any period since at least the late 1970s.

They are cutting opportunities for the many with their hiking of student fees and scrapping student grants too.

A good education should not be a privilege – it is every child’s right. Labour will ensure that all children receive the high-quality education they deserve.

All children should be supported to achieve their aspirations. Labour will reintroduce an Education Maintenance Allowance and maintenance grants for students from low and middle income background.

Labour will invest in our future to ensure that no one and no community is left behind.

Education not Segregation

Derby Labour Party will be campaigning on Saturday 1st October between 11am and 1pm - meeting at The Ram, East Street, Derby.

Education not Segregation

Yesterday Labour launched a major campaign, ‘Education not Segregation’, opposing the Tories’ plans to open new grammar schools.

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Tory election fraud has led to a by-election.   Labour's candidate Oleg Sotnicenko offers a genuine and honest alternative to voters in Allestree.

Allestree residents who put their trust in the Conservatives are now being asked to vote again after their Tory Councillor was jailed for two months for committing election fraud. The by-election is being held on the 29th September at a cost of £30,000 to the tax payer; we have all experienced the results of harsh Tory austerity and this money can no longer be spent on already hard-pressed services.

Standing to represent Allestree on the 29th September is Oleg Sotnicenko. Since 2009, Oleg has worked actively for the city, regularly working in Allestree with the elderly and disabled adults and children. He has also worked hard to improve community cohesion between Eastern Europeans and British people because he strongly believes in the power of unified communities. Whilst it is unfortunate that a by-election has to be held, it is a chance for the people of Allestree to vote for a committed, honest and available candidate to represent them.

If elected Oleg promises to work tirelessly for every Allestree resident:

  • Protect Allestree from unnecessary housing developments - such as the Kedelston road development which the Tories failed to block.
  • He will make building a safe environment a priority and campaign for better care for our elderly people.
  • Fight to protect and improve Allestree’s green spaces alongside our fantastic voluntary groups and ensure local services are adequate to meet local needs.
  • Campaign to keep Allestree Library open from Government cuts.

We can only make sure this happens if you vote on September 29th, this is your chance to make a difference and stand up for Allestree and honesty. 

Vote for Oleg Sotnicenko on September 29th

Vote for Oleg Sotnicenko in the Allestree by-election on 29th September

Tory election fraud has led to a by-election.   Labour's candidate Oleg Sotnicenko offers a genuine and honest alternative to voters in Allestree.

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The NHS is saving half a million pounds annually as result of measures taken by Labour Councillor Baggy Shanker to improve housing standards across the city.

A main priority for the Labour-run City Council is improving the living standards of tenants within Derby’s private sector.

What’s being done?

The Housing Standards Team work hard to respond to complaints about unhealthy and dangerous living conditions. The team takes proactive measures through the inspection and investigation of properties belonging to known ‘rogue’ landlords. Alongside this, they also licence and regulate owners of larger houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) ensuring that these properties are suitable for occupation. The team, led by Labour Councillor Baggy Shanker, works closely with local landlords offering training courses, seminars and producing newsletters. The City Council operates a property accreditation scheme for landlords who wish to be recognised for letting quality accommodation. Over the course of 2015-16, the Housing Standards Team received and actively responded to, 400 complaints from private tenants who were concerned about the conditions of their home.

What is the positive impact from this on the NHS?

The formation of the NHS, under a labour government, revolutionised health care in Britain and is the biggest domestic achievement of any administration. It is therefore important that councils do everything they can to protect and support the NHS. Labour led Derby City council has supported the NHS through the excellent performance by the Housing Standards Team, which has improved housing standards across Derby City. The subsequent rise in standards has reduced pressure on GP’s and the NHS as there have been fewer ‘at home’ injuries and ill-health caused by inadequate living conditions. A cost benefit evaluation of the team’s work throughout 2015-16 estimates that it has produced annual savings of nearly half a million pounds to the NHS, and one million pounds to wider society. This equates to a total of £12.25 million and £26 million respectively, over the next 25 years.

Councillor Baggy Shanker, the Labour Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services, said: “Everyone has the right to live in a safe and healthy home and the work by our Housing Standards team ensures that this is the case for residents in Derby. The help we provide to improve living standards in turn improves resident’s health and reduces pressure on the NHS.” 

 

Derby's Labour-run Council saves NHS more than £500k a year

The NHS is saving half a million pounds annually as result of measures taken by Labour Councillor Baggy Shanker to improve housing standards across the city.

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