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Leader of the Council Warren Morgan has hailed the success of the council’s library plan, being voted on at full Council tomorrow:

 

warren_morgan.jpg“When Government cuts are forcing many councils to close or privatise public libraries, Labour councillors in Brighton and Hove are keeping the city’s libraries in public hands, open for longer and we are putting them at the heart of our communities.”

Green councillors have said they will vote against the plan, putting the future of seven local libraries at risk in order to stop Hove Library from moving from a century old building that is no longer fit for purpose and which costs a huge amount of money to run. The proposals for a new Hove Library would mean services closer to the majority of users, longer opening hours, a café and outdoor space for community events. The changes have been backed by residents in two public consultations.

Cllr Morgan added:

“Labour has a proud record of defending and promoting libraries in the city, having overseen the building of our award winning Jubilee Library and having opposed the closure of the mobile library under the previous Green administration. Our vision for Brighton and Hove is one where libraries form an essential part of a network of community hubs, providing an expanded range of advice and support services which will bring council and other public services closer to the communities that need them.”

Public libraries in public hands, open for longer and at the heart of our communities

Leader of the Council Warren Morgan has hailed the success of the council’s library plan, being voted on at full Council tomorrow:  

Statement from Cllr Warren Morgan, Leader of the Council, supported by Cllr Tom Bewick and Cllr Dan Chapman, Chair and Deputy Chair of  Children, Young People and Skills  Committee.

 

“We value and support all our local schools including our academy schools. But it’s disheartening and frustrating to hear the government’s announcement that they want all schools in England to convert to become an academy, a policy which under this Government is much more about ideological endeavour than about school improvement.

 

Ofsted have already highlighted serious concerns about some Multi Academy Trusts and the performance in their schools and with 82% of local authority maintained schools rated either good or outstanding it’s hard to justify forcing schools to become an academy.

 

Forcing schools to become an academy and join a MAT takes the focus in the school away from improvement and the outcomes of the children and instead focuses their attention to the conversion. MATs and especially some of the larger chains are becoming more and more centralised, removing local governing bodies and distancing themselves further away from the school they run.

 

The government needs to recognise that local authorities are in a unique position of having the best knowledge for the local area which is essential to plan school places and ensure provisions are equally and appropriately distributed. The government is taking this ability away from local authorities, which will lead, in the future, to greater inequality and disparities between schools.

 

We need our schools to be focused on the outcomes of children not worrying about their external structure and how they will be maintained. Our schools need to be locally accountable to parents, governors and communities. Forcing schools to join large MATs denies local residents this fundamental right.

 

If the Government insists on this approach then we intend to look at establishing a co-operative trust to run our schools, maintaining as much local control as possible and preventing multi-academy trusts from cherry-picking the popular schools and leaving the rest to struggle. We want all schools in the city to be excellent schools, and will work on defending them from what is an ideological assault on both education and local councils.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes

 

We fully support the Aldridge Foundation, which we regard as a local sponsor, and which was established under Labour’s academy programme. They have invested huge amounts in our schools to improve educational outcomes in areas with previously lower attainment.

 

http://www.local.gov.uk/web/guest/children-and-young-people/-/journal_content/56/10180/7747303/NEWS

 

http://press.labour.org.uk/post/141112275019/response-to-reports-of-a-government-announcement

 

Labour propose cooperative solution to government's forced academies plan

Statement from Cllr Warren Morgan, Leader of the Council, supported by Cllr Tom Bewick and Cllr Dan Chapman, Chair and Deputy Chair of  Children, Young People and Skills  Committee.  ...

City Council Update
Thursday evening saw the City Council budget agreed at the full council meeting.  Here is Labour council leader Warren Morgan's message:
 
A huge thanks to my team on the council and all who came to support us yesterday. I really appreciated it and it was so good to know, going in to one-on-one negotiations with the Tories, that I had that support. It is not the first Budget that we would have wanted and contains many painful cuts, but there is a huge amount in that £800 million budget that will do a lot of good.

The Greens voted with the Tories three times in support of their amendments and against our Budget. We opposed all six Tory amendments. Knowing that the Greens would not support us, the Tories had a majority against our budget and were free to demand more money for verge cutting and gully cleansing - at the expense of jobs. Management jobs, admin jobs, support staff jobs, trades union jobs. That's what the Green's "principled", "fight the cuts" stance actually delivered - more job cuts. Yet they will claim it is Labour who are enabling Tory cuts in Brighton and Hove. All the Greens had to do was abstain and we could have defeated the Tories on each and every vote.

I'm relieved we got a budget through, but I am not pleased about it. None of us want to cut jobs and services, but I stand by our belief that it is better to get the very best from a bad deal than step back and allow the Tories to make it even worse. Never more proud to be part of a Labour team that stands its ground and fights rather than a group that steps back and just protests.”

City Council Budget Update

City Council Update Thursday evening saw the City Council budget agreed at the full council meeting.  Here is Labour council leader Warren Morgan's message: “A huge thanks to my team on the...

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