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Though the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath is on her way out, the pay scandal has highlighted key issues within the Higher Education system locally and nationally. The culture of marketisation and privatisation of higher education institutions create a culture where money is more important than education. Bath Labour Party is committed to combatting this marketisation, in line with national Labour policy, working for the removal of university tuition fees and reintroduction of maintenance grants. 

 

University of Bath Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell (Image: Katharine Barker)

University of Bath Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell (Image: Katharine Barker) 

 

What this has shown though is the power of the labour movement. This campaign has been fought primarily by trade unions with the support of Bath Labour councillor Joe Rayment and Labour Peer Lord Adonis. This alongside student mobilisation of members of Bath University Labour Club and Bath Students Against Fees and Cuts has provided a unified front against university management.

 

Bath Labour Party is also committed to working on the other issues raised by this scandal around pay inequality, job security and representation. Higher Education institutions are seen as public sector organisations and would be subject to our national 20-point plan for security and equality at work. This plan includes:

 

A maximum staff pay ratio of 20:1, which is a significant improvement on the 30:1 ratio seen at the University of Bath. 

 

The banning of zero hour contracts, which will provide greater job security for casual members of staff.

 

Repeal the Trade Union Act, which will give workers more power in their workplaces.

What next for the University of Bath?

Though the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath is on her way out, the pay scandal has highlighted key issues within the Higher Education system locally and nationally. The culture...

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Message from Protect Our NHS

BANES CCG are currently consulting on some drastic changes to services. Only women between the ages of 23 and 35 will be eligible for IVF treatment, and they are removing funding for vasectomies and female sterilisations in all but exceptional circumstances.

It’s outrageous that the Tories have pushed the NHS to this point, and are putting many women in an incredibly difficult position. You can voice your views on the changes here

Consultation ends on 27th December, make sure you respond before then.

Message from Protect Our NHS

Message from Protect Our NHS BANES CCG are currently consulting on some drastic changes to services. Only women between the ages of 23 and 35 will be eligible for IVF...

B&NES Council have announced the loss of 300 council jobs. This cut would not havebeen necessary under a Labour Government. The 2017, fully costed, Manifeso ensures local government has sustainable funding for the long term. 80% of council funding is spent on Health and Social care, the Manifesto also pedges to spend an additional £7.9 billion on Health and Social Care.
 
Source:The Labour Party Manifesto, For the Many not the Few, Chapter Chapet 07 Health Care for All-Page 71 and Chapter 09, Leading Richer Lives, Local Communities - page 80
 
Joe Rayment,Debuty Leader of the Labour Group on the Council had this to say:
 
 
“These proposed job losses, if carried through, will be a tragedy for our area and for each of those 300 people. The fact is that Council staff are already overworked and underpaid, and many of our services are at breaking point. We cannot run good services for our residents with fewer staff and less money going into them.
 
“I also have huge sympathy for the thousands of Council staff who will be worried about their job security just before Christmas. I pray that this focuses the minds of some local councillors who will hopefully now decide that they can’t any longer be associated with this cruel and failing austerity regime.
 
"My message to Tim Warren is this: save these staff and disown your government. It is your responsibility and duty to stand up for this area and to do what is best for us, not to obediently follow instructions from Theresa May's feeble and fragile coalition of chaos."

B&NES Job losses

B&NES Council have announced the loss of 300 council jobs. This cut would not havebeen necessary under a Labour Government. The 2017, fully costed, Manifeso ensures local government has sustainable...

Autumn Newsletter 2017

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ken_loach.jpg20th October 19:30 - 20:30 - Bath Assembly Rooms

16-18 Gates Green Rd, BR4 9JW Bath, Somerset

From Cathy Come Home to I, Daniel Blake film-maker Ken Loach has been directing for fifty years. How does his vision around urban development, social housing and employment resonate in the city of Bath, his home for many years? How can complexities around housing and jobs be resolved in the complex, heritage-driven landscape of a UNESCO city? Ken Loach will talk about these themes and then offer the discussion to the audience.

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Festival of the Future City

20th October 19:30 - 20:30 - Bath Assembly Rooms 16-18 Gates Green Rd, BR4 9JW Bath, Somerset From Cathy Come Home to I, Daniel Blake film-maker Ken Loach has been...

macmillan_coffee2017.jpgBath Labour Party is holding a coffee morning to help raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Support. The event will take place on:

Saturday 30 September 11am-2pm at the Labour Party Office, 136a Walcot Street, Bath

To make the coffee morning a success, we need lots of cakes to sell – of any sort from sponge to brownies – and we need your help to bake them.

Beguiled by the splendour of The Great British Bake Off, we also intend to hold a baking competition with a £2 entry fee. If you would like help with the baking or enter the competition please email info@bathlabourl.org.uk by 23 September.

Of course, the main way you can help is to come along on 30 September and buy some cakes!

MacMillan Coffee Morning

Bath Labour Party is holding a coffee morning to help raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Support. The event will take place on:Saturday 30 September 11am-2pm at the Labour Party Office,...

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A developer is looking to develop the Hartwells Garage site with housing, student accommodation and a retail unit. We need more housing in Bath but is this the right kind of housing and is the density too high ? 

Local Labour Party member, Pam Richards,  has written to the Planning Dept raising a series of questions - see attached 

 

 

Hartwells redevelopment

A developer is looking to develop the Hartwells Garage site with housing, student accommodation and a retail unit. We need more housing in Bath but is this the right kind...

modernlibrary.jpgBath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet has approved proposals for the final in a series of consultations surrounding its intention to integrate the Library and One Stop Shop in Bath.

The aim is to combine library and customer services in Bath to reach more people from all ages and backgrounds, providing a place where everyone in the community can access support, knowledge, culture and events to help them reach their full potential.  At the same time, integrating these services in Bath will help save up to £400,000 a year as part of the Council’s wider Modern Libraries programme, which is expected to save a total of £800,000 a year.

Have your say on Bath Central Library

Bath Central LIbrary

Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet has approved proposals for the final in a series of consultations surrounding its intention to integrate the Library and One Stop Shop in...

stream_img.jpgFoxhill Fights On -  Friday 4th August, 7pm Foxhill Community Centre, Hawthorne Grove, BA2 5QA.

Open to anyone who would like to show their support to the residents and who would like to find out what they can do to help their fight.

Foxhill Fights on

Foxhill Fights On -  Friday 4th August, 7pm Foxhill Community Centre, Hawthorne Grove, BA2 5QA. Open to anyone who would like to show their support to the residents and who...

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Statement from Cllr Joe Rayment (Labour, Twerton) on Foxhill

 

The Labour position on this application is quite simply that it cannot be approved as it stands now, for two major reasons.

 

Firstly, the strength of opinion among the residents of Foxhill shows that this plan has not been – as it should have been – co-produced with the residents, taking into full consideration the wants and needs of the community.

 

Regeneration and improving the quality of housing is a noble endeavour, but it cannot be conducted in this way. This is the kind of thing that could have residents jumping with joy at the prospect of an improved area in which to live, and better quality housing, but instead we see residents organising, mobilising and coming to protest our Council and our biggest Registered Social Landlord.

 

This should be enough for the committee to today send this away and tell Curo that they must start again, with the community forming an integral part of re-developing the proposals.

 

Secondly, Labour cannot support the loss of social housing at a time when we have 6000 households on the housing waiting list locally.

 

Over 414 social rented homes are being replaced in Foxhill with just 157 social rented homes. A loss of 257.

 

Even if one were to count the social housing across Mulberry Park and Foxhill together, which I would argue is disingenuous to do, then you still find yourself with a net loss of 99 social rented homes.

 

The only way that this is being defended is by counting social rented homes across both sites as well as shared ownership across both sites, since shared ownership also falls under the ‘affordable housing’ title.

 

315 social rented homes and 105 shared ownership homes are not a suitable replacement for 414 social rented homes in the midst of a national and local housing crisis.

 

Homelessness is soaring, not just on our streets but in temporary accommodation and on the sofas of friends and family.

 

We will acknowledge that Curo have been forced down this path because of swingeing Government cuts over the past seven years which have seen Government failing to provide the money needed to tackle the housing crisis and build social homes.

 

Less than 30 years ago, 75% of the cost of each new social home was met by Government grant.  That has fallen to 14% today.

 

At the same time, Curo has had to cut its rents by 1% each year. This will result in £40M loss of projected income for Curo over 30 years. 

 

However, the residents of Foxhill should not be paying the price of this Government failure.

 

Successive reports have said that these residents have felt isolated and their voices haven’t been heard.

 

It is time for the Council to listen up and hear what is being said by the people who will be most affected by this proposal.

 

The committee must not approve this application today.

 

Cllr Joe Rayment's Statement on Foxhill

B&NES Labour Group Statement from Cllr Joe Rayment (Labour, Twerton) on Foxhill   The Labour position on this application is quite simply that it cannot be approved as it stands...

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