Shared via. Labour Group at Norfolk County Council:
Labour offering hope to Norfolk. Newspaper coverage and full details of Norfolk Labour’s budget amendment to Norfolk County Council on Monday. If we were in control the budget would not be as Norfolk Tories are intending, and we certainly don’t think the government should be landing hard pressed families with council tax hikes this year.
But even within the current constraints there are opportunities to make a difference. If the vaccine roll out our wonderful NHS is delivering continues to work and if the government doesn’t get lifting lockdown wrong again, there could be money left to spend. If there is – and we are proposing waiting six months to be sure we know how much won’t be needed, we should start to tackle some of the big problems that didn’t start with Covid but the virus shone a light on and made worse.
Suppprt for families, feeding hungry children, the digital divide, return of a youth service supporting young people’s mental health, career and personal development, returning warden support for residents in sheltered housing, taking control of the broken care market, giving communities support to take over vital local shops and pubs, local initiatives to protect the environment and tackle flooding.
And a scheme to help individuals and communities deal with the fall out, grief and need to deal with what they have been through this past year.
The money is there to fund it if all continues to go well fighting Covid. A message that if we stick together despite the fatigue and frustration, in a few months we could really see a difference that offers hope for the future.
The question now is have Norfolk Tories got the vision, humility and leadership needed to vote for a Labour message of hope?