Welcome to the offical site for Amber Valley Labour Group
"We want to build a Britain that works for the many, not the few.
That means building the homes we need to rent and buy, keeping our communities safe, giving our schools the funding they need,
and restoring the NHS to its place as the envy of the world."
𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐌𝐄𝐍𝐓 𝐅𝐑𝐎𝐌 𝐀𝐌𝐁𝐄𝐑 𝐕𝐀𝐋𝐋𝐄𝐘 𝐋𝐀𝐁𝐎𝐔𝐑 𝐆𝐑𝐎𝐔𝐏
“𝐘𝐄𝐀𝐑𝐒 𝐎𝐅 𝐓𝐎𝐑𝐘 𝐈𝐍𝐂𝐎𝐌𝐏𝐄𝐓𝐄𝐍𝐂𝐄 𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐌𝐈𝐒-𝐌𝐀𝐍𝐀𝐆𝐄𝐌𝐄𝐍𝐓 𝐎𝐅 𝐅𝐈𝐍𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐈𝐀𝐋 𝐁𝐔𝐃𝐆𝐄𝐓𝐒 𝐒𝐔𝐑𝐅𝐀𝐂𝐄 𝐀𝐅𝐓𝐄𝐑 𝐄𝐗𝐏𝐎𝐒𝐔𝐑𝐄 𝐁𝐘 𝐍𝐄𝐖 𝐋𝐀𝐁𝐎𝐔𝐑 𝐀𝐃𝐌𝐈𝐍𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐑𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍”
Labour councilors have been concerned for some time with regards to the use and administration of Section 106 monies. These are negotiated by the planning department with developers to provide some improvements for things like extra schools or classes, road improvements, affordable housing, community provision, play areas or open space provision.
It has been very difficult for Members to find out exactly what has been negotiated by area as they are all just linked to the approved planning applications over many years. Now a damning report by the Central Midlands Audit Partnership to the July Governance and Audit Board has highlighted the situation that the previous administration was either aware of, or incompetent at controlling these valuable assets.
The report highlighted no documented procedures, no departmental records, limited information recorded to enable reconciliation, no effective method to monitor the agreements, expenditure not being regularly monitored and some long outstanding balances dated back as far as 1994 should have been returned.
Leader of the Council Chris Emmas-Williams said :
‘𝑰 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒃𝒆𝒆𝒏 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒄𝒆𝒓𝒏𝒆𝒅 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒓𝒆𝒈𝒂𝒓𝒅𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒖𝒔𝒆 𝒐𝒇 106 𝒎𝒐𝒏𝒊𝒆𝒔 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒂𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒓𝒐𝒍 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒄𝒊𝒍 𝒉𝒂𝒔 𝒈𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒏 𝒖𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒐𝒑𝒑𝒐𝒓𝒕𝒖𝒏𝒊𝒕𝒚 𝒕𝒐 𝒆𝒙𝒂𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒄𝒍𝒐𝒔𝒆𝒍𝒚 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒏𝒊𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒔𝒆 𝒂𝒔𝒔𝒆𝒕𝒔.
𝑻𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒂𝒖𝒅𝒊𝒕 𝒓𝒆𝒑𝒐𝒓𝒕 𝒊𝒔 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒃𝒂𝒃𝒍𝒚 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒔𝒕 𝒅𝒂𝒎𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑪𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒄𝒊𝒍 𝒉𝒂𝒔 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒉𝒂𝒅 𝒑𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒎 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒉𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒍𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒉𝒆𝒆𝒓 𝒊𝒏𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒑𝒆𝒕𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒓𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒐𝒖𝒔 𝑻𝒐𝒓𝒚 𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒅𝒆𝒓𝒔 𝑪𝒐𝒙, 𝑩𝒓𝒂𝒅𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒅 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑩𝒖𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒚 𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒚 𝒚𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒔.
𝑾𝒆 𝒏𝒐𝒘 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒉𝒂𝒖𝒍 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒊𝒎𝒑𝒍𝒆𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒂 𝒏𝒆𝒘 𝒔𝒚𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒎 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒆𝒆𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒓𝒐𝒍 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒔𝒆 𝒇𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒔 𝒘𝒉𝒊𝒄𝒉 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒅𝒆𝒔𝒊𝒈𝒏𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒊𝒎𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒗𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒒𝒖𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒕𝒚 𝒐𝒇 𝒍𝒊𝒇𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒔𝒂𝒇𝒆𝒕𝒚 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒔 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒍𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒃𝒆𝒆𝒏 𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒂𝒔𝒕’
Bridget Phillipson MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, responds to Treasury Select Committee report
Bridget Phillipson MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, responding to the Treasury Select Committee report, said:
“It’s good to hear the Treasury Select Committee echo Labour’s calls for targeted support for jobs and businesses beyond the Chancellor’s October cliff edge.
“This report adds to the chorus of warnings that the Chancellor’s one-size-fits-all withdrawal of wage support risks a huge spike in unemployment this autumn.
“Labour, trade unions, businesses, think tanks, backbench Tory MPs and now the Treasury Select Committee are all sounding the alarm. What will it take to make this stubborn Chancellor listen?”
Emily Thornberry responds to trade agreement announced between the UK and Japan
Emily Thornberry MP, Labour’s Shadow International Trade Secretary, responding to the trade agreement announced between the UK and Japan, said:
“This agreement is a welcome and necessary step to maintain our current trading arrangements with Japan beyond December 31st, and to extend access for British companies in some key sectors. However, it is important to put it in perspective.
“Trade with Japan represented 2.21% of our global total last year, and under the best case scenario put forward by the government, today’s agreement will see that total increase by just 0.07 percentage points each year, simply maintaining the levels of growth seen since 2015, and preserving the forecast benefits of the current EU-Japan agreement.
“That all compares to the 47% of our global trade that we currently have with the EU. So necessary as this agreement is, the government’s over-riding priority has to be securing the oven-ready deal that they promised us with Europe, which Japanese companies like Nissan have told us is crucial to the future of the investment and jobs they bring to Britain.”
Hardyal Dhindsa - Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner
It was great to welcome
MP, leader of the Labour Party, to Chesterfield with Toby Perkins MP, yesterday.
Keir is committed to Derbyshire and the Midlands. He knows without our success, there is no success. I look forward to working, as Police and Crime Commissioner, with him to deliver for Derbyshire.
Derbyshire County Council is set to write to gov with plans for single unitary authority to cover Derbyshire.
- Districts and boroughs would be abolished
- It wants East Midlands Combined Authority with devolved powers
- It prefers NOT to have a formal merger but shared agreement
This is despite central gov asking for unitary pitches much smaller (population of 300K-600K) than Derbyshire has proposed (771K)
Derby this week said it wants to widen its borders and merge with Amber Valley, Erewash and South Derbyshire - which apparently was news to them
Government fails to bring forward evictions legislation ahead of ban lifting on 20th September
The Government Deputy Chief Whip confirmed today that Government has ignored calls from Labour and housing organisations to bring forward legal changes to protect renters before the ban on evictions is lifted next Sunday.
In his Business Statement today, Government Deputy Chief Whip Stuart Andrew announced that there would be no Parliamentary time next week for MPs to debate the end of the evictions ban.
Thangam Debbonaire, Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary, said:
“The Government’s chaotic handling of the evictions crisis has thrown renters and landlords into confusion.
“Labour has been saying for months that the Government needs a credible plan to prevent a dramatic rise in homelessness when the ban on evictions is lifted.
“As things stand, we are facing the same cliff edge next week that the Government narrowly avoided at the end of August.
“Ministers promised that no one would lose their home because of Coronavirus. They must urgently change course, and bring forward the urgent legal changes that are needed before next week.”
Over four million people still need furlough to make ends meet through this crisis.
Tory MPs just voted to cut support.
Let your friends know.
Labour will attempt to legislate to force Government to implement the Grenfell Inquiry recommendations
Labour will use the Fire Safety Bill to try and force the Government to implement the vital recommendations in the Grenfell Inquiry. The amendment will place robust requirements on building owners or managers to share information with local Fire and Rescue Service about the design, and the materials of the external walls, to undertake regular inspections of individual flat entrance doors and lifts, and share evacuation and fire safety instructions with residents of the building.
Furthermore, this amendment would force the Government to honour the commitment they made to act on recommendations from Phase One of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, published in October 2019.
Shamefully, latest Government figures published in August show that over 80% of private sector residential buildings and nearly half of social sector residential buildings wrapped in Grenfell style ACM cladding have not the materials removed.
Sarah Jones MP, Labour’s Shadow Policing and Fire Minister, said:
“Over three years after Grenfell, it is shameful how little progress has been made. The Government has continuously broken their promises, while tens of thousands of people across the country are stuck living in unsafe flats. The victims and survivors of Grenfell are still waiting for justice. This is completely unacceptable.
“Labour’s amendment to the Bill is an attempt to force the Government to deliver the recommendations of the Grenfell Inquiry’s Phase One Report. Every measure necessary should be put in place to prevent a fire like Grenfell from ever happening again. We urge the Government to honour their promises and back the amendment and get the work done.”
Keir Starmer today [Wednesday 29 July] calls for targeted support for domestic tourism jobs, as Labour analysis shows tourist hotspots are being disproportionately affected by the growing unemployment crisis.
Ahead of a visit to Falmouth in Cornwall to meet local businesses, Starmer praises the UK’s world-class tourism destinations but warns that tourist towns are “falling through the cracks” as the Government prepares to wind down the furlough scheme.
The Labour leader calls for more targeted, flexible support to protect jobs in communities reliant on tourism, where many businesses are still unable to operate at full capacity and have seen the profitable summer season cut short.
Analysis of ONS unemployment and labour market data by the Labour Party has found that areas with a larger share of the local workforce in tourism industries have on average seen larger rises in the claimant count of unemployment since February.
Labour’s analysis reveals that in areas where over a fifth of workers are in tourism-related jobs, the claimant count of unemployment among working-age adults has risen by 174 per cent since February, compared to 110 per cent for the UK as a whole.
To prevent further job losses in domestic tourism, Starmer will reiterate Labour’s calls for an extension of the Government’s furlough scheme for the worst-hit sectors. Starmer will also urge Ministers to ensure support measures, such as work coaches, are in place to help people back into work in hard-hit areas.
Keir Starmer, Leader of the Labour Party, said:
“We are lucky to have many world-class tourist destinations across the UK. But the jobs crisis facing tourist towns is stark.
“There are fantastic domestic options for British holidaymakers, but the crucial summer season has been cut short. With many businesses still unable to reopen fully, the Government’s one-size-fits-all approach to jobs risks these towns falling through the cracks.
“We need a targeted extension of the furlough scheme for the hardest-hit sectors and proper support in place to help those who are unemployed back into work. People are worried about their job prospects. The Labour Party is focused on fighting for every job and every part of the country.”
“The unsung heroes of this crisis” –
Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa is appealing for people to act with kindness and respect in community pharmacies following reports of violence and abuse against staff during Covid-19.
The PCC is supporting a campaign by the Pharmacists' Defence Association (PDA) to protect frontline pharmacy staff amid a growing wave of incidents during the pandemic.
Community pharmacists have seen demand increase significantly since the Covid-19 outbreak which is inevitably impacting on services and provision. This has sparked an influx of incidents of abuse and threats against staff.
The PDA has written to Home Secretary Priti Patel calling for government support to raise the issue and take measures to protect pharmacists and their teams from violence. It has also enlisted the support of PCCs to raise awareness of the repercussions of breaking new laws protecting key emergency workers.
Mr Dhindsa said: "Our community pharmacies are doing a fantastic job during what is an unprecedented and challenging time. As key workers, pharmacy employees are putting themselves and their families at risk during this pandemic to help others and deserve respect and appreciation for their services.
"The safety of frontline workers is paramount and our officers will take action against those who think it is acceptable to take their tension and anxiety out on hardworking staff. Aggression or abuse of any kind will not be tolerated and we will use the full power of the law to apprehend perpetrators.
"Pharmacies are providing an essential service and we must all be mindful of the significant pressure their teams are facing by practising patience and kindness. Violence or abuse should never be accepted as part of any job."
Pharmacy workers are protected under the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018. Those breaking the law face tough penalties including a maximum of 12 months' imprisonment.
The PDA has developed a new resource pack to help pharmacists protect staff which is available at: https://www.the-pda.org/pda-increase-action-on-campaign-to-end-violence-in-pharmacies/
Tonight we go out to clap for our carers and key workers - those who are putting their lives at risk to keep us safe.
Tonight we go out to clap for our carers and key workers - those who are putting their lives at risk to keep us safe. When this pandemic is over, we can’t go back to business as usual with people left underpaid and undervalued. We owe them more than that. #ClapForOurCarersPosted by Keir Starmer on Thursday, 16 April 2020
Following comments from Cllr Oakes on social media, which we utterly condemn, the Amber Valley Labour group withdrew the whip this morning, and can announce this now that the whip has spoken to Cllr Oakes.
This means that Cllr Oakes does not currently sit as a Labour Councillor, and further due process will follow.
We wish the Prime Minister, and all who are suffering this awful disease, a speedy recovery and send love and solidarity to them and their families.
It would be inappropriate to comment further until due process has taken its course.
"As leader of the Council & Labour Group I am appalled and very disappointed by the comments posted on Facebook by Cllr Sheila Oakes. There is no place in politics for personal and hurtful comments no matter how angry you are.
I asked Cllr Oakes to remove the comments and apologise immediately after it was brought to my attention. In no circumstances can I or the Labour Group condone this sort of behaviour, it is not in being with the standards expected in Public Life or Office.
A full investigation will take place and appropriate action will be taken in line with the Labour Party rules and regulations".
Cllr Chris Emmas-Williams
Leader of the Labour Group
The Waste Collection service are still collecting bins throughout the Borough as best as resources are allowing, but the decision not to collect Green Waste has had to be implemented from March 30th due to self isolating of some staff and we wish them all well.
We are trying to keep up to date with all the new legislation regarding Finance for businesses across the Borough and processing these claims along with all Housing and Council Tax benefits as well. Officers and Members have been involved in conferencing with the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and the District Councillors Network discussing the lack of PPE for Social Workers and others on the front line who are doing an amazing job.
Some of our staff, where able, are working from home with only staff who have to use critical work information still coming into the offices but this is very fluent.
We recognise the difficulties, sacrifices and financial hardships that people in Amber Valley are suffering. Whilst we are administrating the Government Grant scheme for small businesses with premises, we know that there are many who fall in the gaps and the loopholes in support schemes, and we are lobbying Government to ask them to help everyone during these trying times. We extend our thanks to all shop workers, postal workers and delivery people, carers and helpers and every single person working hard to keep things going. It is heartening to see communities coming together to support each other, and may this long continue when these times are but a distant memory.
Lastly I want to thank all our partners the Police, Fire, Ambulance and all the NHS staff who on a daily basis are risking their own health for the benefit of all of us. We must all listen and carry out the instructions and Government advice that residents should not leave home unless it is for physical exercise, medical need, necessary travelling to work or shopping for basic necessities. If not stay at home and keep safe.
Thank you for all your support
Switch on for additional CCTV cameras in Amber ValleyFour new state-of-the-art CCTV cameras are now operating in Amber Valley to assist police in their mission to reduce and deter crime in the towns of Alfreton, Belper, Heanor and Ripley.
Like the existing cameras, which were upgraded recently, the new cameras have powerful zoom-in features, meaning they can cover a remarkably wide area. They deliver high-resolution images to a control room which is monitored 24/7. There is one new camera in each town as part of this first phase.
The cameras are also re-deployable, meaning their location can be moved dependent on changes in infrastructure and crime hotspots.
Commented Amber Valley Borough Council’s portfolio holder for regeneration and community safety, Councillor Ben Bellamy: "This increase in CCTV cameras has been carried out as a direct result of feedback we have received from the borough’s residents, and has been delivered as promised. Anyone who thinks about committing crime or anti-social behaviour in our borough should think again. In phase two, we will be looking at extending the CCTV network in partnership with parish councils, to provide more peace of mind to residents in all communities and additional support to the police in prosecuting criminal acts."
Getting petition signed 24 January 2020 at Alfreton Station
Labour Councillors and members are furious about the proposed slashing of Alfreton and Langey Mill London services. We were out and about early telling commuters about our petition - over 3500 people have signed now!
On Wednesday 27th January 2020 there was a full council in Ripley Town Hall at 7pm, where we will be moving a motion to try and get them to change their minds!
More to follow