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Labour_Delivers_Logo.gifIn times of chronic austerity it is vital we protect those most in need. Therefore, at Full Council on the 19th of December, Ealing Labour took the decision to provide Council Tax Support to a number of vulnerable groups across the Borough, including those on certain benefits and low income households.

In April 2013 the Tory government passed on the running of Council Tax Support to local authorities, but with a 10% cut in the grant to maintain the scheme many Councils rolled back their coverage.

In Ealing we have made the decision to offer Council Tax Support to those in receipt of disability benefit, disability premium, severe & enhanced disability premium,  disabled child premium, and to carers, care leavers under the age of 22 and lone parents with children under five.

This change has taken nearly 7,500 of our most vulnerable residents out of council tax all together and will come into force in April 2018.

Labour’s Council Leader, Cllr Julian Bell said of the change:

“Politicians often talk about ‘hard choices’ they need to make in order to justify painful decisions. This is not one of those issues. It is entirely right that we protect Ealing’s most vulnerable residents from the worst excesses of Tory austerity.

The government is closing services across the board and Ealing Council are feeling the squeeze with 65%of our revenue budget cut. This equates to savings of £265 million from 2010-2021. However, we still have the authority to set our Council Tax Support scheme to lift some of the burden from struggling residents and families and that is what we have done.”

Cllr Yvonne Johnson, Labour’s Cabinet Member for Finance said:

“Disabled residents, their carers and low income households have been hit particularly hard under seven years of Conservative government cuts.

This Labour administration has made a concerted effort not to pass on these cuts to residents by increasing core Council Tax, but in many of these most desperate cases it simply isn’t enough to keep it low and so we have made the right decision in lifting some residents out of Council Tax entirely.”

Ealing Labour lifts 7,500 vulnerable residents out of Council Tax this Christmas

In times of chronic austerity it is vital we protect those most in need. Therefore, at Full Council on the 19th of December, Ealing Labour took the decision to provide...


The London Borough of Ealing Labour Party is looking to recruit a Borough-wide Organiser to help drive the party forward towards, and during, the London Borough Elections in 2018.

The successful applicant will be responsible for the organisation of front-line campaigning across the Borough of Ealing. It is expected that s/he will work closely with elected Councillors from the Ealing Labour Group as well as council candidates, local MPs, the GLA Member and local party officers and members.

The nature of this role will vary according to political and campaigning priorities. The successful applicant will be self-motivated and able to work independently, while being flexible and able to adapt quickly to changing circumstances and manage numerous campaigning projects.

This role will suit ambitious on-the-ground campaigners, who are forward thinking and enjoy a wide-ranging role.

Ealing Labour values equality and diversity, and welcomes applications from candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

We will also consider part-time and job-share options for this role. Please specify if you are applying for this role in a part-time of full time capacity.

Job Description:

  • Providing the main focus for campaign activity, both outside and during the election period.

  • Maintaining campaign records and data to monitor acitvity and results across the Borough.

  • Developing relations with elected councillors, local party officers and activists.

  • Regular meetings with the campaign team to ensure campaigning activity is taking place on the ground (eg Canvassing, telephone canvassing, literature distribution).

  • Supporting the Procedures Secretary in the selection of local government candidates.

  • Design, lay out and draft content for campaign literature.

  • Attending local party meetings on a regular basis to ensure an effective working relationship with activists.

  • Organisation of fundraising events.

  • Organising ward specific and Borough-wide campaign action days.

  • Overseeing and accounting for campaign budgets.

Person Specification:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a professional manner.

  • Experience of data collection and analysis.

  • Flexible with the ability to prioritise a busy workload.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with a good sense of humour.

  • Strong organisational, political, communication and campaigning skills.

  • Good knowledge of UK politics, especially across the London Boroughs.

  • Ability to oversee and account for campaign budgets.

Salary: £26,000 p.a.

Closing date: 12th December 2017

Interviews will take place 15th and 16th December or as early as can be agreed.

How to Apply:

All applicants will send a CV (no longer than two sides of A4) and a covering letter (no longer than one side of A4) outlining how they best suit the Job Description and Person Specification.

Applications will be sent to Cllr Julian Bell at with "APPLICATION: Campaign Organiser" in the Subject heading.

VACANCY: Borough Campaign Organiser

The London Borough of Ealing Labour Party is looking to recruit a Borough-wide Organiser to help drive the party forward towards, and during, the London Borough Elections in 2018.

Ealing Labour

Help us shape the Ealing Labour Party 2018 Manifesto. Tell us how we can deliver on our priorities. Take part in our housing policy commission public consultation that’s online today. 

Ensuring people have access to safe and genuinely affordable housing remains the Ealing Labour Party’s most important priority. That’s why as we look toward the 2018 local government elections, we are recommitting ourselves to do even more to deliver more homes in the Borough.

Over the last few months, the issue of fire safety has been brought into sharp focus. When it became clear that Kensington and Chelsea were totally inadequate at dealing with the consequences of the fire at Grenfell Tower, Ealing’s emergency response team stepped up their dedicated work, coordinating efforts at the Assistance Centre at Westway Sports.

At the same time, our housing and safety teams kicked into action a programme of inspecting all of our council owned housing stock, reviewing risk assessments and ensuring that our residents are safe. As the public inquiry into what happened at Grenfell continues, we will be doing all we can to share our understanding of what happened, and work even harder to give our residents the peace of mind that their safety is our utmost concern and responsibility.

The challenge of delivering a regular supply of genuinely affordable homes is huge. The average house price in Ealing is now over half a million pounds, an almost 100% increase in as little as a decade. There are 12,000 people on our council house waiting list, whilst only around 800 homes become available each year to place families in need.

Changes by the Tories in Government to the benefits system, including the introduction of Universal Credit, are putting huge strain on household budgets, and it is leading to a big increase in the number of people being forced into homelessness and temporary accommodation.

For private renters, median rents of nearly £1,400 per month ensure that there is little left at the end of the month after rent and bills to save to fund a deposit to purchase a home. Rip-off landlords and dubious letting agency practices make the experience of renting decent quality homes a stressful and costly experience.

This all takes place at a time where the Government continue to prevent local authorities to borrow the sums of money we need to rapidly expand our social housing building programme, and continue to water down national planning legislation that would allow us to hold developer’s feet to the fire on delivering more genuinely affordable homes within their plans.

The situation must change. So much of how we can truly impact the scale of London’s housing crisis will require a Labour Government. In our ground breaking national manifesto, Labour set out clear plans to deliver a million new homes over the course of the next parliament, and pledged to fund Councils to build a minimum of 100,000 new council and housing association homes each year.

Labour’s Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan is already leading the way through the introduction of the London Living Rent. Set at one third of average local incomes, London Living Rent is designed to ensure people can rent and save all at once.

In the meantime, Labour at Ealing Council will do all that it can to deliver genuinely affordable homes, and we need your support to take this forward.

Earlier this year we launched the next stage of our manifesto process, and we are today opening out or public consultation on Ealing Labour’s first policy commission: Delivering Homes We Can Afford.

To take part, simply follow the link to the consultation website, by clicking here.

Our vision for housing in Ealing is clear: Ealing Labour will recommit to our campaign of building more genuinely affordable houses; step in and sort out renting privately, reducing costs and improving standards; and relentlessly secure investment in the infrastructure that enables our communities to thrive.

To achieve this, we have set out ten key challenges on issues as diverse as leveraging investment in genuinely affordable house building, tackling rogue landlords to reinventing and reinforcing our high streets and town centres, and we want to know what you think.

They aren’t an exhaustive list. If you think we have missed anything, or think we should be prioritising things differently, we want to hear from you.

Over the next few weeks we will also be launching the next two policy commission consultations. You can read about all three by visiting our manifesto website:

With best wishes,

Cllr Peter Mason                 Cllr Jasbir Anand

Manifesto Coordinator           Cabinet Member for Housing

Ps. Ealing Momentum are hosting a public meeting “Our Housing – Safe and Affordable” tonight, 7:30pm at Victoria Hall, inside Ealing Town Hall.

 Speakers include Yvette Williams MBE from the Justice for Grenfell campaign, Chris Williamson MP – the Shadow Fire Minister, Gemini Verney-Dyde from the Notting Hill Housing anti-merger campaign, as well as Cllr Hitesh Tailor, Cabinet Member for Health & Adult Services. See more info and RSVP here.


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