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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...

 

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Ealing has become the first borough in London to ensure all its schools have access to lifesaving automated external defibrillators (AEDs) - easy-to-use devices which can prove vital in aiding those suffering from cardiac arrest.

This initiative follows after a number of community centres, parks and public buildings had also been provided with AEDs.

According to the Resuscitation Council UK, 270 children a year die from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome at school. AEDs, which are known to significantly boost survival rates in cardiac arrest cases, have been provided to schools free-of-charge through joint funding from Labour Councillor’s ward forum budgets and the Leader's Fund.

The scheme, launched by council leader Julian Bell earlier this month at Our Lady Of The Visitation Primary School, will ensure all 91 schools in the borough have an AED. Training on the devices will be offered to staff members and pupils, although, AEDs are simple enough for anyone to use as they talk the user through the entire process should an emergency occur. The training will also include basic CPR which is vital to increase survival chances before an AED can be brought to the scene.

Cardiac arrest can affect adults and children without warning. The Powerheart G5 AEDs manufactured by Cardiac Science now in place across the borough’s schools mean that pupils, staff members and the wider community are closer to lifesaving equipment.

Council Leader Julian Bell said:

“I am delighted that Ealing is leading the capital in providing schools with life-saving defibrillators. These AEDs and related CPR training has proved vital in boosting the survival rate of children and young people affected by cardiac arrest, which is why I think it is so important that every school in our borough has access to one.

“We remain committed to ensuring that our schools are the safest possible environments for learning. Through the Leader’s fund and Labour’s ward budgets we have been able to deliver on this and ensure that each school is well equipped to offer effective and swift action in the rare event of a pupil or staff member suffering cardiac arrest.”

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Lesley Groome, fundraising coordinator at Hand on Heart, a charity which works to reduce the number of deaths of young people due to sudden cardiac arrest, said:

“As a charity committed to keeping children safe and preventing the deaths of 12 young people who will die each week due to sudden cardiac arrest, we praise Ealing Council for such an important initiative. Through their actions in placing defibrillators in all the schools in Ealing, they are increasing survival rates from 6% to 74%.”

Shaun Ingram, Managing Director of Cardiac Science, said:

“It is an exciting project for all concerned and part of an increasing trend to get AEDs and CPR training up and running in schools. This is the perfect way of building confidence early in using an AED and CPR skills in an emergency. It will help save lives.”

 

Ealing first council in London to ensure all schools have lifesaving defibrillators

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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 info@ealinglabour.com 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.

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