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JB___BR_at_Select_Committee.jpgEaling Council have become the first local authority in the country to implement a ‘Safe Zone’ to protect women from harassment, intimidation and distress while accessing a Marie Stopes Clinic in the Borough.

It comes after the Cabinet unanimously agreed at a meeting on Tuesday 10th April to recommend the use of a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to disperse protesters up to a distance of 300m from the clinic on Mattock Lane.

The decision was made after an eight-week public consultation which elicited over 3,700 responses and in which nearly 90% of those respondents local to the clinic agreed with the size and impact of the Safe Zone.

The public consultation followed a petition from over 3,500 local residents, led by Sister Supporter, for action to be taken to tackle the intimidatory practices of certain groups approaching users of the clinic and its staff.

Ealing’s Labour Councillors voted unanimously at a full Council meeting in October 2017 to explore all possible actions, utilising all necessary resources, to prevent anti-choice protesters harassing and intimidating women outside the clinic.

Ward Councillor and Cabinet member, Cllr Binda Rai said:

“This historic decision could not have come soon enough for the vulnerable women, staff members of the Marie Stopes clinic on Mattock Lane. For years they have been harassed and intimidated by organisations with no regard for the position, background or feelings of those they approach.

Nearly 90% of local residents agree that the Labour Council are taking the right course of action in preventing this ongoing blight on our community. It has been a long struggle, but I am proud we have arrived at this decision.”

Council Leader, Cllr Julian Bell said:

“Over the past 6 months Ealing Labour have been leading the way nationwide to protect women from harassment by anti-choice protesters. We have supported local residents all the way through this process, which has included a thorough investigation by the Council and a long consultation period which revealed hundreds of pieces of evidence of anti-social and intimidatory behaviours taking place outside the Marie Stopes Clinic on Mattock Lane.

We know that the decision to implement the PSPO will be met with resistance from well-funded international anti-choice organisations, but I want to reassure users of the clinic, its staff and all local residents that Ealing Labour are confident that the right decision has been taken and we will fight any legal challenge resulting from it.”

Notes:

You can read the text of the Public Spaces Protect Order, it’s scope and restrictions by clicking here.

You can read the Full Report, including the consultation responses agreed by Cabinet on 10/04/18 under Item 7 on this page.

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Ahead of the London local elections on May 3rd, Ealing Labour Party has outlined its top six pledges to improve the Borough and defend our communities within it.

Read our full 2018 Manifesto by clicking here

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They are:

1. More genuinely affordable homes

We will build more than 2,500 new genuinely affordable homes at council, social and London Living rents over the next four years

2. Defending the Borough against a Tory hard Brexit 

We will protect jobs and secure investment to our borough, double the number of registered London Living Wage employers and increase the number of apprenticeships for young people by 750.

3. Save Our Hospitals 

We will renew the campaign to save our hospitals from Tory cuts, including a blue light ambulance service at Ealing & Charing Cross hospitals.

4. Tackle knife crime & antisocial behaviour

We will campaign against Tory cuts to the Met, and for more police officers on our streets. We will work to stop the rise in violent crime, tackle knife crime, drug dealing and reduce street drinking.

5. Boost Recycling & Deliver a Cleaner Borough 

We will boost recycling rates to 60% and crack down even harder on fly tipping and littering, including increasing fines. We will bring our bin collection and street cleaning teams back under Council control.

6. Protecting you from Tory austerity 

After a decade of freezing your council tax, we will keep it as low as possible. We will continue to protect the most vulnerable, and fight Tory cuts to our schools and care services.

Cllr Julian Bell, Leader of Ealing Council said:

“We know that genuinely affordable homes, anxiety about hard Brexit and our struggling hospitals are all top priorities for local residents and that is why we will address them head on.

We are also keenly aware that we need to do more to tackle crime across the Borough and that we should have bin collection and street sweeping services that are second to none and accountable to you.

These pledges will form the backbone of the Labour manifesto based on the needs of our residents – for the NHS and against a Tory hard Brexit.”

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

“Local government across the country is in crisis owing to cuts by the Tory government. It is predicted that one in four of all local authorities will be approaching bankruptcy by 2020.

In Ealing we have massive and unprecedented financial pressures. The Tory government will have cut nearly 65% of our revenue budget by 2020 and because of these cuts and increasing demand for our services, we will need to have made £265 million in cuts by the same year.

It is in this context that Ealing Labour is setting out a bold and ambitious plan to protect our borough from the worst excesses of Tory austerity.”

Cllr Peter Mason, Cabinet Member for Prosperity and Transformation, and Manifesto Coordinator said:

“Labour is very clear about what we want to achieve for Ealing. We want a Borough where people have access to genuinely affordable homes. Where they have a decent living income. Where they can enjoy a healthy life, in thriving high streets and neighbourhoods.

We continue to face big financial pressures, but with the creative ideas that will be in our manifesto, we will continue to make sure Ealing is one of the best places to live and work in London.”

To find out more about Ealing Labour's 2018 Manifesto click here

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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.”

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