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Thanks to consistent pressure from our Labour Group at County Hall, there will now be a Hertfordshire-wide scrutiny review of Free School Meal provision later this year, with an emphasis on vastly increasing uptake. This decision was made at an Overview and Scrutiny meeting at County Hall on the 19th April following the demand lodged by our Labour County Councillor for Old Stevenage, Joshua Bennett Lovell.

 

The Children's Society estimate that roughly 35,000 children in Hertfordshire should be in receipt of Free School Meals, although only around 8,000 are currently receiving them. Whilst the Tories at County Hall wouldn't accept the Labour Group motion in March to condemn Government plans affecting the entitlement criteria for Free School Meal provision - which could reduce the number of children entitled even further - Labour Councillors in Hertfordshire have continued to push to ensure our most vulnerable children and families are not left behind.

 

The review will be aimed at understanding who is currently entitled to Free School Meals broken down into various demographics, to clarify the locations and services in which people are informed about the entitlement, and to produce a plan to massively increase the numbers of children who receive these. An effective plan could see thousands of the poorest children across our County be provided with these who may be currently missing out.

 

This is the positive difference Labour Councillors can and are making in Local Government. May 3rd gives us all the opportunity to elect more Labour Councillors across our County and continue to push for progressive changes in all of our towns, villages and communities, helping to build a Hertfordshire "For the Many".

 

- Cllr Joshua Bennett Lovell, Old Stevenage Division

Hertfordshire County Labour Group Secure Free School Meals Review

Thanks to consistent pressure from our Labour Group at County Hall, there will now be a Hertfordshire-wide scrutiny review of Free School Meal provision later this year, with an emphasis...

The Labour Party has been out on the streets of Stevenage talking to voters about the 2018 Borough Council elections on May 3rd.

 

Stevenage Labour out on the doorstep.

The Labour Party has been out on the streets of Stevenage talking to voters about the 2018 Borough Council elections on May 3rd.  

On Tuesday 24th October, during the school half-term week, members of Stevenage Labour party joined parents, teachers and children from across the country visiting parliament to lobby hundreds of MPs for fairer school funding.

Stevenage Labour outside parliment

Image: Stevenage CLP members outside parliament at the National Education Union rally.

National Education Union - Mass Rally

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On Monday 4th September, campaigners from the Stevenage Labour Party and Hertford residents who set up the petition to stop the planned removal of the important Hertford – Stevenage rail link were outside the Stevenage Railway Station calling for the rail link to be saved. In addition, they were publicising the public meeting in Watton-at-Stone, scheduled to take place on the evening of 7th September, in Watton-at-Stone Primary and Nursery school at 7.30pm.

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Within the space of a week, workers in Stevenage have been served a double helping of terrible (state pension age increases) and brilliant news (the Supreme Court decision that employment tribunal fees are unlawful).

State pension age changes will cost an estimated £10,000 extra per person, and affect over 11,000 people in Stevenage alone (those born between 6 April 1970 – 5 April 1978). This is an enormous sum of money at a time of unprecedented inequality, and further suggests that greater pension age misery is on the horizon for people born after April 1978. Bizarrely, the Tories didn’t mention raising the state pension age in their 2017 General Election manifesto.

 

On a much brighter note, the announcement that employment tribunal fees, introduced by the Tory and Liberal Democrat Coalition government in 2013, have been deemed illegal, following a lengthy legal battle won by the trade union, Unison, must bring great joy to countless people in Stevenage. For many, the cost of these fees are more than they earn in a month, and have meant that people who had been unfairly dismissed could not afford to seek justice after being sacked. It is wonderful news to hear that the government will now be reimbursing people these costs though it is a pity this decision did not come sooner for so many. Justice for all workers sacked without the ability to challenge their employers must now be the next step in rectifying this debacle.

Having been made aware of mail sent to local residents from our Tory MP on this very matter, his lack of support for our residents being forced to pay thousands of pounds to access justice deserves to be highlighted following the Supreme Court ruling. It is a pity he didn’t Stand Up For Stevenage in 2013, when he was absent from the vote in Parliament on introducing employment tribunal fees.

 

Employment and pension rights are crucial for ensuring that all of us are guaranteed a decent standing of living whilst in work, and when we retire. These must be protected and extended. I encourage everyone reading this article that if they are not already, to join a trade union and join the Labour Party to help fight these draconian changes to employment law (please see the links below).

Both of these recent news items serve as timely lessons to us all as to how far the Tories and Liberal Democrats are prepared to go to inflict austerity budget cuts, pass more anti-working-class laws, and keep all of us working into increasingly older ages. This is a victory for the workers in a battle for employment justice, but all our efforts are still required to reverse the backwards steps taken over recent years.

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County Councillor Joshua Bennett Lovell – Old Stevenage Division

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"Victory for Workers in Battle for Employment Justice" - Councillor Bennett Lovell

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