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Labour council would launch fairness commission

The Argus: Labour council would launch fairness commission Labour council would launch fairness commission

Labour councillors have pledged to launch a “Fairness Commission” if they gain control of Brighton and Hove City Council at the next election.

Labour in Brighton and Hove has announced that it will set up a comprehensive enquiry aimed at tackling inequality and poverty in the city if elected next May.

The group says the commission will follow on the examples of similar taskforces held already in ten towns and cities across the country.

The commission, which will be funded within existing council budgets, will look at reducing health inequalities, tackling youth unemployment and improving access to affordable housing and supporting tenants in the private rented sector.

Labour councillors say the commission is necessary to tackle widening health inequalities showing the gap in life expectancy between the most and least deprived people in the city is now more than 10 years for men and six years for women.

It is proposed the commission would have an independent chair, call on leading figures from across the city, take evidence from residents and people working in the field, and complete its work within a year.

Labour Leader Councillor Warren Morgan said: "With more than 3,000 people in our city using food banks every day, and growing numbers of people in work finding themselves living below the poverty line, we need to take action to help those families out of debt, out of poverty and into secure homes and better paid jobs.

"A Fairness Commission, similar to those set up in over a dozen cities and London boroughs, would gather evidence and take targeted action to achieve those goals.”

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7:50am Wed 25 Jun 14

leftysmellbags says...

Labour and fairness, what a laugh. The only fairness that Labour understand is fairness for their own wallet and self indulgence. Bunch of W&anker Scrum.
Labour and fairness, what a laugh. The only fairness that Labour understand is fairness for their own wallet and self indulgence. Bunch of W&anker Scrum. leftysmellbags
  • Score: 12

9:02am Wed 25 Jun 14

Quiterie says...

I kind of assumed we already had well paid Council Officers already in charge of taking care of these things.

Is there any tangible evidence these "similar taskforces" held already in ten towns and cities across the country have produced any results? If not it seems a waste of time to me. If they have made a difference I'm all for it.

In my experience though these "commissions" spend a lot of time producing recommendations that are common sense and which don't end up getting acted upon anyway (either because it's out of the control of the Council, or there isn't the money to implement them).
I kind of assumed we already had well paid Council Officers already in charge of taking care of these things. Is there any tangible evidence these "similar taskforces" held already in ten towns and cities across the country have produced any results? If not it seems a waste of time to me. If they have made a difference I'm all for it. In my experience though these "commissions" spend a lot of time producing recommendations that are common sense and which don't end up getting acted upon anyway (either because it's out of the control of the Council, or there isn't the money to implement them). Quiterie
  • Score: 16

9:06am Wed 25 Jun 14

stevo!! says...

"The commission, which will be funded within existing council budgets, will look at reducing health inequalities, tackling youth unemployment and improving access to affordable housing and supporting tenants in the private rented sector. "

If they know such things already exist in Brighton, why the need to examine whether or not they do?

It's the usual load of hot air from a party desperate to get elected, and nothing more.
"The commission, which will be funded within existing council budgets, will look at reducing health inequalities, tackling youth unemployment and improving access to affordable housing and supporting tenants in the private rented sector. " If they know such things already exist in Brighton, why the need to examine whether or not they do? It's the usual load of hot air from a party desperate to get elected, and nothing more. stevo!!
  • Score: 6

9:15am Wed 25 Jun 14

Phani Tikkala says...

Oh well, as if anyone needed confirmation that Labour are already planning to waste shedloads of money before they've even gotten into power!

So they've learned nothing - they bankrupted the country, now if they get back in they'll bankrupt the council too….
Oh well, as if anyone needed confirmation that Labour are already planning to waste shedloads of money before they've even gotten into power! So they've learned nothing - they bankrupted the country, now if they get back in they'll bankrupt the council too…. Phani Tikkala
  • Score: 6

9:17am Wed 25 Jun 14

Morpheus says...

My first issue for them is: Is it fair on council tax payers that they repeatedly have to pay for the eviction of travellers from the same sites and the council does nothing to secure the sites to prevent them returning.
My first issue for them is: Is it fair on council tax payers that they repeatedly have to pay for the eviction of travellers from the same sites and the council does nothing to secure the sites to prevent them returning. Morpheus
  • Score: 12

9:22am Wed 25 Jun 14

ThinkBrighton says...

The words fair ness and Labour do not go together.
The Brighton City council consists of a bunch of nobodys ( all Parties) not fit to do the job they were elected to do, but still take up to £50,000.00 per annum each off the Brighton tax payer.
Before a person stands for a council position they should be able to offer proof that the can do the job, and not just be either a trade unionist (not a qualification) a charity worker or a failed estate agent.
The words fair ness and Labour do not go together. The Brighton City council consists of a bunch of nobodys ( all Parties) not fit to do the job they were elected to do, but still take up to £50,000.00 per annum each off the Brighton tax payer. Before a person stands for a council position they should be able to offer proof that the can do the job, and not just be either a trade unionist (not a qualification) a charity worker or a failed estate agent. ThinkBrighton
  • Score: 6

9:31am Wed 25 Jun 14

We love Red Billy says...

ThinkBrighton wrote:
The words fair ness and Labour do not go together.
The Brighton City council consists of a bunch of nobodys ( all Parties) not fit to do the job they were elected to do, but still take up to £50,000.00 per annum each off the Brighton tax payer.
Before a person stands for a council position they should be able to offer proof that the can do the job, and not just be either a trade unionist (not a qualification) a charity worker or a failed estate agent.
Someone else feels the same way you do. They are selling chamber pots with the faces of politicians on. they are called gzunder.com. Made me laugh especially the Kitcat one. Vote Green, get tyrany of the minority.
[quote][p][bold]ThinkBrighton[/bold] wrote: The words fair ness and Labour do not go together. The Brighton City council consists of a bunch of nobodys ( all Parties) not fit to do the job they were elected to do, but still take up to £50,000.00 per annum each off the Brighton tax payer. Before a person stands for a council position they should be able to offer proof that the can do the job, and not just be either a trade unionist (not a qualification) a charity worker or a failed estate agent.[/p][/quote]Someone else feels the same way you do. They are selling chamber pots with the faces of politicians on. they are called gzunder.com. Made me laugh especially the Kitcat one. Vote Green, get tyrany of the minority. We love Red Billy
  • Score: 5

9:38am Wed 25 Jun 14

BeeJam says...

I would like to see from Labour a promise/commitment to stop wasting counci resources introducing bus lanes/cycle lanes and 20mph zones. They may or may not be a good idea, and i have my own views on that, however right now these things are NOT a priority for this City.

I would like to see decent roads, an end to roadwork misery, action on and investment in the state of the seafront for residents, businesses and shoppers alike, investment in our local parks and green spaces, an end to the traveller farce(15 pitches at horsdean is not good enough), sort the rubbish out, action on student noise, put the vulnerable first, not with a task force but with proper action.

Stop sitting round tables talking about what needs to be done- get it done!
I would like to see from Labour a promise/commitment to stop wasting counci resources introducing bus lanes/cycle lanes and 20mph zones. They may or may not be a good idea, and i have my own views on that, however right now these things are NOT a priority for this City. I would like to see decent roads, an end to roadwork misery, action on and investment in the state of the seafront for residents, businesses and shoppers alike, investment in our local parks and green spaces, an end to the traveller farce(15 pitches at horsdean is not good enough), sort the rubbish out, action on student noise, put the vulnerable first, not with a task force but with proper action. Stop sitting round tables talking about what needs to be done- get it done! BeeJam
  • Score: 8

11:08am Wed 25 Jun 14

gheese77 says...

@ ThinkBrighton
Its called democracy, if you add another stage where it is decided who can stand in democratic elections - its not democracy anymore
@ ThinkBrighton Its called democracy, if you add another stage where it is decided who can stand in democratic elections - its not democracy anymore gheese77
  • Score: 1

11:27am Wed 25 Jun 14

salty_pete says...

gheese77 wrote:
@ ThinkBrighton Its called democracy, if you add another stage where it is decided who can stand in democratic elections - its not democracy anymore
You're right it's called the EU
[quote][p][bold]gheese77[/bold] wrote: @ ThinkBrighton Its called democracy, if you add another stage where it is decided who can stand in democratic elections - its not democracy anymore[/p][/quote]You're right it's called the EU salty_pete
  • Score: 0

11:32am Wed 25 Jun 14

Martles says...

"Its called democracy, if you add another stage where it is decided who can stand in democratic elections - its not democracy anymore"

Yep thats called Beareaucracy, - Labour party policy. Wait a minute lets form a "Formation Commission" to commission the Fairness Commission -
"Its called democracy, if you add another stage where it is decided who can stand in democratic elections - its not democracy anymore" Yep thats called Beareaucracy, - Labour party policy. Wait a minute lets form a "Formation Commission" to commission the Fairness Commission - Martles
  • Score: 1

12:56pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Bugzy84 says...

What a load of rubbish, a fairness committee to point out the bloody obvious to anyone with half a brain that we live in a capitalist society, it's never going to be fair and equal, someone will always be richer and always poorer and that sort of stuff is complete out of the councils hands.
Want to be less poorer, take a free education course or learn new skills and get a better job and take some self responsibility instead of blaming it on something else.
What a load of rubbish, a fairness committee to point out the bloody obvious to anyone with half a brain that we live in a capitalist society, it's never going to be fair and equal, someone will always be richer and always poorer and that sort of stuff is complete out of the councils hands. Want to be less poorer, take a free education course or learn new skills and get a better job and take some self responsibility instead of blaming it on something else. Bugzy84
  • Score: 10

9:15pm Wed 25 Jun 14

HJarrs says...

We love Red Billy wrote:
ThinkBrighton wrote:
The words fair ness and Labour do not go together.
The Brighton City council consists of a bunch of nobodys ( all Parties) not fit to do the job they were elected to do, but still take up to £50,000.00 per annum each off the Brighton tax payer.
Before a person stands for a council position they should be able to offer proof that the can do the job, and not just be either a trade unionist (not a qualification) a charity worker or a failed estate agent.
Someone else feels the same way you do. They are selling chamber pots with the faces of politicians on. they are called gzunder.com. Made me laugh especially the Kitcat one. Vote Green, get tyrany of the minority.
I here you sold a chamber pot...to yourself.
[quote][p][bold]We love Red Billy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ThinkBrighton[/bold] wrote: The words fair ness and Labour do not go together. The Brighton City council consists of a bunch of nobodys ( all Parties) not fit to do the job they were elected to do, but still take up to £50,000.00 per annum each off the Brighton tax payer. Before a person stands for a council position they should be able to offer proof that the can do the job, and not just be either a trade unionist (not a qualification) a charity worker or a failed estate agent.[/p][/quote]Someone else feels the same way you do. They are selling chamber pots with the faces of politicians on. they are called gzunder.com. Made me laugh especially the Kitcat one. Vote Green, get tyrany of the minority.[/p][/quote]I here you sold a chamber pot...to yourself. HJarrs
  • Score: 0

9:23pm Wed 25 Jun 14

HJarrs says...

Labour advertisement warning!

While a fairness commission is all well and good, it is action we need, not talk. Surely, we know enough about this issue to get stuck in. Much is already being done by the council, which has been successful on job expansion and brining in money for developments among many other initiatives such as the living wage. Will a commission divert resources and focus away from delivery?

We must remember that Labour has an appalling record in this city of commissioning reports and feasibility studies, but getting nothing done. This just seems more of the same.

I am waiting for Warren's major policy announcement.
Labour advertisement warning! While a fairness commission is all well and good, it is action we need, not talk. Surely, we know enough about this issue to get stuck in. Much is already being done by the council, which has been successful on job expansion and brining in money for developments among many other initiatives such as the living wage. Will a commission divert resources and focus away from delivery? We must remember that Labour has an appalling record in this city of commissioning reports and feasibility studies, but getting nothing done. This just seems more of the same. I am waiting for Warren's major policy announcement. HJarrs
  • Score: 1

12:31pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Max Ripple says...

ThinkBrighton wrote:
The words fair ness and Labour do not go together.
The Brighton City council consists of a bunch of nobodys ( all Parties) not fit to do the job they were elected to do, but still take up to £50,000.00 per annum each off the Brighton tax payer.
Before a person stands for a council position they should be able to offer proof that the can do the job, and not just be either a trade unionist (not a qualification) a charity worker or a failed estate agent.
By Brighton City Council do you mean Councillors or council officers and staff? Councillors get a basic allowance of £11,500 for doing their job. They do get a bit more if they work on more committees. But not a lot. Senior council officers are different.
[quote][p][bold]ThinkBrighton[/bold] wrote: The words fair ness and Labour do not go together. The Brighton City council consists of a bunch of nobodys ( all Parties) not fit to do the job they were elected to do, but still take up to £50,000.00 per annum each off the Brighton tax payer. Before a person stands for a council position they should be able to offer proof that the can do the job, and not just be either a trade unionist (not a qualification) a charity worker or a failed estate agent.[/p][/quote]By Brighton City Council do you mean Councillors or council officers and staff? Councillors get a basic allowance of £11,500 for doing their job. They do get a bit more if they work on more committees. But not a lot. Senior council officers are different. Max Ripple
  • Score: 0
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