SOUTHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL PROUDLY LEADS THE WAY IN COMBATING MENTAL ILLNESS
Southampton’s Labour-run council have taken the bold step of signing the ‘Employers Pledge’, at an informative and moving signing event in the Mayor’s Parlour at the Civic Centre on Thursday 1st February. It was attended by local press, mental health organisations, and individuals who work within the mental health sector.
Signing the pledge has committed Southampton City Council to take specific steps, including following a clear action plan, to address mental health discrimination in the workplace. To do this they will work closely with the organisation ‘Time to Change’, who also promote #timetotalk day, which was, very fittingly, on the same day.
The attendees heard the moving story of Jonny Benjamin and his struggle with mental health issues that led him so close to taking his own life. Also the story of Neil Laybourn, who met him on Westminster Bridge that day and tried to help. The two then lost contact that day and were only reunited years later after an incredible marketing campaign that went viral.
Karen Shaw, from the ‘Time to change’ organisation, was also present to give more interesting insight into the organisation that is now working with 25 employers, including large construction companies and football clubs. It seeks to ensure that the stigma around mental health is removed, and that a bad mental health day can be as openly discussed, and that someone can receive as much support from an employer, for a mental health issue as for any other form of injury or any physical disability. One part of the story that appeared really interesting and poignant was that Jonny “Thought I was the only person going through this”. Neil’s memory of the day was that “it all started with a conversation that I didn’t really know how to have”. Yet the two connected and have become great friends since, and are committed and passionate about doing some tangible work to remove mental health stigma and to help people be more open about it. After all, 1 in 6 employees, at any one time, may experience mental health challenges. This is clearly an important issue that needs to be tackled.
After some moving discussion, good questions, and clear engagement by all, the employer's pledge was proudly signed by the Council leader, Simon Letts. ‘Time to change’ were aware of about 25 new organisations signing up on that day. The message of the day was very clear and was put very simply by the council’s champion for mental health; Paul Lewzey, that “It’s OK to talk about mental health
SOUTHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL PROUDLY LEADS THE WAY IN COMBATING MENTAL ILLNESS Southampton’s Labour-run council have taken the bold step of signing the ‘Employers Pledge’, at an informative and moving signing... Read more
HAVE YOU JOINED SOUTHAMPTON’S CLEAN AIR NETWORK?
Southampton’s Labour run council are continuing to take bold and exciting steps to combat air pollution, as they work hard to build a more environmentally friendly city of the future.
This time it was the turn of Councillor Christopher Hammond to shine. Christopher is the Labour cabinet member for Sustainable Living and has been working hard with other key partners across the city to launch Southampton’s Clear Air Network, at an exciting event at Southampton Solent University.
The event happened on Wednesday 7th February and was attended by people from all over the world, including businesses from Southampton, who have pledged to join the cause of making Southampton’s air cleaner.
The goal of the network is to share best practice, pool resources and ideas, to make Southampton’s air cleaner and reduce pollution within the city. The event encouraged people to sign up to the network, which states that they are committed to change and doing something to make Southampton’s air cleaner, and of course the city Greener.
HAVE YOU JOINED SOUTHAMPTON’S CLEAN AIR NETWORK? Southampton’s Labour run council are continuing to take bold and exciting steps to combat air pollution, as they work hard to build... Read more
LABOUR’S ‘PEOPLES BUDGET AGREED AT FULL COUNCIL’
(22nd February 2018)
Issues raised by the people of Southampton were directly acknowledged and addressed in Southampton’s latest budget, which was passed at a Full Council meeting last night. Additional investment in roads and infrastructure, investment in street cleaning and even money for public drinking fountains, seeking to address the growing concern over plastic waste, were put through in the new budget.
Council leader Simon Letts talked about the budget with optimism: ‘By careful management of residents’ money and despite continuing government cuts we are now able to invest in services creating 45 jobs all of which are aimed at improving our neighbourhoods.’
Councillor Letts then went on to speak about the engagement that councillors have had with local residents when planning this budget. ‘Southampton residents have told us that their key priorities are improving the quality of roads and pavements and more street cleaning. This budget delivers on both of these priorities. ‘
At the evening council meeting, the Conservative group voted against the budget, yet failed to put forward a credible alternative of their own.
This is an exciting budget. It protects jobs whilst creating some more. It puts significant investment into Health and Social Care, creates more apprenticeships, and helps to improve living standards for Southampton residents. Dubbed ‘The People’s budget’, the budget will also include additional investment for the recognition and celebration of heritage in the City, by - for example - funding Southampton’s first armed forces day and improving the ‘walk the walls’ experience.
It is clear that Southampton is a City moving forward and looking to the future. It is currently positioned 3rd in the country for growth, and has schools that are overachieving when compared to other cities. It is set to be one of the first cities in the UK to be included in a business rates pilot scheme from central government, where the City will get to keep 100% of the business rates it collects. Southampton’s Labour run council is focused on growing the city’s economy for the benefit of all. Southampton has a bright future under Labour’s stewardship.
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Our Southampton Test MP (@Alan Whitehead) and Cabinet member for communities, culture and leisure (@Satvir Kaur)are both supporting and helping all local residents to voice their views on the proposed changes to free school meals in the government’s universal credit roll-out.
Alan is joining the Children’s Society to call on the Government to rethink their plans around free school meals under Universal Credit. Satvir has been fighting this noble cause in the chambers at Southampton City Council to pass a motion, calling on the government to stop and fix universal credit.
Currently, as Universal Credit is rolled out, all children who live in a household receiving this new benefit will receive a free school meal. Since Universal Credit was rolled out in Southampton in February, we have seen a 10X increase of local claimants. It is forcing more people into debt!
Under current proposals set out in a consultation by the Department for Education, this will change when an earnings threshold of £7,400 will be introduced and will be for all new Universal Credit claimants come April 2018.
According to analysis of the proposals by The Children’s Society, these proposals will mean one million children living in poverty will miss out on the benefits of a free school meal and locally this will mean 2,183 children in #southampton missing out.
Universal credit is an issue that we hear regularly about on the #labourdoorstep. It is proving a huge challenge to many families, and we must call on the government to re-think it. These amendments on free school meals would do more to increase child poverty in the UK, not make things better.
Help us to put pressure on the government to #fixuniversal credit today!
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“Our police officers work round the clock to keep us safe - it's appalling to see Conservative cuts taking over 100 officers off our streets, as well as 50 staff. The Labour Party in #Southampton will keep on taking the Tories to task over their relentless cuts to the public services we need the most. #forthemany “
“Our police officers work round the clock to keep us safe - it's appalling to see Conservative cuts taking over 100 officers off our streets, as well as 50 staff....