Ever wondered what a Borough Councillor's role entails?




Ever wondered what a Borough Councillor's role entails?
I did! I was elected as a Councillor for the Lynn South & West ward of the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk on 5th May 2011.

A little bit about me:
I have lived in South Lynn for 7 years with my wife and work locally for the Norfolk Primary Care Trust as an IT Manager.

I am a Labour Councillor and whilst the local Labour group made some encouraging gains in the May elections (moving from 4 councillors to 13) we are still very much a minority opposition as the Tories hold 42 of the 64 council seats.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Weekly Blog: 20th-26th January

A relatively quiet week this week, perhaps the calm before the storm as next week sees both Cabinet Scrutiny Committee and Full Council. Unusually, because of scheduled Council meetings the following Monday, the Labour Group meeting was brought forward to Thursday.

Thursday

Labour Group Meeting. Discussions around what questions Group members will ask portfolio holders throws up some interesting questions about a recent tribunal that has ruled that someone who has been living in the same property since 1996, and always claimed housing benefit for that period, should be exempt from paying the bedroom tax. Is the administration aware and does it know the scale of financial implication for the Council. Also, some discussion about the Council Tax Support Scheme which had been deferred from last year and which will see some claimants having to pay sizeable chunks of Council Tax that was previously covered by Council Tax Benefit. This at a time when families are being hit hard by the bedroom tax, universal credit etc. means more misery for those claiming benefits, only in this case it is something the Council has some control over - i.e. not a Central Government edict. It is the Tory administration's choice to apply this charge to our most vulnerable residents.

Sunday

Holocaust Memorial Service
I had been due to attend this service as I am very keen to show support for this cause whenever I can - it is important that people are aware of the horrors of the holocaust to guard against a repeat in future - such events can only serve to keep the issue in the public conscience as the number of survivors and others who experienced the time period dwindles. Unfortunately, on this occasion, my 2 year old son was none too well and this prevented me from attending.


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