Building a Fairer Society

“Every family should feel confident their child will get the best education at the local school.

 

Everyone of working age should feel optimistic about their future career & we should all feel safe and welcome in the country we call home.”

I believe we all deserve the best start in life and that is only possible when we all have an equal range of good opportunities..

That is why I have worked hard as Leader of the Council to ensure all local residents have access to top a quality education; accessible healthcare in nearby hospitals and GP surgeries; and a fair and sustainable local economy.

I moved to Ilford from the Punjab with my parents and two siblings 48 years ago with not much more than the clothes on our backs and the few possessions we could carry with us, in the hope of building a better life for our family.

I will fight for an expansion of King George Hospital, adding a maternity unit and safeguarding the A&E and I would push for protections to be put in place for neighbouring Whipps Cross.

I will stand by local parents and teachers against government cuts to education and forced academisation.

I will work with the council to continue our incredible Adult Social Care offering, which has been ranked the best in the country.

Once we are in power, a Labour government will seek to roll out educational provision for early years children as part of a National Education Service that is truly cradle-to-grave.

I will work with a future Labour government to phase in subsidised childcare provision on top of free-hour entitlements, so that that everyone has access to affordable childcare, no matter their working pattern. This will make a huge difference in Ilford where we have a high birth-rate and many local parents working shifts.

I will help implement Labour’s plan to strengthen workers rights, including banning zero hours contracts and ending the Public Sector Pay Cap which forces down the salaries of hardworking people.

I will work with a Labour government to improve careers advice and open up a range of routes through, and back into, education, striking a balance between classroom and on-the-job training, to ensure students gain both technical and soft skills.

Labour will make work more fulfilling by using public investment to upgrade our economy and create high-quality jobs.  

We moved here with very little and found a welcoming home, an excellent education for my brother and sisters, job opportunities for my parents and most importantly, we found a better future for our family.

 

I believe we all deserve the same opportunities I was given at just 7 years old. Every family should feel confident that their children will get the best education at their local school. Everyone of working age should feel optimistic about their future careers and we should all feel safe and welcome in the country we call home.

 

We can only achieve a fairer country if we build equal access to vital services into the very fabric of our society, ending the postcode lottery of NHS treatment, creating a National Education Service and rewriting the rules of a rigged economic system, so that our economy really works for the many, and not only the few.

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As we are approaching Christmas, I have asked our police chiefs to focus more resources on tackling burglaries. Even though the police are stretched with budgets and officers cut, they are still responding as best as they can.

Last week, Operation Celtic began in Redbridge. Late-night patrols are taking place across the borough to target anti-social behaviour and burglaries.

Many of these patrols will be undertaken by plain clothes officers in unmarked cars. As officers step up patrols, they will also be targeting prolific offenders so that any potential crime they are seeking to commit is deterred.

I am asking residents to support us in making Redbridge safe by reporting suspicious behaviour to 101. If you are witnessing a crime taking place, you can call 999.

It is sometimes quicker to report anti-social behaviour online: www.met.police.uk/ro/report/asb/asb/report-antisocial-behaviour/
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Two weeks ago, I announced a new biodiverse woodland in Seven Kings Park. Many residents showed a keen interest in participating in planting the new trees and plants.

Please click the link below to find out how you can get involved. It would be great to see you there!

www.treesforcities.org/sevenkingsparkI’m really pleased to be able to share some exciting news on Seven Kings Park.

Our Council has partnered with Trees for Cities to plant a brand new biodiverse woodland just to the north of Seven Kings Park. The new woodland will include Alder, Hornbeam, Walnut and Oak trees and we will begin planting next week to coincide with National Tree Week.

As the trees grow they will not only create a beautiful woodland for local people to enjoy, but they will also help clean the air and create a natural environment to support habitats and food for urban wildlife, like hedgehogs and bats.

Trees for Cities is the only charity of its kind working nationally and internationally to plant trees in cities to improve lives and cultivate lasting change in neighbourhoods.

The charity has been working with Redbridge Council for several years forming a partnership that has led to a number of successful environmental initiatives including new woodlands and orchards in Goodmayes, Hainault, Woodford and Roding Valley, and new trees for South Park, Loxford Park and Barley Lane.

(Image from Trees for Cities).
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20 years ago today, our entire nation was shocked by the senseless killing of 10-year-old Damilola Taylor. As we remember him today and share his family's grief, we need to reaffirm our commitment to ridding our society of youth violence and knife crime.

"Damilola had ambition, he wanted to change the world. After 20 years, this is how I would like him to be remembered, as a boy of hope. Our boy of hope.” Richard Taylor OBE reflects on the legacy of his son: bit.ly/36clCmh

Damilola Taylor Trust
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At full council tonight I announced further details on our council's plans to renovate the Woodford Green Library.

We'll soon be consulting with local people on plans to open a brand new gym alongside the revitalized library.

We're proud to invest in Redbridge
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