Local News

Conservatives support local shops

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne yesterday announced new support for small businesses. The commitments show that the Conservative-led Government is supporting the local businesses that are the life blood of our economy and is welcome news ahead of small business Saturday, which is tomorrow (7th December).  

Labour Fail Lambeth Residents

Labour-run Lambeth Council is seeking to evict elderly residents from their homes across Lambeth, yet none of the elected Labour representatives for the area seem to care. This is despite their numerous attacks on the Governments decision to end the spare room subsidy.  

Southwark Council Opt Out of Stop and Shop Time Extension

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced that drivers will now have an extra ten minutes to park in red route parking bays taking the time allowed to park from 20 minutes to 30 minutes which will boost trade on our local high streets, except in Southwark where the Labour run Council have opted out of the time scheme.   

Wonga Tax Misses the Point

The Labour Party continues to propose ideas that won’t work and could have serious adverse consequences for hardworking people. Yesterday in Southwark the Labour Leader Ed Miliband announced that a Labour Government would introduce yet another tax - a 10% levy of payday lenders. Sadly, the Labour party just don’t get it. People turn to payday lenders because they offer instant loans for small amounts, so families whose incomes fall just short one month can get by. 

Lambeth Parking Charges Challenged

 Figures from Lambeth Council reveal that the council has been forced to cancel tens of thousands of pounds in parking fines in each of the last three years after drivers successfully appealed against them. The cancelled fines were issued for breaking parking rules and for driving in bus lanes. This follows BBC One’s Inside Out report that enforcement officers in Camden and Ealing have claimed they are giving out “dodgy” parking tickets to fulfil quotas set by councils. Lambeth uses the same contractor for parking enforcement as Ealing and Camden . 

Time for a Fair Deal for leaseholders in Southwark

Dulwich Conservative Councillor Lewis Robinson has welcomed the call by Eric Pickles yesterday to stop “leaseholders being ripped off by inefficient municipal landlords”, who are being charged ever rising service and major works charges

Labour Just Don’t Get It

In his conference speech the Leader of the Labour party showed again that Labour just don’t get it. The Labour party conference has seen Labour pledge to borrow an extra £297.9 billion for unfunded spending commitments. 

Unemployment Falls Again

More good news on the economy came this week with news that unemployment has again fallen. The national unemployment rate is currently 7.7%, which is a drop of 240,000 in unemployment. The continued fall in unemployment is a good sign that the economy is on the mend after years of Labour mismanagement. Welcoming the news both the Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne urged MPs not to get complacent saying that there is “still a long way to go”.