Few signs of economic growth in Hertsmere says Labour group leader

Borehamwood Times: Councillor Ann Harrison Councillor Ann Harrison

The leader of Hertsmere Borough Council’s Labour group has said she has seen little sign of the economic renewal promised by the Conservative Government.

Councillor Ann Harrison was speaking after Council Leader Morris Bright told the Borehamwood Times Hertsmere was coming out of the recession and beginning to see economic growth.

Cllr Harrison said: “The Conservatives are saying the economy is beginning to improve, but I don’t see any signs of that yet.

“My main concern is the effect that Government measures such as the bedroom tax and cuts to the welfare budget will have on the people of the borough over the next year.

“I am worried, now that Christmas is over, more and more people will find themselves struggling with debt.

“Demand for the Foodbank is on the increase, as is the number of people who are at risk of homelessness.

“There have been articles in the national press saying big landlords are evicting people who are on housing benefits and only letting their houses to those in well paid jobs, and I am worried this could have a disastrous effect on Hertfordshire.”

She said she hoped the Government’s predictions would come true but she said under the current administration she did not see this happening.

Cllr Harrison added: “My biggest hope is, come the council elections at the end of May, is the Labour group can boost the number of representatives it has on Hertsmere Council and help put the needs of constituents first.”

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6:04pm Tue 7 Jan 14

TFEB says...

This is not impartial news reporting this is party political propaganda.
This is not impartial news reporting this is party political propaganda. TFEB
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8:29am Wed 8 Jan 14

Billy_Boy says...

There's been few signs in my personal economic growth since 2001 when I was made redundant - who was in government then? And foodbanks started when Labour were in gov, during the so-called 'economic boom'!

“There have been articles in the national press saying big landlords are evicting people who are on housing benefits and only letting their houses to those in well paid jobs, " Yeah, including immigrants apparently - remember those Ann -the millions you deliberately allowed in during your 13yrs of chaotic rule?
There's been few signs in my personal economic growth since 2001 when I was made redundant - who was in government then? And foodbanks started when Labour were in gov, during the so-called 'economic boom'! “There have been articles in the national press saying big landlords are evicting people who are on housing benefits and only letting their houses to those in well paid jobs, " Yeah, including immigrants apparently - remember those Ann -the millions you deliberately allowed in during your 13yrs of chaotic rule? Billy_Boy
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7:24am Thu 9 Jan 14

Believe in better says...

Labour would get more support if they spent less time rubbishing the opposition, and more time on getting their own house in order. Right now the Labour party can not offer a credible alternative and whatever people may think of the current administration in local government, it doesn't change the fact that everyone is trying their very best to deliver services under extremely difficult circumstances... I for one don't think they are doing a bad job.
Labour would get more support if they spent less time rubbishing the opposition, and more time on getting their own house in order. Right now the Labour party can not offer a credible alternative and whatever people may think of the current administration in local government, it doesn't change the fact that everyone is trying their very best to deliver services under extremely difficult circumstances... I for one don't think they are doing a bad job. Believe in better
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2:40pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Frank Ward says...

Hardly a bid to be politician of the month?Councillor Anne Harrison's attack on the achievements of the Conservative Government is probably the result of the Labour Party HQ in London suddenly becoming aware that their local band of social crusaders are in reality the Opposition with a small 'o' and may only be there to collect approximately the sum of six thousand pounds each of them collect annually for being elected members?
Where were these chest-beating, self-acclaimed social crusaders when the family in St. Alban House was living in squalor and slum conditions and had to appeal to the Boreham Wood Times for help to expose this injustice?
Equally members of the Arundel Social Club had to appeal to me for help as the Chairman of Hertsmere UKIP. despite having their own Labour Councillor?
Two Labour Councillors attended the recent Boreham Wood Residents meeting to discuss the Ark Theatre, following a presentation by Graham Taylor, Chairman of School Governors, to justify the closure of this
entertainment venue.
They were unwilling or unable to comment on the claim by Mr Taylor that both Willetts Manor and Radlett Theatre unlike the Ark Theatre are subsidised by Hertsmere Borough Council.
Following that meeting I was approached by residents about this alleged funding by the Council and consequently I have now written under the Freedom of Information Act to clarify this claim of suspect discrimination against the people of Boreham Wood---if accurate another injustice Labour Councillors have failed to address?
While it would be unfair tp blame the previous Labour Government entirely for the financial and economic paralysis of this country when you consider the misconduct of JP Morgan, Lehman Bros., sub-prime mortgages and the global banking crisis, the fact remains Tony Blair took us into a war with Iraq without the consent of Parliament or the approval of the people which cost the nation 35 billion pounds. Meanwhile, the indigenous population of that country are now fighting amongst themselves again.
During the 13 years of a Labour Government their record in building affordable social housing was almost nil?
During this period they not only encouraged but sent teams, by their own latter day admission, to countries in Europe and invited their nationals, some of whom were unable to speak English, to come to the United Kingdom and consequently in excess of 4 million took up that invitation which has exacerbated the existing housing shortage.
A more blatant example of the 'pot calling the kettle black' would prove extremely difficult if not impossible to find?
Meanwhile, back at Labour Party HQ a newspaper cutting from the Boreham Wood Times of Councillor Harrison's rendition and meaningless smokescreen attempt to vilify and smear the Conservative Government is placed on record and will most probably keep them happy and content to another day?
Frank Ward
Chairman
Hertsmere UKIP

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Hardly a bid to be politician of the month?Councillor Anne Harrison's attack on the achievements of the Conservative Government is probably the result of the Labour Party HQ in London suddenly becoming aware that their local band of social crusaders are in reality the Opposition with a small 'o' and may only be there to collect approximately the sum of six thousand pounds each of them collect annually for being elected members? Where were these chest-beating, self-acclaimed social crusaders when the family in St. Alban House was living in squalor and slum conditions and had to appeal to the Boreham Wood Times for help to expose this injustice? Equally members of the Arundel Social Club had to appeal to me for help as the Chairman of Hertsmere UKIP. despite having their own Labour Councillor? Two Labour Councillors attended the recent Boreham Wood Residents meeting to discuss the Ark Theatre, following a presentation by Graham Taylor, Chairman of School Governors, to justify the closure of this entertainment venue. They were unwilling or unable to comment on the claim by Mr Taylor that both Willetts Manor and Radlett Theatre unlike the Ark Theatre are subsidised by Hertsmere Borough Council. Following that meeting I was approached by residents about this alleged funding by the Council and consequently I have now written under the Freedom of Information Act to clarify this claim of suspect discrimination against the people of Boreham Wood---if accurate another injustice Labour Councillors have failed to address? While it would be unfair tp blame the previous Labour Government entirely for the financial and economic paralysis of this country when you consider the misconduct of JP Morgan, Lehman Bros., sub-prime mortgages and the global banking crisis, the fact remains Tony Blair took us into a war with Iraq without the consent of Parliament or the approval of the people which cost the nation 35 billion pounds. Meanwhile, the indigenous population of that country are now fighting amongst themselves again. During the 13 years of a Labour Government their record in building affordable social housing was almost nil? During this period they not only encouraged but sent teams, by their own latter day admission, to countries in Europe and invited their nationals, some of whom were unable to speak English, to come to the United Kingdom and consequently in excess of 4 million took up that invitation which has exacerbated the existing housing shortage. A more blatant example of the 'pot calling the kettle black' would prove extremely difficult if not impossible to find? Meanwhile, back at Labour Party HQ a newspaper cutting from the Boreham Wood Times of Councillor Harrison's rendition and meaningless smokescreen attempt to vilify and smear the Conservative Government is placed on record and will most probably keep them happy and content to another day? Frank Ward Chairman Hertsmere UKIP ? Frank Ward
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