Local councillor Robin Renshaw is taking action which is aimed to allow pedestrians full access to footways.
This will prevent forcing residents to walk on the highway and risking safety of themselves and sometimes as I witnessed, infants in prams. An added benefit is having resources available to spend on more useful projects.
Preparing this speech has made me ponder about the meaning of “exclusion.” We can all probably think of times we have felt the emotional impact of being excluded from something, even if the reality wasn’t quite the case. We can all empathise with those feelings of insecurity, of isolation, of failure, of a lack of belonging. We can all empathise with that sense of rejection, even if it is a fear more than a reality.
Turning to the dictionary I thought more deeply about the connotations of that word. The definition recorded of excluded is “to shut or keep out; prevent the entrance of” and “to shut out from consideration, privilege.”
|If schools were made to write home to parents and say “today we have shut your child out permanently from our school,” and were unable to use the institutionalised and clinical phrase “permanent exclusion,” I wonder if that alone would change behaviour.
Nationally, according to the 2017 report by the IPPR “Making the Difference: Breaking the link between school exclusion and social exclusion” that act of shutting out, happens to 35 children nationally every single school day
In 2016/7 in Lincolnshire it happened 180 times.
Now the fact that those figures are coming down in Lincolnshire while nationally they are going up is great, and I applaud the vision within Children’s Services that has brought that about. BUT 180 times is 180 times too many. Let’s call this what it is – that is 180 failures.
I want to talk to you briefly about a young Lincolnshire boy who I know – I will call him Jacob but that’s not his name. Jacob moved to secondary school in September 2017, with a diagnosis of autism and a transition plan in place. However, due to school staffing and management changes, that transition plan never happened. He was not getting what was agreed would give him the best chance to make that enormous transition. All the preparation from his mum and his primary school to get him ready fell by the wayside.
Despite the best efforts of the school inclusion team here, he received a permanent exclusion within his first half term. His behaviour was seen to be too much of a “problem”. The whole process took a massive emotional toll on the entire family, and tragically on Jacob himself. I was in daily contact with mum throughout this process at times. Jacob now has an EHCP plan in place and is now in a new school. But he still had to go through that process or being “shut out.” Of feeling he was not worth as much as anyone else. But Jacob’s behaviour was the manifestation of unmet needs, not the problem itself.
Just think again of those feelings I discussed. Think what it means to be an 11 year old autistic boy being told you are too much of a problem, not wanted. I’m not sure we all want to dwell of those feelings too much if it were our children.
In the Making the Difference Report, the IPPR highlight that most permanent exclusions are for persistent bad behaviour. However they also point out that excluded children have a complex range of vulnerability. They are
SO the evidence is clear on this – we must stop talking about these children as having problematic behaviour, but see them as having vulnerabilities.
It is the key responsibility of school leaders to educate ALL children. Not just the ones who look good in Progress 8 and Ebacc buckets. Despite an awareness of the need to look at the accountability framework regarding exclusion, successive green papers have failed to lead to significant policy change whereby schools would remain accountable for the future success of the pupil’s they expel. Thus there is no incentive for schools NOT to exclude and toxic and mounting pressures on resources and attainment which mean it becomes easier for us to see the problems children bring rather than the vulnerabilities they need support with.
Making the Difference states “There are fewer preventative services whose work supports children with complex needs. Meanwhile there are increasing accountability and financial pressures on schools, which heighten the risk of exclusion for pupils, whose complex needs, require extra resources to assure their achievement.”
There is a huge financial cost to getting this wrong, with each excluded child estimated in the report to cost £370,000 in additional education, benefits, healthcare and criminal justice costs across their lifetime.
On a personal level, each excluded child is likely to suffer from long-term mental health concerns, struggle to gain qualifications, be long term unemployed and be repeatedly involved in crime.
Much of what we do in Lincolnshire is already so good, and those of us who sit on CYPS will testify of the political and moral commitment to this challenge from officers and counsellors alike. The Ladder of Intervention, BOSS and an improving range of commissioning for alternative provision, as well as a crucial level of challenge to schools and academies is all warmly welcomed.
However, what is at stake is so important that it cannot JUST be the remit of those of us who sit in Children’s. Bringing this motion to full council today is an opportunity for every one of us to make a statement to recognise the good we are already doing. But it also allows us to make a clear statement to national government and local Lincolnshire education leaders that we demand further improvement.
I believe that statement on an educational policy level is that we demand to see a more accountable framework to protect our children from the risk of exclusion.
But on a moral and relational level, in terms of what we value as a council, it’s our chance to welcome in, not shut out. It’s our chance to promote children’s ambitions and dreams; not prevent their entrance to life; and to afford to the same privilege to all of them that we would claim for our own.
Cllr Sarah Dodds
Across the country pot holes repairs for the last 12 months was nearly £120 million.
The government accept pot holes are in fact a major issue thus setting up the “pothole action fund” instead of actually tackling the issue by proper funding for local councils to use on roads
So what is the real cost to Lincolnshire County tax payers ?
Labour Boultham Councillor Kev Clarke will be asking Lincolnshire County Council at the forthcoming full council meeting on February 23- pothole claims in 2012/13 against the authority mounted too £358,684 for 1,412 claims, what is the amount paid out in 2016/17 and did any of the funds come out of the governments pothole action fund.
July 11th 2017
Motion to full council
On 12 June Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (LWCCG) launched a public consultation on the future of the Walk-in Centre in Lincoln with a closing date of 6 August 2017. The proposals are set out in ‘Have your say’ document produced by LWCCG and can be captured in a statement in the document which reads ‘Walk-in centres create demand for self-limiting, minor conditions and NHS resources would be better spent on other healthcare priorities.’ The ”Have Your Say’ document and a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ sheet produced by LWCCG, accessible here, states that the centre opened in 2009, is used by about 100 people a day and in 2016 costed over £1 million to run.
It is argued that the LWCCG in their consultation document
For these reasons this council agrees that the Chief Executive should write to Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group opposing the closure of Lincoln Walk-in Centre.
To be moved by Cllr Robert Parker and seconded by Cllr Kevin Clarke
Councillor Clarke continued “the fitment would have acted like a spear, so thankfully no one was directly underneath the light at the time. However, I feel the County Council needs to carry out an urgent safety review.”
Councillor Kev Clarke
NEWS FROM LINCOLNSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL LABOUR GROUP
Evidence exposes Government plan for more Grammar Schools is seriously flawed – Labour
Evidence from across Lincolnshire reveals that Government plans to send more children to Grammar Schools would only entrench deep divisions in local communities.
At a meeting in Lincoln today (Friday), Labour county councillors will say why the plan for more selection is seriously flawed.
Proposing a motion for the plan to be scrapped, Cllr Phil Dilks (Deeping St James will say:
“When she became Prime Minister, Theresa May promised to govern for the many.
“Sadly, more grammar schools would only benefit a select few.
“Mrs May claims grammar schools improve social mobility.
“But where we still have Grammars and Secondary Moderns across large parts of Lincolnshire, the evidence exposes the stark truth that selection acts as a glass ceiling to the most socially deprived young people.
“The proportion of pupils entitled to free school meals is accepted as the best indicator of social deprivation: some 12% of pupils in Lincolnshire’s Secondary Modern Schools are entitled to free school meals, compared to only 3% of Grammar pupils.
“That blows the lid off the Tory claim that Grammars improve social mobility.
“Parents support the notion of a Grammar School in every town – until their own child doesn’t pass the entrance exam and is destined to find a place in a school for other 11-plus failures.
“Mrs May’s predecessor David Cameron was right when he said (May 2007) that establishing Grammar Schools was “extremely difficult and… often leads to them being very unpopular and they are then got rid of”.
“He dismissed the Grammar School debate as pointless adding: “…Parents fundamentally don’t want their children divided into sheep and goats at the age of 11.”
“Mrs May says every school will have the opportunity to become selective. But where a school in a rural area accepts her offer and rejects local children on academic ability, Hobson’s Choice for many will be getting the bus out of their community for secondary education somewhere else.
“Dividing and segregating children from their peers only serves to reinforce the deep divisions in our society, rather than challenge them.
“Results across grammars and comprehensives show that academic students can excel whether they are selected at age-11 as academically elite and destined for a grammar education or whether they are educated in a true all-ability comprehensive.
“Real school improvement and equality of opportunity comes not from selection but through schools collaborating, and being properly supported along with relentless concentration on the quality of teaching and leadership.
“If Mrs May is serious about improving educational achievement and social mobility, she should focus on ending the postcode lottery in Lincolnshire’s schools and concentrate on helping every child to reach their full potential instead of an elite few.
“For example, in some existing secondary modern schools in Lincolnshire, fewer than one in five pupils get five A to C grade GCSEs including maths and English while other similar schools achieve average results THREE times better?
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Phil Dilks on 07729 656710
When acute services cuts were considered and implemented before local SOS Grantham Hospital campaigners argued it would make the hospital less attractive to new consultants who historically and successfully shared services across Lincoln Boston and Grantham.
that the trust is having difficulty recruiting is no surprise given the poor senior management decisions.
The closure of Grantham A&E at night puts the most vulnerable in our community and most in need at most risk. The hospital serves a community in excess of 100,000 people and has 3 of the poorest communities with highest levels of child poverty in the County at Harrowby Estate, Earlesfield and St Johns area. Low income residents, disabled residents and those unable to drive will be totally dependent on a poor if not nonexistent public transport system to get to A&E. residents without a car have been stranded at Lincoln in the early hours.
Whilst ULHT state their decision reduces risk the fact is their decision also puts local people more at risk especially patients who have acute breathing difficulties for whom time is of the essence.
Sos grantham hospital have an online petition which is being supported by petition forms being delivered across Grantham. The petition pre empts the autumn consultation but we urge as many people to sign as quickly as possible to make it clear we are still prepared to fight for our A&E services.
The petition may be used to call lincolnshire county council to consider our concerns. Further action is also being considered.
The petition is available at:
Anyone unable to access online services may call 01476574748. Electronic petition forms or paper copies of the petition are available by contacting SOS Grantham Hospital at 07429334260 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
District & County Councillor Charmaine Morgan
Chair SOS Grantham Hospital
45 Harrowby Road
Tel 01476 574748
Mob 07429 334260
A petition signed by over 1,000 Lincoln residents asking to reinstate the Whisby recycling facility was not processed properly by Lincolnshire County Council
Councillor Rosanne Kirk says “I am very disappointed by the Conservative led County Council and their failure to fully adhere to due process in presenting the petition to ‘Reinstate Whisby Waste Facility’. Over 1,000 Lincoln residents who signed the petition have been dealt a double blow by the council who have not only closed a valued and well used facility, but have had their voices ignored.
The petition was signed by over 1,000 Lincoln residents and presented correctly on the 20th May to the Full Council Meeting . It should have been processed and then passed onto Reg Shore the Executive Councillor for Waste Recycling. However, the petition was not processed after being received. It was only after Councillor Rosanne Kirk became concerned that the Whisby site was already being mothballed that the the error was found.
Councillor Kirk went on to say “I am frustrated and annoyed for the residents who signed the petition and the many who have contacted me saying that they have already seen a rise in fly tipping in Lincolnshire and feel the council are not listening to their voice. This contentious issue actually had received national TV coverage and for the petition not to be processed even though I presented many of the residents comments to the full council is very regrettable.”
“After finding out that this important petition had been overlooked I asked for immediate answers from the council and the officers involved. I have been informed that it was an administrative error and this is the only petition to have not been processed correctly. I have received a further letter from Reg Shore who has said that even if he had received the petition it would not have affected his and the council’s decision to close the facility. I will let residents make their own reflections on this decision.”
“I realise that the Conservative government’s austerity programme has affected local government and we have seen the results in the closure of libraries, turning off of street lights, a maximum increase in council tax this year and the loss of a valued local service in the Whisby Recycling Facility. I would ask the council to think carefully on the decisions they make and the damaging effect they have on communities. I would also ask the council to put measures in place to assure that petitions cannot be overlooked. Residents have every right to voice their concerns and question decisions made. I am proud that so many people felt strongly enough to sign the petition and I am sure they will be disappointed and angry as to the outcome and the way the petition has been mishandled. “
Councillor Rosanne Kirk
Email : CllrR.Kirk@Lincolnshire.gov.uk
Mobile : 07837 809644
Telephone : 01522 684990
‘Tory U-turn shows street light switch off plans not thought through’
Labour in Lincolnshire has called for a halt to Conservative plans to turn off Lincolnshire’s street lights which has left residents feeling unsafe and ‘under curfew’.
Cllr Robin Renshaw (Lincoln East), Labour’s Shadow Executive member for Highways at LCC said:
“While we welcome today’s Tory u-turn which means they will turn street lights back on that they switched off at 10pm only last month, it is clear that the county-wide plan is in chaos and has not been properly thought through.
“What was supposed to be cost-saving cuts, now sees the added expense of a second visit to hundreds of street lights to turn each one back on just weeks after they set to turn off at 10pm.
“This on-off-on-off is fast becoming the hokey-cokey street light plan.
“Lincoln residents rightly protested when they were left in the dark last month and I raised safety questions on 20th May but they were brushed aside.
Cllr Phil Dilks (Deeping St James) said “Only a couple of weeks ago (20th May full council), Cllr Richard Davies (Exec member for highways) refused to consider my request to keep lights on until midnight in residential areas, claiming he would stick to his plan and not be diverted by ‘scaremongering’.
“While we welcome today’s concession, the Tories are still determined to rollout their big switch off of street lights right across Lincolnshire.
“Local communities across the county are still waiting to hear which streets will be plunged into darkness and when the switch-off will happen in their area.
“It would surely be sensible to now launch a proper consultation with parish and town councils and others with local knowledge before leaving anywhere else in the dark.”
Further information: Robin Renshaw 01522 823 730 or Phil Dilks 07729 656 710.
This council notes in relation to the Serco contract for the delivery of back office services that
Accordingly this council expresses its serious dissatisfaction with the delivery of the back office services contract by Serco and resolves
Proposed by Councillor R B Parker
Seconded by Councillor P M Dilks