Letter to Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government – Councillor Graham Chapman
Dear Secretary of State,
Re: Adult Social Care Funding
At Questions to the Prime Minister today, information came to light that an “arrangement” would be provided to Surrey County Council to help to mitigate their funding shortfall in Adult Social Care.
As you are aware, Surrey had proposed holding a referendum (now withdrawn) on a 15% increase in its Council Tax in order to deal with its funding gap in Adult Social Care.
Additional funding to help deal with the current crisis in Adult Social Care would of course be welcomed in Nottingham. However, we believe that any new funding should be distributed on the basis of need and through an equitable and transparent framework to all councils across the country.
We have already highlighted what we believe to be a lack of transparency over the £150m Transition funding last year where councils benefitting were amongst those which had received historically fewest reductions in Government grant. As a result, Surrey were given £12m, Hertfordshire £9m, Hampshire £8m and Essex £7m. However, cities like Nottingham, Leicester and Derby did not receive any of this funding.
Cities like Nottingham, along with most urban areas have taken the brunt of local government funding reductions and the demands on them, particularly for adult care, are higher than in other types of authorities, especially given their weaker tax base.
In Nottingham, we would expect the same “arrangement” as would appear to be on offer for Surrey and look forward to participating in the future funding distribution.
Councillor Graham Chapman
Deputy Leader, Nottingham City Council
We’re pleased to announce up to 50 new apprenticeship vacancies at Labour-led Nottingham City Council. The new vacancies will be across all areas of the Council, including business administration, highways and HGV mechanics. The roles are open to Nottingham City residents.
Nottingham Labour is committed to supporting Nottingham people into jobs and training. In our 2015 manifesto we set out our ambition to ensure that every 18-24 year old in the City has a guarantee of a job, training or further education place. And we’ve made good progress so far.
The latest statistics show that the unemployment rate in Nottingham City has been falling faster than in every other major English city. Unemployment in Nottingham has fallen by 4.2% in the previous 12 months, whereas Birmingham, Bristol and Newcastle have all seen increases in unemployment over the last year.
And there’s more good news when it comes to NEET levels. Nottingham has one of the lowest combined percentages of 16 and 17 year olds who are not in Employment, Education and Training (NEET), with the lowest ‘not known’ rate of all the core cities. ‘Not known’ is the number of 16-18 year olds whose post 16 outcome is unknown or not recorded.
Of the 2,728 site year olds who completed school Year 11 this summer:
- 96.63 percent (2636) went into further education, employment and training
- 2.82 percent (77) are NEET (not in education, employment or training)
- 0.55 percent (15) are ‘not known’
To apply for the Nottingham City Council apprenticeships visit www.nottinghamjobs.com or telephone 0115 876 4508.
Councillor Sam Webster, Portfolio Holder for Education, Employment and Skills
Following work from Nottingham Labour Councillors, Robin Hood Energy began trading in September 2015. It is wholly owned by Nottingham City Council, and is the first local authority entrant into the retail market since nationalisation in 1948.
Its biggest successes have been that it has taken 5% of market share in Nottingham, it has set up Pay As You Go (also known as prepayment meters), it has launched a supply service for commercial customers, started installing SMART meters, has become a Feed In Tariff supplier and has built a white label product with one public sector (White Rose Energy) and 2 private sector partners (The Energy Deal and Brighter World).
Robin Hood Energy, perhaps unlike some larger suppliers, has been hitting the national headlines for all the right reasons, challenging other energy suppliers on fairer prices, challenging the industry on making systems easier for customers and working closely with OFGEM on reaching customers who don’t switch supply. It was featured in the Daily Mirror at the start of January.
Robin Hood Energy is in a period of significant growth, and during 2017/18 will begin to be considered as a medium-sized supplier in the domestic market. We are currently on a similar trajectory since inception as some of the most successful entrants were at a similar stage in their development.
A talented team is at the heart of this success. We are attracting experts from Coop, OVO, the Big 6 and other small suppliers, skills that really complement the existing team.
The existing staff will transfer to the direct employment of Robin Hood Energy on the 1st February, setting up the commercial model that is required for a company within this market.
So there is a busy year ahead, but we are in a really strong position in the retail energy sector.
For more information or a quote, please visit robinhoodenergy.co.uk
Councillor Alan Clark, Portfolio Holder for Energy and Sustainability