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Kent Social Services Funding

EDM number 147 in 1999-00, proposed by Stephen Ladyman on 07/12/1999.

That this House notes with concern that the incompetence of Kent County Council's Conservative administration has led to a serious shortfall in social services funding that threatens winter provision in the county and which will create difficulties for local health authorities by causing bed blocking in hospitals; notes that the Conservatives have attempted to blame these problems on the cost of supporting asylum seekers even though this Government, unlike its predecessor, reimburses the County for at least 90 per cent. of these costs; notes that the real problem is that Kent's Conservative Council has failed, for political reasons, to plan for factors that were known well in advance such as the impact of the national minimum wage, has diverted over ú5 million into largely unnecessary corporate initiatives, has based its finances on unsustainable and unworkable budgets which failed to make efficient use of the most generous Government settlement in the county's history and which inevitably have lead to a substantial overspend; notes that the Conservatives who control the council intend to resolve the problems they have created by diverting funds ring-fenced for voluntary organisations, reneging on promised regeneration funding for East Kent and cutting services for the elderly and vulnerable; and calls on the county council's Conservative leadership to work with the Government and with other political parties in Kent to devise a new budget and business plan for Kent that truly meets the needs of the county's population.

This motion has been signed by a total of 16 MPs, 1 of these signatures have been withdrawn.

MPDateConstituencyPartyType
Stephen Ladyman07/12/1999South ThanetLabourProposed
Chris Pond07/12/1999GraveshamLabourSigned
Gwyn Prosser07/12/1999DoverLabourSigned
Jonathan R Shaw07/12/1999Chatham & AylesfordLabourSigned
Robert Marshall-Andrews07/12/1999MedwayLabourSigned
Howard Stoate07/12/1999DartfordLabourSigned
Derek Wyatt07/12/1999Sittingbourne & SheppeyLabourSigned
Huw Edwards08/12/1999MonmouthLabourSigned
Norman Godman08/12/1999Greenock & InverclydeLabourSigned
Harry Barnes08/12/1999North East DerbyshireLabourSigned
Kevin McNamara09/12/1999Kingston upon Hull NorthLabourSigned
Jim Dobbin09/12/1999Heywood & MiddletonLabour Co-operativeSigned
Ann Cryer13/12/1999KeighleyLabourSigned
Bill Etherington13/12/1999Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
John McDonnell10/01/2000Hayes & HarlingtonLabourSigned
Audrey WiseUnknownWithdrawn

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