Greenwich Labour Cabinet Member sacked on the quiet

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It’s not often this blog carries breaking news – but it seems that Greenwich Labour’s Councillor John Fahy, the Deputy Leader of the Council, has been quietly sacked from his job as the borough’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services.

No announcement has been made by the Council or Greenwich Labour as to the reason John has been sacked from the brief he was appointed to by Council Leader Denise Hyland 18 months ago. Continue reading Greenwich Labour Cabinet Member sacked on the quiet

Could this be it for Greenwich Time?

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News Shopper vs Greenwich Time 28 Jan 2014

Could this be it for Greenwich Time?  I made my first speech in the council chamber on the subject of the Labour-run council’s weekly propaganda newspaper, which has long drawn the ire of local opposition politicians and the secretary of state for communities and local government, Eric Pickles. Continue reading Could this be it for Greenwich Time?

New proposal to help tackle low pay in Greenwich

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At next week’s council meeting I will be proposing a new Greenwich Living Wage Incentive Scheme to encourage employers in the borough to pay the London Living Wage, which could make a huge difference to thousands of residents at no extra cost to the council taxpayer.

While the number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Greenwich has fallen by an incredible 39 percent since 2010, figures compiled for the London Poverty Profile show that more than one in five jobs in the borough (21 percent) are paid less than the London Living Wage (the amount calculated as necessary to earn enough to cover the basic cost of living, currently set at £9.15 an hour) – and I believe the council has a responsibility to do more to tackle low pay across the borough. Continue reading New proposal to help tackle low pay in Greenwich