Employment in Ipswich -Which way is it going?


What is happening with employment and unemployment in Ipswich?

Across the country, that the number of people in work is at a record high. Here in the East of England, employment is up 341,000.

But the claimant count in Ipswich has been going up ever since Sandy Martin replaced Ben Gummer as our MP.

5 years ago, the claimant count was 2515, in June 2017 it was 1745;  now it is 1910.

Down the road in Will Quince’s Conservative Colchester, the equivalent figures are 1830, 1380 and 1395.

For young people under 24, the figures had reduced from 550 to 285 but now it is up to 360. In Colchester, the figures are 450, 300 and 265.

Whilst some of the increases in claimant count is the result of the roll-out of Universal Credit, which does not reflect a deterioration of the local labour market, the ONS says we must treat some of the increase with caution.

But having said that, what is clear is that since Ipswich opted for a Labour MP, more people are now having to claim unemployment benefits. This is so disappointing after all the hard work which Ben Gummer put into improving the prospects for people and now young people especially are being affected.

Whilst we cannot blame Mr Martin directly, what I would suggest is that since he was elected, there is less confidence in Ipswich businesses. The Labour party are happy with this state of affairs as more people having to claim universal credit or other benefits, fulfils their self-fulfilling message of economic doom and gloom.

However despite Labour’s best efforts, it’s not all bad news and the total number of people employed in Ipswich rose from 65,700 in 2014 to 67,300 now, so more people are earning a living. Colchester was 84,500 5 years ago, it now has 96,200 people working, an incredible increase with an ongoing Conservative MP.

Here in Ipswich, we do have a lot of low paid workers, as it is known as a source of cheap labour for East Anglia.  Hundreds of people are sent out on buses every day to Cambridgeshire to do menial jobs.

So to conclude, Ipswich with a Labour run council and now a Labour MP is being left behind the pack in East Anglia. Whereas across so many other areas across the region and country, we are able to celebrate the annual increase in employment of 388,000 and unemployment down 84,000, things are not going completely to plan in this town.

What we need in Ipswich are more Conservative councillors to be elected to the Borough Council. Conservatives have a natural instinct to run organisations effectively and efficiently, and we can help build back the confidence and vision into Ipswich businesses that this town is the ideal place to invest and grow businesses, and excellently placed to take advantage of the promising new opportunities of a globally trading United Kingdom outside the EU.   Let’s develop and grow well paid jobs for our people here in Ipswich.

All data sourced from https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/





Taxis, Give the Power to the Drivers

At the Ipswich Borough Council Executive meeting of 10th July the ruling Labour Group set the fares for all Hackney Carriage drivers licensed in Ipswich. This is a process that has taken place for years.

The annual farce of the Ipswich Taxi Association asking for a fare they would like to charge then political leaders (are they really in-touch) deciding whether it is reasonable, both for the Drivers and the public, is a long, drawn-out and totally unnecessary burden on all involved.

Do the Labour group suitably qualified to know the market as well as the people that actually perform the job on a daily basis? Who has more at stake here, the Drivers or IBC? Of course the answer is the Drivers.

We have to move with the times and realise that IBC have no business in setting the fares of Taxi Drivers, or any other business. The Taxi market in Ipswich is competitive with a high number of Private Hire firms ensuring that the prices are determined by the market. If you are too expensive you wont get repeat business, that’s how it works.

The law gives Councils the right to set the fares but doesn’t make it mandatory. In these times of severe financial pressures it is senseless to take up valuable Council Officer time on anything that could and should be done by others.

Yes, IBC license Hackney Carriage drivers but it also licences shops selling alcohol, there is no need to extend the long arm of politics into business – I thought this became obvious in

the 1970’s!

Inspiring Community Projects

On Saturday 7th July Cllrs Fisher, Goldsmith & Xhaferaj accepted an invitation to visit the exciting Emmaus project in Dales Road.

Emmaus Suffolk is a new and different way of increasing the chances for the homeless and long term unemployed in Suffolk, entering back into work and have a more fulfilling life. The facilities centre around a thriving second-hand store with the recent addition of a little coffee shop selling a range of drinks and cake (I can recommend the Coffee & Walnut). There is a Workshop where people can upcycle used products, some of which were displayed in the Garden. A vital service are the washing machines which will soon be upgraded to industrial machines with extra work being undertaken to install shower facilities.

After a great tour we were treated to tea and cake in the wonderful garden you can see in the picture. All the work is done by volunteers and it provides benefits on so many levels.

A lot of this work is possible due to funding from the North-West Area Committee. Did you know that each year we have £15,000 to spend on community projects in the North West, which is Castle Hill, Whitton & Whitehouse? Each year we sponsor lots of great causes, some a few hundred pounds and some a few thousand.

This is your money, if you have any ideas, or projects that you working on but need extra help with get in touch. Local Conservative Councillors value the communities that we all share, let us help you make them better.

emmaus-gardendavid-claire office@ipswichconservatives.com


Supporting the Samaritans

Rushmere Councillor Stephen Ion took time out when visiting the Ipswich Mela in Christchurch Park to speak to Ipswich & East Suffolk Samaritans about the important work they do for local people.
Stephen said: “It was great to talk to the local volunteers and find out more about the work they do. The Samaritans provide a vital service for people when things are getting to them and they need someone to talk to, they don’t have to be suicidal as many people think.
People may also not know that all their local people are volunteers and that they have to raise all their funding locally.
That’s why they are always on the look out for more people to help. You can help in a number of ways, so it’s not just about being a listening volunteer, they need people to help fundraise, to help with admin and IT and many other things.
If you think you could help in some way, or even just donate why not visit their website at www.samaritans.org/branches/samaritans-ipswich-and-east-suffolk or contact jo@samaritans.org
No of us knows when we may need a friendly voice to talk to and as a representative of people in Rushmere Ward I want to say thank you to the volunteers for the work that they do on behalf of local people.”


NHS Week

The NHS was created seventy years ago.
Here is something you may not have heard: an interview with Henry Willink, wartime Secretary of State for Health, in March 1944, about the White Paper that set out his detailed plans for the Service.
For those too young to have watched “Pathe’ News”, it was shown at the cinema in the interval during a film, in the days before people had televisions.

Following this White Paper, the 1945 Conservative Manifesto proposed:

“ The health services of the country will be made available to all citizens. Everyone will contribute to the cost, and no one will be denied the attention, the treatment or the appliances he requires because he cannot afford them.

“ We propose to create a comprehensive health service covering the whole range of medical treatment from the general practitioner to the specialist, and from the hospital to convalescence and rehabilitation; and to introduce legislation for this purpose in the new Parliament.

“ The success of the service will depend on the skill and initiative of doctors, dentists, nurses and other professional people, and in its designing and operation there will be full scope for all the guidance they can give. Wide play must be given to the preferences and enterprise of individuals. Nothing will be done to destroy the close personal relationship between doctor and patient, nor to restrict the patient’s free choice of doctor.

“ The whole service must be so designed that in each area its growth is helped and guided by the influence of a university. Through such a service the medical and allied professions will be enabled to serve the whole nation more effectively than they have yet been able to do. At the same time Medicine will be left free to develop along its own lines, and to achieve preventive as well as curative triumphs. Liberty is an essential condition of scientific progress.

“ The voluntary hospitals which have led the way in the development of hospital technique will remain free. They will play their part in the new service in friendly partnership with local authority hospitals.

“ Motherhood must be our special care. There must be a large increase of maternity beds and convalescent homes, and they must be provided in the right places. Mothers must be relieved of onerous duties which at such times so easily cause lasting injury to their health.

“ The National Insurance Scheme will make financial provision for these needs. All proper arrangements, both voluntary and State-aided, must be made for the care of other young children in the family, in order that the energies of the male breadwinner or the kindness of neighbours and relations, which nevertheless must be the mainspring, should not be unduly burdened.

“ Nursery schools and nurseries such as have grown up during the war should be encouraged. On the birth, the proper feeding and the healthy upbringing of a substantially increased number of childre

n, depends the life of Britain and her enduring glory.”

This model varies very little from what we have today.