January 2015

Conservatives' Living Wage Incentive Scheme becomes council policy

Conservative councillors' proposal for a Greenwich Living Wage Incentive Scheme has been adopted as official council policy, with thousands of low-paid employees in the borough set to benefit as a result. Deputy Leader of the Opposition Cllr Matt Hartley proposed the Incentive Scheme, which would see one-off Business Rate discounts for employers who commit to paying the London Living Wage of at least £9.15 an hour to all their employees, in a motion for last night's council meeting.

No more big splash in South Row?

Blackheath Westcombe Ward Conservative Councillor, Geoff Brighty, is pleased that neighbouring Lewisham Council has been working to sort out the "ponding" problem which happens after even moderate rainfall at the corner of Pond Road and South Row on the border between the Royal Borough of Greenwich and Lewisham.

Cllr Matt Hartley proposes Living Wage Incentive Scheme

Greenwich council is being urged to take bolder action on low pay, with Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Greenwich & Woolwich Matt Hartley set to propose a new scheme to encourage employers in the borough to pay the London Living Wage. Cllr Hartley, who is also deputy leader of the opposition on Greenwich council, says his plan for a Living Wage Incentive Scheme could make a “huge difference” to thousands of local residents at no extra cost to the council taxpayer.

Spencer Drury made Patron of Fair Votes for All campaign

The Fair Votes for All campaign has welcomed Spencer Drury, Parliamentary Candidate for Eltham, as a Patron. This campaign is calling for English votes for English issues to be introduced into the House of Commons as soon as possible. To help support this campaign in Eltham, Spencer has invited Cabinet Minister Oliver Letwin MP to speak about English votes for English issues on Monday evening.

Labour hide new housing sites from public view

At a Council committee meeting this week Labour Councillors voted to keep private the sites that they are planning on building on. The sites include some sheltered housing planned for redevelopment in April 2013 and others like the Rochester Way and Shepherds Leas where no public mention has been made of the plans previously.

Sort It, Southeastern campaign featured on BBC Radio 5 Live

Conservative candidate Matt Hartley's campaign to secure improvements in the service local commuters receive from Southeastern trains was featured on BBC Radio 5 Live on Sunday, after more than 500 people have signed his Sort it, Southeastern petition.
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