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My Disability and Covid Experience

Inspired by an article in Byline Times an Ipswich Liberal Democrat member has written about his disability and experiences during the Covid pandamic. This is his story in his own words.

20 Feb 2022
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Inga Lockington head and shoulders 2/21

Council's £71k barrister bill to fight disabled children's parents in court

Concerning today's article on Special Education NEEDS in EADT and Ipswich Star Councillor Inga Lockington writes:- "It is sad to see Cllr. Hood's comment that one reason why the Appeals are so high is that they are dealing with a remnant of "historic" complaints. I wonder how this "remnant" of pupils and their families have been getting on during the time it has taken to be heard. The younger our Suffolk children and their families can get the support they need, the better is their chance that they can be enabled to live as full a life as possible. The consequences of delay may never be fully repaired. Appropriate and timely support should be our primary concern for all children whatever their situation. Investing in SEND services is a win-win thing to do. It enables opportunity for pupils who need our help to lead a full and valued life. It also such will have long-term benefits for the public purse, as the more independent and able a person can become, the less risk there is that there will be high

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HOT BINS!

Domestic waste going into black bins in Ipswich has increased 10% in the last two years (now 601 kilos each year for each household). Food waste makes up 37% of the total but nearly all of it can be composted using a special "hot bin". These bins turn the waste into a highly fertile garden compost which reduces the amount of waste going to the incinerator at Great Blakenham. The 100 litre bins, which the manufacturer's state are fly and rodent proof, are smaller than a standard bin and are placed in the garden. The Suffolk Waste Partnership heavily subsidise the bins and full details are on the Recycle for Suffolk website - https://getcomposting.com/en-gb/hotbin-mini-100-litre-compost- bin-hotbinminisub

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7 Dec 2021
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Suffolk SEND provision review

The East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star report that an increased number of complaints to Suffolk County Council's SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) support team is the "tip of the iceberg" when it comes to problems faced by families. This follows a review carried out by a team from Lincolnshire County Council who made a number of recommendations.

6 Dec 2021
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Midwives Vigil

Liberal Democrat Councillor Inga Lockington says: "Yesterday I went down to support our NHS Midwives holding a Vigil on the Cornhill where they talked about the pressure on them. They asked residents to sign a petition saying "Support urgent government investment into maternity services to solve the staffing crises" We know they all want to provide the best possible care to every pregnant mum but with the current shortage of midwifes they do not feel it is always possible. We need more training places and better job planning. in 2018 the then Health Minister Matt Hancock said "The NHS should be the best place in the world to give birth" under "continuity of care" every pregnant women should be assigned a named midwife throughout their pregnancy, who will stay with them during the birth and as they settle at home with the baby. Unfortunately his actions did not match his words. Midwifes are telling us they often have to look after more than one birth and as some Midwifes have retired they do not feel they ca

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Liberal Democrats Draw 2021

Christmas 2021 Raffle

The Liberal Democrats rely on small donations from individuals like you. We've never had the big business or trade union cash the other parties can count on, especially at a local level. This is one way you can support us and have a chance of winning a prize.The top prize this year is £1,500 and there will be many others.The draw will take place at 8:00pm on 9 December 2021 and tickets are limited so don't leave it too late.

30 Oct 2021
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