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  • Electricity (power) socket
    Article: Dec 15, 2020

    "The Essex Energy Switch is about local communities coming together, supporting renewable energy and saving money on their gas and electricity bills - the more people that register, the bigger the potential saving per household."

    That's the message from Cllr Simon Walsh, Essex County Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, who is encouraging residents to register for the initiative and potentially save hundreds of pounds on their energy bills.

  • Cash (Telegraph)
    Article: Dec 8, 2020

    Chelmsford City Council has committed to taking social and environmental issues into account when making its purchases. The Lib Dem-led Council's Cabinet has adopted a new Social Procurement Strategy for at least the next five years.

    The Strategy commits the Council to carry out all purchases in an economically, environmentally and socially responsible manner. The strategy is designed to add value to the Council's services, reflect modern public procurement practice and support the Council's aims and objectives.

  • Article: Dec 6, 2020

    On Monday December 7th, join a group of Lib Dems as they discuss the human rights issues in Hong Kong.

    The panel consists of the following:

    • Alistair Carmichael MP, former Secretary of State for Scotland
    • Ed Davey MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats
    • Callum Robertson, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Candidate for Essex
    • Layla Moran MP, Foreign Affairs Spokesperson
  • Stephen Robinson outside Chelmsford City Council
    Article: Dec 3, 2020

    The Leader of Chelmsford City Council has signed The Charter Against Modern Day Slavery (CAMDS), after a motion was passed unanimously at a full council meeting. It is estimated that around 13,000 people a year living in the UK are victims of modern-day slavery.

    2 December is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. The focus of this day is on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery, such as trafficking in persons, sexual exploitation, the worst forms of child labour, forced marriage, and the forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict.

    The Charter Against Modern Day Slavery commits all local authorities to continue ensuring its contractors and suppliers comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, including a commitment to buying all goods and services ethically. It also tackles any slavery, servitude, forced, or compulsory labour, human trafficking or exploitation in local communities.

    The charter was signed by the Leader of Chelmsford City Council Leader, Councillor Stephen Robinson, who said, "I am proud to have signed this charter, which reinforces our united commitment to ending the horrific scourge of modern-day slavery. The City Council will uphold these principles internally and expects these standards for ethics and transparency to be followed by companies who sell supplies to the Council. The Council is sending out a powerful message that the perpetrators of these appalling crimes have nowhere to hide."

    The 10 pledges that each council is committing to by signing the charter are as follows. Chelmsford City Council will:

    1. Train its corporate procurement team to understand modern slavery through the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply's (CIPS) online course on Ethical Procurement and Supply.

    2. Require its contractors to comply fully with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, wherever it applies, with contract termination as a potential sanction for non-compliance.

    3. Challenge any abnormally low-cost tenders to ensure they do not rely upon the potential contractor practising modern slavery.

    4. Highlight to its suppliers that contracted workers are free to join a trade union and are not to be treated unfairly for belonging to one.

    5. Publicise its whistle-blowing system for staff to blow the whistle on any suspected examples of modern slavery.

    6. Require its tendered contractors to adopt a whistle-blowing policy which enables their staff to blow the whistle on any suspected examples of modern slavery.

    7. Review its contractual spending regularly to identify any potential issues with modern slavery.

    8. Highlight for its suppliers any risks identified concerning modern slavery and refer them to the relevant agencies to be addressed.

    9. Refer for investigation via the National Crime Agency's national referral mechanism any of its contractors identified as a cause for concern regarding modern slavery.

    10. Report publicly on the implementation of this policy annually.

    The Charter Against Modern Day Slavery has now been signed by more than 80 councils across the country. Find out more at https://party.coop/local/councillors/modern-slavery-charter/

  • Chelmsford pantomime 2020 (Chelmsford City Council)
    Article: Dec 2, 2020

    This year's Chelmsford pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, is set to go ahead at the Civic Theatre from Friday 4 December 2020 until Sunday 3 January 2021 (as long as government restrictions allow). Said Lib Dem Deputy Leader Cllr. Marie Goldman, "Staff have been working hard behind the scenes to devise a Covid-secure way of staging it. Rules on 'keeping your distance' will mean less than one in five seats being used but members of one household will be together."